Tidbits and Tales, Part 20
April - July, 1938

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, April 7, 1938:

Perry Blakely, at the Martin mine way up the East Boulder, reports seven feet of snow on the level in that country. It is the largest amount given in years. Other reports are that McDowell Bros. give the same amount at their dude ranch on the West Boulder.

Gladys Skaarland and Edna Miller entertained thirty boys and girls at the Paul Lamp home Thursday. A three-piece orchestra furnished musical numbers, luncheon was served and everybody had a good time.

Lightning, the 28-year-old outlaw bronc of Leo J. Cremer, of rodeo fame, is dead after performing for 19 years in the rodeo ring. He died at the Cremer ranch north of Melville and will receive fitting burial on the range. When Lightning was a star rodeo ring attraction he threw 95 percent of those who tried to stick to the saddle, including top riders of the ring.

Louise Rostad, student at the state university, has been selected as a model for the spring show of the Missoula Merchantile Co., at the Wilma Theatre in that city.

Mrs. A.E. Grosfield is ill with pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. August Mathes, Jr., entertained a party of their Boulder friends Sunday. A lovely dinner was served by Mrs. Mathes, followed by cards and a social visit, heartily enjoyed by all. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Webber and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Isserman and Miss Mitchell.


From the Big Timber Pioneer, April 14, 1938:

Mr. and Mrs. Axel Arvidson returned the first of the week from an extended stay in California, most of which was spent in Long Beach.

Lambing at the Leo Esp ranch seven miles east of town was enlivened by the birth of twin lambs - black ones. Mr. Esp has been in or with the lamb business all his life and says this is the first time he has ever seen black lambs come double. Both lived!

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nepstad have leased the Mike Hoyem ranch at Melville, moving there the last of the week. Neighbors on Dry creek gave them a farewell party before their departure.

Hjelmar Egeland of Livingston, former resident of this city, who spends considerable time fishing in this locality during the open seasons, got away with a trout weighing over ten pounds Saturday. It was caught in the Yellowstone River, almost inside the city limits of Big Timber.

Ralph C. (Bus) Jarrett, rancher and stockman of Springdale, also son of the late Ralph S. Jarrett, appeared at the office of County Clerk E.R. Patterson Monday and made the first filing for nomination in the July primary. He asks for the republican nomination for sheriff, and in his statement says that he will, if nominated and elected, conduct the office with honesty and efficiency.


From the Big Timber Pioneer, April 21, 1938:

H.A. Appelby, who took over what was better known as the West Boulder Ranch Co. place sold it last week to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Scobie, who have resided for a year at the Murray Hotel in Livingston. Possession was given Tuesday of last week. The ranch is located south and west of McLeod, about two and a half miles, on what is known as the West Boulder road.

Monday of this week Paul L. Van Cleve, III., brought Paul L. Van Cleve, IV., to Big Timber for a haircut at the shop of S.A. Perrine. In 1914 the dad got his first hair trim at the same place. Paul L. Van Cleve, II, had his initiation in the same shop in 1892, and a sire of them all, Paul Van Cleve Sr. started operations when the shop first opened in 1888.

The Womens club annual Easter ball was a success in every way, good music, lunch, etc., attracting a crowd which purchased 135 tickets. The decorations, featuring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, drew many appreciative comments. Mrs. Otto Sippel did most of the character representatives, while the wall posters showing scenes from the picture were made by Miss Grace Marshall's art classes in the grade school.

Gilman Aller, university student at Des Moines, Iowa, writes his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Aller, of Old Kaintuck that he had one grand trip as delegate for the national convention of Kappa Delta Pi held in Atlantic City, N.J., in March. With a lad from Kentucky he took in all the meetings, then visited New York City and Washington, missing nothing those places have to offer sightseers. Ample funds had been furnished for Pullman, high class hotels, and other topnotch expenses, but the boys rode the cushions, stopped at Y.M.C.A. homes, ate a good many hamburger sandwiches, and used the money thus saved to add side trips to their program, arriving home with some change in their pockets. Boys like that will get by anywhere.

The ranch home of Ludwig Allestad on Duck creek, seven miles north of Springdale, on a homestead he located within a quarter of a mile of the old J.N. Kelly ranch, was completely destroyed by fire Monday, as were the chicken house and other buildings. He and family left home about 9 a.m., there apparently being no fire in the stove. When they returned about 1 p.m. everything was gone, the wood pile also being on fire. It is believed that sparks were still in the stove when they left home. There was no insurance.


From the Big Timber Pioneer, April 28, 1938:

Mrs. H.V. Arndt of Springdale received word that she was a winner of one of the 200 vacuum cleaners given away by the makers of Crisco in weekly competition.

A Chinaman was taken from a train at the Northern Pacific station Tuesday night severely ill. He was taken to the hospital, the attending physician giving no hope that he would live through the night. He did, and yesterday was on the street with "Smokey", proprietor of the Chinese laundry.

Two groups of friends enjoyed the delightful hospitality of Mrs. J.W. Davis last week. On Wednesday afternoon 20 women were invited for luncheon, and Friday evening there were 245 guests, with bridge the diversion each time.

About 25 neighbors and friends surprised Mrs. Sam Thurman Saturday evening, April 23, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam Fallang, the occasion being Mrs. Thurman's seventy-eighth birthday. After presenting her a lot of nice gifts, the ladies served a lovely lunch. The evening was spent visiting and some of the guests sang and played.


From the Big Timber Pioneer, May 5, 1938:

A.M. Grosfield, aged 74, and known throughout Montana as one of its heavy sheep owners, fell from a load of shingles Saturday, a distance of about ten feet, and landed on his head. He was taken to Billings by Dr. L.W. Baskett and placed under the care of Dr. Allard. No word has been received from there so far.

Officers of the Ladies Auxiliary of the local post of the American Legion were elected Tuesday evening, followed by a banquet with about ten guests from the Livingston Auxiliary present. Officers chosen are: Assa Furstenberg, president; Pauline Chase, first vice president; Gladys O'Leary, second vice president; Edythe Campbell, secretary-treasurer; May Witten, chaplain; Signa C. Bailey, historian; Margaret Busha, sergeant-at-arms.

Dr. J.D. Herries and James J. Lacken left Tuesday morning for Minneapolis. En route they are palcing posters advertising Big Timber and vicinity in hotel lobbies. The posters were painted by E.P. Fellows, and their rustic frames are the work of Noah Ball. Mrs. Lacken went as far as Wilbaux for a short visit with Mrs. James Elliot.

Nora Eldar, freshman at high school, received second place award in the state home economics contest at Bozeman last week.

Dr. B. Olness went to Helena this morning to attend a state convention of dentists.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, May 12, 1938:

American Legion men Sunday placed the white marble markers furnished by the government at the graves of four World War soldiers in Mountain View cemetery. Those marked were Louis Plaggemeyer, Klaus Kjorberg, Svend Ommundson, and George M. Marrs.

The hatching of Chinese pheasants will be a new project tried out by Big Timber FFA boys this year. The eggs will be furnished by Joe Hendricks of the state game farm. These are set under hens and raised to the age of 12 weeks when they are turned over to the game commission. The boys receive 50 cents for each pheasant raised.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Willard returned the last of the week from a winter's stay in California. They spent most of the time in Fresno. That place also caught a serving of the high water dished up by the weatherman for lower California. Mr. Willard says that when they began to wonder if they should get out, where to and how were serious questions, as the level valley was like a lake and highways were driving down like a stream.

The finishing touches of eliminating the bridge across the Yellowstone river, where a new structure has been erected by the W.P. Roscoe Co, of Billings, were made this week by the same company. And so, the first bridge in this locality, erected in 1884 by Harvey Bliss of this city and F.W. Vreeland of Bozeman, ended its career with a blast of dynamite on top of the last concrete pier. The bridge had undergone many repairs since it was built as a toll bridge for Albert Hooper of Melville, but it looked natural to the end.

Andrew Egeland of this city, residing in the south part of town, dropped dead in the Cort pool hall Tuesday afternoon. The body was taken to the Lowry undertaking parlor and prepared for burial.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, May 19, 1938:

J.A. Lowry is confined to his home this week, suffering from a heart ailment.

Oscar Braaten of Grey Cliff underwent an operation for stomach ulcers and tumor at Lott hospital in Livingston, yesterday morning.

Erik Hammersmark, who moved in April from McLeod to the "Dad" Franklin ranch just this side of Melville, was in town Tuesday evening, all smiles because of the heavy rain which had fallen upon his newly planted 50 acres of alfalfa.

At a meeting of the Big Timber Womens club Monday evening, Alice Cameron and Gladys Stenberg gave a report of their attendance at High School Week in Bozeman. The girls were sent by the club.

Mrs. Dean Lowry entertained a few guests at a shower in honor of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Clinton Green, Friday afternoon.

A spark landing on gasoline on the floor of the Kuether & Kuether shop, the old Keisler shop on Anderson street Saturday afternoon called out the fire department on short notice. As a young Hathaway boy who ran all the way to the place, with other kids described it, "It wasn't even worth going to."

Dating back for many years, no spring storm excelled the one of last evening and today. A 5 p.m. a regular cloudburst, except that it lacked heat, started and rain fell in torrents for three straight hours. During the night it changed to snow, slighting no community, and today it is still at it, but lighter. C.V. Mosier, living on the east side of the Boulder, reports eight inches at his place. Roads are bad, especially in the Melville country. Boulder residents report a storm similar to one here.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, May 26, 1938:

Sixteen friends of Nat and Bo Clark were invited to help celebrate their sixteenth birthday on Tuesday. Entertainment included a stop at the McLeod plunge, then dinner and dancing at the ranch.

Misses Agnes Lavold and Ruth Pravda, teachers at Glasston, were honored guests last night at a handkerchief shower given by Mrs. Jerry McCormick, with all the people of that district invited. Miss Lavold will teach at Livingston next year; Miss Pravda goes to North Dakota. The school closes tomorrow. Tonight MIss Lavold will entertain her 15 pupils of the lower grades with dinner at the home in town, and then take them to a picture show.

Tulips are blooming in Mountain View cemetery and should be at their very best by Memorial day. Caretaker Blackwell is pushing the work of clearing leaves and dead grass, while many people are doing much to beautify individual lots.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, June 2, 1938:

J.A. Lowry who has been at home for two weeks with a heart attack, expects to be at his office next week.

Hard rains Saturday evening and night had a demoralizing effect on the American Legion dance at Melville. Many started from this city but were forced to turn back when the end of the gravel road was reached. The Sweet Grass ran bank full, the report being that it endangered the Dad Franklin bridge, near the John P. Campbell ranch and on the Glasston road, by which Melville may also be reached, Otter creek went two feet deep over the road just above the old Glasston corner.

Auto licenses of Lester Green and Cecil Appleby have been revoked by J.D. Holly, police magistrate for reckless driving.

Proving the old adage, "a wise man sometimes changes his mind," Sam Cohn has changed his mind about moving his family to Billings, and has leased the G.H. Goosey home, corner Fifth avenue and McLeod street.

E.M. Murray was injured Thursday of last week by a fall from a load of post on his one horse dray. He was taken care of at the Vern Meigs home, but is now back at his cabin on the east side.

Mrs. Aleta Alsop and daughter Lucille returned Sunday from a winter in the south and California. From St. Louis they went to Florida, then to Texas, then west to California and came home by way of Pocatello, Idaho. They had a delightful trip.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, June 9, 1938:

E.O. Overland filed yesterday for county attorney, republican ticket.

Gilman Aller returned Monday from Des Moines, Iowa, where he graduated from the university on Friday.

Arrangements are complete for the big barbecue to be given at the fairgrounds, Sunday, June 26. Two beefs will be roasted, 2,000 buns will be obtained, and the crowd is still estimated at 2,000. Gov. Roy E. Ayers, Congressman O'Connor and Tom Stout of Livingston will be the speakers, it being impossible for Senators B.K. Wheeler and James E. Murray to attend. Report is that Harlowton will send a good sized delegation, accompanied by a good band.

Mr. and Mrs. Basil Ashcroft of Ryegate, who spent the week end at the ranch home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Husebye, returned home Monday morning. They came near overlooking the return of one passenger, the family cat, not noting it was absent from the car until they reached the Yellowstone bridge. It had been picked up on the street and left at the Furstenberg jewelry store where they found it and returned a happy family.

Clarence Loasby of Vancouver, B.C., who came, with his wife, to visit his brother, George A. Loasby, is doing his visiting from a pillow, the high altitude proving too much for his heart. Mr. Loasby served a long period as a Canadian Mounted Policeman, then went to railroading on the Canadian Pacific from which he retired avter 23 years of service. He and Mrs. Loasby will rturn home as soon as he is able to travel.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, July 7, 1938:

Mrs. A.C. Logan of Los Angeles, Calif. spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John F. Clark at their McLeod ranch. She was driven here from Billings where she is visiting her son Vic and daughter Faye. A.C. Logan was one of the first state superintendents of public instruction in Montana, and after retiring from that office purchased the Jas. Ennis ranch, west of this city, now owned by W.D. McKenzie. When Sweet Grass county was created in 1895 he was named in the bill as county commissioner, with J.W. Bailey and P.O. Fallang, with two latter forming a republican majority of the board. After selling his ranch he moved to Billings where he died.

Rev. A.A. Holbeck was taken to a Billings hospital last evening, probably appendicitis.

Wool sales reported the latter part of the week were: A.M. Grosfield, the largest clip in the county, 20 1/2; Ole Langhus, 19 1/2; C.W. Voges, 19.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, June 16, 1938:

Floyd Bailey, Oswald and Creston Crest returned Monday evening from an auto trip of two days.

Late filings for county office are Leo L. Cremer, democrat, for representative; J.D. Holly, democrat, assessor; Estelle Greig, republican, county clerk; John N. MacFarlane, republican, county attorney.

Miss Ruth Pravda returned the last of the week from a brief visit with her parents at Velna, N.D. She and Miss Sigrid Haugstad have gone to Dillon to take the summer course at the Normal.

Don Evans, manager of the Woodward Co. Store in this city for several years, and family left this week for Boliver, Mo. Mrs. Evans has not been well since coming to Montana, the altitude being too high, and Mrs. Evans has been under the weather for several months. They will make the return trip to Missouri by easy stages.

Harold Hawks and son, Harold Jr., arrived Tuesday from Colorado Springs, Colo., on their annual inspection of the Hawks ranch properties in this county and Park. They drove through by way of Thermopolis, Codey, and through Yellowstone park and out Livingston way.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, June 23, 1938:

Mrs. Albert J. Seasongood, Sr. arrived Saturday morning for a summer visit at the Boulder ranch of her son, Albert J. Seasongood Jr. The elder Seasongood and chauffeur have been at the ranch for five weeks. Their home is in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Ellingson and children, Jean and Joe, left Saturday, via Yellowstone park for New Orleans, at which port they will take a boat for La Lima, Honduras, their home. They had a three weeks' visit here with the Ellingson families and in Bozeman with relatives of Mrs. Ellignson.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pravada, who sold their place at the northeast corner of town this spring and moved to Velva, N.D., have returned to Big Timber. Harry Clouse went over with a truck to bring their goods, arriving home Sunday night. The water was not good in Dakota, and their farm had a variety of weed which aggravated a hay fever condition for Mr. Pravada, so they sold the place. Their many friends are glad to have them back.

Leo J. Cremer, now the greatest rodeo man in the country, left Sunday for Salt Lake City, by auto and from that point will fly to Colorado Springs, Col. In a letter from the Will Rogers Annual Rodeo organization of that city, he was informed that contract for the annual rodeo, August 19, 20, and 21, will be let soon, and that association would prefer to have him make his bid in person so that they may discuss the matter with him. The association has just completed work on a new stadium, with a seating capacity of 10,000, right back of the famous Broadmoor Hotel.

The cloudburst and hail which hit this city Saturday afternoon also made itself felt in the country south and east of Melville. An alfalfa field was lost at the Effie Franklin ranch, one at the John P. Campbell ranch was ruined and a field of oats badly damaged. At the latter place ten small bridges on Cayuse creek were washed out. At the C.E. Crum ranch, just below the Sweet Grass bridge, fields were flooded and water stood in the house. Leslie Browne, on the J.D. Holly ranch, crop completely wiped out. On the Mike Hoyem place, the Floyd Nepstads lost a beautiful garden, 65 chickens and a number of turkeys. Their young son Gordon, with his friend, William Benson, was out in the storm and came in bruised and much frightened. Roads from Glasston on were damaged, one bridge being out between the Anshelm Olin place and the Snyder corner. Had the storm struck at night the loss would have been more serious, as corrals were flooded at several ranches where sheep and milk cows were penned for the night.

Walter Aitken, city attorney of Bozeman, and wife were here for a short visit Thursday evening of last week, on their way to the municipal leauge convention in Miles City. Walter was the second newspaper business in Big Timber, starting the Big Timber Express. Part of the writeups of Melville and the Boulder in the Pioneer were taken from a special Christmas edition of the Express, December, 1897, and they were good. Leaving here he went to Livingston, read law, edited the Livingston Enterprise, was admitted to the bar and opened an office in Bozeman, where he has since made his home. He is a good lawyer in every aspect, and has done well in his practice.

Robert Rodwold, brother of Mrs. J.D. Herries, is here from Minneapolis for his annual summer visit.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, June 30, 1938:

Leo J. Cremer, who was here Saturday, feels highly honored. He was wearing a new Stetson hat, the emblem, "Leo Cremer Hat", on the inside band. Hereafter the new make, and it is a good one, will bear that name.

An item in the career of Ansel S. Hubble, whose story appeared in the Livingston edition of last week's Pioneer, is told by H.B. (Doc) Yerkes, for many years a resident of the Boulder. Hubble told him that he was on Elk creek in 1877, and lived in a dugout cabin. He gave a good location of the cabin and Doc started out to find it. After a varied search he found that he was standing on top of it. It had been built into a bank. It is also worth mention that John Renfro, who died in this city several years ago, was also in the Boulder country the same year, 1877, prospecting.

A young man of 23, who thought his real name is Emil Haver, was here Wednesday of last week trying to establish his identity. It will be remembered that while Judge Stark was on the bench the younger Blair, of Gibson, was tried for cruelty to a child, convicted and sentenced to a heavy jail sentence. That child is the same boy here last week. From here he went to the Orphan's Home, remained there until he was 10, was taken from there to Whitehall, where he attended school three years, has since lived in California. Upon the death of his mother, Mrs. Emil Haver, he was brought here from St. Louis by Mrs. Marie Bryan. Later she married George Neumayer of Livingston, Blair adopting the child. When Haver, or Blair, was here Sunday to the Barbecue he stated he had spent three days in Livingston with his foster mother, Mrs. George Neumayer, and found that he has no real name, although still carrying that of Blair. He left Monday for California, well satisfied with the information received here. Mrs. Neumayer of Livingston is a sister of Mrs. John Schlitz and Mrs. John Gerge Neumayer of Gibson.

Those of our readers who may have wondered about the pronunciation and meaning of the name of the Congregational camp on the upper Boulder will be as pleased as we are to be set right, at least on the first matter. Rev. C.E. Tate, minister of the church on this city, says it is pronounced Mim-a-nah'gish j- both i's short, the accent on the third syllable. The name means "Singing Water." It was suggested by a Crow Indian from Hardin who visited at the camp, but Rev. Tate cannot remember his name. The name is very appropriate, being located as the camp is on the banks of the Boulder where the flow of water over the rocks, with the steep fall, gives a continual murmur to the stream.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, July 14, 1938:

With warmer days, swimming in the Boulder is started. Miss Audrey Dahl is employed as instructor and life guard this season.

Reports from various sections so far show a shortage in dude ranch patronage this year which also applies to National park travel. In Park county the dude patronage did not equal previous years at the rodeo. Brannin Bros., located in the Crazy mountains, have had a fair patronage so far, and have many bookings for the last part of July and August. However, many others who had promised to come have changed their minds and will go to Europe.

Mrs. Rosamond Forster is a patient at the Christensen home, recovering from unexplained bruises. The elderly woman lives in a cabin near the Rudolph Forster home, east of Grey Cliff, and not far from the John Weidinger ranch. It has been a habit of the Weidinger's to look after her frequently, and not having seen any smoke from her chimney for a time, Mrs. Weidinger investigated. She found Mrs. Forster locked in her home, suffering from bruises and from lack of care for several days, and had her brought to Big Timber for treatment.

Leo Cremer and his big rodeo layout opens in Nampa, Idaho, today, having shipped out of Butte Monday. From there the rodeo will travel to Salt Lake City for a five day engagement, the Idaho Falls, next Butte, Billings, then Colorado Springs, Colo. Then smaller places. The itinerary is rather mixed, go and come, but it will continue until the 15th day of September when Mr. Cremer will be back to start a campaign of six weeks for election to the lower house of the Montana legislature.

During a storm Sunday afternoon lightening struck at the home of Mrs. Mary Tronrud, west of Melville. It followed the telephone line into the house, setting fire to the siding, some of which had to be torn away to extinguish the blaze. Mrs. Tronrud, who has been ill for some time, suffered from shock.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, July 21, 1938:

The male quartet of Miltonvale Wesleyan college, Miltonvale, Kans., stopped over night at the local Evangelical parsonage last Friday. Rev. Harris attended this institution for three years. The quartet is on a singing tour of the Northwest.

Seth Platt, for many years a resident of the Springdale country, died of a stroke of apoplexy yesterday morning. The body was taken by Coroner C.D. Graff of this city to Bozeman, where a wife, son and daughter of deceased live, for burial. Deceased and Chris Boe had been putting up hay jointly at their ranches about 14 miles north of Springdale. Boe was ready to lift some hay to the stack for Platt to distribute when the latter asked him to wait a minute, that he had terrible pain in his chest. A few seconds later he fell on the stack and expired. Deceased was about 65 years of age and well known in this city.

The Past Chiefs club is meeting this afternoonat the Frank Lamb camp on the Boulder for a picnic and business meeting.

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From the Big Timber Pioneer, July 28, 1938:

Every buyer of a ticket to the annual ball of the Big Timber Volunteer Fire Department who saw the response to a fire call on Saturday afternoon got his money'worth. Large hail was falling in torrents when the alarm sounded, but nearing firemen made a run for the hall, minus coat or vest, and rode to the Scyphers home on the north side in an elegant shower bath. The fire was in the home radio, caused by lightening entering on the aerial connection, but loss was only the radio. The call came over the phone from a neighboring building.

Mrs. Bud Deeney entertained the Surprise Club Friday afternoon, serving lunch after the business meeting.

Ed Cole, of the Cole Drug Co., and family, and Mrs. W.J. Keffer sister of Mrs. Cole and daughter of Kentucky, returned from a trip to Cooke City, where "King" Cole is operating a branch store. They went in and out the Red Lodge - Cooke City way, and like that way because what you do not see going you get coming back. Mr. Cole states that Cooke City is not so hot, only 27 men working in the mines. Park travel is also belowe par, but an increase is expected in August and September.

Ernest McLaughlin, of the McLaughlin Construction Co. of Livingston, was here Sunday, accompanied by his wife and son, also mother, Mrs. Angus McLaughlin to take a final look at the finishing touches on the Fraternity hall, also the new road leading from the new Boulder bridge to the top of the hill east of that point. All work was satisfactory.

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