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Celebrating History: Hundreds turn out for Box Elder meeting


February 21, 2014

We go back to Box Elder for the seventh installment of this series celebrating the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory. The following entries come from the Feb. 20, 1914 issue.

When we last read about Box Elder, they were preparing for a large gathering of the Box Elder Basin Development Association and the Farmer’s Institute. A lengthy article ran on the front page announcing “Combined Meeting Was Big Success.” Conservative estimates, according to the article, say between 300 and 400 people attended this meeting.

Of course, this wasn’t the only thing going on in Box Elder:

The Valentine Social

The Valentine Social and Chicken Pie Supper given under the auspices of the Ladies Aid in the school house on last Saturday evening was attended by a large number and about $27.00 was realized by the society. The following entertainment was given which was very much enjoyed by those present.

Piano Duet — Mrs. William Cowan and Miss Ellen Mitchell.

Short talk — By Rev. VanOrsdell.

Recitation — Ralph Mackey

Recitation — Irene Hersey.

Song, by the following boys-Beecher Cushman, Wm. Drake, Leslie Spangelo, Joe Hoskins, Jimmie Brown and Wilfred Tow.

Dialogue — Fern Cushman, Dorothy Mitchell, Flora Corcoran, Marie Dodd, Blanche Dyer, Annie Tow and Mary Meyers.

Piano Solo-Ellen Mitchell.

Lots of information could be found in the Society columns:

In And About Our Town

Clarence Brough was a visitor at the county seat the first of the week.


The Ladies Aid wish to thank the Boy Scouts for their assistance on the evening of the Valentine Social and Chicken Pie Dinner.


Catholic services will be held in the school house on Ash Wednesday, February 25, at 10 o’clock a.m.


The True Blue society will hold a neck tie social at Maloney’s restaurant on Friday evening, March 6. Each lady will bring lunch for two and wear a neck tie and enclose another one like it in an envelope. The envelopes will be sold and the buyer will eat with the lady having a neck tie like it. Everybody welcome.-adv.


County Commissioner Ever Nielsen shipped ten hogs to Havre on Tuesday of this week each one weighing over 200 pounds dressed. He has ninety more which he will butcher and dispose of at short intervals. A large percentage of the feed of these hogs was alfalfa and they were fattened for the market at a minimum cost.

Notes From The West Bench

Discovering that February 14 was Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Lambe’s wedding anniversary their friends gave them a surprise and presented them with a beautiful wedding cake.


Willie Lane had the misfortune to get a nail in his leg near the knee cap and he is confined at home and suffering a great deal of pain.


Ray Bands captured a badger that weighted eighteen pounds one day last week.


Monday being a beautiful day nearly every family on the bench was represented at the institute and association meeting and listened to an excellent program full of good things.


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