This winter I’ve been digitizing old family documents. I encourage everyone – if you haven’t already done it – to ask your parents and grandparents to share stories from their past because, as my father realized, the accuracy of those memories can diminish with time.
Achoo! Achoo! Don’t stand too close to me. I have the curse, the scourge of human existence – the common cold! Since no contemporary elixir is helping, perhaps I should look to the past. One hundred years ago, panaceas abounded.
As 1909 dawned in Missoula, a refurbished theater called The Lyric claimed to be “one of the most modern moving picture houses in the West, with seating capacity of approximately 200 (and) first class in every respect.”
Winter is off to a dry start across the West, with wide swaths of the Rocky Mountains seeing lower-than-average snow totals for this time of year. But scientists say there’s still plenty of time to end the “snow drought” and close the gap.
Happy New Year! As we all hope 2024 will be a better year than 2023, we look back at similar hopes 100 years ago. The editor of The Madisonian newspaper (Virginia City) at the end of 1923 wrote: “The old year fades away and the God of time ushers in the infant of 1924. The years come, and they go, and are seen no more, but they leave a heritage that even time itself can not efface.”
A Montana Supreme Court decision last week siding with the state in its push to levy more education mills than most counties believed was right now has local treasurers across the state taking a wait-and-see approach on what their next step will be.
“There are, I think, undeniably, new winds sweeping across America. They are indeed gusty and changeable, but they are new - and they will alter what happens in Montana ... (either for) better or worse, (depending) on Montanans and how they, or you, read those winds.” The quote is from one of my favorite historians, K. Ross Toole, a Montana rancher who accepted the Hammond Professorship at the University of Montana in 1965 – a post he held until his death in 1981.