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VOL. XI, No. 52
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Entered as Second Class Matter, October It, 1912, at ths Peat,
office at Plentywood. Montana Under the Act of Marsh S, 1172
Butte Prospers as Copper Prices Soar
Red Metal Reaches 24 Cents
Per Pound—May Go Higher
Peak Price of 1919 Nearly Reached As Copper Continues to
Soar to New Heights. Foreign Buyers Held Responsible
for Rapid Rise.
New York. —Refined copper prices today were near the post
ik established in 1919. Copper for export was advanced
and one-eighth cents to 23 3-8 cents a pound following a one
cent rise late yesterday to 23 cents for domestic copper. The 1919
domestic price record was 23 1-2 cents.
war pe<
The advance in export price
more than one cent was the longest'
stride taken in the movement which
has carried the metal up about seven
cents since the first of the year and
three cents above the level of a week
Engineering and Mining Journal, in
its weekly review today, reported
continued * in sistent demand for copper
here and abroad in face of limited of
ferings by producers. Advances in
London quotations early in the week
and anxiety of foreign buyers were
held chiefly responsible for the pres
ent rise.
Scarlet Fever Takes Life of John W.
Griggs, Foreman of Schnitzler
Farming Operations In Froid Coun
try. Leaves Wife and Four Small
Froid— Our little community was
startled at the news of the sudden de
mise of one of its pioneers, best
known and respected citizens, John W.
Griggs, who for the past sixteen years
has served faithfully as foreman on
the big Schnitzler farm west of
Homestead. He had been at work
thru the winter in the Schnitzler im
plement department here in town and
appeared in good health and spirits
until Monday morning when he felt
slight indisposition which developed
into starlet fever. On Wednesday he
was under the care of the local phy-1
sician and Thursday morning his wife
pronounced him as feeling quite well.
He had dressed and eaten a light
breakfast and then laid down for a
rest, and suddenly passe away. It is
presume that heart trouble was
direct cause of his death.
Mr, Griggs came to this section of
the country from North Dakota about
the year 1907, and for a period of
time worked with the Bruegger Merc.
company at Culbertson, and then with
his family moved on a homestead
southwest of Froid; later he engaged
1 in the threshing business. In 1913 he
allied himself with the farming oper
ations then undertaken by Mr.
I bchmtzler and has been in his era
I ploy ever since, serving as foreman
I and doing his work so well that he
I was left with the greater share of
I lesponsibility of the enterprise the
I past two or three years.
I His aeath was a severe shock to
I the community and in their bereave
I ment the litlte family of wife and
I lour children have the heartfelt sym
I pathy of all.
I Mr. Griggs was a member of the
9 local orders of A. O. U. W. and I. O.
I 0. F.. and carried considerable life
I insurance in the Workmen and also a
I policy in another company. Funeral
I rervices were held at the grave last
■ Friday afternoon.
C. C. Johnson has received word,
from the president of the American
Title Association, that he has been
appointed as the Montana representa
tive on the legislative committee of
the national association.
Former Governor Dixon Guest
At Farewell Banquet at Missoula
High State Officials Pay Tribute to New Assistant Secretary.
Dixon Says He Will Be Strong for Montana Reclamation
Projects and Agricultural Conditions. 500 Present.
Missoula, March 27.-—Joseph M.
I ^ on > former governor of Montana
ment of the interior was cuest*here
Tuesday nighta"»'farewMMbwiuuet
attended by Gov J E Frirkson nth
er state officers and manv friends
■ and Mrà mx^wm teato âr
Washington Wednesday morning to
assume his duties.
Among the speakers were Governor
Erickson, Senator Ralph Tower of
Poison, W S McCorrrvudr -»f Kalis
£11. R. A. O'Hara of Hamilton, M^rk
Fitzgerald of Stevensville and Mr.
I have spent 38 years in Montana,
lr - Dixon said in response to the
various speakers of the evening, "and
nave witnessed the development of a
race of hardy, intellectual people.
go from here to Washington to
one of the hardest positions in
xne executive department, but I feel
Young Man Accidentally Killed At
Comertown Last December and
Buried By Legion Identified As
Walter G. Wheeler, who was killed
accidentally in the pool hall last De
cember, by Jack Beaman when play
ing with a loaded gun, and who was
buried by the local post of the Ameri
can Legion on the assumption that he
was a soldier, very little being known
of Wheeler, has been identified as
Walter G. Wheeler of Scranton, Penn
, . • _+u^ ' _
syivama, in a letter from the war de
partment to Mr. E. G. Ferguson, and
a -!v rm , er .. SOl i l< ;î- ..
The letter follows:
Buried By Legion Identified As
Walter Wheeler of Scranton, Penn.
The Adjutant General's Office
Plentywood Post No. 58, A. L.,
Dear Sir:
Referring to your letter of the 13th
sent out, the finger prints returned
herewith have been found to be iden
; tical with those on file in the office
of Walter G, Wheeler who enlisted
June 25, 1919 at Fort Slocum, N. Y .,
giving his emergency address as Mrs.
Bertha Wheeler, (mother), 436 North
! 8th street, Scranton, Pennsylvania:
served in Siberia and the Phillippine
Islands from July 26, 1919 to Novem
her 16, 1920 and was discharged No
thejvember 24, 1920, at Fort McDowell,
A Private, Company M,
G. N. reply.
Refer, to A G.—201 Wheeler, Walter
March 21, 1929.
Mr. E. G, Ferguson
; 27th Infantry, giving his future ad
Very truly yours,
Major General,
The Adjutant General,
By J. O. M.
Mr Re rguson will now get in touch
with ' the unfor tunate young man's
moth notifying her of her son's
dea ^ b
The annual Easter dance will be
held at the Farmer-Labor Temple
next Monday night with White's or
chestra furnishing the music. As this
is the first dance after the Htenten
season in Plentywood a large crowd
will no dcubt be present to take part
in the frolics of the evening.
Farmers Ask Railroad Be
Poplar, March 25.— A meeting
was held at the Biem schoolhouse
Saturday aftemoion, called by the
Mineral Bench-Beim Farm Bureau
to '•discuss possibilities of procur
ing a railroad for the large sec
tion lying between the main line
and the Opheim branch.
that I know the background fairly
well, the pitfalls and other difficu -
ie "I will 1 ^*122 F&head, the
Bitter Root, for all Montana's recla
matioii projects, sugar factories, for
better agricultural conditions, better
spools S better citizenship. Mon
iSa may expect much of me. hut
congress circumscribes the actions of
the departments."
Governor Erickson in a short
speech expressed pleasure at the op
Dortunitv to join in tribute to the
fomer dtfcf executive of the state
for his appointment to the interior
More than 500 persons were pres
ent at the banquet.
The regular meeting of the Pro
Fanners will be held Tuesday
Progressive Farmers
April 2nd, at the Temple.
With the finishing touches now be
ing given to the assembled chorus ot
50 voices which will render the Easter
Cantata, "The Seven Last Words of
Christ" at the Orpheum theatre, next
Sunday morning, beginning at 9:00
o'clock, music lovers of Plentywood
are looking forward to Sunday morn
ing with a great deal of pleasure.
The present Community Chorus is
said to be the largest undertaking of
it's kind ever put on in this city and
under the capable direction of Mrs.
Opgrande has become a mass of har
mony with pleasing variations.
It is predicted that it will tax the
seating capacity of the Orpheum
theatre to take care of those who at
tend this splendid community under
State R. R. Commission Bars
Lawmakers From Its Pay Roll
Members of the state legislature
need no longer eye the state railroad
commission's payroll as a harbor af
sess io n ends. The board un
ammously adopted a resolution today,
Presented by Commissioner Lee Den
nis ' whlc K h bind / body to-employ
™ .members of the state assemoly
, <hereaf .
L J i
J er> 110 member of the senate or
house of representatives of the state
f Montan / shall ^ employed or re .
tained ^ any capacity g y J ttie b(lard
or any of the commissions which it
ex-officro constitutes, during the term
for which such member shall have
been elected."
After the session of the 4927 as
sembly the commission re-employed
Broadwater county, as auditor, and
made Glenn T. Davis, speaker of that
house,head of the gasoline inspection
division, created by that session. Rus
sell D. Miller, former secretary of
the tax commission hold the job of
auditor, which position Reed resigned
when re-elected to the house.
Reed was a member of the last as
sembly and thus comes under the
commission's ban, but Davis was de
feated at the primaries in the race
for his former seat in Wibaux coun
Reed, representative from
During the recent session, it was
common report that an effort was be
ing made in the house to increase the
scope of the bureau of which Davis
was head and that the senate declined
to follow the lead of the lower body,
The regular meeting of the'Parent
Teachers' Association was held in the
high school auditorium Monday eve
SnW attendanM e,ar
ÖÄ the
piano, rendered two vocal selections
which were well received.
A song by the 6th grade boys and
girls and also one by the 6th grade
girls was well rendered and shewed
considerable lale.it. -
his oration,
and that this difference of opinion
was at the bottom of the deadlock
winch tied up appropriations for the
railroad commission and state board
of equalization for five days beyond
the constitutional final day.
The deadlock finally resulted in ap
proval of the railroad comm ss on ap
propriation without pro .is on fo r
maintenance of the inspe* ion bureau
o'her than from its fees.
"Prominent Characters in the Consti
tution." '
A reading given by Mrs. C. G.
Christianson pertaining to the P. T.
A. work was well received and many
good points were brought out. Then
the minutes were read and the busi
was conducted in its regular
form with Preisdent Murry in the
After the business meeting a de
licious lunch was served in the do
mestic science room by the committee. !
The second grade won in attendance, j
1 iV™. taIp »T n
P „pi a r, March 22,-Robert Midthun
of Froid won first place in the district
oratory contest here Friday night]
with his presentation of the constitu
tional guarantee of liberty to the in
dividual Donald Lawson placrt second
with an oration on r gins of the
Constitution. , . ...
Other contestants and their subjects
were; Leland McNulty, Plentywood,
"Personalities m the Constitution;
John Krappman, Richey, "The Consti
tution, an Answer to Autocracy,
Russell Lee, Culbertson, "Lincoln and
the Constitution," and Bernard Geisen
of Wolf Point, Lincoln and the Con
The judges were Ernest Walton,
i Wolf Point attorney; J. M. Peterson,
' superintendent of schools at Hinsdale
and R- L. We, superintendent of the
Glasgow schools.
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7 5 9 IO II 12 13
14 15 16 17 1Ö 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
i[J>5 29 30 * -• A *
fn. Sat.
All motor vehicles must
have 1929 license plates on
both FRONT and REAR on
or after April 15th, 1929.
pect*- , , „ ....
The burglars entered the build
mg from a skylight m the roof of
the shed at the rear of the store
which is used os a grocery ware
house. The person entering the
shed evidently wa^young and slim
as he passed through a window
space about a foot and a half
square. Evidently at least two were
involved. The person entering was
let through the win'diow by means
of a heavy telephone wire in which
strong spoke had been looped
crosswise, allowing the person en
tering to stand on the cross-piece
and cling fco the wire while being
lowered to the warehouse.
The burglar found the door en
tering the store room Locked from
in the
Burglars Enter Grocery Through Sky
Light In Warehouse Back of Store.
Got Away With About $25.00.
The Northwest Service Company
grocery store was entered and bur
glarized by unknown parties early
Thursday morning and robbed of
about $25.00 in cash. The burglars
did not touch any groceries. Offi
cers are on the trail of local sus
He expeditiously cut a hole
im the panel of the door ample to
allow him to reach through and turn
the key, unlocking the diaor.
The door unlocked, the burglar
entered the store and looked thru
the cash register, where he found
between four and five dollars in
small change. Not convince',! that
this change was all of tha money in
the store, the burglar searched the
drawers in the main counter until
fe Tound a Cash sack containing
tion, and left the store apparently
found another sack with a hundred
dollars more in a drawer at the
other end »f the counter.
,2 mon";
Hedld T „„ t .a k ee h ec ksI „tHeca sh
ed the robbery when he opened the
store Thursday morning a little be
fore eight o'clock.
He notified the officers at once,
who entered upon a thorough inves
tigation of the burglary. It is he
lieved that the crime was commit
ted by "local. talent" and the offi
cers are confident that they will
have the burglars bagged in the
course of a couple days.
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UKUAT, ArlvlL. Din
The members of the Degree of
Honor lodge have completed arrange
ments for another one of their fam
ous dances—this one to be a Carnival
affair at' the Temple next Saturday
A big box arrived this week loaded
with horns, confetti, novelties of all
^nds, and what not, to make the Car
I nival a regular bedlam of noise and
With the good roads, it would seem
; assured that the Degree of Honor
dance, _ April the 6fh will go
down in the annals as another one
of the successful undertakings put on
by that progressa organic.
Dark Northern Wheat
Winter Wheat-
Amber Durum -
Flax, per bu..
( Rye, per bu-
1 Oats, per bu__
Potatoes, per bu. -
Eggs, per doz.----
Creamery butter, per lb.
Dairy butter, per lb.
Thursday, March 28, 1929
Barley, per bu
Announcement is made this week of
the opening of the Saveway Cash
Store in Plentywood next Saturday,
March 30th.
The former Miller Pharmacy build
ing has been completely remodeled
on the inside and painted in the col
ors of the Saveway chain stores. To
the patron entering the place, it gives
an air of distinction and cleanliness
together with a pleasing array of
No doubt the new business firm
will be a busy place on opening day
next Saturday as the public makes its
first visit to that establishment and
Mr. Metzger is confident that he will
Jain a goodly portion of those who
visit his store after once they grt ac
quainted with the 1 '? manner of doing
T a c + a - v, + u + -
Last Saturday night, about one
hundred of the friends and neighbors
of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Olson gathered
at the Farmer-Labor Temple in Plen
tywood to bid them God-speed on
their departure from the country. The
gathering was in the nature of a sur
prise party.
There was a very pleasant program
in the way of entertainment; com
posed of several songs and piano
After the close of the program Mr.
and Mrs. Olson were presented with
a present in the form of fifty dollars
in gold, as a token of the esteem and
regards of their friends and neighbors.
After the presentation the chairs were
stored and an old time dance was en
Joyed until midnight when a lunch
was served. The music was furnish
ed by the Buick 0 ld Tyme orchestra.
Mr. and Mrs. Olson are about to
move to Littlefork, Minn., where Dan
has secured some land and where he
wiB engage in raising Alsike' clover
geed> for which that section is pecu
Uarly ada pted. Because of bad health
R bas become necessary for Mr. Olson
to ta ke up outside work again and he
wiB i eave for Northern Minnesota the
first 0 f next week.
Mrs. Olson and son Arnold will re
main - m plentywood until after the
c i ose 0 f sc hool when they will join
M r. 0 lson in Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Olson will join friends
j i n Minnesota in the persons of Mr.
! and Mrs. Arthur Rueber and Mr. and
Mrs. Ber t Templeman, who have al
and are a lso engaged in clover farm
n g
i n this week's issue of the Produc- )
e rs news appears an ad calling for
bids for the present Congregational
church building, which is to be soldi
a nd removed to make way for a new
and larger structure.
rnnu rn nAlCA M MAW
County Agent Ferguson has been
supervising the mixing of 15,000
* SÄ ^
p h e rs are raised before the poison is
scattere d through the fields.
In order to eradicate the gophers
from Sheridan county the poison oats
should be scattered before the young
0 nes are born; in other yords, poison
should be scattered as soon as the
Congregational Church
to Build New Edifice
gophers make their appearance in the |
spring. If every farmer scattered the j
p^gon a t the proper time, Sheridan ;
county could be made practically free
this pest in a very short time.
Similar to last year, poison will be
distributed from different points thru
out the county although several
changes have been made as to the
distributors. The following business
places in Sheridan county will handle
gopher poison at $1.26 per sack:
Hardware Store, Redstone; Farmers
Elevator, Outlook; Harware Store,
Raymond; Jacob Tweet, Comertown;
Farmers Grain & Trading Co., West
by; Store, Coalridge; Co-operative
Store, Dagmar; Farmers Elevator,
LnV^^eserve 60 Hardware" ^Reserve
Farmers G Elevator Antelope and in
Plentywood at the County Ext n - wn
OIÎlce - __
Ft* 1 1* AGn.LLo 1 n.
The excavation of the basement of
the new building being put up by
Pete Aklestad to house his shoe and
harness repair shop, was started}
Tuecdav Martin Reinertson has the
excavation contract and Carl Lund
has the building contract.
The building will be 25x25, with a
full basement, which will house a
furnace It will be built of lumber
and entirely stuccoed
The new* structure is located on
PSVcf \ vPTTiip between Dr York's of
fice and the Hani«ch Tailor Shop and
will cost about $4,000 when completed.
Declines Ranging From 1 to More Than 20 Points are Marked
Up Tuesday; Rally in Closing Hour Brings Many Issues
Back to Nearly Normal Position, Checkup Discloses.
New York, March 27. —The New York stock exchange Tuesday
went through the biggest day ever experienced by gjiy stock ex- -
change in the world. Trading totaled 8,246,740 shares. Prices
collapsed in the early trading, declines ranging from 1 to more
;than 20 points. Call money went up to 20 per cent.
1929 Roa*d Construction Program Most
.Ambitious Yet Undertaken. New
Five Cent Gas Tax Effective April
1 Would Bring in $4,000,000 Gross,
State Capitol, Helena,
Montana will pro bably build 400 miles ,
Qf hi h in an unprecedented year
rQad building in 1929.
Tb - wag divulged in a discussion
of the state highway program by
cbief Engineer Ralph D. Rader, who
late this afternoon will go into
ference with the highway commission
erg into lans for absorbing the new
fj ve . cen t gasoline tax which goes into
effect April i ^ Governor Erickson
nffivpQ his si mature
The comm i S sion composed of O. S.
Warden of Great Falls, chairman;
Jameg R Rcwe of Bu tte and W. J, j
Mvilvaney of Billings, will continue in
sess j on pj.j da v The time for the
next lettl * 0 f contracts will be set,
^ lg ga - d an< j delegations seeking in- i
c orraat ,; 0 n 0 f projects will be heard.
Tf tbp -..diction of Engineer Rad
er j attained this year will witness
new construction almost doubled. In
tbe j agt two years the state has av
eraKed approximately 272 miles of
nev ^ roa dway a year. Contractors
reported to be r^ady for spring
opea tions as soon as the weather per
It ' ig estimated that the increase of
the ag ' tax from three to five cents
' a „ aBo n by the legislature will bring
j n additional revenue. The gross is
est } mate d a t $4,000,000. Of this
aTmmnt apP roAÎmately $1,000,000 will
, 0 for refunds $1,000,000 mainten
ance engineering costs and adininis
trati ' on and $2,000,000 for the match
of federal aid in construction on
j tbe bas ,j g of 50.6 per cent federal
j state funds.
unds and 43.4 per cent
The Peterson Company, who recent
ly let the contract for the construe-,
tion of a big garage adjacent to the
rear of the hardware store, facing on
First Avenue, commenced the work of
excavating the basement Wednesday
m ThfSpid growth of that company's
Chevrolet . pale ? lias necessitated the
SnïàSwm to prop^ 6 ca^e'f or
». —,,S«3S
( eet and conrtroct o i e .
have a fu k d _ oa ; r0 om
occupied by a f where
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basem . g
cost ahovt
G G. Kidwell of Minot has the
j • in
The ^Idmg ^11 be completed m
i side of the next three months.
Peterson Company Corn
Work on Founda
tion of Big Garage*
Enthusiastic Commercial Club
Meeting Held Thursday Night
Dr. Storkan Named President of Body for Coming Year. New
Directors Include Attys. Howard M. Lewis and L. J. Onstad
and Dr. Storkan. New Directors Meet Tuesday and Ap
point Committees. Dr. Roy New Vice President.
Thursday of last week, the mem
bers of the Plentywood Commercial
Club held their annual election and
banquet at the West ; Cafe> about 150
j persons being present.
! The banquet started at 7:00 o'clcok
s and a sumptuous repast was served
by the West Cafe, after which the j
i president, Al Peterson called upon
several members for toasts. Several
good talks were given, the main talk
of the evening being given by Coun
ty Agent who spoke on the subject of
j a "County Fair for Sheridan County,
I Mr. Ferguson spoke in a clear con
vinejng manner and put the issue up
j to the business men with no frills. He
said a County Fair was a "high-prio
ed" undertaking and careful Study
! should be made before taking up such
! an enterprise, although he said he
i thought the people of Sheridan coun
ty should have a county fair and could
I have a county fair if the farmers and
Billions Clipped
Billions were clipped from the pa
per value of stock. Those who had
sold the market short reaped for
tunes and some of those on the other
side of the market lost accord'ngly.
The shoits took no chances m a rise
Wednesday and covered late in the
day with the result that prices ral
lied and the market closed amid a
.... , ,, ,
bedlam of cijes cowboy yells, cat ta.iB
and a shov ei of note pap r, with
prices going up in many insta nces to
ward the levels
At the close the tickers were an
hour and a half late, so fast were
orders received during the day. The
tickers were still running at 5:00 p. m.
At the outset prices wavered a bit
and then headed upward. But the
con-'advance soon faded and when call
money renewed at 12 per cent the
market broke wide open. Toward noon
another brief rally was started, but
it, too, gave way when money went
to 15 P er cent, In the afternoon the
r ate rose to 17 and finally to 20 per
cent where it closed,
^2 for Money
So scarce were funds for stock ex
change purposes that traders were
willingly paying the 20 per cent to
tide over their commitments. As a
large number sought to obtain new
funds, others were trying to dispose
of their stocks at any pricte. Tickers
fell behind early and never caught up.
From the first flurry until William
R. Crawford, superintendent of
floor, strode to the gong and pound
ed for cessation of the session, wild
est confusion prevailed, . Ordinarily
debonair brokers lost their easy man
ners as the trading speeded up. Their
gardenias and carnations were ripped
from button holes. Their collars were
loosened. They shouted.
The spirited speculation Tuesday
appeared of little avail. The averages
for 30 representative industrial stocks
dropped only 99 cents for the day to
-1 $296.61 while the railroad average
was off $1.02 at $147.41.
Helena, March 26. men the n
automobile license law goes into e
feet, pro\ icing it receives theapp
al of Gey. J. E. Erickson, cars^eigh
mg£750' ^ Çg
and ^WO ïomdf «1 »« -a
those weighing 4,500 pounds or more
^ChSges will be based on manufac
H Trucks rtart with a minimum of $10
for one-ion convevors. Those between
one ton and a ton andi a half pay $16,
Ä" d th'r Ä
t±"Ä"S» S sc" "
" Trailers of l 1 ^ tons or more pay $5;
gasoline nroVe^lied bicycles, $1 50 All
-» not eq uip y ped ' w i t h pneu
-natic tires must nav a 25 per cent
increase over tnese ngures.
business people of the county would
give it their wholehearted support.
Other spokesmen of the evening
gave splendid talks, chief among these
being Howard M. Lewis, who spoke
on good fellowship and coopérât .on 0 f
all to make a bigger and better Flen
tywood. At the end of his talk he was
given a big ovation.
The band played -several selections
which were highly appreciated by the
members, and Beryl Pierce sang
two solos in a most commendable
manner, while Harry DeSilvia ren
d ered two excellent cornet solos,
The meeting was a decided success
f rom every standpoint and indications
n0 w point toward a very much alive
Commercial Club *he coming year,
Directors Meet
Last Tuesday evening, March 26th,
the new and old directors met to form
the new body and formulate a plan
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