About Belt Valley Times (Belt, Mont.) 1894-1977
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- June 21, 1894-Oct. 7, 1977
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The Belt Valley Times started in Armington on June 21, 1894, supporting silver, the Republican party, and Anaconda for Montana’s capital. The November 22, 1894 issue saw the paper move to Belt, where it remained for the rest of its run. While founded as a coal mining town supplying the Anaconda Mining Company, agriculture was also a major part of Belt’s economy even early in its development. These contrasting industries are well represented in the newspaper, especially in the 1920s as the early mines were running out and the hope of new mines was high. In 1922, a major scandal involving the president of the State Bank of Belt broke, with indictments and court cases lasting years. The closing of this bank, a key community institution founded in 1895, was a significant blow to the community. Also in 1922, S. A. Remington bout the paper and operated it until 1954 when he sold it due to ill health. He sold it to the Larson Printing Company in Stanford, so when Earl and Genevieve Mizen decided to buy the paper in Feb 1964, the community was thrilled that the paper was coming home, especially since the Mizens had been running the paper part time and lived in Belt. It was even more of a homecoming because Genevieve was the daughter of S. A. Remington. Genevieve ran the paper until Oct 1976 when she sold the paper to Samuel (Sam) Levi Butler of Stanford. (Earl died January 1969.) When a fire destroyed the Belt Valley Times office at the end of Nov 1976, the newspaper clarified that Butler had bought the paper, but that the office and everything in it still belonged to Genevieve. About a year later, on Oct 13, 1977, Butler combined the Belt Valley Times and his Stanford paper, the Judith Basin Press, to form the Press-Times. Through good times and bad, the Belt Valley Times focused on the community providing news about and for the people of Belt and the surrounding area.
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