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Celebrating History: News from 100 years ago today


March 21, 2014

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The Devlin school was built in 1912 on the 500 Block of 2nd Avenue and added on in 1954. The original building was torn down in 1995.

In this 11th installment celebrating Montana Territory's 150th anniversary, we find a lot of great information coming from The Hill County Democrat's March 21, 1914 issue, exactly 100 years ago today.

The cases to be heard in District Court were announced; Mrs. James H. Fenton won a diamond ring in a contest; the Home Builders Investment Company is buying more property; Stock Inspector George Herron investigated a cattle rustling case and brought Gus Wydaman and Perry Stevens to Havre "and lodged them in the County jail"; some short school news notes; and the benefit play at the McIntyre Opera House for the M. E. Church was a success, along with this article, complete with misspellings:

City Council Meets

Havre, Mont. March 16th, 1914. The Council met in regular session with D. S. MacKenzit Mayor presiding and the following named aldermen present, Wallinder, Morris, Carnal and Skylstead.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

The bill of the G. N. R. R. Co's for $57.80 for commission for collecting special road tax was upon motion allowed.

A communication from the civic dept. of the Womans club was read asking that they might be granted the right to go ahead and beautify the city park, upon motion their request was granted, all work to be done under the supervision of the city engineer. A communication was also read from them regarding garbage cans and wagon for gathering up the refuse upon motion the matter was referred to a special committee of three of which the Mayor is to is to be chairman. The other members of the committee, are Skylstead and Carnal.

A communication was read from the Carnegie corporation regarding the library, some changes being necessary in the arrangement of the interior, upon motion it was ordered that the Council meet in adjourned session on Monday, March 23rd to again take up the library proposition and the clery was instructed to notify Mr. Riffo to have his plans ready at that time.

Resolution No. 187 was introduced it being a resolution of intention to extend the city limits. Resolution No. 187 was then read at length and upon motion adopted. Carried.

Upon motion it was ordered that the city engineer advertise for bids for 1,000 feet of fire hose, bids to be opened April 6, 1914 at 8 o'clock.

The meeting there upon adjourned to meet Monday evening, March 3rd, 1914.

Jas. G. Holland, City Clerk.

In the various society columns, we find:

Local Brevities

Miss Alice Burke has taken a position as assistant bookkeeper in the office of the Havre Commercial co.


The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers gave their annual dance March 17 at the Lyceum hall, Reed's orchestra furnished music for the occasion.


Dr. A. M. Duncan moved his family and household effects into the nice residence on the corner of Third street and Second avenue, the building that was formerly occupied by Dr. D. S. MacKenzie and family.

In The Schools

St. Patrick's Day was celebrated by the pupils of the first primary room by planting nasturtiums in one of the window boxes.


Miss MacKenzie's afternoon class are rejoicing over a holiday, there being no tardiness for twenty consecutive days.


At the Devlin school primary girls are weaving doll hammocks for school exhibit work at the Hill County fair next fall.

Burnham News

Mr. and Mrs. Sterrett and daughter, Miss Bertha, entertained a few friends at cards Thursday evening.


Mr. and Mrs. Bob Werick moved out to their ranch last Wednesday after spending the winter in Havre.


Miss Paul, a sister of Mrs. VanEtten of Pacific Junction gave a dancing party at her claim south of Burnham, Tuesday evening March 17.


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