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Celebrating History: In the Box Elder Valley


We return to Box Elder for the thirteenth installment in this series celebrating the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory. Information comes from the April 3, 1914 issue of the Box Elder Valley Press.

The activities in Hill County continue to grow, as evidenced in the following article:

Hill County Booster Club Was Organized

The Hill County Booster Club No. 1 was organized in Box Elder on last Saturday evening. The object of the club is to boost first, last and always for Hill county and to work for the betterment of the county as a whole. It is planned to organize a lodge in every own in the county and the local members will go to Havre this evening to organize a lodge at that city.

The following joined the organization on Saturday evening: A. H. Thompson, Ever Nielsen, W. W. Jones, P. H. Hersey, E. G. Pond, Wm. Meyer, L. G. Freeland, W. T. Cowan, W. C. White, J. Paul Wettleson, E. C. Sprague, Levi Fossum, M. B. Sprague and E. C. Carruth, A. L. Ritt and Frank McCarthy of Havre. After the meeting a chicken supper was enjoyed at the hotel.

On Monday evening another meeting was held in the school house and Dan Murphy, Geo. Haskell, Dan Cushman, John Brown, Wm. Brown, Geo. Colligan, Elmer Swansberg, and Thos. Powers were initiated. At this meeting E. C. Sprague, Dr. J. W. MacKenzie, J. Paul Wettleson, Wm. Meyer and E. G. Pond were elected as officers of the association.

Growth in both population and buildings were also happening in Box Elder:

For The Next Census

A daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold on Friday, March 27.


A new daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Johnson on Sunday morning, March 29.


A little son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hall on Sunday evening, March 29.


A new daughter has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar L. Johnson.

Lot Selected For A Catholic Church

There was a large attendance at the Catholic services held in the school house on last Sunday morning, in fact it was the largest congregation that has ever assembled at any of these services. Forty people done their Easter duty receiving their communion. After the services the male members of the church met and unanimously agreed to accept the offer of Ever Nielsen who had signified his intention to donate a lot free for a church edifice which will be on Atlantic avenue west of Peter Nielsen’s residence on the same side of the street. A rising vote of thanks was given to Mr. Nielsen for his generosity and they also agreed to buy from him whatever lots they would need for future improvements.

A Pure Bred Stallion

Lauren Keene arrived here on Monday from Valley City, N. D., with a car which contained a pure bred dark grey percheron stallion and other stock. This stallion is from the farm of W. S. Emory and son of that city. W. S. Emory and the father of Alnos Emory of this town. The stallion is owned jointly by Messrs. Emory and Keene and is a fine looking animal.

Of course, lots of great news is found in the social pages.

In And About Our Town

Levi Fossum is having a combined coal and automobile shed erected in the rear of the bank building.


Wm. Meyer has purchased the ranch of Mrs. Sophia Erickson, situated about a mile west of town.


The election of school trustees will take place on Saturday, April 4 and the following are aspirants for the position: A. H. Thompson, Ray Bangs, E. E. Urdahl, Jasper Nevins and M. B. Sprague.


The Ladies Aid were the guests of Mrs. Melton Tow yesterday afternoon and a pleasant time was enjoyed by all. There were about twenty present.


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