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The Glasgow Courier
At the regular monthly meeting, of
the board of county commissioners
held this week, April 2.3rd was set as
the date on which the question of a
$200,000 road bond issue will be sub
mitted to the voters of Valley county.
As the presidential primary election
falls on April 23rd, the cost of voting
on the bond question will be negligible,
the only additional expense being the
This is the first action on the part
of the Valley county officials to co
operate in the nation wide movement
for good roads. The county appropria
tions are matched dollar for dollar by
the federal government. If one-half
of the $200,000 is spent by Valley
county, an additional amount will be
appropriated by the United States. If
the full amount is expended by the
county, the same amount will be spent
by the nation. The government will
make its allotment on May 1st, and
those counties having funds available
for road building purposes will be able
to secure the benefits of national co-1
operation. It is therefore necessary to
have the local bond issue decided be
fore the date of allotment by the fed
eral government.
Location of R<:<id Projects.
The money will be expended on sev
eral road projects throughout Valley
county, the plan being to join a num
ber of north and south roads with a
main east and west highway which
will run through the railroad towns
on the main line of the Great Nor
thern. The five towns of Hinsdale,
Glasgow, Nashua, Frazer and Oswego
will have a north and south road ex
tending from near the Canadian line
running through the centers of pop
ulation and joining the east and west
highway at the towns named. This
will mean a network of five main
highways which will be well developed
and kept in the highest state of re
pair so that the farmers at all sea
sons of the year will experience no
difficulty in transporting their farm
products to their trading centers.
The United States government will
have nearly a billion dollars available
for road construction work throughout
the nation. This money will only be
expended in localities where equal
amounts .are appropriated. The trans
portation problem has long been a
difficult one, but it is thought that
with this new plan of development of
the highways each locality may se
cure a permanent benefit for them
selves and incidentally assist in the
solution of a question which has long
held the attention of the county, state
and nation.
This is the first time in history
that a concerted movement has been
under way throughout the United
States for the development and build
ing of highways. Since the nation
was founded, road building has been
more or less spasmodic, due, probably,
to the failure of the people to awak
en to the necessity of better roads,
and to the lack of cooperation between
the national, state and local govern
ments. Within the last few years the
public's conception of good roads has
undergone a marked change. The
necessity for more adequate trans
portation and the universal recogni
tion of the motor truck's value as a
transportation factor have been large
ly responsible.
Nation Awakens to Need.
With this change came a demand
for legislation which would system
atically further the development of
highways. This demand increased in
volume as time went on. Various
organizations, directly interested in
this vital project, redoubled their ef
For the first time the federal gov
ernment awakened to the situation
and placed the stamp of approval on
detailed plans for a nation wide high
way system. State legislatures draft
ed bills calling for extensive improve
ments. The voters of several states
further expressed their convictions by
voting large bond issues designed to
further road development.
As a result of this concerted move
ment the nation has today approxi
mately $1,000^000,000 for the improve
ment of highways, according to accred
ited reports.
This includes funds brought for
ward from work contracted for, but
not completed, in 1919, funds avail
able from state and county taxes, and
from aid offered by the federal gov
ernment, one-fifth of the state and
county bond issues not before avail
able, one-third of the unexpended bal
ance of state and county bond issues
previously available, and funds avail
able from new bond issues to be vot
ed on early this spring. This does
not include the funds and work which
will be contributed by townships and
road districts.
The total is four times that expend
ed during any previous year for road
The game started out with its us
ual dash and after about five min
utes the Malta boys had piled up sev
eral field goals. They seemed con
fident that the game was within their
grasp. Suddenly the smoke cleared
and Wit H Twitchell looped one of
those famous "Illman Special" shots,
the visitors lost heart. Ralph Baer
to go in or not. This was soon fol
lowed up by basket after basket and
the visitors los heart. Ralph Baer
played a wonderful floor game, while
Houston and Sprague did the very
best defensive work. Old John Luck
attended with bells and several long
distance shots are marked to his cred
it in the score-book. The game ended
59 to 34 in favor of Glasgow.
On February 10th and 11th, the
Montana association of commercial
club secretaries will hold their fourth
annual meeting at the Hotel Rain
bow, Great Falls.
L. E. Jones, secretary of the local
chamber, is vice president of the state
association. He will respond to the
address of welcome by Mayor Louis
Newman of Great Falls. On the fol
lowing day he will give an address on
"The County Fair—Does It Pay."
The Great Falls commercial club
will entertain the visiting secretaries
at dinner on the 11th.
Col. J. B. Roote, who was to speak
in Glasgow last night under the aus
pices of the American Legion, was
taken ill at Havre -with the "flu" and
was unable to fill his engagement.
The seriousness of his illness is not
Upon his recovery, which it is hop
ed will be but a matter of a few days,
his lecturing tour will be resumed,
Further announcement will be made
upon definite word from him.
On Thursday evening a Lincoln so
cial will be given in the Methodist
church which promises to be an eve
ning of real enjoyment. The program
will commence at 8 o'clock, after which
refreshments will be served.
Following is the program:
Short Stereopticon lecture on the
Life of Abraham Lincoln
Rev. J. R. Jeffery
Instrumental music
Mrs. W. H. Rasey
Song Male Quartet
Misses Hazel Powell and Gladys
M clntyre.
Reading Mrs. C. W. Kampfer
Solo Mr. Cunningham
Duet .... Messrs C. Hallady and Kirk
Reading Miss M. Stratton
Solo Mr W. G. Crawford
The small fee of 35c and 25c will be
charged, which sum will also include
The prettiest Operetta recently pro
duced—The Gypsy Queen.
Enterprising Young Business Man of
Glasgow Dies of Pneumonia in
New York.
On Saturday of last week word was
received in Glasgow of the death of
J. A. Grissom in a New York hos
pital, as a result of pneumonia. Al
though information had reached the
city of his serious illness, the report
of his demise on Friday night came
as a shock to his many friends here.
Mrs. Grissom had left Glasgow Thurs
day morning for New York in response
to a telegram from his doctors and
it is assumed that she had reached
Chicago when his death occurred.
Mr. Grissom left here January 6th
on a buying trip to eastern commer
cial centers. He had spent a few days
in Minneapolis and St. Louis and had
visited two days with his mother and
brother in Carthage, Mo. Upon his
arriva^ in New York on Thursday his
condition was so alarming that he
was immediately taken to a hospital.
Pneumonia developed and his condi
tion became so serious that no hope
was entertained for his recovery, his
death occurring on Friday, eight days
J. Allen Grissom was born in Car
thage, Mo., in the spring of 1883, be
ing nearly 37 years old at the time
of his death. His boyhood and school
days were spent in Carthage. In the
summer of 1913 he came to Glendive,
»Montana, where he resided for about
six months while seeking a location.
In September of the same year he
moved to this city and started the
Golden Rule store. The enterprise
was successful from the beginning.
Ile acquired interests ih stores of the
same name in Havre and Wolf Point,
became vice president of the Milk Riv
er Valley bank of Glasgow and pur
chased a farm in the Galpin district.
He was elected director of the Glas
gow chamber of commerce and was as-*
sociated with every progressive move
ment initiated for the public good.
He is survived by his wife, his moth
er who lives in Carthage, Mo., and two
brothers, one residing at Carthage,
and the other at Rochester. Minn.
The funeral took place at Carthage,
Mo., yesterday at 1:30 p. m. During
the funeral the Glasgow stores and
business places were closed.
business places were closed.
The heart of Glasgow goes out to
the wife, mother, brothers and rela
tives of J. A. Grissom who are suffer
ing the first awful shock of the sud
den death of their loved one. A few
dyas ago he was among us, healthy,
cheerful and ready with kind deeds
and a helping hand; now he has passed
from the mystery that is life to the
greater mystery that we call death.
The ways of destiny, the will of
God—these are beyond our understand
"Whereas, death has called from our
midst our fellow member, J. A. Gris
som, who departed this life on the
30th of January, 1920, and who was
ever prominent in those activities that
pertain to the betterment of the com
munity and to the welfare of the
county, and to the advancement of
the state, and whose life was char
acterized by its frequency of noble
deeds, of charity and unselfishness,
"Therefore, Be It Resolved: That
the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
and Agriculture, humbly submitting to
the will of the omnipotent God, deeply
deplores the loss of our valued and
beloved member, and the loss to the
city, the county and the state, of a
distinguished and honored citizen,
"And it is further resolved, that this
resolution be spread upon the minutes
of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
and Agriculture and that a copy there
of be sent to the bereaved relatives
of the deceased, and copies furnished
to the public press.
"By S. C. SMALL,
"Its Committee."
J. L. Truscott returned to Glasgow
yesterday from Bozeman where he
attended the annual meeting of the
directors of the Montana Development
association held Monday and Tuesday
of this week.
The constitution and by-laws were
adopted at this meeting and a num
ber of changes made in the methods
of operation. The manager, secretary
and treasurer who have heretofore
been classed as directors, were placed
in the class of employees. The pres
ident is now assisted by four vice
presidents instead of one as formerly.
1 In the future the annual meeting of
the association will be held on the
first Monday of October.
Mr. Truscott reports the meeting
well attended. Satisfaction was ex
pressed on every hand at the splendid
record of accomplishment of the or
ganization during its brief existence.
Geo. E. McClure of the Empire Con
struction company of Great Falls met
with the city council Wednesday eve
ning regarding the installation of a
new motor at the central sewerage
pumping station. The Empire peo
ple had the original contract for the
pumping station and part of the sew
erage system and installed a motor
at the pumping plant at that time.
This motor burned out last spring
before the contract was accepted by
the city. The new motor will be in
stalled within the next three or four
weeks and will complete the contract
on the part of the Empire Construc
tion company.
The pumping-station is an important
feature of the sewerage system and
is used during high water seasons.
The plant is located on the east end
of Second avenue south near the riv
er. When the river becomes high,
particularly in the spring of the year,
the flood gates are closed and the
pump set to work. In this way the
sewage is forced into the river, at
the same time eliminating the old
trouble with backwater and sewage
which has caused many an uncomfort
able situation in the past.
Capt. J. L. Tucker Here Wednesday
Trying to Reorganize Glasgow
Guard Company.
Capt. J. L. Tucker, federal disburs
ing officer and c> e rtermaster for
Montana, with headquarters in Hel
ena, spent Wednesday of this wee!
in Glasgow in conference with ex-ser
vice men and others interested in or
ganizing a company of national
Under the new regulations, a com
pany must consist of at least 100 men
of which number 40 ex-service men
may enlist for one year, 20 recruits
may enlist for one year, and the othe
must enlist for three years. Drill
wil1 be he,d 0,1Cü each week, the pri
va *- es receiving $1 for each drill per
od. The captain will receive $500 a
year, first lieutenants $240 and second
lieutenants $200. Noncommissioned
officers will be paid correspondingly
higher than privates for drilling. Each
company will be allowed $600 a year
from the government for rental of
drill quarters and other expenses. Of
ficers will be allowed $35 a year for
Capt. Tucker is now engaged
forming the first Montana battalion
around which two regiments will be
built. Plans are under way for an
encampment at Camp Lewis next sum
mer, and for entering a team in the
army marksmanship contest to be held
this year probably at Jacksonville
Fla. Those attending the encamp
ment will receive regular army pay
for that period, and the shooting team
will receive expenses and army pay
while on the trip.
Glasgow ought to have a company,
Talk it up among your friends. If
sufficient number express a desire to
organize, a meeting will be called in
the very near futre,
Fred Fischl, manager of the cloth
ing department of the Berger depart
ment store, and J. P. Mclntyre of this
city, have completed negotiations for
the purchase of the Glenwood cigar
store and soft drink parlor on Cen
tral avenue from Peter Glenn, for a
cash consideration.
The store has been closed for re
modelling and redecorating, and will
be open about March 1, according to
an announcement made Wednesday by
Mr. Fischl.
A portion of the old bar will be re
moved, to give way to a modern soda
fountain which is to be installed. Up
to-date cigars and tobacco cases will
be installed during the next few weeks
and a number of other alterations
Both of the new proprietors are
former business men of Glasgow.
Great Falls Tribune.
Miss Gertrude Erickson of the farm
bureau service is visiting Oswego,
Frazer, Nashua and Beaverton this
week in the interest of the work she
Sheridan County Board Grants Dan
iels County Petition and Disal
lows All Withdrawals.
On Wednesday of this week the
board of county commissioners of
Sheridan county allowed the petition
for the proposed creation of Daniels
county from the northwestern portion
of Sheridan and northeastern Valley.
The call for the election will be is
sued within the next few days by the
county clerk of Sheridan county at
which time the question will be de
cided by the voters in the area pro
posed. The date of the election will
be some time in May.
The approval of the petition by the
board of county commissioners came
after a fight against the petition had
been made by the people of the Op
heim section who are fathering the
proposition of a county to be com
posed of the northern part of Valley
county and which would have for its
county seat the town of Opheim.
Withdrawals from the Daniels coun
ty petition signed by a number of pro
perty owners residing in and about
the towns of Glentana, Avondale and
Richland, were presented and their
interests were looked after by A. T.
Vollum, who headed the Bench coun
ty delegation. Vollum protested the
allowing of the Daniels county peti
tion upon the grounds that withdraw
als were sufficient in number to throw
out the Valley county territory and
further that persons had signed the
^original petition from that section
who were not residents.
Tom Clifford acted as spokesman
for the original petitioners. It ap
gation present in opposition to the
Daniels county petition were not res
idents of the proposed county but
reside in or near Opheim, which will
be about the center of Bench county,
should that county be created.
After considerable discussion the
commissioners disallowed the with
drawals and by unanimous action al
lowed the Daniels county petition.
The Opheim people have been ex
ceedingly busy within the past two
weeks since the filing of the Daniels
county petition and have been indus
triously scouring that section of Val
ley county included within the Dan
iels county line, securing withdrawals
from the Daniels petition.
At a meeting held in Opheim a fund
of $2500 was created to fight for the
retention of the 15 Valley county
townships which were included in the j
Daniels territory, with a view of ta
king all of the northern half of Val
ley county, north of the line between
townships 31 and 32, in the proposed
county of Bench. A committeeman
was appointed for each voting precinct
to handle the work.
A good sized crowd of ex-service
men attended the meeting of Valley
Post No. 41 of the American Legion
held last evening in the chamber of
commerce rooms. Capt. Jos. Stern
hagen, who has been absent from the
city for several weeks past, presided
as commander.
C. F. Kenney was unanimously elect
ed to the office of vice commander
made vacant by the resignation of
Wm. E. Beizer, who has moved to
Great Falls.
A draft of the proposed constitution
for the local post was read by Post
Adjutant Friedlund. It was referred
back to the committee for the incor
poration of several additional arti
cles. The new constitution will be re
ported back to the committee of the
whole and voted on at the next meet
ing of the post which will be held next
Wednesday, January 11th.
A committee was appointed to co
operate with the chamber of com
merce to draw up a program for the
week of February 17th when the tank
Ermentrude will perform in Glasgow.
The tank will arrive on the 17th and
will remain until the 22nd. The week
will be made more interesting by a ra
dio crew, searchlight section and ma
chine gun crew who will also do var
ious stunts during the week. Satur
day the 21st, has ben set aside for
the Legion boys who plan a particu
arly interesting program for that day.
Chris Hansen, the post finance of
ficer, reported that the local post net
ted about $115 on the dance given in
January. Resolutions thanking the
newspapers, the Orpheum theatre and
the Glasgow Amusement association
for their support in making the dance
success were unanimously adopted.,
Thursday, February 19th, promis
es to be a day of considerable activity
at Glasgow, as some very important,
meetings have been arranged for this
day. The organization meeting of
the county Good Roads association
will be held following the farm bur
eau short course at the Orpheum the
atre. A county good roads associa
tion is very important at this time
to help in the securing of better
highways throughout our district and
it is expected that every community
in the county will have one or more
representatives at the meeting.
The big army show with the famous
tank, Ermentrude, will be a feature
of attraction to all visitors on this
day for Ermentrude is going to stay
all week from February 17th to the
22nd inclusive.
"The world war brought out many
inventions and the best of this genius
was as a consequence diverted to
the business of making war and the
infliction of destruction upon the en
emy. Out of the tanks, which were
among the novel and spectacular ser
vices which attracted to their ranks
red-blooded men who craved action of
the most exciting kind. And they got
it. Of course, all of the highly tech
nical branches "hand picked" their
men, and the boys -whose training and
attitude fitted them to handle the job
were regarded by their fellows as
fortunate for theirs was the life ol
thrills and excitement.
In such an organization the morale
or "esprit de corps" was of the qual
ity that made heroism an everyday oc
currence, and the thought of danger
only whetted the enthusiasm of the
soldier. As an instance of this eag
erness to "get in on the fun" it will
be interesting to note that a Wash
ington man, from Seattle by the way
precipitated a situation that complete
ly floored the tribunal that should
have handled the case. The setting
of the story is in the Argonne and it
is likely that some of our local boys
who served with the tanks will recall
the episode.
Private William Kenworthy, Irish
man by birth and fighter by instinct
of the American tank corps, was lang
uishing in the brig of an S. O. S. town
when the whole A. E. F. from Verdun
to Brittainy began to tingle with prep
aration for the drive in the Argonne
It was too much for Private Ken
It was painful enough to be detach
ed from his outfit in this manner, and
under any circumstances to be away
from them when they were going into
action—well, that was unthinkable.
That evening at sundown there was a
jail delivery of one.
Smelling the battle from afar, the
escaped prisoner followed his nose
Dodging pernicious M. P.'s en route,
hooking rides, lying gleefully to the
too curious R. T. O. men, advancing
by forced night marches, sleeping by
day and eating anywhere when he
could, he reached the edge of the for
est of the Argonne in time to smuggle
down on the driver's cushion of a baby
Juggernaught—one of Ermentrude's
sisters—crank her up and start her
roaring, lurching, smashing her way
along the blasted road that leads to
After the show the armor of his
battered tank was so pierced with the
"elephant gun" armor-piercing bul
lets that it looked like the business end
of a garden sprinkler. His face was
one large blister, memento of a breath
less moment when he saw another
tank burst into flames when a six
inch shell exploded in its gas reser
voir. Kenworthy stuck his head out
side as a turtle comes out of its shell,
grasped the situation, jumped clear,
raced to the rescue and in the nick of
time dragged the scorched and un
conscious driver to safety. But we
are getting ahead of the story.
One Kenworthy had to retreat, for
his tank clearly visible was drawing
fire from German 77's, to where the
doughboys lay, and just then the
doughboys could not go forward. So
( the tank had to go back—back across
! the Aire. However, the railroad
bridge on which it came over a mere
j 10 minutes before—why, it wasn't
there any more. It had been blown
to matchwood, of which the splinter
ed wreckage was floating downstream,
while all that remained from shore to
shore was the pair of gleaming rails.
Young Kenworthy started to the riv
er's edge.
The lieutenant in the gun turret
who usually guides and instructs the
driver by a code system of pats and
pokes, one on the neck, one on the
bean, one on the right arm, one on the
left, etc., each having a meaning all
its own, even down to asking for a
cigarette, found his list of signals
unequal to the occasion. So, crouch
ing down, he bawled in Kenworthy's
ear, above the deafening hubbub of
the tank: "You can never cross on
those d— rails."
Kenworthy's answer, which was
drowned in the roar of the engine,
was a growling: "The hell I can't," or
words to that effect with trimmings.
Anyway, he did. The tank did a
tight rope walk across those two rails
and reached the opposite shore in
When the fun was over, Kenworthy
was S. O. L., all right, for his A. W.
O. L. status had to be adjusted. His
case was complex. It had no prece
dent. A compromise of some kind had
to be effected. He probably should
have been given the D. S. C. and then
shot at sunrise. As it worked out,
however, he didn't get either.
Kenworthy's story is worth telling,
if for no other reason than that it
is true to the spirit of a branch of
the service that necessarily calls upon
adventurous souls throughout the ar
my, summoning them to a life that
fairly bristles with excitement and
danger and opportunities.
The people of northeastern Montana
will have the opportunity to see this
feat duplicated at the big army show
that will be held at Glasgow the week
of February 17th to 22nd inclusive.
The short course that the farm bu
reau is planning for the farmers of
Valley county is going to be a real ed
ucational affair. The farm bureau
was granted speakers for three days;
one day more than any other place
along the High Line, and we are sure
going to make good use of their time.
The speakers are from the Montana
agricultural college and are special
ists in their lines. The program is
crowded and therefore it is necessary
that part of the program be given in
the afternoon. The ladies' part of
the program will certainly be inter
esting, as Miss Quaw, author of "The
Long Trail," will help entertain the
We are working hard to make the
three day short course a success be
cause we want to make it an annual
affair, and to do so we must prove to
the extension service of the Montana
agricultural college that we want one
and are back of it, and the best way
to prove this is for everyone to turn
out and attend the program at one
of the following places: Nashua, Feb
ruary 18th; Glasgow, February 19th;
Hinsdale, February 20th.
At Glasgow the program will be
given in the Orpheum theatre. Man
ager Robbins gives the use of the
theatre to the farm bureau for that
day. At Nashua, J. E. Sanders is
chairman and at Hinsdale J. T. Rowe
is chairman of the program committee.
Each place will have a different pro
gram to some extent. At Nashua
and Hinsdale we expect to eat picnic
dinner together in the hall. No eve
ning program will be given at either
of the three places, but there will be
something doing every minute from
10:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.
The following people will appear on
the programs:
Dr. E. H. Riley, veterinarian and
livestock specialist, who will discuss
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