Lost Trail Stories 'Episode #9'
Good Roads Day Set
Helena, May 20, 1915 Every citizen in Montana is urged by the state highway commission to observe Good Roads Day. The commission suggests meetings be called in each county at which citizens can arrange to cooperate with the county commissioners in getting out and working on the roads that day. The commission has also decided to secure an equipment of heavy road machinery, which, when not being used by the prison road crews, will be rented to the counties.
Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor etc., etc.
Laredo, Texas, June 10, 1915 In the last few days about 5000 people, many of who are destitute, have arrived here from Monterey as the result of an order published by the governor of Monterey, General Davilla, who provided that all civilians who wished to go to the border would be transported free. At the border, Mexican authorities turned the refugees over to the American side for care, but the immigration authorities had to turn back about 90 per cent of them. “They are in a wretched state of destitution,” declared General Evans, “and what is going to become of those driven back to the other side of the river is not known.”
Aviator 1, Orphans 0
London, June 17, 1915 For the first time on record a Zeppelin in the air has been destroyed by an aviator in an aeroplane. Reginald J. Warneford, a young Canadian who mastered aeroplaning only this summer, has performed the feat, and tonight is somewhere within the British lines, while a Zeppelin lies in ruins, sprawled on the roof and ground of an orphanage. Falling in a blazing mass after being struck by the young aviator’s bombs its crew of 28 men were killed, as were also several occupants of the orphanage buildings.
New to the Nightlife
New York, June 17, 1915 There’s a large and steadily growing number of people who are afflicted with insomnia only at night. And in order to keep them up until the milkman comes around there is going to be a moving picture house where the performance begins at midnight and lasts until it is time to go home for the milk and rolls. There will be nothing to prevent tired tangoists who are afraid to go home in the dark from stealing a few minutes sleep between reels, but special policemen will be on the job to prevent anything else from being stolen. With nearly one-third of New York up after midnight the management believes it will fill a long-felt want.
Forfeit the Game or Miss the Train
Eureka, June 24, 1915 After ten and one-half innings of practically air-tight ball, with neither side having registered a score, an unfortunate incident ending in a free-for-all row followed, and Troy claims the game at that place last Sunday by a score of 9 to 0. Eureka also claims the decision and has entered a protest, which will have to be decided by the league directors. In the last half of the eleventh Troy had a man on third, with one down, when Shea, who was at bat, was hit with a pitched ball. This, in view of the fact that a hit was much needed, and also that he had played in three games in a bush league with only one scratch hit to his credit, greatly incensed the former Northwestern star, and he deliberately threw his bat at Slatts. His aim was poor, however, but words ensued and a mix-up followed. Ettenborough in an effort to disperse the combatants, was handed a blow by one of the Kensler boys, which resulted in his coming home with a dark lump and a pound or two of beefsteak over it. With the Eureka team in this condition and the train (waiting) at the station it was impossible to complete the game,and Troy claims it by the score above stated. The secretary of the league says that until the contest is decided Troy will receive credit for the game.
A Danger to Themselves and Others
Eureka, June 24, 1915 Firearms in the hands of Eureka’s youthful aspirants for hunting fame or marksmanship are becoming dangerous. A week ago Wilfred Tetrault, while on horseback near old Tobacco had a bullet pass through his hat grazing his scalp. Search by the boy’s father for the miscreant was unfruitful, but since that time another occurrence of similar nature has occurred and the culprits were apprehended. In this case Alonzo Smith, while coming to town, was the victim and either the bullet or a pebble, which it deflected, grazed his nose causing it to bleed profusely. Ira Spangler joined in the search and two young boys barely over the age limit in regard to carrying firearms were apprehended. The boys were strictly reprimanded and were allowed to go their way.
For the Record
Philadelphia, June 24, 1915 What may prove to be the last ringing of the historic Liberty bell took place in Independence Hall. It was decided to transmit the tones of the bell across the country to San Francisco over the recently completed transcontinental telephone line, partly fulfilling in a literal sense the prophetic words cast on the bell, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The bell was struck three times with mallets at intervals of five seconds. By an arrangement of three very sensitive transmitters, which were suspended beneath it on rubber bands so as to exclude all foreign vibration, the tones were caught and clearly heard over the telephone wires on the Pacific coast. At the same time a phonographic record was made of the notes so as to preserve them for posterity. This is the first time that the great bell has been sounded since it was cracked in 1835 while tolling the death of John Marshall, the first chief justice of the United States Supreme court.
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.