ARCHIE and AGNES MANN

from "Sheridan's Daybreak", 1970
Sheridan County Daybreakers Genealogy Society


Archie Mann was born at Souris, Manitoba, Canada on November 12, 1891. With his parents, Richard and Sophie Mann, he came to Culbertson via covered wagon, at the age of four. In 1889 they settled near Midby , south of the Big Muddy. Rocks of the old foundation are still visible. His early education was received in Culbertson, the nearest school, where he resided with a brother, Russell Mann.

Herding horses and cattle from Culbertson to the Canadian border was Archie's first occupation. In 1910, he squatted his first homestead and two years later the land was open for filing which he proved up. This place was known as Crazy Horse Gap by the Indians, which is twelve miles south of Plentywood and which later established the border line of the Indian Reservation. During this time, as things were difficult, he worked for Peter Marron and Forest Goodman herding cattle and horses and to supplement his income, he hunted coyotes, which not only were troublesome, but had a bounty on them. Archie was one of the finest horsemen of his day and broke many a horse for neighboring people.

Starting at the age of 16, with just a horse, saddle and fiddle, Archie made good use of his fiddle. Entire families would attend these conununity affairs bringing their midnight lunch with them. For the sake of the young readers, the old timers danced the waltz, two step, circle two step, square dance, polka, schottische and even jigged. At the age of 26, Archie met his young bride to be, Agnes Builtman, a young girl from Evansville, Indiana. Agnes came to Montana in the spring of 1917 with her older sister, Rena Sebastian, who had homesteaded in the Archer vicinity. They met at the wedding dance of George and Nellie Jackson at the Welliver Hall. They were married in Plentywood on November 29, 1917. Mrs. Mann presently resides in Plentywood and owns the original homestead. To Mr. and Mrs. Mann were born: Mrs. H. R. (Vernita) Nelson in 1920 of Plentywood; Mrs. Dr. J. J. (Helen) Cross in 1923 now of Admore, Oklahoma; and David G. Mann of Plentywood, born in 1930. After raising and breeding horses, Archie Mann later turned to farming and raising Hereford cattle. Summer fallowing was originally tried in this area by Mr. Mann. He ran a threshing rig, complete with the old steamer and separator and cook car. This operation was last run by him in 1938. Jules Van Hee of Plentywood fired the steamer for 19 harvest seasons. The engine used straw in burning to bring up the steam. Later Van Hee using lignite, heated the oil with this steam engine used in paving the Plentywood to Westby highway.

Archie Mann was an ardent hunter and fisherman having once bagged an albino mallard duck. He continued hunting many kinds of wildlife until his health failed. Mann was a charter member of the Sheridan County Izaak Walton League, belonged to the local Moose Lodge and was also one of the first members to serve on the Reserve Soil Conservation District. Archie Mann passed away in Plentywood at the age of 66 on August 31, 1958.