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Hi-Line Living: Symbol of a Havre multi-state legacy

From The Fair to the Atrium, Buttrey building a history of retail


Last updated 11/1/2019 at 11:56am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

The Atrium Shopping Mall, a historical icon of downtown Havre, got its start in the early 1900s as a store called "The Fair," built and operated by another Havre icon Frank A. Buttrey, who founded the Buttrey department store that became a multi-state chain of department and grocery stores that operated throughout the West and Midwest.

Buttrey was born Nov. 21, 1868, in London, Ontario, Canada, moved in 1896 to Aldridge, Montana, where he started a small store.

Buttrey married Jane Boucher of Cinnabar, and by 1902 the pair had decided to move to Havre because they felt that "section of t...

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