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JOHN B. RITCH
Democratic Candidate for State Representative John B. Ritch, democratic candidate; for representaive in the legislature, Is a native of North Carolina. He camel to Montana twenty-nine years ago, and with the exception of a year and a half spent in the P'nillipine Islands, as a member of Company I of the First Montana regiment, he has made! this state his home ever since, nearly all of which time he has been a res!-! dent of Fergus county. During the f earlier years of his residence here, he followed the occupations cf range; riding and mining as a means of live-! lihood. Later he served as deputy sheriff for some time and then be RUFUS G. POLAND Democratic Candidate for Treasurer Rufus G. Poland, democratic can -1 didate for re-election as county treas-j urer, is a native son, having been | born in Butte in 1877. In 1884, when j he was seven years of age, Mr. Po land removed with his parents to j Maiden, and remained in this section attending the district schools until 1892, when he entered the grammar j school at Trenton, New Jersey, going from there to the state model high school, and upon graduating entered the New Jersey normal cdllege, where he completed the course and gradu ated. He then entered Rutger's col lege and graduated in 1904. Having completed his school work, Mr. Po land represented the New York Life Insurance company in New York and Europe, filling a very responsible po sition. He returned to Maiden in E. P. DURNEN Democratic Candidate for Auditor A just precedent has long been es tablished in Fergus county that when a man has been elected to an office in Fergus county and has made good that he is entitled to a second term. This principle has been religiously ad hered to by the voters of Fergus coun ty for many years. The fact that he has made good in every sense of the word in handling the office of county auditor is an assurance the time-hon ored precedent will not be broken in the case of E. P. Durnen, democratic candidate for re-election to the office of county auditor. There is no more conscientious and painstaking officer in in the whole state of Montana. He Is an old-timer in the state, having lived here for more than forty years. He is a native of Wisconsin and received his early education in the common FIRMIN TULLOCK Democratic Candidate for Sheriff Fergus county has had some mighty good sheriffs since it was organized but not one of them has ever made a better record for all around effici ency than Firmin Tullock, the demo cratic incumbent, who goes before the people this fall asking for re election. He has, ever since he took charge of the office, constantly en deavored to conduct it with due re gard to economy and there has never been a dollar of useless expenditure under his administration. He is thoroughly schooled in the business of! the important position, having served; through the Slater administration as a deputy sheriff and under the Mar tin administration as under sheriff. Thus be brought to the office a long experience as to its needs. In addition to this he is familiar with every foot of the county and with the country around it. Mr. Tullock has resided in this sec tion for thirty years, has a very ex tended acquaintance and enjoys the full confidence of all who know him. During the past two years he has placed duty ahead of everything else, J. EDWIN MILLER Democratic Candidate for Surveyor J. Edwin Miller, democratic candying date for re-election to the office of ' county surveyor, represents the| younger element of the party. His; record for efficiency during the past j two years, however, would do honor to j many twice his years. The many good roads that have been buht throughout the county during his in cumbency has been under his direct supervision, and it is true that mors good roads have been built during the past two years than ever before in a like period. Edwin Miller was born in Dubuque, I Iowa, in 1885, graduated in the high' schools of his native town at an early age and immediately took up a course of study at the State University of Columbus, Ohio. After completing a university course, he attended the Michigan college of mines at Hough " n Mich., where he acquitted himself with high honor. The Michigan co. lege of mines enjoys a most enviable "putation for its thoroughness, result came engaged in newspaper work, which pursuit he followed until hts election in November, 1904, to the of flee of clerk of the district court. This position ho filled with much credit to himself and satisfaction to the public during his eight years' incumbency. For several years ho has also devoted some time to farming as he owns a fine ranch on Louse Creek Bench. He f claims nothing but a common school education, but he has had much experl ence, and his wide knowledge of the conditions of the state and county eminently fits him for the position he now seeks. 1906 and after residing there some time entered the office of the county treasurer as deputy, filling that po sition until 1912, when he was elected as county treasurer, Mr. Poland is a man of much nat ural ability, which has been developed by thorough training and his work in the office has shown that he is the master of every detail of the work. Such a large proportion of the voters have come in personal contact with Mr. Poland in the treas urer's office that they know person ally of his unfailing courtesy, his faithfulness to his trust and his all around efficiency. A very high type of man is Rufus Poland and the vot ers will show their appreciation of his services by reflecting him In No vember by an increased majority. schools of Iowa county of that state later attending the State Normal at. Platville. Mr. Durnen was a factor in shaping the destinies of Broadwater county in the early history of that county, having served*as chairman of the board of county commissioners. He has been a resident of Fergus county for the past twelve years and wo3 identified with the mining interests of Kendall in the palmy days of that gold camp. Two years ago he was elected to the office of county auditor and by a substantial majority. The excellent record he has made in the conduct of the office during the past two years is a most worthy recoin mendation to the voter and will no doubt result in his return to the office he seeks by a greater majority than that of two years ago and his record is that of a most cap able official and is without one blem ish. Active in putting down lawless ness, lie has at all times shown good judgment and these qualities, honesty, activity and devotion to duty have enabled him to make the splendid re cord of which his friends are justly proud. In a flamboyant boost given the re publican candidate for sheriff by him self, he sets out that he "will put a stop to the vicious practice of holding parties in jail for weeks or months st a time without warrant or procer of any kind." Mr. Tullock has never done any thing of that sort. Any prisoners held have been so held at the direction of the county attorney or the courts, and no charge of dereliction of any sort can be honestly brought against Fir man Tullock. This newspaper has no doubt at all that Mr. Tullock will be triumphantly re-elected, but in common with all his friends, we hope to see him given such a majority as will be in keeping with his merits as a splendid public official. in graduations from this college more difficult than from similar In stitutions. Something over four years ago he arrived in Montana and was employed as mining engineer at the New Year mine and lated did civil engineering and general surveying in the county. Two years ago he was elected to the office which he now holds, and which he has filled In such a satisfactory manner. His re-election is highly probably and that he will .give the people efficient and consct entious service is assured. I Rufus G. Poland, a young man, but who has spent nearly all of his life right here in Fergus county, is going to poll an immense vote for county treasurer. During his first term, now drawing to a close, he has shown him self to be qualified for the position in an especial degree. It is a pleasure to him to serve the taxpayers, whose em ploye he is, and the county has never had a more courteous, accommodating or genial official. of a E. W. METTLER Democratic Candidate for County Attorney While it is a recognized fact that the democratis have exercised excel lent judgment and care in selecting their candidates, they were especially fortunate in selecting Edgar W. Met tier to make the race for county at torney. In his nine years of practice in this county he has made a most en viable record, winning the respect and confidence of the people and fellow members of the bar alike for fairness and honorable spirit displayed in the practice of his profession. Mr. Mettler goes before the people of Fergus county with a record of over nine years of honorable' practice, which is free from aspersion of any sort. His record as police judge of this city is another compliment to his honest sense of justice that has the sincere commendation of the people of Lewis town. That justice without fear or favor has been the motto of his ad | ministration of the city police court is a matter of record. ! Judge Roy E. Ayers was asked by! the writer as to the general standing I of Mr. Mettler in his court. The judge said: "I am pleased to say that Edgar Mettler is one of the most respected members of the local bar. He is a:i attorney of ability, ever placing honor and integrity first in the practice of his profession. He will undoubtedly be elected to fill the important posi tion of county attorney, and that he will administer the affairs of that office to the credit of himself and his constituents is my firm belief." Following is a brief sketch of the career of the democratic candidate for county attorney: Edgar W. Mettler was born in Ogle county, 111., April 15, 1876. He was E. D. BARNEY Democratic Candidate for County Commissioner Of the various offices that the] people of Fergus county will be call ed upon to select men to fill on the third of next month, there are none of greater importance than that of county commissioner. The people upon whom fall the burden of taxa tion necessary to keep the machinery of the county government moving, should weigh the business capacity of the respective candidates for this 0 f. fice as wel! as their honesty and gen 1 eral standing in the county. In select ing their candidate for this office the democrats combined the vital required qualities when they selected E. D. Barney to fill this important office. Mr. Barney is a native of St. Law rence county, Illinois, and is now 50 years of age. It was there he grew up to manhood and was educated in the common schools of St. Lawrence county. He was raised on a farm and has pursued that vocation all his life .with exceptional success. In 1884, while operating a cane mill, he had the misfortune to become entang led in the machinery and as a result of his injury it was necessary to ampu tate his left arm. Several years later he was married, and as a result of this union, he was blessed with a family of 12 children. Some 16 years ago Mr. Barney be came convinced that Montana offered greater advantages to the man with a large family and tittle money to succeed than did the eact. Although handicapped by the Iosb of an arm, and the future of 10 children depend ing upon his efforts, Barney lost none of that energy and aggressiveness which has played such an important part in the history of making the great west. The same hardships and adversities that beset the earlier set tlers in a great measure fell to the lot of Barney when he arrived in raised on a farm in the county of his birth and resided there until he reaen ed the age of 18, when he entered ths commercial field. His first position was that of clerk in a bank and later accepted a position with the North western railroad in their head office in Chicago. It was in these positions that he earned sufficient funds to en able him to take a preliminary course of study at Valpariso, Ind., and later attend the University of Michigan, where he later graduated from the law department of that most excellent institution of learning. A diploma from the University of Michigan in it self as high a recommendation, funda mentally, as could be asked for, and coupled with nine years of active prac tice, must dispose of any question of qualification. After graduating In June, 1903, young Mettler located in Houston, Texas, where he practiced until December, 1904. In 1905 he came to Montana, stopping at Helena a short time to visit relatives. In Feb ruary, 1905, he opened law offices in Lewistown and has been here ever since. He is admitted to practice in Michigan, Texas and Montana as well as the federal courts of the United States. During his practice in Fergus county, Mr. Mettler has been identi fied with some of the most important cases originating in the county, botn in local district and supreme courts of the state. We invite the earnest consideration of the voters of Fergus county of the above record, with the further assur ance that if elected, Mr. Mettler will administer the affairs of office without fear or favor, giving justice to all alike. county 16 Fergus years ago. Like On arriving here his small means greatly curtailed his operations and he secured a small ranch down on Warm Spring creek in the vicinity of Deerfield. This proved the founda tion of the comfortable competency which he now enjoys as the fruits of many years of labor and excellent business judgment. The story of his success is unfolded in the passing of years of his residence in Fergus county. The little homestead orig inally acquired has grown to 1,000 broad acres. He now has a flourish ing butcher business in the thriving town of Denton and is owner of valu able Main street property in that place as well as listing among his as sets valuable property in Lewistown. Only a few months ago he completed a contract with the builders of the Great Falls-Lewistown line of the Mil waukee for all of the beef used by them during the building of that road. This contract involved about $ 100 , 000 , and by his good business judgment Mr. Barney realized handsome profits therefrom. His business ability is re cognized by every business man in Lewistown as well as every other town in the county and his honesty and integrity are vouched for by all who have ever had business or other transactions with him. This is the man that the democrats of Fergus county are asking the people to elect to the office of county commissioner. Mrs. Lelia M. Baker, the democratic candidate for county superintendent of schools, is a practical school woman, who not only understands the needs of this county in a school way, but un derstands how to meet those needs in the best and most practicable way. Mrs. Baker is making her own cam paign, and in it is making a most fa vorable Impression on the voters. MIKE GURNETT Democratic Candidate for Assessor An attempt to introduce Mike Gur nett to the old-timers of Fergus county j wmuld be like the proverbial tender-! foot imparting th$ information to I ergus county booster that the Judith j Basin is a pretty fair country. enthusiasm that would greet such an : attempt can'better be imagined thanjgus described. When it comes to billing | his exact age, Mike is as reticent asjed. the maiden lady who is meandering! down the shady side of time. When | the oldest timers are asked how long Mike has been in this nnck-o'-the- \ woods, the Invariable answer is: j "Don't hnow; he was here when l| came." Mike arrived in Montana some| time back in the annals of time where j the memory of white man runneth not i It k thus evident that thp old timer 1 v eds no introduction. As !<■' ihc hi arrivals, there i;e an-' who esc aped making his acquaintance during the past four years, that he has served as county assessor, it i3 because that in dividual was bereft of everything of! F. R. CUNNINGHAM Democratic Candidate for Clerk and Recorder There is probably no candidate be fore the people of Fergus county ask ing for their suffrage who enjoys a wider or more favorable acquaintance within the county than does Frank Cunningham, democratic candidate for re-election to the office of county clerk and recorder. Frank, as he is addressed by all who do business at his office, has made an efficiency re cord during the past four years that! has appealed direct to every man who; appreciates efficiency and good treat- j ment. irrespective of political align-1 ment Praise for his personal andj de ailed attention to the patrons of his | office, his exemplary private life and' general good citizenship is not con fined to democrats, but extends far; beyond the lines of both republicans ; and progressives. To Frank Cunning-; ham comes the unique distinction of dissolving lines that are usually so closely drawn when the political pot; eg ns to simmer. Either the use-, essness, lack of inclination, or prob ably both caused the republicans to leave the office of county clerk and recorder blank upon their ticket. What ever might be assigned as the reason,! LEILA M. BAKER Democratic Candidate for Superintendent of Schools Fitted for the duties of the office of county superintendent by long experl C. W. BUNTIN Democratic Candidate for Public Administrator While the office of public adminis trator is not given the same promin ence as many of the other county offi ces, it is never the less just as essen tial that a man of honesty and in tegrity be selected to fill this place as any other office. In fact the honesty | and good character of the candidate I should be given greater consideration, j The public administrator is called upon to handle the estate of those j who have no friends and relatives to; If the enthusiasm displayed at the meetings being held by the democratic candidates throughout the county is a criterion as to how the people are going to vote, every democrat on the ticket is certain of election. In every part of the county, thus far visited, they have attracted immense crowds, and in every instance the voters have been impressed with the sincerity of the speakers. The speakers are touch ing upon the record of the democratic party from President Wilson down to that of public administrator and the warm reception given them is cer tainly an lndicatlen that the voters have confidence in the party and are more than satisfied with the accom plishments already realized. Edwin Miller has given Fergus county two yearB of faithful and effi cient service, and in his case no valid argument can be advanced against that precedent so long established that one good term deserves another. A vote for Edwin Miller is a vote for compe tency and honesty in the office of county surveyor. worldly value, a fugitive from justice or in the toils, as Mike always makes a special effort to make your acqualn t''e|tance every year just after March 1. j And he has the happy faculty of suc Tbe.ceeding in doing that very thing. He : was the first county assessor that Fer county knew, having filled that | position when the county was creat asjed. He has the reputation of ovei looking no one, and there are hund | reds throughout the county who are willing to testify that he has religlous \ ly lived up to that reputation, j Incidentally it might be well to men tion the fact that while the assessors of the state were in session here last j year, it was the concensus of opinion i that the assessor's office in Fergus 1 county had evolved the best system of any office in the state. Many assess ors throughout the state have adopted his system in whole and nearly all as sessors have adopted at least some part of it. If you haven't made Mike's acquaintance, you will. their failure to place a candidate on the ticket in opposition to Mr. Cun ningham is highly complimentary to that gentleman to say the least. The subject of this article was born in Harrisburg, Pa., November 5, 1869. While he was yet quite young, his parents moved to Washington, D. C., and it was there that he received his education, attending the public schools of that city. He came to Montana in Augusti 1887> ^ fol i owed railroading for a few years. Later he engaged in mercantile pursuits and for several year s was engaged in business in Gilt Ed g e when that town was of some importance as a mining camp. His residence in Fergus county dates back 8om e fifteen years ago. Some four years ago he was elected clerk and recorder by a very narrow margin Two years ago, however, he was again selected to fill that office by a ma jority that emphasized the esteem in which he was held by the people who are firm believers in rewarding faith ful performance of duty. The general prediction now is that the 3rd day of November will bring to him even a greater majority than that of two years ago. ence in actual school work, Mrs. Leila M. Baker is deeply interested in the cause of education and if elected It will be her ambition to develop the schools of this county to the highest degree of efficiency. She understands thoroughly the needs of the county In a school way and will devote her en tire time to securing the best possible results. Mrs. Baker came to Montana in 1886 and received her education In the public schools of Granite county, and in the agricultural college. She is a graduate of the agricultural col lege academy and while in the fresh man year was assistant teacher of geometry. She has taught in Granite and Fergus counties and at Salt Lake City, coming from that place to reside on her homestead and teach a rural school, having made Fergus county her home for over six years. look after these matters and every thing depends upon the character of the man who handles these estate. The democrats paid especial attention to .these vital points when they selected Charles W. Buntin to again fill this office. He is a successful young at torney and has been a resident of this county for a number of years. Elim inating the political aspect, all parties agree that honest Charley Buntin pos sesses all the qualifications to make an ideal public administrator. No one will display the courage to charge Sheriff Tullock with being an orator, but the boys out on the stump say that he can make a pretty good talk. Up at Roy a few nights ago, the crowd became very enthusiastic and insisted that Firmin make a speech. When Tullock found tb'it nothing else would do, he mounted the platform and gave the audience a very interesting short talk about the affairs of his office. He made a genu ine hit and is liable to compete for honors with the best of them. It was the genuine sincerity of his talk that pleased the audience most. A thorough knowledge acquired by a long residence in Fergus county es pecially fits John B. Ritch to repre sent the interests of Fergus county In the legislature this winter. He is making a thorough campaign and is meeting with the most flattering en couragement in all parts of the coun ty. As a stump speaker John is mak ing quite a hit and has the happy fa culty of keeping the audience in excel lent humor.