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Poplar Main Street Revisited After Half Century ***** *��T*H hiSTORlOAL OP MONTANA ii SKY SCRAPER," OPERA HOUSE BEING PUNNED FOR METROPOLIS POPLAR, VALLEY COUNTY, MONTANA. MAY, 18, 191��Poplar on the Map�The Town is in the Transition Stage from the Old to the New Town Plat. With this dateline and heading the Culbertson Searchlight of exactly fifty years ajro started a story about Poplar businesses. Written by Frank S. Reed, then publisher of the Searchlight, the story follows in its entirety. "There is much activity in Poplar at the present time. The new plat of the town was recently returned from Washington, D. C. and this plat completely changes the contour of the place. "First street, which runs north a short distance west of the old store of H. M. Cosier, is destined to be the busi-nesa <tret-t of the town for the present, although several important business houses will be located on Second street. "A couple of cross streets or avenues are laid out in a diagonal manner in the main center, which gives each mercantile establishment a corner lot and in some instances a frontage on three streets. "H. M. Cosier, the pioneer merchant, is erecting a new store 60x60 with concrete basement and foundation, and ii will he finished about August 1. H. C. Walker and Geo. W. Robinson ably assist Mr. Cosier in waiting upon his many patrons. "R. E. Patch, another pioneer merchant, who erected a handsome store a couple of years ago, has moved it over and raised it up and will build a handsome new front on store to conform to the shape of the lot, which is not exactly square 'The Poplar Mercantile Company, whose ad appears in the Searchlight, is a new company incorporated by L. L. Brink and B. F. Cusker. The foundation is being laid for their large new store, and in the meantime they are doing business in a small building to be used later as a warehouse. "The Traders State Bank is doing a good business in its small temporary building and are getting ready to build a modern brick structure with basement. J. C. Gregory, the cashier, now has an assistant in the person of C. E. Scott. The advertisement of the Traders State Bank appears in the Searchlight. "A. Helmer & Co. are also prominent in business in Poplar, with a line of groceries, etc. They have one of the finest soda fountains the state. "Jim Helmer, a silent partner in the above business, says that the financial or Wall Street center of Poplar will be in the locality of the Helmer corner and showed the reporter where the large sky-scraper edifice of the Farmers Loan and Trust Co. of Poplar was to be erected in the near future. Big Jim never does anything along narrow lines and has great plans for the Loan and Trust building, which is to be fitted with a glass cage for Mr. James Helmer, the president of the corporation. Paid up capital to be three million dollars. "The Hopke Hardware Company have lumber on the ground and a foundation started for their new block. "The New Poplar Hotel, with Mrs. J. W. Humphrey as landlady, is crowded to the doors, and B. F. Bawden, the owner, is planning to build a large addition that will more than double the present capacity of the hotel. "Dr. Underwood is a new physician and surgeon locating at Poplar and he will build a new drug store. The drug store will be located temporarily in the large plate glass store of the New Poplar Hotel, formerly occupied by the general store of B. F. Bawden. "One of the finest barber shops for a town of its size in the state has already been erected by W. W. Miller and is now in operation. "The livery business is Poplar is ably taken care of by Harry Cain and Noel Burshia, each of whom have large livery barns. Mr. Hendrickson has an auto garage and autos for hire. "The Peoples Implement Company, composed of H. M. Cosier, R. E. Patch and C. S. Hall is a new enterprise which will conduct a large business. "The Mahon-Robinson Lumber Company have a large lumber yard at Poplar. "The new Opera House which is being promoted by Manager Col. H. C. Walker, is to be built in the near future. It will cost $10,000, all of which has been raised by stock subscriptions except $2,800. "B. F. Bawden has a blacksmith shop near his hotel and new business is being started every week. "The restaurant and pool hall of Dan Mitchell is doing a good business. "Dr. J. L. Atkinson, the old reliable agency physician and surgeon, is enjoying fairly good health this summer and greeted the editor with his accustomed smile. "J. C. Gregory, cashier of the Traders State Bank, has erected one of the most handsome and commodious residences in town. It stands on a slight knoll west of the business center, and R. E. Patch is soon to erect a fine residence in the same vicinity. "On the hill overlooking the depot is a handsome residence in the course of construction, which will soon be occupied by the owner, Mr. Smith, station agent at Poplar, who is a brother of A. M. Smith, who was station agent at Culbertson until recently." Surplus Commodity Distribution Dates The monthly distribution of sur plus commodities for Roosevelt county has been announced for the following times and places in Fra-zer. Wolf Point Poplar. Brockton and Culbertson. Frazer. Wed. May 18. 10 a.m. to 2 i> m. Wolf Point Thursday. May 19. 9 a.m. to 4 pjn. Poplar. Friday. May 20. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brockton. Monday. Hay 23. 10 a m. to 2 tun. Culbertson. Tuesday. May 24. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free Coffee, Tea, DonutstoVeServed All Day ToWaV" Poplar Standard Holds Open House The Poplar Standard Merchandise, Ad Specials 'Voice of The Oil City" VOL. 50�NO. 26 Poplar, Roosevelt County, Mentana. Friday, May 13. 1960 PEDER MOE FUNERAL RITES HELD SATURDAY rugged individual in the fur coat and full beard ii Or. C. A. Atkinson, famous agency doctor In Poplar for a number of years. The photo was marked Supt. Doyle in errs*-, since Dr. Atkinson resembled the one-time agency superintendent Dr. At- kinson's territory covered north of Poplar into Canada, south to below the river, east to past the North Dakota line and west as far as he was needed. He is mentioned in the feature story written in 1910 by the Searchlight editor. M-K LANES ANNOUNCE EXPANSION Expansion of M-K Lanes in Poplar was announced this week after a contract was signed for four new bowling lanes and AMF Pin Spotters. The announcement was made by Skulason ���, president of M-K Lanes. Inc. The contract was signed May 4 with Bronfield. Ritter and Co., Denver, Colo., distributors for AMF Pin Spotters. Inc. Construction of the 24 foot lean-to which will be added to the south of the present building, is to begin next week, according to ���. The trees and house to the south of the bowling lanes will be removed before construction begins. Completion date has been tentatively set for August 1. Open bowling will continue until July 1. it is planned, when the four new lanes are expected to be installed. A tournament is tentatively scheduled for Sept 1 as a grand opening of the expanded bowling lanes, which will total 10 lanes, all equipped with AMF Pin Spotters. League play will begin after Labor Day. FIRSntANDARD PRODUCT OF PERSONAL ERA What was a newspaper like in 1910. the year the Poplar Standard put out its first issue? The Standard was smaller then, measuring barely 15 inches wide. Makeup called for six columns, 2Vt inches wide. Later the paper was widened and seven columns of news were allotted to the front page. Now v* have eight columns, 2 inches wide. Much of the inside of the early newspaper was ��patent" material, called "patent insides" or "boiler- Ste." This was usually pre-cast ture news that was shipped from back east. Some early papers (among them the Froid Tribune) had the paper, all but the front and back page printed in the east and then shipped out here. Local news was printed in the blank space. The pioneer journalist had more freedom of expression than his modern counterpart He might break out in poetry at the slightest provocation. usually something highly important like a baseball game with Wolf Point the visit of a foreign dignitary or the demise of a local citizen. His news columns were also his editorial commentaries. On the front page he might castigate an opponent preach a sermon, promote a politician or crack a joke. One former editor (O.K. Jensen) went to an old fashioned camp meeting, got "saved" and recorded it on the front page of the Standard. FRED CLARK IS NEW PRESIDENT OF LIONS CLUB The Poplar Lions Club elected new officers for the 1960-61 term at the Tuesdav night meeting. New president is Fred Clark, who has finished a term as first vice president this year. Others elected were Kenny Hanson formerly second, now first vice president, and Duane Adams from third to second vice president. Dr. Tom Malmend was elected the new vice president. Bud Nass was elected the tail twister again and Cal Johnson the new lion tamer. Directors that are carried over for next year. Les Freeman. Bob Zimmerman and Rev. Don Hippe. are joined with newly elected Duke Hagadone. Chuck Chappcll was re-elected the secretary-treasurer. Hugh Moeller. new hospital director was introduced to the club and expressed his pleasure in helping out our Pdplar Community hospital. Moeller stated he felt that there will be no finer hospital in the state than here in Poplar. From the standpoint of both planning and equipment this is to be an exceotional unit" he said. Rev. Don Hippe led the membership in the memorial services for Lion Peder Moe whose death occurred since the last meeting. Hans Nelson reported that the ferry could be in the witer in a few davs due in part to the efforts of the Lions Club. A recent arrival in Pool�r had assisted in the Ferry repairs . . . He and his family arrived la PoDlar in need of work: v-llo Blair fed them the first night. Wilford and Sig helped them also. Joe Bergie gave them shelter, Hans and Chris gave them work on the Ferry. Poplar gained six new people� "In-as-Much"� The last big Dance of the Lion's year is this Saturday�for the benefit of the Poplar community hospital. Culbertson Woman Dies After Leap From Moving Bus Pictures� TOP PICTURE MAIN STREET OF POPLAR. 1887. Even as far back as this, 11 years after Custer's Massacre, the town was known as Poplar. In 1883, when Supt Doyle arrived at the garrison. It was known as Poplar Creek Army Post The site of this photo is probably nearer the present agency than the present main st BOTTOM PICTURE The old garrison where soldiers were quartered In the early days of Poplar, around 1890. The row of buildings to the left were officers' quarters. The long building was the school for officers' children (later the girls' dormitory for the agency school). The cannon, canter, is probably the same one now seen In front of agency headquarters. PEDER MOE Funeral services for Peder Moe. well known Poplar businessman, were held Saturday. May 7 at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian church in Poplar. Rev. Russell E. Lewis officiated and interment was in the Poplar cemetery. Moe died in the Poplar City hospital early Wednesday morning. May 4. Moe was born November 12. 1893 in Colfax Township. North Dakota. He lived in North Dakota until 1911 when he came to Montana. He has been in business and farmed near Poplar since 1926. He graduated from Montana State University. Missoula in 1927 and was married to Stella Skulason in Missoula on October 26. 1923. Moe was a member of the Poplar Lions Club, a charter member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilonj fraternity at MSU. member of the Century Club at the University and sat as trustee of tile endowment foundation for MBU. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Peder Moe; two sons. Peder Jr.. Billings and Skulason. Poplar; one daughter, Karen, Poplar; four brothers. Emil. Ronan; William. Fort Lauderdale. Fla.; Edward. Sunnyside. Wash.; and Sigurd, Auburn, Wash.; two sisters. Mrs. A. C. Erickson. Plentywood. and Mrs Oscar Olson. Grand Rapids, Minn, and five grandchildren. Pallbearers were Harold Hunt Bud Nass. Kenneth Hanson. Cliff Knudson. Alfred Knudson and Elmer Knudson. A Culbertson woman died Thursday morning apparently after throwing herself from the bus driven by her husband. Mrs. Margaret Mclle. around 30 years old. was dead on arrival at a Plenty-wood hospital after the incident which occurred at 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Mrs. Melle. mother of seven children, and her husband. Fred Melle. left for Plentywood Wednesday night in the bus which her husband drives. He is employed by Neville Transit Co.. owned by Dean Hatvick. Plentywood. On the way back early Thursday morning, according to report. Mrs. Melle threatened to jump from th? bus. saying she would not go back to Culbertson. Her husband reportedly stopped, attempted to calm her down and then continued | toward Culbertson. ! She apparently jumped from the vehicle about 2"4 miles south j of Plentywood on highway 16. The bus according to Melle. was I moving approximately 30 miles per hour when she jumped. Melle summoned aid and an ambulance was sent to the scene. She died before she could reach the hospital, however. Melle is now being treated for shock at a Plentywood hospital. Sheridan couaty sheriff Albert Erdahl reported that Mrs. Melle suffered a broken neck anC fractured skull in the fall. Sheridan county cc-ioncr and attorney also took part in the investigation of the case. At press time, it was not determined whether an inquest into the death was necessary. JACK FIGHTER FOUND DEAD NEAR OSWEGO All children who will enroll in Poplar grade school for the 1960-61 year are invited to visit the first grade classes on Friday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Parents should bring the prospective students to the school and become acquainted with the teachers and the school facilities. TRIBAL COURT PROCESSES 119 CASES IN APRIL Tribal court in Poplar processed 119 cases during the month of April, according to John Bushman, special officer at the Fort Peck agency. Most of these were for disorderly conduct A total of 92 cases, or 77 percent of the total, involved disorderly conduct violations. Cases are enumerated further as: driving while intoxicated. 2: illicit Cohabitation. 3; vernereal disease, 1; failure to support dependent persons. 4; failure to send children to school. 2; escapes. 3; Also, violation of court orders, 4; parole violations. 2; assault 5 � simple assault. 1 and assault and battery. 4); theft. 1; and civil action. 4 (three of them completed). In addition. 24 Indian juveniles were processed through the state juvenile officer. One girl was committed to the girl's vocational school and two boys were sent to Miles City industrial sdhoul for boys. Today Only I This issue marks fifty years of I service to Poplar and the sur-' rounding area by the Poplar j Standard, as it ends a half-century of continuous publication. The Poplar Standard office at the I corner of Yankton and 1st Ave.. I will be the scene of an open house I all day today with free coffee. tea and donuts served to all visit-i ors. * TM public Is Invited to visit ' the .; ar.dprd office, get acquainted with the staff, take ad-vartage of the merchandise bargains (all stock. 10 percent off regular price), and demolish all the coffee and donuts they can aet away with. Editor Bob Davis and associate Mrs. Delmer Thorrberg will be on hand to meet the visitors. The special bargain on classified advertising, you pay only if it sells the item you buy it for. has been so successful that it will be extended two more weeks and | anyone coming to the ooen house will have the opportunity to try out Standard adverising at a painless and foolproof medium. Photos of Poplar before the turn of the century were furnished the Standard by Harrv Walker, who has lived in Poplar since 1883. Others who have contributed historical material include Mr. and Mrs. G**orge Killenbeck and John Eder. the map. dating back to 1879 which is reproduced in this issue, was sold to the Standard by Charlie Renz. Poplar Other historical features are planned for the Poplar Standard's Golden Anniversary year with other photos and stories on Poplar scheduled to appear in the Standard during the next few months. JACK FIGHTER Funeral services for Jack Fighter, well known old time Indian who has lived in this area all of his life, were held Saturday. May 7 at 9 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception church in Wolf Point. Fr. Patrick J. O'Reilly officiated and interment was in Oswego Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited at the Clayton Memorial chapel at 8:15 p.m. Friday evening. Fighter disappeared on May 1 and was found dead two miles cast of Oswego on Wednesday. May 4. Fighter was born July 30. 1885 on the Ft. Peck reservation. He has lived in Wolf Point all of his life. He is survived by one sister. Mrs. James Archdaie. Poplar. Nearly 400.000 sportsmen hunted and fished in Montana last year and for licenses lone spent lmost two million dollars. WILLIAM BOYD DIES SUNDAY IN POPLAR Funeral services for William Boyd II. who died Sunday. May 8. at the Poplar City hospital, were held Wednesday. May 11. at 2 p.m. I in the Clayton Memorial Chapel. I Poplar. Rev. A. L Davis officiated and interment was in the Poplar i City cemetery. I Boyd was born August 28. 1916 I in Brockton. He attended school in Poplar and graduated from high school in Chemawa. Ore. He married Marjorie Weeks in Wolf Point on July 6, 1946. With the exception of time spent in service during WWII he had spent most of his time in Poplar. At the time of his death he was an officer on the Ft. Peck Indian police force. He also farmed in the Poplar community. He is survived by his wife. Marjorie: one stepson. Eugene Culbertson. Poplar: one brother. Carson. Brockton: three sisters. Mrs. James Olson. Cilnton: Mrs. Violet Mason. Poplar, and Mrs. Lotine Wi-nons. Great Falls.
Poplar Main Street Revisited After Half Century
SKY SCRAPER," OPERA HOUSE BEING PUNNED FOR METROPOLIS
POPLAR, VALLEY COUNTY, MONTANA. MAY, 18, 191��Poplar on the Map�The Town is in the Transition Stage from the Old to the New Town Plat.
With this dateline and heading the Culbertson Searchlight of exactly fifty years ajro started a story about Poplar businesses. Written by Frank S. Reed, then publisher of the Searchlight, the story follows in its entirety.
"There is much activity in Poplar at the present time. The new plat of the town was recently returned from Washington, D. C. and this plat completely changes the contour of the place.
"First street, which runs north a short distance west of the old store of H. M. Cosier, is destined to be the busi-nesa
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