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THE WESTERN NEWS. VOLUME XU. HAMILTOiN, MONTANA, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 25, 1901 NUMBER 9 A CHRISTMAS BALL 35 YEARS AGO How the Ancient Bitter Rooters Made Mer ry—Old-Timer« Who Were Beaux Then. Among the interested onlookers at the ball at the Hamilton this Christ mas night is Hon. B. F, Bee, one of Montana's oldest timers, and a trail blazer who came west in '49. As he sat chatting with a Western News reporter in the lobby of Hamil ton's popular hostelry and watched the e.egantly attired ladles and gen tlemen pass to and fro, recollections of by-gone days stirred the breast of the pioneer. ''It's different now from what it used to be," he remarked, re flectively . Mr. See then described a grand so cial event that occurred in the Bitter Root some 35 years ago. A log cabin was the ball room. Every white man and his wife between Missoula and the Idaho line on the south were present. There were no single white women in this country then. About half the women present were squaws wedded to white men and, withal, there were barely enough to furnish partners. There were no wall flowers in those days. None were neglected. The women were kept busy dancing all night, and, at that, the men were in luck if they all got a dance. The ladies were resplendent in magnificent calico dresses—the men, those dudish ly inclined, decorated themselves with buckskin trappings and beadwork The orchestra consisted of a single fiddler and "Money Musk" was the popular air. "John Robertson and wife, of Burnt Fork, and Jake Goff and wife, of Cor vallis, Tommy Harris and wife, of Five Mile, and Mrs. See and myself who were then living on Skalkaho formed the head set and we danced a quadrille," concluded the narrator relapsing iuto meditative silence. Rousing himself, Mr. See enthusiasti cally Mr. to $1. 1,. * $ to THE... Store That Carries i I DRY GOODS and NOTIONS '\V,' « I F YOU do not trade withus you should do so, because here you get the benefit of the close buying of specialists in their lines, besides the advantages of prices secured by pur chases of large quantities. Apply a little reason, and you will readily see that no other firm in the county can approxi mate us in inducements for your trade. A N UNEXCELLED STOCK, both as to quanity and quality ©f goods, puts us far in the lead of com petitors. Prudent buyers looking for opportunities to save money and get the best will not fail to inspect ouï Stock, Inspection means, buying here what YOU MAY NEED. CARPETS FURNITURE HOUSE FURNISHINGS HARDWARE STOVES RANGES THE FAMOUS ■harter Oak COOKING and HEAT ING............ STOVES .....NOTHING BETTER..... Air-tight heaters............ .............$3.50 to $12.50 Cook stoves........... $10 to $40 m. I'm ««»•'Si Ranges. $22 tO $50 Cutlery Plated= Ware Crockery China Tools Builders' Hardware CLOTHING and FURNISHINGS We are-nen'g, Boys' and Youths' Out fitters. With a superb line of suits, overcoats, fur coats, boys's and children's clothing, we can satisfy all from the least to the largest* WINTER GOODS OF ALL DESCRIP TIONS. LADIES' and CHILDREN'S Ready-to-Wear Garments JS/LJEZ JR CAlSTTI uE DEPARTMEIST^0?.. In this department we are m iking some very tempting prices. We have a beautiful line of everythin' neces sary to beautify and make jotr home comfortable. HAMILTON, - - - MONTANA. " g î kß. éÊ M - $35 jackets.................. 18 jackets................ 7.50 jackets............... DR CSS SKIRTS— 1 $11 quality at.............. ! 7.50 quality at............. j 6.50quality at............ They are going fast at the= .$26 00 . 13 90 . 5 85 ..$3 75 .. 6 00 .. 5 25 ( of a cally remarked, "We had a big time— everybody enjoyed themselves. I don't believe the young people at the swell parties now-a-days have half as much fun as we had." "Mr. Robertson and some of the others you have mentioned must have reformed—they don't dance any more," suggested the reporter. "Yes, they have all reformed—all but me," Mr. See replied with a quiet chuckle. Filed For Record. Deed—James Sanders and wife to Kate Cunningham, 10 acres near Stevensville. $175, Deed—Adella Emhoff and husband to F. M. Smith, 160 acres near Stevens ville. $300. Deed—W. J. Kendall and wife to Geo. F. Brooks 160 acres uear Florence $1. the I Deed— M. J. A. Reinkeh and hus band to Helen P. Osborne and Bertha i j 1,. Bones lot 2 block 35 Riveryiew. | * 2 ' 5 ' . _ . „ .„I Deed—Milton and Bennet Baker to ! John Johnson right of way for ditch, j $ 1 . iJ. Deed— James T. Pophatn and wife to Benjamin F. Strange 20 acres near Corvallis. $400. Deed—David C. Gray and wife to Mary J. Fletcher 70 acres West side. $4,200. Deed—James A. Chaffin and wife to G. H. Pettis 160 acres near Corvallis. $4000. __ Fire Department Officers. The Hamilton fire department held ] its annual election of officers last Thursday night, choosing the follow ing: President— P. H. Edwards. Secretary— W. E. McMurry. Treasurer—J. J. Howley. Chief—D. A. Bishop. Assistant Chief—F.M. Lockwood. Capt. Hose No. 1— H. M. Smith. Capt. Hose No. 2— C. C. Chaffin. Capt. Hose No 3.—M. Flaherty. Capt. Hook and Ladder— W. P. O'Brien. j ; VICTOR NEWS. Seedul Correspondence to tue Western News December 24, 1901. Mrs. J. P. Martens is quite ill. D. Buker left Wednesday of last week tor Kansas to join his family. Mrs. W. B Wheeler, who has been teaching in the Roll district for the past four mouths was called to Avon Thursday by a message announcing the severe illness of her mother. Mrs. J. M. Price returned from Hel ena Thursday. Her neice Miss Zella Nicholas accompanied her. H. W. Holmes and family arrived from Osbourn Kansas last week to make their home here. Mrs James Robb and Mrs M. E. Nixon were married in Hamilton on Thursdry by Rev. Black. Although the wedding was not unexpected it I was a surprise to their friends com is i j n g. at time in such a quiet man | nef Miss Alberta Ward arrived from ! Waseca. Nlinct., on Saturday evening j and W as met in Missoula by ner father iJ. W. Ward. M. M. Fowler was able to leave, the hospital and came home Saturday eve ] ning School closed here last Friday to re open Monday Dec. 30. The A. F. ard A. M. lodge gave their annual installation and banquet on Saturday evening. E. M. Tucker of the Montana Fruit Grower is spending Christmas with his mother south of town. Miss Floy Olds and Professor R. G. Young and wife came over from Butte g U nday evening to spend the holi Jdays. P. j J. A. Barnhill has moved into his ; new cottage west of the Presbyterian 'church. Big Irrigation Scheme. More than 20 entries on lands lying along the foot hills west of Victor have been made at the Missoula land office. The promoter of this activity is a music teacher, a Mr. W. J. Ward and a recent arrival at Victor. Mr. Ward is the possessor of a township plat and locates individuals on quarter sections for a consideration of $10 each. He advances several plans for securing water to irrigate these arid | lauds. One contemplates having the i government appropriate one-million I dollars for this purpose and another ^ is to drive a tunnel into a nearby i mountain peak. Ward's theory is that enough water would run out of the tunnel to irrigate the entire tract which embraces several thousand acres.However desirable it may be to re claim these lands it must be apparent that both of the above mentioned schemes are purely visionary and im practicable at this time. ADDITIONAL BREVITIES. Born—to Mr. and Mrs. David C. Overturf Dec, 25 a boy. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Sweeny have moved to Anaconda for the winter. G. A. Million of Corvallis was a business visitor m Hamilton Monday. ! : Born—to Mr and Mrs. W. T. Ed wards of Sula Dec. 21 a ten pound girl. F. M. Smith of Stevensville did business in the county seat last Fri-1 day- | R. W. Nicol brought is a couple of young deer last Thursday which he ! diphtheria after a brief illness. killed near St. Regis. Five famlies are quarantined at Stev ensville on account of smallpox and eight cases are reported at Darby. E. M. Williams has sold one of his ranches on Rye Creek, consisting of 165 acres to Forbes Buchanan of Butte for $i500. Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Gibbius return ed on Monday from Bonner where they had a pleasant visit with their child ren, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Thrailkill. Miss Ethel Cates and Mr. Geo. N. Read both of Victor were happily married last night at at the home of J, A Moats. This paper extends con gratulations. Oliver Odell, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Odell of Corvallis died early last Thursday morning of the ....... The I funeral was held the following day. | supper will be served i invited. I The Hamilton Band Orchestra will ^ give a scries of six dances during the i winter on the first and third Fridays A grand ball will be given at Cor vallis on New Year's eve—Tuesday Jan. 31. Music will be furnished by the Myers' string band and a splendid Everybody is a of each uionth in the dining room of the Hotel Hamilton. Miss Clara Lowenberg and Mr. Rufus Russell will be united in mar riage this evening at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Sherman Wayland at Grantsdale. Rev. Black officiating. The Western News extends most hearty congratulations to the popular young couple. The Western News is unavoidably late this issue. The setting of the de linquent tax list, a long and laborious job, and which had to go in this issue as required by law delayed matters, and Christmas falling on publication day—well, Christmas only comes once ! a year. Ed F. Counter, a young man who : comes highly recommended arrived He of i as t night from Belleville, Kansas, and | has assumed the formanshi? of the Western News. Mr. Counter says of N. J, the there will be a large emigration from his state to Montana in the spring. Fred Ostermeyer will depart for Washington D. C. on Jan. 1st to take a course in machine type setting. Mr. Ostermeyer is a first class printer, thoroughly reliable and trustworthy and a gentleman whose numerous friends here wish him the fullest measure of success as he journeys along life highway. Stray. One red three-year-old steer, brand 70. bar underneath, on right hip. Square crop off left ear, over-slope in right. Suitable reward will be paid for information leading to his recov ery. George A Robbins, Darby Mont. Ben Hill, a former resident of Hamilton, and who gained a national reputation as a witness in the Clark senatorial investigation, died last Sat urday in a Missouia hospital of dropsy. He is survived by a wife and seven children. He was buried from the Catholic church Monday. Ravall lodge, No. 36. Knights of Pythias at its semi-annual election chose the following officers for the term commencing Jan. 1: L. J. Wat son, chancellor commander; J. M. Higgins, vice chancellor; W. E. Me— Murry, prelate; L. M. Crutchfield, master of work; A. L. Johnson, keeper of records and seal; C. J. Hoffbauer, master of finance; James E. Stevens, master of exchequer; J. H. Jones, master at arms; H. M, Smith, inner guard; D. A. Bishop, outer guard. The lodge will have a spread on the evening of the installation. a in FOUR GENERATIONS FEAST. Mr. And Mrs. W. C. Wan Held a Family Reunion on Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Wan on Christ mas day, at their pleasant home near Corvallis,entertained theirdescendanta to the fourth generation. The occa sion was the 72nd anniversary of Mr. Wan's birth. Mr. and Mrs. Wan were united in marriage 50 years ago. The union was blessed with eight daugh ters, all of whom are married and with their husbands living. There are 31 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Gathered around the festal board were five daughters with their families, numbering 40 persons and who in* eluded, G. W. Ward, H. M. Butler, J. W. Morris, P. M. Flugstad and Dean Stanley and families. The other daughters reside in the states of Wash ington and Idaho. The Western News joins their many friends in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Wan many more such joyous anniversaries. Furnished or unfurnished Call on J. D.Powers. rooms tf.