Yellowstone Country by Richard R. Hein which covers the old timers he knew who were part of the old west and the Hein Family Story in Wyoming and Montana.

Last Updated:  9 Oct 2001

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by Richard R. Hein

Comments by Judy A. Remmick-Hubert, Richard R. Hein's niece.

(1911 - )

"This story covers one hundred years of history plus comments of the time before and after, I will write about fifty years of stories as told to me by the old timers, my grandparents, my parents and friends of the family..... Indian Wars, buffalo hunting, the cattle barons....ranches that had survived the Indians, the droughts, and the killer storms."

Yellowstone Country

Richard was one year old when the family moved from North Dakota to the 320  acres Land Grant land. If one tries to find it on an old map, it was about 20 miles from Van Tassel, about 25 miles from Fort Laramie and 25 miles from Torrington.  Good land in middle of "wilderness". Richard wrote p. 11 in his Yellowstone Country book:  "We now lived what seemed the Crossroads of the Cattle Empire and the Gateway to the Yellowstone Country and here started the Oregon Trail, also, the Powder River Trail When talking to the old times, this would unfold to a storehouse of history unsurpassed anywhere in the New World." He would add on p. 13, "As Dad had a land grant in the middle of this vast range land there was some resentment and some of the cowhands would play tricks at times. But my Mother with her cooking and friendly ways of offering meals had turned the tide to a point where a small group of cowboys riding by our house took a couple of shots at my dog and tried to position him. Dad mentioned this to what he thought was the foreman of of a big ranch, the Heitzman ranch. He now received a letter from Lawrence Heitzman the he had reprimanded his ranch hands and if this happened again he would appreciate hearing about it.So that stopped that." The local preacher who had 320 acres next to the Heins sold it to Ludwig Hein for $500.  1917/1918 the Hein family moved back to Kulm, ND area. But Ludwig's eye was always looking toward Montana to land not far from his  older sister and husband, Katharine and Jacob Ruff who lived n. Marsh. Richard R.  When  Ludwig's wife's, Christine's brother, John Schweigert, returned from the Army, Ludwig rented the farm to him and they were on their way to Marsh to live on a ranch which Ludwig had purchased, which was near the Krug ranch, from Robert Olson.. Richard Hein was nine years old when the Hein family moved to Marsh, MT. This ranch was soon run by Richard's eldest sister Maggie and her new husband Gottlieb Gaub In 1921 when Richard was ten the family moved to the new ranch on Yellowstone Creek which was right next to Jim Johnson's ranch.  It was called "the old Bell place" which was on Lone Tree Creek. It had originally been Fort Lone Tree.  Ludwig, meanwhile, had built a house in town next to the Kippenhan family in Sidney while waiting for the old Bell place sale closing and redoing the old log fort-house.  Later, Ludwig would buy 220 acres of grassland for Richard for $400 and that was Richard's start..

Richard wrote: "The Depression was on and I could hire help for a dollar a day and I had two families working for me.  I shared my three-room shack with two rooms being occupied by the Crien family. The Brandner family had brought a tent...There were six in the family, all over six feet all.  He married Helen. In 1936 he, Helen and their son left Montana for Washington.  He sold his property and animals to his brother Oscar.  He worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad. WWII occurred and Richard was taken into the army and stationed on an American troop ship. Richard and his family would return to Montana and become cattle ranchers..... His last Montana ranch  was in western part of the state which, I believe, was 20 thousand acres... I , his niece, recall his last Montana ranch which had more than cattle.  I remember seeing a huge old bear eating berries along the road side as he drove around viewing this marvelous place that was his.... He had timber and a mountain with uranium.... Later, he retired to Oregon, if you call his busy life retirement.

Here is a short list of people he knew and heard first hand stories of famous people and  historical events:

(1)  Mr.  Arthor Parson  told Richard how he took  President Theodore Roosevelt hunting... p. 170 .... p. 149....  Mr Parson knew Pierre Wibaux and his wife Millie; the Marquis de Mores and his wife Madora..... p. 146.  The Parson ranch, established in 1880,  became the largest horse ranch in Eastern Motana and Western North Dakota so Mr. Parson had rubbed elbows with the "elogant people".

(2) Richard's uncle Christoph  Hein owned a place next to Kid Carson who was a distant relative of Kit Carson...

(3) Mr. Karst had been with Gen. Custer and the troop which died at the Little Big Horn.  He had several other fellows had been left with the gattling guns which was slowing down Custer who was anxious to get to Little Big Horn that eventful day.... p. 90  Mr Karst also knew the Sioux called "Wooden Leg" who had been part of the battle against Custor. p. 92  Mr. Karst was part of the burial troop that buried the dead ..p. 97. He, also, knew Kit Carson p. 98

(4) Mr. Henry Bolter, who was an old Buffalo hunter,  talked about Mr. Karst  who like he had also hunted Buffaloes....Talked about the building of the Northern Pacific railroad..... p. 151

(5) Indians Wars were discussed by the old timers like Mr.  Lawrence Heitzman..John Huntan, Mr. Green, Mr. Van Halters ...p. 25

(6) Mr. Charles Krug . who was one of the old ranchers, a good friend to Ludwig Hein, told Richard many stories about what it was like to have been  one of the early ranch "barons".   He was born in Petersburg, Ohio in 1846. He and his wife Annie settled near Glendive in 1880.. He had about 500 head of cattle by 1885... which he lost in the winter of 1886/7.... In 1887 he came to Cabin Creek which was northwest of  where Marsh would be and started a sheep ranch.  As he prospered he bought land at 75 cents to $1.75 an acre... Soon he and 54 sections with 800 acres.... He also ran for  chairman of the board of County Commissioner and won....The Krugmanion was built in 1906.... It had 29 rooms... He bought into the German-Scandinavian Bank and also the Merchant's Bank.... And so the list continues..

(7) Mr. Dore talked about being at Fort Buford when Sitting Bull was brought in as a prisoner.... p. 118

(8) Richard heard story tellers told him about  Pierre Wibaux, Marquis de Mores, Conrad Kohrs, John Clay , Mr. Johnson, Arthur Parson....and others. Some of these men his father had known.... p. 120

(9) Amos James talked about Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians.....and other events that occurred in Washington in the 1860s... Talked about the Oregon trail and the wagon trains...And the famous James  Gang and family.... to whom Amos was first cousin.... Also talked about Gen. Grant with whom is brother had fought in Virginia....  Amos' brothers were freighters who hauled fright to the gold fields in Montana...

(10) Lew Ayers talked about the wars between the cattleman and the sheep men...  Told about the Parson's Horse Ranch and Poserwville in the old times.... shortage of women, dances, playing poker all night..... terrible winter storms.....about Wild Mustangs......

There were others Richard spoke about in his book but this gives you a slice of Richard R. Hein's life.

" Dad had bought the Walking Y Lazy V [brand] from Mr. Robert Olson and it could very well have been one of the older brands in Montana." tells Richard Hein, son of Ludwig Hein.


Richard Hein owns this old brand Walking Y Lazy V, which his father had owned in the early days.

At the Age of 90 Richard Hein has published his second book:





"So Much and Yet So Little, by Richard R. Hein, offers an illuminating overview of one of the things that made America great: its natural resources

Water, soil, oil, coal, nuclear power, gas, and forests are discussed in both historical and scientific terms.  While the author points out the achievements of the past, he also examines the possibilities of the future.  Hope and caution are the watchwords, or should be, as we build our energy policy. Hein does not hesitate to criticize where he feels criticism is due, and environmentalists of the current type come in for a great deal of it.

Whichever position you take, you will find this book a provocative approach to a critical subject.

RICHARD R. HEIN was born in North Dakota. His father, a rancher, soon moved the family to Wyoming where the author grew up. Following his own career in ranching, merchandising, and general contracting, Mr. Hein retired and now lives with his wife, Helen, in Oregon.  The couple has two grown children."


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