Valley County Gazette

Selected items from the "Locals" column of the Valley County Gazette, R.X. Lewis, editor - January 1897 to December 1897. All opinions are those of R.X. Lewis. Unless otherwise noted, all items are from the "Locals" column Page 4.

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January 1897

January 1, 1897
p.1 - Tracked to His Lair - The Gazetteer sanctum is flooded with the crushed violet odor of bouquets thrown by the hand of a delighted public and the din of thanks poured into our ear by Jas. Grandin whose false wife and duplex friend we unhesitatingly exposed, gives that satisfaction only found in the words, "well done good and faithful servant." Not content with ferreting out the latent crime of Mrs. Grandin with her base paramour, Bert Hardy, The Gazette has not rested until it succed in tracking the polluted villian to his lair where in a crime stained cabin he satiates beastly lust and in lascivious depravity gloats over the woman who was once a fond wife and loving mother, but has now sunk even below the sex that shame sin in scarlet houses.

p.4 - John Sutton was called to his home in Delano, Minn., by the sad news of his brother's death.

W.O. Robbins received word this week from his home in Boston that his brother had been drowned while fishing in a stream near his home.

News has reached here that Joe Horn, in the employ of J.S. Day, was probably drowned while crossing the Missouri river near Culbertson. He had been in town and was on his way to the ranch and it is supposed his horse plunged into an air hole with him and both went under the ice. A party went in search of the missing man and tracked the horse to the air hole so that there is little doubt but that he met death in the icy waters of the Missouri.

January 9, 1897
A new boy made its advent into the family of Oscar Cutting one day this week.

Glasgow Lodge No. 51, I.O.O.F., installed the following officers at their regular meeting last night: George Harley, Noble Grand; James Fox, Vice Grand; Wm. Newton, treasurer, and James Wedum, secretary.

January 16, 1897
Died At a Ripe Old Age - The sad intelligence bearing the news of the death of Mrs. Liza Ann Ives, the aged mother of Mrs. H.A. Parker of Saco, was received here Monday afternoon, death having occurred at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of that day. She was in the act of descending a stairway and had arrived within a few steps of the bottom when she slipped and fell to the floor death resulting instantly. The occupants of the house hearing the sound of her body as it struck the floor rushed into the room but too late to be of any avail, nothing but the cold clay lay before them. A fall from a lesser height would probably also have precipitated death owing to her age and weakened condition. The interment occurred on Wednesday, the Rev. St. Hill of the Glasgow M.E. Church officiating at the home and grave. It was an occasion of solemnity and sorrow and every person in the assemblage was sad and tears dimmed many an eye. Her maiden name was Miss Starkwater, and she first saw the light of day in Alleghany county, N.Y., in the year 1822. She was married in 1838 to Ora Ives who died in 1887. She has since resided with her daughter Mrs. H.A. Parker, and in the spring of '89 came to Montana locating at Saco. She leaves an only daughter and two grandchildren to mourn her sudden demise.

January 23, 1897
Chas. Freeman and Mrs. Francis Murray were united in marriage by Rev. St. Hill in the parlors of the Coleman House Monday afternoon in the presence of a few friends. In the evening a grand ball was given to their many friends and a luncheon served.

Last Saturday Mr. Clark Gregg and Miss Aggie Lyons, both of Poplar, were married by Justice Kent in Glasgow. There seems to be a suspicion of romance connected with this marriage. We understand that Mr. Gregg, who by the way is a half breed Indian, has been very attentive to Miss Lyons ever since she came from the east about a year ago. He was stable boss at the agency and boarded with Frank Hunter, chief clerk to Capt. Sprole, the Indian agent. Miss Lyons being his wife's sister they were naturally thrown together a great deal and he was her constant attendant to all social engagements to the sorrow of the young whites of Poplar. Mr. Gregg is a graduate of Carlisle university and is now engaged in business with J. Taylor Davis.

February 1897

February 6, 1897
The long expected will occur next Monday evening when Dr. M.D. Hoyt and Mrs. Tessie McKinnon will join fortunes for better or for worse. Saturday evening a banquet will be given at the Coleman House to the doctor and his life's companion which threatens to surpass in grandeur and ponderosity the reception of a potentate. They will take up their residence in Charley Hall's gothic mansion on the northwest corner of Chestnut and Fourth street south, two doors from the iron fence and within a "stone throw" of the doctor's office.

February 13, 1897
p.1 - The Great Falls Leader says that John R. Smith, who was reported to have been killed about a year ago, has turned up alive again, this time in Washington.

p.4 - Hoyt - McKinnon Nuptials - Mrs. Tessie McKinnon and Dr. Mark D. Hoyt were married Monday evening at 7 o'clock at the home of the bride's brother, A.J. McMillan, by Rev. Father Eberschweiler. Miss Belle Oleson acted as bridesmaid and Mr. Frank Lemmer performed the duties of best man for the doctor. The wedding ceremony was performed in the presence of about forty people, mostly relatives and immediate friends of the contracting parties, after which all sat down to a sumptuous repast.

February 27, 1897
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hedges, of Saco, were made happy by the arrival of a new boy in their family Thursday morning.

March 1897

March 6, 1897
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Able of Saco, last week.

A new boy arrived at the home of Conductor McKenzie last week.

A telephone connecting the drug store and Dr. Hoyt's residence was strung up this week.

A letter from Johnny Dlogi, formerly in the employ of A.J. McMillan, but now living in Pennsylvania, says that he has assumed the matrimonial yoke and will in the spring bring his fair bride to Valley county and locate permanently on a ranch.

March 13, 1897
A Boy Kidnapped in St. Paul - His Mother Lives in Glasgow and Wants Her Boy - John Rafferty Implicated - Pioneer Press - St. Paul, March 8 - William Norman Caffel, aged nine years, was kidnapped yesterday morning by an unknown man. (Long story)

March 20, 1897
Cupid Visits Saco - Love heaved a sigh like a Chinook wind in Saco Wednesday when the passenger train failed to arrive. Upon it was expected musicians, wedding guests and a most important factor at a function of that happy nature - the justice of the peace. Henry Davis and Miss Edith Taylor had set the night for their wedding and the beauty and chivalry of the whole country round about was gathered at the home of the bride's parents but the justice came not. The justice, however, boarded the first train next morning and his arrival caused pangs of esthetic joy to transfix two hearts. The wedding ceremony was performed at 9 o'clock at the home of Wm. Taylor, the bride's father, in the presence of relations and friends by Robert Perrett of this place.

District Court - Henry Dillard vs. Martha Dillard, suit for divorce; default of defendant entered and decree granted to the plaintiff. Thomas Jones vs. Mary Jones; default of defendant entered and decree of divorce granted. Peter Wiench took out his naturalization papers.

March 27, 1897
Willie Bohms, who was kidnapped in St. Paul by Minneapolis parties arrived on yesterday's train and joined his mother in Glasgow. The reunion was a pathetic one, the mother seizing the child in her arms and bathing him with scalding tears. Mrs. Bohms said she had no difficulty in securing the custody of her child from the Netter family. The boy is a bright looking little fellow, eight or nine years of age.

April 1897

April 10, 1897
Death Claims a Victim - Mrs. Geo. Wheeler died Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock after an illness of three weeks. Congestion of the bowels caused death and her suffering until kindly released by welcome death was intense. Dr. Hoyt, who attended her, wired her relatives in Philadelphia, Pa., of her demise and received a telegram stating that her sister would leave at once for Glasgow. The remains putrified in a few hours after death and it was impossible to keep the body until the sister arrived so she was buried Wednesday afternoon in the graveyard on the hill. Rev. St. Hill conducted the services. A large concourse of friends following the body to its last resting place. A little daughter, Ida, aged 10 years, is left an orphan by her mother's death. Ida will probably return to Pennsylvania with her aunt.

April 17, 1897
Mrs. Pierce, a sister of the late Mrs. Geo. Wheeler, of this place, arrived in Glasgow last Sunday and returned to her home in Pickering, Pa., Tuesday. Ida Wheeler her niece accompanied her.

April 24, 1897
She Would Shake Gilbert - Mrs. Gilbert Samuelson has marital woes and the flower of love that but a short time ago burst into voluptuous foliage for Gilbert through lack of nourishment she alleges has wilted and the leaves have fallen from it leaving the stem disgusting in its nakedness. She has commenced suit for divorce in Cascade county on the ground of non-support, alleging that Gilbert promised to provide provender while she would crown his home with sunshine and love. She claims to have performed her part of the contract while he neglected his. Gilbert Samuelson was a resident of this town for a number of years and his wife was the niece of Mrs. John Hancock formerly of this place. They were married in Glasgow less than two years ago.

May 1897

May 1, 1897
Alex Gott Not Dead - Alex Gott is alive. His reported death last winter was received with suspicion as the cause was said to be overfeeding. Alex evidently started the story himself, hoping to bring the tears of sorrow and remorse from the eyes of a maiden he was fond of in this place, who had presented him with a chilly front or more likely still he wished to aid himself in plying his vocation as foot race. He is now running with Farrel in Utah and now and then finds easy money. Harry Gleason heard directly of him so there is no doubt that the report is correct.

May 8, 1897
George Smith, the four-year-old child of John Smith, car repairer at this place, died Thursday evening at 10 o'clock. Mr. Smith left home Thursday morning for the east and at that time the little fellow was apparently well, although he complained a little. Dr. Hoyt was called in, but medical assistance was unavailing. Cholera morbus caused death. Mr. Smith was apprised of the sad news by a telegram and will return home at once.

May 15, 1897
Rev. Bishop Brewer baptized children at the Episcopal Church Wednesday afternoon. Among the children baptized were Mrs. Jas. McKenzie's, Mrs. Russell's and Mrs. Cooley's.

Two Hearts that Beat as One - The Standard recently recorded the marriage of Frank Booth and Miss Sarah Peterson in Anaconda. It was in Glasgow that the acquaintance that subsequently developed into love, and ultimately into marriage, was formed. It was along the banks of the poetic Milk River that the first whispers of love were breathed and in prosaic Anaconda that they were realized in their fullness.

May 22, 1897
A baby boy made its arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Mooney recently.

Miss De Hotel, a little girl six years old, niece of Mrs. Thos. Dunn, of Saco, made the trip from Texas to Saco along. She will make her future home with her aunt.

List of Trial Jurors - The following is a list of jurors for the term of court commencing May 24, 1897: J.E. Flaherty, J.P. Smith, Merle Manley, E.C. Stevens, W.H. Beary, J.B. Booth, Andrew Davidson, Eugene Evans, C.E. Broadbrooks, Herman Robinson, John Archer, Wm. Buzzard, H.J. Peterson, Archie Blue, Elmer Cain, Wm. McLellan, T.B. Green, H.L. Dillard, John Taylor, W.H. Garland, J.C. Beade, Harry Cosner, Amos Boyd, Wm. Jackson, James Wilson, S.P. Mitchell, Theo. Shuefelt, George Clanton, Myles Roath, Robt. Abch.

Kampher-Shanley - A very pleasant wedding took place at the home of Mrs. Shanley in this place on Tuesday evening. The contracting parties were C.W. Kampher and Miss Bertha Shanley. The house was tastefully decorated and quite a few friends witnessed the Rev. St. Hill perform the marriage ceremony. They will reside at the home of the bride's mother.

May 29, 1897
A marriage license has been issued to Lewis Kennedy and Violet Adelaine Armstrong. Both parties reside at Saco.

Tired of Life's Burden - Mrs. Park Spellman, of Malta, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon by swallowing a large quantity of strychnine. After taking the drug she lived only ten minutes. Several attempts to administer ingredients to induce her to throw up the poisonous drug proved of no avail and she died in great agony. The exact cause for her rash deed is not known but is thought to have been over some difficulty she had with her sister, a Mrs. Whitmore who lives next door, of a trivial nature and in a fit of temporary insanity sought relief at death's threshold. Mrs. R.M. Trafton saw her write a note and suspecting something was wrong called in the neighbors to assist in relieving her of the deadly poison. After the first convulsion she cried out for God's sake to save her, but it was too late the strychnine had accomplished its end and she died shortly after. The note she left was to her husband asking him not to ship her body east but bury it in the graveyard at Malta. It was only a little over a year ago that she met and married Park Spellman and their short journey down life's ruffed path has always been pleasant as far as known.

June 1897

June 12, 1897
On Wednesday, May 26th, were married at the home of David Kennedy, of Saco, his son Lewis and Miss Violet Armstrong, Rev. St. Hill of the M.E. Church, performing the ceremony. The groom is the eldest son of David Kennedy whose wonderful success has entitled him to the title of "cattle king." They will reside at Saco.

June 19, 1897
Surveyor Patten went to Culbertson Tuesday to lay out a cemetery at that place. This does not necessarily mean that a revival of hostilities is anticipated.

June 26, 1897
Johnny Dillard and Miss Maud Clough will join fortunes for better or for worse Monday.

Died on the Prairie - Scotty McLeod is dead. Friends tenderly laid him away in the cemetery on the hill Sunday afternoon and as the clods fell on the coffin with a hollow sound midst a silence, the presence of the grim monster can only invoke, eyes unused to tears opened their fountains and watered the grime. Scotty died on the bleak prairie while the artillery of heaven roared forth its thunder and the waters bathed the face of the earth. There was no one to make the end peaceful for him. Alone with his God he made his accounting and his spirit released from his broken earthly tenement winged its way to the mercy seat. Scotty went to Hinsdale with Pat Connerton Wednesday a week ago. They left town together and Scotty who complained of feeling ill was thrown from his horse who got away. Connerton put him on his own horse and went with him toward camp for a short distance when Scotty asked to be permitted to walk in. A frightful storm was then raging and Connerton unable to induce Scotty to ride any longer acquiesced in his request to be permitted to walk and Connerton rode on into the ranch. Scotty did not come home and it was supposed that he retraced his steps and went into Hinsdale. Two days later it was learned that he was not in town and a searching party was organized who found him dead on the prairie one half mile from where Connerton left him. He was buried in the cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Marsh Anderson Weds, but Lizzie Bohms is Still a Widow - Marsh Anderson the lovelorn youth who together with Mrs. Lizzie Bohms has figured rather prominently in matrimonial circle for the past two months has at last reached the pinnacle of his happiness... but it is not the gay and sportive widow - not by a long shot. The piece of foreign calico that Marsh has centered his affections on is a fetching little lady of tender moon shines whose parents reside on the outskirts of Helena. Ever since Anderson left Glasgow it has been a hound and rabbit chase between himself and the Widow Bohms whose wounded feelings have already been made known through the press... Her fugitive lover made good his escape to new gardens to woo and win other hearts and, according to the Helena Independent he has been very successful. The young lady who will be the object of Marsh's tender care and admiration is Miss Avis Stearns... They met some two months ago by a babbling brook on a highway that leads to Helena... Night after night she escaped the vigilant eye of an ireful stepmother, mounted her wheel and stole away to the little brook to bathe in the affections of her lover. Last Monday their short but romantic courtship was brought to sudden terminal by the elopement of the pair and subsequent marriage in Helena. The young lady's mother when she found the turn affairs had taken was shocked and surprised and at once called in Colonel Sanders, her legal adviser who pacified her angry passion by saying that under the circumstances he would probably have done the same thing himself.

July 1897

July 3, 1897
Mr. John Dillard and miss Maud Clough were united in marriage at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon by the Rev. Ederschweiler. The ceremony took place at the bride's home and was witnessed by a number of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Robt. Conatser acted as best man and Miss Elsie Clough officiated as bridesmaid.

Mr. Harry A. Vagg and Miss Bettie E. Wilson were joined in the holy bonds of Matrimony at Saco Monday by Rev. H.E. Robbins in the presence of relatives and a few immediate friends. Miss Georgie Wilson acted as bridesmaid and Mr. S.C. Small did the honors for the groom. The groom is a rising business man who has laid the foundation for a fortune and numbers all his acquaintances among his friends. The bride has taught school in Saco several years and is accomplished and universally liked and held in high esteem.

July 10, 1897
A boy has made its advent into the home of Mr. John Hayfield this week.

July 17, 1897
Airy, Fairy Lillian Weds - Edwin Booth and Lilly Bennet, the young lady who passed through here from Devils lake, N.D., some time ago, were married Monday morning by Justice Perrett. The groom arrived in town the day before and wanted to postpone the nuptials revels until he could send home for some clothes but the bride insisted on a speedy wedding and they had it. She has been employed at Andrew Sherry's ranch and has of late been cooking for John Currington at Robbin's ranch. John Currington and Mrs. Grandin acted as best man and lady for the couple at the wedding.

Love at First Sight - Carl Johnson and Eva Brimm, who is known here as Mrs. Judge, were married Monday evening in the parlors of Mary Fitzpatrick's Restaurant. It was a little affair of the heart that Cupid started on the third of this month and Hymen legally bound them together eleven days later. It was a few minutes past 8 o'clock when the couple stood before the Rev. St. Hill who was to pronounce the ceremony that would make them one. Tom Rowers stood up with the groom, while Mary Fitzgerald performed a similar function for the bride. Mr. Johnson came to Glasgow but a short time ago and has been engaged as a painter. Mrs. Judge is from Helena and came to Glasgow as a housekeeper for Senator Hurd. The couple will make Glasgow their future home.

July 24, 1897
Life's Burden O'er - Again has the grim reaper of death appeared in our midst and robbed us of a most precious flower. The sudden announcement Monday morning of the death on the previous evening Mrs. R.X. Lewis fell like a shot on the inhabitants of this village and caused a gloom to overshadow the community. Preparation for burial were made and friends bore her tenderly to her last resting place in the cemetery on the hill... Some four years have passed since Mrs. Lewis first came to Glasgow, during which time she has only been known as a kind, generous and forgiving little woman.

Geo. Flemming died early Wednesday morning after an apparent illness of only a few days. Some time ago Flemming, who is a bridge carpenter on the Great Northern, came to Glasgow and complained of pain in the stomach. The matter was not thought to be serious and securing some medicine he returned to his work. The pain did not abate and he returned to Glasgow to consult Dr. Hoyt who at once discovered that the patient was suffering from a severe case of peritonitis and an operation was decided upon at once, but before it took place he passed away. His brother who lives at Port Arthur, Can., was telegraphed and arrived here last night to take charge of the remains. Flemming was a middle aged man.

July 31, 1897
Wednesday morning the 4 1/2 year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Smith living on the north side of the track, died of cholera infantum. This is the second death that has occurred in the family this year. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon and was largely attended.

August 1897

August 7, 1897
p.1 - Burnt to Death - News has reached here of a very sad accident which occurred at Pearmond, on the ranch of Fred Nelson, on the evening of July 30th. The children of Christ Nelson, who is ranchman for Nelson, were playing near some outbuildings, presumably with some firecrackers, and the ice house and other buildings caught fire. The youngest of the children, Minnie, a bright little girl of five years, was in the ice house in one corner of which were four cases of coal oil and when the flames reached the oil the cans exploded nearly suffocating the child, but it finally succeeded in escaping after being seriously burnt on one side. It inhaled the fire and smoke and the mouth and throat were horribly burnt. The little sufferer lingered in pain until 7:30 the next morning when death ended it suffering. The body was taken to Poplar next day for interment... Mr. and Mrs. Adams only came here a short time ago the latter and the children having been here only ten days.

August 21, 1897
Pat Nacy, of Culbertson, was in Glasgow Thursday making preparations for the burial of his mother.

At a Ripe Old Age - The sad news was received here Wednesday evening of the death of the aged mother of the Nacy boys, of Culbertson, which occurred at an early hour that morning. Mrs. Nacy had been in poor health for some time and had only a short time ago returned home from the east where she underwent an operation which appears to have given her only temporary relief. She was an old settler in the county and came to Montana when it was yet a howling wilderness in habited by redmen and wild animals... The funeral was held Thursday afternoon and the remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends. She leaves a husband and a family of four boys to mourn her untimely departure.

A Young Life Extinguished - It is with a feeling of profound regret and sorrow that we to-day record the death of the eight months old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whitbread. The cause of death was cholera infantum and Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock the grim reaper of time came with swift though silent thread to claim its victim... The funeral obsequies were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. H.E. Robbins, of Fort Benton. Horace was a bright little child and the pride of his parents.

August 28, 1897
Editor R.X. Lewis returned from a month's visit in the east Tuesday and will again assume editorial control of The Gazette.

September 1897

September 4, 1897
A baby girl made its advent into the family of Merle Manley last week Thursday.

September 11, 1897
Prof. C.A. Bryant, formerly of Williston, arrived in Glasgow overland Sunday. He assumed his position as principal of the public schools here Tuesday. Miss Elsie Eennimore, who will teach the primary department of our school this coming term, arrived from the east Sunday where she has spent the summer vacation.

Rev. John A. Martin who has had charge of the Benton parish for the past year passed through Glasgow enroute to Evansville, Illinois, where he will attend college and take a suburban charge.

September 18, 1897
A new boy made his appearance at the home of Mr. Sieverson on the north side of the track this week.

October 1897

October 2, 1897
Cards are out announcing the marriage of R.W. Garland, of Malta, to Miss Anna Rutledge, of Duncan, Ontario. The event occurred Wednesday evening, Sept. 29th, and the happy couple after spending a honeymoon of several weeks will return and take up their abode in Malta where Mr. Garland is recognized as a financial pillar in the community.

October 9, 1897
Joe Glotfelty leaves for Maryland next week where first he beheld the light of day, to make his future home. It is rumored that Joe will when he arrives at this new home link fortunes with an amiable young lady not only possessed of attractivenesss and accomplishments, but also that most essential of all elements - wealth.

Monday evening on the tenth anniversary of their nuptials Mr. Frank Fryburg and wife were pleasantly surprised at their home by a large gathering of friends and presented with an elegant decorated dinner set of china ware as a token of friendship and the high esteem in which they are held in the community.

James (or Jimmy as his many lady friends are wont to call him) Wedum, who has been spending the summer months in Norway with his parents, returned to Glasgow last Saturday evening after a prolonged absence of nearly six months. Some ten years have elapsed since James first left the mother country and came to live in a land where fortune is not unkind to even an alien.

October 23, 1897
Through an oversight The Gazette last week failed to chronicle the sad news of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Manley's baby. The little one after a short but painful illness died Tuesday the 12th inst. The funeral occurred the following day.

November 1897

November 6, 1897
The county fathers were in Glasgow this week laying out the cemetery.

Will Probably Die - William White, known to the people of Saco as William Denmark, met with an accident while driving a team for Wright & Henderson that will, in all probability, cost him his life. Two weeks ago while hauling lumber from Saco to the ranch of Wright & Henderson the tem became unruly and got beyond his control throwing him from the wagon and the lumber over him, breaking his back... He was sent to the hospital in Great Falls and the physicians there pronounced the case almost hopeless... The story of his life fills a chapter that reads like a romance... He married a young lady in Canada against the will of his people, their objection being her religious faith, and after the marriage he was disowned. The pathway of life was for a time tinted with the halo of love until the grim reaper death stole from the home his bride wife. A girl baby was left him to live and care for. She is now a young lady attending an excellent female seminary in Forest City, Ia. Mr. White owns a farm in Canada, has money and carries a life insurance of $3,000.

The Gazette is in receipt of a wedding invitation announcing the marriage of Miss Mary Browning, of Oakland, Maryland, to Jos. T. Glotfelty, formerly of this place. The wedding will take place on the 9th. They will make their home in Maryland, midst the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.

Funeral of Henry Neate - Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, a concourse of friends of the late Henry Neate filled the M.E. Church to pay a last tribute of respect to the dead. Rev. St. Hill preached a short and impressive sermon dealing largely with the fickleness of life, its uncertainty, etc., after which the Masons performed their funeral rites over the body of their dead brother. Mrs. Neate, accompanied by her sister, Miss Goddard, of Toronto, left with the remains for Canada where the interment will take place.

November 13, 1897
Owing to the utter lack of system in locating the graves on the hill it was impossible to lay it out in lots so the county fathers located a strip of five acres of land adjoining the old burrying ground and laid it out into lots for future use. The cemetery is named Highland.

Fred Whitbred and family leave Glasgow to-morrow for their ranch near Hinsdale where they will make their future home.

The infant daughter of Rev. H.E. Robbins and Mrs. Robbins died at an early hour this morning from an attack of acute indigestion. The little one had been ailing almost since birth, about five months ago, but during the past few weeks seemed to be gaining strength. Mr. Robbins, who was holding services at Glasgow yesterday, was notified by wire this morning and is expected home tomorrow - River Press.

November 20, 1897
Phil. Smith, of Malta, late of Buffalo Bill's aggregation of wild bronco busters, visited friends in Glasgow yesterday.

Col. Donnelly, of Fort Benton, attempted suicide a week ago by cutting his throat. The attempt was unsuccessful and he will probably recover.

Fred Tandy, who accidentally shot himself in the arm a couple of weeks ago, has been near death's door all week... Later... Fred Tandy died this morning at 3 o'clock... Tandy was quite prominent in the Episcopal Church at this place. He leaves two sisters to mourn his death, Mrs. Jerry Jones, of Hinsdale, and Mrs. J.E. Flaherty, of Glasgow. His parents reside in England.

November 27, 1897
The funeral service over the remains of the late Fred Tandy were held in the Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. St. Hill officiated and the Maccabees, of which the deceased was a member, followed the body to the grave.

December 1897

December 11, 1897
p.1 - Dan Steele, a well-to-do rancher living in the extreme east end of the county near Buford, was struck over the head with a colt's revolver Sunday and rendered unconscious for several days. Guy Martin, the man who made the assault, is a desperate character, and after committing the act made good his escape to the bad lands of the Missouri river.

December 18, 1897
Wm. Denmark, who had his back broken by being thrown from a wagon and struck with some lumber the wagon was loaded with, at Saco some time ago, died in the hospital in Great Falls this week.

James Moriarity, roadmaster between this place and Williston recently went east to be married. The bride elect was stricken with a fatal illness just before her intended arrived and died after giving him a faint smile of recognition.

The Masons held their annual election of officers in the school house Monday night. Among the visiting members were : Harry Vagg, Archie Blue, Dick Thomas, Henry Hedges, Arthur Gould and Bulah Davenport, of Saco; Steve Sweeney and John Survant of Malta, Andrew Sherry, of Hinsdale, and Dan Knapp of Oswego.

Final Reveille - William McMasters, whose name has gone into history, last night at 6:30 o'clock joint the great silent majority... McMasters was of Scotch parentage and born in a small town in New York state. He enlisted in the army of the Potomac under McClellan at the first call for volunteers. He fought through the war and after his discharge immediately re-inlisted to come west to fight the Indians that were very troublesome. He was with Gen. Reno at the battle of the Little Big Horn where Custer and his brave command were massacred... For McMaster's bravery he was awarded a medal of honor by congress. Shortly after this he left the army and followed his trade, masonry, for a livelihood. He has resided in Glasgow for the past four years. Drink was his worst enemy and his death is perhaps due to whiskey more than anything else... The funeral will occur at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

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