Celebrating History: Hold-ups and home builders in 1914
January 17, 2014
The Havre Promoter's Jan. 16, 1914, issue is where the following entries were found for this second installment of the series celebrating the year 1914.
Among the stories in this issue were that "Gilhooly's Troubles Was a Good Show", the Jennie Russell Co. was coming for five nights at The Orpheum Theatre, a free band concert was going to be held at the McIntyre Opera House, two marriages and two deaths.
Two criminal cases were also reported. A lengthy article regarding the murder of Adolph Schuder Sr., 10 miles north of Chester, was printed. The accused was Ladimer Chadek. Of course, he pleaded not guilty. It was reported that "... one of the most hard fought court battles in the criminal court is expected." In the other case, a verdict of guilty was found on Edward Redwing for altering cattle brands. He was fined $300 and his attorneys were moving for a new trial. Stay tuned.
Another robbery was also reported, complete with misspelling:
A Bold Holdup At Harve
Great Falls Man is Relieved of Ninety Dollars on South Third Ave.
A. J. Gardiner, of Great Falls, traveling salesman for Brown Shoe company of Kansas city, was held up Sunday night by a highwayman who relieved him of ninety dollars.
Mr. Gardner was spending the evening at the home of Gerald Casman and leaving the house at 11 o'clock and was approached at an alley crossing and commanded to throw up his hands.
The robber after securing the money ran up the alley into the darkness.
Mr. Gardiner said Monday morning that he had evidently been followed by the hold-up artist from Great Falls, knowing that he was just starting out on his trip with his expense funds.
No arrest has been made.
The Home Builders Investment Company held its annual meeting, again with misspellings and grammatical errors:
Home Builders Elect Officers
The annual meeting of the Home Builders Investment company was held Monday evening, January 12, and the following officers and directors were elected for the ensuing year: L. K. Devlin, president; G. A. Hulfish, vice president; A. L. Ritt, secretary and treasurer; Directors, L. K. Devlin, G. A. Hulfish, J. A. Wright, A. L. Ritt, Lou Lucke, Frank O. Kaste, James Holland, Sr., Frank Bassout and Walter Brown. Executive Committee, D. S. McKenzie, E. C. Carruth and H. E. Loranger.
Considering the fact that the company has been in business less than three months, they make a wonderful showing and there is a the way the company is progressing and it is looked upon as an organization that will do great things not only in promoting the interests of Havre, but the towns and country of northern Montana.
The company has already under construction several houses and later on they will not only build homes but apartment houses and any other building which the city and country need.
The company has at present over tions to stock including real estate and buildings under constructions.
J. A. Henderson, General Manager.
A very lengthy, two-page article outlined "A Campaign for Better Schools" and described the conditions of each school in what was then Hill County. Most of the news was issues of overcrowding. Also, news from Havre schools had its own column, along with the high school basketball games and local bowling news.
In the social pages, we find, complete with misspelling:
Ed. M. Allen reports the sale of the Ole Skalstead lots on First street opposite Gourley's bakery to Mrs. Theresa L. Harrington, of Great Falls, who will put up a a two story brick building for rooming house purposes. Store rooms will be on the ground floor, one of them having been rented for a cafeteria.
Editor Casey, of the Tribune at Gildford, and Editor Casey of the Chancellor at Kremlin, were shaking hands with friends in Havre the first of the week.
Troy & Kay have installed in their modern undertaking parlors, dust proof cabinets, for the display of caskets.