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VOL. VII. NO. 49.
$2.00 PER YEAR
Wolf Point in Oil Belt
Strong Company Formed
Will Drill Test Wells
Investigations Bring Firm Faith that Oil and Gas Will
be Struck—This District in Direct Line of the Oil Strip
Reaching North from the Wonderful Wyoming Pro
ducers. Geological Signs Are Exceptionally Good.
i Many a community Has (one i
i on for 50 year* or more, bli**- 9
8 fully ignorant of the fact that i
Ci it was sitting on it* greatest ®
B source of wealth. It take* wide- i
IS awake energy, money and team a
8 work to grasp opportunities. 3
There is good reason for believing
that there is oil and gas in the earth
in the immediate vicinity of Wolf
Point. Certain local men have been
quietly investigating the situation
for some time and as a result the
Wolf Point Oil and Gas Company
has been incorporated, capitalized
for a limit of $300,000. Seven thou
sand dollars has already been paid |
in for stock and the company will
pursue the preliminary work of pros
pecting the field with all possible
speed. It is expected that test wells j
will be started in a few months.
The officers of the company de- j
cided on are : V. L. Gilbert, presi-1
dent, G. H. Flint, vice president, G. !
P. Lamberton, secretary, and H. A. j
Schoening, treasurer.
Survey Indicates Oil
Mr. Lamberton has visited other
oil fields and been at great pains to ■
gather all the information possible ;
that is useful in developing oil pros- j
pects. He is very firm in his faith
that a test well will prove that there
are deposits of oil and gas under
this section. A survey of the coun
try by government geologists, made
last year, furnishes the principal evi
dence on which this faith is based. |
A more thorough rough survey of the
district, with special reference to oil, i
has been promised by the govern
ment for next spring.
The part of the geological report
that refers to this immediate vicin
ity says;
"The axis of the larger of the
known folds passes near the
Northeast corner of Section 6,
Twp. 25, N, Rge. 48 E., and if
extended would pass almost di
rectly thru the town of Wolf
Point, paralleling the valley of
Wolf Creek. There are prob
ably other folds of this same
system in adjacent areas, but
these as yet have not been fully
"Dome" South of River
Crudely expressed, the geological
indications of oil and gas are folds
or humps in the earth's crust with
"domes" indicated at intervals. They
are indicated by the tilt or angle of
the earth's strata. A dome may be
a piece of country twenty-five miles
across, but if the strata shows that
such a section is or has been higher
in the middle than at the outer edg
es, the indication of the presence of
oil, at a depth that can be fairly well
approximated, is considered to 'be
good. The location referred to in
the extract from the geological re
port is a few miles south of the
Company Want* Leases
The first activities of the newly
organized company will be directed
(Continued on last page.)
The Indian Young Men's Chris
tian Association will hold a series of
meetings at Oswego beginning Wed
nesday evening of next week. The
dates are February 4 to 7 inclusive.
A fine program has been arranged
and twenty-five or more speakers
will take part. Among them will be
the Rev. Amos Oneroad who preached
at the Presbyterian church a few
weeks ago. There will also be a num
ber of addresses by Indians from
this vicinity. It is expected that this
will be a big meeting and that there
will be a number present from a dis
tance as well as from around Wolf
Point and Oswego.
February 22 is the date of the
next band concert of the Wolf Point
band, which will be given at the
Liberty theatre.
The band has for some time been
practicing for this concert and will
be prepared to give a good account
of themselves. The program will be
composed of band music, instrumen
tal solos, vocal solos and duets by
members of the band and other well
known local talent.
For a considerable time past, the
band has felt the want of uniforms,
Wolf Point boasts the best and big
gest band in the northeastern part
of the state and it will be a wonder
ful asset to the band to have the
boys appear on public occasions all
dressed alike. But band uniforms
sufficient to provide all the members
of the band with one and have two
or three extra, means the expen di
ture of quite a large sum of money.
Let us therefore begin at once to
boost for the band concert on Feb
ruary 22, and each and every one
of us having the interest of the
band, the city, the community, and
the corner of the great state in which i
we live at heart, purchase a ticket
whether or not we plan on being in
attendance. Thus we can show the
organization that we are behind
them and appreciate their efforts.
The Civic League, the Commer
cial Club and the Merchants' Asso
elation are all behind the sale of
Wednesday evening of last week
the Masons of Wolf Point and vicin
ity gathered at the Sherman hotel
and organized the Wolf Point Shrine
Club. The officers of the new organ
ization are: C. O. Moore, president;
E. J. Rice, vice president; Wm. Rae,
secretary; F. W. Bleck, treasurer.
The club starts with a charter
membership of forty-nine. Shrine
clubs are the amusement side of the
Masonic order. Wherever you find
a bunch of shriners you find a bunch
of good fellows who are the salt of
the earth. Shrine club meetings are
a place where a tired business man
can relax and enjoy a free and easy
social hour. The members had an
exceptionally good time at the organ
ization meeting and the following
"notes" were furnished by the
"press committee."
"Happenings at the organization:
For further information ask Fred
The secretary would be safer un
der bonds.
Severson had Bill Famum backed
off the map.
"Hux" is our advertising agent.
Doc Mowatt's services could have
been employed to good advantage.
Bleck did too much talking.
Rice was "from Wolf Point."
'"Dinty" Moore ruled the whole
bunch was "out of order."
"Kewpie" Miller was crabby—
blankety blank, blank!
It took three committees to locate
-he was found at 3 a. m.,
by Huxsol and Severson.
The roundhouse looked square to
Stennes was dignified throughout,
the meeting.
The goose thief was absent.
Have you bought your ticket to
the Firemen's seventh annual ball?
J. T. Miller, the local building con
j tractor, has been awarded the gener
l al contract for the construction
a fine large building for the Willis
j ton Opera Company. The building
! is to be almost identical in dimen
sionsand plans with the Liberty the
atre in this city and was planned by
the same architect, H. A. Frentz.
The consideration of the contract
$40,000. Work will begin early in
the spring.
The Glasgow post office is to be
moved, but fortunately, for Glasgow,
it will not be brought to Wolf Point,
much as we need it, but to the Cble
1 man hotel building on Front street.
Bids were received by Postoffice In
spector Sentman for the rent of a
site, the lease to run ten years.
Leo B. Coleman was the successful
bidder. Plans for remodeling are be
ing made to make suitable quarters
for the mail. The change will be
made June 1st.
According to recent reports the
Influenza is becoming prevalent in a
great many of the eastern cities and
is gradually extending westward. It
is important that everyone co-operate
with the local Board of Health, in an
endeavor to avoid an epidemic of such
proportions as we experienced during
the fall of 1918.
Following is a copy of rules and
regulations for the control of Influ-j
(a) All cases must be reported to
the health officer within twenty-four
hours. If no physician is called, the
head of the house must report.
(b) The house must be placarded.
(c) All members of the family,
not engaged in imperative business,
must remain on the premises.
(d) Wage earners may be exempt
ed from quarantine provided the pa
tient is isolated in a room to himself,
and the wage earner remain out of
the sick room and have written per
mission from the health officer to
come and go upon the premises.
(e) All patients afflicted with the
disease must be strictly isolated, com
ing in contact with no one except the
necessary nurse or attendant.
(f) No one is permitted to enter
the premises except the attending
physician and those who enter as
nurse or nurse s attendants.
(g) Nurse or nurses' attendants
before entrance must be furnished
with instructions to P revent contract
mg the disease (which instructions
may be received from attending phy
sician or from the local health offi
cer) and must be given permission
to enter by attending physician.
(h) Quarantine of patients will be
continued for five days after temper
ature has reached normal. Quaran
tine of contacts or exposed persons
must continue for five days after
date of last exposure, unless exempt
ed by written permission of health
officer as in (d).
(i) Fumigation of premises is un
necessary and impracticable. Fam
ilies, however, are urged to see that
every room have thorough sunning
and airing.
(Signed) Local Board of Health,
Feb. 5. "Sunbonnets," home talent
O. C. Johnson returned last Fri
day from Lewisown where he attend
ed the state convention of the Re
tail Merchants' Association,
was a large attendance at the meet
ing and a very enjoyable and suc
cessful session is reported. The city
of Lewistown made large prepara
tions for the visitors and entertained
them in the most creditable manner.
Mr. Johnson went as the delegate of
the Merchants' Association of Wolf
Feb. 12. Firemen's Seventh An
nual Ball.
Feb. 18. Minstrel Show, Jester's
Feb. 22. Band Concert, Wolf Point |
Concert Band. j
Mar. 17. Opening of the Sherman j
The Herald's Booster
Mar. 18.
City Scales Under Consideration—
Official Minutes of the Last
Council Meeting
January 26th
Upon roll call the following mem
bers were found to be present: Aider
men, Campbell, Kleve, Champlin,
Grendahl and Nichol. Clerk, Samuel
Dowell, Attorney Schoening. Absent
Mayor Stennes and Alderman Kleve.
Upon the Mayor's absence. Chair
man Campbell took the chair and
called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the regular meeting
held on Monday the 12th day of Jan
uary 1920 were read and approved.
Chairman Campbell called for re
ports of committees, whereupon the
following reports were made:
Alderman Champlin of the Park
Committee reported that the propos
ition of park improvement had been
investigated and that the committee
recommended that no work be taken
up along that line until additional
water supply had been secured.
Alderman Kleve of the Committee
on Public Seales reported that there
had been many inquiries from the
public regarding a public scale, aud
moved that the Clerk be instructed
to secure estimates on scales of dif
leren ^ manu f a cture, th & t the inform
ation would be available for the next
regular meeting, which motion was
! seco "ded by Alderman Nichol.
j The chairman stated the motion
j anf ^ P u ^ ^ ie Question which carried
| una "i mous ly
Test Well Authorized
Alderman Champlin of the Sewer
and Water Committee reported that
Engineer Sam Dowell had been an
thonzed to proceed with an air lift
,, , . , .
test on a well at the old light plant,
and that estimates were being pre
pared on plans for waterworks bet
Alderman Kleve moved that the
(Continued on page six)
1 VM IUlj \J 1 XlILiLiiinuu
The irrigation and road meeting,
one of a series through the northern
purt of the state, held here last Sat
urday afternoon, proved an unfor
tunate disappointment to all con
cerned. The day was bitter cold,
which reduced the attendance, and
through an accident to the heating
plant which necessitated turning off
the steam for repairs, the theatre,
where the meeting was held, was un
heated. This made thing extremely
unpleasant for the audience and the
speakers. But no one could be
Sam Teagarden, secretary of the
Montana Irrigation Congress, made
a short talk on irrigation plans and
prospects and the ways in which the
Congress is advancing the work. The
speaker is well versed in the subject
and his talk was full of interest to
those anxious to grasp the full scope
of this most important work that is
in its inception. Mr. Teagarden ex
pects to return at some later date
and stir up local interest.
R. M. Conner, government project
engineer, located at Poplar, was
present and spoke briefly but inter
estingly concerning irrigation as ap
plied to the Wolf Point-Poplar pro
ject. He described the project plan
for taking water from the Missouri
just below the mouth of the Milk
river and conducting it by direct
flow along the foot of the bluffs in
such manner as to make possible the
watering of the great acreage of
flats from Oswego to Poplar. Mr.
Conner had with him a set of slides
to illustrate irrigation methods but
on account of the condition of the
theatre was unable to show them.
Mr. Mathews, one of the prom
inent engineers of the state, talked j
a few minutes on the vast and impor
tant work that confronts Montana to
give her the rodas needed for devel
opment of the state and industrial
economy. He also referred to the
proposed state road bond issue and
the much discussed question of ap
The recent storm left the roads
north of here in bad condition, and
homesteaders state that they have
had great difficulty in getting to
town, especially when they found it
necessary to break the trail.
Ernest Sjoquist, who lives 25 miles
north of town, was in the first of the
week and reports that the roads out
his way are very bad. Coming to
town he had to break nineteen miles
of road through the snow. Mr. Sjo
quist reports the birth of a daughter,
Mabel, on December 30.
I Hans Siljenberg was three days
coming in from his home 31 miles
north, in Pershing community. He
found the roads in terrible condi
tion, and one night got lost in the
hills and wandered around for hours
in danger of freezing, before he
could find shelter. He finally found
the house of a man named Woods
and spent the remainder of the
night there.

The Wolf Point high school girls'
and boys' basket-ball teams played
at Poplar last Saturday night,
number of rooters went along. The
girls' game was slow. Neither side
could get started. The Wolf Point
girls had the ball in Poplar's territo
ry most of the time but could not
Shot after shot went wild.
The lack of suction soles bothered
and resulted in the girls slipping to
the floor whenever they did shoot.
The Poplar girls played a clean game
I and made two pretty loop shots.
The final score was 9 to 4 in favor
of our opponents.
The boys' game was an eye-opener.
The Poplar boys started in with a
rush and played our fellows off their
ifeet for a few seconds. The Wolf]
1 Point boys soon settled to work and
j began to do a little scoring. Mar
ilyn Young began to find himself and
I . . , ..
[consistently outjumped his taller op
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jponents. The Wolf Point signals be
gan 'to work and our score looked
better. The half ended in Poplar's '
favor. In the second half Wolf Point I
carried Poplar off her feet. Five I
baskets were caged to three by Pop
lar. We had a chance to tie the score
Several fouls were called on Wolf
point J p oplar caged one
two more and the game was over.
| The Wolf Point players were a sur
; pr i se to the Poplar team and fans,
I p ^ hag been together
| for four and ig one of the best
| jn thig country . We expect to give
them & faster game when they CQme
up b ere The final score was 31
| 17 _ After the game the teams were
invited fco dance clean sportsman
j ghip wag shown fa both games . 0n
priday njght of thig week Qur boys
meet the fast Glasgow team on the
local floor.
The girls' season has
closed as Medicine Lake cannot come
this week.
Frank H. Livingston
The Wolves, the city basketball
team, have issued a challenge thru
the Great Falls Tribune and Mon
tana Record-Herald to any team in
the state. The boys are anxious to
I date up some good games and stand
ready to take on any team that is
willing to meet them. So far they
have had no replies.
The Record-Herald in publishing
the challenge says:
"Manager Berlin of the Wolf
Point Wolves has issued a challenge
to any basketball team in the state
for games. He does'nt qualify his
statement in any way and is willing
to arrange contests if a letter is
written to him. His address is Dick
Berlin, Wolf Point.
"Wolf Point is admitted to be one
of the livest sport towns in the
state, supporting a fast baseball team
while the big cities of the state
could not even make expenses with
a mateur teams. One big factor in
tti* s success of the Wolf Point sport
has been the hearty support accord
ed it by the commercial club, one of
the snappiest organizations in the
Don't fail to patronize the fire
men's ball.
Association Aims at Co-Operative
Buying and Selling—Resolutions
Score Unjust Taxation
Managers and directors of farm
ers elevators of Sheridan, Roosevelt,
Richland, Valley, Phillips and adja
cent counties, met at the Sherman
hotel on January 22nd, for the pur
pose of discussing the plan of or
ganizing the Northeastern Montana
Co-Operative Elevator Association.
The purpose of the organization is
to centralize and unify the elevator
activities. Mr. Walrath, the presi
dent of the Montana Grain Growers'
Association, was present and discuss
ed the merits of the farmers' co-op
erative elevator buying and selling
agencies, for the elevator associa
tion. W. L. Beers, state marketing
specialist, emphasized the impor
tance of organization and hearty co
operation of elevators joining in co
operation and working out buying
and selling problems and also to dis
cuss the organized plan. Elevator
men and county agents present all
emphasized the importance of the
elevators working co-operatively in
their buying and selling operations.
Officer* Elected
A motion was passed to organize
the Northeastern Montana Co-Oper
ative Elevator Association, and the
following officers were elected.
Glenn E. Vinson, Wolf Point, pres
C. P. Martin, Saco, vice president.
(Continued on last page)
It was a congenial and jovial, not
to say peppery party of elevator men
and ] ° cal Cltlzens who sat down to
tbe businessmen's dinner at the
german cafe last Thursday evening,
^ bout a ( ^ ore of Legates to the
Farmers Elevator convention and as
many more business men of the
town were '"eluded.
was arran g e( j by Secretary Foor and
County Agent Chase who did it with
their well known efficiency.
The courses of the extra good din
ner were enjoyed, but no more than
the communion of ideas and good
will that followed. With a toastmas
The dinner
ter of the ability of Hugh N. Marron
in charge, the after-dinner program
was bound to win with vim. And
it did.
Mr. Marron was very happy in his
manner of introducing the several
Mayor Stennes was called on and
made a brief but graceful speech of
welcome to the visitors.
Good Speeches
Mr. Walworth, president of the
Montana Grain Growers' organiza
tion, responded with an excellent
speech appropriate to the business of
the day.
H. L. Beers, marketing specialist
from the Montana State College, was
in a happy frame of mind and made
a speech that abounded in wisdom,
eloquently expressed. He congratu
lated the community on the evident
and splendid spirit of co-operation.
He said that the paramount note of
the 20th century was "Together.
"We are passing out of the shadow
of commercialism," the speaker said,
"into the sunshine of co-operation.
In short, Mr. Beers made one of the
very best addresses ever heard in the
Others who responded the call of
the toastmaster were: Mr. Chase,
county agent of Roosevelt; Mr. Mag
nus, of Malta ; Mr. Stebbins, county
agent of Valley; Sid Blair, of Cul
bertson; A. D. Anderson, of Rich
land county; Mr. Willis, of Home
stead; Mr. Heisler, of Fargo; and
Mr. Vinson, of Wolf Point.
Many good stories were mixed in,
animal stories seemed to be favor
ites—about Wolves and such—and
they were all greeted with the fa
miliar local wolf howl of triumph.
After the dinner, the visitors were
taken to the evening performance at
the Liberty theatre as guests of the
Commercial Club.

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