Saturday, May 21, 2005

Browning Newspaper Notes 1938 - 1939

January 7, 1938
Mae Aubrey Coburn announced her candidacy for the Tribal Council.

January 14, 1938
Weekly pistol shoot in the basement of the High School. Harold Scriver is the president of the gun club as well as the high scorer.
Marriage license for John Walter and Olive Walter.

February 4, 1938
Doug Gold resigns from Butte where he has been superintendent ‘34-’38. He says he plans to get a doctorate at Columbia in NY.
Marriage license issued to Eddie Big Beaver Jr. and Rosell Bear Child.

March 11, 1938
Jim Stone died. 83 years old.
James Leadbetter, Thad Scriver and Fred Stone motored to Great Falls on business Wednesday. While there they visited with James Stone at the hospital. Mr. Stone is very ill. Thursday noon relatives were called over the radio to come to his bedside as he was slowly sinking.

March 18, 1938
Funeral services for the late James M. Stone were held last Sunday afternoon from the ME church, the Rev. Arthur Wilcox officiating. a large gathering of sorrowing relatives and friends paid their last respects to the departed. The casket and rostrum were banked with floral tributes showing the high esteem in which the decedent was held. Rev. Wilcox paid a glowing tribute to Mr. Stone and spoke words of comfort to the bereaved relatives. Mrs. Barter and Mr. Duncan sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “In the Land of Fadeless Day.” Interment ws in the Browning cemetary. James M. Stone, son of M&M Joel Stone, was born in Oswego, NY, May 29, 1855, and died March 10, 1938. When 18 years of age he came West and enlisted under General Custer. Ten years after leaving the army he was employed by TC Powers as stage driver from Fort Benton to Helena. After that many years were spent in freighting from GF to Choteau. He moved with his family 41 years ago to a ranch north of Browning and made that community his home until death came. He was an energetic and successful rancher and an honorable citizen. His home became a center for social events and was well-known for the hospitality there. The community has lost one of its esteemed citizens. His death brought sorrow not only to the members of his family but to a host of friends as well.
M&M Ed J. Stone and Mrs. B.W. Stone of St. Paul, MN., were dinner guests at the home of M&M James Leadbetter last Tuesday evening. M.&M TE Scriver and M&M Am Shannon also were guests at the dinner given in compliment to the St. Paul visitors who left that night for their homes.

April 15, 1938
George Bird Grinnell died.

April 22, 1938
Dedication of the Holy Family Chapel.

May 6, 1938
Daily airplane flights from Great Falls to East Glacier
A marriage license was issued at Kalispell on May 9 to Arthur W. Douglas of Browning and Marion E. Fuqua of New York.
Frank Bird Linderman dies.

May 27, 1938
Band played “Opera Gems” for commencement. Betty June Wright has a solo and soloes just about every time from now on.
Hart and Naomi Schultz are back for the summer.
Mae Coburn divorced John Coburn of Cut Bank, decree at Conrad.

June 1938
Harvey Williamson and Mae Aubrey Coburn, both of Browning, were married at Great Falls last Saturday. They will make their home here. Mrs. Willamson is a member of the Tribal Council and the couple is well-known here.
Helena to have an historical museum.
Jim Welch had a blow-out and wrecked.

July 8, 1938
Doug Gold marries Bertha Levingood at home in Butte. She was his secretary for the past 6 years. They will visit Mary Gold in Seattle, then live in Browning.

July 15, 1938
Mrs. Octavia Stone was a business visitor in Browning Thursday. Her health is slowly improving and by spending a lot of time outdoors she is acquiring quite a suntan.

Sept. 16, 1938
J.H. Sherburne “Passes to the Great Beyond.”

Sept. 30, 1938
Mrs. AM Shannon, Mrs. Thad Scriver, and their guest Mrs. Allison spent last weekend at the Shannon cabin at St. Marys.

November 18, 1938
Merle Magee and Phoebe Pepion married.

December 9, 1938
Story on Shorty Shope, cowboy artist who lives in Helena..

January 6, 1939
Wolf Plume died. b. 1859 (Father, Bull Chief, was from Melted Fat clan. Mother was Shoots Back.) Settled at Little Badger in 1890. When his father died, he got a .44 pistol and his mother told him he would have to provide meat for the family with it, which he did. In 1879 he got a .44 rimfire “Henry Flat” rifle and led a raid in the Cypress Hills. Later in the Moccasin Mountains near Lewistown he found Sioux on the Yellow R. (AKA The Judith) and captured back sixty horses they had just taken from some Blackfeet. in 1889 he was made a policeman by John B. Catlin. In 1896 he became a judge of the Indian Court (appted by Major George McLaughliin). In 1912 he had 137 horses and 278 cows. In 1922 he was the chapter head in the Campbell program.

Approval of Museum of Plains Indian
$150,000 approved by Congress for construction
Mostly this was accomplished through Dick Sanderville (Chief Bull). Gen. Hugh L. Scott came September 1930 for the International Peace Council and the film made from it. There were 15 tribes represented. They took their moccasins off and stood in plaster barefoot, except Scott kept his boots on. There were supposed to be two commemorative circles of feet, one at Two Medicine. They were supposed to be sheltered by a concrete tipi. [That didn’t happen but someone picked up the idea for a service station.] In 1935 Sanderville enlisted the Lions Convention of District 37 International Lions Clubs at Helena. The whole Lions International made it a project. In 1937 Mrs. Stella M. Atwood, Director of the American Association of Indian Affairs in Riverside, CA wrote a propectus. Dr. George C. Ruhle , Chief Naturalist of Glacier Park, helped. Secretary of the Interior Ickes (Big Bear) came through on a campaign train. Sanderville, who had met Ickes, swung aboard and addressed Ickes. Then he told Senator Murray about Jessie Schultz’s “little Craft Shop” with 62 workers and how much help it is to the people who sell work there. (This is how the Craft Shop came to be built into the Museum.) Fund of $5,000 sent for the Craft Shop. Then Sanderville went to local merchants and raised a $200 loan. He gathered 100 items from local people to exhibit. Bird Rattle’s shield handed down from “He Never Sits Still” was among them. J. H. Sherburne gave them his collection, which included a full-length warbonnet from White Eagle, chief of the Ponca Indians, Chief Joseph’s stirrups and WhiteCalf’s pipe. The land was tribal, carved out of the fairgrounds/campgrounds. The building was to be made of native stone.

January 20, 1939
Doug Gold is remodeling the Sherburne ice house into an apartment house -- 8 apts.


gnrocky said...


I'm finding your posts to be a real gold mine. It looks like you have complete early newspapers from the Browning area, or at least clippings. Some of the article headlines are real teasers - I'd really like to read more.

I am a serious student of the life and work of artist Winold Reiss. I tried a few years ago to find information on Reiss's activites in Browning through the local newspapers. I visited the Museum of the Plains Indians in the summer of 1994, and I asked about sources of historic archives in Browning. I was told to speak to Earl Old Person, which I did, but he said the old newspapers of the Glacier Reporter had burned in a fire many years ago.

I'd sure like to contact you via email or something, so that we can correspond about what you have, and whether there is more detail that you are able to share from these news articles.

I'm brand new to this blog site, so I have no idea how to contact you other than via the comment link.

- gnrocky

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