February 7, 1912 – September 1983
Glen Childers was born February 7, 1912 to Wesley (Chan) and Martha (Mattie) Childers in Henrietta, Texas. When Glen was 2 years old, the family packed all of their belongings in a covered wagon and headed north, arriving in what was Dawson County to homestead northwest of Jordan, Montana.
Glen attended school whenever it was offered and worked at whatever jobs were available as school allowed. He never knew the words “back up” or “quit.”
In 1937, Glen married Peggy Huston. Glen worked on the Fort Peck Dam construction before he and Peggy moved to the Big Hole Basin, where he spent days with a haying crew from Jordan and nights in a coalmine. Peg cooked for both crews.
In 1939, the Childers moved to the Brusett area in northwestern Garfield County and bought the start of 7-V Ranch for back taxes. Through the years, hard work paid off, enabling them to add to their ranch whenever property became available.
Glen and Peg started outfitting in 1951 to bring additional income to the ranch. They became the first outfitters in eastern Montana and built their first string of cabins in 1957, followed by a lodge and another cabin in 1960. In the following decades, the original cabins were replaced with new ones until Glen figured he had it right. Peg was an integral part of the business, ensuring that everyone was fed and taken care of in camp and making good hearty lunches for the field.
For a time, they also operated a summer business. They took guests fishing and sightseeing, and offered them the opportunity to experience a working ranch.
Glen belonged to the Eastern Montana Outfitters Association and the Montana Outfitters and Dudes Ranchers Association. In 1974, he became a member of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association following the merging of several regional organizations.
Glen was a longtime Region 7 Director and also served as MOGA President for two years, spending a fair bit of time in Helena persuading legislators to support the outfitting industry’s goals.
In 1983, due to failing health, Glen turned the reins over to his son Ross, who’d been a part of the operation since he was 12, learning to guide under his father’s tutelage. Glen passed away in September of 1983, leaving a legacy that is ongoing with a third generation of Childers ready to take the reins when Ross passes on the torch that inspired Glen.
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My mother Alice Ware grew up in “the breaks” near Brusett. I heard her talk about the Justin’s and the Childers. Wonderful to see this tribute to hard working honorable folks.
I grew up in Jordan, Montana. My folks, Homer and Mary (Billing) Hansard , spent much time at Glen and Peg Childers ranch. Dad did carpenter work for Glen. We LOVED going out to the ranch.
If you worked for him you darn sure never backed up or quit. Even though he was crippled, he knew where to put a boot.
MY Mom Jean Ware Gilroy grew up in the breaks, an older sister of Alice Ware Carpenter & Art Ware & younger sister of Selah Ware Swanser . Our Grandma Dora (Dorcus) Ware was widowed in 1949; (Grandpa Wilbur Ware) & Grama lived alone by herself on their home place about 9 miles from the river 48 miles NW of Jordan.. until the year of her death early 1970’s. Childers name was spoken by Mom & Grama W. as was Peg Childers (I did not know her maiden name is Huston thus maybe Peg is related to Harry & Sussie Huston & Dave Huston who I knew as a child & throughout the years.. & on into my married life as we hunted down in the breaks.. Small world & I love hearing of connections to the past. Thanks to my cousin Jan Carpenter Volkmann! April 26, 2018 Trudy Dorcus Euphemia Gilroy Eckley Kalispell, MT