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Celebrating history: Natural gas found in Havre


Courtesy photo

The first Havre High School is shown in this undated photo. One hundred years ago this week, the school was planning commencement and the prom.

We continue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory with this 21st installment in this series. The following entries were found in the May 30, 1914 issue of The Hill County Democrat, complete with grammatical and spelling errors.

Gas Directors Hold Meeting

Building Operations Have Begun

Volumn Not Yet Known

Enough Has Been Discovered For Commercial Purposes.

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Havre Gas Co. was held at the city hall on Thursday evening, and all of the conditions governing the situation were thoroughly discussed and gone into.

Mr. Duffield has charge of the building operations and he is now at Redcliff. He expects to return Saturday and he intends bringing with him a gas meter with which to measure the volume of the gas. Although the volume of the gas has not yet been measured, yet the opinion is prevalent that it is present in sufficient quantity to be utilized for commercial purposes. When it is when it is measured with a meter measured with a meter this fact beyond a doubt. Mr. Diffield will be assisted in his work by Mr. Jen Bedwell of Indiana.

New Directory For Havre

There will be issued from the Democrat job rooms this week a new directory containing all the names of the professional and business men in Havre. The directory has been gotten up by C. E. Prather and is a book of thirty six pages and three thousand copies are being printed. It contains quite a lot of advertising and is a neat vest pocket directory. No little amount of labor has been bestowed upon its publication.

Ordination At St. Marks

Mr. Paul J. Tajima, the young Japanese boy who has been a pupil of Ref. Christlers and who graduated from the Seabury Divinity School, Fairbault, Minn., this week, will be ordained Decon at St. Marks Episcopal Church, Sunday morning, May 31st. Bishop Brewer will be here. The Rev. J. Philip Anshietz, of Billings will preach the ordination sermon. The morning sermon will be at 11 o'clock and the evening service at 7:30. Rev. L. J. Christler will return from the East in time for the service. Public cordially invited.

The following entries were found in the social pages:

Local Brevities

Herman Kartowitz has started work on the excavation for his plumbing establishment building, which he will erect on his lot on First street between First and Second avenue.


Miss Lucille Irwin, a teacher of Burnham, spent a few days in the city this week.


T. P. Strode, the rancher and breeder of high class racers, was in the city this week, greeting his many friends and getting a line or the race meet this fall.


J. M. Talbott came down from Cottonwood after a load of ranch supplies. He says that seeding is pretty well over in his neighborhood, with the exception of flax, and that a considerable acreage of that grain will be put in.


Apple blossoms don't grow on every bush, but there are in Havre several trees laden with these fragrant emblems of Spring and the real fruit has several trees in full bloom, and the yard of H. W. Stringfellow is made beautiful with several blooming trees that give promise of a bountiful yield of the luscious fruit.


Memorial Day was appropriately observed in Havre to day. All stores were closed; and there were exercises under the direction of the United Spanish War Veterans at the cemetery. Dr. J. S. Gately of Missoula made an address at the High School building at 2 o'clock P. M.

In The Schools

Many trees have been planted on the Devlin school grounds which will make a great improvement in the grounds in a few years.


Arrangements for the High Schoo Commencement exercises are being made. The date for commencement functions already given and to be given are as follows: Junior Prom May 22; Baccalaureate Sermon, May 31; Class Night, June 3rd; Commencement Exercises, June 5.

The Commencement Exercises will be held in the same place on the evening of June 5, commencing at eight-thirty. Dr. W. W. Kemp from the State University is to be the speaker of the occasion.



Reader Comments

HHS1966 writes:

Thank you Emily, Say hi to your mom, please. Regards, John Compton

EmilyMayer writes:

The HHS pictured was at the same site as the 2nd HHS that you would remember, John. After it burned, they simply cleaned up the site and started building a new high school! I hope this helps you!

EmilyMayer writes:

I will have to look at a Polk Directory for the exact address, I remember where it was at but I don't have the address number. The HS shown was built in 1909 and burned in 17. The 2nd HS was built in 18 and razed in 84. The current HS was built in 64; after 64 the 2nd HS became the Jr. High and remained so until 83-84, when the new Jr. High was built, now called the Middle School Thanks for your support, John, it is truly appreciated! My mom, Darleen O'Donnell Mayer, graduated in 66, too.

hhs1966 writes:

I love to read about early Havre. Thank you for the efforts to write early Havre and area history. Does anyone know the address for this Havre High School? When it was built, demolished, and old HHS (corner of 4th ave and 7th st) when was this one built and demolished. Thanks John Compton HHS 1966


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