It all began in
on May 7, 1901.
Frank James Cooper
was the second son born to British immigrants Charles and Alice, née Brazier. (Charles Cooper would later become a Supreme Court Justice.)
Young Frank and his older brother Arthur loved the 600-acre ranch Charles purchased forty miles out of Helena. But Alice, fearing her sons were becoming too uncivilized through their
association with the rough-and -ready ranchhands, insisted on sending the boys to public school in England. Arthur flourished; Frank, not scholastically inclined, was miserable.