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♦ ♦ ♦ CHRISTMAS EDITION— 1912 ♦ ♦ PART THREE. ♦ ♦ * ♦++♦**♦*+♦♦♦♦*♦+** The Roundup Record *** + * + ******* + + <i>*+ t ♦ ♦ CHRISTMAS EDITION—1912 ♦ •> PART THREE. + * . ♦ «• v * v •* v * ***•!< * * + + VOLUME V. NO. 37. ROUNDUP. MUSSELSHELL COUNTY, MONTANA. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 8, 1912. $2X0 PER N EAR IN ADVANCE ROUNDUP Has Prosperous Y ear MANY IMPROVEMENTS of SUB STANTIAL CHARACTER ADDED fT^HE year now drawing to a close has been I a prosperous one for Roundup—a year ■*" of progress and development in all lines —as is evidenced by the many improvements the city and its business institutions have un dergone. There is a marked contrast between the buildings that were erected during the first few years of the city's short existence and those which have been erected the past year. Heretofore many of the buildings have been more of a temporary nature as is the custom in mose newly established towns. This stage, however, has been passed by Roundup. Ap proximately $100,000 has been spent during the year 1912 in buildings and improvements, and in each instance the new structures are thoroughly modem and up-to-date in every particular, producing a decided change for the better in the appearance of the city. All these improvements tend to substantiate the citizens' firm belief that Roundup is to be come one of the most important cities of the state of Montana, although they have never doubted it's possibilities in the past. Of the buildings that now grace the city as a result of the building operationss of the present year, that of the First National Bank takes first rank. This structure, erected at a cost of $17,000, is the acme of bank architec ture. It is constructed of brick being one story hi,eh with provisions for the addition of a second or third story, and is 25x90 feet in sire occupying the corner lot where the old building stood. It presents an imposing ap pearance. All modern banking appliances are provided for, and it is absolutely fireproof. Roundup's other bank, the Citizens State Bank, will commence the erection of a new building next spring to occupy their present site. This, also, is to be a modern structure in every detail. Other ew business buildings are : N. R. McDonald, meat market; Montana Land & Investment Co., office; Dr. G. E. O'Neil, of fice; Orpheum Thearte, owned by Chas* T. Shearer of Butte; Martin Rauch, grocery store. All of the buildings are of native stone or brick and represent improvements of a per manent character that would be a credit to any city. Two new churches are among the recent additions to the city—a new Catholic church, costing $5,000, and a temporary church built by the Norwegian Lutheran congregation for use by them until their permanent edifice is erected. The new residences erected during the present year give evidence in the same meas ure as do the new business buildings of the material prosperity and welfare of the busi ness men and citizens of Roundup, being of the better class with all the comforts of mod ern homes. Residences have been going up in all quarters of the city with startling rapid ity the past year, many of them being fine specimens of home architecture. In a general way the appearance of the city of Roundup has been greatly improved by the construction of several miles of cement sidewalk in the residential districts and side streets under the special improvement dis trict plan, the work having been started last year and completed this summer. Railway avenue, fronting the Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound right of way, has been consider mm Residence of John H. Grant. "Han's up!" cried out two bandits bold Their ages four and three years old, An' Santa he was scared so bad He gave 'em all the toys he had. They aimed their tin gnn at his head— "Han's up, er we will shoot you dead!" Exclaimed these terrible outlaws That dared to hold up Santa Claus. OLMN R AN1A LAUS THE MERCHANTS OF ROUNDUP CAN SUPPLY ALL YOUR WANTS AND AT REASONABLE PRICES t DO YOUR TRADING WITH THEM. ably improved during the year the, primary cause and effect of this being the removal of the depot from the foot of Second street east to a new location one block west toward Main street. The opening up of First avenue to connect with the county road leading west of town is also among the accomplishments of the last twelvemonth. As in the case of the cement sidewalks, this improvement was brought about under the special improvement district plan. This improvement is of con siderable importance to the city at large. The coal mines of Roundup, four in num ber, have enjoyed a good year and are looking forward to continued prosperity. For the year ending October 31, 1912, the total production of coal amounted to close to a million tons, about a thousand miners being employed to mine this coal. Labor conditions have been favorable, and with the signing of a new wage scale agreement between the miners and oper ators last September which is to continue in effect for two years, labor trouble is practi cally eliminated for that period of time. The monthly payroll is approximately $125,000, the miners being paid semi-monthly. On July i a special election was held in the city for the purpose of granting a franchise to the Roundup Street railway company for the use of certain srtreets for street railway pur poses, the proposition carrying almost unanimously. The board of county commissioners also granted the company a franchise for the use of the county roads between the city and the various coal camps. The purpose of the company is to provide convenient means for people living at the differ ent mines to come to Roundup to do their trading at the busi ness establishments in this city. The company is backed by local men, enough money having already been subscribed to insure the success of the project and its successful completion will probably be brought about during the course of the next year or two. A strong indication of the growing impor tance of Roundup as a commercial center is the phenomenal increase in the business of the local post office. As a result of this growth of the post offiice receipts the offiice has been advanced from the third to the sec cond class with an increase in salary for the postmaster and allowance for additional clerk hire. The local post office has also been desig nated a postal savings bank and its deposits up to date total $12,000. The past year has witnessed a big step in the agricultural development of Musselshell county. A rich harvest has been gathered and farmers are preparing for the coming year with redoubled vim and energy. The pas sage of the three-year homestead law has made it posible for many settlers to prove up on their ranches without commuting thus en abling them to secure capital with which to conduct their farming operations. Thous ands of acres of Northern Pacific lands, which was thrown on the market last year, have been purchased by individuals, and under the pur chase contract a certain por tion of these lands will have to be cultivated and improved for a certain period This is done o prevent the land from being gobbled up by speculators who would allow it to remain in its natural wild state. At the sale of state school lands in Musselshell county held in Roundup October 15, 5,500 acres were sold at an average price of $17.40 per acre. One tract sold for $35.50 per acre. This is indicative of the sub stantial increase in land values in this county since the advent of the railroad barely five years ago. TF • if jr*, i§;7.. H ; 1 a*** tpSJZ H. 0. Britton's Beautiful Home. ROUNDUP The Year in Review TH I NX iS THAT HAY E MADE ROUND UP A BIGGER AND BETTER CITY N k\ 1 R have the merchants and business nu n of Roundup enjoyed such an era ot prosperity and good business as dur ing the past twelvemonth, and with the Holi day season at hand the feeling is that a record lor volume of business done will be established which many larger cities would have difficulty in approaching. The stores have from time to time found it necessary to increase their sales force to properly take care of their trade, and to install labor saving devices wherever possible. Other business establishments have been compelled to engage additional help to adequately handle the increase in business. Stocks of merchandise have been increased to a degree where purchasers may fitid almost anything they desire being enabled to make their selections from a large and varied assort ment. Many of the merchants have built large warehouses for the convenient storage of staples of merchandise to provide against heavy inroads upon their stocks. One fea ture that is of growing importance and which is not overlooked by the local merchants is the mail order business, shipments of goods being made to neighboring towns right along.t Roundup supplies a vast stretch of terri tory, ranchers coming here fifty miles and in some instances even more to secure supplies. The banks of Roundup show average de posits of a half million dollars, which is a sure .ndication of the healthful prosperity and good times of the city and adjacent country. This statement becomes all the more remarkable when it is taken into consideration that the country is still in the first stages of develop ment with its abundant possibilities barely touched. The 1912 assessment of Mussel shell county made on a basis of sixty per cent of the actual value shows the wealth of the county to be $9,000,000. All these indica tions of material wealth have been wrought in the short space of four and one-half years. With a view to beautifying their homes and surroundings the citizens of Roundup have devoted much attention the past few years to their lawns and in setting out trees. The time has been too short for the trees to make much of a showing, but already the ef fects of the good work may be observed in the summer months, and as time passes, nature with the aid of human agencies will make Roundup a city beautiful in every sense of the word. The other towns of Musselshell county have experienced a steady growth during the year possessing the same spirit of enterprise and progess as does Roundup. Melstone, the railroad division town 35 miles east of Round up, suffered almost complete destruction by fire last August. Work of rebuilding the burned district was commenced immediately after the conflagration, however, and by next year the city will present a far more substan tial appearance than ever before. Mussel shell, the "Electric City," so called because it is the smallest town in the state having its own electric light plant, has added a number of new buildings and improvements that will in crease its industrial and commercial useful ness. Lavina, Ryegate and Belmont, the three hustling towns in the western portion of the county, have witnessed a healthy boom that has resulted in these towns becoming lively centers of trade.