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WE END UP CLOSE TO HOME

There must not be any situation or set of circumstances for which Shakespeare failed to compose something perfectly appropriate, but who would have guessed he anticipated Bascom or Bascomb, Montana,...

 

WE END UP CLOSE TO HOME

At what seems a long, long time ago, we began this series with some backward glances at ranches, homesteads, and ruins in this vicinity. Subsequently, we rambled all over the State and broadened the...

 

MONTANA'S FIRST IMMIGRANTS

Discussing these gentlemen in chronological order gives some important snapshots of the tribe beginning with a little before their occupation of the Reservation we know until the present day. The...

 

MONTANA'S FIRST IMMIGRANTS

We promised a look at the Crow Indian religion, but before beginning, we must be a little more specific. If we wanted to sketch, say, the religion of Italians, we would have to decide if we meant in...

 

MONTANA'S FIRST IMMIGRANTS

For months we've been chronicling people that migrated to Montana to carve out lives and deaths, farms, ranches, railroads, mining industries, towns, and what have you. We haven't forgotten the one's...

 

FAR EAST MONTANA

Despite France's magnificent, monumental contributions in mathematics, science, the arts, literature, and so many noble fields of human endeavor, it was surprising to learn that its 18th century...

 

SIDNEY AND PARTS EAST

Painting a very, very, very long object requires just that sort of substrate – what artists call the ground on which they paint a picture – and when the object is also comparatively very, very,...

 

Sidney and Parts East

In 1905 the first Rudie, named Eivind, followed a route similar to that we described recently for the Borgs: to Liverpool; to Hull, Canada; train to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; train to MonDak, Montan...

 

ORDINARY PEOPLE, THEN AND NOW

Before readers forget the very numerous Borg family, we want to get a little more instructive mileage from them and then do some comparing. In the last article we devoted considerable space to Sylvia...

 

SIDNEY AND PARTS EAST

No, no, it's not bad type-setting or that your reporters had a fit; we shall explain. The initial phrase of Norway's National Song is, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet," which means, "Yes, we love this...

 

Oops, We Made a Mistake

Your trusty reporters are not at all trusty; they forgot to send one of the four pictures discussed in the 22 April article. Editor Pointe agreed to print it separately and re-run the part of that...

 

END OF AN ERA

The previous article left the Steffen family at the gala, ground-breaking rodeo held on their property near Bloomfield, Montana in July, 1922, when Clarence was just short of 5 years old, and John...

 

FIRST EVER RODEO IN EASTERN MONTANA

Who possibly could have resisted this flyer, reproduced exactly as it was written? "Some of the most astounding Wild West Features ever seen in the state will be exhibited to the public. They will...

 

A STORY ABOUT NEARLY EVERYTHING - STEFAN AND STEFFEN RANCHES

Have we got a next story for you? Did Jack have a beanstalk? Did Mary have a little lamb? Does Musselshell County Government need an abacus or two to end the audit and taxation fiasco? Along with the...

 

THE SPLENDOR HAS GONE FROM THE GRASS

William Wordsworth wrote about the "hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower," but if left unchecked for any length of time, western grass, with help from its friends, the winds and other...

 

Truck Accident on North Gage Road

On 22 March, this double-tanker-truck carrying a full, heavy load slid off North Gage Road about 11 miles from Route 12. There were no injuries or leakage of petroleum, and the oil was syphoned out...

 

THE PASSING OF THREE HORSEMEN

In 1909 Ira Carey concluded that he and wife, Bessie, should have a ranch of their own, and he managed to scrape together a year of his hired man's wages, $500, to purchase one. With that...

 

THE BURGEL RANCH – MILES CITY AREA

Chris Burgel was a card-player. As his luck ran, so did his livestock; when he had money, he had cattle, but when he lost, he had to settle for sheep. No records remain to show which species was the...

 

Frontier Spa

A few miles outside Miles City in 1956 Shell Oil drilled 8,230 feet before all Hell broke loose. Instead of oil they struck a vein of hot, high pressure water, the same for which Yellowstone Park is...

 

The Variable Fortunes of Ranching

Do you know any cattle ranch tales that begin with a ship disaster? No? Just read on. When the gold rush was on, Alvin A. Ellis and his wife, Lynthia, traveled from Ohio to California to join in the...

 

Samuel Gebo's Ranch and Other Exploits

The first requirement to discussing Samuel Wilford Gebo's exciting adventures is to learn to pronounce his surname, which is French, "Gibeau," and later Americanized. Thus, it rhymes with the name of...

 

THE SIDERIUS RANCH

In 1900 in Modersville, Michigan, Peter Siderius arrived into this world. He was the second of 14 children born to Everet Siderius and his wife, Gertrude De Boer, both immigrants from the...

 

THE MORRIS RANCH

The clamor and bustle of Highway 93, a multi-lane artery connecting Whitefish and Kalispell, reached inside and belied the soft, quiet visions the little lady spun in her living room. She made it seem...

 

THE O'CONNELL RANCH

So much excitement, action, and mystery surround the O'Connell ranch, and to think – we nearly missed finding it! We were tangled up in the backroads like rats in a maze without cheese, and twice...

 

McCARTHY-PEDERSON FARM

In 1892, near what would become Glacier National Park, John E. McCarthy, an Irish immigrant, found 80 acres he thought perfect for a farm. He applied for a homestead – actually, half a homestead;...

 

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