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Subject: Homesteaded! Date: 8/9/2011 7:59 PM
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Many years ago, Grandparents Homesteaded West of Cascade, MT. Since then scattered, my parents, well, mother, came to Northern California, but we still have relatives on and around Great Falls, Helena, however lost my 90ish Cousin in Cascade a couple years back...

I've cruised through, gone out to the old St Peter's Mission School, all that's left is the foundation, fire.. But the old Cemetery has many early pioneer relatives, some wooden markers are coming apart, a lot are covered by overgrown Lilac bushes.. I cut them bad with hand cutters on one trip, really need to rent a brush cutter and get after some of it..

Out past the Cemetery nd a could turns is the old log cabin from the original ranch, corals, a couple barns... One of the cousins made a deal with the now cattle ranch owners to add some barbwire fencing to keep the cattle out of the house... Before that some had gotten in, stomped through the floor.. How tiny it was, a lean to shed served as the kitchen, and then just the one room, maybe 12x16... Neat part of the country, when my Mom was alive, she talked a lot of Trout Creek and the Dearborn, but never mentioned that the Missouri ran rich there next to Cascade... She died in 1972, and so has most all of that generation, so old stories are hard to come by... My Aunt, didn't like the new husband Grandma took, so she bailed at 12, went into Great Falls, worked her way through school before also coming to California.. Mom went to HS on Gret Falls as well..

Anyway, we've a bit of my past tied up there in Montana, will try to get back and at least wander once in a while...

One cousin was Cascade's Sheriff for a long time, an old cowboy, the ranch kept him on until his dying day.. Good folks all..

Big sky Country... Wish we could post pics on TMF, I've some early MT pics that are a kick...

weco
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