Montana GenWeb Archives
J.B. Cooper, a well known and highly respected citizen of Billings Montana, was born in Georgia in March 1848 and was reared and educated in the South.
In 1862 he entered the Confederate service and remained on duty until the close of the war, participating in numerous engagements. He was afterward in the regular army for three years, stationed at Forts Rice and Beaufort.
In 1868 Mr Cooper came to Miles City, Montana. Later he located in Junction, Yellowstone County and from there came to his present location on the Blue Creek bottoms, near Billings where he is now engaged in ranching, being the owner the 1280 acres of fine land and carrying on his operations on an extensive scale.
During his early experience in Montana, Mr. Cooper had frequent dealings with the Indians and was on many a buffalo hunt. A record of all his pioneer life and exploits would fill a volume.
Mr. Cooper was married in 1868 and he and his wife are the parents of six children, two sons and four daughters, the eldest being twenty-two and the youngest nine years of age.