Arnold Archibald Tuma

Arnold Archibald Tuma, son of Wencel Tuma and anna Jindra, was born 3 Jun 1909 in Mishicot, Wisconsin.  In his early adulthood he moved out to Montana and farmed with his brothers, Louis and Harry.  He was considered a Cut Bank, MT pioneer.
He was married to Mary Phillips, July 15, 1932 in Cut Bank, Montana.  At one time he was the assistant Glacier County, Montana Assessor.  He was a member of the Elks Club.

He was Catholic in faith.  He died in June 1973.  He was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Cut Bank.  His wife died in 1966.

The couple had two children, Gene Arnold Tuma and Donna.

Gene Tuma was born 22 December 1933 and died  25 Jun 1996. He married first to Irene Ruth Peace daughter of James and Delia Peace.  She died in 1967.  He was married a second time, but later divorced.

The couple in Bozeman after their marriage, moved to Billings for two years and in 1956 returned to Bozeman where Gene attended school.   They lived in Roy in 1957, Rosebud in 1960 and Colstrip in 1962 where Gene taught science (geology). In Feb 1963, Gene was selected to attend Cornell University during the 1963-64 school year.  The family moved to Ithaca, N.Y. where Gene received his Master of Science degree.  In 1964 had moved to Forsyth, MT.

Gene was very active in  Gene was highly involved in the Montana Strip Mining Reclamation Act in the 60s.  At that time he was employed as conservation director at Peabody Coal Co., Colstrip.

As a teacher, Gene would take a group of his students on a field trip to the Greybull, Wyo. area.  This is a huge anticlinal fold. It has been world renowned as the most classical example of erosion known to man. It is featured in most geology books this way.

The students also studied the Howe Dinosaur Quarry near Shell, where the giant Sauropod Dinosaurs were unearthed by the Brown expedition in 1930. W. D. Greene, Greybull Museum director, assisted Tuma on this field trip through explaining the fossil and rock display at the museum, slide programs, and guiding the field trips in the area.

Gene was elected mayor of Forsyth, Montana  and served on the Eastern Montana College Executive Board.

Gene and Irene had three sons.  Gene died June 25, 1996 in Forsyth, Rosebud County, Montana.

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