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Havre of the Past: New trains on the Great Northern

 

December 27, 2013

Courtesy photo

Sheep are herded down 3rd Avenue in Havre in this 1913 photo.

The newspaper on microfilm for this week in 1893 is not available, so we will go back in time to 1898, when Havre had been incorporated for five years. Entries for this article, which is the 51st installment of this series celebrating Havre's 120th anniversary of incorporation, come from the Dec. 23, 1898 issue of The Milk River Eagle.

Good news came to Havre with this announcement, complete with misspelling:

Two Trains After Jan. 1st

Beginning with the first of the year the Great Northern will run two trains from St. Paul to this point each day. The new train will be known as No. 7 west, and No. 8 east. The fast mail train from the east will consolidate with No. 3 at this point and from here will rum as one No. 3. This new change of time on the main line of the course will be met by a change on the Montana Central, the south bound train leaving here shortly after the arrival of the two trains from the east. From the south the trains will arrive at 8 a.m. and the main line from the west shortly afterward. The local train will leave the Havre station at 2 p.m. The making of Havre as the terminus of this new fast train service is significent of its fast growing importance as a railway center.

Several small paragraphs of interest were found in the social pages, complete with misspellings.

Town And County

A. B. Smith, the proud possessor of one of the finest rancher in the well-favored Bear Paw country, was mingling with and interviewing his many friends here Saturday.

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Mrs. Frank Jones, of Pacific Junction, who was slightly indisposed last week, we are pleased to chronicle, is greatly improved and was able to pay a call to her many friends in this city Thursday.

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J. C. Griffin, "Bear Paw Jack", the big cattleman and successful race horseman of the Bear paw mountains, was prominent among the agreeable personages who were doing business with our coterie of princely merchants Monday.

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Dr. Carroll Buck, of Fort Assinniboine, was in town Saturday.

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J. D. Thompson, county commissioner and prominent Bull Hook sheepgrower, has returned from his regular official trip to the county seat.

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Martin Furlong, the silver-tounged Celt, who never tires of singing the praises of the land where the shamrock grows, was in from his ranch near Burnham Thursday.

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Jerry A. Kearful, the hospitable rancher and Jeffersonian democrat of Clear Creek valley, was a welcome visitor in the metropolis Monday, and reports everybody and everything in a flourishing condition out there.

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Ira Myers, one of the merchant princes and financial pillars of Great Falls, the greater portion of the week in the city and while here was the guest of our genial and hospitable fellow townsman, L. K. Devlin.

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E. S. Sweet, the sheep baron of Lloyd and hall fellow well met, was in a pleasant and prominent social and business visitor in the city the first of the week.

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The exhibition given of dancing the "Highland Fling" Wednesday night in the K. P. hall by the little Misses Marion Broadwater, Maudie Ling, Allie Auld, and Isabella Trottier was the cutest, prettiest and most artistic scene by far that has ever been witnessed by a Havre audience.

While the captivating and fascinating little ladies were similarly dressed as to the patterns of their gowns they were attired in bright variegated colors and the resemblance in one respect and the contrast in the other was unique and especially pleasing to those who have an eye for dainty and artistic juvenile femininity personilled. They were perfectly trained and the light and airy, easy and graceful manner and exacting time with wich they performed the intricate and difficult steps and figures was wonderful and astounded and amazed all present. They were repeatedly encored and the hearty applause they received at the hands of the appreciative audience must have filled their little innocent hearts with happiness.

It was simply grand and will long be remember by the people of Havre as the most interesting and entertaining affair of its description that has ever taken place in this part of Montana.

 

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