Nov. 21 – On this day in Montana history in 1877 Montanans were talking about reports that Native American survivors of the Nez Perce battle in the Bear Paws who had made it into Canada were suffering from a lack of provisions. Many were quietly slipping back across the border, and Indian scouts said that of the nearly 300 Nez Perce who made it into Canada only about 100 remained there.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Nov. 20 – On this day in Montana History in 1904 the first “interscholastic athletic and declamatory contest ever held in the state” was underway in Missoula. Students from across the state gathered for track and field competition in the day, and the “declamatory contest” in the evening . Declamatory performances included speeches and musical solos. The contestants were judged “10% for selection, 10% for enunciation, 10% for pronunciation and 70% for general delivery.”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Nov. 19 – On this day in Montana history in 1883 the Livingston Daily Enterprise had a short story on a problem that travelers are still dealing with today. The Northern Pacific Railroad had earlier announced it would allow up to 150 pounds of baggage for each first-class passenger for free. Not to be left behind, the paper reported that the Central Pacific Railroad was going to match that offer. Makes carry-on offers today look a little light on limits.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Nov. 18 – On this day in Montana history in 1918 the Yellowstone Monitor in Glendive reported that the Glendive Creamery was open for business. “The equipment is the best money can buy,” the paper said, and in addition to producing “ice cream” year round, it would be a boon to farmers throughout the area. It was also noted that it would help the war effort by meeting the federal government goal “for the use of home products.”
Monday, November 17, 2014
Nov. 17 – On this day in 1935 the Montana Works Progress Administration reported that 10,616 people were on the WPA payroll. They were at work on projects across the state. But Butte was taking its first steps toward recovering from the effects of heavy mining. More than 700 WPA workers there were “busy on a civic beautification project to remove remains of old mine dumps and many unsightly conditions.”
Friday, October 31, 2014
Oct. 31 – On this day in Montana history in 1974 the Montana Historical Society held its first 3-day Montana History Conference in Helena. “Technology and the Environment in Montana History” was one of the first sessions. The conferences have been held annually ever since.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Oct. 30 – On this day in Montana history in 1864 Helena held its first town meeting in the cabin of Capt. George Wood. Actually, one of the first things those in attendance did was to take a secret ballot that resulted in the mining camp being called Helena. The first job they ordered done was to survey and lay out streets, and plot building sites into thirty-by-sixty foot lots and record them.