BITTER ROOT VALLEY NEWS
BITTER ROOT VALLEY
VICTOR, Chief of the Flatheads, is dead.
New Northwest, Friday August 19, 1870
FROM MISSOULA TO GIRD’S CREEK
Mr. A. S. Blake, the mail contractor between
Missoula and Gird’s Creek, is now running a regular line of
tri-weekly two-horse coaches between here and Stevensville, and a
semi-weekly line from the latter place to Gird’s Creek, via
Corvallis. The distance to Stevensville is 28 miles, and from
there to Gird’s Creek 20 miles, making 48 miles in all, for which a
fare of $3.50 is charged. The stages of this line start from
Missoula on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 6 o’clock a.m.
The Missoula Pioneer, March 16, 1871
Mr. Wm Fairweather, one of the discoverers of
Alder in ’63, has been in the city several days, and is looking as
natural as in days of old. He has been on some huge tramps the
last three or four years. He is now from the Colorado river
mines and Pioche. He reports Pioche as a good country but full
of people. Before going to the Colorado he was up at Peace
River and into Alaska prospecting. He now goes to the
Yellowstone satisfied that Montana is the best country yet to
prospect in. We hope he will find another Alder and get the
best of it for himself, for he richly deserves a good “strike”…..
The New Northwest, Saturday Morning, September 14, 1872
Deer Lodge, Montana
The Post Office at Gird’s Creek has been discontinued.
The Missoula Pioneer, February 3, 1872
***Among the Farms***
On the West side of the river from Stevensville
and above, we find Sweathouse Creek, where resides a number of
thrifty, well-to-do farmers, prominent among whom are Messers Nelson
and Blake. Their farm is a model one, and produces most
Take the Bitter root Valley from
Stevensville to the Sleeping Child, a distance of about thirty
miles, and we venture the assertion that it cannot be excelled in
productiveness and improvements by any other valley in the
(Robert Nelson & Abraham S. Blake)
The Missoula Pioneer, April 6, 1872
The Big Hole Dead
The citizens’ committee sent from Bitter Root valley to the Big Hole
battle field to remove the remains the citizen volunteers burried
[sic] there, successfully accomplished their mission. The
bodies, disinterred and coffined, were those of L. C. Elliott,
Campbell Mitchell, A. I. Lockwood, David Morrow and John
Armstrong. The remains of Elliott were buried at his home on
Skalkaho, and of the other four interment was made side by side in
the Willow Creek burial ground. Funeral services were held at
Corvallis on Sunday last.
Weekly Herald, Helena, MT, Thursday, October 11, 1877, p. 7, c. 7
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
Mr. Hackett is a bachelor and miner and occupies
a cabin adjacent to the Ballard residence, where the latch string is
always out. Of course he could not feed all the visitors, but
the auctioneer and the writer were told they could get in at the
spread. The dinner was fine, the menu being oyster soup and
spring chicken cooked a la well, rolled in flour and smothered in
bacon grease, with all the delicacies of the season. John
Landrum and A. S. Blake were the honorable gentlemen that served up
the meal and with our stomachs so well treated we did indeed feel
The Weekly Missoulian, October 7, 1887
Deputy Ike Abernathy came up from Missoula Friday
evening to serve some papers on Victor parties and drove a blooded
team of thoroughbreds to a sleigh. About two o’clock in the
morning, while Ike was taking a big dose of nature’s sweet restorer,
sleep, Mac Stevens, the stable boy, was seized with an insane desire
to sleigh ride and hitched the $500 span to the cutter and in a
minute later plowed the snow when the sleigh upset and the flyers
flew, and along toward day-light Abernathy was informed of the
disaster. The horses were found later in the day, little the
worse for wear, but the deputy swore a blue streak, just the same.
Hon. A. S. Blake was at home on Saturday.
He is getting very tired of high life in Helena and so much
legislative honor and longs for his old quiet life of quietness in
the Bitter Root.
(A. S. Blake was elected a Member of the House of
Representatives at its first session, 1889-90).
Bitter Root Bugle, Grantsdale, Montana
***BITTER ROOT MINES***
In the Curlew mine near Victor a rich strike was
made last week which will without a doubt settle the future of the
mine. So far the find has not been prospected but a heavy vein
of galena ore was found which gives evidence that there is an
immense quantity of it. The spring will find lively times in
the Bitter Root valley in regards to mining matters.
Bitter Root Bugle, January 10, 1890
Contributed by Pat Close
***THE WONDERFUL CURLEW***
Manager Geo. Kilbourne, writing under date of May
24 to President Hauser, says: “Referring to the mine I can say
that, at present, every stop in the mine from the 100 foot level
down, so far, is yielding the usual quantity of good concentrating
ore, and also a fair proportion of first-class; no letting up at any
point. There is no doubt, from the surroundings and showing in
our present workings, but the mine will continue its present output
for a year or more. In the meantime should the great number of
smaller veins now yielding a large proportion of the ore, come
together, forming one large vein or body, as depth is attained, and
as all indications are pointing now, on the 300 level, and as mining
experience has generally found to a certain depth, the Curlew mine
will be second to none as a producer in the country. I expect
and am anxious to get to sinking again to prove it.” --
The Western News, June 9, 1891
A TRAGEDY OF THE MOUNTAINS. Fate of a Hamilton Prospecting Party at
Last Made Known. Jack Craig, the Only Survivor, Returns After Ten
Months in The Mountains.
The Western News, June 12, 1895
They All Want The High School
Hamilton, Stevensville, Corvallis, and Victor After It
Election To Be Called Soon
Plurality Vote Will Settle It - Appropriation for County Fair -
More Saloon Licenses Granted
Petitions each signed by the required 100
freeholders have been filed by Hamilton and Corvallis asking that a
free county high school be established at these prospective points.
It is understood that similar petitions are being circulated at
Victor and Stevensville, so that it is very probably that at least
four candidates will be in the field. An election will no doubt be
called in the near future. The election will be held in the several
school districts and conducted under the school election laws. No
registration is required and a plurality vote is deemed sufficient
to determine the location. County high schools are maintained by a
property tax that cannot exceed three mills, although this may be
increased to 10 mills to pay interest and principal on bonds, that
my be levied to erect a high school building. The school is governed
by a board of six trustees, appointed by the county superintendent.
Strong petitions, that have been circulated
throughout the county have been presented requesting that the board
appropriate $1,000 for agricultural premiums for a county fair and
favorable action is anticipated.
County Treasurer Carter today issued saloon
licenses to A.L. Mowatt and Joe Deal of Victor and to Charles Bourne
of Corvallis, each paying $165 unto county officers. The board is
considering the advisability of granting licenses to applicants in
Darby and Florence, which are under jurisdiction of the board,
having less than 100 population.
The Western News, March 7, 1906
H.S. LORD TO SURVEY ELECTRIC LINE
It is expected Engineer H.S. Lord of Hamilton and
a party of men will begin the survey of the line for the electric
railway from Missoula to Hamilton next Monday. About three weeks
will be required for the survey and accurate estimates of the cost
of construction of the road will be compiled. George W. Dougherty,
the promoter of the road, and A.A. Jones are still interviewing the
farmers and securing the right of way. It is not known yet exactly
the route the road will travel, but very little difficulty is being
experienced in securing the right of way. Only one farmer, a man
living near Lolo, has objected to giving the road the right to cross
his land and this man is definitely refusing to donate the right of
way. Mr. Lord is the engineer in charge of the construction of the
Dinsmore canal on the east side of the valley, but will have a few
weeks of comparative leisure before the actual construction work
begins and has agreed to devote this time to surveying for the
Stevensville Register, April 24, 1906
MAN HELD UP IN HAMILTON
Wm. Baker Claims to Have Been
Relieved of Goodly Sum by Footpads.
W.L. Baker, about 2 o'clock yesterday morning,
notified Officer Higgins that he had been held up and robbed to
$295. According to Baker's story, he was rooming at the Montana
house, South Second Street, and, feeling ill, he left his room about
1 a.m. to go to a drug store. He passed two men loitering near the
high school building just south of the Ravalli Hotel. Upon returning
from the drug store, he was confronted by the same two men, one of
who shoved a big gun in his face and told him to unload, at the same
time remarking to the shorter footpad, "now's your chance kid."
Baker says they took a roll containing $4,295 from him and then told
him to move on. The last he saw of the footpads, they were walking
rapidly along the street south of the Ravalli.
Officer Higgins and Sheriff Ward and deputies
scoured the town immediately after the alarm was given but thus far
have been unable to run down a single clue that might lead to the
apprehension of the holdups. The town, and, in fact, entire valley,
is attracting all kinds and conditions of people of late, the
employment agency making a common dumping place here on account of
the construction of the big ditch and occurrences of this sort,
heretofore so uncommon, may transpire at any time.
Baker is a recent arrival from South Dakota. He
formerly resided here, about ten years ago holding a position as
night watchman with the A.C.M. lumber department.
The Western News, July 15, 1909
Mrs. Odell Surprised on her Eightieth Birthday
Mrs. Odell, mother of Wallace Odell, was given a
pleasant surprise Saturday afternoon at the Odell home on Seventh and
Adirondack, the day being the 80th anniversary of her birth. During the
afternoon refreshments were served. Those present were Mesdames Ellis,
Seaward, Rockefellow, Stone, Lyell, Maxwell, Howe, Bennett,Couch,
Terou, Powell, Arnett, Sacket, Cunningham, Odell, and Wallace Odell,
and Misses Mabel Maxwell and Pauline Dereiusseaux.
The Western News, May 14, 1912
Good Talk Promised
Noted Woman Lecturer Will Speak at
the First Methodist Church Next Thursday Evening
Ada Wallace Unruh, a national Woman's Christian Temperance Union
lecturer of ability, will give an address at the Methodist Episcopal
church next Thursday evening, January 29. The lecture will be given
under th auspice of the local union and will be well worth
attending. The lecturer speaks on national prohibition, abolition of
white slave traffic and votes for women. Her logic is electric, her
rhetoric picturesque and vivid, her style nervous, fervid, and
forceful. There are flashes of wit, delicate bits of humor and sharp
thrusts of sarcasm. She is well posted and knows how to tell what
she knows. She has spent considerable time on ohautauqua platforms
and has always proven a good drawing card.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, January 23, 1914
Darby, November 19 - L.L. Shank has sold his property, consisting of
five lots an a residence to the Waldo addition. Mrs. Tardywill
purchased the property. Mr. Shank will live here during this winter,
after which he will move to his ranch on West Fork and go into the
stock raising business
Deputy Sheriff George Waldo took three of the denizens of the
redlight district to the Hamilton jail Sunday. They were arrested on
the charge of being inmats of a house of ill fame. The trio was
released Monday after paying a fine.
J.C. Pickrell, accompanied by J.D. Bratton and Mr. Tyler, two
insurance men from Drummond, went to Mr. Pickerell’s bungalow on the
West Fork Sunday, where they will leave their auto and to to hunt
wild goat on the Little West Fork
Robert Poe, the East Fork stockman, transacted
business in the city Monday
Martin Breidenbach, Harry Latchem, and Charley Hoffman left Monday
for upper Ross Hole for a few day’s hunt.
Roy Williams suffered a stroke of paralysis Sunday and is now at he
Darby hotel, quite helpless. Dr. Hayward, the attending physician,
states that he will recover, but will be practically helpless for
some time. Mr. Williams is one of the well-to-do farmers of the
The concrete sidewalk has been completed between the new bank
building and Charley Stout’s store, over a block in length. Work on
the sidewalk in front of the bank is held up for a few days on
account of the cold weather. Crossings will be put in on Main street
at the corners of Miles and Tanner avenue as soon as weather will
J.E. Shoudy was in town Tuesday from Hamilton for a few hours
R.L. Harper, the county commissioner-elect, was in Darby Tuesday
Ravalli Republican, November 20, 1914
Victor and Vicinity
Roy Busenbark sustained a broken thumb Saturday while playing
Mrs. Harlow of Missoula visited relatives and friends here Saturday
L. Lacoureir departed the first of last week for Oregon, where he
expects to spend the winter.
The head prizes given at the card party Saturday night were won by
Roy Busenbark and Mrs. James Wofford.
Mrs. Sears of Spokane is visiting her mother, Mrs. Thrailkill
Tony Gerry and C.M. Older transacted business in Hamilton Monday.
C.B. Cates is preparing to open a second-hand store in the front
room of the J.H. Cates building.
George Roberts of Stevensville, with his men, are plastering the new
Miss Leone Capebals of Hamilton visited Miss Mayme Dowd Saturday.
Mrs. J.W. Morrow left last week for St. Lawrence, South Dakota.
Mrs. E.A. Johnson, Mrs. Charles MacRae and Mrs. Iman motored to
Missoua last week.
Ravalli Republican, November 20, 1914
Big Potato Shipment
Kyle brothers, successful potato growers, who own
a ranch south of town (Corvallis) recently shipped five carloads of
potatoes to middle western points. The cars were filled at
Riverside. The shipment was accompanied by one of the growers, who
will dispose of the potatoes at a fair profit, when they reach their
No Ragging Permitted
For another year, the ban will be placed on the
fancy dances and ragging at the Woodside Club House, as was decided
on Saturday at a meeting of the trustees of the Woodside
Social Club. A discussion pro and con was held, which resulted in a
victory for the old-style dancers, the rules of the past year
remaining good. The next dance will be on February 22.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, February 12, 1915
AUTOMOBILE CRANK BREAKS BOYS ARM
Robert Johnston, the 13-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. A.L. Johnston, of North First Street, suffered a painful injury
Saturday morning while cranking his father's automobile. The engine
kicked back and the body's forearm was broken by the force of the
blow. This is the second time Robert has had the same arm broken.
STOLEN BICYCLES ARE RETURNED
City marshall John Grush reports that the three
bicycles picked up by him have been restored to their respective
owners, Jesse Wadell, Lloyd Thompson, and James Stevens. It is
suspected that some body took the wheels in order to indulge in a
joy ride down the valley on the occasion of a dance recently held
north of Hamilton.
The Western News, April 18, 1916, page 1
PLANS WELL UNDER WAY FOR SUGAR FACTORY
Offices Opened in Coulter Building - Dates Set for Meetings -
Farmers are Invited
The Montana-Utah Sugar Company now occupying
offices rooms in the Coulter building have plans well underway for
the opening up of the sugar beet industry in the Bitter Root Valley.
The gentlemen are enthusiastic in their praise of this particular
portion of Montana and of the great benefit which the farmers and
business men will derive from this new enterprise. Mr. Smith, the
soil expert and field man is making a systematic canvass of the
valley, investigating conditions and getting the growers interested.
The company will issue literature and also invite all interested to
confer with them at any time. Dates for a series of meetings have
been set and farmers of the Bitter Root are earnestly requested to
The first meeting will be held at Darby tonight
and a large crowd of Bitter Root boosters are expected to motor
there this evening. Automobiles are expected to leave here for Darby
at 7 o'clock, the meeting taking place at Miles hall at 8 o'clock.
At all these meetings, strong committees from the
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, as well as committees from the local
Chambers of Commerce, in the various towns will be in attendance.
The Western News, July 21, 1916, page 1
SUGAR PLANT FOR WESTERN MONTANA
Missoula, May 23 - Unless some unforseen circumstances arises, the
Great Western Sugar company will erect a sugar beet factory in
western Montana next year.
Judge Henry H. Rolapp of Ogden and William L.
Lawson, manager of the company's Billings plant, are making a tour
of the western prt of the state to report to the board of directors
on the advisability of building one or more plants in this part of
Montana next year.
The visitors investigated conditions in the
Bitter Root, Missoula, Blackfood, Flint Creek, and lower Flathead
valleys, and have proceeded to the Polson and Kalispell regions.
The Western News, May 30, 1916
Corvallis, December 7 - Charles McRae of Woodside, on Saturday, sold
his herd of 20 registered short-horn cattle for $4,000 to W.H. Thorning
of Rye Creek. Mr. McRae shipped the stock to the valley last year, part
of them from the East, and several head from the Montana State fair. He
has disposed to them at this time, that he might feel free to leave his
ranch this winter for an extended visit to his brother in California.
he expects to leave soon, and his wife will join him later.
Virginia Price Passes Away
Virginia, the ten-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Price, died at her home here Monday at two o’clock, following
an illness of several days, the result of valvular heart trouble. The
child had been in poor health for several years and death was not
Besides her parents, she is survived by two sisters
and two brothers. The funeral will be held Wednesday from the home and
interment made in the Corvallis cemetery. The bereaved family has the
sympathy of the entire community.
The Western News, December 7, 1916
TO BUILD BRIDGE AT TUCKER
H.S. Lord was awarded the contarct to build the
bridges, culverts, and make the road connecting the east and west
sides at Tucker spur. The contract price is $9,500. For this amount,
Mr. Lord agrees to do the grubbing and clearing of the right of way,
build all bridges, approaches, and culverts across the several
channels and deliver the road complete according to plans and
Mr. Lord was the only bidder. O.E. Peoppard came
to Hamilton examined the plans and specifications but did not submit
The contract was awarded at a special meeting of
the board held last Saturday. The board also at this time
unanimously passed a resolution confirming the issuance of bonds to
the amount of $150,000 to fund or retire outstanding warrants in
general, road and bridge funds. The warrants draw a six percent
interest while the bonds will draw 4 1/2 and 4 3/4 percent. The
bonds were purchased by the Wells-Dickey Company of Minneapolis, the
Citizens State Bank acting as their local agents.
The local bonded indebtedness up to this time was
$55,000 of which $4,000 are old court house bonds and $51,000
refunding bonds. The new issue will increase the total bonded
indebtedness of the county to $205,000. But all warrants will have
The Western News, December 28, 1916, page 1
Howard Dudley, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.D.
Dudley, is expected home this week on a furlough. He has been at
Camp Casey, near Seattle, and since enlisting has been made a
corporal. He has been nominated for West Point and the furlough has
been granted to give him time to prepare for the examination.
Mrs. G.W. Sollender has gone to Seattle, where she is visiting
relatives. Mr. Sollender expects to go there soon.
A.M. Maher, brakeman on the passenger train, is ill at his home in
Missoula. He was taken suddenly ill in Darby and had to be taken to
Missoula on a cot and Conductor J.G. Merks acted as brakeman and
conductor on the return trip to Missoula.
Mrs. F.D. Dudley returned Monday from a short visit at Missoula.
Harold Miles, who has been sick with diphtheria, has about
recovered, and the school, which closed last week on account of it,
resumed work Monday.
Several of our people have their icehouses partly filled but the
rain this week has spoiled the crop for the present.
F.D Dudley was at Hamilton yesterday attending to business in
connection with his mercantile store.
Ravalli Republican, February 8, 1918
First Bitter Root Lives Lost in War
War Brought Home to the Residents of the Bitter root Valley This
Week By the Sat News That Two prominent Sons Lost Their Lives By
the Torpedoing of the Transport Tuscania and buried With Military
Honors in Scotland
The war in which this country is engaged was
brought home to the people of the Bitter Root valley this week when
it became known that Marcus B. Cook of Como and Elmer Luther Cowan
of Victor lost their lives in the Tuscania disaster, the sinking of
which vessel was chronicled in last week's Republican. They are the
first young men from this county to sacrifice their lives. According
to an official announcement received Wednesday, these men were
buried with military honors on the coast of Scotland.
The Republican, Friday, February 15, 1918
Pastor's First Sermon
Rev. W. Fugate addressed the Corvallis Methodist congregation
for the first time Sunday morning, speaking from the text: James
1-27, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is
this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to
keep himself unspotted from the world." Mrs. Fugate, who is also a
minister, offered prayer. Rev. and Mrs. Fugate were appointed to the
local field at the northwest conference, and with their two
daughters and son, have come here to make their home in the
Methodist parsonage. Their former home was at Boulder.
Hurt in Auto Accident
Mrs. Luella McKee and her legal adviser, Dr.
Harrington, came here recently by automobile from Moscow, Idaho, to
look after the grain harvest on Mrs. McKee's Mountainview ranch.
T.B. Reagan has charge of he place, which adjoins his, and the
visitors made their headquarters at the Reagan ranch. Enroute here,
Mrs. McKee sustained a fractured wrist bone when a piece of new road
near Spokane gave way and the car turned over. Repairs were made at
Spokane, which included practically a new bed for the automobile,
and the journey was continued. The return trip was made last week.
The ranch home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dean Stanley,
two miles east of town, was completely destroyed by fire about 2
o'clock Saturday morning. A blazing ceiling awoke one of the Stanley
boys and by the time he had given the alarm and the family had
rushed outdoors, the roof collapsed. Attired only in their night
garments and wrapped in lap robes and canvas ditch dams, the
homeless people were conveyed by auto to the home of Mrs. Stanley's
sister, Mrs. J.W. Morris, a mile away. As only a small insurance was
carried, the loss is considerable. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley returned to
the ranch the following day and set up tents in which the family
will live until after their grain is harvested.
Ravalli Republican, September 12, 1918
RUN OVER BY TRUCK
School Boys Fell From running Board of Auto Truck and Were Run
Over at Corvallis
Corvallis, June 20 - Miss Helen Price was summoned to her home
Saturday from Missoula by the critical condition of her brother,
Delby, who sustained injuries Thursday when he was run over by a
school truck. Unknown to the driver of the truck, Delby and a
schoolmate, Harry Hall Jr, lads from the primary department, clung
to the running board and when the truck turned a corner they were
thrown beneath the rear wheel and run over. Both were rendered
unconscious and they were hurried to a physician for examination.
The Hall boy was able to walk Monday, but the Price lad's condition
was more serious and it is feared he may be injured internally.
The Western News, June 10, 1919
NARROW ESCAPE BY ROBERT HAY AND HARRY HALL
Corvallis, August 30, 1923 - Robert Hay and Harry
Hall narrowly escaped death last Thursday afternoon when the
automobile in which they were riding was struck by the passenger
train near Bass spur. Mr. Hall was driving the car and had
progressed too far up the incline to the track when the noise of the
approaching train notified him of the danger. Hay grasped the
steering wheel and turned the auto until only one wheel was on the
track. He then jumped and was attempting to drag the older man from
the seat when the train hit. Mr. Hall was thrown some distance, but
was not injured. Hay also escaped injury. The car was a wreck.
The two men were returning to their homes after
an absence of several months during which they had been in business
at San Diego. He is a Corvallis boy, and the son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Hay . They had made the trip from California by automobile and
the accident was the only unusual happening on the entire route. Mr.
Hall was formerly a merchant at Victor.
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1923
ALL INSTRUCTORS HAVE BEEN HIRED FOR THE 1923-24 SCHOOL YEAR
Building and Rooms Have Been Cleaned, and Coal Placed in the Bins
for winter heat.
Corvallis, August 30, 1923 - The Corvallis school will open for the
fall term September 4. The school buildings have been cleaned, 120
tons of coal have been stored in the bins and the teachers and truck
drivers have all signed contracts to be on hand that day. P.F.
Felker as Superintendent has been on the job most of the summer
preparing for the new term, and he has given careful attention to
details connected with his office. Superintendent Felker will be
assisted in the high school by C.A. Jackson, Mrs. George Dally , and
Miss Gillespie of Freeman, Missouri. The grades will be in charge of
Miss Alice Hall, Miss Oro Phillips, Miss Marie Sutherland , Miss
Winnifred Frogge, Miss Cora Jenkins , Mrs. Gene Evans , Mrs. E.R.
Bay, and Miss Ruth Waddell .
A reception for the teachers will be given Friday
following the opening of school, with members of the women's
organizations in charge. All patrons of the school will be invited.
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1923
A LONELY PIONEER
Aged resident "Never Had Time to Get Married."
Now and then in the everyday walk about town, one
finds that people they have been accustomed to greet have a most
interesting background and one that is little suspected. In a ward
of the Hamilton hospital, Bert Reed, who celebrated his 72nd
birthday last Thursday, has been a patient since September 10. Mr.
Reed had been a resident of the Corvallis community for three years
prior to his illness and he came to the hospital with no one knowing
much about him, except that he lived alone.
From his chair in the convalescent corner, he
told the story of his life, which he said had been such a busy one,
that he never "had time to get married." His first debut in Montana
was made at the age of one year, when his father, John Reed, came to
Virginia City from Pike's Peak. His father was a freighter and the
family did not remain long in Montana, but traveled on to the
beckoning fields of Oregon and California, later reaching Old
Mexico. A good bit of his early life was spent in Mexico, and then
in 1887 he came back to Montana, locating in Butte. Here he spent
much of his time until 12 years ago when he began to wander about
the state, and the Sun River country attracted him, but he always
considered Butte as home.
Reed's travels have not been confined to the
United States and Mexico. He has toured Japan and the nearby islands
and exchanged impressions of that country with George Yammakuchi, a
Japanese who has been a patient at the little hospital since an
operation for ruptured appendix ten days ago. Reed avers that he is
not done with traveling, in spite of his long confinement at the
A third member of the hospital party who was
enjoying the accounts of Reed's travels and the impressions of the
land of cherry blossoms was Martin Kurpies of Grantsdale, who
Saturday took his first steps after an unusual operation performed
several weeks ago on this thighs. In 1918, Mr. Kurpies suffered an
attack of infantile paralysis which left his legs in a peculiar
condition. He was able to walk only by crossing them. He walked
normally Saturday for the first time in nearly ten years and there
is every indication that he will entirely recover the proper use of
his limbs, hospital attendants say. He returned to his home
The little hospital with its force of a half
dozen nurses and four physicians is at present caring for 13
patients and one infant, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duus, who
arrived a week ago.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
Masons and Eastern Stars Installed Thursday
Impressive Ceremonies of Two Organizations Given at the Corvallis,
Corvallis, January 4 - Joint installation of Masons and Eastern
Stars took place at the Masonic Hall Thursday evening. Tom Kane
acted as installing officer for the Masons, placing in office the
following: Worshipful master, F.P. Burrell; senior warden, Antone
Nielson; junior warden, J.V. Yaden; treasurer, Matt Vaughn;
secretary, William Tiner; chaplain, Henry Nichols; marshal, R.R.
Smithey; senior deacon, Lars Christofferson; junior deacon, Harry
Hurst; senior steward, J.A. Shields; junior steward, Thad Reynolds;
tyler, E.F. Kempter.
Mrs. Grace Boucher, retiring worthy matron,
installed the following officers for the Order of Eastern Star:
Worthy matron, Nellie Larry; worthy patron, T.M. Magee; associate
matron, Ruth Christofferson; secretary Laura Smithey; treasurer,
Ruth Wolfe; conductress, Maude Buckridge; star points, Mrs. Antone
Nielson, Amy Rockafellow, Lola Hall, Ella Magee, Lela Severns;
warden, Mrs. V.A. Loesch; sentinel, D.F. Boyer; chaplain, Mrs.
Victor Shults; marshal, Mrs. Grace Boucher.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremonies,
the company enjoyed a supper in the banquet room.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
New Offices of the Eastern Star and Masonic Lodges Inducted Into
Office Last Week
Victor, January 4 - The Eastern Star and Masonic lodges held
joint installation of officers Thursday. The new officers of the
Eastern Star are: Worthy matron, Mrs. G.R. Safley; associate matron,
Mrs. Alfred Wood; conductress, Miss Marie Simington associate
conductress, Mrs. Henry McVey; secretary, Mrs. W.P. Robb; treasurer,
Mrs. George Wadsworth; worthy patron, William Tucker; star points,
Mrs. Lawrence Watters, Miss Leta White, Mrs. Sidney McVey, Mrs. S.G.
Bowman, Mrs. Lee Aldrich; chaplain, Mrs. Pat Dinneen; marshall, Mrs.
William Tucker; organist, Mrs. W.L. Hill; warden, Mrs. Harry
Mittower; sentinel, Alfred Wood.
The new officers of the Masonic lodge are:
Worshipful master, Harold White; senior warden, Sidney McVey; junior
warden, James Oliva; secretary, Lee Aldrich; treasurer, H.C. Groff;
senior deacon, Lawrence McCarty; junior deacon, Ben Hackett;
marshal, G.I. Watters; chaplain, J.M. Schweitzer; senior steward,
Roy Perry; junior steward, S.G. Bowmman; tyler, W.L. Hill.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
TWO FAMILY REUNIONS
Victor, January 4, 1928 - Christmas day was the scene of a family
reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Stanley, their guests
numbering 24. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Guy Clark and family,
Mr. and Mrs. James Helm, Arthur Clark and W. Satterlee of Missoula,
Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Stanley and Owen Stanley of Stevensville, and Mr.
and Mrs. J.A. Briggs and family, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Stanley and
family, Miss Elsie Stanley and Miss Versa Grimstead . The home was
nicely decorated with Christmas colors.
The home of Mrs. Jennie Williams vibrated
with a family reunion Christmas. Her home was beautifully decorated
with holly and mistletoe and red and green decorations, including a
beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Her guests were Mr. and Mrs.
George Bishop and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rowe of Missoula, Mr. and Mrs.
William DeVeber and son of Stevensville, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Winters,
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Bickell and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Williams and children of Victor.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
HOUSEWARMING: NEWCOMERS INTRODUCED TO VICTOR COMMUNITY
Victor, January 4, 1928 - Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Flowers had a house
warming and neighborhood party at their home Thursday night. The
main feature of the party was to introduce their new neighbors, Mr.
and Mrs. Lundy , who moved here from the eastern part of the state
and live on Mr. Flowers' other ranch. The present home of Mr. and
Mrs. Flowers was moved from a location east of the railroad track
this fall and has replaced the old shattered structure that formerly
occupied the place beside the main road.
Besides the guests of honor those present
were Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson and family, and Mrs. C.S. Parkill
, Mr. and Mrs. Martinell and family, Fred Simonson, Harry McStay,
Mr. and Mrs. George Schweitzer, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Schweitzer and
family and the son and daughter of the guests of honor.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
ATTENDED FUNERAL OF BENJAMIN STRANGE
Corvallis, February 1 - A number of Corvallis people, friends of the
late Benjamin Strange, and of his daughter, Mrs. Jasper Frogge,
attended the funeral of the aged man at Hamilton Tuesday. Mr.
Strange lived in this community many years and had made his home
with his daughter until he preferred to go a few months ago to the
soldiers' home at Columbia Falls. He was an inventor and throughout
the community are scattered gates made from a patent he secured may
Ravalli Republican, February 21, 1928
Corvallis, February 1 - Charles Johnson has sold 76 acres of land
just west of Corvallis to Jasper Frogge of this place. The deal was
closed a few days ago. Mr. Frogge will erect a residence on the
property this year. Mr. and Mrs. Frogge disposed of their ranch
south of town last year to a family from Iowa and have since been
living in rented property.
Ravalli Republican, February 21, 1928
BOY STRUCK BY TRAIN
Lawrence Wanderer, son of Ralph Wanderer, is being treated at the
Hamilton hospital for a broken right leg and a bruised head. He was
in the back part of a Ford sedan driven by his grandfather, Lawrence
Wandereer, Saturday, when the car was struck by the afternoon
passenger train on the first crossing south of town. The rear of the
car was demolished, throwing the boy several feet. The driver was
not hurt, and retained his seat in the car until he rushed to the
aid of his unconscious grandson.
Mr. Wanderer was returning with a tire to replace one that had been
punctured on his coal truck and did not notice the approaching train
at the crossing. He says he heard no bell or whistle. The car was
loaned him by D.O. Cripps to make the trip to Hamilton.
The Boy was taken to the hospital, where it was found that five
teeth were missing from the upper jaw and a cut on the right cheek
as well as a broken leg. He is about 12 years of age. He is
improving and his complete recovery is expected.
Ravalli Republican, March 1, 1928
VICTOR & VICINITY, Ravalli Republican, March 15, 1928
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Griffing have received the announcement of the
birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Winkler at Helena March
E.W. Downing and family arrived Saturday from Deer Lodge and have
rented the north ranch of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Flowers. The later have
moved to town and ar living on Mrs. Brothers' west place, Mrs.
Brothers having moved to her smaller place.
HOLIDAY VISITORS, Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
Sula, January 4, 1928 - John McClintic Jr., who is a freshman in the
Hamilton High School, spent last week at his home here.
Miss Daisy Tucker, who is training to be a nurse at St. Patrick's
hospital at Missoula, visited her parents holiday week, returning to
her work Saturday. Reginald Tucker, who is employed at Missoula, was
also a guest of his parents a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wetzsteon and daughter of Missoula were New Year's
guests at the home of the former's parents. Mr. Wetzsteon has
purchased the Fred Francis ranch on the upper East Fork and will
take possession soon.
Ray Wetzsteon and George Vogt Jr. have returned to Bozeman after two
weeks' vacation from their work at the Montana State College.
Miss Elsie Blake spent a few days last week at her home here.
Ronald and Fritz Blake of Missoula were Christmas guests of their
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Wetzsteon.
Mr. S.C. Motley and two sons of Conner, as well as the Marvin Warren
and W.R. Wetzsteon families of this place, spent Christmas at the
parental Wetzsteon home.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Lord and son have returned from Corvallis,
Oregon, to which place they motored in November. Mrs. Lord stopped
at Hamilton to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Hicks.
Miss Mary Burke, who is teaching at Conrad, left for that place
Monday after being with her parents during holiday week.
Michael Burke and Elsie Wetzsteon left Monday for Hamilton to
continue their work in the Hamilton High School.
Mr. and Mrs. William Locke and daughter of Missoula visited the
former's mother, Mrs. C.W. Fox, and sister, Mrs. W.R. Wetzsteon , a
few days. Mrs. Fox accompanied them to Missoula on their return.
A Christmas tree with an entertainment by the school children, under
the leadership of their teacher, Miss Ida Mecum, was held at the
Community Hall Christmas eve, Santa Claus appearing at the proper
time to dispense gifts.
Miss Carrie Tessler, who is a student in the Darby High School,
spent her vacation with her parents here.
Mrs. H.A. Briggs and son and daughter of Victor were Christmas
guests of Mrs. Raymond Lord and family.
The community was shocked and grieved beyond expression to hear of
the tragic death of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Gibson of Missoula, who
visited here often and made friends with everyone, being intimate
friends of the Gallogly family. Miss M.A. Gallogly and Mrs. M.A.
Blake went to Missoula Monday to attend the funeral.
Miss Ida Mecum returned Monday from a vacation trip to Butte and
other Montana cities.
FIRST CAR OVER HILL
Darby, May 23, 1928 - Darby claims it has the first car to go over
the Big Hole mountain to Wisdom this year. Sunday, Thomas Milburn
drove his Dodge Victory Six to Wisdom and return in approximately 4
1/2 hours of driving time. He says it was not necessary to shovel
snow to break the trail although he noticed tracks of other cars
that had only gone part way.
Ravalli Republican, May 24, 1928
SENIORS ENJOYED PICNIC AT SLEEPING
CHILD SPRINGS SATURDAY
Corvallis, May 23 - Commencement week closed Saturday for the
seniors with a jolly picnic at Sleeping Child Springs. The week's
program, which began with the baccalaureate sermon Sunday evening,
continued with the class night exercises Tuesday evening,
commencement exercises Wednesday evening, the junior prom Thursday
evening, and a wiener roast and picnic in farewell to Mr. and Mrs.
Jackson Friday evening. The prom was held in the gymnasium which the
juniors decorated in pine boughs and streamers. Music was supplied
by a Hamilton orchestra and the dancers included high school
students, the teachers, and members of the school board.
Refreshments were served. The wiener roast took place in the pine
grove on Coal Pit.
A campfire was the center of attraction and about
it the high school students sang songs, gave yells and told stories.
Later, they enjoyed a lunch. The trip Saturday was made as a grand
finale to the year and was one of the happy events of the closing.
The class was accompanied by the high school teachers.
Ravalli Republican, May 24, 1928
Reward offered for Mrs. Severns' Slayer
The county commissioners of Ravalli county
announced last week that a $500 reward would be paid for the arrest
and conviction of the party who shot Mrs. Othel Severns, on the
night of May 29th, as she was driving near the Fair Grounds at
Hamilton. Mrs. Severns was passing in her car when, as she stated,
some one commanded her to halt. She speeded up her car and was shot
from the rear with a high power gun, the bullet passing through the
spare tire, the back of the car and piercing her body. The bullet
passed through her intestines causing her death some 12 days later.
Sheriff Stokes claims that he was stationed a
mile or so farther north where he was watching for a stolen car
which had been reported. He heard a car coming and as it passed some
one was creaming. He followed and found the wounded woman. He
returned with her to the hospital. since that time no clew has been
uncovered as to who did the shooting.
Northwest Tribune, Thursday, July 11, 1929
Teacher Dies of Wound - Funeral tomorrow
Death, the relentless Harvester of life, paused for a moment Monday
just before midnight to claim Othel Severns, 36 year old Corvallis
school teacher, who was fatally wounded the night of Wednesday, May
29, while driving her Chevrolet coupe past the Ravalli County Fair
Grounds north of Hamilton.
Bravely fighting, the young woman lived just 12
days after being mortally shot in the back. Attendants in Hamilton
Hospital, as well as the young lady’s family, had become very much
encouraged by the fight the teacher was making and the remarkably
efficient surgical care given her following the shooting. The entire
community united with the family in fervent hope that the injury
would be overcome and danger of infection resulting from the
terrible slashing course of the bullet seemed to be about over when
tetanus set and, despite three different inoculations of tetanus
antitoxin, death resulted. The tetanus poisoning developed was of
but a mild form but the resistance of the patient was at so low an
ebb that she could not overcome it. She was conscious until death.
Her mother was at her side when death came.
Funeral services will be held Friday at two
o’clock at the Masonic Temple under the auspices of the O.E.S. to
which Mrs. Severns belonged. The body will be taken to Seattle for
interment being accompanied by the mother and a sister.
Tetanus is a painful and often fatal infectious
disease, caused by specific bacillus, and marked by tonic spasms of
several or all of the voluntary muscles. When confined to the
muscles of the lower jaw, usually the part first affected, it is
called lockjaw or trismus. It takes various names from the various
incurvations of the body resulting from the spasm. It is often
contracted through infection of wounds.
An autopsy on the body of Mrs. Othel Severns was
performed at Dowling’s Mortuary Chapel Tuesday afternoon. The
bullet, a battered slug about the size of a nickel, was located in
the lower abdomen and extracted. The autopsy was performed by Dr.
Herbert Hayward, county physician, and Dr. George McGrath. Those
present included Coroner John Dowling, County Attorney, H.C. Packer,
Court Reporter, H.E. Jones and nurses: Mrs. Laura Geick and Mrs.
Hazel Young, and Miss Esther Holland.
The Western News, June 13, 1929
Stokes Trial Set
Hamilton, November 20 - Trial of Sheriff “Jody” Stokes, charged with
the murder of Mrs. Othel Severns, was set today for December 2, in
district court here.
The Helena Independent, November 21, 1929
Hard to Get Jury to Try Sheriff Stokes
Hamilton, December 2 - Selection of a jury for the trial of Sheriff
J.S. “Jody” Stokes of Ravalli county for the murder of Mrs. Othel
Severns, Corvallis school teacher, proved a difficult task in
district court here today and at adjournment was not completed.
Sheriff Stokes is charged with fatally shooting
Mrs. Severns on a highway the night of May 29. The information was
filed by Attorney General L.A. foot, after a coroner’s jury found
the woman was shot “by a person unknown.” The dying declaration of
the school teacher that she was shot by the sheriff was presented to
the coroner’s jury.
The Helena Independent, December 3, 1929
Stokes Defense Wins Point When Dying Statement of Alleged Victim
Hamilton, December 3 - Counsel for J.H. Stokes, sheriff of Ravalli
county, who is on trial in district court here for the murder of
Mrs. Othel Severns, scored a point today when Judge W.L. Ford
refused to permit the prosecution to offer a purported dying
statement of the Corvallis school teacher in which she was said to
have accused Stokes of the shooting. Mrs. Severns died from a wound
received while she was driving hear the Hamilton fairgrounds on her
way home from Darby May 29. Another effort to introduce Mrs.
Severns’ statement will be made later, J.D. Taylor, prosecutor,
The judge’s ruling was made after a long legal
argument during which the jury was excluded from the courtroom. T.J.
Westerly, to whom the statement is said to have been made, was on
the witness stand when E.C. Mulroney, defense attorney, made the
objection to the dying declaration. Weatherly had testified that
Mrs. Severns had taken him to the Conner ranch, five miles south of
Darby the night of May 29, and left him there. The next time he saw
her, he said, was at the Hamilton hospital. Question after question
asked of Weatherly concerning the physical condition of the woman
was successfully objected to by defense attorneys. Weatherly
probably will resume the stand tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, John Phillips, Hamilton night
chief of police, testified he had been called by Sheriff Stokes the
night of the shooting to watch for a stolen car. He had been
instructed to search cars for guns, he testified.
A tilt between prosecution and defense attorneys
came when the defense counsel asked Phillips if he had been active
in aiding the attorney general to get evidence. He admitted he had,
and R.A. O’Hara, assisting the prosecution, added “Yes, as an
officer doing his duty.”
Dr. Herbert Hayward, physician who attended Mrs.
Severns, testified as to nature of the wound. The bullet, he said,
penetrated the spine and punctured the intestines. The courtroom was
crowded throughout the day. Several spectators were forced to leave
when Judge asked that the aisles be cleared.
The Helena Independend, December 4, 1929
Woman’s Screams Heard, So Stokes Witnesses Claim
Hamilton, Montana, December 4 - Whether the estranged husband of
Mrs. Othel Severns, Corvallis school teacher, for whose death
Sheriff J.S. Stokes of Ravalli county is on trial here, will be
permitted to testify to her alleged dying statement that the officer
shot her will be made known at the opening of court tomorrow,
District Judge W.L. Ford said today after defense counsel objected
to the third attempt of the prosecution to introduce the statement.
Mrs. Severns was fatally wounded while driving, north of Hamilton,
the night of May 29. She was brought to Hamilton by Sheriff Stokes,
who had been on the road seeking a stolen automobile. Stokes denies
Mrs. Hazel Young, nurse, who cared for Mrs.
Severns after she was shot near the Hamilton fairgrounds, today told
of the conversations with the wounded woman, but when the witness
reached the deathbed statement, the defense objected successfully.
Yesterday, a similar objection was upheld when T.J. Weatherly,
companion of the teacher earlier in the evening of the shooting, was
on the stand. The statement is said to be one of the most important
points in the case of the prosecution.
That she heard a man say,”Hold her! Hold her” and
heard a woman scream three times after a shot rang out on the night
of May 29, was the testimony of Mrs. Dora Thompson, who lives west
of the county fairgrounds. She said a small car went north on the
highway and that it was followed shortly afterward by a large car
James Thompson, her husband, gave similar testimony.
Mrs. William P. Mulkey said she also heard a shot
and later saw a car race by. She said she heard a voice but was
unable to say whether it was a man’s or a woman’s. Mrs. Bessie
Severns, not related to the dead woman, declared she had heard a
voice shot, “Stop, damn you, stop,” as a car passed her house on the
night of the shooting. She testified that Sheriff Stokes had come to
her home later that night to use the telephone.
Mrs. Margaret Stanford, also a resident of the
fairgrounds neighborhood, in a deposition, told of hearing screams
of a woman that sounded “like someone being murdered.
She said a car had gone north past her home, and that another
had gone south toward Hamilton a few minutes later.
The Helena Independent December 5, 1929
Sheriff Stokes On Stand, He Denies He Killed Woman
Hamilton, Mont., Dec 9 - Sheriff J.S. Stokes of Ravalli county,
called to the stand today, related his version of the events of the
night of May 22, when Mrs. Othel Severns, Corvallis school teacher,
was fatally wounded and for whose death the sheriff is on trial
here. He flatly denied the shooting. Grilling cross-examination of
the officer was interrupted by adjournment for the day.
Sheriff Stokes told of receiving a telephone
call, from Darby, reporting the theft of an automobile. He called
Chief of Police John Phillips of Hamilton and Deputy George Cold and
the three took stations on different roads to watch for the car. The
sheriff said he took the road by the county fairgrounds. State
witnesses previously testified Mrs. Severns was shot while driving
hear the fairgrounds. Stokes said that instead of stopping at the
fairgrounds, he drove a mile and a quarter beyond, to the Tucker
Lane, and placed his car in position so he could watch for
automobiles coming from the south. He had been there but a few
minutes, he testified, when he heard a woman’s screams from an
approaching car, which passed him rapidly. Turning onto the highway,
he followed her car.
At this point, the sheriff was asked if he had
cried out, “Stop, damn you, stop,” words which other witnesses said
they heard. He replied he did not know, but explained me might have
uttered them. As he pulled up beside the car ahead he said, he saw
that it contained a woman. He asked what was going on. “I have been
shot; somebody shot me.” he quoted the woman as answering. At her
request, he said, he felt blood on her hip and told her he would
take her to a hospital.
The woman told him she was Othel Severns and he
informed her he was the sheriff. Then, he said she asked him: “Did
you shoot me?” “I said, My God, girl, why should I shoot you?”
Stokes testified that while he was removing her to his car, she told
him the shooting occurred at the fairgrounds corner. The sheriff
told of taking the Corvallis teacher to the hospital at Hamilton and
later, with Truman Smith, defense witness, going to get Mrs.
Severns’ car. Smith examined the ground where the sheriff had parked
and also examined the sheriff’s gun, a revolver, Stokes said.
The courtroom was packed today as it had been
since he opening of the trial a week ago. Cross-examination probably
will be resumed tomorrow.
The Helena Independent, December 10, 1929
Boy Injured When Motor Knocks Him Down in Corvallis
Missoula, February 2 - Bruce Bryson, 11-year old
son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Bryson, is recovering from injuries
sustained late Wednesday evening when he was struck and knocked down
by an automobile on the streets of Corvallis. When picked up, he lad
was bleeding from one ear and it was feared he had suffered a
fractured skull or ruptured eardrum. He was taken to his home and
ordered by his physician to remain quiet for several days.
Bruce, with other boys was playing on the street
and was hit by a car driven by William Baker, as he stepped onto the
street in front of Rissler’s barber shop. Baker blinded by lights
from an approaching automobile, did not notice the boys in time to
stop the car. He was driving carefully, however, and was in no way
to blame for the accident, witnesses declare.
The Helena Independent, February 3, 1931
PIONEER WAS HONORED
Eighty-First Birthday of Mrs.
Hannah Ward Celebrated at Her Home by Relatives.
Mrs. Hannah Ward celebrated her eighty-first
birthday a week ago Sunday when her children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren assembled at her home to do her honor. Mrs.
Ward, who lives alone on the ranch established by her late husband,
George W. Ward, 40 years ago near the Charlos Heights club house, is
as active as the average woman of 60 and attends to the duties of
During the late fall, she had an experience with
a bear at her place, which she related to the company Sunday.
Hearing a commotion in the yard, she rushed out to find a cub bear
hiding from dogs up in a tree. She returned to the house, loaded an
old shotgun and let the young bruin have the full charge, He tumbled
out of the tree and made his escape, leaving a trail of blood. Some
time later, a bear was killed by Henry White, a Charlos Heights
youth, and the animal's back had been heavily peppered with
buckshot, proving that the pioneer woman's aim was good.
An abundance of good things to eat were partaken
of at the family dinner party which crowned the day. Those taking
part were Mr. and Mrs. S.M.Ward Sr and family, Mr. and Mrs. S.M.
Ward Jr and children, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hassett and children, Mr.
and Mrs. Theodore LaChambre and son, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Robbins and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shockley and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Orville Ward and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Motley, Lysle McMahon,
Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ward and family.
Ravalli Republican, February 4, 1932
LION FOLLOWED GIRL
Miss Ruth Dye Had a Harrowing
Experience After Dark While on West Fork Road
Corvallis, February 3 - The screams of a mountain lion which came
nearer and nearer as the animal followed a school teacher hurrying
after dark along a lonely mountain road was described by Miss Ruth
Dye, local girl, as an experience she had last week near her school
in the upper West Fork district.
Miss Dye came here to spend the weekend at her
home. She stated that she had gone to a neighbor's to telephone her
mother on the occasion of her mother's birthday. She was detained at
the ranch by the death of an acquaintance and had walked only a part
of the way back to her cabin when the first scream of the big cat
rent the still air.
The mountain crowds the road against the river
for a long distance and it was while the girl was on the narrow
trail that the lion was heard a number of times. Miss Dye stated
that she did not run, knowing that would be dangerous, but she
walked fast, the cold chills running along her spine. When she
reached the cabin, she realized that she was badly frightened. The
next day, men o f the neighborhood went out after the lion, many
tracks of which were found along the mountain side. Miss Dye is a
Normal School graduate and is teaching her first school.
Ravalli Republican, February 4, 1932
FIRST CASE OF FEVER
Mrs. S. Jorgensen of Stevensville
a Patient at Daly Memorial Hospital with Tick Malady
Mrs. Seigfred Jorgensen of Stevensville is a
patient at the Daly Hospital suffering with spotted fever. Her case
is the first to be reported in the bitter Root Valley this year,
although several have been noted in other parts of the state. Mrs.
Jorgensen has not been inocculated with the preventive vaccine and
her condition is said to be critical. She is a daughter of Mrs. Gus
McInnis, cook at the hospital, and a native Bitter Root Valley girl.
It is said she probably contracted the fever while on an outing west
Maybelle Eggers, Stevensville girl, underwent an
operation on her right wrist, broken in a fall, and was taken to her
home yesterday. Walter Iten went to his home yesterday after
recovery from an operation. Mrs. Carl Printz and infant son went to
their Corvallis home yesterday.
A daughter was born yesterday to Mr. and Mrs.
Pete Froelih. A son was born last Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur
Coulson of Stevensville.
Ravalli Republican, May 12, 1932
BREAK IN BIG CANAL
Old Embankment Gave Way in Canal Southeast of Hamilton Last Friday
A 75-foot break occurred in the bank of the
Bitter Root Irrigation District ditch last Friday afternoon about 5
o'clock, creating a slide that opened a deep gulley in the J.M.
Davis pasture below and covering about four acres of the Fred Newman
ranch with sand and gravel. The break was in a stretch of high earth
embankment which has been in use since the ditch was constructed in
1909. No cause could be given for the break other than a probably
gopher hole. A crew of men has been at work under the direction of
G.J. Hagens, district engineer. The Ward and Hedge ditches,
supplying water for the Bitter Root Stock Farm, were filled with
dirt and debris from the slide and irrigation temporarily cut off.
Mr. Hagens stated he expected to have the canal in operation some
time this week.
Ravalli Republican, May 19, 1932
GOOD BEET CROP
High Sugar Content in This Year's Beets
Factory at Missoula Running Three Shifts, Employing Over Two
The sugar content of the Bitter Root valley sugar
beet crop is considerably higher than in other years, T.D. Stephens,
field man for the Amalgamated Sugar Company, said Saturday. The
acreage is less than last year, but the tonnage is greater. About
4,512 acres were contracted for this year's planting. The big
tonnage plus the fact that the sugar content is higher means a
better price for the grower and has spelled success for the 1932
beet crop. At the time of Saturday's store, about one-fifth of the
crop was out of the ground and the wheels of the sugar factory at
Missoula, which started turning October 1, had ground out nearly
30,000 hundred-pound bags of sugar. Beets this year average an 18%
sugar content and last year the factor average was 13.72%.
The factory is expected to operate over a season
of 100 days and three shifts have been working, which means that 225
men have been employed.
Ravalli Republican, October 13, 1932, page 12
BEET RETURNS IN
Sixty Thousand Dollars is Total for Corvallis
Checks for Summer's Work Received Last Week and Trade
Circles Have Pay-Up Day.
Corvallis, November 30 - Approximately $60,000 was received in
checks by sugar beet growers of the district last Wednesday when the
Amalgamated Sugar Company paid 90 percent of the amount due for the
season's crop to local people. The price received per ton was $4.50.
Friday and Saturday were observed here as pay-up days, when growers
cashed their checks or deposited them and started paying labor,
tradespeople and contractors. Business was brisk every place of
business and nearly everyone benefited. Many of the growers will be
in Hamilton this week to pay their taxes, having waited on the
checks from the sugar company.
Ravalli Republican, December 1, 1932
Jurors Acquit Ex-Sheriff of Perjury Charge
Action Against three Other Defendants Is Dropped At Hamilton
on Motion of State
Hamilton, March 16 - Jody Stokes, former sheriff, was acquitted by a
district court jury Thursday evening of a charge of perjury arising
from his trial three years ago in the slaying of Mrs. Othel Severns.
On motion of the state, perjury charge against the three other
defendants were dismissed. They were Leo Stokes, son of the former
officer, Lloyd Rennaker and Russell Purler.
Mrs. Severns, a school teacher, was fatally
wounded as she drove along a highway in a car. The sheriff, who was
patrolling a road in that vicinity, took her to a hospital. He was
acquitted of a charge of murder. In the perjury case, Stokes denied
ownership of a rifle found in the Bitter Root river and declared the
gun he had been carrying had disappeared. The state contended the
rusty rifle was the one with which Mrs. Severns was shot. The
perjury charges centered about the testimony of the four
defendants in the former trial regarding weapons owned by the
sheriff The as reached the jury at 1:25 p.m. Thursday and the
verdict was returned at 8 o’clock Thursday evening.
Billings Gazette, March 17, 1933
H.A. Sylvester Recovering From Dreaded Malady
Several Surgical Cases Reported in Week's Work at Marcus
Daly Memorial Hospital
H.A. Sylvester, who has been a patient in the Daly Hospital since
the first of the month with spotted fever, is recovering nicely,
reports day. The case was moderate, hospital attendants claim, due
to Mr. Sylvester having received inocculations of the vaccine.
LeRoy Howard, a patient at the hospital for a few
days, returned to his home early in the week. The boy received
injuries in an automobile accident ten days ago. He is a high school
Mrs. Harry Kelly of Salmon City, Idaho, underwent
a severe operation Monday. Her thigh, injured more than a year ago
in a fall, was given surgical repairs. Mrs. Carl Shaffer of
Stevensville was a patient to undergo a major operation Monday.
Frank Remus returned to his home yesterday after minor surgical
attention. Jerry Wilkerson of Darby is a medical patient.
Mrs. Frank Jaquette of Victor gave birth to a
daughter yesterday. Mrs. Perry Smith of Darby is the mother of a
daughter born Sunday, and Mrs. Herbert Stevenson gave birth to a son
the same day.
Ravalli Republican, May 11, 1933
A. Sessions Won
Corvallis Girl Takes First Declamation Honors
County Meet Held Here Saturday Night Gave Second Place to
Alene Sessions of Corvallis won the Ravalli
county declamation contest held Saturday evening at the Hamilton
high school. Her selection was “Daddy Doc.” The same selection given
by Kathryn Lamoreaux of Stevensville, won second place. June Clow of
Hamilton was third with “The Fat of the Land.” Miss Mary
Harris of the Missoula high school faculty was judge. The chairman
of the evening was Norman Korn, principal of the Stevensville
schools, Miss Sessions was winner of the first honors in last year’s
Other contestants were Jessie Lamb of Darby, who
gave “The Last Hymn,” and Mayme Harrington of Victor with “When the
Vocal selections were given by Ben Anderson and
the high school trio, Janet Sherman, Lillian Eversole, and Jane
Clow. Patty Ellis was accompanist.
Ravalli Republican, May 11, 1933
BOY FRACTURES LEG
Runaway Team at Corvallis Brought Grief to Bryson Brothers and Put
One in Hospital
Corvallis, May 31 - Jean Bryson, 14, sustained a fractured leg
Sunday morning in a runaway accident which occurred on a side street
in Corvallis. The lad is being treated at the Daly Hospital in
Hamilton. Jean, with an older brother, was enroute to the cheese
factory with a load of milk. The horses became unmanageable and ran
into a fence, turning the wagon over near the W.D. Lear place. Both
boys were caught beneath the wagon. Residents of the district came
to their assistance. George was badly bruised across the back, but
his injury did not require medical attention. The boys are the sons
of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Bryson
Ravalli Republican, June 1, 1933
With both legs held between two big pine
logs, while companions worked frantically with an axe to cut in two a
heavy log chain to release the load, George Bryson suffered painful
injury but escaped without fractures last Thursday in an accident near
the John Horn ranch southeast of town. The other men, Maurice Bryson
and Clark Wheelbarger, were uninjured, jumping from the load of rolling
logs as the wagon skidded. Bryson was brought to his home in Corvallis.
Montana Standard, Thursday, February 8, 1934
Raymond Birck Successor to James D. St. John
Mrs. Lloyd Rockafellow to Be Assistant at Corvallis Postoffice
Under New Regime
Corvallis, June 6 - Raymond Birck, newly-appointed postmaster
at Corvallis, took charge of the position Saturday, succeeding J.D.
St. John, who had served as postmaster protem for nearly two years.
Mr. Birck is a graduate of the Corvallis high school, being a member
of the class of '26 and later attended the state university at
Missoula. He and his wife have an apartment at the Charles Johnson
residence. Mr. Birck has named Mrs. Lloyd Rockafellow as his
Ravalli Republican, June 7, 1934
DALY HOSPITAL NEWS: CHILDREN ARE PATIENTS
Babies and children continue to be the
principal cause for action at the Daly hospital this week. Margaret
Neilsen , little William Doak, and Frances Clark are listed as
pneumonia patients. During the week, Betty Terrio of Darby and
Pauline Boyer of Corvallis returned to their homes. A son was born
Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Patterson of Stevensville, Mrs. M.
Orpegia is the mother of a daughter born March 12. Dorothy Gilchrist
and Howard Wolfinbarger have returned to their homes.
Edward Johnson, 19-year old Victor youth, is ill
with pneumonia at the hospital. J.A. Rockafellow, Mike Kratofil and
John Kleinoeder are medical patients. Mrs. Edward L. Thomson has
returned to her home following several days medical treatment at the
Robert Barrett has gone to Missoula for treatment
for his eyes, injured last week in a refrigeration accident. The
Daly hospital has had an average of 23 patients most of the past two
weeks and Miss Lillian Franey has been added to the nursing staff
during the week.
The Western News, March 21, 1935
Gifts For Bride
Mrs. Robert Glenn Honored By Corvallis Friend
Red & White Dinner for Managers and Clerks Given By L.R.
Stallman Last Thursday
Corvallis, May 22 - aA Surprise miscellaneous shower was given last
Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Robert Glenn, bride of the week, by Mrs.
Dan Sutherland at her home north of town. School friends of the ride
and close neighbors of Mrs. Sutherland were guests. They were Mrs.
Clarence Popham, Mrs. Edwin Buck, Mrs. Spencer Huls, Mrs. Emmett
Smyth, Mrs. M.R. Holloron, Mrs. M.W. Cobb, Mrs. William Randolph,
Mrs. William Hefner and Misses Alice Holloron, Kathleen Gander,
Ethel Shults, Charlotte Bohler, Marjorie Hefner, Helma Maki, Louise
and Dorothy Smyth. A variety of useful gifts were presented to Mrs.
Glenn and a pleasant afternoon of visiting concluded with the
serving of refreshments.
Managers and employees of Red & White stores,
a group of 11, had dinner Thursday evening with the district
manager, L.H. Stallman, at Bessie Walker’s Inn. Afterward the group
motored to Corvallis for moving pictures at the Bowden Red &
A dessert bridge Thursday afternoon at the Brooks
hotel was given by Mrs. Howard Fierce for the Merry Wives and a few
additional guests. Three tables were used and prizes went to Mrs.
H.D. Giesy and Mrs. Alvin Whitesitt.
Ravalli Republican, May 23, 1935
FIRE DESTROYS TOEPFER HOME, THREE ARE DEAD
Tragedy visited the farm home of Mr. and Mrs.
W.J. Toepfer, of Three Mile Sunday evening when fire consumed the
dwelling and Stanley, a five year old son was trapped and burned to
death. George, 13 years old, who was burned severely in attempting
to rescue his brother after carrrying his 3 year old sister to
safety, was rushed to the hospital and lived until Wednesday
According to such details as can be learned, the
fire started shortly before 10:00 o'clock Sunday evening from an
unknown cause. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Toepfer had gone to
the Herman Maul place a mile or so distant and they were accompanied
by an elder son. The purpose of the visit was to arrange for a
binder to cut grain the next day. They were just ready to start home
when the fire was noticed. The three children left a home had gone
to bed. It seems that George, who was sleeping with Stanley, was
awakened by the fire. He aroused his brother and rushed for his
sister and carried her out of the building. The brother, whom he
expected to follow, was not found and he returned to rescue him. He
found that his sister had followed him back into the building and
again carried her out into the yard but was unable to return for his
Neighbors congregated but the building was then a
mass of flames and nothing could be done. It was several hours
before the ruins could be searched and then the remains of the boy
were found where he had evidently lost his way in the smoke and gone
into a closet from which he was unable to escape.
While the little girl was burned considerably,
she will recover. George was rushed to the hospital in Hamilton
where there was also hopes that he would survive. His severest burns
seemed to be on his back. On Tuesday night, however, he suffered
hemorrhages of the lungs and it was evident that he had inhaled the
flames. He passed away early Wednesday morning.
The funeral services will be held on Thursday at
the Booster Club house and interment will be at the Three Mile
Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Toepfer and the family came into the Three
Mile district a couple of years ago and purchased a place near the
Lone Rock school. They came to the Bitter Root from Whitehall,
Montana. The tragedy was a severe shock to the parents who are being
cared for by their neighbors and every thing possible is being done
to make the terrible situation more bearable. Neighbors got together
at once and raised money to meet immediate needs and articles of
clothing and household equipment have been secured and a place for
the family to live has been arranged.
It has also been arranged to give a benefit dance
at the Booster Club House on Saturday evening, the proceeds to go to
Northwest Tribune, August 15, 1935
Contributed by Pat Close
Corvallis, August 28 - Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Reed and their daughters,
Mrs. Kathryn Lee and Mrs. Harry Overand, and granddaughters, Misses
Kathryn and Ruth Muster, all of Butte, were guests from Friday until
Tuesday in the home of Mrs. Reed’s father, C.D. Moore. They were
called here by the death of Mrs. Reed’s brother-in-law, Richard
Rev. Val Cloud closed a series of meetings at the United church
Sunday evening and plans to leave soon for Ennis, where he will
conduct revival services. For the past two months, Rev. Cloud has
supplied the pulpit of the local church. Next Sunday the services
will be conducted by Rev. Ray Ames, who is coming from Montesona,
Washington, to accept the pastorate here.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Micka came to the Bitter Root valley Friday from
Baker and will make their home in Corvallis during the school year.
Mr. Micka will begin his second year as high school athletic
coach when the school term opens next Tuesday. The couple were
married in June at Helena and have been spending the summer touring
the Pacific coast.
John Adams has been receiving a visit the past week from his sister,
Mrs. W.E. Burns of Spokane, and his niece, Mrs. Lucile Mutch, and
two children of Boise, Idaho.
Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Sell and sons spent the weekend visiting relatives
Mr. and Mrs. D.D. Morris and son and Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Chaffin and
daughter were campers from Thursday until at Lake Ronan.
Charles Loesch returned Friday from Fort Peck, where he had
employment for the past three months
Ravalli Republican, August 29, 1935
Postmaster at Corvallis Named
Louis J. Wolfe Appointed to Succeed
Raymond Birck April 30
Corvallis, April 16 - Louis J. Wolfe has been appointed postmaster
at Corvallis succeeding Raymond Birck, whose four-year term expires
April 30. Mr. Wolfe, who is visiting relatives now in Iowa, will be
here to take his position May 1.
Mr. Birck has taken a position with the
Investors' Syndicate of Missoula. His territory will include the
Bitter Root Valley, and he and his family will continue to make
their home at Corvallis. Mr. Wolfe has been employed for a number of
years as a clerk at Bay's store. His uncle, the late Addison Wolfe,
was one of the valley's earliest pioneer miners. The new postmaster
has made his home here for 35 years.
Montana Standard, Butte, MT, April 17, 1938
Arts Club Theme
Corvallis Women Paid for Fort Monument Base
Study of Music and Pictures Mingled With Practical Plans for
Ravalli County Fair Work
Corvallis, May 12 - A brief study of music and art was enjoyed last
Wednesday afternoon by 30 members and friends of the Corvallis
Woman’s Club which met at the home of Mrs. W.S. Bailey. Program
material had been prepared by Mrs. R.S. Warren, Mrs. H. Toftoy and
Miss Jane Hauf. They were played by Mrs. Otto Quast, pianist, and
Mrs. H. Toftoy, violinist, parts of Shubert’s “Unfinished Symphony”;
the life of Whistler, the artist, was reviewed by Mrs. E.E. Scott
and his characteristics and peculiarities discussed by Miss Hauf.
Reproductions of his paintings were displayed and explained by Mrs.
Business included the allowing of $12 to Dale
Felix for setting the Fort Corvallis monument on a cement base and
the voting of $5 toward Boy Scout work in Corvallis. A booth at the
county fair was discussed as was the health store.
An auditing committee appointed was Mrs. D.O
Cobb, Mrs. M.L. Chaffin, and Mrs. Charles Schwab. In conclusion, an
afternoon tea was served and an informal reception held in honor of
the Bailey grandchildren, both babies born within the past six
months, the daughter of Mrs. Otto Quast and the son of Homer Bailey.
Ravalli Republican, May 19, 1938
TWO GET DIVORCES
Judge Besancon Has Busy Court
Jury Term Set for November 28 and
Venirement Chosen to Try Three State Cases and Civil Suits.
Judge Albert Besancon granted two divorces during
a session of district court here yesterday. Etta Harding was awarded
a decree from William Harding on the ground of non-support and she
was allowed to resume her former name, Etta Stephens. Her marriage
to Harding took place at Missoula on August 3, 1937. She is a
Goldie Neilson was granted a divorce from DeVar
Neilson on the ground of mental cruelty. The marriage tooke place
July 24, 1937. A property setttlement was effected out of court. The
young couple figured in a highway tragedy near Victor a few months
ago in which Mr. Neilson's mother and sister were killed. The action
was filed by the young woman soon afterward.
Judge Besancon prepared a calendar for a jury
term of court to begin here November 28. Thirty five jurymen were
named. Three state cases are listed for trial. The defendants are
J.G. Ritchie, charged with wrongful dealing as a city official;
Charles Smith, who is accused of a statutory offence, and Frank
Foss, who appealed a city judgment of a building infraction case in
which he was fined $25.
Howard Little was named administrator in the
estate of Elizabeth Little of Stevensville. Shirley Sargent , deputy
clerk, served as court stenographer.
Ravalli Republican, November 3, 1938, page 1
Corvallis Superintendent is Host at
Two Newly-married Couples Given
Party; Christian Endeavor Has Social Time at Ames' Home
Corvallis, September 13 - A campfire picnic supper was given by
Superintendent and Mrs. George Blakeslee Friday evening at the
Tucker grove, at which local teachers and members of the school
board, with their ladies, were guests. In the company were Mr. and
Mrs. Roy Hull, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Bryson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Johnson, Mr. and Mrs.T.O. Sessions, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fierce, Mr.
and Mrs. Lester Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gibbons, Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. George Norwood, Misses Elsie McIntosh,
Eloise Brown, Kathryn Weber, Ethel Swanson, Doris Randall, Frances
Hess, Edith Clark, Alice Hall, and Clyde Carrington and Gordon
McDonald. It was the first social meeting of the year for the
teachers, among whom are two just getting acquainted - Miss Hall and
Miss Brown. With much ceremony, a wedding gift was presented Mr. and
Mrs. Norwood, just home from a honeymoon trip.
Complimenting Mr. and Mrs. Donald Holloron and
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Popham, newly weds, Mr. and Mrs. Micka
entertained at a party Thursday evening at their home south of town.
It was also a celebration of Mr. Micka's birthday, but that was kept
secret until he was requird to cut his birthday cake. The guests
played bridge for an hour after which they were amused with a mock
court scene in which several of the guests were tried for various
offenses The group was organized and carried out the play in almost
professional manner. Gifts were presented the honor guests by Mr.
and Mrs. Micka and favors were given for "family" score at cards.
Honors went to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Erickson and Mr. and Mrs. Del
Brisbin. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dickson, Mr. and Mrs.
Dudley Bowden, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gibbons, Mr. and Mrs. James
Black, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Giesy, Misses Inez and Gladys Brooks,
Hector Rasmussen, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bailey and the honor guests.
A social and business meeting was combined for
members of the Christian Endeavor Society when it met Friday evening
in the home of Rev. Ames. Officers for the year were elected as
follows: Richard Schwab, president; Louise Smyth, vice-president;
Margaret Nielsen, secretary; Milford Sperry, treasurer;
commissons-fellowship, Bruce Bryson; stewardship, Margaret Sperry;
devotional, Esther Brown; service, Mary Lockridge. For adult
councilor the group chose Gordon MacDonald. Following the business
session, there was a social hour in charge of Bruce Bryson. A late
lunch was served.
The home of Rev. Ames was the meeting place
Thursday evening of the regular monthly meeting of the Friendly Hour
Forum. Fourteen members were present to enjoy a Bible study period,
a social hour and refreshments.
Mrs. Alvin Whitesitt provided a pleasant
afternoon Thursday for members of the Merry Wives Club and one
additional guest, Mrs. Sherrill Fleming, who is visiting her
brother, R.D. Giesy from her home in Seattle. The guests were served
with a dainty dessert on their arrival at the Whitesitt home after
which they played auction at three tables. Favors went to Mrs. Guy
Hall for the high score and to Mrs. R.R. Hull for low score.
The Remember When Club had its September meeting
Thursday afternoon with Mrs. D.O. Cobb, spending the time with
needlework and visiting. Seven members and three visitors were
present. At 4 o'clock, Mrs. Cobb, assisted by her daughter, Mrs.
Orion Cobb, served a two course lunch.
The Western News, September 14, 1939
Pollinger, Howe and Buxton Again Named Chief Workers for Hamilton
Chamber of Commerce
There will be no change in the officers for
the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for 1940. Election of the
president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer at a meeting of
the board of directors Friday unanimously returned W.E. Pollinger,
John O. Howe, and Marlin Buxton to the respective offices. Holdover
directors ad C.D. Haynes, John W. Dowling, G.M. Brandborg and C.H.
Raymond. New directors are L.C. Farlin, A.P. Nickel and V.C.
Hollingsworth. The chamber is making ready for the annual membership
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
Winter Vacation Trip
Four Bitter Root Valley Persons Will Visit Southern States on
Month’s Motor Jaunt
A motoring tour of unusual interest was
begun yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Long and son of Darby, and Miss
Selma Helvik of Hamilton. Leaving Hamilton for Salt Lake City, they
planned to visit Mesa Verde National Park, Albuquerque, N.M. and the
Carlsbad Caverns at El Paso, Texas, and to the Mexican border. They
plan to goon to New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, for a stop before
continuing to Florida. They expect to be away from home a month.
Miss Helvik is taking a vacation from her clerical duties in the
office of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
Emergency At School
Young Girl is Carried to Daly Hospital After Appendicitis Attack Monday By Hamilton Boys
Myrtle Hughes, a freshman at the Hamilton High
School, was taken suddenly ill during classes Monday forenoon and the
schoolmates carried her to the Daly Hospital on an improvised
stretcher. At the hospital the girl was found to be suffering from
appendicitis and an emergency operation was performed High school boys
made a stretcher of coats when they were unable to get the regulation
article which wa in use at the hospital. The sick girl is a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Hughes, who reside in the Nicol addition. Margery
Spencer is another high school girl who is recovering from an appendix
operation at the hospital.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
A.N. Hawley Dies Here
Stevensville Rancher for Twenty Years Succumbs to Long Illness; Burial in Home Community
A.N. Hawley, rancher at Stevensville for the
past 20 years, died at the Daly hospital early Monday after an extended
illness. He was 68 years of age and a native of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Mr. Hawley had been at the hospital for several weeks.
He is survived by his wife. Their home was on the
former Meade ranch near Stevensville. The body was taken to the Fort
Town for interment and the rites were in charge of the Liddel Funeral
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
Missionary Society Names Officers
Officers were elected at the Methodist Missionary
Society meeting held last Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs.
Dale Felix. They were Mrs. Frank Rummel, president; Mrs. Parson
Pile, vice president; Mrs. Elmer Poll, recording secretary, Mrs.
J.W. Lamoreaux, financial secretary, Mrs. J. Marti, treasurer.
Mrs. Viola Chaffin was given a towel shower at
the home of Mrs. James Applebury recently on the occasion of her
birthday anniversary. Guests were Mrs. Ed Applebury, Mrs. Elizabeth
Holloron, Mrs. Edwin Buck Jr, Mrs. Edward Johnson and Misses Blanche
Holloron, Veta Holloron, Mayme Rawlins and Jean Buck.
Mrs. Washington J. McCormick Entertained Alpha Phi Alumni
Mrs. Washington J. McCormick of Missoula
entertained the alumni of Alpa Phi Thursday evening in the home of
her mother, Mrs. Otto Quast, north of Corvallis. A Maytime setting
made a delightful occasion of the buffet supper which was served at
7 o'clock. Pink and white, with flowers from the Quast garden and a
cake decorated with blossoms, added to the candle light of the
supper table, and the favors were May baskets. Mrs. McCormick’s
guests were Mesdames G.M. Crutchfield, Wallace Brennan, Robert Noel,
Paul Elliott, Richard Schneider, Lucille Arnsby, Addis Ainsworth,
Harold Woods, Cluett Lambert, Kenneth Sanders, Earl Helms, Milton
Graybeal, H.G. Plemmons, Wilbur Hirst, A.C. Cogswell, Lester Colby,
Del Cawley and Misses Martha DeMers, Leila Woodgerd, Virginia
Brodie, Mary Leichner, Dorothy Turxler, Anne Webster and Martha
Kimball of Missoula; Mrs. George Vogt Jr of Sula, Mrs. Ray Morris
and Miss Helen Pollinger of Corvallis.
Ravalli Republican, May 9, 1940
Corvallis Lists Many Visitors for the Holidays
Corvallis, December 28 - Visitors here for the holidays include Mrs.
Kathryn Treece-Haugen from San Diego, Calif; Mr. and Mrs. W.G.
Hickey of Bozeman, guests of Mrs. and Mrs. Charles G. Johnson; Elmer
Baquet of McGrew, Neb, who is with his mother, Mrs. Nancy E. Baquet,
for the first Christmas in six years; Miss Marry Nell Buck, home
from her teaching position at Pony; George Estrada, a first class
private in the aviation corps of the army visitng his parents,
Mrs.and Mrs. Andrew Estrada; Miss Marjorie Hefner, Miss Mary Lee
Simmons and Everett Felix from Butte; Miss Lavonne Shone of Bozeman,
a guest in the Horak home; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bay from Drummond
and Mr.and Mrs. Howard E. Elliott and sons from Deer Lodge.
Montana Standard, December 29, 1940
Transients Take Loaned Trailer
No trace of the transient family which took a
trailer belonging to Henry Baldwin, Darby, had been obtained
yesterday. Baldwin reported that he had loaned the trailer to the
family, recent arrivals in Darby, for use in moving furniture. The
trailer was loaned Friday with the promise that it would be returned
Ravalli Republican, May 29, 1941
Harper Logging Company Resumes Work
Harper Logging company operations, suspended
seven weeks ago to clear the docks of 4,000,000 feet of logs at
Darby, were resumed Tuesday with a full crew of approximately 125
men employed in various phases of the company’s operations in the
Rye Creek region southeast of Darby.
The shutdown was a little longer than usual
because of an unexpected shutdown of about a week at the A.C.M. mill
at Bonner. Loading of the logs at Darby was completed late last
week. The maintenance crew of about six, which has been over-hauling
equipment, also completed its work at that time. During the
shutdown, the company’s road from the main highway to the camp was
put in tiptop condition for the summer’s work.
Ravalli Republican, May 29, 1941
Corvallis Youth Has Narrow Escape
For some unknown reason a small son of Harry
Davis, who picked up a 3300-volt wire late Sunday afternoon, was no
injured although the wire carried enough electricity to have killed
him instantly. The wire was broken by a 22 caliber rifle bullet
fired by a motorist who stopped to shoot at a bird perched on the
power wire. In dropping the wire, the wire fell over a fence and
energized the protective barrier, making it unsafe to touch.
T.M. Skinner, manager of the local office of The
Montana Power company, reports that the youth heard the shot and
walked over to where the wire was on the ground and picked it up,
not realizing his danger. Fortunately, he said, conditions were such
that the boy did not receive a shock and the person who fired the
bullet was thus saved of the horror of his thoughtless act having
taken a life.
In connection with the incident, Mr. Skinner
calls attention to the law which prohibits shooting from cars on a
public highway. He also noted that considerable damage and
inconvenience was caused by the practice of shooting birds on wires
and at insulators when there was no living target. In conclusion, he
requested that anyone finding a broken wire leave it untouched and
report it to the company immediately.
Ravalli Republican, May 29, 1941
Children’s Party Marks Birthday
Corvallis, June 14 - Mrs. Ralph Erickson entertained a group of
children in honor of her son, Leland’s third birthday. They spent the
afternoon playing games. Individual candle holders for place cards
marked the places of the following guests who were served ice cream
cones, cake and sandwiches: Ricky Erickson, Karolyn and Rosemary Quast,
Johnny Bailey, Barbara and Michael Birck, Denny and Jimmy Black, Nicky
and Brian Sutherland, Micky LeSeur, Phyllis Lockridge, Peggy Wickman,
Paula Jean and Larry Erickson, Shirley Spencer, Phyllis Kay Holloran,
Mary Ann Micka, Billy and Georgianne Strange, Stephen and Allen Haas,
and Judy and Clarabelle Hess.
Montana Standard, June 15, 1941
Ziebarth, Missoula, and Jeanne Popham, Glendive, are guests at the
home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Popham. Mr. and Mrs.
Wilder Popham are expected today from Glendive to spend a few days
visiting Mr. Popham's parents and other relatives. Wilder is county
attorney at Glendive.
Mrs. L.C. Paschal, Hamilton, is a guest at the
home of her granddaughter, Mrs. George Blakeslee.
Billy Coleman left Monday evening for Coeur
d'Alene, Idaho, where he expects to get work.
Mrs. Troy Sink left Saturday for her home at
Seattle, Washington, after visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie
Snell, for a week.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson spent Wednesday in
Mrs. Mary Summers is spending a few days with Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Mathews at Riverside.
CANNING SUGAR TO BE RELEASED ON 25 POUNDS TO PERSON BASIS
Washington, May 10 - The office of Price Administration today
fixed a top limit of 25 pounds of sugar per person for home canning
and freezing of this year's fruit crop. Except for the specific
maximum, sugar for home canning will be approximately on the same
basis as last year - one pound of sugar for each four quarts (or
eight pounds) of the finished product.
With the 25-pound limit, any family may apply for
sugar to put up jams and jellies at the rate of five pounds per
person. Last year, the limit for preserves was one pound. There was
no nation-wide limit last year on the amount of sugar allowed each
person, but some boards set individual limits to 10 or 15 pounds,
while others allowed as much as 45 pounds.
Price Administrator, Prentiss M. Brown urged
those who can their own fruits and vegetables to use their processed
food rations sparingly. Brown reported that families living in the
South and Southwest have been obtaining sugar for home canning under
last year's regulation.
Beginning May 15, rationing boards throughout the
country will begin receiving applications under the new regulation.
No special form is required unless it is planned to sell the home
product, and applications may be made in person or by mail.
Each applicant must furnish a copy of war ration
book No. 1 for each person for whom home canning sugar is sought,
the total number of quarts or pounds to be put up, and the amount of
sugar to be used for making jams and jellies.
Home canners may make gifts of both fruits and
vegetables, but no person may give away more than fifty quarts
except by collection of blue stamps at the rate of 8 points per
The Western News, Thursday, May 15, 1943
Sgt. Harold Wilcox O.K. in North Africa
Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Wilcox who have been quite
anxious regarding their son, Sgt. Harold Wilcox , who is with the
American forces in North Africa, were greatly relieved and pleased
when the following letter was received recently from Major George C.
Deaton, Sgt. Wilcox’s commanding officer: The letter follows:
Mrs. Nancy Wilcox
Dear Mrs. Wilcox:
I am indeed happy and proud to be able to write
you at this time and express my thankfulness in having he
opportunity to have in my command the caliber of men such as your
son. Naturally you were proud of him before, now you can be doubly
proud that you are the honored mother of a faithful son who has
distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the
performance of outstanding service throughout the past six months.
Today at 1420 hours, we cherished the glad news
that our job had been completed her in suffering the common enemy to
surrender on his own soil. My first reaction to the news was the
thoughts of our mothers and fathers at home, of those who gave their
lives in honor on the battle field so that I could write this letter
to you and say to you, “Your son is living and in very good health.
I am proud to be his Commander as you are proud to be his mother.”
George C. Deaton, Major, Air Corps, Commanding
Northwest Tribune, June 10, 1943
34 Italian Workers Are Thinning Beets
On Monday a group of Italians from Fort Missoula
started work in the beet fields on Three Mile. This group of
Italians, who have been interned at Fort Missoula for the past year,
are located at the Lou Parker place, near Old Camp One. There are 34
of them. They have been assigned to beet work on the Rathbun,
Comenico, Canton, Mettlemann and Jannsen places. They work in a
group and one of their own number is foreman.
The regulations under which these Italians go out
to work on farms provides that they must have a guard in charge of
them and James Shea has been engaged for this work. Mr. Shea states
that none of the Italians are experienced in farm work but all are
quite willing to learn and the first two days have shown that in
time they will be able to handle he work very well.
These Italians, Mr. Shea states, are intelligent.
They are mostly merchant marines taken from interned Italian ships
seized at the time war with Italy was declared. They are anxious to
work and prefer the outdoor life to the impound at Fort Missoula.
The group is well organized. Three of the group
is detailed for cooking and keeping quarters in shape and the
remainder do the field work. The group moves from one field to the
next and at present they are at the Rathbun place.
Northwest Tribune, June 10, 1943
Sugar - Stamp No. 34 remains valid for five pounds of sugar.
All other coupons outstanding have been canceled. Another sugar
stamp good for five pounds will be validated February 1.
Meats, Fats - Red stamps Q5, R5, and S5, food for tend points each,
continue valid, Five new stamps were validated Sunday, December 31.
Processed Fruits and Vegetables - Blue stamps X5, Y5, X5, A2, and B2
continue to be valid. Five new stamps were validated January 1.
Gasoline - A14 coupons, good for 4 gallons each, are valid thru
Shoes - Airplane stamps No. 1, 2, and 3 in book three continue valid
Housewives are urged to destroy all food ration
stamps that have been declared invalid, the OPA said today. Use of
these stamps by consumers, as well as acceptance of them by
retailers, is a violation of rationing regulations, OPA said. At the
same time, OPA explained that red ration tokens continue good and
housewives may use them for buying meat-fats. Grocers will continue
to give them to housewives as change for the red 10-point stamps.
Blue ration tokens, however, have not been good
since October 1 and, therefore, cannot be used for canned fruits and
vegetables. They are no longer needed a change for the 10-point blue
ration stamps used for processed foods because point values for
these items are set in multiples of ten.
The Western News, January 4, 1945
Lieut. Edgar Scott of Corvallis Bags JAP Zero in Far Pacific
Headquarters, 13th A.A.F. Southwest Pacific -
Lieutenant Edgar B. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Scott of
Corvallis, Montana recently bagged his first Jap plane in a dogfight
east of Negros Island in the Phillipines. Lieutenant Scott is a
member of the rampaging P-38 Lightning Dirty Dozen unit of Brigadier
General Earl W. Barnes; 13th AAF Fighter Command. He tells what
happened: "We were on a search mission for a temmate when we were
intercepted by a bunch of enemy planes. Eight Jap Hamps took a pass
at my wingman (Lt. C.S. Squire of Washington, D.C.) and myself. We
went into a dogfight at 8,000 feet. Each of us took a flight of four
Japs and went for them head on because that was in the direction of
our home base, and we were badly outnumbered. We lost them."
"Suddely I spotted Zeke just out of range of
Squire. I dived and pulled up behind the Nip, giving him one short
burst but was out of range. I gained on him until I got up about 75
yards behind him and gave him a short burst in the greenhouse.
Debris from the greenhouse flew over my right wing. Looking back, I
saw the Jap do a 90-degree turn. He pancaked into the water and
debris was strung out all over the ocean."
Dirty Dozen teammates got seven more Nip planes
in the same day, Lt. Squire getting one in the same dog fight with
Scott. Lieutenant Scott holds the Air Medal for meritorious
achievement while participating in combat missions. He won his wings
at Williams Field. In civil life he was a rancher with his father in
Ravalli Republican, May 17, 1945
MORE PRISONERS EASE SHORTAGE OF BEET LABOR
The beet labor problem for the Bitter Root valley
appears to be approaching a solution with the prospect of 175
additional German prisoners of war scheduled to arrive this week.
Russell Martin, in charge of the placement of this prison labor,
stated that about 80 prisoners arrived last week, and with the 175
to arrive this week, this will make a total of 406 prisoners located
here in the valley to be used in the beet harvesting work.
This labor is replacing Mexican nationals who
worked in the beets during the summer. Their contracts expired about
the first of October and conditions of their contracts specify that
they be returned to Mexico at that time. The government under
agreement could not extend the contracts to cover the fall beet
work, it is understood.
Since the Mexicans have left, the camp they
occupied, at the Coughenour store, has been refitted for a prison
cam, during the past week and the new shipment of prisoners will be
stationed there. Wire fences and guard towers, and shower baths for
the enlisted men guards, have been arranged.
The heavy work in the apple orchards and in the
potato fields is now letting up somewhat and this will release some
help for the beet harvest work. During the past two weeks, a great
deal of help in the apple and potato work has come from the schools,
which were closed so that the pupils could go out and work.
The harvesting of beets has been slowed up,
however, due to lack of help and only about 10 percent of the crop
is out of the fields. The schedule calls for about 25% at this date.
However, with the help now in sight and the prospects of continued
good weather, it is hoped to get the beets out before the ground
freezes and interrupts the work.
Northwest Tribune, October 11, 1945
BIG DITCH BREAKS, CUT FIXED, WATER RUNS AGAIN, DAMAGE WAS
The canal of the Bitter Root Irrigation District
broke at the Marshall Applebury place east of Corvallis about 5
o'clock Monday morning. The break was discovered immediately and the
water shut off at Lake Como. This left the long canal full of water
to the point of the break. Ditch officials turned half the
northbound water out at Willow Creek but were unable to turn out
more there because it would have caused havoc in that area. The
other half went on down and through the break. With a break in the
ditch water, water flowed back to the point of break from points
north of the hold, causing a head and a half of water to roar
through the gaping tear in the bank.
The water broke out near the Applebury barn, a
bit to the south. It went down through an 11-acre wheat field,
washing three deep gulches through it. At least three acres of the
field was ruined. The flood then passed through the Lloyd Applebury
oat field, causing much damage. It washed out several small bridges
and the bridge on the main county road at Coal Pit Gulch.
As the water passed farther from the break, it
flooded beet fields belonging to Elizabeth Erickson, Pete Bosket,
Joe Roth, and Otto Quast. Just how badly damaged these fields and
their crops are, is not yet determined.
The Wilburn Logging Company, with operations up
Willow Creek, had to re-route their logging trucks to their loading
station at Quast Spur. This condition was quickly corrected.
Ditch manager Pearl Wilcox got men to work on the
break as soon as the water stopped rushing through it. The bank and
bottom were rapidly repaired and Wilcox was able to report that the
water was again flowing through the big canal to thirsty acreage to
the north, past the point of the break, at 4 o'clock, Wednesday
afternoon. The break occurred in the dirt bank. The cause is not
definitely known but was probably due to gopher or muskrat work. The
bank had held since it was constructed in 1908. It had been
inspected the day before and appeared tight.
The board of commissioners of the irrigation
district are going to make an official trip to the scene of the
break tomorrow morning (Saturday) to inspect the damage done to the
canal and to property of farmers involved, as well as to check up on
the repair work done.
The Western News, May 30, 1946
Admitted to Missoula hospitals this week were Rodney Gavin, Tracy
Dawson, and Mrs. Paul McFadgen
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. George D. Hurst in a Missoula
hospital this week
Lee Eck was a visitor in Missoula Wednesday.
Card of Thanks
We desire to thank our friends for their
kindness, words of sympathy and floral offerings in our late
bereavement. Special thanks to the Daly hospital nurses and Dr.
Donald A. Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Knez
Mr. and Mrs. MerleBungarner
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knez
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Knez
Ravalli Republican, December 13, 1946
BIDS TO BE CALLED FOR EAST SIDE ROAD
Assurance that bids woul be let not later than
this fall for the completion of the east side farm-to-market
black-top road linking Stevensville, Corvallis, and Hamilton was
given a delegation of six state highway commission in Helena
Thursday afternoon. The delegation which journeyed to the Capitol
city to plead a "better roads" project before the commission was
made up of V.C. Hollingsworth, C.H. Raymond, Mayor Joseph Iten,
Glenn Chaffin, State Senator James Winters, and Joel P. Antrim.
Approximately four and one-half miles between
Black's corner and the Shell Service station, where the road
terminates at U.S. Highway No. 93, remain to be completed, the
delegation reported. Earmarked for the 1949 Ravalli county secondary
roads program is the construction of a new steel bridge between
Stevensville and Highway 93, the commission chairman told the
The Bitter Root men were joined in Helena by
representatives from Anaconda and Phillipsburg, who expressed joint
concern over the improvement and maintenance of the Skalkaho road.
Mr. Hollingsworth, spokesman for the joint groups, explained the
vital need for widening of the west side portion for pasenger and
truck transportation, describing it is an important link connecting
the three towns.
Ravalli Republican, April 30, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Skaw, Hamilton are parents of a 6 lb 11 oz
girl born Tuesday, September 9 at Daly hospital. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberts and great grandmother
Mrs. Sophie Roberts, all of Hamilton. Paternal grandmother Mrs.
Florence Skaw also lives in Hamilton. The baby has brothers Rocky
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bernatz Jr and children, Benny
and Brooke left here today for Racine, Wisconsin where they will
live. The Bernatz family returned recently from Australia and the
Far East for the Case Company. He has been reassigned to Racine and
will continue to be engaged in export activities.
Mrs. Tony Wayland underwent major surgery at St.
Patrick hospital in Missoula Tuesday. She is doing well.
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Malakhoff and son Larry left today for their
Jefferson City, Missouri home after a visit with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Lawrence Wanderer, and with others. Mrs. Malakhoff and baby
came to Hamilton August 7 and her husband arrived August 31. He is a
bridge designer for the Missouri highway commission.
Mr. and Mrs. John Philip Zacha of Hamilton are parents of a 6 lb 7
oz boy, born Wednesday, September 10 at Daly hospital. They have
named him David Scott. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Anton
Richter of Stevensville. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John
Zacha of Corvallis, and great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Zacha
of Hamilton, and Mrs. L.J. Campbell, Corvallis.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Lindgred left today for Salt Lake City where she
will attend the market week. They expect to return home next week.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Howell of Glendive are the parents of a girl,
born Sunday, September 7 at Daly hospital. The have named the little
lass Renee Ann and she weighed 8 lbs 14 oz upon arrival. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ferd Tucker of Victor, great
grandparents Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Gibson, Hamilton, Mrs. Tucker Briby
of Missoula. Paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Harley Howell live
here and great grandmother Mrs. J.B. Gill lives in Glendale,
California. Renee has a brother Brant.
Donald Porter, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Porter of Charlos
Heights underwent surgery on his left knee this morning at Daly
hospital. The bone was cracked while he was in football scrimmage
Friday. His parents and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Porter and Mrs. Robert
Paddock are absent in Missouri, called last Wednesday by the death
of Russell Porter’s mother, Mrs. Dora Porter, who lived near Ava.
They are all expected home tomorrow. The boy’s grandmother Mrs.
Gertrude Rennaker and a distant relative Mrs. Luella Frost have been
caring for Donald.
The Western News, September 4, 1958
Seven Babies Win Blue Ribbons In Annual County Fair Contest
“Some very beautiful children competed in
this year’s baby contest,” Mrs. H.G. Stoenner, one of the judges
said today. “I have helped judge the babies for three years, but
this year’s 38 entries produced more near perfect children than
before.” Mrs. Stoenner commented that she and Mrs. Robert Franklin
found it necessary to call back the babies in some classes to help
them decided which ones were the winners.
Those awarded blue ribbons: Kelly Jo, 3 month old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Buhler of Darby ws the winner in
the competition between both boys and girls; Rickie Rennaker, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Rennaker, boy from 3 to 6 months; Lorraine,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gardner, girl between 3 and 6
months; Lori McNeal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kaphammer, boy
from 6 to 9 months; Raymond, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sacks, boy
from 9 to 12 months; Virginia Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Varner, girl from 9 to 12 months.
The Western News, September 5, 1958
Frank Rouse buys Staton Realty, Pete Statons are to Leave Hamilton
Frank and Maud Rouse have completed an important
busines transaction in Hamilton by their purchase of the business of
Pete Staton Realty efective January 1, 1962. They plan to continue to
operate it as a real estate busines on much the same manner as it has
been operated before by Pete M. Station, and in the same building on
North Second Street opposite Gambles.
Mr. and Mrs Rouse are boh longtime resident of
theBitter Root, she being a native and Frank having come here with his
parents when but one year of age.
Frank worked for Bell & Reinbold and later
Bell-McCall from 1925 until January 1, 1949 when he took over operation
of the Rouse Service Station. He left that busines in June 1959 (that
station is now the Bacon Service Station) and in November of that year,
he went to work for Pete Station in the new Pete Staton Realty which
Staton had opened in October of that year.
Mr. and Mrs. Rouse will be assisted in the conduct
of the business by Mrs. Robert (Charlene) Zeiler. Mr and Mrs. Staton
plan to leave Hamilton but have no definite plans as to where they will
The Western News, January 3, 1962