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John Leahy, Pioneer Prospector, Recalls Boom Diys
» (By GLENDOLIN DAMON WAGNEB) Author of "Old Hutrtnent. mornimr this One H bewhirtered. fer aale, ae ay doer with a friendly eMedly not for pearance somehow suggested a story of early days and he teemed tired and warm and so I beguiled hlm to to rest. amStng s (rid man "A story?" he repeated, "Lady, I'm like Mark Twain'! —Just one long story myself. But be was glad to talk. John Leahy Is his name and he was born in Nevada 78 years ago last April. His parents were 48'ere In California. John came throughout his youth had shared with the adoles cent West all the Joys, the thrills adventures, and the hardships and that marked the days of the of Montana. Did he know Liver-eatln' Johnson or Calamity Jane or Yellowstone Kelly? Oh yes. he knew all the old-timers. Liver-eatln' Johnson Just well enough to say "how-do-you-do" when passing. That famous character of our West. John Leahy recalled, was under a cloud of suspicion at that tin», vaguely ac cused of murder, but lacking sufficient evidence or the will to convict him. It the excitement near Hole when horse thieves and to Montana in 1881 and dangere builders during In-the-Wall_ road agents and cattle rustlers were striking terror to the hearts of law abiding citizens. Mr. Leahy said that a young lieutenant with six picked men had been sent to that turbulent ter rltory to capture—or try to capture— certain desperate ou taws. While they were cautiously search ing. suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, a rifle cracked, a bullet came whizzing through the air and the lieutenant fell. An immediate rearch of the surround ing country was made for the myster Ions murderer but without success. It was reasoned that the shot came from a long distança a way. And, since Liver eatln' Johnson enjoyed the reputation for being the best long-range shot in the West, suspicion pointed its finger straight at him. A suspicion strength ened by a vague, possibly groundless conviction that he. while posing like the famed Plummer of Virginia City as a respected citizen, was actualy a member of a cattle rustling gang. For a time a reward was offered for his ar rest, but the Immense wilderness had porarlly swallowed him up, the ex cltement died down. The murder, one tem DRILLING CONTRACTS SOLICITED LATEST EQUIPMENT We Guarantee Our Work CASING PULLING CLEANOUT SERVICE Dependable We pull casing and plug wells un der State and Federal requirements Quick Action We have most complete equipment in Kevin-Sunburst Oil Field. GOOD USED CASING FOR SALE Call, Wire or Write BIG WEST OIL COMPANY OF MONTANA FERDIG OILMONT KEVIN aaaa agai t ^^ I MONTANA ACID WELL |j ! TREATING COMPANY > ! Pioneers in Acidizing H IN S3 Kevin-Sunburst Oil Field I I I I OPERATORS ARE FAMILIAR WITH [ \ MAGNIFICENT RESULTS OBTAINED |l "Acid Boosts Oil Output of Kevin-Sunburst Field. 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S !3 Î !l HAS TREATED OVER 400 WELLS IN THIS FIELD ; Montana Acid Well Treating Co. of many killing» in the raw West, forgotten, and. «lien liver-eatln' John to return to his >n small cloud of scandal melted cmy, Durig the laying of the Northern Pacific John Leahy worked as expert powder mac although he was, first last, a prospector for gold. "Were you successful ?" I inquired. Oh. yea. In 1894, he with his three partners located the Isabella mine "We struck the mother lode," he rem inisced, "and we acrid a mine worth mil lions of dollars for $50,000, over a deml CM John of whiskey. It was this way. bunker—I think his name was Burns— grub-staked us. We worked in shifts, two men at a time. I remember how excited we all were the day we hit the vein. Right away Larry Marooey, one of my partners, took a sample to town and it amayed at $900 per ton. We'd been hard working men al our lives and now we were rich. And I cant blame Larry much for what he did. wasn't a drinking man, but he felt this was a time to celebrate, and so bought a demijohn of whiskey to taring bade to camp. But, on the way, he took a couple of drinks, and then if happen ed be met Mr. Burns and told him our find Right away the banker of fered Larry $50,000 for the claim. That sounded like a lot cf money to Larry and by the time he got to camp and around once or offer It sounded of passed the whiskey twice and told of the pretty good to the nwt of us. too. And as," Mr. Leahy ended, sadly, Tor $50, 000 and a demijohn of liquor we sold claim that's ran into millions of dollars of ore." _ . "But still, I said, That was a small fortune for each of you. What did you do with the money?*' Old John Leahy shrugged. His mild eyes twinkled. "Well, lady, money went fart around mining capapethose days. Us prospectors always think that tomorrow or next day we're sure to make another big find. And I've been hunting ever since. Lady, it's my opln ion that life never gives any man more than one big chance. I had mine and lost, and now I can take my medicine without whining." . _ _| "How about Indians? I Jed Mm on. "Did you ever have trouble with them? "Plenty." the old prospector said. One time in particular, during an Apache uprising, he served unofficially under Tom Home as scout. "The Apache chief. Oeranamo, and his warriors had been making lots of trouble ter cattlemen oid MIXING CONCRETE AT FORT PECK oc A • : : )S ' ( ..... Sr.' A . AA V * ; j ! mm I, ' N m ■ ! V I. ,:») V ; Hi y £ ■ . : assis i-A. j r; :V • • m V. ' , —Courtesy of Orest Falls Tribune. The above is a picture of the cement mixing plant of Addison-Müler, Inc., and Fielding Sc Shipley, Inc., contractors on the gate structure of the spillway on the Fort Peck dam project. The unit is composed of two two-yard capacity mixers. The aggregate storage trestle is shown in the background. A belt conveyor leads from the trestle to th f mixing plant. and Tom Home decided it was time to settle things once and for all. May be you've heard of Tom Home. He was a brave man and did lots for the west, but he had his faults. Later he was hung in Cheyenne for killing a man, just a boy, named Litte. Home was a cattleman and Little was a homesteader, and homesteaders weren't made very welcome out here in those days. And so the cattlemen got to gether and hired Home to do away with Little. In modem language it was Home who 'took the rap.' Lady, there's lots of unwritten bloody history back of these here peaceful, fertile val leys. And when folks strung Home up they'd already forgotten the real service he performed when he rid the country of the pestering Apaches. But that's another story find for that deed it wasn't Home that got the credit. "We were in several skirmishes, I remember, and had some narrow es capes from Indian arrows before old chief Geranamo finally surrendered to Home. Then Horae, who'd risked his life to get the chief, called in Captain Lawton, afterwards General Lawton, later killed in the Philippines during Spanish American war. And Cap La wton had to turn over the pris oners to General Miles. "And, lady, right today you'll read In history," Mr. Leahy added, with twinkling eyes, "how successfully Gen eral Miles subdued the bad Apaches." The aroma of the romance of the early West seemed to cling about this long-whiskered man with the old body and young eyes and staunch heart. 1 1 asked him: "What are you planning to do there coming years?" - I ' ' ways a prospector " 5 ^ 1 ^ now * a ~ the tain He health "I wish you luck," I said, as he rose to leave. Courage and hope shone in his eyes. "And when I do strike it rich do you know what I'm going to do? Build a home for orphaned children—a place where they can grow up clean and strong. When I get rich I'm not going to be selfish. Right today it's selfish ness—greed—that's at the bottom of all our trouble." As he hobbled slowly down the street, a package of needles in his hand, the exuberant yellow puppy at his heels, I watched him, one of the last remain ing ones of those young giants who helped to build our West. ^JSJSSRS^Zä^. Billings F. F. A. Has Camp in Mountains Fifteen members of the Billings chap ter of Future Farmers and their In structor, Z. G. Hudgin, returned from a five-day camping trip on Boulder river 46 miles south of Big The boys packed into th and fished, played ktttenball and hiked up mountains during their stay. The members divided the group into squads that took care of cooking, washing dishes and cleaning camp. Boys making the trip were John Voelker, I. D. O'Donnell m, Harlle O' Donnell, Francis Davis, Frank Card well, Robert Cardwell, Bud Zimmerman, Johnny Johnson, Donald Warfield, Riley Snyder, Charles Weldon, Ed Goodman, George McConnell. Charles Heyn, Richard Popelke and Mr. Hudgin, Timber, e mountains -•> <k gray sweater, cap, and is weighs about 165 pounds. Phillips was alone in the store during « quarrel with the man and the subse quent slaying as the victim followed the gunman to the front door of the place. Homemakers Meet to Plan New Work Representatives from 11 different of homemakers gathered at to plan the year's work. Lee, state home demonstra tion leader, conducted the meeting. A program was agreed upon as fol lows: L When to buy yard goods, silk, ra yon, wool, cotton and linen. 9. Choosing and altering patterns. 3. How to make dresses fit. 4. How to avoid the home made lot*. Miss Lee Indicated that it might be possible to present a program on can ning and food preserving this summer but no promise was made. Mrs. P. L. Collins of Raymond was elected as president and Mrs. Clifford of Plentywood, secretary. groups Plentywood Blanche L. 4 Slayer Sought in Western Montana Western Montana authorities have Joined officers of eastern Washington in a man-hunt for the murderer of Harry j. Phillips, shot down in a Spok ane drug store. The hunted man is believed to be driving a 1634 model Willys car, paint ed a greenish gray. He is dressed in a trousers and gray 35 years old, and s My Job Depends on Good Oil w ee Says the Man in the Plant liii In any industry, the men in the plant are vitally concerned with continuous operation, and they know that correct lubrication is fundamental in keeping machines running and in good condition. That is why industrial plant a «11 over the world are depending on Socony Vacuum lubricants to help attain in creased production and lower costs. There is a Socony-Vacuum lubricant which is exactly suited to your re quirements. 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Objects of the range sheep study, as set out in the other bulletin, are to de conditions as explains irrigation the many and in his flood where scribe natural operating condlt they affect ranch organization; to de scribe present land tenure and use con ditions in relation to production organ ization and business setup of ranches; to analyze the prevailing production ganization and operating practices representative ranches in their relation to the first two, and to show the i changes in the financial setup of the ! ranches under changing prices and cost I conditions. or of A new motion picture company, ! whore announced objective is to com bat "immoral" films by producing "mor i ai" movies, has been organized : Spain. In Montana Products For Montana People F o: o i * HI-GRADE Distillate HI-GRADE Gasoline Honest Values, Sustained Quality, Dependable Products Friendly Servlet Made in Montana From Montana Crude Oil OUR SERVICE IS AT YOUR SERVICE Kevin, Montana. Call Kevin 40 Com Fields Being Measured by Staff The Sheridan county corn-hog coni . Dagmar, and Walter Bye, Dooley, was is session at Plenty wood and appointed field supervisors to measure corn acreage. Supervisors are John OUrroU, Plenty wood; Ray Sto ner, Outlook; Art Beh ; Pleroywood; J.. Hagen. Redstone, Medicine Lake. It is estimated 4,000 acres of corn will be measured in the county to de termine if contract signers are ootn wlth reduction requirements, are 160 corn-bog contracts in Sheridan county. P. Olson. Dagmar; mer A_ M. Busch, and Mlies SPECIAL SESSION DISCUSSED Many state officiate believe that a legislature will be this fan for the enactment of laws to provide additional funds for relief purposes and to co ordinate state laws with federal laws for the fulfillment of a social security program and water conservation proj ects. Many believe that a special ses sion a so would have to consider the "gin marriage" law for repeal or amend ment and that the state might be up for revision, legislature created a Montana relief commission and appropriated $3,000,000 for its needs during the next two yean. The sources from which this was to be obtained, It is stated, are proving in adequate. special session of the liquor The ! laws recent A forecast by the Federal Bureau of Agricultural Economics anticipates the slaughter of fewer cattle and calves this fall than last, a larger number will be fed in the com belt this fall and next winter, which will cause larger market ings of cattle the first half of 1938, compared with this year, and a much stronger consumer demand for beef and veal this year compared with last. An ancient farmhouse, with fireplace occupying nearly the entire end of one room, has been found near Cardiff, Wales.