James Montee, the husband of newly-elected Missouri state auditor Susan Montee, recently successfully bid on a 60-acre hobby horse ranch in southern Platte County.
The ranch was sold by the estate of Carol Richards. Montee’s winning bid was for $2 million, James Montee confirmed to The Landmark on Monday.
The ranch is located on the northeast corner of Highway FF and Union Chapel Rd.
Montee said he will use the property as his mother’s and step-father’s primary residence. Lee and Jimma Gorham, Montee’s step-father and mother, currently live in St. Joseph, where Susan and James maintain their primary residence.
The horse ranch has an older house, which is the largest house on the property, in which the Gorhams will reside. There is a second, smaller house on the property, which the Montees plan to use as a weekend retreat. James Montee has a strong recreational interest in horses, too, he said.
“I plan to revitalize the horse ranch aspects of the property,” James Montee said.
As Missouri state auditor, Susan Montee will spend most of her time in Jefferson City, James Montee noted, but the couple plan to spend some weekends at the Platte County ranch.