|View from the Pompey's Pillar Farm, taken by the rich relatives from Chicago|
|Farming during the first year: 1909|
Before the Pompey’s Pillar venture, O. Duncan Robertson and Maude Brodock Robertson must have saved up to provide themselves with a healthy stake to get started. No greenhorn, Grandpa did not calculate to rely solely on farming the alkaline western soil. He had a dairy farm in mind. Their dairy stock was of the finest. Grandpa kept excellent records of his improvements and his stocks’ pedigrees and milk production. Mr. Berg, whoever he may be, and Warrent bred their cow to Grandpa's registerd Holstein bull.
|Certificate of Registry for bull|
Grandpa had names for his cows. It appears that many were named after friends of family: Nettie, Mittie, Beauty, Rose, Edith, Alberta, and May. This is more evidence of our changing culture. If anyone named a cow after me, I would assume the person was trying to pick a fight.
I would have never dreamed that the Huntley Project, Ballantine, Pompey's Pillar area created a telephone company. But here is the stock certificate that proves it. Evidently, Grandpa had stock in the company and had the contract to string some of the lines.
To me it looks like the Pompey’s Pillar neighbors were a tight knit group, Several papers refer to a Yeoman’s Association which Maude, Dunc and several neighbors joined. There is even a certificate that looks remarkably like a health insurance policy. In this valuable paper, my Grandmother lists the causes of death from siblings to grandparents.
|Dairy Licene for the Robertson's Yellowstone stock farm.|
|Bill for stringing telephone wire on the Yellowstone Stock Farm Letterhead|
|Building Huntley Project|
Looking through these documents made me realize at little more about the character of those I descended from. They were very literate, paid their debts, and were good business people. They valued quality and knew how to plan to achieve their goals. Grandma and Grandpa, you were A-1.