American Field

Milo H. Milum Has Died

By David Grubb | Jan 03, 2019
Milo H. Milam

Lake Orion, Mich. — I learned on Christmas Day that  Milo Milum of Yakima, Wash., had died on December 10. He was 76 years old.

I first met Milo years ago when I went to the West Coast for the series of spring trials there. We had a common friend in Earl Crangle. I knew Earl from the trials in New York, and Milo was associated with him when Earl was on the West Coast.

I got a dog (Elhew Quick Draw) from Jim Wherry of Bellevue, Wash., when the dog was only a few weeks old, and had him broke when only eleven months old. I mean everything — steady to wing and shot, backing and stopping to flush.

Milo saw him and said he appeared to be a nice pup. Jim wanted to run him in the West Coast Puppy Stake, but I told Jim he did not run enough for that. I recommended running him in the shooting dog stake. Milo was surprised, and even more so when Jim ran him in the shooting dog stake with eighteen dogs and placed!

Jim kept the dog out West for a couple of years and Earl Crangle ran him, with Milo providing reports on the dog. Then I got Quick Draw back and won several placements with him.

Milo judged several trials out West and was highly instrumental in West Coast trials. I enjoyed many long bird dog talks with him, and he was friends with George Thomas whom I greatly admired.

I got some young dogs from Milo that were winners, but didn’t make the “big time.”

Milo attended auctioneer school and became an auctioneer, conducting estate, cattle and horse sales. He also raised and trained some of the finest quarter horses.

Through all the years, Milo would call about once a week and talk bird dogs. He really loved them. I also got to know Milo’s son Jon who was quite a knowleagle bird dog man.

I will miss Milo’s weekly calls and assessment of West Coast trials.

My condolences to his lovely wife of 52 years, Faye, his sons James and Jon, and four grandchildren.

Rest in peace my friend.


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