Roundup Record Tribune & Winnett Times -

Beckman Ranch


September 18, 2019

Paintings by Jane Stanfel

The Bride Had to Shovel It was their first wedding anniversary, and they meant to celebrate it on their own ranch. Family and friends were invited, but it was springtime in Montana, so no one expected Spring. Last year's bride awoke to confront a foot of snow, and the man of the house had the animal chores to attend, so she grabbed a shovel and cleared a path for the guests. Happy Anniversary!

Publisher Note: Due to an editorial oversight, the Beckman Ranch story is being rerun in its entirety.

Not all our early ranchers were homesteaders. Born in Minnesota, Albert Beckman came to Roundup to work as a carpenter, found all the homestead land claimed, and bought a section from the Northern Pacific Railroad for $9.00 per acre. In 1917, when he was 30, he married Cora Strike, 18, who lived around Devil's Lake. For a couple of years, they camped in a tent, until Albert hauled lumber 100 miles by horse and wagon and built a house. The complex of buildings is found about six miles out...

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