Fort Peck Man Named Republican Party Chair (Posted
Monday, June 30, 2003 08:58 AM)
A Fort Peck man is the new chairman of the state Republican Party.
John Rabenberg was elected yesterday in Missoula, over challenger
Gilda Clancy of Helena. Rabenberg was chairman of the Valley County
Republican Party. Jamie Doggett of White Sulphur Springs was elected
vice-chairman of the state party. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.)
Volunteers Can Earn Angler Education Certification
Thursday (Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2003 09:04 AM)
If you want to help teach area youngsters how to fish, plan to
attend an instructor certification course this Thursday afternoon,
June 26, at Home Run Pond in Glasgow.
The session will run from 1 to 6 p.m., with supper following
the course. The class will be taught by Fish, Wildlife & Parks
personnel from Helena and Glasgow. Dave Hagengruber, FWP’s
statewide angler education coordinator, will be on hand to discuss
various components of angler education and ways in which other
communities operate fishing clinics. Andrew McKean, regional information
officer, will discuss specific tackle, fishing tactics and curricula
taught at Glasgow’s Home Run Pond.
Participants will get hands-on experience with a variety of tackle
and equipment and will discuss various fishing scenarios and educational
objectives. The class will culminate in official certification
of volunteer instructors.
I encourage anyone who would like to volunteer at Home Run Pond
or who ever needs help teaching a kid how to fish to attend the
course,” says McKean. “I’d like to develop a
corps of angler education volunteers who have the same sort of
training that FWP gives to its hunter education volunteers. This
is an important first step.”
McKean says the certification course is open to anyone over the
age of 17, and he especially encourages retired residents to attend.
Home Run Pond has proved so popular that I always need volunteer
help at the Tuesday morning classes,” says McKean. “And
if we can certify a roster of volunteers, we can offer even more
educational classes at the pond.”
Call McKean at 228-3723 if you would like to attend the course,
or you can simply show up at the pond, located about a half-mile
east of Glasgow on the Fort Peck
Highway, on Thursday afternoon. In case of rain, the class will be held at Fish,
Wildlife & Parks on Highway 2 West.
Two Applicants For City Council (Posted Wednesday,
June 25, 2003 06:12 AM)
There are currently two applicants for the soon to be vacant position
on the Glasgow City-Council. Garry Stidman is resigning from the
council effective on July 7th because he and his wife are moving
The two candidates include the soon to be retired Glasgow school
superintendent Glenn Monson and the former Glasgow Fire Chief Neil
The open position is in Ward #1 on Glasgow's north side. No deadline
has been set yet for applications but the council will next take
up the issue at the July 7th meeting.
School Board Reduced Extra-Curricular Budget
(Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2003 06:10 AM)
The Glasgow School Board met in special session on Monday and
made reductions of $15,000 in the school districts extra-curricular
budget. When the school board put the budget together for the 2003-2004
school year they made the decision to cut $15,000 from the activities
Chuck Barstad told the board that he could cut $10,000 from activities
by cutting $10,000 earmarked for supplies. The board agreed with
that proposal and then appointed a committee comprised of all the
head coaches plus school board member Tom Schmidt.
will make the remaining $5000 in reductions.
The school board also set the salary for the new High School Superintendent
Marj Markle. Her contract is for 10.5 months and will pay her $54,250.
Markle had been the principal at the Glasgow Middle School for
the past year before being reassigned.
The school board is still looking for a K-6 principal and as of
Monday they had received 12 applications. The application deadline
is June 30th.
Supporters Turn Out To Support Amtrak (Posted Monday, June 23,
2003 10:56 AM)
(AP) Supporters of the Amtrak Empire Builder
say the passenger train is of fundamental importance to Montana's tourism, transportation
and economic development, especially along the Hi-Line.
This week, consultants
are accepting comments on how the Empire Builder affects the government and
economy of Montana.
Three state agencies hired a Washington, D-C
group -- R.L. Banks and Associates. The state transportation, commerce and
agriculture departments paid for the 50-thousand-dollar study.
The study was prompted by
attempts to wean Amtrak from federal
aid, and shift costs to the states. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press.
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
rewritten or redistributed.)
Drought Conditions Persist On River; Snowmelt
Helps (Posted Monday, June 23, 2003 09:28 AM)
(AP) Federal officials say drought conditions persist
in several areas of the Missouri River basin, despite recent rains
and improved mountain snowpack.
The Army Corps of Engineers reports
that mountain snowpack crested during April, with the reach
above Fort Peck Dam in Montana peaking at 92 percent of normal.
from Fort Peck to Garrison Dam in North Dakota peaked at
101 percent of normal.
The result is runoff from the melting snow
reservoirs. And the Missouri River Basin Water Management
says the runoff will continue into early July. (Copyright
2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not
be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
County Receives Increase In PILT Payments (Posted
Friday, June 20, 2003 10:02 AM)
Valley County has received a substantial boost in federal funding
from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program. This federal program
provides remimbursment to counties that have substantial tracks
of federal land.
Valley County will receive $524,130 in PILT funds for this fiscal
year. This compares with $480,083 that the county received in 2002.
Valley County has 1,122,651 acres of federally owned land.
Wolf Point man killed
by train (Posted Thursday, June 19, 2003 07:28 AM)
(AP) -- A man was killed by a train in Wolf Point, and a
tribal investigator says the victim apparently fell on the track before he
was struck and killed last Friday.
Investigator Terry Boyd says
the Burlington Northern
Santa Fe train was traveling westbound at 67 miles per hour, when it struck
Dennis Comes Last and killed him instantly. It happened late
Wolf Point man fell on the tracks on railroad property, west of a crossing
at Sixth Avenue West in Wolf Point. Boyd says Comes Last was
trying to get up when
he was hit. Funeral services are today in Wolf Point. Comes Last will be
buried in Poplar.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Seven Brides For Seven
Brothers Opens THis Weekend (Posted Thursday, June 19, 2003 06:34
There’s courtin’ and singin’ and dancin’ this
weekend at Fort Peck and everyone’s invited to the weddin’.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens Friday at the Fort Peck Theatre
and the cast is plum full of talented people from throughout the
Katie Truscott of Glasgow leads the company as Milly. Her marriage
to Adam Pontipee, an Oregon backwoodsman, sets hearts aflutter
for his six brothers and six beautiful young women from town. J.P.
Dooley of Raynham, Mass. plays Adam.
Playing the brides are Tory Seiter, Marie Fahlgren, Taylor Strommen,
Alexa Etchart, Paula Swenson and Katie’B Jarvis. They are
courted by the Pontipee brothers: Josh Feller, Adam Parker, Glen
Bratz, Luke Hystad, Rory Rosencranz and Nick Grobel.
Others volunteer performers in the cast are: A.J. Lambert, Taylor
Calamar, Andy Mogan, Melissa Greenhagen, Aneeva Uphaus, Hunter
Vegge, Jordan Zorn, Jeff Irving, Craig Greenhagen, Marcus Svingen,
Patrick DeCoudres, Jenna Novak, Christen Etchart, Mary Kate McIntyre,
Savannah Peters, Kimberly Bryson, Rachel Pewitt, Karissa Greenhagen,
Alex Baadsgaard, Taylor Markle, Tess Fahlgren, Shannon Richards,
Kira Rasmussen and Katie Gorman. Members of the professional company
playing roles are Nina Buck, JessAnn Smith, Katie Kramer and Scott
Set in the 1850’s, the musical is based on the popular MGM
movie of the same name. Artistic Director Christopher Kristant
is in charge of the production. Dana Donovan designed costumes,
Ty Lundman is musical director, and Alan Hanson is the lighting
and sound director, with Daren Eastwold choreographer and Shawn
Newton associate artistic director.
Curtain time is 8 p.m. and performances are scheduled Friday, Saturday
and Sunday evenings through July 13. Tickets may be purchased at
the door, with reserved seats an additional $5. An adult admission
is priced at $12, seniors $10 and students $7. For more information,
call the box office at 406-526-9943.
Next on the agenda for the Theatre is Chicago, which opens July
18 for two weekends, and features The Dirty Shame Dixieland Band
from the Scobey area. The performance on July 25 will feature the
Dirty Shame Belles of Scobey. Reservations are recommended for
all performances of Chicago.
Hinsdale Voters Approve Bus Barn Levy (Posted
Thursday, June 19, 2003 06:31 AM)
Hinsdale school district voters have approved a special levy request
of $33,300 for the purpose of building a bus barn for the school
With a small voter turnout the voters approved the proposition
with 64% of the vote.
City Council Notes Updated (Posted Tuesday, June
17, 2003 04:27 PM)
The Glasgow City Council met in regular session on Monday and
accepted the resignation of councilman Garry Stidman who has represented
Ward #1 for the past year and a half.
Stidman is moving to the state of Washington and will resign effective
July 7th. The council has started the process of selecting a replacement
and all interested in the position are urged to fill out a application
form at the city office. Those interested must be a registered
voter and be 18 or older. Ward #1 is located on Glasgow's north
side and is the western part of the city.
The council also gave approval for Public Works Director Jon Bengochea
to go ahead with the demolition of the Coleman Hotel Building located
next to the Stockman Bar. The council had given until June 1st
for the owner of the building to demolish the structure and as
of Monday no effort had been made to take the building down. The
building has been deemed hazardous by city officials and is in
danger of collapsing anytime. Bengochea estimated the demolition
could cost up to $40,000. The city would pay for the demolition
and the cost would then be put on the taxes of the owner of the
building and property. Bengochea is expected to start the process
immediately so demolition can begin as soon as possible.
Long-Time Deputy Quits Sheriff's Department (Posted Tuesday, June
17, 2003 04:25 PM)
A long time Valley County Sheriff's Deputy has resigned his position
effective immediately according to Valley County Sheriff Glenn
Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Klan that Russ Copenhaver handed in his
resignation effective Monday after 22 years in law enforcement.
This resignation will leave the department a little shorthanded
but Meier said that officially hired Keith Hood as a full time
deputy on Monday. Hood had been working on a contract basis with
the department working a majority of the time in Fort Peck.
Sheriff Meier just returned from the Montana Sheriff's Institute
June 9th-13th in Bozeman. Meier said it was a 40 hour school
that included training in civil process, jail problems, personnel, and
new legislation passed by the Montana Legislature.
The Sheriff's Department is gearing up for a busy summer and is
now training the new officers in the Valley County Sheriff's Reserve
Program. Meier said that there are 12 officers enrolled in the
program and they will be helping out the employees in the department
during the summer events.
Glasgow Man Enters Plea Agreement (Posted Tuesday,
June 17, 2003 04:22 PM)
Gary Nordloh has entered into a plea agreement with the Valley
County Attorney for his role in an altercation that took place
in January in Glasgow.
Nordloh has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges and
a felony charge and will spend a lengthy amount of time in jail.
Nordloh admitted to the felony charge of assault on a police officer
when attempted to kick a Glasgow police officer off a balcony at
a Glasgow bar in January. Nordloh also admitted to kicking a different
police officer in the chest which resulted in a misdemeanor charge
of assault on a police officer and he admitted to the charge of
resisting arrest for his role in fighting with the two police officers
as they tried to arrest him during the incident.
The plea agreement recommends that Nordloh serve 60 days in the
Valley County Jail on each of the misdemeanor charges. The sentences
are set to run concurrently. On the felony charge, Nordloh agreed
to be sentenced to 6 years with the Montana Department of Corrections
with the last three years suspended. He is also to be credited
with the 136 days he has spent in the Valley County Jail since
his arrest in January.
The plea agreement also recommends that Nordloh be placed in a
pre-release center in Butte and pay restitution of $2,093.
Judge John McKeon will have the final say on the sentencing when
Nordloh is officially sentenced sometime in July. Judge McKeon
can accept the plea-agreement as is or make changes.
Lots Of Activity At Museum; Donation Process Explained (Posted
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 07:45 AM)
Many of you have noticed all the
activity on the Pioneer Museum building the last few weeks. What
seen is a new roof going
on the older sections of the Museum. This is a combined effort
of Valley County and Friends of the Pioneer Museum where the funding
is concerned. Friends of the Pioneer Museum has donated $20,000
to the project. The remaining amount is being covered by local
options tax funds. The roof will help to cut the utility costs
for the museum by a large amount as well as get rid of some of
the leaks we have had in the past.
To help you understand how this type of financial transaction works
in cases where donated funds are concerned, we will try to explain
how this works. Friends of the Pioneer Museum, thanks to many loyal
supporters, has been fortunate enough to implement a number of
projects at the museum. However, since the Pioneer Museum is owned
by the county, a public entity, its budgets are always set by the
Commissioners for the fiscal year. Once that budget is set it cannot
be added to according to the Montana Statute. However, there is
an account called the Museum Expandable Trust which is outside
the set budget. It is a fund to which Friends of the Pioneer Museum,
as well as other individuals, privately can donate if they with
to see their funds spent directly on the museum. Past projects
such as the renovation of the bathrooms and front entrance, the
security system, office and equipment, etc... have been done by
the Friends of the Pioneer Museum by depositing the amount each
time needed to do specific projects. The front interior wall in
the original section and the ceiling in the office were a combined
effort shared equally by three different museum groups; Pioneer
Museum Board, Historical Society and Friends of the Pioneer Museum.
We have also been able to supplement wages for the museum staff
by adding to this fund. When we see a project that needs doing,
we obtain the approval of all boards, committees and commissioners
involved. We get an estimate of what the project will cost as well
as their input. We then go to work to raise the necessary funds
so the job can be completed. The roof is the first time that any
county tax funds have been used. When a contractor has completed
his job, the necessary funds are transferred by the county to be
used to satisfy the terms of the contract.
This system works very well and can receive donations not only
from organizations such as Friends of the Pioneer Museum, but private
individuals as well. The Museum Board also has the discretion to
use these funds to pay for what they know needs to be done to maintain
or improve the museum. This allows them some flexibility in managing
the museum. The board must keep the level of money in this fund
at a certain point which is determined by the board with the approval
of the county commissioners. Any excess over the set amount may
be used for projects for the museum. As a guideline for setting
that amount, the board tries to keep it an amount needed to maintain
the museum in the worst case scenario (that economic conditions
would not allow us to be open but the funds would help us to maintain
it for a period of 3 years.) I guess you could call it insurance
to protect what we have.
We now have another avenue through which people can help to preserve
their history and the history of this area. When you want to give,
be sure to examine all the avenues available to you. You may donate
directly to the Museum Expendable Trust and name the project you
want it to go toward or leave it to the discretion of the Museum
Board. You may donate to the Valley County Historical Society,
which is in charge of collecting and preserving our history and
artifacts. You may choose to donate to Friends of the Pioneer Museum
who take on major improvement or building projects needed at the
museum. Both the Historical Society and Friends of the Pioneer
Museum have established endowments where the principal is held
and the funds gained by interest paid is given annually to the
particular organization. The Historical Society uses their interest
to accomplish a lot of the work they do. Friends of the Pioneer
Museum uses their interest to supplement wages for the staff, which
allows us to be open more and available to you. As these endowments
grow, they earn more interest and more can be done. Your original
investment is there for all time.
We hope this article clears up any questions you may have. All
of us thank you for your support these past thirty years. Feel
free to donate through whichever avenue best suits you. It is because
of this wonderful support that we have such a treasure as the Pioneer
Museum. We are now open through September 30th. The hours are 10am
to 8pm, Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 1-5pm. Drop in
any time. We would love to have you!
Stidman Resigns From City Council (Posted Tuesday,
June 17, 2003 06:24 AM)
Glasgow City Council member Garry Stidman has announced his resignation
from the council effective July 7th.
Stidman recently retired from his job with the Glasgow school district
and in his resignation letter said that he and his wife will be
moving to the state of Washington.
Stidman was elected to the council in 2001 and has served a year
and a half on the council representing Ward #1.
The council begin the the application for vacancy process at the
council meeting Monday evening.
Pioneer Museum Additions (Posted Monday, June 16, 2003 07:36 AM)
The crew for KLTZ/KLAN who have
been so helpful and supportive of Friends Of The Pioneer
Museum since they organized
in 1992. All through these years they have always allowed
us to be part of their Community Service program This has
enabled us to ' advertise any activities we have held to
promote our efforts to make improvements at the Museum Without
this program we would not have been able to keep all of you
out there so well informed. It would have been very costly
and we would have had to take funds to pay that have otherwise
been used on projects to benefit the Museum We want them
to know that we are deeply grateful and look forward to many
years of cooperation with them in the future. Thank you to
Shirley and her wonderful crew.
Back row L-R: Mary Nyquist,
Tim Phillips, Linda Brown, Shirley Kirkland, Annette Vegge
Front row L-R: Lori Mason
(with Gladys Love), Gwen Page, Stan Ozark, James Hayward.
Fred & Jeanne Compton of Western Drug pictured with their
beautiful plaque done in their business name. This plaque
is done by Friends Of The Pioneer Museum in appreciation
of all their support. Since their printing in 1995 they have
allowed us to display and sell "Our Pioneer Heritage Cookbook".
Many, many of the books were bought at the Western Drug.
They gave us the exposure we needed. Now that there is a
limited supply of the books available we felt we should show
our gratitude. They were also kind enough to donate us a
beautiful antique postcard display rack for use in the Friends
Gift Shop at the Pioneer Museum Thank you Fred and Jeanne
for your wonderful support.
L-R Jeff & Simone Alsberg and Darryl Birkland. Friends
Of The Pioneer Museum deeply appreciate the help that they
have been through their business, AAA Glass Inc. Anytime
we needed a glass project done in the last nine years or
so they have been very helpful whether it be with glass for
the picture plaques in the Heritage Wall Collection or projects
at the Museum itself. Many times they came to handle a very
large, heavy glass box for us. Over that time they donated
a great deal of their time We look forward to working with
them in the future.
AND OLGA KEIPER COURT The era in the early settlement of
west brought Nick Court to the Hinsdale area in the year
1912. The lure was free land to be homesteaded. Along with
Nick came his parents, Mike and Delphia (Docia), his brothers,
John, Pete, Alex and William and his sister, Nellie, from
the Yorkton-Canora, Saskatchewan, Canada area to settle on
homesteads on the Hinsdale south bench. Nicholas (Nick) Court
was born December 6, 1891 in Kolomaya, Austria. He was one
of eight children born to Mike and Delphia Court.
Bill & Donna Jensen Court with parent's plaques, Nick
& Olga Count and Hans & Marie Court
Other brothers and
sisters were John, Pete, Nellie, Norman, Alex and William
born child died as an infant in 1885. All the children
were born in Austria except Alex and William who were born
The parental Mike Court family had
originated in Austria and immigrated to Canada arriving
on July 22, 1897
at the Quebec, Canada port of arrival. It was a nineteen
day journey by ship and the fare for the entire family
of seven was $103. Nick was six years old at the time.
traveled to the Saskatchewan area arriving on August
27, 1897 settling 5 1/2 miles south of Canora and established
farming interests. On November 19, 1903 Mike applied
a homestead on the land they had been living on since
1897. On February 10, 1904 Mike, Delphia and the five oldest
children were granted citizenship in Canada. The Court
lived in the Shortdale and Winnipeg, Manitoba and Buchanan,
Saskatchewan area where they farmed and operated a lumber
In July 1912 most of the family
moved to Hinsdale, Montana where Mike on August 20, 1912
filed on a homestead
south of Hinsdale. Nick Court also filed on a homestead
south of Hinsdale on December 30, 1913. The Court family
were a popular spot among the area's many settlers
who needed the services of a repair shop, blacksmith, feed
Nick's brothers, John and Pete,
had accompanied their parents to Montana and had
homesteads returned to Canada around 1920. In 1924
land that had been homesteaded by his sister, Nellie,
and her husband, Emil Ansen. This farm was 'home' for
Nick and his family until retirement. Call it circumstances
or that of design----whichever the case may be ----
married Olga Keiper on November 25, 1923. They operated
their farm six miles south of Hinsdale through good
years and bad
until 1954 when they retired to their new home in
Their son, William (Bill) had been
operating the firm
them since 1950 and in 1965 purchased the land
from his parents. Bill and his family continued operating
the farm until 1995
when they retired and the Court holdings of many
years were sold to the Albus &family of the Hinsdale-Saco divide area.
Olga E. Court was born April 27,
1905 in Jacobkaw, Germany to the union of Carl P. and Christine
Vogel Keiper. Other
brothers and sisters were: Henry, Elizabeth,
William, Elsie, Carl and Emma. Two other children died
as infants and one
at eighteen months.
Olga's family arrived in
Canada in 1907 from Germany and settled on a farm near
In 1914 they moved to a farm near McEachem,
Saskatchewan which was nineteen miles north of Thoeny,
The Keiper family farmed and ranched at McEachem until
1922 when they
moved to the Hinsdale, Montana area. They made
the journey with their possessions in two wagons along
with seven horses
and their herd of cattle. The Keiper family
farmed the Monrad and Fred Gillette farms for three years
to Wolf Point, Montana where they purchased
farming and ranching property.
Like leaves shed from a
in this case
a family tree, Olga, remained in the Hinsdale
area after her family moved as she had become the bride
of Nick Court.
Perhaps a seed had also been shed as the
family tree of Nick and Olga Court rooted down and established
very firm roots
in this era of pioneering the development
Nick and Olga had their first child
on December 30, 1925 when
a daughter, Betty Jane, arrived. On July
5, 1927 a son, William John, was born on the family farm
country schools and graduated from Hinsdale
High School ---- Betty Jane in 1943 and William in
On June 4, 1947 to John F. Sullivan,
son of Richard and Bridget Sullivan of Kansas City, Missouri.
union were born
three children ---- Michael Joseph of
Park, Kansas; John Francis of Irvine, California
and Theresa Jane of Denver,
Colorado. Michael and wife, Theresa,
sons ---- Matthew James and Timothy Adam Sullivan.
Bill was married on August
20, 195 3 to Donna Jean Jensen, daughter
of Hans and Marie Jensen of Glasgow, Montana who were
homesteaders in the Whatley
community east of Glasgow. Their family
consists of two daughters ---- Susan Jean of Helena,
Debra Kay of Billings,
As the "clock of life" is wound but once so was the case of Nick and Olga Court.
Nick passed away at the age of 88 on September 26, 1980 at Glasgow, Montana.
Olga passed away at age 82 on May 25, 1987 at her home in Hinsdale, Montana.
Both are buried in Hinsdale's Highview Cemetery.
HANS PEDER AND LILLIAN MARIE SCAMM L JENSEN
The pioneer fmaes who carne to the west, including Montana,
can be described as adventurous, dreamers, entrepreneurs
or a multitude of other descriptions to describe the spirit
of the people who brought a new fife-style to the development
of a new land and its socio-econoniic evolution.
Sometimes it's hard to dismiss the role that 'fate' may have
had in the events that now are known as history. Perhaps we
can label a young man from Denmark as adventurous, a dreamer
of a better way of life or an entrepreneur who wasn't afraid
of the unknown who came to America---and remained to become
a part of our history. Perhaps fate enters the picture when
a young lady from Minnesota along with her widowed mother and
younger brother homestead on an adjacent parcel of Milk River
bottomland at what was to become known as the Whatley community.
The above scenario is the basis of the following history of
Hans and Marie Jensen.
Hans Peder Jensen was born January 4, 1884 in Holbaek, Denmark.
He was the fifth of nine children born to Jens and Lisabeth
Christiansen Jensen. Other brothers and sisters were: Anna,
Jens Peter, Kirstine, Christian, Jensine, Soren, Albert and
Elna. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith on March 7, 1884
and confirmed around the age of 14. He attended grade school
but not high school--at that time you paid tuition to attend
high school in Denmark and with nine children in the family
it was not feasible. He was the only one of his family to immiigrate
to America. In 1906, at the age of 22, he and a cousin, Hans
Christiansen, came to America settling first in South Dakota.
On July 2, 1907 he came to Glasgow and worked on various farms.
On January 31, 1913 at the age of 29 he became a citizen of
the United States. On June 19, 1913 he acquired a homestead
in the Whatley community seven miles east of Glasgow. He spent
his entire life farming his homestead and other lands acquired.
Fanning with horses was slow and tedious. It was a big day
when tractors with steel lugged wheels were available and a
bigger days when the lugs were replaced with rubber tires.
He continued farming actively until 1958. As of the year 2000
the land remains in family ownership.
Lillian Marie Scammel was born January 4, 1899 in Minneapolis,
Minnesota to Robert Simpson Scammel I and Grace Gray Scammel.
At the age of nine her family which then included a younger
brother, Robert Clark, moved to Argyle, Minnesota where they
leased the Hotel Argyle. When Marie, was she was always called,
was 10 years old her father at the young age of 37 passed away
suddenly from a heart attack. Her mother closed the hotel shortly
after Robert's death and the children were enrolled in the
Sacred Heart Academy at Fargo, North Dakota. Marie was there
until around 1915 and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic
faith during that time.
During those years Marie's widowed mother, Grace, an accomplished
seamstress lived in various places in Washington, Montana and
North Dakota. In October 1914 Grace settled in the Whatley
area seven miles east of Glasgow. At that time her children,
Marie and Bobby, came to live with her and assist with the
farming. Grace re-married on January 16, 1917 to Maurice Thompson.
Grace Scammel's homestead was a short distance from the homestead
of an eligible bachelor, Hans Jensen. Hans soon took a liking
to young Marie Scammel and they were married on November 7,
1918 at Glasgow, Montana.
Three weeks after their marriage Marie's mother died from the
flu epidemic of 1918, so Marie's 13 year old brother, Bobby,
lived with them. Hans assisted Bobby with farming his mother's
homestead for a few years. Bobby later became discouraged with
farming and sold the farm to Hans and Marie in 1928. Bobby
was married on September 13, 1928 to Philena M. Whiteside at
Glasgow. Bobby and Philena moved to Washington to work in the
logging business At the age of 25 Robert Scammel 11 was killed
by a falling log. His family consisted of his expectant wife,
Philena, and 10 month old son, Robert B. Scammel 111. William
0. Scammel was born four months after his father's death.
Hans and Marie Jensen had their first child on August 17, 1925
when Lillian Marie arrived. In 1927 the crops were good so
they traveled by train and boat to Hans' homeland, Denmark,
to show off their young daughter. That was the only time Hans
visited his birthplace after coming to America.
On October 8, 1931 a second daughter, Donna Jean, was born. Both girls graduated
Glasgow High School ---- Lillian in 1943 and Donna Jean in 1949.
Lillian was married on February 14, 1946 to Donald F. Adams, son of Fay and Ada
Adams of Fort Benton, Montana. Don was a career officer in the Air Force. They
retired and live at Colorado Springs, Colorado. To this union were born to children
---- Donna Lee of Dayton, Ohio and Douglas F. of Tempe, Arizona. Donna Lee and
Tom McTaggart have two sons ---- Shawn Thomas and Ryan Thomas.
Donna Jean was married on August 20, 1953 to William J. Court, son of Nick and
Olga Court, early homesteaders and settlers of the Hinsdale area. They have spent
their life together in the farming and ranching business south of Hinsdale. Their
family consists of two daughters---Susan Jean of Helena and Debra Kay of Billings.
Hans and Marie moved to Glasgow in 1944 to spend their retirement years and to
enjoy the modem conveniences that were not then available on the farm. Early
settlers endured the hardships and lack of what we now recognize as modem day
conveniences, but their lifestyle was filled with the social closeness of the
many neighbors of their community with which they shared so many things in common
Hans and Marie shared and enjoyed their good associations with their many friends
and neighbors from early homesteading days on through their retirement. A favorite
pastime of which Hans especially enjoyed was his daily jaunt to an 'uptown establishment'
on main street where he played a few hands of whist with his 'cronies'. Marie
busied herself with tatting and enjoying the grandchildren from Hinsdale whenever
they came to town.
As the "clock of life' is wound but once so was the case for Hans, the gentle
man from Denmark and his American-bom wife, Marie, who was of Scottish descent.
Marie passed away at the age of 69 on February 8, 1968 and Hans passed away at
the age of 88 on February 4, 1972. Both are buried at Glasgow's Highland Cemetery.
City Council Works On Construction (Posted Sunday,
June 15, 2003 10:38 PM)
The Glasgow City Council met in special session on Monday to open
bids for work scheduled on various streets in Glasgow. Century
Construction was awarded the bid, pending review of their bid packet
and negotiations of details.
According to Public Works Director John Bengochea, this is not
unusual, and he does not anticipate any problems with the bid.
The bid of $201,519 will cover work to be done on Heather Lane,
Wedum Drive, a part of Klein Avenue (in front of Gordon’s),
one block of 7th avenue north and one block of 5th avenue south.
In other city news, Bengochea also discussed some new playground
equipment being installed in various parks in Glasgow. He said
that a grant from the Land-Water Conservation Fund was used to
assist in the purchase of the new equipment. This was a matching
funds grant totalling $50,000.
The city was able to apply a donation of $4,500 from Century Construction
and a donation from the Hill/Heckner Trust (which amounted to about
$5,500 from the sale of two city lots) to assist the city in meeting
their matching amount. He said between the efforts of the city
and some local volunteers, new equipment will be put up n Centennial
Park and Hoyt Park.
Glasgow Man Convicted Of Hiding Evidence (Posted
Sunday, June 15, 2003 10:30 PM)
A federal jury convicted Glasgow
resident Wallis E. Pederson of conspiring
making fake financial documents.
Sentencing was set for September 9th.
Pederson and his ex-wife Joan were indicted last August on charges
of conspiracy to obstruct the government, obstruction of justice
and destruction or removal of evidence to prevent seizure.
The jury convicted Wallis Pederson on all counts.
Joan Pederson pleaded guilty in October to the conspiracy count
and testified against her husband.
Wallis Pederson faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and $500,000
fine. (Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This
material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Poplar Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter (Posted
Sunday, June 15, 2003 10:22 PM)
(Great Falls-AP) -- A Poplar man, Tracy McGowan, has admitted
in U-S District Court at Great Falls that he stabbed another man
to death in April on the Fort Peck Reservation.
The victim was
McGowan changed his plea yesterday, saying the death
occurred as the result of a fight and that he stabbed Kirn
numerous times. McGowan originally was charged with second-degree
He pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter. He
remains in custody pending sentencing October ninth. (Copyright
2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not
be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
School Board Notes (Posted Thursday, June 12,
2003 03:02 PM)
The coaches for the spring sports met with the Board for their
annual program reviews.
The Board has set a work session for June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. to
consider the cuts to be made the activity account (this includes
curricular activities being offered at all levels of the Glasgow
district). This is a public meeting open to all concerned
citizens. That date
again is June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Northern Hardwoods has been hired to work on the high school gym
floor. They will sand, paint and refinish the gym floor from
July 7 -20th.
The School district will contact the city about getting a water
line put in for Alumni Park. In order for the current system
to be put on
timer, it would require a water filtration system to be installed. Those
filters would then need to be cleaned on a regular basis, and with
volunteer helping with the park, it was felt a water line would
be the best
option to go in providing water for the park.
Coach Ryan Malmin has asked the board for permission to put
together a list of modifications he and the American Legion Baseball
people can make in order to continue to have the annual boxing
smoker at the high school. They will meet again in July to
go over these modifications.
The board gave approval to replacing the current computer server
the high school. The present one is not able to handle the
influx of new
Glasgow, in conjunction with Turner, Dodson, Malta and MSU-Northern
was awarded one of six Technology Partnership Grants. The
full details on this grant will be worked out at a meeting later
this summer. This
grant is in the amount of $241,770 and is renewable up to five
The school district is working in conjunction with local law
enforcement to secure a grant to place a School Resource Officer
in the school district. This is a matching funds grant, and
Superintendent Monson said that noadditional funds
will be placed towards this out of the budget.
Funds would be reassigned from the present security funding and
monies from other grants that school district is already receiving
will be used for the
school district's share.
The board approved a change in the current Traffic
program. That change will allow eighth grade students that
are old enough to take driver's education during their eighth
grade year will be allowed to take
it as part of their school class load here in Glasgow.
Glasgow School district is currently not a part of the Montana
Quality Education Coalition. This is the lawsuit that is
Legislature‚s current funding system of the education in
Montana. If funds are available at the end of the fiscal
period, the board may opt to become a part of this coalition.
The Glasgow Middle School name has been changed back to it's
name of Glasgow Eastside Elementary School, as the middle school
students will no longer be housed their.
The Student Handbook has undergone some minor changes, mostly to
try to bring the Middle School and High School rules in to equivalency. One
item of note was that the hair code will now be the same for boys
Due to legislative changes, the school district must now be licensed
state in order to provide school meals. With this licensing
are some new
requirements such as an exhaust hood over one of the prep
areas. The school district is working toward making the necessary
improvements to secure the license.
The Board accepted the resignation of Principal Carl Somers. They
open up for applications to find his replacement. The position
advertised throughout the state.
Jeri Ruggles was hired as a new school cook at Irle school.
Monson was granted permission for travel leave to attend a grant
meeting in Whitefish in regards to the Technology Partnership Grant.
Ethanol Producers And Consumers Hold Conference
(Posted Thursday, June 12, 2003 07:37 AM)
Ethanol Producers and Consumers and Headwaters
Cooperative Recycling Project are teaming up to present a conference
the Big Sky Greening Conference".
The three day event is set for June 11th through the 13th at Huntley
Lodge Convention Center in Big Sky, Montana.
For many years the two groups have been involved in helping to "green" Yellowstone
Park and the surrounding region. EPAC has worked to have ethanol
and biodiesel included in Yellowstone Park fueling stations. Headwaters
has assisted with recycling and composting in the park.
The conference will highlight those achievements and focus on new
and existing partnerships among communities, agencies and private
industries. It is envisioned that attendees to the conference will
obtain a greater understanding and awareness of sustainable energy
conservation, environmental stewardship, and expansion of renewable
For more information on the conference you may contact Ethanol
Producers and Consumers at 406-785-3722.
Walleye Tournament Entries Still Open (Posted
Thursday, June 12, 2003 07:36 AM)
Entries are still being accepted
for the 16th annual Montana Governor's
10th through the 12th on
Fort Peck Lake.
The tournament is limited to just 200 teams and has filled up
the past three years. This year there are 37 spots left in the
which offers a $10,000 prize to the team which catches the most
walleye over the two day period.
The Governor's Cup is the biggest walleye tourney in Montana
and offers thousands of dollars in cash and prizes and is based
of the Fort Peck Marina on Fort Peck Lake.
The tourney includes a Guys and Gals Tourney on July 10th with
the actual tournament fishing on July 11th and 12th.
The entry fee is $300 per team and for more information contact
the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 406-228-2222.
Sletten Construction Low Bidder On Hatchery Contract
(Posted Friday, June 6, 2003 07:02 AM)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced
that Sletten Construction of Great Falls is the low bidder on
the construction contract for the Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery.
Sletten's low bid was for $14,451,750 and was almost three million
dollars lower than the only other bid on the project.
The Corps of Engineers believe that the contract will be awarded
in 4 to 6 weeks and construction of the rearing ponds and hatchery
buildings could start sometime this fall.
Completion of the hatchery should be completed in the summer of
2005 according to the Corps of Engineers.
The Fort Peck Warm Water Fish Hatchery is a joint project between
the Corps of Engineers and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife
and Parks. The hatchery will mainly produce walleye and other warm
water fish to be stocked in Montana's lakes and rivers. Miles City
has the only other warm water hatchery in Montana.
Paddlefish Season To Close Saturday @ 10 PM: Catch-And-Release
Fishing Allowed Only At Intake Dam Through June 30
With Montana's paddlefish harvest quota expected to be reached
Saturday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission agreed
today to close the 2003 paddlefish harvest season on the Yellowstone
River and on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam on Saturday,
June 7 at 10 PM.
Catch-and-release fishing for paddlefish will be allowed beginning
June 7, after 10 PM through June 30, but only at Intake Dam Fishing
Access Site on the Yellowstone River. Anglers can experience catch-and-release
fishing, 24 hours every day through June 30, 2003 but only at Intake
Dam Fishing Access Site.
The 2003 paddlefish season has been exceptional, with more than
600 paddlefish harvested so far this spring. Most of the paddlefish
were caught in the past 10 days. Montana paddlefish harvest quota
is 1,000 fish and we predict the quota will be reached by Saturday
" We're seeing 60-100 or more paddlefish being caught in a single day," said
Brad Schmitz, FWP's fisheries manager in Miles City. "This spring's high
water flows triggered the largest paddlefish movement up river since 1999 and
anglers had a great opportunity to reel in a unique native Montana fish. There
is no doubt this was an excellent spring run for paddlefish."
To provide alternative fishing opportunities for anglers, the FWP Commission
voted to allow catch-and-release fishing for paddlefish but only at Intake Dam
Fishing Access Site on the Yellowstone River. Anglers can continue to experience
fishing for paddlefish at Intake Fishing Access Site, through June 30, 24 hours
a day. A 2003 fishing license, and a 2003 paddlefish tag, is required for the
catch-and-release fishing opportunity for paddlefish.
The paddlefish, a Montana native fish, is named for its elongated paddle-shaped
snout. Today, paddlefish live in only two parts of the world--the Mississippi
River drainage of North America and Yangtze River drainage in China. Fossil remains
reveal that paddlefish have lived in this region for millions of years.
Montana's paddlefish are managed under an agreement with North Dakota. Each state
adopted regulations for an annual harvest of not more than 1,000 fish. Only paddlefish
in the Yellowstone River and on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam are counted
in the agreement. Montana's paddlefish harvest quota is set to ensure that the
paddlefish population remains a viable and sustainable resource into the future.
Appeals Court Says Corps Must Follow Manual To
Manage Missouri River (Posted Thursday, June 5, 2003 06:45 AM)
(AP) Montana and the Dakotas have
lost a round, in their legal battle to have the Missouri River
managed to better protect fishing and other recreation in upstream
A federal appeals court says federal district
judges were wrong last year, when they ordered the U-S Army Corps
to maintain water levels on some reservoirs in North Dakota and
South Dakota. The ruling came down from a three-judge panel of
the Eighth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. It upheld
a federal judge in Nebraska, who required the corps to maintain
downstream flows to support barge traffic.
The appeals panel
says the corps must follow its Master Manual for operating the
The appellate judges say upstream states are unlikely to prevail
in their legal arguments against the way the river is managed.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Glasgow Native To Direct Two Theatre Productions
(Posted Thursday, June 5, 2003 06:40 AM)
A season of transition and new faces at the Fort
Peck Theatre brings opportunity to Glasgow native Shawn Newton
as he directs
two of the five
summer productions. His interpretation of Das Barbecâ kicks off the summer
on June 13 and his work on Odd Couple completes the season in August.
been affiliated with the Theatre since he first appeared as Kurt VonTrapp in
The Sound of Music, 1994. This year, he was named associate artistic director
at the Fort Peck Theater. Most recently, Shawn served as assistant director
for Montana State University's production of The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams.
A junior working toward a degree in motion picture, video and theatre, Newton
has written and directed several short films at MSU.
In his work at Fort Peck,
Newton grasped every opportunity to learn theatre production and performance.
His talent and skill were apparent at an early age. As a high school student,
he was assistant director for the 1998 productions of Noises Off and Forever
Plaid. Working under former artistic directors John Rausch and Bobby Gutierrez
has given Newton a solid foundation from which he begins his work this season.
He has served in a variety of positions in the theater. Each position has
allowed him to gain a broad practical knowledge of theater, which
serves to enhance
his formal education. He looks forward to this season and the
opportunity it presents.
By taking on directing duties this summer, Newton
allows Artistic Director Christopher Kristant an opportunity to
appear on stage. He plays
characters in Das Barbecâ and the lead role of Felix Unger opposite Ryan Grigg
as Oscar Madison in Odd Couple.
After opening the season, Das Barbecâ continues on Thursday evenings, July 3,
10, and Aug. 7, 21, 28. Curtain time is 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the
door. In honor of the "Bigger-Than-Life Texas" theme of Das Barbecâ, everyone
is invited to a pitch fork fondue on Saturday, June 14, at the Theatre. The steak
dinner is priced at $10 per person and serving begins at
Fort Peck Theatre Season Set To Start June 13th (Posted Thursday,
June 5, 2003 06:37 AM)
It has been called a Texas-size skewering of Wagner’s "Ring" cycle
opera, and it opens June 13 at the Fort Peck Theatre in Fort Peck.
In honor of the bigger-than-life theme, everyone is invited to
a pitch fork fondue preceding the performance on Saturday, June
14, at the Theatre. Tickets for the steak dinner are $10 per person
and serving begins at 6 p.m.
The musical comedy opens the 2003 summer season with weekend performances
June 13, 14 and 15, and continues on Thursday evenings, July 3,
10, and Aug. 7, 21, 28. Curtain time for all performances is 8
p.m. and tickets are available at the door. An adult admission
is $12, seniors, $10 and students, $7. For more information, call
the Theatre at 406-526-9943.
Malta Girl In Junior Miss Finals (Posted Wednesday, June 4, 2003
It is a dream come true for hometown
girl Chelsea Watts who has advanced to the America's Junior Miss
(AJM) National Finals in Mobile, Ala., on June 28. She will have
the opportunity to win a portion of the more than $200,000 in cash
scholarships that will be awarded, including the $50,000 title
For Watts, the road to the AJM National Finals has already been
rewarding. By winning at the local and state levels, she has received
$2,100 in cash scholarships to apply to the cost of her college
education at The Davidson Honors College - University of Montana.
Watts attended Malta High School and was a member of the National
Honor Society and a member of the academic team. When not busy
studying or perfecting her talent, she volunteered by feeding the
homeless. She is the daughter of Paige Juliano and Eugene Watts.
I am thrilled to be traveling to Mobile, Alabama, to be a participant
in the America's Junior Miss competition national telecast. As
Montana's Junior Miss, I have had the chance to put my best self
forward. Now I am excited to show the nation what young women my
age have accomplished through our commitment to studying, developing
our talents and serving our communities," Watts said. She
and the 49 other contestants will compete in five categories: scholastics,
interview, talent, fitness, and poise.
According to Lynne Bellew, executive director of AJM, "the
program's goal is to honor young women in these areas and encourage
them to continue on the path of excellence by completing their
college educations and assuming roles of leadership in their communities
and professions. The young women that participate in the AJM program
set an example for other young women to follow." Junior Miss
contestants strive to be their best selves, a platform created
by the AJM organization that stresses the importance of living
by moral principles, getting an education, staying fit, eating
properly, serving their community, and setting and striving to
reach goals. AJM was recently featured as one of the best scholarship
programs in the nation according to Ben Kaplan in his newest book, "The
Scholarship Scouting Report."
Past AJM participants include Diane Sawyer, Debra Messing, Deborah
Norville, Julie Moran, the late Mary Frann, Kim Basinger and Kathie
Lee Gifford. "The America's Junior Miss program attracts some
of the finest, well-rounded young women in the country," Bellew
said. "We are proud of every girl that participates in this
program at the local, state or national level."
AJM is the country's oldest and largest scholarship program for
girls and has awarded more than $83.6 million in scholarships to
high school seniors since its inception in 1957. Participants in
the 2003 National Finals have an average GPA of 3.88 on a 4.0 scale.
Each contestant will be introduced to the Mobile, Ala., community
when they arrive on Sunday, June 15.
The 46th Annual America's Junior Miss National Finals will air
live on PAX from the Mobile Civic Center on June 28 at 9:00 p.m
ET/PT and 8:00 p.m. CT/MT. Miss America 1992 and talk show host
Leanza Cornett will host the telecast. RCA recording artist Aaron
Lines will perform his top 5 hit, "You Can't Hide Beautiful." For
more information on America's Junior Miss, visit the AJM Web site
National sponsors of America's Junior Miss include Tyson Foods,
Inc. and Coca-Cola. National category sponsors include The Guardian
Life Insurance Company of America, Terminix, Bally Total Fitness
and Mobile Gas. Governmental support is furnished by the City of
Mobile, Mobile County and the State of Alabama.
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Controversy Over Sick Leave At City Council (Posted
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 09:52 PM)
The Glasgow City Council approved a change in the city's policy
and procedure manual at Monday nights council meeting.
The resolution passed by the council changes the city's policy
regarding the use of sick leave by city employees. The current
policy allows city employees to only use 5 sick days per incident
due to an illness in an employee's immediate family.
The change in the policy would allow the City Council, in extraordinary
circumstances, to allow an employee to exceed the 5 days due to
an illness in the employees immediate family.
The council also made a change in the manual which would allow
other city employees to transfer their sick leave credits to other
employees who have exhaused their own sick leave and vacation time.
The changes in the manual are the result of the situation with Glasgow
Policeman Rod Dees who has been using sick leave and vacation time
to be with his son who is undergoing medical treatments in
Salt Lake City. Dees has been off work since April and as of Monday
had just three days left of sick leave time.
Mayor Willy Zeller voiced his opposition to amending the city's
policy manual. Zeller told the council that if they changed the
current policy the city could be opened up to a large financial
liability. The Mayor also stated that according to current city
policy, Dees shouldn't be allowed to use his sick leave but has
been getting by because the payroll clerk has let it go. Current
city policy states that an employee may only use 5 working days
of sick per incident for an illness in the employees immediate
family. When a member of the city council asked Mayor Zeller what
Dees would do if he couldn't use his sick leave, the Mayor stated
that Dees could come back to work. The city council did vote
unanimously to change the city policy and allow for other employees
to donate their sick leave for Dees to use. This change will allow
Dees to stay in Salt Lake City and remain with his son.
Mayor Zeller again stated that he wanted it on the record that
he was against any change in the current city policy regarding
the use of sick leave. Council members Dan Durell, Ky Idler, Bob
West and Myron Malnna all voted to change the policy. Council members
Dan Carney and Garry Stidman were absent from the meeting.
County Population Continues Decline (Posted Tuesday,
June 3, 2003 08:53 AM)
The population of Valley County continues to
decline according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest population
July, 2002 show that Valley County's population
has declined to 7,382 compared with 7,675 during the official 2000
census.That's a drop of 293 people according to the Census Bureau.
Other counties also recorded significant drops in population. Phillips
County declined 280, Roosevelt County declined 126 and Sheridan
County dropped 307 people from the 2000 census.
School District And Teachers Reach Agreement
(Posted Tuesday, June 3, 2003 08:49 AM)
The Glasgow School District and the Glasgow Education Association
have reached agreement on a one-year contract for the 2003-2004
The contract allows for a $1000 signing bonus for all Glasgow teachers
and increases the base salary from $19,850 to $21,268. The top
salary has also been increased from $42,836 to $44,131.
Another added benefit to the new contract is a provision that allows
for all teachers who've been employed by the Glasgow school district
for more than twenty-years to receive a $500 bonus.
Glasgow Superintendent Glenn Monson told Kltz/Klan that the new
contract will cost the school district $131,165. The school board
recently had to make budget cuts of over $200,000 for the coming
school year because of declining enrollment.
Mildred Saindon Beauchman
Mildred Beauchman, 93, passed away Wednesday, June
25th, from a brief and painless bout with cancer. Services will be
Monday, June 30, 2003 at 2p.m. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow,
MT. with Reverend Lonnie Eidson officiating. The burial will be at
the Highland Cemetary in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in
charge of arrangements. Memorials can be sent to the the First Baptist
Building Fund, P.O Box 608, Glasgow, MT 59230.
Mildred Beauchman was born on August 8th, 1909 in Menneapolis,
MN to Mary and Hilmer Johnson. She was the eldest of five children.
The family moved to rural Argyle, MN in 1915. An honor student, Mildred
attended Poplar Grove Country School in Alma Township through eighth
grade, and then Argyle High School. She later worked at the Alma
Cooperative Store, and attended services at Alma Baptist Church.
The Johnson family moved to Glasgow, MT in 1928. Mildred worked as
a receptionist for Dr. Cline, a dentist, then practicing in Glasgow.
She later worked as a waitress in George Lambers resturant, across
1st Ave. South from the Great Northern depot. In 1931, Mildred met
Roy E Saindron, and the two were married in Glasgow in 1933. Roy
worked on the Fort Peck Dam from the beginning of the project until
his death in 1962. The couple had five children. From the time of
her marriage, Mildred dedicated her life to being the best wife and
mother she could possibly be. She was an excellent manager of family
affairs, a good housekeeper, and a good cook, she always raised a
garden, canned, and took care of wild game and fish brought home
by her husband and sons. She was also a talented craftsperson. After
the death of her husband, and after the children were raised, Mildred
worked with handicapped children, and later as a waitress in the
Elks dining room in Glasgow. In 1978, she married Thomas Beauchman
of Glasgow. The couple enjoyed traveling in their RV, and visiting
relatives. They were actively involved in Good Sams. They were also
involved with the Valley County Senior Citizens. Thomas died in 1995.
Until the time of her death, Mildred was an active member of the
First Baptist Church of Glasgow.
In addition to Roy and Thomas, Mildred was preceded
in death by her mother and father, her brothers Clifford, Wallace,
and Clarence Johnson.
Mildred is survived by her five children: Gloria Fuhrman
of St. Marie; David and his wife Jan of Mountain Home, Idaho; Marie
Fuhrman of Helena; Gary and wife Jayne of Billings; and Robert and
wife Ann of Wolf Point; her brother Arthur of Salt Lake City; and
numerous granchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter,
and numerous nieces and nephews including her neice Diane Sergeant
and grandneice Donna Turner who served as care givers.
She is also survived by many stepchildren, step-grandchildren,
etc, including step-granddaughters and special care givers Monica
Garten and Mona Amundson.
Marv Bjorklund, 80, passed away Tuesday, June 24th,
from a short battle with cancer. Services will be Saturday, June
28th at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow at 10a.m. with Reverend
Martin Mock officiating. The burial will be at the Highland Cemetery
in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be sent to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust
Fund, 904 Wedum Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230 or the American Cancer Society.
Marv Bjorklund was born on March 21, 1923 in Glasgow
to Herbert and Hilma Bjorklund, early homesteaders north of Nashua
who moved to Glasgow in 1934. Marv began his entrepreneurial career
at the young age of 13 while attending Glasgow school by building
the largest newspaper delivery route in town (during "Fort Peck
Dam" days), and by operating a convenience and newsstand with
his brother, Russell, on the current site of First Community Bank.
Graduating from Glasgow High School in 1941, Marv moved to San Diego,
CA (where his sister, Eulalie, lived), and became a tool-and-die
maker. He worked two separate jobs in the aircraft factories that
werre ramping up production for World War II. It was in San Diego
that he met and married Marie Down in October of 1942. In 1943 Marv
enlisted in the U.S.Army Air Corps and trained as a pilot. He attained
the rank of Captain, and flew night-photo-reconnaissance in the European
Theater with the 8th Air Force. He remained in Germany with the Occupation
Forces until early 1946. In 1947, with his wife Marie and son Randy,
Marv moved back to Glasgow where he joined his father in a fledgling
Insurance and real estate business, Bjorklund and Son, that was later
known as United Insurance and Realty. Over the ensuring 32 years
as a businessman, Marv participated in numerous public service and
business-related activities, including the local Kiwanis Club, a
Board member of the Deaconess Hospital, and the President of the
Montana Independent Insurance Agents Association.
Marie passed away 1967. Marv married Thelma Leraas
Waarvik in September of 1975, and in 1979 he sold his interest in
United Insurance and Realty to enjoy retirement. Marv and Thelma
wintered in Phoenix, Arizona, but always returned to Montana in the
summer, eventually splitting their time between Phoenix and Bigfork.
It was important to Marv that he always maintained his Montana ties
and residency. Marv enjoyed golf, flying, the grandkids, woodworking
projects, and helping family, friends and neighbors with remodeling
Survivors include: wife, Thelma of Bigfork; children,
Randy and Sonya Bjorklund of Burke, VA, Karen Waarvik of Bothell,
WA, Roger and Ruth Waarvik, Daryl and Deb Waarvik of Glasgow, Wayne,
Jr. and Tracy Waarvik, all of Glasgow; grandchildren, Karston Waarvik
of Bothell, WA, Kristen and Sarah, Brendan and Mikayla, Amanda and
Trevor Waarvik, all of Glasgow; a nephew, Eric Bjorklund; and nieces,
Karen Locklin, Linda Young and Kris O'Keefe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister,
Eulalie (Pat); and one brother, Russell Bjorklund.
Pallbearers are Randy Bjorklund, Eric Bjorklund, Roger
Waarvik, Daryl Waarvik, Wayne Waarvik, Jr., Brendan Waarvik, Trevor
Waarvik and Karston Waarvik.
Honorary Pallbearers are all his friends in Glasgow,
Bigfork and Moon Valley.
Arthur M. Vegge
Arthur M. Vegge, 86, passed away from natural causes
on Monday, June 23rd at the Valley View Home in Glasgow. Services
will be Thursday, June 26th at 10a.m. at the First Lutheran Church
in Glasgow with Reverend Martin Mock officiating. The interment will
be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow
is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur M. Vegge was born February 25, 1917 in Glasgow
to Andrew and Marie Vegge. He was raised in Glasgow and lived on
the farm near Tampico. He graduated from Glasgow High School. Arthur
worked for the Chevrolet Garage. He worked in Seattle and Alaska
before entering the military. He served in the US Army in a military
artillery unit in Europe. Arthur married Thelma M. DeDobbeleer on
May 21, 1938 in Glasgow. Thelma passed away on April 18, 2003. He
has resided in Glasgow since. Arthur and Leonard Moen had the Minneapolis
Moline, Kaiser, Frazer, and Jeep business. He then farmed North of
Glasgow since 1957. His hobby in life was farming. He served on the
Board of Directors of the Farmers Union. He was very active with
the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.
Survivors include: 2 sons, Mel Vegge of Glasgow and
Larry Vegge of Cheyenne, WY; 2 sisters, Gertrude Figmaka of Glasgow
and Selma Tweten of Nashua; 1 brother, Gustav Vegge of Arlington,
VA; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers include: Leonard Moen, Lloyd Eide, Dennis
Figmaka, Don DeDobbeleer, Bus DeDobbeleer, Paul Tweten and Jim Tweten.
Arvid W. Hobby
Arvid W. Hobby, 67, died on Thursday, June 19th in
Marietta, Georgia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11p.m.
Wednesday, June 25th at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta
with Monsignor Patrick Bishop officiating. A memorial service and
interment will be held in Glasgow at a later date. A Prayer service
will be held at 7:30p.m. Tuesday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funer Home
in Marietta. Honorary pallbearers are his good friends.
Arvid Warren Hobby was born in Bainville, MT July 23,
1935, the son of Fred and Helen (Vannatta) Hobby. He attended school
in Bainville. After graduation he joined the Great Northern Railroad
in 1954. He continued to work for the railroad as a brakemen and
later a conductor, retiring with a disability after 30 years of service
with Burlington Northern Railroad. His last run was July 22, 1984.
Arvid also served nine years in the National Guard. He married Marie
Nolson on April 28, 1956 in Glasgow, MT. They lived in Glasgow for
40 years until 1996 and moved to Kennesaw, GA. Arvid enjoyed many
years of hunting, fishing and trap shooting, water skiing and camping
near Fort Peck Lake. He was handy with mechanical work and enjoyed
building his garage. Arvid's friends were his true joy as he loved
to visit and always had coffee available. Arvid was a lifetime member
of the Elks having joined 43 years ago. He was active for many years
in the Glasgow Fish & Wildlife Gun Club, a member of the Knights
of Columbus in Glasgow, and served several years as a board member
with the Valley County Credit Union. After Arvid moved to Kennesaw
he enjoyed many years of fun with his grandchildren and their activities.
He also loved the computer and keeping up with his many friends via
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Helen
Survivors include his wife, Marie Hobby of Kennesaw,
GA; a daughter, Sandra Richards and her husband Ron and two grandsons,
Stephen and Andrew of Marietta, GA; one brother, Norman Hobby of
Helena; and one sister, Caryl Hobby of Glasgow.
Memorial donations may be made to: Handicap Parking
Fund in c/o Jeannine Elletson, 3405 Kings Avenue East, Billings MT
Polly Hagen, age 84, passed away on Thursday, June
19th from natural causes at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Services will be Tuesday, June 24th at the Fort Peck Community Church
at 11a.m. with Reverend Martin Mock officiating. The burial will
be at the Fort Peck Cemetery. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge
Polly was born on January 4, 1919 in Helena to Ruth
Tollefson and Edmund Ryan. She was raised and attended schools in
Billings, and then received her teaching certificate from the University
of Montana in Missoula. Polly taught school in Shepherd, MT before
moving to Fort Peck in 1951 where she taught until retiring. She
enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, painting, crafts, and making and
decorating wedding cakes. Polly was involved with the Fort Peck Information
Center, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre and served many years on the
Survivors include: daughters, Lana Jones and Don of
Glasgow, Dixie Evans of Colorado Springs, CO, Linda Redford and (Rod)
of Nampa, ID, Daun Dixon and (Charlie) of Fort Worth, TX; son, Ryan
Preble of Buena Vista, CO; 12 Grandchildren; and 16 Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ole and sisters,
Mary Spelman and Patty Clark.
Marcella Elfring, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, June
17th at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services
will be Friday, June 20th at 1p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in
Glasgow with Reverend Martin Mock officiating. The interment will
be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow
is in charge of arrangements.
Marcella was born on June 30, 1932 in Glasgow to Sam
Emil Sylvester and Anne Gladys (Lear) Sylvester. She graduated from
Glasgow High School. She married Bob Elfring in Glasgow on Feb. 24,
1952 at the First Lutheran Church. She was a lifelong resident of
Glasgow. Marcella was a Sunday school teacher when her kids were
younger. She worked in Glasgow for St. Clair Jewelry, JCPenny, Woolworths
and was a school cook. Marcella enjoyed gardening, her flowers, planting
and playing cards. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary
and a member of the Glasgw First Lutheran Church. Her pride and joy
was her granddaughter, Marcia Stratton.
Survivors include: her husband, Bob Elfring of Glasgow;
daugher, Debbie Stratton and Lonnie of Glasgow; sons, Larry Elfring
of Glendive and Dan Elfring and Missy of Colorado Spings, CO; 3 Grandchildren,
Marcia Stratton, Cody Elfring and Caitlyn Elfring; several Nieces
and Nephews; 1 brother, Sam Sylvester and Joyce of Glasgow.
Her parents and one sister, Viola Dascher preceded
her in death.
All her Nieces and Nephews are the Honorary Pallbearers.
Marlene E. Gouse
Marlene E. Gouse, 69, passed away on Thursday, June
12 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services will
be Tuesday, June 17th at the Saco Methodist Church at 10a.m. with
Reverend Kent Gordon officiating. The burial will be at the Grandview
Cemetery in Saco. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Marlene E. Gouse was born on June 20, 1933 in Renovo,
Pennsylvania to Henry Edward Lundfelt and Erma Leah Stevenson Lundfelt.
She attended school in Renovo, graduating High School in Renvovo.
She married Harry Gouse at Renovo on May 9, 1953. They celebrated
their 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 9, 2003. She was an avid fly
fisherman, operated Tie Fly Fishing Co. and the Renovo Land Survey
Co. She enjoyed hunting, gardening, bird watching and was an avid
reader. She enjoyed camping and family holidays.
Survivors include: husband, Harry Gouse of Hinsdale;
sons, Steve Gouse of Saco, Mike (Karen) Gouse of Hamilton and Brian
(Paula) Gouse of Hinsdale, daughters, Vicki Gouse of Hinsdale and
Holly (Don) Minnerath of Saco ;and 2 Grandchildren.
Mary E. Shipp
Mary E. Shipp, 101, passed away on Tuesday, June 10
from natural causes at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. Services
will be Friday, June 13th at 3p.m. at the St. Raphael's Church in
Glasgow. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell
Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.
Mary was born on January 5, 1902 in New Effington,
SD, to Charles Edward Felton and Agnes (Bresnahan) Felton. She attended
schools in South Dakota and then attended college in North Dakota
to become a teacher. In 1922, she moved to north of Glasgow to live
at the Tom Coleman Half-Way House and teach at the Rose Hill Country
School. Mary married Oliver Shipp on December 21, 1923 in Glasgow.
They farmed and raised cattle north of Glasgow until retiring in
1973 and moving into Glasgow. Mary raised turkeys and chickens and
she loved to cook. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers and reading.
She especially enjoyed her family and her grandchildren. She was
a member of the St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Alter Society and
Cowbelles. Her husband, Oliver, passed away in May of 1978.
Survivors include: daughter, Lorraine Hinrichsen (Bernie)
of Bothell, Washington; sons, Clifford Shipp (Helen) of Las Vegas,
Nevada and Lyle Shipp (Janice) of Glasgow; 14 Grandchildren; 25 Great
Grandchildren; 6 Great-Great Grandchildren; and sister, Agnes Thies
of Fargo, ND; brother, Albert Felton of New Effington, SD. She was
preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Mason; sons, Donald Shipp
and Gerald Shipp; and brothers, Edward, Chester, Raymond and Earl
Pallbearers include: Douglas Shipp, Christopher Shipp,
Cam Shipp, Kelly Bagley, Mark Brand, Josh Green and Carlo Porteen.
Mabel A. Lohman
Mabel A. Lohman, 64, passed away from cancer on Sunday,
June 1, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. Services
will be Friday, June 6 at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow at 2p.m. with
Pastor Dave Rogenes officiating. The burial will be at the Kenyon
Cemetery in Kenyon, MN. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of
Mabel was born on January 3, 1939 in Backus, MN to
Olaf and Edna Lein. She lived in Fergus Falls, MN, graduated in 1957
there, then moved to Faribault, MN. She worked at the State Hospital
there as a nurses aid, then was laundry supervisor. She married Roger
Lohman at Kenyon, MN on October 15, 1960. They stayed in Faribault
until coming to Glasgow in 1977, and have lived here since. She enjoyed
traveling, and was active in Al-anon, enjoyed crafts, caring and
compassionate for those who that needed help. She enjoyed visiting
and taking care of grandchildren.
Survivors include: husband, Roger of Glasgow; 3 sons,
Bob (Deb) Lohman of Miles City, Brian Lohman of Anchor Point, Alaska
and Blake (Karen) Lohman of Boring, Oregon; 6 grandchildren, Justin,
Logan and Chance (Bob and Deb), Lindsey, Casey and Jett (Blake and
Karen); 2 sisters, Anna Wetzel of Underwood, MN and Alma of Faribault,
MN; 1 brother, Richard Lein of Walker.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ole.