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Celebrating history: Post office, Commercial Club make news


February 28, 2014

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This birds-eye view of Hingham was taken in 1916, just two years after the date of the news stories quoted in this week's column.

For the eighth installment celebrating the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory, we go back to Hingham. Information comes from the Feb. 27, 1914 issue of the Hingham Review.

Hingham was looking at getting a post office. Here is the Review's take on the issue:

How About The Post Office

It is generally conceded that every one of the applicants for the position of postmaster at Hingham is well qualified and capable of performing the duties of that office. But, where is the postoffice going to be located?

In the past it has often occurred that some catch-penny merchant, in order to sell a few dimes worth more chewing gum and candy than he would otherwise be able to sell, has secured the position of postmaster and placed the office in his store in order to draw trade. We have heard a good many people at Hingham recently express themselves as being opposed to the local postoffice being placed in any store room or other business room.

When a man goes after his mail he does not care to be compelled to call at Pennypacker's hinky-dink grocery store or at Mrs. Jones' confectionery shop; he would rather go to a place that is devoted entirely to the handling of Uncle Sam's mail. The writer of this article believes that any merchant who places the postoffice in his store room should and will lose trade instead of gaining it.

The Commercial Club continued its good works:

Commercial Club Doings

The Commercial Club met Tuesday evening. A tax of $5.00 was levied on each business place in town to pay for last year's park maintenance and to pay for repairing the band stand. A committee was appointed to arrange for having a monthly Market Day, about which later announcements will be made.

It is thought we can keep down the grass in the park cheaper by pasturing antelope and one or two sheep on it than by mowing it and that course will be pursued this summer.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10th.

Of course, fantastic news can be found in those little paragraphs in the Social Pages:

Town And Country News

A pleasing Lincoln program was given last Sunday by the Union Sunday school, and the collection for the American Missionary Society amounted to $11.56.


The Spaulding bar room has installed a new pool table and a new billiard table, making three tables now in use. The place now has a cheerful and business-like appearance.


Everyone should attend the Nocturinean Club concert on March 4th. Tickets 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children.


F. J. Harrington and his sister, Mrs. G. Monty, arrived last week from Spokane, Wash., and have located homesteads southwest of town.


Births: A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Smrz on Washington's birthday, Feb. 22nd. This is their tenth child.


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