1: THE GRANDPARENTS | Elma and Peter Killorn Elma Mather, schoolmarm Peter Killorn rancher and logger | Lydia,Henna, John Sr, Marie Anna and John Jr | John Palo Sr | Lydia Pajala Palo | miner and farmer | mother of 12
2: John and Irene, Early years John at Square Butte in Woolies 1915 Irene's school picture around 1921, about the time she decided to marry the good looking cowboy working on the ranches around Wilsall. Dad posing in Woolies around 1921 and various ranch jobs from then until they married on June 28, 1925. | Irene, John's Overland
3: Dad with whiskers, car and team while working on the Swandall place after they were married. Group, Dad, Mom back left, Anna, PeteJr, and Peter Killorn back right. Dad's sisters and Mom, second from right. Ida far right.
4: Mom and Dad were married on June 28,1925 they spent their 'honeymoon' at the Livingston Roundup at which Dad competed. See above program. The fabric swatch was Mom's wedding dress. Their 50th Anniversary.
5: Dad at Wilsall 1922, Mom on left, Dad wishing for a 'silencer' Dad breaking sod Dad at hunting camp with the Taylor crew Mom Dad and Peggy at Dad's 80th Mom and Dad at Wilsall
6: This article was printed in the Western Livestock Reporter. It is a fairly good history of Mom and Dad. We still have the saddles, but not the chaps. On the next page I included a couple of pages from Mom's Bible. Romans 8:28 and Ephesians 2:8-9 were some of her favorite verses and used for her funeral service. A picture of mom's school paper and the debate team of which she was so proud. A letter from Butte in 1930.
8: Some pictures of Square Butte. I scanned some of these wrong, so they are backwards---oops!
9: Me and Billie. Me and Dad on his JD Preceding page Dad on Fox his favorite! Mom and Dad pretty spiffed up!!
10: Some pictures of the old house and barn. A stage stop in early years and my home until I was two. The old barn is still used and made of hand hewn logs. Square nails were used in both.
11: Picture on the left is Junior and Dede helping Dad start a work horse with a Running W. You said 'whoa' and if they didn't stop they landed on their nose! TB on right.
12: Mom and Dad came to Square Butte in 1929 to work for McCartneys and teach their son the ranching business. They got $30 a month for both of them. After the depression hit, the McCartneys could not pay them their back wages, so they took land in lieu of wages. They milked cows, ran sheep and trapped in order to make a living. Junior was born April 4, 1928 in Livingston, and Dede was born October 14, 1929 in Great Falla They hauled their water from the spring we now use with a horse (see mosquito net) and buggy. The sorrel horse Dad is riding to the right was his favorite----named Fox. He cried when he got in a ditch and died. I was born June 8, 1947 and lived in the 'old house for 2 years. My bottle would freeze in my crib at night.
13: My folks were pretty excited to have me show up----or so I was always told!! I was always Dad's 'cowboy' and didn't like to do much in the house. I had a dog named Billie that guarded me from the snakes, but Junior shot her cause she got in the way hunting. I wanted to be just like my big brother, so I was always going around with my shirt undone or my chest puffed out--not too girlish!! Junior brought me the hula outfit from being in the service in Hawaii, so Mom had pictures taken. Upper left is Mom and Dad at St. Peter's Mission. The palomino is Golden Boy and I thought he was A-Okay.
15: Phil playing ball. State 1965 3rd place | Phil at Jordan on Ole Fagin | Peggy on Mint and Golden Boy | Peggy with her 4-H colt Deucie Peggy in the Miss Western Contest
16: A friend said it looks like you went to the eighth grade dance and decided to get married!!!!
17: We were young when we got married and didn't have a clue. We made mistakes and had some hard times. But, one thing was constant and that is our love of our family and our joy and thankfulness for such fantastic kids and grandkids!
18: Mikell and Alan Hougen, Tavin and Kierra; Sadie, Irene, Nicole and Lance Johnson. Phil, Peggy,holding Picabo. Sierra, Kyler Aria, Tim, Tasha, Tiegan and Alexa Johnson. Nathan, holding Colt, and Kallee, holding Tuf-- Grovom 50 YEARS
21: These pictures are all around 1980. Mom got sick in 1979 and Dad spent his first time in the hospital in 1980. Mikell and Tim are on Flaxie, Lance on Gypsy, whom he broke by himself . Dad is on Skipper . Jingles is sittling with Dad. Mom and her lilacs.