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Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - January Part II

JANUARY PART II As January moved toward February, politics, and science were clashing. In Boston, a woman was removed from the courtroom because the defense council said she might hypnotize the...

 

Jefferson Valley Museum Hosting Free History Talk

The Jefferson Valley Museum will be hosting its second oral history program at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 18th at the museum barn. It will feature an interview recorded in 1989 by Roy Millegan...

 

Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: January, Part I

JANUARY, Part I, 125 YEARS AGO: As 1897 dawned, it was a new year with new tragedies and many of the same old problems. Sabotage to a railroad bridge in Tennessee caused the deaths of dozens of...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: December, Part II

December, Part 2 Those living in December 1896 would be amazed at how things seem to be repeating in 2022. Wheat crops were failing in the "old world" causing famine; four banks in the eastern U. S....

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago...December Part I

In December 1896, the entire United States was in the grip of a strong winter. The Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads were struggling to keep their lines open due to heavy snowfall and a...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: November Part II

NOVEMBER, PART II In November 1896, the elections were over, and people were able to focus on other concerns. In the West, flooding in the Coeur d'Alene area was of great concern with 100 cords of...

 
 By ARLENE WEBER    News    November 16, 2022

Fishpond Celebrates Centennial

The Whitehall Fishpond is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2022. This artifact symbolizes the patriotic community it was built for, Whitehall, which has always been a patriotic township. During...

 
 By ARLENE WEBER    News    November 9, 2022

Fishpond Centennial Celebration Friday

The Whitehall Rotary Club and the local VFW and American Legion will hold a joint celebration of the 100th anniversary of the historic fishpond on November 11th starting at 12:30 PM at the fishpond. The program of approximately 30 minutes will...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago...November Part I

NOVEMBER PART I November 1896 was significant with the presidential election being fought between McKinley and Bryan. McKinley was declared the winner. The battleship Texas sunk in the Brooklyn Navy...

 

Fishpond Centennial on Veteran's Day

The Whitehall Rotary Club and the local VFW and American Legion will hold a joint celebration of the 100th anniversary of the historic fishpond on November 11th starting at 12:30 PM at the fishpond. The program of approximately 30 minutes will...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: October Part II

In late October 1896, the focus was on the upcoming November election. But there was plenty of other news on the front page. A hurricane caused severe damage to resorts at Coney Island, a Brit beat...

 

Third Graders Receive Dictionaries

The Whitehall Rotary Club completed their annual distribution in October of dictionary/reference books to local third graders. Third grade students in Harrison, Cardwell and Whitehall receive the...

 
 By ARLENE WEBER    News    October 12, 2022

A Tribute to Roy Millegan

Editor's Note: The Whitehall Ledger received notice that former Whitehall resident Roy Millegan had passed last week. His obituary is forthcoming; Jefferson Valley Museum curator Arlene Weber was...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: October Part I

1896 was winding down but not without turmoil in October of that year. A miners' strike was continuing in Colorado, a child is killed by rats in a Baltimore home, the upcoming presidential election...

 

Whitehall Oral History Program A Success

The first Oral History program was held at the Jefferson Valley Museum on Wednesday, September 21st. At least 15 attendees listened to the recorded interview between Roy Milligan, Sr. and Bernard May...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago - September Part II

During the second half of September in 1896, there was a dynamite plot against Queen Victoria, and a war was raging in Europe with reports of an organized massacre of civilians. Here in Montana...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: 9/14/2022

Was it a change in the weather or something else? By September 1896, law and order in the valley seemed to have withered in the summer heat. The rest of the state was not much better. Constable...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago...August Part II

Mining was the newsmaker in the Jefferson Valley in late August 1896. Outside of our valley, there was a national debate on backing the dollar with silver; a yacht race on Lake Erie was canceled due...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: August Part I

In August 1896, a heatwave was making the nation swelter; Texas was scorching hot with temperatures of 107 to 112 reported. Hundreds of deaths were reported in New York City; Chicago reported 577...

 

Rotary Club Presents Their 80th Wheelchair Award

Rotary Club President Wayne Peterson presented Pastor Bill Lanes with the latest Wheelchair Award for the Assembly of God Church. This is in appreciation for the use of their fellowship area during...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: July Part II

July Part 2 July 1896 offered a lot of storms, locally and across the nation. There was dissent in the Democratic party on who to nominate for President, storms in South Dakota and Nebraska killed...

 
 By ARLENE WEBER    Community    July 6, 2022

Our Town 100 Years Ago: July Part 1

In early July 1896, a general election was just months away and backing our dollar with silver was in debate. In Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania more than 40 miners were killed in a cave in. United...

 

Our Town 100 Years Ago: June Part II

In 1896, just like today, people were looking forward to the official start of summer. Nationally, headlines included the fire that destroyed Hope, Idaho; the first session of the 53rd Congress...

 
 By ARLENE WEBER    News    June 8, 2022

Last Chance For Rotary Fishpond Tiles

The Whitehall Rotary Club is offering one last chance to order engraved tiles at the historic fishpond in the center of town. There are up to 26 full tiles available for engraving; 4 at the bottom of...

 
 By ARLENE WEBER    Community    June 8, 2022

Our Town 100 Years Ago: June 1922 Part I

June 1896 in the Jefferson Valley: Whitehall is a growing community, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the official start of summer. But rain is making the rivers rise and threatening cropland. Nationa...

 

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