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 James Albert Youst

James Albert Youst

Birth
Corbin, Sumner County, Kansas, USA
Death 6 Sep 1962 (aged 87)
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA
Burial Belfry, Carbon County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 25742978 · View Source
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Albert "Brig" Youst, 88, of 123 So. 35th Street, Billings, Montana died Sunday morning in a Billings hospital following a short illness. He was one of the few remaining pioneer cowboys of this area.

He was born the son of Virginia Cunningham Youst and Gilford E. Youst in Corbin, Kansas, September 11, 1874 and came to Montana in 1890 from Raton, New Mexico by covered wagon and trailing cattle herds.

In 1893 he drove the first stage freight into what is now Cody, Wyoming, and in 1894 was a mail route stage driver from Meeteetse, Wyoming to Eagles Nest on the Red Lodge route.

Albert homesteaded in the Clarke Fork Valley with two brother George and Claudius Youst. He married Goldie Hancock on July 10 1903 and was engaged in the transfer business in Hardin for 14 years. He worked for several cattle companies in south-central Montana, including John Tollan, E. L. Dana, Harvey Willcutt, Ed Ropac and Hubert Woodard. He retired in 1953 and made his home with his son, Gordon, in Billings.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Olive Delphia Phelan, Lena Alice May, and George B. Youst, a brother. Surviving is a brother Claudius D. Youst, residing in Belfry; his widow; a son, Gordon J. Youst of Billings; a daughter, Velda, Mrs. Edwin H. Miller and a grandson, Gary E. Miller all of Boulder, Colorado; a Granddaughter, Gwen Smith of Whittier, California and three Great-grandchildren.
Albert was better known to his friends as "Brig' Youst. He was a man with a great heart and love for his fellow man and ready to help any man, woman or child in need or distress. His great wealth was his many friends, young or old, any race or creed. To know him was to love him for his sunny disposition and joviality and he had a gift in relating his life's experiences with original humor. He was a free spirit of the West and the open range was his heaven.


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  • Created by: Lena Seng
  • Added: 4 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25742978
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Albert Youst (11 Sep 1874–6 Sep 1962), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25742978, citing Belfry Cemetery, Belfry, Carbon County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Lena Seng (contributor 46887311) .