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Patrick "Tommy" Tucker, A Montana Cowboy

Updated January 9, 2002

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Tommy Tucker as he was called by his friends, Pat by his family, was born in Illinois, lost his mother at the age of 4, his dad remarried and they moved to Kansas around 1872. Pat and his 2 sisters, Mary Ann & Nellie, 2 brothers, Martin and Dennis were raised on a farm around Elmo, Ks. Pat's dream was to become a cowboy, he didn't care much for farming. He left home at an early age and went to Texas where he got a job.He moved many Longhorns from Texas into the state of Montana. Pat fell in love with Montana and knew that's where he wanted to be. As the years passed Pat use to say this was a womenless culture, that there was no calico on the range so he returned home to Kansas and married a girl he had known, and returned to Montana. Over the years Pat and Hedwig had a large family of 9 Children. Pat had a rich and memorable life. He had a close relationship with Charlie Russell, worked for the same ourfit. Pat wrote a book of his years on the range with Charlie Russell called "Riding The High Counrty". Worth reading if you can find a copy of it. Pat wrote it in 1933. Pat helped build the Old Faithfull Inn, was a Scout and the Crow Indians counted Pat as thier friend. In his later years he lived with his wife in Livingston and would tell many a yarns of his cowboy days at the Old Murray Hotel. At 4th of July you could always fine Pat on his Paint horse riding in the Livingston Parade. Researching his life has been very interesting.

 
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