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  The Whitehall Ledger, established in 1984, is a weekly newspaper owned by Jack Smith.
   The circulation is 1,150, and a typical Ledger is 24 tab-sized pages, although with special editions and special sections the paper can be as large as 40 pages. The newspaper offers extensive coverage of local activities, organizations and local government, and the paper has the following sections on a weekly basis: opinion/editorial, community/historical section, sports, agriculture, classified advertising and a real estate page. We are a five column (12 picas per column, 16 inches deep) tab. Our general circulation area is Whitehall, Pipestone, Cardwell, Silver Star, Waterloo, and Boulder. We publish the paper every Wednesday, and our deadline for news and advertising is 5 p.m. each Monday. Our business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, however, sometimes we are out of the office gathering photos and news.

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Dec. 18, 2014

Through the years: Millegan shares history

By JACK H. SMITH
Ledger Publisher


 There has been one constant in each and every one of the nearly 1,700 editions of the Whitehall Ledger.
Since the papers inception in 1984, Roy Millegan has written a story about the history of the local area in the paper. His “Museum Memories” and “Looking Back” articles have become longstanding popular features readers look forward to seeing each Wednesday when scrolling though the pages of the paper.
Later this year, Millegan and his wife will move to Las Vegas and he will no longer be able to write the weekly “Looking Back 25 Years” articles. His “Museum Memories” will remain in the paper, but they will be some of his more popular articles from the past.
Millegan was first approached about contributing by Co-Publishers Dean Neitz and Mick Gee prior to the first edition of the paper in the spring of 1984.
“The paper came to me and said ‘Why don’t you put in a story? And here we are,’” he said.
Looking through older papers, Millegan also found articles similar to “Looking Back 25 Years” in older area newspapers, and wondered why they didn’t keep doing this. He approached the publisher and in 2009 began writing a weekly article featuring information from a paper two and a half decades old. Millegan said he really enjoyed looking through the older papers, but said sometimes it was difficult because he wasn’t quite sure what to include in the article.
Cardwell resident Arcylle Shaw said the Whitehall community has a priceless legacy being left to them by Millegan.
“There is a wealth of information in the Museum Memories and Looking Back brings a younger generation with reminders of 25 years ago. He’s leaving invaluable resources for anyone wanting to discover the past,” Shaw said.
Millegan originally started to gather information about the history of the area after attending several meetings of the State Historical Society. Millegan was looking for more information about pioneers in the Helena area and found out he could look up old newspapers on microfiche.
He began reading about the people and stories of Whitehall. He soon found his articles in the paper were beginning to generate a lot of interest and people soon started to bring him pictures to run with the articles as well as other items.
“Pretty soon, I had a basement full of them,” Millegan said.
While doing research, Millegan found out Whitehall would be turning 100 years old in 1990, and he and others started a committee for the centennial celebration.
Millegan was still getting a lot of items from people and decided it would be a good idea to put some of them on display. Millegan said it was soon decided they needed a local museum and a nonprofit group was incorporated in 1990.
Millegan and others started looking for possible locations for what would be become the Jefferson Valley Museum. Millegan said they looked at the Old Depot building near the train tracks, but it wasn’t big enough for their needs. He said finally they were donated the “Brooke Barn” and 1 acre of land. He said the barn was a mess and although they made slow progress, they finished the renovations in 1996. He was thankful for all the volunteer help both fixing the building and through the years maintaining it.
“It’s been quite the project,” he said.
Millegan, who originally moved to Whitehall in 1956 and will turn 90 this summer, said moving to Las Vegas will be hard to take, but he does have three children who live there.
While not as active with the museum as he has been in the past, Millegan still stops by to see how things are going and how he can help them out.
Fellow volunteer Catherine Ellerton spoke glowingly of Millegan and what he’s done for the community.
“Roy Millegan is awesome. The information he has in his head about this community and the surrounding area is unbelievable. And he believes that it should be kept for the community for their knowledge, education and interest. His dedication, devotion and hard work has created a lasting legacy,” she said.
Shaw added his years of research and accumulation of artifacts and history are amazing.
“I have only been associated with Roy since the inception of the Museum, but his expertise and development of the Museum has encouraged my interest in the area history and my wanting to ‘know’ those that who came before me - the pioneers,” she said.

Roy Millegan reads the front page of the January 9, 1997 issue of the Whitehall Ledger