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JOHN BAMBER, a veteran of the Civil War and now an active member of the G. A. R. Thomas L. Cain post No. 12, Glendive, is one of the staunch representatives substantial agriculturistsof Dawson county. His fine farm of three hundred acres is just two miles north of Glendive. He recently sold a
section of land in this vicinity and still has one of the largest farms in the country. Bamber has led an eventful career and is now privileged to spend the golden years of his life in peace and plenty, having the solid comfort of knowing that he bravely assisted to fight the nation's battles and has won from nature his competence by honest labor.
John Bamber was born in Lancashire. England, Critchley, was born, lived and died in Lanca- shire, England, never traveling more than a few miles from his home place, Leland, which was six miles from Preston. His death was the result of an accident in 1871. he being then 52 yr. old. He was a direct de- scendant of the old Critchley family, one of whom was a general under James I. Our subject took the name of Bamber as his mother.
Mary Bamber, took her maiden name after he death of her husband. She died in Engladand in 1903 aged eighty-eight. John is the oldest of five children, two of whom are living, his brother William being in Pennsylvania, having been employed for thirty-two years on the Pennsylvania Railroad. and he celebrated his twenty-first birthday on the ship coming to New York City. After landing he went direct to Long Beach, New Jersey, and one year later, went to Pittston, Pennsylvania, as a coal miner. He left this occupation to enlist in Company G, 20th Con- necticut volunteers, and in that capacity was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea.
Mr. Bamber was brought into very close re- ations with General Hooker, whom he knows well to have been both a general and a hero.
The excellent action of the general at the time of the siege won for him the w^arm and hearty approval not only of Mr. Bamber but of thou- sands of others. Mr. Bamber's old camp mate.
Moor, their relations in camp life ripened Jesse Moor, died four years ago in CT. in a life long friendship. Four months of our subject's martial service were spent amid the horrors of Andersonville. The inhuman and awful treatment that was there given to the wretched inmates drove him crazy and for two 'eeks he w'as a maniac. The horrors of that place and those times can never lie fully depicted and it is with feeling of pain to this ay that Mr. Bamber refers to those days.
Finally he succeeded in getting out and often he has been posted on picket duty where he could talk to the enemy's pickets. On July 27, 1865. after much hardship, and brave service Mr. Bamber was mustered out and went back
to the mines, working the summer of 186.6 with a rebel. In March, 1867, he went to Westmoreland county. Pennsylvania, and fol- lowed mining in the capacity of an ordinary miner and boss until 1875, '" which year he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and again went underground. Seven years were spent there, whence he had come to avoid the labor troubles of Pennsylvania when he found them just as severe. Finally in 1882. he quit a foreman's position in the mines to come to Montana and decided never to mine again for' other people.
He located a homestead that year, where he now resides and adjoining it was coal land and his skill during the winter of 1886 and 1887, was the means of saving the people of Glendive, MT.from freezing to death as fuel was not to be had from any other place. He opened up a lead and coal was furnished.