The first Bean ranch with the dugout was south of Glen Ullin on #49 about 3.5 miles. There wasn't a good water source, so it never became a permanent place. The Bean family then lived on the ranch at Antelope Creek from 1890 to about 1904. At that time apparently Ann Eliza (Broadwell) Bean decided she'd had enough of living miles from the neighbors and even farther from a town. So they left their beloved ranch in the valley, and moved to Glen Ullin. Uncle Homer (Ted Bean's son) was apparently the last person who knew how to find their ranch. He died in the early 1980's.

Hadley Bean married Helen Lidstrom in 1895, and Theodore Bean married Alma Lidstrom in 1908. Once in Glen Ullin, Hadley Bean ran a livery barn, where people coming in from out of town would keep their horses. Helen would get upset because he so often invited them in for a dinner. Then the next people would come in and need something to eat, so he'd invite them in as well.

Theodore became a successful businessman (not entirely surprising - even after quitting school at age 13 he continued on his own, and studied surveying while herding sheep). He owned a general store employing mechanics and the story is he owned the first car in town. These two things led him to his next endeavor - starting the first Ford dealership in town. His daughter, my grandmother, would often drive groups of young kids on a picnic or outing in "Old Sally", a Model T that had lost its top and apparently held quite a few people. Around 1925 he moved back to the country to take up ranching - just in time to get hit by the Great Depression.

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The Lidstrom and Bean Families:

Charles Lidstrom (1851-1904) and Anna Christina Nelson (1851-1916), both emigrated from Sweden in early 1860s, married in Hastings, MN ? Children:
Elijah Homer Bean (1843-1923) and Ann Eliza Broadwell (1846-1931), both of Ohio, married 1866 in Athens Co. Ohio. Children:
Interesting tidbit I just noticed: Helen and Hadley (Bean) were married in June 1895. Hadley (Lidstrom) was born May 1895. Perhaps he was named in honor of the fiance of their first-born daughter?

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Most pictures were taken and developed by Hadley Bean's wife, Helen Lidstrom. I also used the captions that she wrote whenever possible. Few pictures were dated, but most of those used for this book seem to be taken 1901-1904 (except the two car pictures). Some of these were rescued from the scrap heap after my grandmother, Agnes (Bean) Ungerecht, died. They were being thrown out when people couldn't immediately identify the people and places in the pictures, apparently not thinking of the irreplaceability of these remarkable pictures that survived 80-plus years. Most were easily identified by Ruth Bean (Helen and Hadley's daughter, Grandma's double-cousin), and I appreciate her help and her stories in adding an understanding to this document.

"Going for the mail", presumably at the Antelope Creek Ranch. They lived 30 miles south of Glen Ullin, and not much else around, it is unclear how far they had to go to get the mail, but obviously it wasn't something you did just on a whim, especially in the winter.

Not sure who is in the photo, but it is too good not to share. Likely taken near Glen Ullin or near the Antelope Creek Ranch.

Shack on Hadley's claim. Nothing else is known about this. It seems that T.C. Bean used the term "homestead" to refer to their land close to Glen Ullin, not the Antelope Creek Ranch.

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Theodore Clyde (T.C.) Bean (1877-1957)
Alma Christina Lidstrom (1886-1973)
Hammond United States Atlas, Gemini Edition (historical atlas)
Genealogical sources too numerous to list, but starts with my grandma, Agnes Bean Ungerecht, and her double cousin, Ruth Bean

A couple useful websites I started from:

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