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lim Eight Pages, A. 11 Home Print. ROSEBUD COUNTY NEWS. VOL 5. FORSYTH, MONTANA, THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1902. NO. 12. i EARLY HISTORY of TORSYTH1 =- - ■■ ■ ' -.........-= j Written for the Mothers' Club by Mrs. T. Hammond. | Editor's Note—Through the effort of the Mothers' club and the courtesy of Mrs. T. E. Hammond, the Nfavs is enabled to present its readers this week with "The Early History of Forsyth." The fact that this resume of the early epoch in the annuls of the town is direct from the pen of one who has made their home in this locality prior and since the advent of the railroad will cause it to be read with profound interest not only by those who were instrumental with the upbuilding of the town, but those of more recent habitat. il In the autumn of 1877 T. Alexander located a ranch and built himself a cabin about a half mile east of the present location of the town. Steambeats ran on the Yellowstone river during high water periods and delivered their freight at various points. They loaded back with buf falo hides, and the buffalo which roamed the hills by thousands were slaughtered for the hides and tongues. Robe hides were worth $2.75, calf hides $1.25, and leather hides $1.50. The buffalo tongues were sold for twenty-five cents each, and the old hunters assert that there was no meat its equal. During low water the settlers de pended upon freight teams for all their supplies. The last steamboat to as cend the river came up in 1884, and the last one to descend was the "F. Y. Batchelor" in the spring of that year. Money was plentiful in those days, and to eat and live one must use it. Butter was seventy-five cents per pound, eggs fifty cents per dozen, po tatoes five cents per pound, bacon thirty-five cents per pound and ice two cents per pound. On April 1st, 1882, the N. P. Ry., was completed to this point, and the tent town of Forsyth was started. In twenty-four hours 200 people had lo cated in the town. Charles Young opened the first store a very portable concern which stood near the present location of the N. P. lunch counter. Dare Sweet conducted the first hotel, made shanty style. During the summer there were from between 500 and 1,000 people in the town all the time. There were five restaurants and eight saloons in the new metropolis. Charles Anderson was proprietor of the first meat market. Mr. Alexander was somewhat of a gardener, and it is said that at times he realized $100 a day from his vege tables. The first blacksmith was Mr. Duffy, and his son, William, wa^ the first child born in the city of Forsyth. The first school here was taught by Miss H. Kitchen, and there were seven pupils. The school house was a frame building, and was located back of where the drug store now is. In 1883 there were nine dwelling houses, all located on Main street; on the south side of the track were two loer cabins ana one frame building. One of the cabins was the home of a shoemaker, who became tired of the weary life-struggle and committed suicide by hanging himself to the ridge log of his shack. The ceiling was too low for him to swing conveniently, so he held^up his feet until life ended. His remains were buried just outside McCORMiCK MOV* ER *3 fri-, BINUERB \y and RAKES5 Us. /If? Jr THF- K 27 S T. Vi'V." ■ !^.ÄW''i I-"' 1 » ..... îfk ' ; ' t — yp% % 2 ^ # 1 '■ . : ■ .-vi£j! \ sk? 1 'C. f-u: r: 'ÜtSiviiï i ■tm fi BA! LEV & TERRETT n \ w. \ m. A Carry a Complete Stock of these Im / , plements; in fact. VI Every thin f o r Ranch and Ramre SB ft mm x.c mm sw tvgrjjgü«. \M ! &&ss^'***&* ....... ' • & .■ ■-■■-V A,:,', -'it.': a-' ' - - ' ■ 1 ... -»H Tammc. t fiaaaui of the present cemetery fence. In 1882 Greenwood & Taylor entered the mercantile business, and as there was no bank the firm used an old trunk for a safe. One day a man was seen leaving the tent very hurriedly, and upon investigation it was found he had taken $800. The man was caught, and by the evidence of a lady, who is still a resident of the town, was convicted and sent to the penitentiary. As the story is remembered, he stole the money, and it was re-stolen from him. At this time what was termed "roll ing" a man was a common occurrence. As a result a vigilance committee was organized. The old tree, under which they used to meet ■ as a court, still stands in the residence portion of the town. While the vigilantes never had an execution, their rule had the desir ed effect upon the rough class and tin "rollers. " In 1883 Alexander & Lyman starte, in the mercantile business, but after year they dissolved partnership .an Mr. Lyman took charge of the fir. cattle outfit in the country called tl quarter-circle F. Later he either con mitted suicide or was killed by ui known parties. The first religious services wei conducted by a few wandering mi. strels of different denominations, be the date is not definitely known, hov\ ever it is thought near 1882. Durin the pastorate of Rev. Lowry the fir? effort was made toward building church. In April, 1889, the Ladie.» Aid society held a fair and raised $12 and a subscription paper was circu lated also which obtained $600 more Rev. Lowery secured lots from tht railroad company and located th building on its present beautiful site. The Sunday school was organized tht same year and a grant of books wa> obtained from the Sunday school union of the Methodist church. The build ing was completed in the summer ol 1890 and dedicated by Dr. E. P. Tower. Wtn. Coss was the contractor and builder. The Merchants' bank was organized in 1892. In September, 1894, Allen & Tyrell first issued the Forsyth Times. Governor J. K. Toole has addressed a letter to every governor in the United States, both of states and territories, supplemental to the letters sent a few days ago urging the appointment of delegates to the International Milling congress which meets in Butte next September. The governor in his second letter calls attention to the good that might result to the St. Louis fair from a conference of the governors and lieu tenant governors during the congress. Another merger. Ira Cole, who left here last week with the avowed purpose of joining the Benedicts, carried out the threat he has been making to his friends here for some time that he was going to aban don this cussed singleness. He was married yesterday to the lady of his choice, Miss Inez Young, at Fort Mor gan, Colo. They will spend several days with friends and relatives in Col orado and Nebraska, after which they will visit Butte, Anaconda, Helena and other western Montana points. Mr. Cole is one of the bright young newspaper men of the state, having been associated with the Glendive Re view prior to coming here over a year ago, during which time he has been editor of the Forsyth Times. The br ide is one of Colorado's fairest daughters and for a number of years has been engaged as a school teacher in Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Cole will be at home to their friends on the south side, where Mr. Cole has procured a house which he comfortably arranged prior to his leaving. The young couple start out in life with the brightest of prospects and amid the congratulations of their friends, and have launched their bark upon matrimonial seas which the News sincerely hopes may never be troubled. Forsj'th is going to celebrate the Fourth. The secretary of the interior has di rected F. H. Newell, chief hydrogra liher of the United States geological survey, to at once make a preliminary examination and report on the reser oir sites of the west that are feasible >r the application of the new irriga ion law. In accordance with the or ier chief Newell will in a short time •roceed to examine sites in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming. The examin itions in Montana wil.'f be devoted nainly to the St. Mary's canal project md in this work Mr. Newell will be issisted by Hydrographer C. C. Babb. Vn examination of the lands recently .vithdrawn by the secretary of the in erior will be made, and lands that ;annot be reclaimed by irrigation will >e restored to the public domain. It is believed that should the examination show that a large area can be reclaim ed, this project will be one of the first to be authorized under the new law. Examinations are also to be made ol lands that may be reclaimed by a di version of the waters of the Yellow stone. Attractive Women. All women sensibly desire to be at tractive. Beauty is the stamp of health because it is the outward manifesta tion of inner beauty. A healthy wo man is always attractive, bright and happy. When every drop of blood in the veins is pure a beauteous flush is on the cheek. But when the blood is impure, morosness, bad temper and a sallow complexion tells the tale of sickness, all to plainly. And women today know there is no beauty without health. Wine of Cardui crowns women with beauty and attractiveness by making strong and healthy those or gans which make her a woman. Try Wine.of Cardui, and in a month your friends will hardi' know you. r rÖP THE CELEBPATION il I Forsvth to Have Most Glorious Fourth in its History. 1 The Fourth of July celebration com mittee has about completed their pro gram of events, and arrangements for the biggest celebration of the anniver sary that Forsyth or eastern Montana has ever seen are in forward state of preparation. The day's celebration, it is expected, will bring a great crowd to the city, and the committee is ready to guarantee that none of the visitors bewill disappointed. There remain some details, and new features yet to ar range for, but the following program of events is pretty near official and give some notion of the entertainment prepared for the visitors: Salute of 47 guns at sunrise. After everyone in Forsyth and the surrounding country has been aroused by the cannonading, secured breakfast and arrived upon the scene of the con templated festivités, a concert will be given by the Forsyth Cornet band in the band stand which will be con structed. The remainder of the program as has been arranged by those having charge of this department is as follows: Chorus, "America." Prayer, Rev. Danner. Chorus, "Star Spangled Banner." Reading of the Declaration of Inde pendence, H. R. Marcyes. Chorus, "Red, White and Blue." Oration, F. L. Gibson. Patriotic Airs, Forsyth Cornet Band. Those who will assist in singing the national airs are: Miss Florence Waddingham, Mrs. James Eckles, Mrs. J. E. Choisser, Mrs. A. C. Wil son, Mrs. Bert Coleman, Mrs. A C. Hiatt, Miss Evthl Waddingham, II. It. Marcyes, B. S. Crawshaw, '1'. J. Thompson, E. M. Huff, A. C. Wilson, Tom Butler, Claude O. Marcyes, A1 Tarmchil and Bert Coleman. Following are the field sports which will take place after th above exercises. Liberal purses have been arranged for this feature and no one is barred: 1— 50 yard dash for men, two purses.» 2— 100 yard dash for men, two purses. 3— 100 yard dash for Indians, two purses. 4— 50 yard dash for fat men, two purses. 5— 50 yard three-legged race for men two purses. 6— 50 yard sack race for men two purses. 7— 50 yard dash for boys 10 to 13, years, two purses. 8 100 yard dash for boys 13 to 16, two purses. 9 Throwing the hammer,two purses. 10— Standing jump, two purses. 11— Running jump, two purses. 12 200 yard bicycle race, two purses. After dinner a base ball game will take place between the Forsyth team and some visiting club. Good moneys have been appropriated for the following races which will be pulled off after the ball game. 1—600 yard dash, four to enter, three purses. 2 300 yard dash, four to enter, three purses. 3 —600 yard Indian pony race. 4—300 yard Indian pony race. A band of 150 Crow Indians will be present to participate in the events of the day, and in the evening between 7 and 8:30 they will give one of their old time povv-vvows. In the evening another band concert will be given and the finest display of fire works ever seen in eastern Mont ana will be set off as soon as it is dark enough to produce a good effect. The day will conclude with a grand ball to be given in Alexander's hall under the auspices of the Forsyth Cor net band. According to reports received by Dr. A. F. Longeway, secretary of the state board of health, there is very little smallpox in the state at present. Less than a dozen cases have been reported in the current month, and at no place is the disease epidemic. The places from which the disease has been re cently reported are Butte, Red Lodge, Missoula, Great Falls, Lewistown and Havre, each reporting an occasional case, and it is believed that the dis ease, from which the state has not been free for three years, will have soon been stamped out entirely. Sev eral of the cases recently reported were from isolated places, and in no instance has it been possible to trace the source of infection, hence it is evi dent that there is no longer a centre of infection from which cases may be ex pected. Therefore Forsyth will cele brate the Fourth. According to Karl Simmons, sales agent of the Northern Pacific land de partment, the cool weather in June, unusual as it is, has been a blessing to the stock interests. "The stock in terests were never in better condition, " said he, "and the cool weather has been a good thing. We had plenty of early rain, which gave the grass a good start,and there has beer, no hot weather since to dry up tae moisture. The result is that the grass has grown well and there is plenty to carry the cattle through the season. They are so fat and well fed that they are simply lying around looking at the grass and wishing they could eat more. Men tell me that in many places where grass has been scarce in former years, the}' can now go out and cut hay. There is only one stretch of country which dried up for want of rain. This is north and south of Big Timber up the Sweet Grass and Boulder rivers and in Car bon county. Even there the country is not in as bad a shape as it would or dinarily be in a dry season, and this is due to the cool weather." But For syth will celebrate. For biliousness use Chamberlain's Stomach and Liver Tablets. They cleanse the stomach and regulate the liver and bowels, effecting a quick and permanent cure. For sale by the For syth Drug Co.