HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Adam Schweitzer, the father of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, has died. He was 89. A lifelong farmer and rancher who kept working into his 80s, Adam Schweitzer died in Helena of natural causes. He was born May 15, 1920 in Goldstone, the sixth of nine children by Ukrainian natives Michael and Francisca Schweitzer, who came to Montana as homesteaders in 1909. He married Kathleen McKernan of Box Elder in September 1946, and the couple had six children. They farmed and ranched north of Gildford near the Canadian border and later in Central Montana near
Geyser.The governor described his father as a hardworking businessman with little formal education but a knack for organizing and for modernizing his ranching practices.
Adam Schweitzer served in World War II and in the 1950s helped form the Montana Beef Performance Association, which promoted better ranching techniques. The governor said his father never got into politics but served as the Montana director of the National Farm Organization.