The salesmen at Olney Motors scrambled to move the brand-new 1956 model Cadillacs from their display lot. They had to move fast – the building just west of theirs, the American Legion Hall, had caught fire and the blaze was spreading fast. It took several trips to get all the new unlicensed cars to safety in available parking spaces a block away at Missoula City Hall. For … [Read more...] about Harmon’s Histories: Missoula’s Legion Hall fire gutted building, membership
A week after announcing that he'd tested positive for COVID-19, Missoula Mayor John Engen on Monday said he was released from quarantine over the weekend and was feeling relatively well. During last week's City Council meeting, the mayor said he'd been infected with the virus, most likely after taking his mother into his home after she had contracted the virus. “I got … [Read more...] about Mayor Engen released from COVID quarantine; city preparing vaccine plan
In the mid-1990s, the federal government made cuts to food stamps and other subsidies offered to low-income families. In Missoula, residents were concerned about what it would mean for the local food bank, and how it would meet an expected increase in demand. In response to the cuts, Garden City Harvest was established in 1996 with the intention of addressing issues of food … [Read more...] about Garden City Harvest running strong, feeding Missoula after 25 years
Normally, when a major news event occurs, I look to history to offer some thoughts on similar events from the past and what we have learned – or failed to learn – from them. Given the past week’s events in Washington, I just don’t have it in me – I can’t do it. Not this time. Clearly, serious consequences must follow what happened in our nation's capital. But as we … [Read more...] about Harmon’s Histories: Can Twain, Rogers help America put anger aside?
Members of the Missoula City Council on Wednesday placed their support behind christening a new Higgins Avenue bridge with a Native American name, one that recognizes the historic presence of the Salish-Kalispell people. The new $17 million bridge is scheduled for completion later this year, which also marks the 130th anniversary of the forced removal of the indigenous … [Read more...] about City supports christening new Higgins bridge with Native American name