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S X ill Diamond in the Rough By CARL BULL IN THINKING OF life and realizing that at the end, all you can take with you is what you have given away, I am reminded of Jack Bennett, an "old timer," who did so much for his munity and apparently had nothing in mind except to work and fight for justice and to advance the territory in which he lived without regard for sonal gain. He was not religious, although he did go to church occasionally. Seemed to have the principle of Christianity incul cated in his system. He probably did swear and fight a lot more than neces sary. He seemed to have no desire to save money, would always grab the meal check and rush ahead to pay for tickets to an entertainment. He loved fun and got a great "kick out of "jobbing" people, and died rich in glory but financially poor. Reverend Earl Clifford, the preacher who de livered his funeral sermon, knew him well and the title was appropriate, "Diamond in the Rough. Good Little Man com per ' ? 99 Jack Bennett was only five feet, six inches tall, with a fine physique, with unusually wide shoulders, quick as a cat, a wonderful boxer, loved to fight and often did. He had a pleasing per sonality, a firm hand-shake and a pleas ant smile. He was born in Cornwall, England, in 1870 and died at Plenty wood, Mon tana, in 1935, He came to Montana at the age of nineteen, was a cattle ranch er, then Sheriff of Sheridan County for many years. His first term was by appointment to fill the unexpired term of Tom Courtney, who was shot by a negro laborer at Mondak, and later he was elected to serve in that office from 1917 to 1927. He was also postmaster at Plentywood from 1922 to 1934. I was at his ranch in 1900 where Sid, his brother, and he had 500 cattle. One morning Jack came running into the cabin, grabbed his 30-30 Winchester and, standing in the door, shot and killed a coyote a half a mile away. It was a wonderful shot. Slight Mistake A few days later, when he was out rounding up some cattle, he saw two deer, but missed his shots at them. That evening, as it was getting a little dusk, he suddenly came over the top of a hill and saw what he thought were the two deer. He shot and killed them both. When he rode up to them, he found that they were two of Ole Gilbertson's saddle horses. He told nobody, locally, but (later, where the horses were killed, was named "dead horse coulee") he wrote to Ole at Towner, North Dakota, ex plaining the circumstances and paid for the horses. However, Tom Cartwright, the fore man, was worried and thought outlaws had killed them, trying to scare Ole to get him out of the country as they had Frank King, who had been abused and ordered out of the country, and to take his cattle with him. with women around, but would always apologize and keep right on swearing. He was very polite, tipped his hat, and at the dinner table helped the woman nearest him with her chair. In fact, one woman said, "Jack Bennett is the only man I have met in Montana who has not lost his manners. Colorful But Courteous He did a lot of swearing and even Jack had lots of nerve but took too many chances. When they were build ing a railway into the country, there was a complaint made to the sheriff's office by a contractor about two fel lows running a "blind pig. Jack went alone after them. ■ • One had an old fashioned blade razor and the other an axe. Jack had a tough time and was cut up in bad shape, but he brought them in. Got Team; Lost Thumb Another time, he went to possess a team of horses under mortgage from 'Three Wheel Smith" When Jack arrived on the farm, Smith was hauling hay, with his wife and her sister helping. Smith would not let the team go and a fight started. The women were hitting Jack with their pitch forks and it was tough going. Jack finally got Smith down, but he bit the end of one of Jack's thumbs off. Jack was in bad shape but he brought the team with him. Jack worked hard in every way to develop his community, to get new and better roads, the customs estab lished on both sides of the Canadian boundary, started the county fair, was a member of the Draft Board. a tough guy. chairman of the County Relief Commit While he was postmaster, he was also tee. There bad been ten dry years and much need of relief. Jack handled it in fine shape, but insisted that any able bodied person had to work to get funds. Tried Patience First One of the leaders of the communist group in the county (there were lots of them and with a newspaper support ed by the international organization of communists) refused to work but de manded pay. He sent his wife down every day to see Jack and to try to get money. Jack tried to be patient and even put a chair in the lobby of the post office with a sign over it, "re served for Mrs. >» One day she was tapping with her pencil on the window counter. Jack finally said, "Mrs. - quit that, it bothers me. will you She kept it up until Jack got mad and he said, "If you will send that husband down here, I'll settle with him. She went home I » and sent him down. The man weighed at least fifty pounds more than Jack and was ten years younger. In the meantime, Jack had stepped out and when he came back, the man was standing in the door of the post office and the fight started. After it was over, the man had to be carried to the hospital and was there for a week. Jack was not noticeably hurt and did receive telegrams and letters from all over the state, of congratulations. I could write much more but wish to conclude with part of his funeral "The memory of a good and sermon. just man whose life is respected and loved is like a diamond; it is some thing of real worth and there is no substitute. Of course, diamonds very in degree of polish and in the setting, but their value remain constant. So it is with character. We have known men of higher polish; men not a bit finer have occupied places more con spicious, but Jack Bennett's genuine ness of character is recognized by friend and foe alike, and its memory is indeed blessed. Our memories of the past and the traditions of Sheridan County are richer because he has lived in our midst. > i m m ill miss w A DENVER COLISEUM . JAN. U-19,1963 9 ACTION PACO DATS ANS NICHTS / NATION'S FINEST CATTLE VIE FOR TOP / > featuring A SPECIAL BULL SHOW AND SALE ^ Pens and Carloads of top quality range and Commercial animals, ready for service. Best boys in major breeds...sell at auction and private treaty. ■*% JUNIOR -Al NATION'S PRIZE BREEDING CATTLE jVyi1963 's major breeding cattle show and sal« i I ft •vents. Nation's outstanding Herds show at the National Western for fame and prestige ¥ THOUSANDS OF FEEDER CATTLE Over 200 carloads of entered feeders.,. more than 20,000 non-entered animals. 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