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In 1898, Bullhook Creek was in the news


October 25, 2013

Courtesy photo

This photo shows Gussenhoven's store in the background of the left. The store was located on the southwest corner of First Street and Fourth Avenue. It was taken sometime prior to the Great Fire of 1904.

For the 42nd installment celebrating Havre's 120th anniversary of incorporation, we are still visiting the year 1898, as the microfilm for this week in the year 1893 is still missing and does not start again until Nov. 2. News was still interesting in 1898, when Havre had been incorporated for a mere five years. This information comes from The Milk River Eagle, Oct. 21, 1898 edition.

Front page news still contained election coverage, but this week there are three noteworthy additions. The first reads:

$50 Reward

The above reward will be given for the arrest of J. C. Baldwin; age 27; height about 5 feet 6 or 7 inches; dark hair; brown mustache; dark brown eyes set close together; wears corduroy coat and vest and overalls; weighs 140 pounds; riding dark bay or brown horse almost 15 hands high, small brand "IC" on left thigh. THOMAS CLARY Sheriff.

The second article pertains to Bullhook Creek:

Advertisement For Proposals

Office of the Town Clerk, Havre, Montana, Oct. 18, 1898.

To the Public: In accordance with directions received from the Board of Aldermen, you are informed that sealed proposals, subject to the usual conditions, will be received at this office until Monday, 3 o'clock p.m., the 7th day of November, 1898, for a wooden bridge across Bull Hook creek, on second street. Plans and specifications to accompany the proposals.

The Board of Aldermen reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Envelopes containing proposals should be marked "Proposals for bridge" and addressed to the undersigned.

C. W. LING, Town Clerk.

According to a map drawn by Hilda Redwing of where businesses, homes, and other landmarks including Bullhook Creek were located in Havre in 1898, the second street bridge would have been located close to Sixth Avenue.

The third article finds one of the proprietors of the defunct Northern Beer Hall into more legal trouble:

Alias Summons

In Justice Court, Havre Township, before P. J. McIntyre, Justice of the Peace.

Broadwater-Pepin Co., a Corporation, Plaintiff, vs. W. E. Grant, Successor to Lee Grant & Co., Defendant.

The State of Montana sends greeting to the above named defendant.

You are hereby summoned to appear before me, P. J. McIntyre, a justice of the peace in and for the county of Chouteau, at my office in Havre, within ten days after the completion of the service of this summons on you, then and there to make answer to the complaint of the above named plaintiff, Broadwater-Pepin Co., in a civil action to recover the sum of thirty-six dollars and twenty-five cents ($36.25) for goods, ware and merchandise between June 11th, 1898 and Sept 20th, 1898, the same being due and unpaid.

In default thereof judgment will be rendered against you, W. E. Grant, the above named defendant, according to the complaint for the sum of thirty-six dollars and twenty-five cents ($36.25) and cost of suit in plaintiff's behalf expended.

Given under my hand this 7th day of Oct., 1898. P. J. McINTYRE, Justice of the Peace in and for said county. First pub Oct. 7.

The Milk River Eagle took a jab at Grant in the social pages:

Town And Country

W. E. Grant, one of the leaders of the republican party of this place, who recently decamped because he had done several unlawful things, is now at Fort McLeod, Alberta, where he is dishing up food for the queen's subjects.

Other news in "Town and Country" include:

Some very handsome private residences are being erected in various parts of the city. The demand for skilled help has become so great that there is not an idle carpenter, stone or brick mason in Havre.

That prince of commercial enterprise and popular caterer to public wants, Col. Joseph Gussenhoven, has recently furnished and completely equipped an elegant suite of rooms which will be used exclusively as club and reception rooms for commercial travelers. The rooms are beautifully situated in front of the second story of the Gussenhoven building. Genial Joe certainly deserves a vote of thanks from the knights of the grip for supplying them a long felt want. Joseph has also just expended $300 on a new tin roof to cover his palatial abode of commercial enterprise.

The Gussenhoven building was located on the southwest corner of First Street and Fourth Avenue.


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