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June 20, 2014

We return to Box Elder for this 24th installment of this series celebrating Montana Territory’s 150th anniversary. Here is some of what was in the June 19, 1914 issue.

Like Hingham, Box Elder was having a contest for a piano. The Valley Mercantile Company and the Box Elder Valley Press teamed up to put on the contest. Unlike the Hingham contest, Box Elder included the gentlemen as well as the local ladies, and the women could either be married or not. So far, Mary E. Myers leads the votes in the contest.

Here is some more news from the paper, complete with grammatical errors:

Graduated With Honors

William M. Tow arrived home last Friday morning. He graduated from the Montana Wesleyan university academy on 1909 and then entered the Kansas Wesleyan in 1910. He received the degree of T. E. from the elocution department in 1913 and graduated this spring with the degree of B. E. and B. A.

The Montana Wesleyan University was a Methodist college located in Helena. Created in 1889 in the Helena Valley, and moved to Helena itself in 1899. In 1923 it merged with the Presbyterian College of Montana and was renamed Intermountain Union College. In 1947, it merged with other Protestant groups and is called Rocky Mountain College at Billings today.

Funeral Held Today

On Sunday afternoon, June 14, at 2 o’clock occurred the funeral of T. H. Chitwood, one our energetic farmers northwest of town, who was respected by all who knew him. Mr. Chitwood was 52 years of age. He was born in Maurine, Mo., and came here from Cando, N. D., in the spring of 1912. He leaves a widow, four sons and a daughter to mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Oldberg and were attended by a large number of relatives and friends. Interment took place on the ranch of the deceased.

The Third Annual Farmers’ Picnic

The third annual farmers’ picnic was held yesterday afternoon at Schwartz’s grove and was attended by a large number and everyone had a good time. The following program was given:

Opening song, America, sung by gathering; prayer, by Rev. C. K. Elliott; address, song: recitation, by Lucille Harlock; song, by quartette; song, by society; recitation, by Pauline McDonald; song; recitation, by Johnny Flansberg; song; recitation, by Carroll Reed; duet, by Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Lower; recitation, by Paul Lower; address, by C. G. Billings. After the exercises W. W. Jones was elected as chairman for the fourth annual picnic in 1915.

A ball game was then played between the west bench team and the northwest bench team. The score and lineup follows:

West Bench-Baker, T. Finch, Whittig, R. Finch, Hall, Barrow, Lines, Gugle, Kensey.

Northwest Bench-Taft, Johnson, Petri, Land, McKeehen, Dye, Slowman, Matuska, McLaughlin.

Score: West Bench 13, NW Bench 6.

To Have Fourth Of July Celebration

Plans are underway for a Fourth of July celebration at the Emory farm ten and one half miles northwest of town. The program includes horse racing, ball games, farmers parade, sack race, ladies’ race, three legged race, wheelbarrow race, potato race, etc., and fireworks in the evening. A bowery 30x50 feet will be erected for dancing.

Of course, this column would not be complete without news from the social pages.

In And About Our Town

Contractor Henry Cory this week put a cement floor in Geo. Haskell’s livery stable.


Miss Lucy Kirkpatrick has struck a fine flow of water at 66 feet.


Mrs. M. B. Sprague took her daughter Mildred to the Deaconess hospital in Great Falls this week where she is to be treated for eye trouble.

Half Way Coulee Items

The new organ has arrived for the Half-way Coulee Sunday School, which is held in the Half-way Coulee school house Sunday afternoons at 2:30.


The Half-way Coulee club enjoyed a pleasant afternoon with Mrs. Guy Huston last Wednesday. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Frank Mason June 24.

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