Sixth Generation


472. Joshua Perry McCuistion was born on 18 December 1863 in Robertson County, Texas.108 He lived in Valley Mills, Texas from 1864 to 1875 813 He learned farming and stock raising direct from his father, being at home in the saddle almost from his earliest recollections. He was educated from about 1868 to 1875 in Valley Mills, Texas.108 Joshua attended school at Lanes Chapel, where a community teacher presided. After leaving school he was on the rance and range, and in this industry he traveld out of Texas into New Mexico and eventually trailed a herd of cattle from that territory north to Wyoming, spending two years at Douglas. In 1894 Joshua was a cattleman in Rosebud, Montana.108,319 When Joshua left Douglas, Wyoming he made his first journey into Montana, stopping at the Big Bend ranch at the head of the Rosebud. Ultimately he purchased a place for himself at the narrows of the valley of the Rosebud, and occupied one of the cabin shacks of the early day formerly occupied by Tuman Frazier. Here he grazed his southern range stock of several hundred head of steers, and after finishing them off shipped them to Chicago with both the Kendrick and the Hardin and Campbell companies.

On leaving this Rosebud regain he went north to the breaks of the Missouri River, near the mouth of the Musselshell on Squaw Creek. Here he bought out Hardin and Johson, whose location was ideal for ranching.

With his half-brother, Noah Wesley McCuistion, they worked the ranch and became partners. Noah Wesley McCuistion returned to Texas, leaving Joshua Perry McCuistion as manager and in charge of the Montana ranch. Noah would buy cattle in Texas and ship them north to the ranch, a fine grassy region in Montana. Their first shipments were unloaded at Orrin Junction, Wyoming, but later rates becoming more favorable to Billings that it became their unloading point. The brothers continued ranching the Missouri River country for fourteen years, and only abandoned the district becaue of the inroads of dryland farmers, who cut off the range and gave the country little in return. Name was avalue regarding politics.108 Joshua governed his actions not by party nominations but by the character of the men who were candidates. Name moved place date.108 He established his farm and ranch interests in the Yellowstone Valley. His properties were on Wyant Coulee, and he occupied the Lewis estate between the Reservation and Sarpy Creek. While running his stock on the range his cattle brand was "H cross" with bar on left shoulder. He retained this brand until he finally sold all his holdings. For a few years he ran a roundup wagon, beginning as the pool wagon for the Squaw Creek Pool, and with the gradual breakup of the pool he ran the wagon himself.

Joshua made his first efforts in agriculture while on the Missouri River ranch, though they were chiefly confined to raising feed for his chickens and potatoes for home consumption. In Rosebud County he entered agriculture as a practical and profitable business, raising both grain and beets. However, all his agricultural production is on lands under the ditches of the Yellowstone Irrigation Company. His valley lands are scattered along the Yellowstone from Forsyth west to Finch, and his acreage under irrigation comprises some five hundred acres.

He was also a director of the First National Bank of Forsyth. He died on 7 March 1956 at the age of 92 in Rosebud County, Montana. He was buried at Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.814 Joshua has reference number RM 1266. GKM 2709/2708 - LBM 92-365

Joshua Perry McCuistion and Grace F. Dean were married on 24 September 1894 in Douglas, Wyoming.108 They108 appeared in the census on 18 April 1930 in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.815 Grace F. Dean816, daughter of Henry H. Dean and Kate Hammond, was born on 20 July 1877 in Iowa.108,816,817 She appeared in the census on 16 June 1880 in Concordia Lincoln Township, Cloud County, Kansas.817 She lived in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri about 1889 108 They later moved to Wyoming, where Grace met Joshua. Grace appeared in the census on 15 April 1910 in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.818 She died in 1954 at the age of 77 in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.819 She was buried at Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.819 Grace has reference number RM 1399.

Joshua Perry McCuistion-1266 and Grace F. Dean-1399 had the following children:

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Henry Dean McCuistion-1272.