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BITTER ROOT VALLEY NEWS

1870
VICTOR, Chief of the Flatheads, is dead.
New Northwest, Friday  August 19, 1870

1871
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

1872
***Personal***
    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 astonishingly.

     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 Territory.
(Robert Nelson & Abraham S. Blake)
The Missoula Pioneer, April 6, 1872

1877
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

1887
    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 thrice happy.
The Weekly Missoulian, October 7, 1887

***VICTOR VARIETIES***
    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.

1889
    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
December  1889

1890

***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

1891
***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.” -- Missoulian.--
The Western News, June 9, 1891

1895
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

1906
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 electric line.
Stevensville Register, April 24, 1906

1909
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

1912
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

1914
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

Paid Fine
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.

Goat Hunters
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

Darby Doings
    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 upper valley.
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 permit.
J.E. Shoudy was in town Tuesday from Hamilton for a few hours
R.L. Harper, the county commissioner-elect, was in Darby Tuesday from Hamilton.
Ravalli Republican, November 20, 1914

Victor and Vicinity
Roy Busenbark sustained a broken thumb Saturday while playing football
Mrs. Harlow of Missoula visited relatives and friends here Saturday and Sunday
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 I.O.O.F. building.
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

1915
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 destination.

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

1916
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 be present.
    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 unexpected.
    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 specifications.
    Mr. Lord was the only bidder. O.E. Peoppard came to Hamilton examined the plans and specifications but did not submit a bit.
    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 been retired.
The Western News, December 28, 1916, page 1

1918
Darby Doings
  
  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.

Home Burned
    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

1923
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

1928
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 hospital.
    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 yesterday.
    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, Masonic Hall
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

Lodge Installations
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 years ago.
Ravalli Republican, February 21, 1928

PURCHASED PROPERTY
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 8.

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

1929
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 is Barred
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, announced.
    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 the shooting.
    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
 
1931
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

1932
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 her farm.
    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 of Stevensville.
    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 Afternoon.
    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 Hundred Workmen
    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

1933
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

CONQUERS FEVER
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 freshman.
    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 Stevensville Contestant
    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 contest.
    Other contestants were Jessie Lamb of Darby, who gave “The Last Hymn,” and Mayme Harrington of Victor with “When the Neuroses Bloom.”
    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

1934
    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

New Postmaster
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 assistant
Ravalli Republican, June 7, 1934

1935
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 hospital.
    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 & White Store.
    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 morning.
    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 brother.
    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 unfortunate family.
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 Rockafellow.

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 at Stark.

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

1938
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. Warren.
    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 Session Here
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 Hamilton resident.
    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

1939
Corvallis Superintendent is Host at Picnic
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

1940
Officers Reelected
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 campaign.
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 Home.
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.
Birthday Party
    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 Saturday noon.
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

1942
Lorraine 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 Butte.
    Mrs. Mary Summers is spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mathews at Riverside.

1943
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 quart.
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
Stevensville, Montana
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.”
Sincerely,
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

1945
Ration Reminder
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 March 11.
Shoes - Airplane stamps No. 1, 2, and 3 in book three continue valid indefinitely.
    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 Montana.
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

1946
BIG DITCH BREAKS, CUT FIXED, WATER RUNS AGAIN, DAMAGE WAS CONSIDERABLE
    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

Hospital Notes
Admitted to Missoula hospitals this week were Rodney Gavin, Tracy Dawson, and Mrs. Paul McFadgen
Birth:
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. George D. Hurst in a Missoula hospital this week
Personal:
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
C.E. Doolittle
Pat Oertli
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Knez
Mr. and Mrs. MerleBungarner
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knez
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Knez
Ravalli Republican, December 13, 1946

1948
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 delegation.
    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

1958
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 and Howard.

    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 locate.
The Western News, January 3, 1962












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