July 28 – On this day in Montana history in 1972 Fanny Cory Cooney died at age 94 after a long and fruitful career as one of the nation’s favorite illustrators and artists. Her nationally syndicated daily “Sonnysayings” and “Little Miss Muffet” cartoon adventure series were loved by readers across the country. But one of her highest honors, she said, was being named Montana Mother of the year in 1951. She also found time with her husband Fred to raise three children on their ranch near Canyon Ferry near Helena.
Monday, July 27, 2015
July 27 – On this day in Montana history in 1906 the Carbon County Joliet Journal reported that a “game of baseball between Joliet and Carbonado proved a sensational and spectacular event.” Proving that taunting and “dissing” opponents is nothing new, the paper said “the Carbonado team was handicapped from the start on account of having became used to pitching hay and plowing beets.” It said the score “stood 2 to 24” when “the Joliet runners became so tired they could run no more.”
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Aug. 25 – On this day in Montana history in 1959 the famous white buffalo “Big Medicine” died at the Moisse National Bison Range in Montana. He was not an albino but a true white bison. After his death artist and taxidermist Bob Scriver preserved his remains and they are still on exhibit at the Montana Historical Society.
Friday, July 24, 2015
July 24 – On this day in Montana history in 1902 W.T. Hornaday of the New York Zoological Society and now famous Miles City photographer L.A. Huffman found the fossil remains of a “gigantic lizard” on MacScriber’s ranch on Hell Creek near the Missouri River that measured 37 feet in length. Hornaday would later shoot and use taxidermy to record the last free-ranging buffalo in Montana.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
July 23 – On this day in Montana history in 1918 the Bozeman Weekly Courier had a big headline: High-Class Entertainment Is Object of Chautauqua.” Opening the next day it claimed to be one of the first held in Montana. “Every man, woman and child who misses the sessions will miss something that should be seen.” Lectures, band music, magicians and other attractions at the Chautauqua would “Replace the old-fashioned street carnival and its vulgarities,” the paper predicted.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
July 22 – On this day in Montana history in 1915 baseball got a double deck headline on the front page of the Forsyth Times-Journal. “Glendive Ball Team Meets Double Defeat At Forsyth’s Hands,” the large headline screamed. It didn’t give a specific figure, but said “attendance at both games is very encouraging.” The national pastime had taken hold in Montana.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
July 21 – On this day in Montana history in 1925 what was called the Upper Missouri Historical Expedition that was recording and marking important historical sites in the river valley held what it called its crowning event when it reached the summit of Marias Pass. Several hundred people gathered to see a statue of John Stevens unveiled. His 1889 exploration of the area eventually allowed the Great Northern Railroad to complete its mainline to the Pacific Coast.