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Havre of the past: Rumors of new Fort Assinniboine commander


December 13, 2013

For this 50th installment celebrating Havre’s 120th anniversary of incorporation we go back to 1893. There were a lot of little paragraphs of local happenings in the Dec. 14, 1893, issue of The Havre Advertiser. Among those entries were:

We learn that work up on the artesian well, at the post, has been temporarily suspended.

“The post” was Fort Assinniboine.

Special attention is called to the advertisement of the Havre Fur company which appears in to-days issue.

The ad stated “Attention Hunters and Trappers. Before Disposing of Your Furs, Call on the Havre Fur Co., or Send for Price List. L. Newman, Agent.”

The business was similar to today’s Pacific Hide and Fur Company.

It is rumored that Brevet-Brigadier General Penrose, formerly of the Third Infantry, and at one time stationed at Fort Missoula, will be the next commanding officer at Fort Assinniboine.


George B. McLaughlin, editor of the River Press, was in town last week in the interests of that excellent journal.

The River Press is the newspaper in Fort Benton, then county seat of Chouteau County. Havre was in Chouteau County in 1893; Hill County wasn’t created until 1912.

At a recent meeting of the city council, John McNally was chosen police magistrate: J. W. Williams, city treasurer, and Chas. Pratt, marshal.


Foster, the great Missouri weather prophet says that a cold wave of more than usual force will cross the western mountains about December 17th, the great central valleys about December 19, and the eastern states about December 21st.


With two men occupying seats as aldermen, neither of which are owners of one square foot of ground within the limits of town, it can be but reasonably expected that laws enacted by that august body; will in the near future become a dead letter.


Have you noticed the sad look upon the countenance of the proprietor of the Pioneer restaurant these days? When questioned by a friend as to whether he had meat with a misfortunate, or was sick, his reply was — I feel, feel just like I’d “slipped a cog”.


James H. Rowe, the efficient assessor of Choteau county, was in Havre on Monday. Mr. Rowe’s visits to these parts are less frequent as in days of yore. But when he does put in an appearance, the boys seem to know just what he is here for and train themselves accordingly.


Fred LaBarre, a prominent stockman of the Marias, was registered at the Merchants’ on Friday evening last. Mr. LaBarre informed us that he was en route to Massachusetts where he proposed to spend the holidays with relatives and friends, and before his return to Montana, expected to visit his old home at Montreal, Canada. Dame rumor has it that Mr. LaBarre will not return home alone, but that one of Canada’s fairest daughters will accompany him.

The District Court

A divorce was granted on the 6th inst. to H. E. Pinney, of Chinook.


Peter Goodness, charged with horse stealing, was found guilty and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in the state penitentiary and to pay a fine of $100.


George Rasmussen, charged with striking Gus. Decelles with a beer bottle, was found not guilty and discharged.


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