Jordan was the second of five children born to Russell 'R.O.' Owens and Elizabeth Ann (Harper) Bean. He married Mary Arzolla (Bean) in 1888 and together they had three children: William Neil, Errol and Robley.
Bridger Times-Bridger, Montana September 16,1948
State Pioneer Dies at Bridger Rites for J. N. Bean Scheduled Sunday
Jordan N. Bean, early-day Indian fighter and one of Montana's most colorful pioneers, died at his ranch home south of Bridger Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. at the age of 90. He had suffered a stroke September 6, forcing cancellation of plans for a celebration of his sixtieth wedding anniversary on September 9. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist church at Bridger with the Rev Howard S. Davis, pastor officiating. Committal services will be conducted at Bridger cemetery by Golden Fleece lodge No.69. A.F. & A.M., of which Mr. Bean was a charter and life member. For many years Mr. Bean had been the sole survivor of Utah's Little Castle Valley fight June 15, 1881, between renegade Indians and a volunteer force of cowboys and settlers from southwestern Colorado. He was hit in the left temple by a bullet and had to play dead to save his life. Born May 12, 1858 at Gonzales, Texas, son of Russell O. Bean, he moved with his parents to the Indian Territory of Oklahoma at the age of 12. In 1877, he went to Pine River, Colo. and two years later to Delores, Colo. He came to Montana to the Rosebud River near Forsyth in 1884, and in 1892 he proved up on a preemption claim where he and his father built the first irrigation ditch in the area. On Sept. 9, 1888, he was married to Mary Bean at West Lima, Wis. And in the spring of 1893 they sold out to Bean's father and moved to the Pryor mountains where they ranched at the head of Piney creek five miles east of what is now Warren. They moved to their Bridger ranch in 1906. The widow, two sons, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a sister survive. The sons are William Neil bean of Badger Basin, Wyo. And Robley Jordan Bean of Bridger, and the sister Mrs. Nettie Crawshaw of Forsyth. The body is at Settergren's funeral home in Billings.
The Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana
JORDAN N. BEAN DIES TUESDAY
The death of Jordan N. Bean, Monday night at his home south of Bridger, marks the passing of another of Montana's pioneers. Mr. Bean, who was 90 years of age, died at 9:15 pm Monday, after suffering a paralytic stroke on September 6. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, Rev. H.S. Davis will conduct the church service and the Golden Fleece Lodge, A.F. & A.M. will be in charge of the graveside service. Burial will be in the Bridger cemetery. Jordan N. Bean was born May 12, 1858, the son of Russell and Elizabeth Bean, near Gonzales, DeWitt County, Texas. At the age of fourteen the family moved to Paul's Valley, in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. In 1875 the family moved to Colorado and it was in 1881 that Mr. Bean took part in the now famous Little Castle Indian battle near Moab, Utah, in which he was wounded severely. In 1884 he sold out his ranch holdings in Colorado and moved to Montana, settling on the Rosebud river in Custer county. In 1888 they sold out to move to Norwood, Wyoming, and when they got near the Montana border they decided to stay in Montana, so they took up a homestead. In 1906 the family moved to their present home south of Bridger. All of these many years have proved to be rich, full years for this family and no one held more esteem of so many people as did Jordan Bean. He was active up until the time of his final illness. Even at the age of 90 he continued to do chores around the house. He is survived by the widow, one sister, Mrs. Nettie Crawshaw of Forsyth; two sons, William Neal of Badger Basin and Robley Jordan of the home; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.