Lost Trail Stories 'Episode #1'

Busy As Beavers

Missoula, January 1, 1914 That the foresters who enlist in Uncle Sam’ service are not all idlers is shown by the statistics given out by the district office. Four hundred and forty-seven miles of telephone line and 300 miles of trail were completed in the national forests of Montana and northern Idaho during the past summer and fall. This gives a total of 3133 miles of telephone lines and 4303 miles of trail.


Juggernaut Unleashed

Eureka, January 1, 1914 A carload of sand that escaped from a freight crew at Tobacco (Siding) one day last week passed through here at a high rate of speed, causing considerable excitement. It was side tracked at Rexford and stopped without doing much damage.
Ed. Note: The car rolled about 12 miles.


More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys

Washington, D. C., January 1, 1914 Congress is about to increase the usual allowance for post exchanges by a special allotment that will provide funds for each chaplain to procure a phonograph, a moving picture machine;, slides and films, a large tent with folding chairs for the audience, and lighting apparatus, all with the design of giving the soldiers amusement.


China Competes In U. S. Market

Seattle, January 1, 1914 Imported Chinese eggs are competing successfully with storage eggs on the Seattle Market.


Early Chemotherapy

Baltimore, January 1, 1914 Congressman Robert Bremner of New Jersey, who is at a sanitarium here undergoing radium treatment for a cancerous growth on his left shoulder, is much better. Mr. Bremner received his first treatment of radium onChristmas day, when 11 tubes of the mineral, valued at $100,000, were temporarily imbedded in the growth, which is said to be of a malignant character.


Good Point

January 1, 1914 Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the North American Woman Suffrage association, has refused to pay her income tax and will fight the law. She says that, “taxation without representation is tyranny.”


Catching On Fast

January 8, 1914 A longer distance has been covered every day in 1913 by airmen than the combined distance of all flight in the entire year 1909.


Won’t Take It No More

Chester, Mont., January 8, 1914 The murder of Adolph Schudor is reported by his son, whose age is 15. The son gave himself up to the police and stated that he killed his father in self-defense.


Boys Will Be Boys

Butte, January 8, 1914 Armed, one with a high-power rifle, and the other with a six-shooter, John Liebe and Carl Marquardt, for years fast friends, fought a duel in their rooming house after quarreling because Marquardt had ridden home in a taxicab with Mrs. Wilma Lehn, their landlady, and had left Liebe behind. The men exchanged seven shots and Liebe is in the hospital with a shattered arm which may have to be amputated. After the shooting the men embraced and shook hands, declaring they had no cause to quarrel.


Few among the Faithful

January 8, 1914 Of the 125,000 traveling salesmen in this county only 1000 are active church members


Not a Model of Compassion

Portland, Ore., January 8, 1914 Portland is going to establish a rock pile in the south part of the city and all the unemployed now roaming about begging are to be ordered to go to work or to the rock pile.


Old Joke

Son: Papa, did Edison make the first talking machine? Papa: No, son., the Lord made the first talking machine. Edison made the first one that could be shut off at will.


Some Things Never Change

January 15, 1914 Wanted: A friend who will recognize me when compelled to wear patched pants, who will take my hand when I am sliding down hill, instead of giving me a kick to hasten my descent, who will lend me a dollar without two dollars security, who will come to me when I am sick, who will pull off his coat when the odds are two to one, who will talk of me behind my back as he does to my face. Such a being is wanted by ten thousand human beings throughout the entire world.

Gary Montgomery

About the Author: Gary Montgomery, a resident to the Tobacco Valley for over four decades, has worked in a variety of vocations common to the area including logging, saw mills, Christmas trees, public education, U. S. Forest Service, ranching and operating his own photo processing and printing business. For the last 23 years he has largely written and published a quarterly historical magazine called The Trail and formerly the Tobacco Plains Journal. Along with articles reprinted from historical newspapers, vintage photographs, personal diaries and other remembrances, he has interviewed over 115 oldtimers, each one with his or her unique view of history, both local and international. Montgomery can be contacted via his website: www.thetrailmag.com.

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