Former Martinsdale Area Rancher Dies
Word has been received here of the death of Charles H. Kertz of Noxon, whose name is still identified with the ranch he founded years ago two miles east of Martinsdale.
Charles Kertz came with his family to the Musselshell valley in 1879 and settled on rich bottom land famous for its hay. This ranch became part of the Martinsdale Land & Livestock holdings, then one of the Bair Co. ranches, and is now owned and operated by Albert Berg of Martinsdale.
Kertz' last visit to the Musselshell and Smith River valleys was in November, 1950. He and Tommy Meixsell, and old-timer of White Sulpher Springs, visited Fred Ward, publisher of the Meagher County News, and talked of their early days in Montana. Miexsell said he came to Martinsdale in a snowstorm in October, 1880; and to White Sulpher Springs in 1889. The day he arrived he read the first issue of Alexander Rhone's Meagher County News.
It happened that the day of their visit, Nov. 1, 1950, was publication day for the paper, and exactly 61 years from the date of Rhone's first issue. Billings Gazette, 1953
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