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Celebrating History: New business in the Wright Building


Last updated 7/3/2014 at 6:34pm

We return to Havre for the 26 installment of this series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the formation of Montana Territory, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 26, 1864. Information for this column comes from the July 4, 1914 edition of The Havre Plaindealer.

There was a lot of local news on the front page. Among the stories were:

Lewistown Business Man Leases Wright Building

And Will Open Novelty Store There About July 20

F. S. Usher of Lewistown, spent several days in Havre this week and while here closed a contract for the lease of the J. A. Wright building on Main street. Between the 15th and the 20th of this month Mr. Usher intends opening a novelty store in the room formerly occupied by the Jackson company.

The new firm will be known as F. S. Usher & Co. A. L. MacIntosh, a man of many years’ experience in this line of business, will have charge of the local institution as manager.

The store will be fully stocked with a line of novelties, and will be operated along the same lines as the many successful institutions of this kind in the east.

Dedicate Norwegian Church On July 12

On Sunday, July 12, Rev. Prof. J. N. Kildahl, D. D., will dedicate the Norwegian Lutheran church in this city. Services will commence at 10 a.m. Dr. Kildahl will deliver a lecture in the Methodist church in the evening at 8 o’clock on the subject, “Formation of Habits.” The lecture will be in English.

Monday evening, the 13th, ordination service will be held in the Lutheran church, beginning at 7:30. Rev. O. J. Norby’s successor in the pastorate of the Havre church. O. T. Brandrend, is to be ordained. He is a graduate of Christiania University, Norway, and also of leading American schools.

Everybody will be welcomed to these exercises.

Creamery Makes Auspicious Start

Made Over 100 Pounds of Butter First Day

Havre made butter is now a reality-and a delightful one.

The Hill County Creamery company opened its plant Monday of this week, and on that day alone received 220 gallons of cream. By 3 o’clock Tuesday morning they had more than 4000 pounds of butter made and all this was in the city stores by opening time Tuesday.

Mr. Forge, the secretary, authorizes the statement that the creamery will pay 28c for butter fat during the next week.

Send your cream to the Havre creamery.

Louis Johnson Has Dropped From Sight

Friends of Louis Johnson, who for some time was employed at the Griggs ranch south of town, are becoming alarmed over the man’s seeming disappearance. Johnson left Havre about four weeks ago for Thief River Falls, Minn., since which time no word has come from him and it is feared foul play befell. Johnson has a wife and baby here.

County Attorney Griggs is now trying to get some word of the missing man.

Here are some entries from the social pages:

Of Local Interest

Two lovely housekeeping rooms newly painted to rent. Over Pioneer Meat company. Phone 27.


Joe Rose and Joe Allen have accepted positions in the superintendent’s office of the Great Northern.


R. C. Wyatt, representing the Mutual Oil company, of Great Falls, was transacting business in Havre this week.


Friends of Mrs. A. J. McKenzie, wife of the manager of the Lyric theatre, will be sorry to learn that she is seriously ill at the Williams hospital.


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