Celebrating History: Parties, prohibition, thieves and a new county


By Emily Mayer

Hill County was anything but boring 100 years ago. The Havre Plaindealer announced in its June 14, 1919, edition the folks in Gildford were planning a big picnic for farmers, complete with speakers, community singing, baseball games, foot races and an orchestra. The big party was set for June 25.

In the same issue, the Plandealer reported Havre’s law enforcement was busy enforcing Montana’s Prohibition law. Ten pints of whiskey and six cases of beer were confiscated due to raids at Shorty Young’s Honky Tonk, the Bank saloon on First Street owned by Shorty’s good bud...

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