Celebrating History: Good news and bad


Last updated 11/5/2021 at 11:52am

by Emily Mayer

Local news was mixed in the Havre Daily Promoter 100 years ago. Let’s start with the bad news.


Fire, originating from an unknown cause, reduced the log building of the Country Club three miles west of the city, yesterday morning to a heap of ashes, aggregating a total loss of about $5,000.

The building was owned by Mrs. Sam Spaulding, who leased it to Messrs More and Peak for a country club house, which had been open for the past six weeks. The building was partly covered by insurance.

Messrs More and Peak and a party of persons left the club at about 4 o’clock yesterday morning. The fire started some time between 6 and 8 o’clock.

They declared that as no fires were left in the building and as they had installed their own electric lighting power plant, which was turned off when they left for Havre, the origin of the fire remains a mystery.

Funeral Services for Campbell Today

Funeral services for A. B. Campbell, Great Northern brakeman, who was accidentally killed at Malta Monday night, when he was crushed beneath an engine, will be held this afternoon at the Holland chapel, Rev. L. J. Christler officiating.

Mr. Campbell had a host of friends in and near Havre and many are expected to attend the funeral services this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Interment will be in Highland cemetery.

Search for Liquor Only Half Pint Found

On the authority of a search warrant County Attorney Max Kuhr, Deputy County Attorney Utter and Deputy Sheriff Thompson searched a rooming house over the Farmers’ State bank in a quest for liquor.

A bottle containing about one-half pint was found, which the possesser said was secured on a physician’s prescription.

Rancher North of Havre Arrested on 2 Charges

Walter Kiez, a rancher north of Havre, was arrested last night by Undersheriff J. A. Rose charged with petit larceny and leaving the gates of an enclosure open.

It is alleged that Kiez, an Assyrian, opened the gate at the ranch of Thomas Callahan allowing cattle to enter causing damage to Callahan’s property. It is also alleged that Kiez appropriated some of the personal property belonging to Callahan.

Kiez will be admitted to $100 bail for each charge. He will be arraigned before Judge Pyper next week.

Now for some good news. Halloween parties and other gatherings were being reported as well, so not all was gloom and doom.


Little Miss Jean More entertained a number of her friends at her home last evening at a Hallowe’en party.

The house was beautifully decorated in orange and black with black cats, witches and other Hallowe’en decorations in evidence. The evening was spent playing games. A delicious lunch was served by Mrs. Moore.

Those present were the little Misses Margaret Foss, Virginia Reierson, Mary Virginia Kelly, Maurine Atkinson, Lear Erler, Lois Wood, Pearl Robertson, Winifred Dickson, Mary Taylor and the Masters Buster Dickson, Douglas Wilkie, Lester Hauge, Richard Woodward, William Armstrong, Robert Churchill and Myrle Churchill.


Little Miss Idale Roper entertained a number of her little friends at her home Friday evening in honor of her tenth birthday.

The evening was spent playing games. A delicious lunch was served at 10 o’clock, consisting of sandwiches, cake, fruit salad and punch.

Those present were the Misses Katherine Kililea, Catherine Donnelly, Catherine McCarthy, Catherine McDermott, Janet Phelan, Leona Ellis, Bernice Coolen, Rose O’Neil, Anna Helen Lamey, Arlyle Cully, Alice Cully, Adeline Becwar, Janet McCarthy, Lenora Troy, Cletus Collins, Mary Mabel Reichel, Helen Mack, Dorothy McDermott, Loretta Sunday, Vernice McKenty and Idale Roper.


The annual Hallowe’en party of the Riverside Club Saturday night was voted by those present as the best ever.

Dancing made up the program until 11:30 o’clock when lunch was served in spite of the fact that some adventurous spirits had entered the kitchen and stolen the salad and pies. However, the boys got on the good side of the restaurants and bought up all the pumpkin pies in town and had lunch anyway.

After lunch came the real treat of the evening. Prof. Oscar Koch, the new band leader and director of music in the schools, rendered several ‘cello solos, accompanied by Chas. J. Kops, of Great Falls.

Their first selection was “Berceus, from Jocelyn,” By Godard. It was followed by “From the Land of the Sky Blue Water,” by Hambourg.

It seemed as if nothing could surpass these numbers, but their rendition of Wagner’s “Evening Star” has probably never been equaled in Havre.

The rooms of the club were decorated, the main feature being a camp fire above which was suspended a witch’s cauldron. Near this was an Indian teepee and through a grove of trees showed a great golden harvest moon.

As to the dancing, with music furnished by Miss Churchill, Chas. Kops and Charley Gran, it could not be bettered.

The guests were the Misses Maggie Brown, Agnes Loshe, Genevieve Burke, Alice Bice, Delia McNeely, Marjorie Driscoll, Vivian Harvey, Genevieve Armstrong, Minnie Maresch, Naomi Cowan, Irene Willets, and Mrs. Bernard Haglund and Messrs. Bernard Haglund, Al Candedy, Hugh Vois, Paul Timmons, Chas. Kops, Ollie Rubie, Oscar Koch, Roy Horton, Chas. Gran, Basil Clark, Arthur Halverson, Swede Larson, Howard Parker, Andrew Larson, Harry Craig, Ralph Ensign, Fred Tri and Elmer Hanson.


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