Mrs. Mary James Osborne homestead cabin with sod roof pictured here lived on
Flat Willow Creek 27 miles north of Roundup. She was the only registered nurse
in the area in 1909. She assisted at most of the births in the area. There was
one doctor in Roundup, but Mrs. Osborne used to beat him out of his normal fee
as it took quite a while to get word to the doctor, and for him to get his rig
on the road. Often a rancher would gallop to her door and she would jump on
behind him and race to a ranch located miles away, and then wait two or three
weeks for the birth to occur. She covered most of the pine-forested Bull Mountain
area, and provided care to a variety of patients.
In 1960 she was still on-call as a private duty
nurse in Los Angeles
at age 80.
Yellowstone County Coordinator