Re: Norman Leroy McDonough
Oh, yeah. He's my grandpa. He was born in Wolf Creek MT on July 26th 1927 and his family tree is a disaster. He has alot of half brothers and sisters (If you'd like to know about the extended half just ask). He is the oldest son of John McDonough and Grace Elmendorf. He has two brothers, Jack and Donald, and one sister, Genevieve (we call her Jenny). Norm married Barb Steinbach July 11th 1948 and they lived in one house their whole married life. He had 4 children, Patrick, Bradley, Robert and Lynn.
Norm's first job was welding and working on railroads when he was 16, Then he got drafted during WW2 to work on some aircraft. When he returned home he got married. His father in law, William Steinbach, Had a large sheep ranch that they ended up turning into a Cattle ranch. Then, in 1956, He started McDonough outfitters. Norman and one other fellow from Augusta were the first 2 people in Montana EVER to start doing guides and outfitting through the foothills of the rockies. The business is still running strong today, Now run by his son Robbie and his wife.
Norm was a very popular guy. He new many many people. In almost every town they went to, Someone recognized his face and they'd talk. My mother cannot recall a single weekend that went by in there house where they didn't have company. And they're located 60 miles away from anything significant! Norm was also an excellent artist, Self taught, he painted beautiful western settings and animals. There are people all around the country with some of his work. He painted with watercolors and oil. In his 30's he was apart of the rodeos, with the best calf wresting horse of any other contestant. He also liked to play golf, hunt and fish.
Norman died in August 1992 in a car crash after he fell asleep at the wheel. He could have been saved if the ambulance coming to get him hadn't gotten a flat tire.
I hope I described to you the right Norman. How are you related to him?