Rickard Ross presents a paper on Friday, June 27, and signs copies on Saturday of his new book, “The Story of Five Montana Pioneer Families.”
In 2010, Mr. Ross says, he published a biography of his great-grandfather Frederick E. Server, a Montana soldier, explorer and pioneer. Mr. Server came to Montana at the age of 18, a fresh recruit in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry stationed at Fort Ellis.
During his 10-year career in the Army, he was a member of Col. John Gibbon’s Montana column and was among the first to come upon the dead of George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry.
After he was discharged from the Army at Fort Custer in 1883, he and his wife, Anna, operated a hotel at Custer Station (now Custer, Mont.) from 1883 and then at Crow Agency from 1892 until his death in 1911.
Now he has written a new book about the Server, Getchell, Ross, and Buzzetti families at Crow Agency and in Hardin.
Mr. Ross will present a paper on the Server biography on Friday, June 27, in Hardin, at the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association symposium. The next day, June 28, he will sign books at the Big Horn County Historical Museum.