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Celebrating history: War aside, lots in the Hingham Review


August 15, 2014

The Hingham Review’s Aug. 14, 1914 issue had articles on the war in Europe (World War I), problems in Mexico and news from our nation’s capital. Closer to home, here are some entries for this 32 installment of this series celebrating the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory, complete with misspellings:

Got 21 Bushels Per Acre

That this soil can be made to produce a good crop the dryest year possible, if proper methods are used, has been demonstrated by Albert Welte northeast of town. Mr. Welte last fall planted a field of wheat on ground which was summer fallowed and properly worked. This week he thrashed his grain and got 21 bu. per acre. He would probably have gotten 40 bu. per acre if the season had been normal.

Our only salvation is to summer fallow half of our land each year, or plant half of it to something like corn, and Uncle Sam knew this when he gave each homesteader in these parts a double farm or 320 acres.

Speaking of those homesteads, Hugh W. Williams, Herman Hue, Hugh Warren, Edward Godhill, Mae Ennice Nelson, Laura G. Lovett who was also running for County Superintendent of Schools, Peter B. Benson, Clark Mead, Lewis L. Anderson, Charles L. Metz, Elias Ellingson, David Coy, Aloys Dirmert, John P. Moore, Lorenzo E. Shellenbarger, and Frank J. Becwar filed final proofs for their homestead claims. A notice on the same page stated it cost $8 for publishing final proofs.

Of course, lots of great information was found in the social pages, complete with misspelling:

Local News Items

Mrs. F. I. Mason received a letter the other day from her mother who was then at Paris, France. She has been touring Europe for some time past.


Coming-Dr. D. S. Buisson, the dentist of Chester, will be in Hingham Aug. 19th and 20th, prepared to do all kinds of dental work at reasonable prices. Regular visits hereafter.


Mr. and Mrs. John G. Kindschy have named their farm “Crescent Farm”. They have two flower plats in the form of crescents in their front yard, with another one in the form of a star in the centre. On the whole the arrangement has a very pleasing effect to the eye. John is making numerous improvements, such as a well and various out buildings.


The Jacob Kimpel residence has been painted and the wood work stained and is now ready for occupancy.


It is expected that threshing in this vicinity will begin the latter part of this week. We understand there are some good crops to be threshed, especially on the extreme north side.


P. A. Peterson and family have returned from an extended visit in the Flathead country. Mr. Peterson was a juror in the federal court at Great Falls, returning to Hingham Wednesday.


W. J. Jones is building an addition to the rear of his barber shop which he will use for living rooms. Mr. Jones will have his two little boys with him this winter and they will attend the Hingham schools.


The Ladies’ Improvement League have received a donation of $10 from the Continental Oil Co. for the maintenance of the town well.


Mr. and Mrs. Kruse have almost completed their new bungalow on the farm. It is 28x281/2 ft., with a 12 ft. porch to the rear, and is a very neat farm residence. The Kruses report that crops are not so bad in their neighborhood as was at one time supposed.


A party consisting of Elmer Carrier, Miss Lovett and Mrs. C. M. Holm autoed to Great Falls last Sunday in Miss Lovett’s car. Elmer will remain at the Falls and attend business college, while Mrs. Holm and Miss Lovett went for the big doings there this week.

Fairview News

Still dry but no use kicking about it.


Threshing will soon be the order of the day and to say the worst there will be some good grain in the country, and it is up to the farmers of this country to investigate the methods of farming that he makes use of as well as watching his neighbor’s methods, and to do this before starting to condemn the country. Summer fallow with summer and fall cultivation with some kind of a weeding machine is the only thing that will rid the country of Russian thistles.


W. S. Stites and Glen Ackley left for the Judith Basin Saturday, where they will work with their teams during the harvesting and threshing of the bumper crops in that section of the Treasure State.


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