EKALAKA, (CUSTER COUNTY) MONTANA, FRIDAY, SEFTEKBiR 2, 1910.
As Seen By a Recent Visitor.
Ekalaka this year has shared
the misfortune of a light crop in
common with every section of
the entire west, yet from this it
most not be construed that the
community has suffered to any
noticeable extent. It has been
said time and again that the
Ekalaka country is one of ihe
richest spots in all of eastern
Montana and this is truly the
case. From an agricultural point
of view it has great possibilities
and within the next few years
there will doubtless be great de
velopment along this line.
People who have not visited
EKalaka for a year or more find
great changes there. There has
been a comparatively big inüux
of people during the past twenty
four months and this has not
been due to advertising or boost
methods, the same as has been
characteristic of other sections of
the state. It has been a natural
substantial growth and none of
the mushroom about it.
The rain fall this year has been
lighter than at any time during
the past ten years, yet the stock
or sheep in'.crests will not suffer
because th jre will be plenty of
hay, although it will not be of as
good a quality as isusualy grown
when the conditions are normal.
Of the government land avail
able for settlement thousands of
acres have been taken up during
the past two years and the next
three will doubtless witness a far
greater immigration into this sec
Fo" th2 m )3t part the people
settling up >n the land within th*.
vicinity of EKalaka are fairly
well to do. Most all of them
come prepared to withstand
littie adversity, which fact ha/
been demonstrated by the exper
iences of this year.
The range has long been con
sidered about the best in Custe.
county and where good grasses
grow it is evidence that diversi
fied products mav be cultivate !
From a business point of view
there are few of the smaller
towns in the west that do a
grealer volume of business than
the stores of Ekalaka. They
carry excellent stocks and the
best of everything. Untill the
advent of the Milwaukee road.
EkalaKa did all of its freighting
to and from Miles City, but now
the stage line runs to Baker
which is some 42 miles north. It
maKes a shorter haul, yet there
is scarcely a man in Ekalaka who
will not tell you that he looKs
back with considerable satisfact
ion to the good old days when
they packed their goods across
the country from Miles City.
But EkalaKa is not going to be
long without a railroad of its own
if apparently authentic rumors
count for anything. Sure as fate
they say this enterprising little
metropolis of a vast inland em
pire will have rail transportation
and that before a great while,
too. With a branch line built in
to Ekalaka its developments will
be marvelous and it will be made
the trading point for a vast and
! prolific strip of country. With
a railroad built into the town it
: is only fair to assume that within
I the next three years it will have
.a population of over 1,500. It
' has all of the natural resources
I and there is no reason on earth
why it should not be prosperous.
If charcter of citizenship is a
factor in the development of any
i community then EkalaKa should
become one of tne most thriving
! and prosperous towns in all of
i eastern Montana. The people
! are noted for their hospitality
and everywhere you go they will
I always tell you that they are
I substantial. The volume of hot
'air which they peddle is very
I limited, although every man there
I is in love with his town and he
has great confidence in the future
of it and all of of the surround
There is now nearing complet
ion there a handsome new school
building which is the second fin
est in the county. It will have
every moderen facility, and will
be maintained to the very highest
state of efficiency.
Then the city will soon have a
very adequate system of fire
protection. In addition to the
chemical engine now in use the
business men have purchased a
! gasoline fire engine which will
have a good capacity of fighting
any conflagration that should
j break out. The water supply
wiil be furnished from seven
veils which are to be sunk in
1 liferent portions of the town,
new engine has been ordered
some weeks, and it isexpcct
' will arrive and will be in
. vv. nness for use within the next
• ■ ■ !i 'lays. Later other wells will
oe sunk and in time it is expected
ilvu Ekalaka will have one of
\h<:- most e.'Ticient fire systems of
of the smaller cities
v.vsr. By the installation of this
; system the citizens and business
' ■en are in hopes of getting a
liberal reduction in insurance
; rates which they should receive.
There have been prairie .fires
within the vicinity of Ekalaka
; his year, but the damage done
has been greatly exaggerated.
Y I ere have been forest fires, too,
a:td some damage has been done
j to the timber on the reserve, but
! no great loss has been sustained.
I The month of August was
rather quite in a business way,
the merchants state, but from
now on untill the holidays there
will be greater activity. The
coming election, too, will have
the elfect of stimulating things,
for every candidate for no matter
what office wants to gain the
good will of the people of Ekala
ka. They are good boosters and
usually land anything they go af
ter. Then, too, it must be re
membered that Ekalaka is the
largest voting precinct outside of
Notwithstanding this fact,
Ekalaka is not looking for any
county offices, that is, there have
been no aspirants up to this time
although there is no telling what
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Gathered By Our Reporter Since Last Week.
The public schools start here
next Tuesday mbrning.
?. A. Malmquist has opened up
for business in his new cafe.
Colin Munro, Jr. was in town
from his sheep camp yesterday.
C. K. Putnam is spending this
week out at his ranch, fixing up
A. E. Dague and Lacy Speel
man. Sr. returned from Miles
F. W. J. Johnson, the veter
nairy of Knowlton is spending a
few days in town.
P. C. Jensen and family of the
Powder river country were visit
ors in town Wednesday.
A. J. Breckenridge and family
were in town last week enjoying
themselves at the dance.
The ducK hunters are now
busy, the season on these having
opened on Thursday, Sept. 1st.
J. H. Booth returned Wednes
day from Miles City where he
went to take in Buffalo Bill's
A. L. Jolly and wife became
j the proud parents of a baby girl
! last Sunday at the T. S. Conger
j Mrs. Amos Lambert returned
1 Sunday from a three weeks visit
with her daughter Mrs. Luula
1'aird in Baker.
Miss Anna Olsen returned
Tuesday from an extended visit
I witn friends and relatives in
j Walter Martin, representing
the ÏS T . P. land department with
headquarters at Miles City was
a visitor in this section this week.
He was iooking up the contest
cases that will be heard hero
about the 10th.
: Win. J. Walsh returned to his
home in Ansonia, Conn. Monday
after spending nearly three
months here visiting friends.
Bill decided that his trip here
was the best ever and expects to
return at some future date.
Wm. H. Damon of Baker
spent Saturday in town consult
ing with the Ekalaka delegation
in regards to getting their sup
portât the coming county conven
tion. Mr. Damon is out after
the office of county commissioner
on the republican ticket, and
being the only candidate from
this part of the county, has a ten
to one chance of being elected.
developments may take place up
to the convention date.
The Ekalaka country, beginn
ing Tuesday of this week, en
joyed a soaking rain, which will
be of untold good in growing
grass. There is yet plenty of
time for late grass and with the
present indications the people are
feeling sanguine for a good lively
fall and a favorable winter.—
Miles City Independent.
The Republican primaries will
be held tomorrow.
A good many of the young
folKs from Box Elder attended
the dance at the hall last Friday
R. F. Tuggle of Miles City
announces himself as a candidate !
for the office of county auditor in
this weeKs issue.
Prof. W. R. Welker, the new
professor of the Ekalaka schools
arrived this week from Netel,
One of the best dances of the
season was held in the hall last
Friday evening. The music was
furnished by Cory's orchestra of
E. A. Sykes and Wm. Kendric
of LaBelle, Mo. arrived in town
this weeK for a visit with friends.
Mr. Sykes is a brother to Sen
ator H. N. Sykes of Box Elder.
Elias Traweek will move his
household goods in from the
ranch this week. Mr. Traweek
and family will occupy tne June
Olsen residence, this winter while
sending the children to school.
The fair and gentle maiden,
I who loves the bashful boy, As
; sûmes when in his presence a
j manner that is coy; She blush
| es and she trimbles till he per
i ceives at last, And clasps her
closely to him and gladly holds
'her fast; And as he bends to
! kiss her and she serenely sighs,
! This fact, is demonstrated: It
pays to advertise.
; The Gazette man followed the
crowd to Box Elder last Saturday
and pai took of the festivities. He
met a lot of new people and found
many of them intending to visit
j Crook during the fair next month.
; Although it must be around thir
i ty miles from Camp Crook to the
I point where the picnic was held,
there were thirty persons present
j from this town, while EKalaka,
j only eighteen miles away, had
a representation of three or four.
: -Range Gazette"
All of which sounds very nice
. in print, but did you ever stop to
think that instead of "three or
four" old puptown ended up the
program with a delegation of
For Your Correspondence Get a Box of
Our Fancy Stationery. We have
a fine line of writing mater
ial always on hand.
Wilson & Olsen.
Picked Up Here and There In Town.
Harry SyKes, a nephew of Sen
ator Sykes is now holding down
the position of clerk at Peck's
James Mallough returned this
week from Miles City where he
had been taking in the Wild
After August 15 all parties in
debted to me for board will be
charged at the rate of 50 cents
per meal unless their bills are
paid. I must have the money.
T. J. Marti, n
Dr. F. W. J. Johnston of
Knowlton, Montana, will be at
Ekalaka, Mont, on the first of
every month for the purpose of
treating sick and diseased stock
and doing veterinary, dental and
surgical worK at Mallough's liv
Contractor Kortfelt, of this
city, has about completed the
work of constructing the hand
some new school building at Ek
alaKa. The people of that place
pride themselves very highly up
on the good work done by Mr.
Kortfelt in the erection of this
building. It is the second larg
est and best appointed school in
Custer county and naturally the
people of EkalaKa feel proud
A letter from Assistant Comm
issioner Proudfit of the general
land office advises the local offic
ers that nearly all lands in this
land district are subject to the
action of June 22, 1910, pro
viding for agricultural entries
en coal lands. Also that all
homestead entries in this eis
tric will henceortn be subject
to the enlarged homestead law.
Two changes are also made in
former regulations; one cancell
ing the commutation privilege,
and the other limiting the des
ert land entry to one hundred
and sixty acres—formerly three
hundred and twenty acres was
permisable under certain con
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