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  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: May, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    8+ YEARS AGO - May, Part II: Late May 1898 had headlines about the Naval warfare near Cuba, dozens dead after a tornado swept through Clinton and Jackson counties in Iowa and parts of western Illinois, and five masked men made off with $25,000 of valuables when they held up a passenger train near Cuba, Alabama. Whitehall had many good things happening, some of which people were unhappy about. The following articles are taken as written from the May 20 and 27, 1898 editions of the Jefferson...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Opening for 29th Season

    ARLENE WEBER, Jeffferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will open for its 29th season on Saturday, May 25th, and will be open for visitors on Monday, May 27th. Regular open hours are noon to 4 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. Displays are always being updated, so even if a visit was made within the past couple of years, there will be new items to see. Museum volunteers are often at the museum on Monday afternoons, and this is a good time to drop off artifacts or learn more about the museum. The last day of regular operation...

  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: May, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 15, 2024

    8+ YEARS AGO - May, Part I: Front page headlines in May 1898 Jefferson Valley Zephyr editions featured war stories, states rights vs. the attempt to nationalize the military forces, banks in Montana and Germany in trouble, death on Montana roads from people being thrown from wagons, riots in Italy over taxes on flour; and, Butte being "infested with the toughest gang of crooks and hoboes every seen within the confines of Silver Bow county..." Whitehall finally gained a local undertaker named...

  • Rotarians Visit Hatchery, Cash in Whitehall's Cans

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|May 15, 2024

    On May 8, 2024, four members of the Whitehall Rotary Club visited the federal fish hatchery near Ennis, Montana, to learn more about the proper care of trout stocked in the Whitehall historic fishpond each summer. Rotarians Karen Burtch, Candace Ahlin, Libby McBride, and Arlene Weber spent an hour with hatchery staff learning about the hatchery's process and better ways to keep the fish healthy once they are in the pond here in town. The club is obtaining the proper permit to transport larger...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: April, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Apr 24, 2024

    8 YEARS AGO - April, Part II: There is always good and bad news every month of every year. In the second half of April 1899, the good and bad made headlines. The Anaconda Company coal washer at Belt, Montana, was destroyed by fire and affected the livelihood of dozens of men. The two houses of Congress were fighting over a resolution about Spain's invasion of Cuba. Bertha Maxwell of Boulder sued prominent mining man John Holmes for breach of promise of marriage (there is much more to this...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Annual Program Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 PM

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Apr 3, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum’s annual program and meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 6:45 PM at the Star Theatre at 25 Legion Avenue. The concession stand will be open for refreshments. There is no admission charge. A short museum update will occur at 6:45 PM, and two museum board member positions will be elected. The program will begin at 7 PM. This year’s program will feature families who settled in the South Boulder area, including Sacry, Powell, Shaw, Armstrong, and Carmody. Photos on the big screen will help highlight the...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Annual Program April 4

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Mar 27, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum's annual program and meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 6:45 PM at the Star Theatre on Legion Avenue. The concession stand will be open for refreshments. There is no admission charge. A short museum update will occur at 6:45 PM, and two museum board member positions will be elected. The program will begin at 7 PM. This year's program will feature families who settled in the South Boulder area, including Sacry, Powell, Shaw, Armstrong, and Carmody. Photos on the big screen will help highlight the...

  • Out Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - March, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Mar 20, 2024

    8 YEARS AGO - MARCH, PART II: Spring began in March 1898. While local farmers were preparing for a new planting of their crops, things were a little more tumultuous in other parts of the state and country. In Missoula, Mr. F.W. Morris, who was in the new medical profession of osteopathist, was arrested for practicing medicine without a certificate from the Montana medical board. California Governor Budd asked Montana Governor Smith to help his state celebrate its 50th anniversary of being admi...

  • Rotarians' Recycling Service Project

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Mar 20, 2024

    For many years, Whitehall Rotarians have been recycling aluminum cans as one of their fundraising and community service projects. People have generously dropped their cans off at the county dump and the bin next to Jefferson Fresh Foods. Every couple of months, club members spend one to two hours sorting the dozens of bags into large white bags donated by a local talc plant. The bags are then hauled to a recycling center in Butte. Part of the money received is donated to Liberty Place to help...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...March, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Mar 6, 2024

    8 YEARS AGO - MARCH, PART I: March 1899 came in like a lion in weather and news. There were troubled relations between the U.S. and Spain over events in Cuba. On March 8, 1899, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to make $50 million available for national defense. Jury tampering was suspected in Wilkesbarre, PA when they acquitted Sheriff Martin and his deputies for the killing of strikers. Russia was threatening to move troops into Manchuria. At Anaconda, Montana, three...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: February, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Feb 21, 2024

    8 Years Ago - February, Part II: Depending on who you were, February 1898 was either a good or a terrible month. Things were getting tough for cotton mill owners and workers as the fourth week of a strike moved into the fifth. French Canadian workers from those mills were moving back to Canada causing a potential labor shortage. Heavy rains in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana caused many mudslides and negatively affected railroads, especially the Northern Pacific. Yale...

  • Whitehall Rotarians Help at District Basketball Tournament

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Feb 21, 2024

    Members of the Whitehall Rotary Club volunteered their time during the District Basketball tournament held at the Manhattan Christian Event Center in Churchill on February 14th through the 17th. More than 65 combined volunteer hours were worked staffing the tournament admission desk, helping with attendance count, and selling tournament programs. Joan Jones, Libby McBride, Karen Burtch, Arlene Weber, Pod Moriarty, and Terry Ross worked in pairs during the tournament putting in at least six...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Offering 2nd Free Program

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Feb 14, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will host its second free winter program at the museum barn on Tuesday, February 20th at 7 PM. This will be an old-fashioned slide show of local historic photos. The slide show was assembled by Roy Millegan, Sr. sometime in the 1990s and will be presented in the same order as his original arrangement. Photos include many early mining operations, local people who worked the mines, and some of those who supported the miners. The museum's annual meeting is scheduled for...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - February, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Feb 7, 2024

    8 Years Ago - February, Part I: February 1898 was not starting well for many people. 600 ironworkers in Newcastle, Delaware were out of work and their families were facing starvation, several store owners were nearing bankruptcy and at least 1800 people were able to, left Newcastle due to the lack of food and fuel. Fire ravaged a warehouse in Pittsburg causing a $2,000,000 loss of property and in Aiken, South Carolina, the popular Highland Park Hotel burned to the ground. In Butte, Thomas F. F...

  • Whitehall Rotarians Volunteer at Home Games

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Feb 7, 2024

    Whitehall Rotarians have been staffing the admission table for Whitehall High School home games in basketball, wrestling, and sometimes volleyball, for many years. The club receives a donation from the school for club volunteer time. That money is then used by the Rotary club to help fund activities they support for students that have included dictionary/reference books for third graders, scholarships for graduating seniors, Rotary leadership camp, and Boys and Girls State. The club has...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Winter Program January 23rd

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jan 17, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will host its first of two free winter programs at the museum barn on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7 PM. This will be an old-fashioned slide show of local historic photos. The slide show was assembled by Roy Millegan, Sr. sometime in the 1990s and will be presented in the same order as his original arrangement. Photos include many early Whitehall buildings, railroad structures, and local people spanning from the 1890s to the 1950s....

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...January, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jan 17, 2024

    8 Years Ago - January Part II: Mine tragedies in Butte, Anaconda, and near Georgetown continued in the second half of January. Three men died at the Gold Coin mine at Gold Coin near Georgetown when two of them "were nearly hurled into eternity." A man known as George May or George Fisher was arrested in Malta, Montana on a charge of bigamy. He had wives in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Grand Forks and Devils Lake, North Dakota, and Glasgow, Montana. Thousands of cotton mill workers in New England...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...January 1898 and 1924, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jan 3, 2024

    8 YEARS AGO - JANUARY, PART I: A new year has just begun and a new century is just around the corner in January 1898. Unfortunately, miner deaths in Butte and Anaconda were all too commonplace. In London, Ontario, 30 people were killed when the floor in the city hall collapsed under the weight of several thousand who had gathered after election polls had closed. The U.S. Congress was heading back to work with a focus on the Hawaiian annexation question, a contested senate seat for Oregon, and...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - December, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Dec 20, 2023

    8 YEARS AGO - December, Part II: Another year is closing and a new century is only a couple of years away. 1897 was, for many, thankfully coming to an end. In Seattle, 2.74 inches of rain in twelve hours left rivers swollen. In the Yukon, men have been leaving in droves due to a lack of food and impending winter weather. At Mammoth up the South Boulder, Ed Kennedy, a crippled man, had enough of William Barclay’s abuse and threw a pick at Barclay, striking him in the head. Mr. Barclay would s...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...December, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Dec 6, 2023

    8 YEARS AGO - December, Part I: December 1897 was proving to have a typical Montana winter. More horrific deaths were reported in the Butte mines. At Dunham, Montana, on the Blackfoot reservation, a wreck on the Great Northern railway resulted in two deaths and two injuries with the eastbound passenger train engines a tangled mass after derailing from heavy snow. The University of Montana and the Bozeman Agricultural College (now MSU) played a Thanksgiving Day football game with U of M...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - November, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Nov 22, 2023

    8 Years Ago - November, Part II: In late 1897, the fledging State of Montana was becoming a little more civilized every day but also facing some of the same problems found in large eastern cities. The Woman Suffrage Association of Montana elected 1898 officers, with Jefferson County well represented by Mrs. Sherlock of Boulder as the vice president. A young druggist in Butte (who has recently come from New York) committed suicide by prussic acid due to unrequited love for a young woman who...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Nov 8, 2023

    8 YEARS AGO: NOVEMBER, PART I: In early November 1897, there was plenty of Montana and national news. It was reported that Butte counted 52 deaths during October, a number of them miners who experienced horrible deaths and some ladies of questionable morals in the shady parts of town. A young man dropped dead in Marysville while dancing a waltz; Louis Desberges of Great Falls had been of unsound mind for some time, attempted suicide by jumping in the Missouri River; four men escaped from priso...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...October, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 25, 2023

    8+ Years Ago: October Part II - October 1897 was ending much as it began. More miners died in Butte, a woman overdosed on drugs in her room on the Galena alley, Veno the Healer was arrested for bilking Butte citizens out of at least $7000 and the well-known John A. Baker shot himself in his home on North Crystal Street. Outside of Montana, a mayoral election was being held in the huge three-million-strong metropolis of New York City with the yearly pay for the mayor set at $15,000. In Japan,...

  • Rotary Gifts Food Pantry

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Oct 25, 2023

    The Whitehall Rotary Club recently gifted the Whitehall Food Pantry with a variety of case goods to help replenish their supply of canned food items. All were purchased locally at Jefferson Fresh Foods. Whitehall Rotarians are long-time supporters of the local food bank through monetary donations and helping deliver food baskets....

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...October, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 11, 2023

    8 Years Ago, October Part I: The Jefferson Valley Zephyr reported plenty of area news in early October 1897. Livingston suffered its worst fire when an abandoned building on Second Street caught fire. A new $40,000 theater opened in Anaconda called The Margaret. A sawmill 27 miles west of Missoula was burned to the ground at a loss of $15,000 not counting the production of 65,000 board feet of lumber per day and the jobs of 55 men. Miles City lost the MacQueen house to fire with a loss of...

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