April 12, 2021
In the first edition of Montana’s first newspaper, the Montana Post, in Virginia City, August 27, 1864, Editor John Buchanan made it clear: “Believing that political demagogues have well nigh ruined our country, we shall not make our paper the organ of any clique or faction."
April 5, 2021
A trip over Marshall Grade east of Missoula has scared the socks off adults and children alike for generations. “We passed over (Marshall Grade) in a light wagon with some ladies and children, and a little girl who sat beside us clutched our hand in fright!” wrote a Weekly Missoulian reporter in 1880.
March 29, 2021
It was late summer, 1920 – prohibition times, just south of the Canadian line in Lincoln County. Four Eureka residents – booze runners (two men and two women) – had a good lead, but Sheriff Frank Baney “stepped on it” and within a mile was alongside the fleeing car shouting at them to stop. They refused. So Baney fired a few shots at their front tires.
March 22, 2021
He was one of Missoula’s most prominent citizens back around the turn of the century – a successful businessman, a city councilman of several terms, an exalted ruler in the Elks lodge, a member of the Masons and the Odd Fellows. But he'll be forever remembered for that sidewalk clock on Higgins Avenue.
March 15, 2021
The crowd was estimated at something north of 3,500 people – more than 10 times the town’s population. It was September 5, 1999. They’d come from all over to see a Guinness World’s Record broken. And they did: The world’s largest hamburger, weighing 6,040 pounds, measuring 24 feet in diameter, fried on a 576-square-foot grill. Saco, Montana had made headlines around the world.
March 8, 2021
Mary Drouillard divorced husband No. 1, Cyrus McWhirk. She locked husband No. 2, Dr. John Buker, out of his own home, forcing him to divorce her. She was convicted of shooting and killing husband No. 3, Sheriff Moses Droiullard, although there were doubters.
March 1, 2021
This week’s episode was to have been the conclusion of our series on Marie (Mary) Angelia Thibeau McWhirk Buker Drouillard. But wouldn’t you know it – we’ve uncovered a few more unexpected details relating to this woman whose marriages to three prominent Missoula men in the 1870s all ended badly.
February 22, 2021
Moses Drouillard, Missoula’s 11th sheriff (1877-78), has been painted as a power-obsessed, conceited ass – not only that, but an abusive husband. Others considered him a courageous man, going up against the worst of society in a Wild West town.