On the corner of
Eighth and Palmer Streets, Miles City Montana, is the beautiful and
commodious residence of one of the leading cattlemen of Custer County --
Jesse Haston. His home is surrounded with a beautiful and well-kept lawn.
He was born at Glasgow, Howard County, Missouri in 1841, and the son of
Jesse and Elizabeth Haston. His father was a well-to-do farmer who removed
from east Tennessee to Missouri in 1818 when the people of that state had
still to live in forts to protect themselves from the Indians.
Jesse grew up on his father's farm, being educated at the common schools
and at Central College, Fayette Mo. When of age he still remained on the
old farm for a number of years, but later he engaged in purchasing and
shipping tobacco, but not being very stout physically and having had
financial reverses, he determined to try his fortune out West; so with
poor health and as little money as health, in the year 1879 he turned his
steps westward. On the first day of August 1879 at Camp Sheridan Nebraska,
he entered the employment of the Niobara Cattle Company as a cowboy and
the tenderfoot of the outfit and by hard work and always being faithful to
the trusts confided to him, in a few years having passed through all the
phases of cowboy life and the cattle business he became manager of the
company. In 1890 at Holden Missouri he married Ida McMelan who was born in
Toronto Canada and came with her parents to this country when a child.
They have two bright little girls: Jessie May and Katharyn Seymour.