The education of Wesley P. Franklin was secured in the public schools of McLean County Illinois and as a youth assisted his father in the work of the home farm. When his father died he began farming and stock raising on his own account and in 1886 came by way of the Northern Pacific to Montana and located near Big Timber, where he first took up a squatter's claim on Fish Creek about thirty miles from the town. There he engaged in the sheep business with his son, Herschel P., who had come to the state before him and had managed the business since 1881. They remained on Fish Creek until the fall of 1886, then removing to what was known as the Puett Ranch, a tract of 480 acres which they purchased in 1889. To this they added by purchase, homestead, pre-emption and desert claims until they had 9330 acres when all the sheep were sold and they turned their attention to raising cattle. They also did an extensive business in buying and selling cattle until 1900 when Mr. Franklin retired from the business and moved to Big Timber. He now has large interests in the A.F. & K. Elevator Company, in addition to owning 4000 acres of fine ranch land situated about fifteen miles from Big Timber and is known as one of the his city's most substantial business citizens.
On March 21, 1858, Mr. Franklin was married to Miss Hannah Puett who was born in Georgetown, Illinois and is deceased, having been the mother of four children: Mrs. Estella Mowdy, a widow; Herschel P., now living in Melville Montana, married Miss Lee of Indiana; Lillian, the widow of Dr. J.C. Graham and Daisy who married (second) to Miss Bessie Bryan, a native of Philadelphia.
source: A History of Montana by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, 1913