Celebrating History-March 23, 1918

The Havre School Board of Trustees announced who won the contract to build the second Havre High School. This announcement was found on the front page of The Havre Plaindealer’s March 23, 1918 issue:

“Contracts were let by the board of trustees of School District No. 16 Wednesday evening for the new high school building. The contracting firm of Fuglevand & Sundberg was awarded the building, the plumbing went to J. P. Grady & Co., and the wiring to E. S. Henry. The new building will cost about $75,000, and when completed will be one of the best in the state.”

The local Moose lodge recently met, and here are the results of their meeting:

“The Havre lodge Loyal Order of Moose held annual election of officers Thursday evening with the following results:
“Past Dictator, T. J. Troy,
“Dictator, John Clark
“Vice Dictator, Talber Erickson
“Prelate, John M. Kay
“Secretary, Don McLeod
“Treasurer, T. J. Troy
“Trustees, James G. Holland, three year term; Frank May, two year term; Jerome Sweet, one year term.
“Delegate to the national convention-T. J. Troy; alternate, Jerome Sweet
“Installation of officer will take place on the first Tuesday in April.”

For those of us in tourism circles and who love to travel, the dates for the openings of national parks were announced. Glacier National Park was to be open June 1 to September 15, and Yellowstone National Park was to be open June 25 to September 15.

In war news, it was announced that homesteaders who had not yet proven up on their claims but were called to serve in the military, that the time served for our country would be counted toward time necessary to prove up on their claim. Montana was assigned 4,000 boys from ages 16 to 21 from the United States Boys’ Working reserve to supply labor to farms.

Montana was among the top states in the nation sending its men off to fight The Great War, and another round of drafts was announced in the Plaindealer.

“Hill County Will Furnish 22 Boys For Army
“Twenty-two young men of Hill County will have been called to report to the local draft board on March 28th to serve in Uncle Sam’s army. They will be sent to Camp Lewis and other points on the 29th instant. Below is a list of those called for the quota:
“Roy E. Zetterstrom, James Hubbs, John Punjack, Hilmer Magnus Johnson, Arthur C. Groppe, Toni Colletto, William E. Eliason, Arnold M. Ronnie, Albert W. Hunt, Arthur L. Geesey, Pietro Paviglianite, Ole E. Steen, John Lloyd Gunter, Endore Grange, Ole Nelson, Christ Hagen, Walenty Sawina, Edward Schnible, Mike Hardy, Lauritz G. Jensen, Carl Harold Kempendorf, Welhelm Wenneson.”

Havre’s women were not slacking in “doing their part” to help win the war “over there”. Here are some entries from the Society column.

“Red Cross Social.
“The Mountain View Grange of North Havre, gave a very successful basket social, Friday evening of last week, at the Mountain View school house about ten miles northwest of Havre. A very interesting program was rendered after which the baskets were sold and lunch enjoyed by the assembled guests. A very pleasant evening was spent. Twenty-three dollars and fifty cents were the proceeds of the sale, which amount was given to the Red Cross.

“Red Cross Teas.
“Among those who entertained at Red Cross teas this week were: Mesdames Wilkie; Rathbone; Josephs; Raymond Hulfish; Templeton; Holt; Hamilton; G. W. Hulfish; Bossout; Duncan; Feiden; Becwar; Griggs; Decker; J. A. Ferguson; Whitlock; Hammond; Carlton and Kline.”

“Social Sixty Club Dance.
“The fortnightly dance of the Social Sixty club was held on Thursday evening at the Lyceum hall. A pleasant evening was spent dancing.”

You can see a couple of Social Sixty membership cards at the Clack Museum.

And in the “Of Local Interest” social pages, we find the following entry:

“Miss Alice Boyle, a popular nurse of this city who expects to leave soon for service in France, was honor guest at a function given Wednesday by Mrs. John Duncan and Miss Isabel Kinghorn, at the home of the former.”

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