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JOHN T. SMITH, Mayor.
O F THE many who have enjoyed his hospitality and of the many more who have formed his acquaintance in a social, political or business way, it would be difficult to find one who has anything but praise for J. T. Smith, the mayor of Livingston, Montana. He was born in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1850. When two years old his parents moved on a farm near that city. During this time he attended the North Missouri State Normal school at Kirksville, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Scientific Didac tics when he was twenty-one years of age, entitling him to a state license to teach. Having been offered a position in his alma mater after graduating, he filled the chair of chemistry, geology and history for one year. Professor Smith now began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1874. In 1870 he was elected prosecuting attorney for Bates county, Mis souri, practicing throughout this region for sixteen years. After he had established a good practice, and acquired considerable means, the health of his oldest son compelled him to remove to the moun tains. Following the advice of eminent authority he came to Livingston, Montana, in 1890 and con tinued his previous occupation. Mr. J. T. Smith is also a director of the National Park bank and attor ney of the same institution, besides acting as repre sentative of the Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone company and solicitor for the sale of the Northern Pacific company's lands in this district. -»w y\ ' «Mt. I : - V: % 4r VT NS ""*1 m * . mm A «1 î - - 1 -st 43 J 1/ • MV.*.: ri LOOKING DOWN MAIN STREET, LIVINGSTON, MONTANA. Owing to his normal training, Mr. Smith has al ways taken active interest in educational affairs, while during one-half of his public life he has been a school director. No one in this locality takes a more active interest in the development and success of the agricultural interests in this state. To show their appreciation of same, Governor Smith ap pointed him as a delegate to the National Irri gation congress at Missoula, Montana. He owns a ranch of nineteen hundred and twenty acres about eight miles north of Livingston, and is stocking it with high-grade cattle. Mr. Smith is a democrat in politics, but aside from this fact he is very liberal in his views and be lieves in advocating that which would be to the best interest of his fellowmen. mayor john t. smith. . .. : rrïri i&m »a* Jp ' Î - r: Fire Department. Of the many societies that enter into the devel opment of a city, none are more deserving of promi nent mention than is that of the Fire Department. These men, who voluntarily risk their lives for the security of the city, and receive only a paltry sum as a recompense, should live forever in the annals of its people as their greatest benefactors. The Volunteer Fire company of Livingston was organized October 13, 1897, consisting of eighteen members, who were only active in the event of fire. The first officers elected were: President, Lee Eise 'berg ; Vice President, Harry McCue ; Secretary, T. M. Swindlehurst ; Treasurer, C. S. Hefferlin; Trustees, C. S. Hefferlin, Frank Bender and D. N. Ely. Dr. W. H. Campbell was the company's phy sician. Shortly after the organization of the company a set of constitutions and by-laws were framed by a committee composed of five members, i. e., D. N. Ely, Frank Bender, G. W. Chamberlin, Harry McCue and J. H. Wolcott. The first annual fire ball was held at the opera house January 25, 1898, terminating as one of the grandest social and financial successes of any society ever held in Livingston. By the resignation of President Eisenberg, Harry McCue, vice president, was unanimously elected to fill the vacancy December, 1898, while M. J. Walsh was duly elected to fill the chair so honorably va cated by H. McCue. Today the Livingston Fire company consists of twenty-eight active members, one hose company of twenty-two men and one hook and ladder company of six men. The amount of fire apparatus on hand is as fol lows: One team, one hose wagon, one set double harness, two hose carts, one complete hook and lad der truck and 2,200 feet of two and one-half inch cotton hose. From May 3, 1897, until September 1, 1899, the volunteer company was in active service at thirty six fires, twenty-one of which occurred during the last year. Ever since the existence of the fire department of Livingston Pete Nelson has been the acting chief. He has been the life and energy in the complete fur nishing of the rooms throughout, while, besides, it was through his efforts that the foundation for a carefully selected library has been laid. It is plainly evident to all that the future of the department can be only judged by the past, and under Chief Nelson it will very soon be second to none in the state. Driver McGinnis has sole charge of the fire men's quarters. He has been criticised as possessing remarkable activity in answering fire calls, and he is numbered with the best known horsemen in the district. His warm hand of welcome is always ready to greet the many visitors at the fire hall. In entering the fire department by the flight of stairs leading from the vestibule, turning to the left, the visitor finds himself in the firemen's dancing hall.