Albert Frank Furstnow 92,100
- Born: 22 Feb 1862, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA 101,167
- Marriage: Ida Jane Sexsmith on 20 Dec 1885 in Belleville, , Ontario, Canada 101,102
- Died: 19 Sep 1925, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA at age 63 101
Another name for Albert was Albert Frank Firstenaugh.167
Article appearing in the Jordan Gazette, 4/21/1919, Jordan, Powder River, Montana, USA
"There are few towns in Montana that offer more in the way of a connecting link between the frontier days of three decades ago and the present than Miles City, where the annual meeting of the Montana Livestock Association was held last week. Miles City came into being in the troubled days of the late 70's, when the Sioux wars forced the government to send into the Yellowstone valley troops in sufficient numbers to establish once and forever the supremacy of the white man over the red. The first military stronghold was Fort Keogh, near the present site of Miles City, which has lived long enough to be become the principal remount station for the United States army, and which played an important part in the history of the great war in Europe by furnishing horses for cavalry and artillery for the armies sent to France.
Milestown, as the old timers are fond of calling it, came into its own when the Indians ceased to become an issue in western frontier annals and the cattle industry was getting a start. The herds driven north over the Texas trail passed through the Powder river country and Miles City furnished a convenient stopping place. In the early 80's Miles City was the metropolis of the cow country, and it may be truly said that it lingered longer than any other cattle center in Montana. Long after Northern Montana, the Judith Basin and the Milk river valley has been taken over by the homesteader, old Milestown was the mecca of the cow-puncher, and scores of old-time range riders drifted there and passed their declining years in the sagebrush north of the Powder river country.
The Day of the Saddler
Back in the days of the cowboy and the range the saddler reached the zenith of his importance, and scattered between the Mexican border and the Canadian line were half a dozen makers of saddles who enjoyed reputations that extended to the utmost borders of cowland. Of the half dozen there were none more famous than Al Furstnow, and of the famous makers of saddles none have lived longer than he. Today his saddles are accepted as standard among the few men left who ride and rope -- a race of men who are approaching extinction. And well they may be, for in the heyday of the cattle business there were no more popular makers than Furstnow.
The Commercial club of Miles City probably will be willing to admit that no business brought the name of Milestown before a greater number of people than he.
Furstnow, first came to Miles City in 1884, having first been given a thorough training back in Wisconsin, where he worked in his father's saddlery. His first work in the Montana cow town was done in the shop of E. Gottlich, and there he made one of the first flower-stamped saddles made in Montana. This saddle which created quite a sensation among the cow men, was done on order for the Lord Sidney Pagett and Leigh Remington, of the Remington Arms Company.
After spending a year or so in Milestown, Furstnow went to Omaha in the service of G. H. and J. S. Collins, becoming foreman of their shops at Omaha, Nebraska.
Outfitted Buffalo Bill
While in Omaha on this occasion Furstnow was selected by Buffalo Bill to outfit his wild west show, which was then about to start for Paris to exhibit at the world's fair at the French metropolis. After completing his contract for the leather goods needed by Buffalo Bill, Furstnow went to Cheyenne, where he spent another year in making a name for his saddles among the cow people of that territory. From there he went to San Francisco, but returned to Miles City in 1892, and was connected with Robbins and Lehoir Saddlery Company for a year. In 1894 he went into business for himself at Miles City, and for the past quarter of a century has been one of the best known of the western saddlers.
For many years past his products, especially the Al Furstnow saddles, have been used throughout the civilized world, especially in the western United States and in Old Mexico, and many shipments of his goods have gone to Europe, his exports in recent years having been especially heavy. It is said no concern in the United States has a more varied or more costly assortment of leather goods than has the Furstnow store."
Hutchins, Dan & Sebie. Old cowboy saddles and spurs. Ed. 6. 1996. page 34.
"Albert F. Furstnow was born in Fond du Lac, WI on Feb. 22, 1862. He established the Al Furstnow Saddlery Co. of Miles City, Montana in 1884. One year later he bought the Goettlich Saddlery and some time before 1894 he was associated with Robbins and Lenoir for a short time. In Dec. 1894 he went in to a parnership with Charles E. Coggshall, which lasted until March 1899.
Furstnow was known for his fancy leather work. He died in 1925 in Los Angeles, CA. The saddlery continued to operate under son-in-law Al Moreno. They issued their 35th catalog in 1928. They closed the saddle making part of the shop in Sept. 1946, when maker, Pete VerBeck left. (Al's son Walter Moreno ran the busines after 1945) (see 3rd annual pgs. 26 &127 and 4th annual pgs. 79, 173, 174 and 5th annual pg. 108)" 168,169
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 17 Jun 1870, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. 167
• Census: Age 18, birth WI, 1862, 1880, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. 170
• Census: Age 38, birth 1862, married 15 yrs, 9 Jun 1900, Miles City, Custer, Montana, USA.
• Residence, 1919, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. 101
• Census: Age 57, birth WI 1863, 16 Jan 1920, Miles City, Custer, Montana, USA. 29
Albert married Ida Jane Sexsmith, daughter of John Fletcher Sexsmith and Susannah Valleau, on 20 Dec 1885 in Belleville, , Ontario, Canada 101.,102 (Ida Jane Sexsmith was born on 10 Feb 1859 in , , , Canada 171 and died on 26 Apr 1928 in Miles City, Custer, Montana, USA 172.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Note: District Court Clerk unable to find marriage certificate, 25 Sep 2002, Miles City, Custer, Montana, USA.