From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
Io Johanna Dunlaop, the fourth and youngest child of James and Stine Dunlap, was born at Sadie, Mont., Feb. 23, 1900. She grew up on a ranch on Whitetail Creek not far from 'the Yellowstone River where her parents raised cattle. The children participated in all of the ranch activities from riding for cattle and branding to putting up hay.
She attended Sadie school and the eighth grade in Custer County. She attended high school at Coeur d'Alene, Ida., where she lived with her mother's sister, and graduated from high school in 1917 and from the Normal School at Dillon, Mont., in 1919. She then taught school at Calabar, Beebe and Sand Coulee in Montana for five years earning a life diploma.
At Beebe she met Thomas Lester Colvin and they were married at Sand Point, Ida., Aug. 11, 1924. Their son Thomas Lester Colvin, Jr. was born in Miles City, Mont., on July 15, 1925.
Until the boy was nine months old they lived on the PD ranch in the Beebe area south of Miles City. They then moved to their present acreage near Ritter, Ore.
Thomas Jr. graduated from the Long Creek high school in May of 1944. The following years were spent learning the livestock business while working for his parents.
Thomas Jr. was bothered with hay fever and so the family purchased a desert cattle operation 35 miles east of Tonopah, Nev., the Old Hip 0 Ranch, which Thomas Jr. manages.