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1913 town— Way is Cleared for jMlilwaukee s Termi— mstruction of Line Eastward—Two Hand •usmess Blocks and Residences to Go Up. Range and also on west from this city. The line is now completed to Heath, ten or twelve miles from Lewistown. It is confidently expected that the line between this city and Grass Range will be completed and in opera tion by the first of May, so that by the end of the year trains will be in operation over a stretch of country be yond Grass Range to Great Falls, and this, with the branch running north to Hilger, shows what a vast area of new country will then be opened up. IMPROVED SERVICE. Dining Car Put on the Trains Between This City and Butte Sunday. The Milwaukee inaugurated a din ing car service between Lewistown and Butte Sunday. The dirier goes out with the morning train from this city and the train from Butte in the morning. The change is greatly ap preciated by the traveling public. ROM the estimates given by architects, contractors, realty men who have been informed of plans of property owners and oth er reliable sources, it is reasonably certain now that the building opera tions in Lewistown this year will pass the million mark. This seems quite as sured from the fact that the plans defi nitely arranged for large business blocks and the residences already ar ranged for, together with important alterations and additions, account for most of the sum, and where estimates are given they are pretty certain to go beyond the figures stated. For illus tration, the Empire Land & Invest ment company, which last year erect ed thirty new homes in Lewistown, fig ures on expending twice as much this year as last The estimate given, how ever, is not greatly above the invest ments made by this concern in 1912, so that there is a margin for a con siderably large expenditure. Then there are likely to be additions to the list of business structures. The Mon tana Flour Mills company has plans out for a very neat office building ad joining its mill. Mr. Warr stated yes terday to the Democrat that the com pany might decide to make use of the quarters now occupied by the State bank on its removal to the building it will shortly remodel, yet it might de cide to build. The cost of the hotel Fergus is still estimated at $75,000, although the own ers, Messrs. Laux and Haupt, have, since the structure was well under way, decided to make it five stories instead of four, which is likely to in crease the figure. The county last year tore down its old pest house at the poor farm with a view of erect ing a new and modern infirmery there and this will doubtless be done the present year. The estimated cost, $7, 000, may be considerably under the actual cost. Several citizens are con templating the erection of really beau tiful homes, but have not yet reached a point where the plans are in definite shape and these are not included. From the architects and builders it seems certain that a total of not less than a hundred dwellings of every de scription, from very small and unpre tentious cottages to expensive struc tures, will go up in all parts of the city. These are, for the most part, homes that will be built by the own ers, and are exclusive of the dwell ings that will be built by the Empire Land & Investment Co. and those to be erected at Judith Place. Viewed from any angle it is certain that 1915 will see all previous building records in Lewistown broken. There is every reason for fixing the total at not less than a round million dollars. The next twelve months will witness a marked extension of the residence limits, extending to all localities. Total of Nearly a Million. A. W. Warr and J. E. Lane, business block _________________________$ 20,000 Empire Land & Investment Co., residences _______________________ 100,000 Residences, Judith Place____________ 30,000 First National Bank and Elec tric Light Co., joint block...... 125,000 Mrs. Annie Crowley, business block ___________________ 50,000 Power Mercantile Co., whole sale grocery building.................... 20,000 State Bank, rebuilding Argus block ............... 10,000 Power Mercantile Co., Third avenue store (estimated)......... 40,000 Hotel Fergus ..................... 75,000 A. W. Warr, remodeling Lewis town Commercial store block 12,000 Milwaukee depot building (esti mated) _________ 50,000 Great Northern depot building (estimated) ........................................... 30,000 David Hilger, residence.................. 10,000 Roy E. Ayers, residence_______________ 8,000 Edouard Sutter, residence............ 8,000 C. J. Marshall, residence.............. 6,000 Bert d'Autremont, residence...... 5,000 County infirmery at poor farm (estimated) ________________ 7,000 Estimated cost of other resi dences in all parts of city...... 310,000 Other repairs and alterations (estimated) _______________ 30,000 Total .......................................................$946,000 Lane-Warr Building. A notable addition to the list pre viously published in the Democrat is the block to be erected by J. E. Lane and Austin W. Warr on the site imme diately adjoining Bennett's jewelry store, upon which latter ground part of the new Crowley building is to stand. The Lane-Warr building will be three stories high, constructed of brick and tera cotta and the front will be one of the most striking in the city. The plans, just completed by Link & Hair, are for a remarkably handsome front which, while ornate, has no sug gestion of anything tawdry. The New First Presbyterian Church. Marquetry effect, with the use of bent glass, is something new here and this front is sure to be much admired. If anyone fears that there will be over building in the business district, it may be remarked that Mr. Warr, up to yesterday, had received fourteen ap plications for the rental of the ground floor. Work Is Begun. The site for the new Crowley block is now cleared and ready for exca vating. The whole ground floor of this building is under lease to Sweltzer, who will establish a model store carry ing his departments as soon as the structure is finished. The magnificent joint building to be erected by the First National bank and the electric light company at the corner of Main street and Fifth ave nue has already been described at length in the Democrat and the archi tects, Wasmansdorff & Eastman, are now busy with the details. So soon as the telephone company can get in to its new exchange building the site will be cleared and work begun. It will be impossible to do more than get this $125,000 block under roof be fore snow flies and the finishing of the Interior will be carried on through next winter. Wasmansdorff & East man have plans finished for remodel ing the old Argus building, which is soon to be occupied by the Lewistown State bank. These improvements will cost $10,000. Austin W. Warr is remodeling the old Commercial company store and the upper floor is being transformed into an ideal office floor. It will be approached by a fireproof stairway, and a feature will be a very handsome tiled court. Light is secured from the front and rear and large transoms. This work will cost $12,000. Wasmansdorff & Eastman are com pleting the plans for the Power Mer cantile company's wholesale grocery establishment to be built at the cor ner of First avenue and Janeaux. The company owns the property on either side of this site and the plan is to make the building the first unit, to bo added to on each side later, while it can be run up one or two stories. For the present it will be two stories high and will cost $20,000. It is like ly that it will be of reinforced con crete, fireproof, and it will be equipped with electric freight elevators, freight, chutes and every modern convenience for the speedy handling of mrechan dise. The basement will be frost proof. Plans for the Power Mercantile com pany's new store building on Third avenue, extending from the present building to Broadway, are being com pleted by Link & Hair at Helena. The estimated cost of this structure is $40,000, but it may require more. AUTO FIRE TRUCK. Lewistown Will Vote on the Proposi tion of Buying One—What Mayor Marshall 8ays About It. Mayor J. S. Marshall, who has Just returned from Butte, took advantage of the opportunity while away to fur ther investigate this matter and comes back more strongly convinced than ever that it will be wise to se cure the truck. To the Democrat he said yesterday: "I do not favor incurring unneces sary expense, nor do I want to see the city buy something just to be in style. While we were at Bozeman this win ter we inquired Into this subject and the experience of that city with its fire truck, after a period of fourteen months, has demonstrated the wisdom of the move there. The truck has cost less than $2.50 a month for mainte nance. In Great Falls their truck has been used at 136 fire calls since it was bought and has never slipped a cog. Billings bought one truck last year and has recently purchased another. Anaconda bought one recently and the one I saw at Butte last week has just been added to the equipment. It goes everywhere, under any sort of condi tions, and is a complete success. We do not want (o simply ape the big cities, but wo are already In Boze man's class and will soon, we expect, be as large as Billings. "Now Lewistown has expended $100,000 to secure about the finest wa terworks system In the state. We have also put In a reservoir and ex tended the mains, all with a view to fire protection. The auto truck will simply enable us to realize the great est amount of efficiency from that heavy investment. The auto truck would affect insurance rates somewhat in securing another reduction. "The novelty of the auto truck does not attract me in tho least, but I hope the business men will consider the facta I am calling attention to. Our horses are now over ten years old. They cost a lot for maintenance. Low istown now covers about a section of land, and it will be necessary, beyond any doubt at all, to shortly establish another fire station on the east side if we do not make this change in equipment. With the auto truck that will be entirely unnecessary. It will Berve us better than any two teams could possibly do. We shall submit the proposition to bond for a truck separately and if it is rejected it will not hurt my feelings in the least. If the people do not want it I don't want it, although I am absolutely convinced that it will be the part of wisdom to make the purchase. "If we don't secure the truck it is going to be necessary to incur quite as great an expense to keep up the efficiency of the department and en able it to give proper protection to the whole of this growing city. It will, in my judgment, be mighty good busi ness to buy the truck." To Pave Main Street. Within a short time the property owners will decide upon the proposi tion to pave the business district this year and select the material to be used.