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Montana oil and mining journal. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1931-1953, July 12, 1941, Image 7

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T. €, Power, Empire Builder, Helped to Develop Montana From
Vast Wilderness to One of Greatest Treasure Producing States
Senator T. C. Power, to the time
of his death, was among the little
group of outstanding men who
came to Montana in the early days
and assisted materially in develop
ing this section from a
into a great commonwealth. He
came to the state to reside perma
nently in 1867, and ever since that
time was a foremost figure in the
financial and business world. He
was active in many lines, and
nearly everything that his master
mind gave attention succeeded.
He established many mercantile in
stltutions and trading establishments,
was a big factor in the fur trade, and
operated a fleet of steamboats, plying
between Fort Benton, then the head
of navigation on the upper Missouri,!
and St. Louis, then the outfitting point
of all ' the northwestern country. This
fleet, the famous "Block P'' line, was
the controlling factor of river naviga
tlon until the coming of the railroad,
Born in Iowa
Senator Power was bom in Dubuque,
la., May 22, 1839. His father, Michael
W. Power, was bom in Ireland, and
his mother, who was Catherine McLeer
before her marriage, was bom in Ha
gerstown, Md. Michael Power came to!
the United States when a boy and
settled in Iowa, at that time one of
the frontier districts, new and un
developed. He was married to Miss
McLeer in 1836 in the village of Pru,
a suburb of Dubuque. By occupation
he was a farmer. He also conducted
merchandising for some years, besides
engaging in lead mining. He was a
true type of the industrious and en
terprising emigrant from the Emerald
isle and did his full share in intro
duclng civilization into what is now
one of the most prosperous and en
lightened states of the union. He died
near the site of his original settlement
in the 50th year of his life. His wife
survived for years, reaching the age
of 75 before passing into the beyond,
They were the parents of four children,
John W. Power, Miss Sarah E. Power,
Mrs. T. L. Martin and Senator Power,
Ambitious for Education
The childhood and youth of Senator
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T. C. POWER, Empire Builder
Power was passed on the farm in
Iowa, and he being the eldest of the
children, his services were early requi
sitioned for farm work, to the country
schools of those days he received the
rudiments of an education, and being
of a studious mind and a natural lover
of books, he determined to supplement
his earlier educational advantages with
a term at college and accordingly he
completed a course of three years at
Slsslnawa Mound college, in Wiscon
sin, during which he gave special at
tention to the sciences and civil engi
neering. After finishing his college
course he taught school for some time.
Little Girl Killed
By Whirling Prop
The whirling propeller of an airplane
which was to have taken her on a
Manufacture of" silk stocking is
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pleasure ride brought death to Sylvia
Josephine Aschim, 5, only child of Mr.
and Mrs. Lester Aschim of Sunburst.
The little girl died In a Shelby hos
pital an hour after her head had been
virtually halved by the propeller of a
plane owned and operated by Ed Bald
win, on the Baldwin ranch 10 miles
east of Sunburst.
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In 1860, finding an opportunity to
embark in an enterprise more to hi s
liking, he gave up teaching and joined
a surveying party in the Dakotas. This
wild life on the plains so appealed
to him that he was never more in
his element than when with the suc
veying and engineering squads, explor-1
ing new land and setting monuments
for the guidance of future settlers. He
followed the business of surveying for
the government and in private employ
ment for a period of two years, at the
end of this time be joined an expedi
tion that ascended the Missouri river,
In 1867, Senator Power opened a
general merchandise store at Fort Ben
ton for the accommodation of the
settlers and the military garrison, and
also traded extensively with the to
dians for furs and pelts, associated
with his brother, John W. Power. Find
ing that there was good profit in the
freighting business to inland points,
and having large consignments of
goods to deliver, he added freighting
to his rapidly growing business. At
that time all freight to Fort Benton
which was transported thence to the
various settlements and mining camps
in the southern part of the state, j
came by steamboat from shipping |
points tributary to the Missouri* and |
the Mississippi rivers. As this business |
appeared lucrative and profitable, i
Senator Power conceived the idea of
and he, together with I. G. and G?orge
£ Of Evfr/^ntnn 1 builfthe
steamer Benton. The venture Proved
all that was anticipated for it,
in 1876 Senator Power constructed «nd
launched on the upper Missouri river
the steamer Helena, and followed this
with another boat which was named
Butte. In 1878 he purchased and added
to his fleet of river boats the steamer
Black Hills.
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W ^ e " s Hi f
No one In the territory was quicker
to see and grasp an opportunity than
was Senator Power. The overland
and passenger service betw n
f°rt Benton and Hel ®f a wa f vei T ex *
tensive, especially during the autumn
when a large number of nuners lef
for eastern states by way of Port Beu
ton and the steamboat and Mackinac
routes During this period he operated
stage lines between Port Benton and
Helena, and Port Benton and BUUngs.
which proved successful enterprises.
He also greatly extended his merchan-^
dise business by establishing stores
at , He *f®t a " d other localities.
to 1878 Senator Power established
his home in Helena. His euom m oe
half of his home town were far reach
Ing and effective in all directions look
ing to its advancement. He was among
the first to recognize its future pos
sibilltles, and he demonstrated his
faith by investing large capital in sub
stallai and enduring business blocks.
One of these several buildings is the
Power block at Sixth and Main streets.
He was a leading factor in the success
ful construction of the Helena water
works, now owned by the municipality.
He was also Identified with stock
growing activities to a large extent,
and was interested in some of the best
equipped stock farms in Montana,
Leader in Politics
Senator Power was more or less con
nected with politics since he first \o
cated in Montana. He was a consistent j
republican, and was counted as one
of the party leaders and as an adviser
whose careful judgment and keen per
ceptlons asslstedln turning many con
tests Into victory when defeat seemed
^ was a for
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experienced defeat but once. This was
. when in 1888 he wag a c antidate for
S° vernor - The state then was strongly
^^weDl'to rictSV
gSg** 0 the first territorial consti
convention and in 1884 he
was chosen delegate to the national
republican convention.
Elected to Ü. S Senate
It was during the first session of
the Montana legislature, in January,
j 1890, that Senator Power and the late
Wilbur P. Sanders were elected to the
| United States senate on Dec. 31, 1889,
j the 39th day of the session procee d.
ings were started in both houses of
the assembly for the election of Mon
tana's first two senators. Sanders re
the yote Qf the elght state
senators, and on the following day
; they proceeded in a body to the house
Qf repres entatlves to ballot In Joint as
Sanders received the votes of
aU those present 38 On Jan 2 Sen
ator Pow( f r wa3 elected the'vote on
the prevlous day haying be en mattered
and hetween Lee Mantle, Jolm
£ Rlckards then i leu tenant governor,
th. Leavitt of Silver Bow, B. Platt
Carpenter L H H ershfleld and Sen
ator Power
This session of the Montana assem
hly was unique in political history. The
democratic members bolted and con
^ ued as absentees. In the meantime.
Senator W. A. Clark of Butte, and
Martin Maginnis of Helena, had been
f 5 Hnlted States senators by
ei8ht recalcitrant democratic mem
bers of the state senate Mid the demo- ;
cratic house including five contested ;
representatives from Silver Bow county,
all meeting in joint session. The con- j
®J*r the United States senatorsmp
was then transferred to congress and
re ^rred to its committee on privileges
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ommendtag that Wilbur F. Sanders,
' tt' ^ admltted to sea ^ s
Ï United States senate from thej.1
Montana. Senator Power drew
the lon « 46011 80(1 Senator Sanders
tha J h ° rt *«"• . , .
Senator Power served six years In
the upper bouse of congress, and
proved one of the most practical states
men and legislators in that dtstin
guisbed body. He was a member of
the most Important committees while
in the senate and was enabled to do
effective service and to shape import
ant legislation relating to the north
west. Among the committees on which
he served were public lands, mines and
mining, railroads and transportation.
He brought about the appropriation for
the locating and building of Fort Har
rison near Helena, the federal building
in Helena, the first of its kind in the
state, and other projects. He assisted
the state agricultural college at Boze
Interest Never Ceased
At the expiration of his term in the
senate. Senator Power returned to
Helena and devoted his energies to
the supervision of his wide and far
reaching interests, at the same time
taking an active and always percep
tible interest in the affairs of the city
and state.
Senator Power was married to Miss
Mary G. Flannagen of Dubuque, la.
In 1867. One son, Charles Benton
Power, was born to them. After fin
ishing bis education at Georgetown
college, Washington, IX O, and Co
The world would be better off If
man had the habit of lying In bed
j one morning each week.
I That's the comforting concept of a
I noted physician who told the Amerl
can Medical association that ambition
shortening the business tycoon s life
s P an -.
Ambition and "the strenuous ife*
are ^ ust 88 hazardous to the executive's
health as his obesity and excessive use
ot tobacco and alcohol, declared Dr.
I E{ te ar v - Allen, chief of the medicine
division at Mayo clinic.
He proposed a five-day week, eight
I ho 4£ da ? P. rogrram for business men.
"The business man fails to take the
! ^ ew ^ A l Ien averted.
"He Plans his life, aside from his an
nult es and insurance, as if he were
to «ve forever So he «wki1 hard to
^cumulate funds with which to play
tomorrow -
"AB too frequently he lies mumbling
and muttering in a hospital bed. pant
ln K his life away as a result of high
blood pressure and hardening of the |
arteries, or he stumbles and falls from
apoplexy, or after a shuddeiingly se
yere eplsode of cardiac pain he Is hur
ried off mto the sleep from which
there ^ no awa kenlng.
.* Cou]d man see how small, how in
gignificant, how unimportant his indl
yi dua j nf e is, he might shape It so
^at he would achieve more of hap
pin^ and content and less of material
success an d perhaps ill health."
p^ t be business man's longevity, the
p^y^an prescribed: digging a dahlia
bed, or any other hobby tnat affords
relaxation; golf for recreation, not for
j ow score ; occasional fasting, ellmina
tlon of fats from the diet, moderation
drinking and smoking; more flsh
1118 and huntin K for diversion,
Tell» nf Alnntnnn
€U8 Of lUOfliana
Fourteen hundred copies of the fifth
annual edition of "Montana's Produc
tton." » statistical summary of the
state's industries, have been distributed
throughout the state and northwest by
the bureau of business research of
Montana State university,
Imnbla university, young Power be
came connected with bis father in the
latter'» vast business enterprises and
took over the burden of this manage
ment in large measure.
Man of Integrity
Too much praise cannot be accorded
to Power for his long life of endeavor
successfully conducted In the upbuild
ing of a great, state, to bis fostering
of civic enterprise, and that right and
bénéficient use of private capital for
great undertakings for public and
semi-public, use. As a business man
of honor "and integrity he ranked
among the highest in the land, and
In the field of politics his sagacity and
wisdom stamped him as a leader of
forcé and character.
Not only in the various spheres
which have been mentioned did Sen
ator Power achieve distinction, but in
the common affairs of life he dis
charged every duty and contributed
largely of his means to religion and
to charity. In private
he was companionable and most agree
able as a neighbor and friend.
social lelatlons
With the passing of Thomas F.
Hickey, who died in Butte in 1923,
there was severed one of the few
remaining ties that bound Butte to
its past. Thomas F. Hickey was the
last of four brothers, prospectors
of the late sixties and early seven
ties. whose names are indissolubly
linked with the mining history of
this territory following the Civil war.
With unlimited confidence In the un
derground wealth .of Butte they set
their stakes and drove their discovery
shafts on claim after claim, a number
, of which are today among the largest
I producers. A scrutiny of the mining
! records of the county in the late seven
; ties and early eighties will show, it is
said, at least one location bearing the
name of Hickey for every page of rec
! ord. Among the claims staked by the
! Hickeys are the Diamond. Rock Island,
Tuolumne and Lizzie, in addition to
the Anaconda and St. Lawrence.
Bom in New York
Thomas P, Hickey was born Dec. 12.
Born in St. Lawrence county. New
York, the Hickey brothers came to
1844. He was the eighth child of
Thomas and Catherine Curran Hickey,
natives of Ireland, who had long prevl
ously settled In St. Lawrence eounty,
New York. He received his education in
the public school and at Fort Coving
ton academy, from which he graduated
in 1883. He then engaged in lumbering
I for two years In Michigan. Then fol-1
lowed a couple of years as a farmer
in New York. His three brothers. Wll
i Ham, Edward and Michael, had pre
! ceded him to the west. Edward and;
Michael located the Anaconda and S t.
Lawrence mines.
j Thomas was likewise tempted to try
cated and afterwards sold the Empire
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Finnegan^ native of Matae. Themed
.happiiy t^ether until death claimed
j Hlc^ maintained a constant
I est in mining up to his death. He was
I associated with his brothers in the
; ownership of the Lizzie Lode.
! He was one of the plaintiffs in
j suit against the Davls-Daly company
1 for $470,000 for ore alleged to have
I been extracted from the territory above
i the 100-foot level of the Lizzie. The
! complaint stated that when the Lizzie
was sold Hickey and his associates re
served all ores above the 100-foot level
: and that notwithstanding this reserva
tlon the defendant and its leasers had
i entered the ground and removed much
valuable ore.
in addition to his connection with
the Lizzie and other mining properties
ther e he was president of the Bayonne
G old Mines. Ltd., of British Columbia,
a prope rty in which James W. Gerard,
son-in-law of Marcus Daly and former
ambassador to Germany, also was in
terested, and was a director of the
i Honolulu Copper & Silver Mining Co.
; £>eath came quickly to the 79-year-,
0 i d p i 0 neer. He sustained a fall which
brought on a temporary attack of
^1^. H e had tripped while walk-.
0 n the street. A night's rest was
sufficient, apparently, to restore him!
heallh . and the next day he attended
la picnic with his daughter, Mrs. Pltz
pa trlck. and his niece. Mrs, Sadie Lee.
H e enjoyed himself greatly, it Is said.
Later he was attacked with paralysis
on the right side. He soon became un
Allowing chickens and hogs to run
in the same lot exposes hogs to chicken
tuberculosis—to which hogs are found
m0 re susceptible than chickens them-;
conscious and remained in that state
until death relieved him.
Thomas F. Hickey had many friends
among the old-timers and the later
arrivals in Butte. He Is said to have
possessed the ability to make and hold
friends. He was well known in Helena
as well as In Butte.
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Lonely in a crowd and homesick for
their native land, 800 Italian seamen,
interned for the duration of the war
at Fort Missoula below the Bitter Root
mountains, don't care for the life of
"We eat, we drink, we sleep," some
explained simply, "but one day looks
much like the last one—or the next
Wistfully, they added:
"It's nice here, but how wonderful
It would be If we could have our fam
Hies here, even for a few days."
i-° ,s to Eat, Drink
j There is plenty to eat and drink;
Ihe United States government which
seized them from Italian liners and
| freighters In coastal harbors, sees to
But there is little to do, except
follow the pattern of monotony,
; A typical day at "Bella Vista" (beau
! Uiu! view)—the name chorused in 1m
promptu fashion by the first 125 who
arrived May 9 under guard—brings the
men out of their bunks anytime be
tween 7 and 9 a. m. (M. S. T.). There
isn't much to hurry for, since there'»
breakfast for all in relay shifts.
Afterward the men stroll about the
grounds, eyeing without curiosity the
dozen or so border patrolmen who
wa *°" gates and drive leisurely
around the fence of the 2.000-yard
f5 >c 1 0s }| r *\ Som ® sailors go back to
^ elr tunics or cool grass,
50 pursue their favorite hobby of
mode ' ship construction which al
ready j 1 ® 8 produced scores of sleek, tall
masted vessels for desk, table or tran
som -
Ita,lana ■ 1 ° 11 the sunshine, with a
pa5she mtcrest 111 the routine,
®f v f ear f nce . °* a newspaper
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^ kt me a nkSire ") P ^ P
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' P Wo£phlcX! thi? reSstaS
dellght when permuted to pose for
For the most part, however, the
Breed Fall Litters
Although fall pig production has not
clallst at Montana State college. In
j that case, he said, now is the time to
j breed for fall litters.
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Wdm FllT BllSinCSS
Danger that the American fur In
d ustry may head into a spiral with
an ^„y rap i d descent towards the
; end of the year ^ a possipnuy unless
i a reasonable price level Is maintained
by Amencan furriers, Frank O, Ash
brook, fur expert of the fish and wlld
llfe service, United States department
of interior, warned members of the
Pm- Farmers' International summer
school in Milwaukee,
pe C to ral muscles of a pigeon are de
veloped more than thase of many
other birds which fly with slower wing
beats. _
been practiced widely in Montana
largely because of wintering difficul
ties and absence of pasture, some grow
ers may wish to participate in the
nation's "food for defense" program
this year and produce fall pigs, says
E. P. Orcutt, extension livestock spe
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