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Celebrating History: An election year in Hill County, 1914


We find out what is happening in the town of Hingham for this 23rd installment of this series celebrating the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory. Here are some entries found in the June 12, 1914 issue of the Hingham Review.

It was an election year in 1914, and Hill County positions were open for candidates.

About County Politics

More than twenty candidates have already filed their petitions with County Clerk and Recorder J. H. Devine, and it is expected that quite a number more will do likewise, at least that is what we infer from current talk. It is hard telling what the complexion of the campaign is going to be, but present indications are that it is going to be a warm one to say the least.

Hyrum Christiansen announces that he will be a candidate for the nomination on the republican ticket for county commissioner and has filed his petition with Clerk and Recorder Devine. Mr. Christensen has lived here almost twenty years, and owing to his wide acquaintance and reputation for integrity, he will be a hard man to defeat.

The Hingham Review and Hingham Commercial Company teamed up to hold a piano contest. Five pianos, a gold watch and a sewing machine were up for grabs. The contest began on July 1, 1914, and would end on January 1, 1915. Every 60 days — Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 — special prizes such as silverware were to be given away. Contestants for the prizes had to be female and nominated “in regular form,” using a coupon found in the Review. She had to live within 30 miles of Hingham. Nominations would close on July 15, and voting coupons would also be published in the Review or available at the Review or Commercial Company’s offices. Anyone could vote for the lady of his or her choosing. The prizes were to be awarded to the seven ladies according to who received the most votes.

In social pages news, we find the following:


Parts of the Dumas and McKown families went over to Beaver Creek near Ft. Assinniboine for an outing and to pick berries last week. They were caught out in the heavy rains of Friday and Saturday.

After more than two months absence we took a little ramble to Gildford and was somewhat surprised at seeing so many new buildings going up.

Local News Items

Dr. Walter Palm of Red Lodge is here attending Dr. Husser’s patients, while the latter is taking a week or ten days vacation at Glacier Park.


The Social Science club will meet at the home of Miss Laura G. Lovett on Tuesday, June 16th, at 3 o’clock p.m. Three papers of Life in Mexico will be read by members and Current Events discussed.


The Gildford and Joplin baseball teams played some ball game last Sunday at Gildford, the score being 4 to 2 in favor of Gildford. The following people autoed down from Hingham to see the game: Slim Wigen, Mr. Thomas, Jim Griffith, Ingvald Alstead, Frank Black, ye editor, the two Messrs. Stinson, Doctors Husser and Palm, Mrs. McCrary and son George. Dr. Husser umpired the game.


We understand that Editor Casey of the Gildford Tribune was in North Dakota last week getting married. We do not know who is the lucky girl, but we extend best wishes to both parties nevertheless.


Jacob Kimpel, father of Jerry, is erecting a fine bungalow on the lots across the street east from the P. A. Peterson residence. It is 28x28 ft., five rooms, with full basement. The basement has been excavated and the frame work is now up. Bergum & Son are the builders. The senior Mr. Kimpel heard so many glowing accounts of the Hingham country that he came here to investigate some time ago, and later decided to move here to live.


Mr. and Mrs. John Busta, Sr., of Ligerwood. N. D., are here visiting their sons, Charles and John. Mr. Busta, Sr., paid Hingham a visit eighteen months ago, and is pleased with the wonderful progress this community has made since that time.


O. B. and H. W. Wollan have leased the small bungalow on the east side belonging to John Erdman and will establish bachelor quarters in it.


Miss Freda Hogenson has accepted a position as compositor in the Review office, and will begin her work as soon as she recovers from a slight attack of blood poisoning in her right hand. Those who attended the commencement exercises of the Havre High School class last week speak in flattering terms of Miss Hogenson’s Salutatory Oration.


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