July 19, 2021
Think it’s hot? Well yes it is, but ... it hasn’t yet reached the point of the late 1800s when legendary Vigilante-turned-humorist John X. Beidler told a Choteau Calumet newspaper reporter of a summer (he did not specify the year) “when the mountain streams steamed and bubbled and the Indians caught and lived upon boiled trout!”
July 12, 2021
The rich and the famous of Montana found a use for steam power which I suspect none of us would have guessed: steam-powered yachts. That’s right – yachts! Missoula's John R. Higgins, one of Captain Christopher R. Higgins’s nine children and cashier at his father’s bank, ordered his steam yacht in the spring of 1890, with delivery on July 26th.
July 5, 2021
The first of a three-night series, Brandi Carlile played KettleHouse Amphitheater this weekend, marking the first concert of the 2021 season for Log Jam Presents.
July 5, 2021
Mosquitoes bothering you? No problem. In the good old days of summer, you simply reached for your can of “Skeeter Skoot” or “Fly Knocker.” Then again, perhaps you might have preferred Standard Oil’s new offering called “Flit.”
June 28, 2021
On the night of May 10, 1888 the city council granted two men “the right and privilege of erecting, maintaining, operating and using, in, along and over any and all streets and alleys of the city of Missoula, electric light wires.”
June 21, 2021
On Monday, August 9, 1920, Missoula's first public swimming pool was officially dedicated and turned over to the city. Mayor H. T. Wilkinson address a crowd of several hundred anxious swimmers.
June 14, 2021
“What puzzles the people of Missoula,” the Missoulian newspaper reported, “is that Mr. (George) Hoaglin should change his name when he went to Butte.” What was the really story, and who started the fire that destroyed Mr. Hoaglin's failing mercantile in Butte?
June 7, 2021
Art, libel and beautiful snow – all are topics of interest as I page through an 1887 copy of the Philipsburg Mail newspaper.