From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
By Arlene Beling
Rydell's Golden Wedding Anniversary Mar. 15, 1956. Arlene Rydell Beling, Margaret Rydell Dunbar, John Rydell, Selma Rydell, Clarence Rydell, Roy Rydell.
The 1870's saw the birth of four people who later became the parents of Herbert and Arlene Rydell Beling. Herb's parents were born at Great Bend, N. D. His father William Apr. 9, 1870, and his mother Bertha Bohn Oct. 2, 1876. They spent their entire life there farming. Bertha's mother was born in Germany in 1852 and made the trip over to America in a sailboat, a treacherous six weeks' journey.
On Nov. 30, 1872, John A. Rydell was born in Nybro, Smolan, Sweden. When he was 24 he came to the United States and settled in Duluth, Minn. In a short time he heeded the call to "Go West", and eventually arrived in Miles City in 1900. During that time, family history has it that he pitched tents for Buffalo Bill's shows in South Dakota- and that during his early years in Miles City he rode the and cooked for Abner Farnum when he was manager of the outfit in the early 1900's.
t Alingsos, Sweden, Nov. 24, 1878, Selma was born to Olaus ohanna Olson. She, too, left her native land to come to the United States, and in 1902 she moved to Glendive and a year later to Miles City, where she met John Rydell and they were married March 15, 1906.
Mr. Rydell was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad, so he and his bride moved into the section house at Tusler, Mont. The First Lutheran Church services were held by a traveling minister in their section-house home many times while they lived there. In 1911 the family moved to a section house at Miles City where Mr. Rydell went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad, and in 1913 they built a home at 721 North Lake and made their home there for the rest of their married life. Mr. Rydell passed away Apr. 15, 1960, and his wife in 1970 at 91.
Arlene was born Apr. 6, 1911, in Miles City to John and Selma Rydell. The Rydells had three other children. Arlene was baptized at the Custer County Court House, because there was no Lutheran Church at Miles City then and services were being held at the Court House. She attended local schools and after graduation from Custer County High School she married Herb Beling July 28, 1929. Herb was one of eight children and was born at Great Bend Jan. 20, 1903. He went to school there, and his first jobs were at Breckenridge, Minn., and Wahpeton, N.D., delivering gas. He later went to visit a sister at Worland, Wyo., and started working part time at the Sawyer store. He was transferred to the Sawyer store at Miles City where he worked until 1929. Then he worked at the Kearney store on Woodbury Street until 1936 and from that time until his retirement in 1968 he was employed by the Gamble-Robinson Co.
The Belings have three sons, Ronald of Durango, Colo., John of Virginia Beach, Va., who is married to the former Kathleen Martin, and Loren Paul of Billings.
Arlene has two brothers, John, who lives in Vancouver, Wash., and Roy, who lives in Spokane, Wash., and a sister Margaret (Mrs. Neil Dunbar) living in Belle Fourche, S.D.