Submitted by Marrie Miller
A well-known and successful stockman, a representative citizen, a stimulating and productive commercial force and a conservative social inspiration, Charles Zummach of the Middle Fork of the Hay Creek section of Wyoming, with a beautiful ranch pleasantly located near Eothen, seven miles west of Aladdin and twenty-eight north of Sundance, has diligently improved his opportunities for advancement in the New World and exemplified in an impressive way the sterling qualities of head, heart and physical energy for which his ancestry was noted. He is a native of Germany, where he was born on December 6, 1844, the son of William Zummach. His father was a distiller in the Fatherland and came to the United States with his family in 1855, locating in Milwaukee, where his son got a little education by attending school for a short time, but was thrown on his own resources very early in life, becoming self-supporting at the age of fourteen. He worked at different occupations in Milwaukee until 1862, having a willing, a capable and a skillful hand at almost any kind of a job he was never without one. In 1862 he went to Chicago and to St. Louis, where he secured employment on Mississippi River steamers for two years, then coming to Montana, making the trip up "the Missouri by boat to Fort Benton, 3,500 miles, and from there going to Alder Gulch, near what is now Virginia City, then a newly discovered Eldorado for the treasure-seeker, and worked in the mines. While going from Fort Benton to Alder Gulch in 1864, on June 20, Mr Zummach was one of a party of four who sunk the first prospect hole sunk on the site of Helena, getting three cents to the pan. After twelve years of toil in this rich field, with fluctuating success, he returned to Milwaukee, making a nine months' visit to his old home and friends. From there in his second Argonautic expedition, he landed at the Black Hills in South Dakota, and after a year of almost fruitless search for wealth in the mines started a roadhouse between Deadwood and Spearfish, which he conducted until 1884, then sold out and came to Crook county. Here seeing in the vocation of the old patriarchs a good promise of fruitful returns, he located on the ranch he has since occupied on the Middle Fork of Hay Creek, and began an industry in farming and cattleraising, which has grown with the flight of time to gratifying proportions and most welcome returns. He has 880 acres of land, with plenty of meadow for hay, upland for grain and hills for range, and by studious industry he has brought his possessions to a high degree of productiveness and adaptability to their proper purposes, has improved them with commodious and comfortable buildings and adorned them with tastefully arranged grounds and shrubbery. Mr Zummach is essentially what we have called him, a representative citizen. He is a Republican in politics and while never seeking office, is identified in a leading way with every movement for the good of the county and state. He was married on December 23, 1885, at Deadwood, S D, with Mrs Louisa Hohlfeld, a native of Michigan. They have one child, a winsome daughter, Erma C. In fraternal relations Mr Zummach affiliates with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to a lodge in Milwaukee.
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