October 12, 2020
Teaching is a challenging career choice, not only in the era of COVID 19, but historically. I suspect, however, that few teachers have ever faced an angry mob as did Mr. William W. Ulin, a music teacher in Spring Hill, Montana, in February 1886.
October 5, 2020
As a teen in Libby, I remember the fierce high school athletic rivalry between Eureka and Libby in the early 1960s. The two towns had been rivals in a variety of ways for decades, including the granddaddy of them all – rivals for designation as the county seat.
September 28, 2020
In 1916, Maggie Smith Hathaway from the Bitterroot and Emma Ingalls from the Flathead became the first women elected to the Montana Legislature – two years after women’s suffrage was approved.
September 21, 2020
The Mix House – or as it more was commonly known, the European hotel – was constructed in 1890 at the corner of Spruce and Woody streets by a man described as “one of the best known citizens of Missoula and Missoula County.” Yet few today recognize his name.
September 14, 2020
Is passenger rail service to remain just a memory? Or are the times a-changin’ again? Which Missoula Current reader will prove to be right: “Never going to happen,” or “I would LUV this to happen”?
September 8, 2020
At 2 o’clock on Montana's first Labor Day, State Sen. Elmer D. Matts of Missoula told a Deer Lodge crowd, “The time is coming when class legislation shall be a thing of the past.” At that moment – the fall of 1891 – Matts said, “We have been witnessing the growth of two classes, one growing richer and the other poorer. There is no natural law and there should be no artificial law to allow this.
August 31, 2020
During the Spanish flu pandemic (1917-1918), communities were quarantined and schools were closed for months. Each school district then consulted with health officials and took community feedback when considering reopening. It wasn't an easy task.
August 24, 2020
The Helena Weekly Herald proclaimed, “Ferdinand Kennett is the Executive-elect of the city of Missoula. The honor was unsought, but it was conferred by a rousing majority nevertheless.” The trouble was – just like Sherman – Kennett didn’t want the job. Period.