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Line One Horned Hereford Cattle Breeders in Montana
Seeking employment that allowed her to have Les with her, Mrs. Holden accepted a housekeeping position for Frank Cooper at Willow Creek, Montana. She and Mr. Cooper married a year later. They had five children, one of which is Jack L. Cooper. After Les graduated from Willow Creek High School, he enrolled at Montana State University at Bozeman. He later transferred to Billings Polytechnic, now called Rock Mountain College. While there, he met Ethel Everson, who was a student at Western Montana College.
Les' stepfather, Frank Cooper, and half-brother, Jack Cooper, formed a company and purchased the place where Jack now resides. This was about 1933.
When Les and Ethel were first married, Les worked as a loan supervisor for the Farm Security Administration, now called Farm Home Administration, in Columbus, Montana. Because he liked working outdoors, he later resigned and they went back to the ranch with Coopers in 1938. A few years later, Les and Ethel leased a ranch on Willow Creek. In 1945, they sold Les's share in the Cooper ranch to Jack and moved to an irrigated farm they leased just south of Townsend. Les & Ethel raised commercial Hereford cattle at this ranch. The inception of their registered herd began when they bought a Line One Hereford sire from the U.S. Range Station at Miles City in 1947. After that the Holdens acquired two consecutive registered heifer calf crops from Car Keickbush of Townsend by trading him 1 1/2 of their grade Hereford calves for one of Carl's. The dams of these heifers were of Advance Domino descent and were sired by Advance Mixer 60th, which traced back to Advance Domino 13th, the basic sire of Line One Herefords at the Miles City Research Station.
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