Tidbits and Tales, Part 19
September 1937 - March 1938

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, September 2, 1937:

Mrs. I.V. Trower and daughter Yvonne departed Monday for McMinnville, Ore., where Yvonne will register at Linfield Baptist college, for the winter term. En route they visited Mr. and Mrs. Myron Bryant, who operate a Gambles store at Orofino, Ida.

Will Stewart, former Big Timber boy, now manager of the Montana Power Co. at Fromberg, was here Tuesday. He assisted E.O. Busch, who has been transferred to Fromberg as trick operator for the N.P. in moving his household goods.

Bert Peterson, wife and children, guests of Mrs. Clara Peterson Amundson, a sister, left yesterday for their home in Pontiac, Mich. Leaving here 20 years ago, Bert is now working with the Pontiac auto company, working five days of nine hours each week at $1.58 per hour.

Mrs. Chauncey T. Irvine and brother, Walter E. Taylor of Butte, left Monday for a two week motor trip to Minneapolis, Duluth and Canadian points. While in Minneapolis, Mr. Taylor will attend the American Legion regional conference.

Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Greenshields returned yesterday from a vacation spent at their cabin on Flathead Lake, with a side trip to the west coast. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Greenshields of Oklahoma, the former a brother of M.J. who joined them at the lake.

Mrs. Roy O. Frazier joined her husband here the last of the week. They have taken the Chas. W. Campbell cabin on the Boulder for the present, and will find a town home later.

Alva L. Lamb, of the Citizen Bank and Trust Co., a man friend, sister Nelle, and Sadie Bailey left Sunday morning for Eugene, Ore., where the two latter will drop out of the picture. The other two will continue their auto trip along the west coast.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, September 9, 1937:

Mr. and Mrs. T.K. Baker of Missoula spent Labor day with old friends in this city.

Mrs. Bert Green, who spent the summer at the Hoyem cabins at Silver Gate, has returned to open school at the Bridge school.

Mrs. Tom Hammer and son of Hardin were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Manis, last week. Mr. Hammer drove up for them Saturday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester P. Work and children left Saturday morning by auto for Sioux Falls, S.D. where Mary will resume study at a girl's school. John will take a plane for Fairbault, Minn. to enter Shattuck military school for the year.

Jesse and Phil Langston of Melville are making a shipment of polo horses to San Jose, Calif. Three are on their way and five more will leave shortly.

Ed Cole left Tuesday for Wheeler, W. VA., to return with his family, who spent the summer there. During his absence a brother, "King Cole", who operated a store in Cooke City, is in charge of the Cole Drug Co. Store.

Donald Haas, son of Mr. Clive Haas, being ten years on Friday, invited a group of friends to the Haas cabin at the first bridge, for an afternoon of play with lunch.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hamilton, among the earliest settlers of the Shields river valley, with a ranch on Cottonwood creek, visited with their daughter, Mrs. Chas. Christensen of this city. Their youngest daughter, Lona, accompanied them. Mr. Hamilton stated that crops in the Shields river valley are the best in years.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, September 16, 1937:

George King, well known here as an early day auto salesman, visited Saturday. He is now with the Laureleaf gasoline company.

Howard Wertz, former resident, also World War veteran, left the latter part of last week for Delta, Iowa. He visited with most old friends and buddies but one man who missed seeing him, although he made a search of the town, was F.R. Hickman. He says the last time he saw Howard in France, he was waving from the top of a mule cart.

Edith Rudd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Rudd, and Albert Kinney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mckinney of Park City, were united in marriage September 7 by Rev. Webster H. Clement of the Lutheran church in Livingston. The bride is a graduate of Sweet Grass County high school and for the past tow years has made her home in Cody, Wyoming. A dinner was served at the hoe of the bride's parents. Shortly afterwards the young couple left for Cody where they will make their home.

Emery C. Jones, WPA foreman, and a crew ranging from eight to 13 men, have completed work on about four miles of Boulder road in Natural Bridge hill vicinity. The work was principally cutting out rocky points and straightening curves.

Mrs. Aasa Furstenberg, who was a patient at the Big Timber hospital, is able to spend a part of her time at the jewelry story.

Alva L. Lamb, cashier of the Citizens Bank and Trust Co., is home from a vacation to the west coast. Accompanied by his sister Nelle, and Maurice Barton of Jamestown, N.D., they drove to Eugene, Ore., for a short stay. Then he and his friend drove highway No. 101 up to the Sound country, taking in Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver, Can. Miss Lamb will remain for a longer visit.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, September 23, 1937:

Miss Agnes Peterson visited briefly here this week with her sister, Mrs. Henry Holtan, while en route to her home in St. Paul.

Leo J. Cremer, Sr. and retinue are home at the Melville ranch for the winter, having closed the rodeo season at Logan, Utah. Brahma cows were disposed of, but bulls and calves, also Mexican Steers, were returned to the ranch. Horses - 93 of them - also came back to winter at the ranch.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harper and baby of Great Falls were the first of the week guests of his grandmother, Mrs. J.J. Harper.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude T. Williams left Monday for the big American Legion convention in New York. They will join the Legionnaire excursion to the old battlefields in France.

Mrs. May Witten and Miss Alice Ronning left the first of the week on a visit to Mexico City. Miss Ronning is taking her annual two weeks vacation from the Montana Power Co. office.

A.C. Grande, well known banker and stockman of Martinsdale and Creston Crest of Lethbridge, Alberta, Can., son of the late Syvert Crest, one of the earliest residents of this county, visited with relatives and friends in Big Timber and vicinity this week.

Mrs. Emma B. Rees came down from Livingston for a brief visit with friends. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. A.G. Yule, one of the earliest residents of this city but now living in Spokane. Mrs. Rees' daughter Mrs. Emmett J. Deegan, entertained informally for them on Friday afternoon.

Miss Karen Wangsmo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Wangsmo of Howie, and Durell Lampman of Billings were married in Red Lodge Saturday evening at the Methodist parsonage by the Rev. Charles Rhodesm pastor. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Ole Rostad of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Legreid of Milwaukee are visiting their sister, Mrs. L.W. Naskett.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, September 30, 1937:

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. McKenzie spent Sunday at Whitehall with Clark McKenzie, Supt. of rural electrification work in that locality.

Lieut. Wallace Hannah, wife and son who spent more than a week here and at Rapelje visiting relatives, departed Monday for Missoula.

Mrs. W.F. Whitsel and Evelyn had as their guest last week the former's niece. Miss Montgomery will visit San Francisco and also Mexico City before returning home.

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Brown left this morning for a week's stay in Butte with their son-in-law and daughter. They were accompanied by Peggy Withers, who was left here by her parents last week on their way from Cut Bank to Butte.

John Carney, Northern Pacific agent at Springdale, also farmer around that point, has the biggest oat yield so far reported, 112 bushels per for eight acres. This was not a guess, but machine measurement.

Kenneth Benson, worker on the new bridge across the Yellowstone river at the foot of Bray hill, was knocked into a deep pool Sunday afternoon. While the crew were getting the ropes ready to extract him from a free bath, he managed to get out unassisted.

Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ewan of the East Boulder, visitors in this city Monday, stated that so far there had not been frost injurious to tomatoes in that locality. Neither has there been any snow except in the foothills.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, October 7, 1937:

Floyd Bailey, Clive Haas, Lowell Galbreth, Ceryl O'Leary, Geo. Lavold and Undersheriff Floyd McAllister are one of the first hunting parties out for big game. They are over on Hell Roarin' Creek, where plenty of snow fell the first of the week.

Attorney and Mrs. C. Tom Busha were visitors in this city Thursday of last week. They were enroute to their home in Great Falls from a trip into Idaho, driving here for a short visit with relatives and friends.

Ethel Amsberry, now a telephone operator in Helena, came down for a weekend and visited with relatives and friends in this city.

Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Blakeman and son Tommy, who spent the hot weather period at the Blakeman ranch west of Melville, left Sunday for their home in North Truro, Mass.

Thorval Sandem, living north of Big Timber and well known as one of the leading stockman of the county, loaded out about 30 head of cows the latter part of last week, headed for the Chicago market. Harry Hart, a resident of more than 50 years and also a stock raiser, states that it was the finest bunch of cows ever shipped from Big Timber. They ranged from 1,200 pounds up.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Aller of Old Kaintuck, adjoining the CCC camp, who were in this city yesterday, report that the camp is clsing for the winter and that a new company will be sent in the spring. The last contingent of boys following a general exodus to Kentucky a short time ago came down this week.

Bo Clark topped the market this fall with lambs averaging 90 1/3 pounds, according to Ben Slanger. Lester Work who bought the lambs, state that because of their attractive appearance, low blocky type, as well as weight, they drew much attention all along the route to Denver.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, October 14, 1937:

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Arneson and daughter, Catherine, left yesterday by auto for Tacoma and Seattle, Washington, where they will visit relatives for a week.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark LaFon and daughters left yesterday for Silver City, New Mexico, Mr. LaFon having received a wire asking him to return to his former position for the winter.

Wade Koontz and Ross Olinger of the Upper Boulder were here Tuesday morning enroute to a Livingston taxidermist with the head and hide of a grizzly bear they landed in the Buffalo Fork country. It weighed 300 pounds. They, with an eastern friend, also got three elk, two cows and a bull.

Mr. and Mrs. Manly Walker returned the last of the week from a month's visit in Oregon. They have decided to locate in that state, near Grant's Pass, and will hold an auction of their personal property at their Glasston ranch on Monday. Mrs. Walker's mother and sister, Mrs. Frank Boyd and Bernice, left the last of the week for Grant's Pass.

The largest lambs so far in this section were delivered at the stockyards in this city Monday by Mr. Fred W. Shallock of Melville. They averaged 96 1/4 pounds per head, and there were $100 of them.

Floyd Bailey, Ceryl O'Leary, UnderSheriff Floyd McAllister, Lowell Galbreth, George Lavold and Clive Haas returned home Friday night from an elk hunt on Hell Roarin' in the Buffalo Fork country. They brought in four bulls, killed, one each by Bailey, LaVold, O'Leary and McAllister.


From the Big Tiber Pioneer, October 21, 1937:

M.J. Greenshields, Andy McDonald and A.L. Schump spent Saturday hunting deer in the Crazies, but did not see even a doe. The hunters were in the mountain timber, while the deer were in the timber along the creeks below.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Cremer were here yesterday en route to the Madison Square Garden rodeo in New York City. They will attend the last four days of the show there, then stop in Chicago on their way back to see the big event there.

Mrs. John F. Clark and sons, Nat and Bo, and Mrs. Herman Utermohle drove to Dillon to spend Saturday night with Miss Phyllis Utermohle at the Normal. They went by way of Virginia City and spent part of Sunday in Butte.

G.W. Cole left the first of the week for Cooke City where he operates a branch store of the Cole Drug Co. He will spend the winter there.

Ben Hereim, living in the Melville country, has on exhibition in the Pioneer window a rutebega weighing 10 pounds, four ounces. Beside it is a mammoth potato grown by O.J. Ellingson and a red beet by E.W. Hower.

A 30 day deer season opened Friday of last week, one buck deer the limit for all hunters. Successful hunter reports so far include: L.H. Bryan, Rev. C.E. Tatek, Jack Fjelde, Ralph Prather, Borddie Green and Clinton Green. Most of the sportsmen went to the Crazy Mountains, which also had a good patronage from Livingston, White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, October 28, 1937:

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Freeburg gave them a party at their home in this city, the occasion being their silver wedding anniversary. Food in abundance was brought by the guests and a gift for the honored couple.

Mis. Julia A. Woolsey left yesterday morning for Los Angeles, where she spends her winters. She had been a summer guest of her daughter, Mrs Perry Jasper.

Mr. and Mrs. George Rostad returned the last of the week from a short visit to their daughter, Mrs. C.E. Erickson and family, in Northfield, Minn. Weather there was stormy and colder than here, but they had a good time.

Mrs. Emma Trusty drove to Buffalo for Sunday, bringing her sister and niece, Mrs. Irma Aller and Mrs. Esther Garrin, home with her for a week's stay.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude T. Williams returned this week from a five week trip which took them first to the American Legion convention in New York City, then on through France where American Legionnaires were guests of the French government. They had a wonderful time.

Ross Williams, manager of the Montana Power Company office in this city, and Mrs. Williams left Saturday night for a two week visit with relatives in Pecos, Texas. They will visit Mr. Williams' mother, whom he has not seen in 15 years, and stop at numerous other points en route.

Thirty friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ceryl O'Leary gave them a surprise and housewarming party Saturday evening, carrying with them a delicious lunch and an electric floor lamp as a gift. The evening was spent at cards and visiting.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, November 4, 1937:

A crew working the East Boulder road completed the project Saturday and returned to town. A narrow stretch of highway between the Tolhurst and Yerkes places was widened, graded, and guard posts placed around the hill portion of the road. This has always been a bad spot in the road, but now is safe passing all the way around the hill. Twenty six men were employed for a period of several weeks, working five days a week.

Harvey Cort received word yesterday from the Danish consul at Chicago that his father, Robert Cort, had died at his old home in Denmark, August 9. Deceased was well known to old timers here, having come to America in 1878. He had followed ranching and stock raising, his last ranch being what is now known as the West Boulder ranch. He left here in 1914 for his old home in Denmark.

This was a sizable season for farm products, in spite of drought and insect pests - some whoppers of different vegetables having been displayed in the Pioneer office windows. The latest is a Texas cabbage grown by Mrs. L. Drange on Upper Deer Creek. It weighs 12 pounds, nine ounces. Usually those who put farm products in our windows for display are kind enough to say, "take them home after a few days." Now if someone would just turn in a 30 pound turkey or a choice quarter of beef, we'd live high for a while.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, November 11, 1937:

Justice J.D. Holly revoked the driving licenses of Oskar Drivdahl, Jr., and R.J. Frang for reckless driving; fined Lester Green $10 for the same offense, which was paid. Jonas O'Dea was fined $25 for peddling magazines, could not pay and is laying it out in jail.

Ticket sales for the annual Armistice dance of the American Legion, to be held in this city Saturday night, indicate a mammoth crowd. Carl Myrstol, in charge of the advance sale, reported 100 sold yesterday. The door sales will add largely to the number. Bittner's orchestra of Livingston wil furnish the music.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, November 18, 1937:

Mr. and Mrs. Sol Craft of the East Boulder were visitors in Big Timber Tuesday. At their place the snow storm of Sunday night and Monday left about three inches on the ground, all of which melted in. It did not amount to much, except that it started winter on its way.

Ray A. Traver, Arthur T. Ellison and Laurel Lamp were in the Deer Creek country this week after deer. Mr. Traver was the lucky one.

Mrs. Henry Cramer, a sister of Nick Lorig, with her son, William and his wife, were guests of Mr. Lorig Friday night. They were driving to their home at Winwood, Calif., from a visit to St. Paul, Minn.

Fred A. Webb, Senator F.M. Lamp, Representative Ben B. Miles and W.J. Hannah were at Lewistown to attend the big Townsend meeting of three days. Addresses were made by Senator Burton K. Wheeler and Congressman James F. O'Connor, and a rattling good talk by Robert T. Clements of Los Angeles, one of the organizers of the Townsend Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Ness of Clyde Park, former residents of Howie, drove down last night for the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Nils Peterson. Mr. Ness says he had a very good crop this year in the Shields river valley, raising about 200 tons of alfalfa down on the river, and wheat threshing an average of 15 bushels to the acre on the bench land.

Mrs. Everett Keeler and baby, who have been guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Nepstad, have returned to their home in Fairview.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, November 25, 1937:

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Webber and Mr. and Mrs. Sol Craft of the Boulder were shoppers in the city Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Esp, newlyweds, were honored guests at a party a Grey Cliff Saturday evening. About 100 guests gathered at the Rainbow Gardens for dancing, bringing lunch and a gift of flat silver and table linen for the couple.

Mrs. Peter Elgen of Deer creek, a visitor in this city Saturday, reported that her sons, Henry and Clarence, got their bucks just before the curtain rang down on the season. They went up Deer Creek, Henry landed an old buck with six points on one side, five on the other, Clarence got a younger one with two points.

The annual dance of the Knights of Pythias, proceeds of which go for the Christmas tree for town and country kids, is this Thursday evening. A large crowd is expected at the Masonic Hall. Music will be furnished by Roy Williams' seven piece orchestra.

Ben Lavold brought in a black bear cub Monday, which is now on exhibition on the window of the City Meat Market. Friday it will be dressed and put on the market.

E.M. Blackburn, formerly with the mill in this city, has returned from a year spent at this old home in Tennessee. He is glad to be back in Montana and expects to remain here at least a year.

For the first time since Big Timber got on the map, it is without a Chinese laundry. The announcement came last week from Charlie, proprietor, that he had suspended operations indefinitely. Like all other institutions, it was hit hard by the war, it being impossible for him to secure another washman to replace the one that quit. He may open once again in a month.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, December 2, 1937:

Charley Christensen of this city has the honor of having killed the highest point buck deer reported so far, in Amalong canyon, Nov. 13. It had 21 points, only two teeth and tough from stem to stem.

Betty Jarrett and Alice Cameron spent Thanksgiving at Helena with Margaret Jo Webb.

"Julia Thayer" showing in the "Painted Stallion" at the Strand theatre in Livingston is Helen Hash, raised in Springdale. She is now playing Indian girl parts with Ray Corrigan.

Mrs. Lena Becken and son Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Fredrickson and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Becken of Billings ate Thanksgiving turkey with Mr. and Mrs. O.L. White at Livingston.

Alfred Flattum of Thief River Falls, Minn., is here for a visit with his brother Clarence at Grey Cliff, and sister, Mrs. Anton Nepstad of Bridger Creek. He will go to Ferdig, Montana to visit another sister, Mrs. Oscar Nepstad. Thirty years ago Mr. Flattum was with Mr. Oscar Nepstad at the Grey Cliff store, and also spent some time in Big Timber.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, December 9, 1937:

The grade school carnival Friday night did well, furnishing entertainment for a large crowd and clearing better than $95, which will be used to enlarge and furnish the stage in the assembly room. Donna Fellows was chosen queen.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul VanCleve Jr., have gone to Cortaro, Ariz., near Tucson, to operate a winter dude ranch. Paul VanCleve Sr. expects to join them there after the holidays.

Soren Eide Martin Abeland, Haaver Undem and Gabriel Hoiland left on the North Coast Limited Saturday night for New York City where they expect to sail for their old homes on Stavanger, Norway. They will be there in time for Christmas and will remain there for the better part of a year.

The Bailey Hardware Co., has the first real Christmas window, a real work of art by the Baileys. It is a mountain scene, maybe the Alps with ski artists doing their stunts down the mountains. It is operated by electricity and is a great hit with the kids, as well as interesting to adults.

White Sulphur Springs Independents won a fast basketball game here Friday night from the Lions Independents, score 34-30. Louis Steensland, former Big Timber player now teaching at the Springs, starred for the visitors. John Deegan was outstanding among the local men.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, December 16, 1937:

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Nepstad returned to their home at Ferdig, Mont., Saturday after a visit at the D.D. Johnson ranch at Melville.

Mrs. Columbus Sandage and son Forrest were visitors in the city Tuesday from Ten Mile. They reported a snow fall in that locality equaling the one in this city.

Dr. Ben Olness left this afternoon for McPherson, Kans., to join his wife and baby for Christmas with her mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bue and daughter, living four miles south of Reed Point, on Work Creek, visited here Saturday. During the week they had 14 below zero weather for one night.

County Attorney and Mrs. E.O. Overland and Mrs. Clarence Flattum drove to Billings Monday where Mr. Overland spoke to the Pro-American club, of which Mrs. Harry Carpenter of the Carpenter Paper Co., is president. He spoke on penology to a fine audience of about 110. After his address he was made the target for questions on the parole system of which he has made an extensive study.

Asking to have the Pioneer of S.W. Fanning, formerly a Gibson rancher, sent to a new address, Branson Miles of McLeod states that the Fannings are now located at Washougal, Wn., 40 miles east of Portland, Ore. A son, Sherman, has taken over a 120 acre tract and they are now ready for farming and fruit growing.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, December 23, 1937:

The Christmas program given at the Lutheran Church Sunday evening by the united chorus of the Lutheran, Congregational and Evangelical churches, was a real treat to the audience which crowded the edifice to the doors. Forty voices under the direction of Miss Ellen Rein, with Mrs. Frank Chase playing, rendered a cantana and Christmas hymns. The success of the their efforts shows what can be done with volume, training and practice. The people would be glad to hear more of such entertainment.

Ralph and Shipe Traver of South Dakota arrived here Thursday to visit their uncle, R.A. Traver and family. They are on their way to the west coast.

Mr. and Mrs. W.O. McKinsey, head of the East Boulder, visited in this city Tuesday, hurrying to get home before the snow in that locality got much deeper.

The biggest elk brought out of the park area this season went through Big Timber Tuesday. It was a seven prong bull and estimated to weigh nearly 600 pounds. It was shot by Charles Tesarek of Lewistown.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bryan left Monday for Spokane to spend the remainder of the winter with two sons, Ray and Billy, and their families. They plan to return about the first of April.

Gilman Aller arrived Monday morning from Des Moines, Ia., to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Aller, at Old Kaintuck.

Gordon Overland, younger brother of County Attorney E.O. Overland, is here to spend the Christmas holidays at the home of his brother. He is now a dental student in Minneapolis.

Herbert Wullum, student at Greeley, Colo., is here to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wullum.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, December 30, 1937:

The hard wind Christmas Eve, during most of the night, introduced the mercury to a new low for this winter. Saturday morning, Christmas Day, Melville reported 28 below, Big Timber -19, McIntyre ranch -19, and Greycliff at Leonard Esp ranch -24.

A Christmas Eve party at the Bill Donald ranch at Melville was greatly enjoyed by C.F. Williams, Chas. A. Rupert, Stanley Hanson, Sandy Harper, Clarence McMahon, Henry Nothaft, Lewis Brannin and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Langston, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Johnston, Happy Osburn, Byron Grosfield, and all the Donald household.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, January 6, 1938:

The City Band hit the right spot Friday night by staging its annual holiday dance on New Year's Eve. Masonic Hall was crowded until an early morning hour, in fact so crowded that dancing was hard work at times. Roy Williams' orchestra of Livingston furnished good music and plenty of it, and the band will clear about $100 for its treasury.

Glen M. Mothershead of Big Timber nad Miss Alma Macioroski of Terry were married in Billings Monday. The groom farms the Bishop place on Deer Creek, adjoining the L. Drange ranch. He and his bride are at home there now, and receiving the congratulations of many friends in this community.

Mrs. Irma Aller and daughter Mary Jo, guests for several weeks of Mrs. Aller's sister, Mrs. Emma Trusty, left the last of the week for Missoula and Wallace, Ida.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Van Cleve Jr., who were here for a short visit, left this week for Cortaro, Ariz., where their new dude ranch is located. They were accompanied by Paul Van Cleve Sr., who will remain with them until spring.

Billy Magelssen returned the first of the week from a holiday visit in Great Falls, where Santa Claus handed him two operations, tonsils and adenoids.

Mrs. T. Busha, who ranks among the first old timers in this section, will celebrate her 80th birthday Saturday, Jan. 8. A reunion of the children at that time has been called off as it is impossible for some of them to come.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, January 13, 1938:

Mrs. Eliza Conger, sister of G.W. Briley, who had been a guest in their home for several weeks, departed Monday night for her home in Macomb, Ill.

Mrs. and Mrs. W.F. Schallock of Melville and children, Irene and Wallisk, left Tuesday for Phoenix, Ariz., to spend the remainder of the winter.

Floyd Bailey returned Friday night of last week from Eugene, Ore., where he spent the holidays with his mother and sister.

Abel Skaarland, working with a road crew on the Mydland hill, had a narrow escape from serious injury last week when his dump truck went overboard. Abel deserted the truck with considerable speed, kicking Emery Jones, foreman, in the head as he made his exit. Man and truck rolled to the bottom of the 20-foot embankment, the man alighting on all fours, uninjured. The truck did not fare so well.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, January 20, 1938:

Miss Nora Mjelde was given a housewarming by a group of friends, Friday evening, when she moved into her new home of Fourth Ave. west.

Mrs. Carl Bue was in town yesterday forenoon, having just come from Columbus where, it was reported, Lois Littlepage, seriously injured in an automovile accident near Reed Point early Sunday morning, had regained consciousness. Mrs. Bue's son and daughter, Carl and Bernice, were first upon the scene of the accident. They say excessive speed was the cause.

W.A. Elges, in this city Monday from his ranch on the West Boulder, stated that his country is enjoying plenty of mud right now. He also stated that if there is no more rain, there is sufficient moisture in the ground to insure a good crop of grass.

Dr. B. Olness of this city vouches for the accuracy of the report of a set of lower false teeth made of steel, advertised in Livingston and other newspapers throughout the United States. The doctor knows a false set of teeth when he sees them, whether good or bad, of what material, and had the pleasure of inspecting the teeth made by a Livingston blacksmith, J.E. Gilpin, who made one set of iron, found them too heavy and made a second set of steel. Dr. Olness states it is a very artistic job and that Gilpin has no difficulty in keeping them in place.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, January 27, 1938:

Mrs. Maud Hickman and Mrs. Jerome Williams entertained 17 friends at luncheon and cards at the home of the latter on Tuesday afternoon.

Roy Ellison, now in the employ of the Burroughs Adding Machine Company at Aberdeen, S.D., was here Saturday to visit his father, Arthur Ellison, and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Evans have returned from Hysham, where Mr. Evans operated a store for a short time, and are located at the Skillman home near the courthouse. Mr. Evans has resumed his old position as manager of the Woodward store and will be assisted by Elmer O. Larson.

Mrs. Emma Trusty has sold the Big Timber Beauty Salon to Mrs. Pearl Kem of Absarokee. Mrs. Trusty goes to Missoula with the expectation of getting into a larger business where she will employ other operators. She left this morning, terminating a three year residence in Big Timber.

Edwin Grosfield, president of the Stillwater National Bank of Columbus, wife and children were here Sunday morning. They were en route to the A.M. Grosfield ranch, north of the city, to spend the day.

Mrs. Ole Allestad, formerly of Big Timber, and son spent four days here last week visiting her sister, Mrs. Andrew Hoiland. They now reside at Plains, Mont.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, February 3, 1938:

A birthday part for Mrs. Addie Hoem was given at the Hoem home on the east side Sunday evening. Many relatives and friends attended.

Mr. and Mrs. Axel Arvidson are leaving this week for an extended visit in a warmer climate. They will make their first stop at Phoenix, Ariz., then across country to San Diego. From that point they will come north to Montana, but will not arrive here until sometime this spring.

Ivar Hoglund, formerly of the local fish hatchery, now superintendent at the Lewistown hatchery, had a rough and tumble fight with a pet deer when he entered its enclosure last week. Peeved at something, the deer tore into him with feet and horns, resulting in bruises over his body, also many rips in his clothes and gum boots. All he could do was hold onto the animal's horns and hope. Mrs. Hoglund summoned help and the animal was roped and tied to a post.

Alvin Mehus, wife and daughter, arrived from Livingston this week, Mr. Mehus having started in with the New Way grocery store upon his arrival. For several years he was with the Sawyer store in this city, then with stores in the eastern part of the state. His many friends, as well as the City Band, welcomed him back.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, February 10, 1938:

Miss Ruth Hamilton of Shields River visited this week at the Chas. Christensen home. She reports lots of snow in the Crazy Mountains, on the west slope.

Byron Grosfield, prominent member of the Longhorn hockey club of Melville, was a visitor in this city Sunday. His left eye carried a large plaster at the side, the result of a hard swing of a hockey club by a fellow player landing in the wrong place.

Mrs. Martin Stokke and Mrs. Fred Potter entertained at the Stokke ranch home at Springdale Saturday night. About 60 guests were present, 12 tables being in play. Mr. and Mrs. W.D. McKenzie of this city were on the guest list and reported a good time.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Mothershead were honored guests at a party last week at the L. Drange home, where their Dry Creek neighbors gathered to welcome the bride. The evening was spent with games and lunch and the newlyweds were presented with numerous articles for their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Shallock and daughter Irene arrived yesterday from Phoenix, Ariz., en route to their Melville home. Mr. Schallock stated that the weather at Phoenix struck around 100 above most of the time but occasionally dropped to 40. Mr. Schallock is some improved by the climate.

In observance of their golden wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hiner of Reed Point were honored at a family dinner Saturday night at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Omer C. Hiner. H.S. Hiner of Helena, son of the honored guests, was also present. A gold color scheme was used, yellow chrysanthemums, daffodils, and acacia decorating the table. Mr. and Mrs. Hiner were married at Columbus, Ind., and came to Montana in 1907. The couple was presented with gifts, and following the dinner a theatre party was enjoyed.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, February 17, 1938:

Mr. and Mrs. Ed C. Bryant of Belgrade, O.L. Bryant of Three Forks, Mrs. Maggie Irvine of Dillon, and Mrs. George Forsyth of Gregson Springs were here yesterday for the funeral of Alfred C. Bryant.

Tuesday of next week is the birthday anniversary of George Washington, first president of the United States, and George Washington Cook of Big Timber, who located on the Sweet Grass in 1879 and has resided in this city for several years. Mr. Cook will be 102 on that date, is in fairly good health, sure to pass through the winter, with a fair prospect of celebrating several future anniversaries. He now lives at the last house on the left hand side of First Avenue.

Severine Oie of the Oie Motor Company and Attorney E.O. Overstreet drove to Pony, Mont., Monday on a business trip. Mr. Oie being interested in mining properties there. Notwithstanding slick roads in this locality, also danger of a big storm, they had fine sailing over fine roads in the Pony region.

Mrs. G.W. Cole was honored at an afternoon card party last Thursday by Mrs. John M. Carney. Mrs. Cole plans to leave soon to join her husband in Cooke City.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, February 24, 1938:

Mrs. Bert Mjelde and son Fred were here from Livingston Sunday to visit the home of Mrs. Louisa Mjelde.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Howells and daughters drove down from Belgrade Sunday to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs. George Carl.

G.B. Long, former sheriff of Sweet Grass county for four years, is here from his home in Kansas City, Mo., looking after his ranch on Swamp Creek, now occupied by Jake Westre. For the past eight years he has been with a truck repair and truck trailer shop in Kansas city. He looks and feels fine, and reports that Mrs. Long is in fairly good health.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lindsay stopped over here on Tuesday for a brief visit with Mrs. A.K. Lewis. They were returning to Mandan N.D., from Livingston. Dan is a welder with the N.P. shops in Mandan, and says they have five days of work each week with no time out so far. Snow there is a foot deep.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald McKenzie entertained the card players of Duck Creek at their ranch home west of this city Saturday night. Like all country parties the neighborhood attended. Ten tables were in play and the attendance is estimated at 60.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester P. Work and daughter, Mitzi, returned last week to their McLeod home from a month's vacation trip. They went first to New York City, then by boat via the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. They spent two days at the Santa Anita race track, one of the prettiest spots ever seen, and touched points of Mexico.

Clifford Hoem was down from Gardiner yesterday for a short visit with his father and mother, his wife being on a visit to her folks in Salt Lake City. He is now associated with Irvin and Arnold Sleeveland in a Garniner movie show, now running four nights a week but doing a good business.

A series of three dinner parties with cards was given at the Clyde Davis home this week, with 16 guests on each occasion. On Wednesday of last week, Mrs. Davis entertained along; Monday and last night she was assisted by Mrs. Jack Egerman.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, March 2, 1938:

Rev. C.E. Tate and family visited Buffalo Ranch and other points in Yellowstone Park Saturday. Mrs. King Cole accompanied them as far as Gardiner, where she took the stage Saturday morning for Cooke City.

The magazine section of the Billings Gazette of Sunday has a splendid picture of George Washington Cook, by Kaufman, and writeup of this 102nd birthday anniversary. It states he is the oldest person in the Midland empire.

A letter from Marie Dahl, Riverside, Calif., states that Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Hickman were at the annual Montana picnic, and expected to leave Long Beach after the first for San Diego. From there they expect to go into the South, returning to Big Timber when the grass is good and green. She also added that Mr. Hickman is seeing the sights without coat or vest.

Mrs. Hannah Foster returned Sunday from a business visit to Minneapolis and will make her home with her sister, Miss Nora Mjelde.

The last of scarlet fever quarantine cards, posted around the city, was taken from the house of County Clerk Patterson last Sunday.

Isaac Rostad returned Sunday evening from his annual visit in Spokane with his daughter, Mrs. John G. Ellingson, and family. He says it rained 18 of the first 20 days he was there, no sigh of a sun. He had a good visit and looks well, but got tired of walking the streets with only strange faces to look at.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, March 10, 1938:

A group of friends drove to the home of Mrs. F.W. Brown on Cox Creek, yesterday afternoon to celebrate her 80th birthday. They took supper, birthday cake and gifts, making the surprise complete and the occasion a happy one.

C.V. Mosier, boss of the sale at the T.K. Tolhurst ranch on the East Boulder yesterday, reports a fine sale. Top cow brought $65.

Judge T.K. Lee, who has been in a pitiful condition for several months past, has been provided a home, at Nils Petersen's, across the Boulder River, where he will at last receive personal attention. When it became necessary to do something for him Silberman & Son agreed to pay rent on his old office building by the Motor Inn, but recently notified the commissioners they would not continue the contributions. A home and proper care can be provided for about what the previous cost has been, and the commissioners arranged with Mrs. Petersen to care for him.

Mrs. A.T. Ellison and son Hubert arrived home Saturday from Rochester, Minn., where Hubert has been a patient at Mayo's hospital the greater part of the past year. His illness began about 16 months ago, abscesses necessitating several operations for removal of portions of the top skull bone. He is doing nicely now, regaining strength and weight. The many friends of the family are delighted with his recovery.

While Ray Wyn was in Harlowton Wednesday of last week on business, all buildings on his ranch in Guglar basin, northeast of Melville, were burned. The fact that there was no wind, that house, barn, granary, etc., were some distance apart justifies a belief that an incendiary fired them separately. State Fire Marshall Parsons and an insurance underwriter of Billings went out yesterday to make an investigation.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, March 17, 1938:

Oscar A. Fallang, who served 14 continuous years as sheriff of Sweet Grass County, tells a story about Calamity Jane this paper has not seen in print. In the early days of his service he received a call from the Polutnik saloon, now called Strand Cafe, that Calamity was there, good and drunk, quarrelsome and starting fights among other patrons. He went down and found Calamity inside, in the condition described, and wearing a black Prince Albert coat and old style black plug hat. He told her she would have to leave and her reply was, "Who in the hell are you?" He informed her he was the sheriff, also told her he would go with her to the old Blakeslee hotel, now Cook, across the street and pay for a night's lodging for her. She readily consented, saying, "You are the first sheriff to pay for a bed for me." The question now is, "Where did she get the plug hat and Prince Albert?"

The band concert and community sing at the high school Friday evening were thoroughly enjoyed by a good crowd. Band master Overland feels that each succeeding program will benefit the criticisms of the one before, and that a more varied program will be worked out. The band music is good, and there is no doubt about the audience enjoying both it and the opportunity to sing.

Mrs. H.E. Mjelde and Mrs. R.L. Mjelde entertained 24 women friends on Monday evening with dinner and cards at the home of the former.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Tangen left yesterday for West Yellowstone, where he will be in charge of the spawning station of the state fish hatchery during the spring and summer.

Mrs. Minnie Buell arrived the last of the week from San Francisco to remain some time caring for her mother, Mrs. Frank Gottlieb. Mrs. Mike Hoyem, another daughter, then returned to her home at Silver Gate.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, March 24, 1938:

Mrs. Reutha Hufford of Absarokee left a badly damaged car at the Oie garage Tuesday afternoon after she had been through a narrow escape beyond where the Springdale road joins Highway 10. The car hung on the edge of the cliff, but did not go over. Front fenders, bumper, radiator and other parts are damaged. She returned home.

Harry Reed, brother-in-law of Harvey Cort, also traveling representative of the Midland packing Co., is in the hospital with a broken collar bone, resulting from his car going into the ditch Sunday evening. The accident happened five miles west of this city on Highway 10, all roads being in bad shape that day from the big snow. The car is also damaged.

Funeral services for George Washington Cook, who was born on Washington's birthday, 1836, and died on St. Patrick's Day, 1938, were held at the Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon. Rev. A.A. Holbeck delivering an excellent sermon in which a glowing tribute was paid the deceased. The church was filled with oldtimers and friends from city, county and elsewhere, a Sunday school room being opened to accomodate the overflow. Music was furnished by Mrs. Signa C. Bailey and Mrs. Ted C. Busha.

Mrs. Claude C. Gray, a state director of the Farm Bureau Auxillary, was unable to attend a meeting in Bozeman the first of the week. By the time her car had been pulled by team from her ranch home to the highway she thought she had gone far enough.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, March 31, 1938:

Mrs. Connie Lamb arrived this week from New York, where she stopped over for a time upon her return from a visit to her childhood home in England.

Work started Monday on the athletic park in this city, ten men going on the job with E.H. Ellingson foreman. The total number of men at work in various parts of the county is 86, by the records of the employment agent-timekeeper.

Annual egg hunt of the Lions Club, at Fireman's Island, will be in charge of W.K. Amery, Dr. J.D. Herries and R.A. Bray.

Grade school pupils under the direction of Miss Arlene Roush, assisted by other teachers of the school, gave a delightful presentation of the operetta, "Land of Dreams Come True" at the school Thursday and Friday evening of last week. The assembly room was filled each night, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the splendid work of the youngsters. The hour of singing, dancing and dialogue made a varied program showing painstaking work by teachers and pupils. Proceeds will go in part toward payments on a beautiful new curtain which has been purchased for the stage.

Paul Van Cleve, Jr. of Melville, George Wright and Chris Branger of Roscoe, Mont., Hugh Murphy of Butte and W.E. Clark of Belfry, Carbon county, are nominations to date for judges and timekeepers of the Rodeo Association of America during the coming season.

Roads up the Boulder river, especially at the Schmidlkofer bridge, "the second bridge" were in very bad shape this week. A snow fence on the west side of the bridge made travel on the Wagner hill impossible. Stuart H. Nicholson of McLeod shoveled out the drifts and made it through with his car, the mailman following, but the road immediately drifted again. The county snowplow went up and cleared it but had the same trouble, as soon as drifts were removed, new ones appeared.

A letter to J.A. Lowry from a state hospital physician, following the death of Thomas K. Lee, stated that if he had been sent to the hospital a few months earlier, and had been given the benefit of walks, and formation of an acquaintance with others, allowed outdoor privileges, it would have been different. As told in a previous local in this paper, he was so weak at the time of his arrival that he had to be put to bed and never got up. The physician talked with him before the end came and Judge told him his relatives were still living in Ohio and were Presbyterians. There being no denomination of that order here, his burial service was held at the Congregational church. On the way over Judge did not know Sheriff Bartels, but told him he was a good driver. He died believing he was in Bozeman.


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