CHARLIE AND HAZEL SMITH CLEMENT
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Hazel Clement
Charlie was born in Roundtimler in the Texas Panhandle, Nov. 27, 1882. He received his early schooling at home and later spent two winters going to school at Goodnight college in Goodnight, Tex. Charlie sold horses to the XIT in Charming, Tex., and delivered them to Montana himself and then worked for the XIT for two years. In 1908 he worked for Charles Thurston breaking horses west of Glendive. Charlie started on a horse ranch for himself on Big Sheep Mountain in 1909. He worked in the Sheriff's office in Miles City in 1910. I met Charlie at the CK camp when a group of girls had been invited to dinner. I spotted Charlie at once, "That's My Cowboy," I told the girls. We were married Aug. 23, 1913. My father homesteaded in Terry in 1910. My mother was postmistress at Hazel, north of Terry, and ran a road house. We built up a cow herd and bred and trained horses and after the hard winter of 1917-18 sold out. We managed a horse outfit north of Miles City for CBC. In the spring of 1930 we moved to Big Horn county, Hardin, Mont., and he worked as State Livestock Inspector for several years. We bought a home in Hardin in 1947. Charlie retired in 1968, with memories of earlier days in the saddle. There wasn't a horse he couldn't break if he got hold of him first, and he thinks he has handled more horses than any one man from Canada to Texas. This isn't a boast, just a statement. He had worked with them his whole life. We have five children. Lynn Eugene married Margaret Lalbet and lives in Billings, La Verne Jordan lives in Billings, Charlie Jr. married Edna Ruff and lives in Billings, Bette married Nayne Schug and lives in Salem, Ore., and Clarence R. married Clara Knodel and lives in Hardin.