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THE WOLF POINT HERALD
WOLF POINT, MONTANA, THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1920. $2.00 PER YEAR VOLUME VIII. NO. 12. CROP CONDITIONS CONSIDERED GOOD SOIL IN SUCH FINE SHAPE LATE SEASON HANDICAP IS EASILY OFFSET EARLY SOWN GRAIN UP Grass Crop Seems Assured and the Range is Far Ahead of Other Years—Herds Reduced The weather the past week has continued ideal for farming opera tions and exceedingly favorable ag ricultural conditions exist all over this part of Montana. Good reports are received from both north and south of Wolf Point concerning the condition of the soil and the progress being made with seeding. The only serious handicap is the scarcity and high cost of seed of most all kinds. A good many farmers are finding it difficult to secure sufficient wheat and flax to seed their plowed ground. This condition will result in a re duced acreage, especially of small grain, but will mean more corn and summer-fallowed ground, tions point to a reduced acreage of potatoes all over the country with the result of a high price next fall. Indica In the Sand Creek country small grain seeding has progressed to a point where nearly half the land is in. Jacob Muus, one of the farmers, gave it as his opinion that 75 per cent of the land in that community would be planted. North, in the Wide Awake, Volt and Lustre communities, good prog ress has been made with seeding and most of the larger farms will be fully planted. In some communities, such as Lustre, early sown wheat is re ported up and making a fine growth. In some outlying sections where homesteaders have been compelled to leave their land, there will be a good many idle fields on account of the difficulty in securing tenants and seed. Farmers are wisely putting forth every effort to seed every acre possi ble, and are planning to go stronger than ever before on corn and fodder crops. There is one crop of which there will be a full acreage, and that is native grass. Everywhere, on high ground well the it is well in advance of what it usually is at this date. The stock which has had a- hard pull during the winter will have plenty of feed from now on, and at the present time it looks as though the hay crop would be abund ant. The most regrettable feature of the whole situation is that the amount of live stock has been so much reduced through forced sales, lack of feed and a long winter. HIGHWAY BOARD TO MEET ON MAY 23RD MATTERS "SUCH AS MARKING, AND PRINTING BOOKLETS TO CONSIDER Secretary L. E. Jones announces that an executive board meeting of the Roosevelt Highway Association, Montana Division, will be held at Glasgow, Montana, on May 23, 1920, Such matters as to making definite arrangements for the marking of the trail from the North Dakota line to the Idaho line will be taken up. The secretary of the assocation is gathering data and other informa tion for the 5,000 booklets that will be issued by the association this year. The Montana booklet will con tain the agricultural, scenic and in along which the route passes. The one big step in popularizing the Roosevelt Highway will be the pub lication of this descriptive booklet. It is the plan of the association to make the Montana booklet somewhat different and more unique than any issued by the other states. It is to be a souvenir number, featuring ev ery county, every city and village and point of interest from the east ern to the western boundary. The matter of letting the contract for printing the booklet will be taken up at the Glasgow meeting. Good Roads Film One thousand feet of film will be shown during May in all towns the highway that have movie picture houses. This film is for the of stimulating interest in the Roose velt Highway and showing the real value of better constructed roads. on purpose It is a Roosevelt Highway film. The year 1919 witnessed the or ganization of the Theodore Roose velt International Highway Associa tion at Duluth, Minn. The proposal, which was made at a meeting of the Duluth Commercial Club, to lay out a trans-continental highway that would lead through the richest and most scenic section of North Amer ica, and at the same time be a fitting memorial in scope and character to the late Theodore Roosevelt, met with instant favor in every Northern state in the Union and the province of Ontario in Canada. In a spirit of progressiveness ev ery town on the highway through Montana is co-operating in the var ious ways to popularize this great highway. The officers of the Montana Asso ciation are: Chas. R. Hauke, president, Chi nook, Mont. H. B. Tyson, Wolf Point, F. B. Gil lette, Hinsdale, John 0. Berglin, Chester, J. F. Lindhe, Glacier Park Station, and E. M. Hutchinson, Whitefish, vice presidents, and L. E. Jones, Glasgow, secretary-treasurer. WOLF POINT 2,098 OFFICIAL CENSUS FIGURES CONFIRM OUR CLAIM OF COMMERCIAL POPU LATION OF 2,500 St Wolf Point, 1910, 30. '& Wolf Point, 1920, 2098. S Increase, 2068. S Per cent of increase, 6993. gggBSäSSBSSSSBIl' g 8 These are the federal statistics on Wolf Point's population. The offi cial information came to Secretary Foor on the 8th. It stands as a rec ord, so far as the 1920 census has been reported, for per cent of in crease in the last decade. The census figures fully justify the city's claim to a commercial pop ulation of 2,500. The people resid ing immediately outside the city limits, in Oldtown and Sapphire Heights, and the homesteaders who lived in town during the fall and winter but who had to be listed in the townships where their land is situated, amount to several hundred. summer mechanics and laborers take the place of the people from the farms. Considering that the town was or ganized and made its real start less than five years ago, a population of 2100, several hundred more adding to the business volume, is something to be proud of. A big crop this year means a city of 3,000 in 1921. The figures will undoubtedly make Wolf Point the largest or second largest town in the seven or eight counties forming the northeast cor ner of the state. It is interesting to speculate on what Wolf Point's cen sus figures will be in 1930. The edi tor refuses to hazard a guess at this time—it will depend on many differ ent things, but principally on the spirit, enterprise and loyalty of the citizens of the town. But two things are certain—we have a grand start and a wealth of opportunities. MAYOR NAMES KEARNEY AS CHIEF OF POLICE Mayor Smith and the new city council held their first meeting since being installed in office Monday eve ning. Aside from the appointment and confirmation of W. J. Kearney as chief of police and the appoint ment by the fhayor of the standing committees, not a great deal of bus iness was transacted. The complete minutes of the meeting will be found on another page of this issue. W. J. Kearney, the new chief of police, is a resident of the second ward, residing on Fairweather street near Fifth avenue. He has already assumed his duties. Carl Solberg, the temporary appointee to the posi tion, was nat a candidate to succeed himself. HOME MARKET HAS MOVED INTO LARGER QUARTERS The Home Meat Market is now located in its new building formerly occupied by the Walters Drug Com The change marks a vast im pany. provement in the market, giving it more space in both the front and back shops and a better chance to display and handle complete lines of meats and groceries. ! I ? I I i Commencement For County 8th Grade ! I I Î r I I I I I & M & I i N MAY 19, the Eighth Grade graduates from all school Districts in Roosevelt county will meet in Wolf Point. Most of the out of town visitors will arrive Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. Present plans for their entertainment include a track meet at 10:30 a. m., and at 1 p. m. the Liberty Theatre will put on a free movie for the pupils of the county schools. This will last for a half-hour. At 2:30 the regular graduation exercises will be held. The following is the program : O » ! i I I I I j I I j I ; I ! j I : I Music by the Wolf Point School Band. Invocation Music .... Address, 1. I . Rev. S. Mclvor Culbertson Glee Club 2 . I 3. I 'The Value of an Education 1 4. I . Dr. McFarland of Williston .Pete Patch of Poplar Margaret Craig Curran of Dillon . Wolf Point School Band . Rev. R. I. Stone ! 5. Solo—Saxophone .. 6. Presentation of Diplomas. 7. Music . 8. Benediction . Dr. McFarland ranks with the best educators of the Northwest and is an exceptionally able speaker. His address may be counted on to be a masterpiece on its subject. i I j I A Starlight Ramble Down Sand Creek Way The automobile is a wonderful in- | stitution. On the average, day in j and day out, for transporting freight | animate or inanimate, over the vir- j gin surface of the earth, it has every other conveyance tossed into the scrap heap. A new one of one of the larger, beefier breeds, is classy and comfortable and has a lot of pep in its system when pitted against a piece of atrocious road. And still—the statement is made with great regret—the buzz-wagon has its limitations. There are times when, for actually arriving at a ; given point, the good oldfashioned mode of locomotion employed by Adam when he ducked around among the apple trees in the garden, trying to give Eve the slip, has the finest car ever advertised in the Saturday Evening Post on the bargain counter, of ten-cent store. These comments are suggested to the writer by a tale of adventures that comes to his ears concerning three gentlemen of our city. It is alleged that a county agent and a commercial club secretary, ac companied by a plain business man who works for a living, started from here on last Saturday evening, soon after the hour of six, with the inten tion of attending a meeting of the Progressive Farmers' Club of Sand Creek, held at the Muus schoolhouse. The fine new car of the county agent was in great trim and crossed the soft and rutty river bottom without a quiver. Out on the bench es the miles were spun off like a book agent's line of talk. The evening was beautiful and the tourists were happy. The agent and the secretary sang the good old ballads of other years. The tired businessman sat in the rear seat and listened to the eventide lay of the lark. The secre tary and the agent (both ex-service men) talked of the gruelling drills and long hikes that they endured in the service. The businessman sigh ed with regret that age had kept him out of the ranks. It was only a little insignificant gumbo draw, with the water of a spring trickling through it, but after an hour and a half of prying and I Î PL A Y BALL! Some people like to hear the Cuckoo calling, Or hear the Lark's glad call at break of day. They love to hear the Bob-White in the meadow And breathe the perfume of the new-mown hay. They love to sit alone amid the shadows, In a shady nook, beside some running stream; They like to read some trashy book or novel— And, thus, content, they feel that life's a dream. Instead of hearing Larks and Cuckoos calling, Or to hear the Bob-White calling from the hay; I'd rather hear the megaphone a'blaring The tidings, "There's a ball game on to-day." I'd rather sit upon the sun-baked bleachers And read a score card, that's the dope for me— Instead of streams, I'd see the players running— that's the life for me! Give me the ball game; jacking, and tugging and splashing, the three tourists had to admit that it had a bull-dog, never-slip, suction grip on the hind wheels of their proud chariot. "The shades of night were falling fast" and no one passed —no friendly farmer's light in sight, The subject of walking was broach with considerable caution and diplo macy by different members of the party. Finally the stern truth had to be faced—they must walk or give up all hope of reaching the school house. At the distance of a mile a farm house was reached. The lady of the house was up, industriously sewing. Her husband, Mr. Bevel heimer, was at the meeting, the schoolhouse was two miles south, Two miles, that was easy, they were off. The moonless night was none I and they followed it with implicit ! faith 1 it was the only road and would 1 sure lead them to that school house ; if they were game and stuck to it. Two hours later their faith began j | to slip and their knees to wobble. No I schoolhouse, no house of any kind, j just the monotonous up and down of that old Sand Creek trail. The bus inessman was out in front now, do ing his best to cheer his young pals. "Why don't you sing, boys? Your voices sound fine on this still night. 1 ; air. "Sing, did you say? What we want to do is eat." Some place just this side the Sand Creek store one of the party drew his heel across the road to mark the point farthest south reached by the expedition, and they took the back track, turned east through a pasture , - . , XT l i and finally came to a house. Nobody , , , . . , , home but the door was not locked. _ . , „ . , , , . Bread and fried bacon, what a . ... , grand and glorious feeling. They f ,, TT 6 0 J 1 give them. Then off once more to , , . . .. . "h on M? , . , . , .... , , ., Just about the witching hour of mid night, they began to meet People coming from the meeting at the , .? _ , , schoolhouse. Guy Sickles directed , , , , , _ , . them to the home of Jacob Muus and they reached there without further I incident, just as the moon came up in the east to add its charm to the mild night and light up the shadowy It was a lovely night for a had rambled some. prairie. ramble, and they They say it was tough luck and they hated to miss the meeting, but for all that it was worth it—those! fine, rest-bringing beds that Mr. Muus showed them to—and that de licious breakfast, with real cream for everything, served in the pleas ant and beautifully kept farm home, by Mrs. Muus. And then the hearty good will with which Ward Fletcher hitched up a team and with the as-1 sistance of Mr. Bevelheimer, helped that car out of it's humiliating pre dicament and back across on the Wolf Point side of that nasty little coulee. get stuck in the mud, and lost on the ; prairie at night, try to do it in the Sand Creek country, preferably in the immediate vicinity of the Jake Muus home. ! The moral is: If you ever I j ! ; j SCOBEY COUNTY SEAT OF 52ND DANIELS COUNTY CREATED BY VOTE j ! I COUNTY—N-P'S WIN MOST OF OFFICES Scobey, May 12.—Creation of the new county of Daniels from the western portion of Sheridan county and the northeastern part of Valley county, was authorized by the voters of the territory thus affected at a special election held Tuesday, May 11, the vote being 1,079 for county division to 260 against. In the matter of the selection of a county seat, the race between the towns of Scobey and Madoc was a rather one-sided affair, with Scobey winning by a vote of 968 to 358. Candidates upon the Nonpartisan ticket for county office were gener ally successful, that faction electing 10 out of 13 voted for. Those elected are: For state senator, Luther Green up, nonpartisan. For representative, B. D. Temple ton, nonpartisan. For sheriff, D. J. Matkin, inde pendent. For clerk and recorder, Mrs. Car I rol Spurier, independent. For clerk of the court, John Ship I man, independent. For treasurer, A. L. Fowler, non partisan. For county attorney, John S. Ny quist, nonpartisan. For assessor, Frank Robinson, nonpartisan. For surveyor ' Harry Gibbs - non P a ^ Isan - , , I. for superintendent of schools, Ma-j " a ^ er ' non P ar ^ lsa y 1 * For county commissioners, Frank Hughes, G. A. Esval, and Eugene LaRoche, all nonpartisans. With the passage of the Agncul- i , , , . .. ... , tural Appropriation Bill this week, , ... six thousand Montana farmers will i _ . . , , . , ... find themselves released from obliga- : , ,. , tions totaling $1,949,000.00, accord W ,° r J?. |'® ca * ved ^ rom Congress man carl Riddick, who is a member *• sr iltee in the House of Representatives. Thjg relief jg b ht about thru a rider to the annua] Agricultural , ... , . , , , , , bill, which has been agreed upon by n , Conferees from both the House and „ _ ... , Senate Agricultural Committees, and which will be effective as soon as MONTANA FARMERS ARE RELEASED FROM NOTES ' that bill becomes a law. In 1918, $5,000,000 was allotted! by President Wilson from the $10, 000,000 War Emergency fund to be loaned to farmers where needed, to purchase seed, in order to speed up production and to meet war needs. Six thousand Montana farmers borrowed seed money to the extent of nearly two million dollars, and every borrower was compelled to give his note to the United States Government, secured by a lien on the crop to have been grown with the seed purchased. Following the dry year and inabil ity of Montana farmers to pay their notes, the Department issued an or der releasing the crop lien in every case where the yield did not exceed four bushels per acre, but in this or der it was particularly stipulated that (Continued on page six) SCHOOL EXHIBIT A FINE SHOWING , EXCELLENT ; WINNERS OF CONTESTS j - , Principal Poore, Young and Mowatt At Missoula—Kiddies Sell WORK BY CHIL DREN OF ALL GRADES— PICTURE COLLECTION i I * Two weeks of school remain. 1100 Red Hearts Events are happening so rapidly that it is- impossible for us to give detailed reports to the public. The next two weeks are going to be crowded with year-end activities, The exhibit and declamatory con test'held last Friday was a big suc cess in every way. The high school assembly was crowded at an early hour. About $80.00 was taken in. % Over forty dollars worth of pictures The domestic science were sold. girls took in about $40.00 so that they can send a delegation to Cul bertson on Saturday of this week. The prizes for the exhibit will be given out on Wednesday of this week. In the declamatory contest Erma Kreider was awarded a beauti tie Neiman took second and Marian Walters third. Miss Sepplan coach ed these three people and deserves much credit for their success. The play was appreciated by all. Miss Leavitt was the coach. Mrs. Liste rud, Messrs. McConnell and Tyson acted as judges in the declamatory contest. Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Bruner, Mrs. Shipman, Mrs. O. C. Johnson, and Miss Emma Jessel were the judges of the school exhibit. Work has been started on the school garden. The high school ag ricultural class is doing the prelim inary work. Any child who wishes a garden plot may have one. Irene Hanson won first place in the Yeast Bread contest while Juliet Gits took first place in the Quick Bread contest. The Sewing contest has not been decided yet. Alta Mc Neil and Clara Scansen are leading the others. The Dry Fork school and the French school sent in some ex hibits. The teachers are Mrs. Calli son and Elsie McNeil. Young and Shirley Mowatt left Sun day night on No. 3 for Missoula, Montana. They will take part in the Track and Field Meet which is to be held there this week. They will re turn May 16. The following Wolf Point students will receive eighth grade diplomas at the graduation exercises May 19: 'jIrene Dier, Harold McNeil, Harold (Thompson, Robert Bainbridge, Es ther Erickson> Thelma Anderson, Prudence Gits, Caroline May, Amber BickerSj Anna MiIler> Helen Carr. Marjorie j en kins, Leslie McNeil, An na Poetker and Marie p oet ker. Other STORE YOUR WINTER supply of coal now students will write this week. If |'^ f 0 as ;L' bpiomasv,i " a,so ba is - The chiidren soid $ iio - o ° worth of red hearts for the Children's Home society. This is a worthy cause and was given splendid sup port by the people of Wolf Point. Supt. Frank H. Livingston. If you wish to avoid the inconven ience and suffering experienced last winter on account of the fuel famine it is absolutely necessary that the consumers of coal should take im mediate steps to purchase and store their next winter's supply of coal. We realize that on account of lack of funds many consumers will not be able to heed this advice, but it is safe to say that fully fifty or sixty per cent of the consumers can well afford to purchase now. It is to this class of consumers that this appeal is directed. If the advice is heeded it may make it possible for the rest of the consumers to secure a sup ply of coal later in the season. A serious car shortage exists, but at present there are sufficient coal cars available to supply the demand for coal. As the season progresses this particular equipment will not be so plentiful. Therefore, the con sumer should utilize this equipment in the transportation of coal while it is available. Montana Railroad Commission.