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Joseph Albert Brath
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1885
Taylor County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Jul. 18, 1930
Miles City
Custer County
Montana, USA



Drowned in Rosebud River; Disappeared While on Trip Into Beartooth Country.


Left by Rancher on Friday; Is Believed to Have Gone Down in Crossing Water.

Columbus, July 20. --(Special)--The two-day search for Joseph Brath, 44, Miles City hotel proprietor, which was carried on near Emerald lake in West Rosebud canyon of the Beartooths, ended at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the discover of the body in West Rosebud river. The body was found by Sheriff Peter Matthies of Stillwater county, leader of the search, and Curtis Spalding, Stillwater county agent.

The body was found lodged in the lower branches of a tree which had fallen across the stream at a point one mile from the outlet of Emerald lake. It was completely submerged and, on examination, was found to be bruised in many places from striking the sharp rocks as it was carried down the swift stream.

Brath was last seen alive by Lester Early, Powderville rancher and companion on the mountain outing, Friday. He had been fishing on the south shore of Emerald lake at a point where there is practically no current. In reconstructing the manner in which the drowning is believe d to have occurred, Sheriff Matthies said that, in his opinion, Brath had apparently left the spot to attempt a crossing at the outlet of the lake into West Rosebud. At the outlet, the sheriff said, there is an exceptionally stron current and he believed Brath went down in attempting to make the crossing. Brath, according to the widow, had been in weak health and the sheriff stated that it was possible that his weak condition contributed to the tragedy.

On Fishing Trip

Brath, with Early and Frank Gardiner of Miles City, left Miles City for a proposed 10-day outing in the Big Horns, their trip scheduled to lead them later into the Beartooths and across to Cooke City. After their start, however, they had changed their plans and gone up West Rosebud, camping on the opposite shore of Emerald lake from the point where Brath was last seen. Early told Sheriff Matthies that he had left Brath fishing at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Early, himself, when he had left Brath, had gone toward the outlet to find a short-cut to camp and it was thought Brath later had followed.

After having made an all-day search of Emerald lake and the mountainside nearby on Saturday, Sheriff Matthies again headed searches early Sunday. Through Sunday morning one party combed for a second time the mountainside while the sheriff searched the stream above Emerald lake. In the afternoon, Sheriff Matthies and County Agent Spalding started from the Emerald lake outlet and searched downstream until they found the body.

Born in Wisconsin

Mr. Brath was born Sept. 10, 1885, in Wisconsin. He was married at (Auburndale, WI). in 1909, the couple moving the next year to Miles City where residence had been made since. For many years Mr. Brath was a carpenter. At the time of his death he was operator of the Brath hotel in Miles City and was well known throughout Custer County.

Resides the widow, who, upon hearing of the finding of the body, immediately left for Columbus, the drowning victim is survived by three children; Marthe, 17; Paully, 14, and Marie, 8; all at home. Mrs. Brath arrived at Columbus at 5:30 Sunday afternoon to take charge of the body which had been brought to the Harris undertaking parlor here.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced Sunday evening.

Published in The Billings Gazette; Billings, Montana; Monday, July 21, 1930. Vol. XLIL---No. 287.
Family links: 
  Pauline Beier Brath Treml (1854 - 1937)
  Anna Louise Gotz Brath (1887 - 1967)
  Anna Brath Meehan (1887 - 1967)*
  Joseph Albert Brath (1885 - 1930)
  Fred Lawrence Brath (1887 - 1966)*
  Emil V. Brath (1889 - 1976)*
  Frank Brath (1890 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Calvary Cemetery
Miles City
Custer County
Montana, USA
Created by: Jeff Stauber
Record added: May 18, 2010
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Joseph Albert Brath
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