Valley County Gazette

Selected items from the "Locals" column of the Valley County Gazette, R.X. Lewis, editor - January to December 1899. All opinions are those of R.X. Lewis. Unless otherwise noted, all items are from Page 4.

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January 1899

Jan 7, 1899
p.1 - Among the marriage license recently issued in Cascade County is one in favor of Albert Powell of Saco, this County and Elizabeth Wright, of Cass City, Mich.

p.1 - Geo. H. Dunnell and his new bride arrived in Glasgow Friday of last week and are temporarily stopping at Mrs. J.L. Truscott's pending the arrival of their household furniture.

p.1 - Mrs. Mae Willis is visiting her cousin Mrs. T.W. Enright. She has just returned from the east where she attended the funeral of her father, John Rafferty, who died recently of Bright's disease.

Jan 21, 1899
-Havre Eagle: The news that Mike Gee, known as little Mike, a native of the Celestial Kingdom, had been found dead in his bed caused quite a little excitement Friday. Mike was a Chinaman of good habits and never went against the "pipe".

January 28, 1899
p.1 - John McCarty, a bridgeman, working on a steel bridge across the Big Muddy at Blair, fell a distance of 25 feet Monday afternoon and was killed. ... Coroner Jos. Sayers was called and decided an inquest was unnecessary it being clearly shown to have been an accident. The remains were shipped to St. Paul for internment.

p.4 - Clark Tingley, an old and respected citizen of Northern Montana, died last week at Ft. Benton. He was an early settler and helped blaze the trail for the younger generations to follow.

A quiet and pretty wedding occurred at St. Raphael's Catholic Church Monday morning at 11 o'clock. The contracting parties were Mr. H.J. Rutter, of Hinsdale, and Miss Elsie Clough, daughter of Mrs. Clough, this city. Rev. Father Eilschwager officiated. Mr. and Mrs. John Dilliard acted as best man and bridesmaid, respectively.

A private letter from Tim Ryan, formerly a fireman on the Great Northern out of Glasgow, states that he and miss Jennie Johnson, also a former resident of this place, were united in wedlock at Grand Forks recently. The letter also states that Chauncey Burrington Jr., has a good position with the N.P. at that place and is doing well for himself.

From Pearmond comes the news that a pair of twin baby boys were born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Los Blackman, the genial manager of the Home Land & Cattle Company. Mother and the boys are doing well, as is Mr. Blackman.

February 1899

February 4, 1899
Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Garland, of Malta, were made happy the first of the week with by the arrival of a large baby boy in their house.

Married at the Springs - An event of interest to the society world of Montana is the tying of the nuptial knot of Chas. Cannon of Malta and Miss Constance Baird, of Carbondale, Ill. The ceremony was performed at the church of the Redeemer. Col. Horace Hughes acted as best man and Miss Constance Rothschild as bridesmaid. After an intended visit abroad they will settle in their home in Montana.

February 11, 1899
Born to Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Cutting, February 3rd, a boy

February 18, 1899
Horace Gamas was summoned east this week by a telegram announcing the serious illness of his mother in Osseo, Minn.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gregg's little son Samuel died at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. The little fellow had been ailing for some time and hovered between life and death for several days. The internment will take place in Poplar on Sunday.

W.J. Rogers, an old timer in this county and an employee of R.N. Cosier and Co., of Poplar, died recently at that place. He was about 55 years old and served in the eleventh infantry under General Miles in the Rebellion. For twelve years he has resided at Poplar and been employed in the capacity of Clerk for Cosier and Co.

February 25, 1899
Long Henry, the proprietor of the "Friendly Inn Ranch" in Hinsdale, was a distinguished caller in Glasgow Sunday.

Miss Mary Fitzpatrick is slowly recovering from a very severe attack of "La Grippe".

March 1899

March 4, 1899
Geo. Drabbs was in Glasgow Monday making final proof of his homestead and desert claim before U.S. Commissioner Kerr.

Thos. R. Jones, one of the swiftest "eagle eyes" on the Great Northern, left this week for a month's visit in the east. Rumor has it that the genial Thomas will bring back a help mate to cheer and comfort the evening of his life.

Georgie, the year and a half old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hayfield, died last Sunday evening after a shirt illness of only one day. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon Rev. Luther, officiating.

March 11, 1899
Mrs. Weed, the aged mother of Mrs. W.H. Beary, is reported very sick.

March 18, 1899 [Note: Small Pox outbreak in Glasgow March and April, 1899]
p.1 - Smallpox quarantine order - Notice is hereby given that the Fort Peck Indian Reservation is quarantined. No one will be allowed to enter the reservation until this order is revoked. Anyone violating this order will be arrested. - C.R.A. Scobey, U.S. Indian agent

p.4 - Richard Murphy and Miss Mae Peterson were united in wedlock Thursday the Rev. Luther officiating. Both young people are well known in Glasgow.

McLaughlin Not Dead - It will be welcome news to the many Northern Montana friends of Geo. B. McLaughlin, says the River Press, that the story of his murder at the hands of Indians is without foundation. Word to that effect was brought in from the north last December.

Mrs. H.P. Weed passes away. - The sudden announcement Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Harriet Perry Weed, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs W.H. Beary, was received with profound sorrow by the entire community. ... Relatives were telegraphed for, and twenty minutes before she died her son Harry arrived from Syracuse, N.Y. Funeral services were held Thursday morning and the remains were shipped to Albion, N.Y. to be interred along side those of her husband, who has been dead seventeen years.

March 25, 1899

Through an oversight last week we forgot to mention the arrival of a baby girl at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Cahill. Mother and child are doing well and the father's cup is filled with joy.

The Bozeman Courier reports that W.W. Van Orsdell will soon lead to the hymeneal altar one of the fairest daughters of Gallatin County.

Hurst to Hang – The Hurst murder trial was concluded at Glendive Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., when judge Charles H. Loud sentenced Joseph O. Hurst to hang by the neck until dead on Friday, May 19th, 1899. … Hurst was born Dec. 1, 1970, in Minnesota. He came to Glendive in 1882 and has been a resident ever since. He has had a good character since his manhood, has always been above reproach and he has many loyal friends throughout the trial that still believe in his innocence.

April 1899

April 1, 1899
p.1 - A Sensational Charge - from a grand jury charge in Lewiston - "At half past one o'clock on the morning of the 16th of November, 1898, one R.M. Moody, a citizen of this town, was killed.

p.1 - Major Thomas P. Fuller, agent at the Blackfeet Agency, died last week of heart disease.

p.4 - A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Kampfer last Sunday morning.

According to census taken by J. W. Weedum, the population of Glasgow is 445.

Mr. and Mrs. Lou Goddard were made happy on Thursday by the arrival of an 11 pound girl in their home.

Convicted of Murder - W.W. Calder, one of the men accused of the brutal murder of Farquhar McRae and John Allen last September, was convicted by a jury in the district court of Lewiston of murder in the first degree Saturday. The death sentence was passed upon him yesterday.

April 8, 1899
Wm. Humphrey left for Kansas City Tuesday evening in response to a telegram saying his brother had died and his father was seriously ill.

Wm. Calder and James Fisher, the two men found guilty in the McRae-Allen murder case in Lewistown, were sentenced to death on Saturday, the date of the execution set for May 12. As usual in such cases, there will probably be motions for a new trial and an appeal to the Supreme Court, so that the sentences may not be carried into effect for several months.

April 15, 1899 [Not: Milk river valley floods this week.]
Walter Shanley has gone east after several car loads of young stock he will throw on the range this spring.

Sam Blanchard has taken up short residence with Sammy Morrin and retires from his home in favor of three feet of water.

Bill Rutherford, better known as "Panhandle Bill', is in town receiving attention for a severe wound on his left hand.

Antelope Sam Dead - Sam Brugier, known to everybody as "Antelope Sam", passed in his checks Thursday morning just at the break of day. Recently the doctors performed an operation on him for some interior disorder but his condition was such that it was impossible to prolong his life. He was one of the oldest settlers in the state and dates his residence back to '64. Dr. Hoyt, who was with him nearly all the time since the operation ... secured an anti-mortem statement from Brugier in which he stated that his right name was Charles Bramble, and that he was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, at which place his father resides at present. ... His remains were laid to rest in Highland cemetery yesterday afternoon.

April 22, 1899
Jack Davidson and bride arrived from the east this week and have taken up their residence on the north side of the track. Miss Schoonover, a sister of Mrs. Davidson, accompanied them back and expects to make a protracted visit to Glasgow.

April 29, 1899
The marriage of Armond C. Bloome and Mrs. Delia Dunn was solemnized at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Enright, of this city, Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock.

May 1899

May 6, 1899
T.M. Patten, County surveyor, was at Hinsdale several days this week, laying out the new townsite at that place.

May 13, 1899
Steve Conroy, a brother of our townsman Joe, arrived this week from Ontario, and is paying his brother a short visit.

News comes from Culbertson of the death of Mrs. James Snirley, which occurred at that place last week. Death resulted from Pneumonia. The deceased leaves a husband and a large family of children to mourn her loss.

May 20, 1899
Harry Villier, of Malta, is the happy father of an 8 pound baby girl.

May 27, 1899
Mrs. Chase delighted the heart of a fond husband Wednesday by presenting him with what Chase says is the finest boy in town.

Mrs. B. Lantry, now visiting in St. Paul, wired her husband Wednesday that her home had been blessed by a child. There is a happy papa in town.

Mrs. Clarence Cook, Thursday, weary of life’s burden, crossed the eternal river to meet that One whose life was linked in love. Mrs. Cook, in departing this life, robbed a loving husband of his home and made orphans of two of the sweetest and brightest children that ever resided in Glasgow. … Mrs. Cook was inflicted with that terrible disease, consumption. … The funeral of Mrs. Cook occurs to-day at 2 p.m., the Rev. Luther Officiating.

June 1899

June 3, 1899
p. 1 - Blanc Moore, in the tender years of womanhood, when the sun of a benign warmed and gladdened her heart and filled her soul with the bright hopes given youth; the grim reaper - death - with his sickle ever ready for those the god's love, called her to her long home Sunday afternoon. Miss Moore, who was 23 years of age - ... Miss Blanch Moore came from Texas about a year ago to visit her brother Samuel Moore in Saco. The cause of death is supposed to have been rheumatism of the heart. The funeral occurred Monday afternoon, the Rev. Luther of Glasgow presiding.

p. 4 - A rather disastrous freight wreck occured at Stanley, a small station east of Williston Sunday. Several hoboes were killed, the bodies of six having been recovered to date.

June 10, 1899
Jack Sutton, a fireman formerly employed on this division of the Great Northern road, crossed the dark river in Minneapolis last week while undergoing an operation for an abscess in the stomach.

Major W.W. Alderson's daughter Margaret Helen, of Bozeman, June 6 entered the harness to drive tandem with Mr. Stephen Albert Ulmer down life's path rugged pathway...

June 17, 1899
From Poplar comes the sad news of the death of Clark Gregg who died Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. ... funeral services occured yesterday evening.

June 24, 1899
p.1 - Card of Thanks - I wish to express my thanks to all kind friends of Poplar, Montana, whose help and assistance was so generously extended during the illness and death of my husband - Mrs. Agnes Gregg

p.4 - Jas. McKenzie and wife are enjoying a visit from Mr. McKenzie's sister from Wabasha, Minn.

July 1899

July 1, 1899
Miss Mabel Parrett, sister of Robert of this city, was married at the house of her parent's near Chinook Tuesday evening to Mr. Frank Boyle, the Rev. father Eberschweiler presiding.

Wellman Beede is perhaps the happiest man in town. Saturday night there came to his house a little stranger to perpetuate and keep living his name. Mother and child are doing nicely...

Into the home of Geo. Herron Thursday evening a ray of sunshine ... It was a baby girl, the first to bless their home. Both mother and child are doing nicely.

July 8, 1899
The sad intelligence was received today by Richard Friedle that his wife was very low in St. Paul from giving birth to a babe, the child is dead. Mr. Friedle left today for St. Paul.

A baby boy's radiant sunshine gladdened the home of Thos. Mooney Monday.

It is rumored that Frank Pollouski and Miss Annie Bangs will next Friday assume hymen's yoke and trot down life's racecourse together. Neither of them are Irish or they would not start their journey on Friday.

July 16, 1899
A rather disastrous wreck occurred near Vandalia … An engine pulling a gravel train was backing up at a speed of about 20 miles an hour when the tender of the engine left the track, taking the engine with it down the embankment. And piling up six cars across the track. The engineer, S.E. Livingston, was buried beneath the engine and was removed with a broken leg. The fireman, J.S. Boyer, was thrown … and was severely scalded by escaping hot water and steam. D.A. Armstrong, the conductor, sustained a broken arm. Geo. Gamas, engine watcher, was banged up a little, but sustained no serious injuries, and Frank Carpenter, a brakeman, injured a leg a little in the fall.

July 22, 1899
A fine son made his advent into the home of Chas. St. Clair Thursday evening. Mother, father and son are doing nicely.

C.C. Cook, with his little children, left yesterday for Youngstown, Ohio. The children will be placed in the hands of their Aunt.

Robert Entwistle, brakeman for Conductor Lynch, was killed by the train at Wolf Point last evening. He fell from the top of a boxcar while making a flying switch and was run over by the train.

Henry Ester, of Malta, the horseman, was brought to Glasgow Sunday on a charge of insanity. It was a mild case and he was not kept in close confinement.

July 29, 1899
Joe Butch, of Nashua, who recently had his leg broken by a fall from a wagon, came to Glasgow Monday for hospital attention.

D.M. Kelly, ex-foreman of an extra gang on the railroad, died in a boxcar at Poplar Saturday morning. Dr. Atkinson was summoned, but too late to be of aid to the sick man.

William Gwinn, conductor on a Great Northern work train, was fatally injured Monday by being run over by an engine near Brockton. Gwinn was a particularly popular man and had lived here five years, during which time he won the friendship and love of the people of this town.

August 1899

August 5, 1899
Monday night a boy made it's advent into the home of Rev. W.D. Luther. Both mother and child are doing nicely.

Mrs. F.A. Hunter and Mrs. Clark Gregg, left Thursday for a visit among friends and relatives in Baltimore, Md.

Sunday morning at 1:30 o'clock Robert Finley was shot by George Hossick, night policeman in Havre.

August 12, 1899
Rev. A.W. Hammer, the "cowboy preacher" well known in this vicinity, was married last week to Alice Griffin in the home of the bride’s parents in Chinook.

August 19, 1899
Port and Miles Roach accompanied their mother down from Hinsdale today on land office business.

August 26, 1899
Charles Gwinn, brother of William, who recently died here from injuries received on the railroad near Brockton, was in town this week settling up affairs for his brother. He left Thursday for St. Paul.

Edgar B. Eastman and Ida N. Eastman, both recent arrivals of Nashua from Carrington, N.D., were united in marriage Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Luther. The ceremony was performed at the Coleman Hotel.

Gordon, six month old child of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Hartley, died Thursday morning of Cholera infantum. ... The funeral occured yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

N. Boyer, brother of fireman Boyer who died from the result of injuries at the Vandalia wreck, returned to Glasgow this week and resumed his position on the road.

September 1899

September 9, 1899
Wm. Pulse and Louisa Guynn, two prominent young people of Malta, were married in Glasgow Friday by Justice Friedl

Jas. Fox returned Saturday last from a visit to his old home in Dubuque Ia. He also paid his two little children a short visit at St. Louis Park, Minn.

A fifteen pound boy was born to the wife of the late Clark Gregg at Baltimore Maryland August 15th. She and her sister are expected to return in a few days.

[County Commissioners:] … Report of Jas. Wilson, justice of the peace, approved also the following jurors in case of state vs. Wm. Casey:
Herman Robinson -- $1.50
Chas. Whitcomb -- $1.50
P.A. Clark -- $1.50
Harry Cosner -- $1.50
Arthur Cavanaugh -- $1.50
D.C. Kenyon -- $1.50
State vs. Harry Bradley:
Harry Cosner -- $1.50
Andrew Davidson – etc.
Wm. McLellan
William Syms
R.M. Trafton
Wm. Legg
State vs. David McLaren:
Chas. Whitcomb
R.M. Trafton
Wm. Ross
Willard Syms
Herman Robinson
Wm. McLellan
State vs. Jas. Hyatt:
Geo. Jones
Adam Ritchie
S.A. Sweeney
Herman Robinson
Olaf Erickson
S.O. Bocknes

Sept 16, 1899
THE FLYER DITCHED – Engineer Jones, Fireman McDermott and half a dozen others injured. – The Great Northern “flyer” east bound was ditched three miles west of Harlem, Tuesday morning. The engine and seven cars went off the track. … Engineer Thos. Jones, one of the most competent engineers on this division was buried beneath the engine and when rescued … his right leg was broken below the knee and his legs and back were severely scalded, but otherwise he was not severely injured. Fireman Robert McDermott was slightly injured. Among the Benton people who were hurt were Harry Lund, Stock Inspector … Jno. Flemming … Thos. Matthews … Sheriff Clary.

Sept 23, 1899
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J.Z. Bruegger of Culbertson died last week.

August D. Moran, a brakeman on a work train for conductor Wilkins, was crushed between the draw bars of a caboose at Saco yesterday morning and died shortly after on his way to Glasgow. The deceased has family in Rosemont Minnesota, and the coroner has wired them of the death.

Under Sheriff S.C. Small last Wednesday captured a prisoner who will serve a life sentence. The captive was Miss Georgia Wilson of Saco, and the sentence that united the two for better and worse, for richer and poorer, was pronounced by Rev. Luther at the home of H.A. Vagg in that city. … Sheriff R.L. Conatser acted as the best man and Miss Lillie Harris as a bridesmaid.

October 1899

October 7, 1899
Born - to the wife of Dan Garrison, at Saco on Monday, Oct. 26, a girl.

Mrs. C.A. Beede left Monday for Sandstone, Minn., in response to a message announcing the illness of her eldest daughter.

Coroner Sayer was called to Polar the first of the week to conduct an inquest over the remains of an Indian who died suddenly at that place. Death resulted from natural causes.

Relatives of L. Pieon and Al Nietzke, the two fireman killed in the recent wreck were in town this week and the bodies disinterred. The remains were taken to the respective homes of relatives for burial.

Wm. Bannon and Miss Anna Campbell were married last Saturday evening at the residence of M. Manley.

A large and gaudily attired bunch of Indians, about 200 in number, passed through Glasgow this week on their way home to the Fort Peck agency. They have been spending a two week visit with their dusky brothers at the Belknap agency, and had a number of ponies with a piece of red flannel in their manes denoting they were presents.

October 28, 1899
p.1 - Shooting at Havre - There was a shooting over gambling at Havre Sunday night... Two men well known at Glasgow figured prominently. "Kid" Hopkins, a gambler, E. Snyder, night foreman in the roundhouse, and a man named Foster were involved. The disagreement was between Hopkins and Snyder. Foster tried to separate the two men. Hopkins got his gun and in the melee Foster was shot in the back. Snyder started to run, and Hopkins shot him in the back. Foster died shortly after the shooting. It was reported here that Hopkins died Thursday, but the report has not been confirmed. Snyder is in very critical condition and is not expected to live. Snyder is a married man and his family was here at the time of the trouble. Mrs. Snyder went up to Havre on hearing of her husband's injury, and a report was in circulation here yesterday that in her frenzy Mrs. Snyder attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of the passenger train which was taking her husband to the hospital.

p.4 - Tim Nacey went down to Culbertson Tuesday evening to be in attendance at the marriage of his brother to Miss Ora Cooper.

County Commissioner Mitchell with County Surveyor Patten returned the last of the week from Saco, where they were engaged laying out a cemetery.

Wm. Ivey, the old-time Missouri river rancher, has removed to Wolf Point, where he will run the Cogswell band of sheep.

P.J. Nacey and Miss Ora Cooper were married at Culbertson Wednesday.

Dr. Hoyt was summoned to Hinsdale last night to attend Conductor Wilkins, who was injured in the collision Wednesday evening. Mr. Wilkins' injuries are much more serious than at first reported. Besides having a number of ribs broken, his collar bone is fractured, and he is suffering from concussion of the brain, having been unconscious since the night of the accident.

November 1899

November 11, 1899
Coroner Sayre was called to Culbertson Tuesday night to hold an inquest over the remains of Frank Sherwood, killed in the wreck on the Great Northern at Kilva... At Kilva Tuesday night a light engine run by Dick Murphy coming west at a high rate of speed ran into the rear end of freight No. 15 also coming west heavily loaded. The caboose of 15 and a half-dozen cars were ditched, and Brakeman Frank Sherwood killed.

November 25, 1899
Eugene Shyder, who was mixed up in the Havre shooting scrape a month ago, was arraigned before Justice McIntyre at Havre last week. He waived examination for a charge of murder, and furnished bail in the sum of $1,500. Both he and Hopkins are almost recovered from their injuries.

December 1899

December 2, 1899
Alex Black and Mrs. Sadie Jones, of Landusky, were married at Fort Benton last week.

Thursday's west bound passenger train brought in the remains of Geo. Rhode, a passenger who died near Poplar. The deceased was on his way to Los Angeles, Cal., to visit his daughter. He was quite an elderly man, and his death is thought to have resulted from heart failure. The remains were shipped on to Los Angeles to-day.

C. Unger returned yesterday from the east, where he marketed his cattle and has been spending a two-months' visit. He surprised his friends by returning with a helpmeet, a charming young lady whom he recently married at Springdale, Ark. Mr. and Mrs. Unger will make their home at their Buggy Creek ranch.

December 9, 1899
On Tuesday last at the home of the bride's parents at Tampico occured the marriage of Hiram Halverson and Miss Marguerite White Thomas. Rev. Luther performed the ceremony in the presence of the family and a few immediate friends. Mr. Halverson is a well known and prosperous rancher and stockman of Vandalia, while the bride is a step-daughter of ex-assessor Geo. White.

December 23, 1899
We regret to learn of the death of Geo. H.W. Lawton, who was killed in the Philippines this week by an insurgent sharpshooter. His family has lost a loving father, the nation a noble hero, and a brave general.

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