Robert J. Ege was a writer and author who lived at 1904 2nd Ave. N. in Great Falls and 50 years ago helped start an organization called “Little Bighorn Associates, Inc.”
“We study the life and times of George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn,” said Bill Blake of Woodstock, Ga., the group’s current chairman. “The vast majority of our members are very passionate about Custer. In fact, I think there are some of us within the organization that are still fighting the battle.”
Ege, who died here in 1977 and was cremated, was among the handful who started the group and for a time wrote its newsletters. Bruce Liddic, who has belonged to the organization for nearly 50 years, knew the Great Falls man well.
“He was a writer and also a radio commentator,” Liddic said. “He was very civic-minded, with (three sons and a daughter). His wife (Dorothy) was for a time the executive director of the YWCA in Great Falls.”
Liddic, of Lancaster, Pa., is now director emeritus of the Little Bighorn Associates.
“I know that the first issue of our newsletter was 20 printed copies, and it was done on a stencil machine in Bob Ege’s kitchen there in Great Falls,” he said. “In 1966, we had 12 members. Now we have 1,000, give or take, and we meet all over the country.”
Why, Blake was asked, has the group grown through the years? That’s easy, he said.............
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Mention of the late Robert Ege of Great Falls, Montana brought to mind the fact that the Little Big Horn Associates was founded as an international organization, owing its birth to both a Canadian & a Brit as well as Americans, and their contributions to the organization's early years are generally overlooked. Although I met Robert Ege only once both William (Bill) McCulloch & Dr. West were mentors & enthusiastic supporters during my teenage years. Bill I came to know as a fellow member of the "Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society and Dr. West at my alma mater McMaster University.
The first two issues of the LBHA Newsletter carried articles by Bill McCulloch dealing with the life & military career of Lieutenant William W. Cooke based largely upon discussions with both myself & the late A. W. Cooke of Hamilton.
Enjoy, but as you read note that McCulloch makes a number of mistakes. Most noteably, "Cooke's ashes" which were NOT buried at Hamilton Cemetery, "Aug. 1, 1877". Cooke's remains were NOT cremated. The remains were examined at Customs & later by Dr. Cooke (the lieutenant's father) as well as the Hamilton City coroner upon their arrival at Hamilton. And, NO such "cemetery records" exist. I know this for a fact because I looked when, as legal custodian for the Winer family plot where the lieutenant currently rests, at my personal expense had a new granite marker placed upon the plot in May 1983. I have all of the original documents pertaining to Cooke's interrment, including the Grand Trunk Railway "Freight Advice" notice announcing the arrival of the remains at Hamilton Station with charges due ($2.83) & the reciept for burial at Hamilton Cemetery ($3.50).
Regards to all,
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