Belt Valley Times (Belt, Mont.) 1894-1977, June 21, 1894, Image 1

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_ARM INGTON, Won eG LawYEe, Phin an8-Sargem. Diseases of the Eye, Ear and Throat a * “DAN FLOOD'S FOR GOOD WINES, LIQUORS and Cigars. MONT. “BELT, WHEN YOU GO |: WHEN YOU GO GREAT FALLS @REAT FALIS CALL AT =— CENTRAL AV. FOR YOUR. +. pee RE 8 SHOES; BOOTS, SHOES, RUBBERS, ETC. - Bat Place inthe City. cs, THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR ALBRECHT. : _GREAT PALLS. Tata STON--BE| LT. from Great Falls and two miles from ‘Belt, No prettier place could have been selected in Montaua for a townsite, Belt creek passes close to the town. The hills on each side holda.vein of coal the equal of which cannot be found in the north- west. Armington is also the nearest rail- road point to: the. famous Judith Basin and Kibby districtsyand is consequently Last year the wool received by Station Agent L. C. Crane of the Great Northern amounted to over 784,990 pounds and this year it is expected the shipments will siirpass thése figures. At preeent this is also the distributing and receiving point for all coal mined at. Beit, there. being no agent at the latter place. One mile south of the town is the Arm- ington’ stock yards and a quarter of a mile north is the new brick yard of Goss '& Shields, Onthe west side the Sand Coulee Coal company owns 1000 acres . of finecoal land, and it is expected that they will open up this ground within a short time. On the east side are many smaller claims owned by parties who are unable to workand develop them on account of the exhorbitant freight rates The build- ‘ing of another railroad through this sec- tion will open up all this coat land -and will also unite the towns of Armington Belt; Already the first step in that direc- tion has taken place in the surveying of towns, for a townsite. The settlement of Armington com- Hmienced about four and a half years ago 200 and- steadily growing. With the opening of the coal lands in the neigh- . borhood this number will be increased to 2000 “before: anuther eighteen months rolls bye.” ‘Arinington has one newspaper and job printing office, two general stores, one blacksmith shop, two hotels, two livery stables, four saloons, one butcher ‘shop, one barber shopand one dressmak- ing shop. On Neil. street is the office of the|Snie Bett Vattey Trees a new weekly news- paper. Next comes the Armington Mer- cantile company on the, corner. of- Central avenue and Neil street. The company was incorporated about four yedrsago. Under the admirable management of Mr. J.T. | Athey, they have built up a large busi- ness, not only in the immediate neighbor- hood -but-in.the Judith Basin as well. They'carry a full line of groceries, hard- ware, agricultural implements, liquors and cigars.__Across the street isthe saloon and billiard room of George Watson, one of the old settlers of the Belt valley. F. C, Rogevelt, one of the eatly settlers of the tuwn has a general store between Main and Neil streets, where he carries a full ‘|line of groceries. Mr. Rosevelt is aiso postmaster, and agent for the B. & M. Comimercial company dealers in lumber, \| lathand-shingles. On Main street we fiid the blacksmith shop ot Mace & Kirkey. They flo.a general blacksmith- ing business and all kinds of wood work. Next on the street is the Armington hotel, Victor Clarient, proprietor. This is the second oldest building in thetown. Across _| the street is the liverystable of Frank Lewis. At present it is under the man- of Frank Hargraves, .better| known as “Tex.” Crossing the ‘street again we enter the I. X. L. where liquid ee ee eee Jas. Lee, | proprietor or his able assistant, “Hi.” _| Grannis. Just below is the mest market, a branch of the Belt meat market, owned! , [by Rickard & Burrows. In the same be fouud at alltimes s oak Goat of Griving horses as well as teams for dray- ‘Between Main and Neiljto the Kenney ranch, midway between the | : }is the Milliard mine, and like ite neigh- So a full stock of Mitwayk » .: : oS ee a el A Brief Diseription of The Future Great epee pe pers to do all kinds of dental work. Si office of Judgs Wm. the peace and notary intervals between | Tey Wondertal. Growth ‘Within The Past | PRCT a a ‘Six Months—A Bright Future. lots in the Armington townsite;if : he is agent. ee ee oh le fa Armington is situated in the Belt Val-| sessed a population F _»}ley-on._ the Niehart | of the Great! ple, tuday it has over.600: o Northern, about 28 “east Of soutlforeasing, ~~” * = Neihart branch of the Great railroad in one of the prettiest valleys 1 the northwest, through which runs - creek carrying a never failing supply © good mountain water. The opening up of the~coal ani. the Castner Coal & Coke company with ‘monthly pay rott new life into the inhabitants of, not Belt and Armington, but also the cent country. The ranchers realize t fact that the employment of hundreds men means a ready mark their | thuns are erecting good substantial ness houses and dwellings, Aln there are two general / two drug stores, three hotels, one | stable, one lumber yards, two b smith shops, two barber shops, two sl maker shops, four boarding houses 1 eight saloons, Dwelling houses | springing up like mushrooms. _Although one of the oldest, if not oldest town in northern Montana, was but little known to the world until the past year when the An conda company bought the interests \T. C. Power and others in the | mine and organized and incorporated Castner Coal & Coke company, Pr | vioug tp this the only work of any quence was done by John Castner was the first settler in Belt and the to develope in ‘this . Fo many years he extracted fron 4 wagons to Fort’ Benton. - The building: of the Great Northern to Great Falls made the shipping of coal by wagon un- profitable so operations were gusepended until a railroad would be bullt to Belt. In’the meantime the property was dis- posed to T. C. Power and other gentle- men of Helena. They did. very little .work on the property and about two years ago they leased it to Mr, P. J. Snields, the present superintendent of the Castner Coal & Coke company’s mines. Mr. Shields prospected the prop- erty. thoroughly and being cunvinced of its worth induced the Anaconda company. to purchase it. As soon asthe sale was completed the: new purchasers put a force to work opening «ip. the mines. The result of their efforts may readily be seen, They have driven two entries or \tuanels which are known as mine No. 4, and mine No.1. The tunnel in the former: is. now-in-1150- feet and inthe Aatter| 1400 feet. From these two. mines they are now taking out aud shipping from 25 to 80carloads of coal, about 600 tons wday. To extract this amount of coal re- quires the- employment of 200 men and makes s pay roll of $20,000 per month. As soon a8 the mines are sufficiently de- veloped the Anaconda company will ship all their coal, about 1500 tons per day from here. This will increase the number of employes to 500 and.the payroll to $50,- 000 a month. Within the next 60 days the ontput willreach 1000 tons a day. \This will necessitate the construction of additional sidetracks as the present track is wholly inadequate. arent tee te on the east side “of Belt creek,is the Lewis mine owned by. Frank Lewis of Armington.~At present Mr. Lewis is shipping about 80 tons_of coal @ day. The distance of the mine] from the railroad makes ft necessary to haul the product by wagons to Arming: | ‘ton, a distance of about one and three fourthmiles, from which place it is ship- ped'to the B.& M. smelter at Great Falls. The coal from this mine is pronounced |; to be second to none in the northwest. Adjoining the Lewis mine on the south bor it produces a superior quality of coal. The propertyhas recently Seen leased 10) eee Lowery has just is deputy sher- iff of Cascade county and is one of the} best known men in the county. On the opposite side of the street are three fine buildings. The first is the Belt saloon the oldest in town, occupied by” Dongh- erty & Holland. Adjvuining is the saloon of “Smiling Sam” Mathews, wlio is kn >wn fer and wide, Next door we find Joe Mortz and ‘his partner, dispensing cool- ing beverages, to thirsty patrons. A lit- tle farther along we find a shoemaker shop, barber shop and a laundry, all doing a thriving business. sun. cues tp Wiles epenaeens ae creek, are three more saloons. ne The medical profession is well repre- sented by two able physicians and sur- geons, Drs. Chamberlain and lawyer, who ‘can be found to attend to all cases at any honr, day or night. \Dr. Chamberlain has his office at hig residence on the east side |of Belt creek, and Dr. Lawyer can be found at the Belt Drug store. Last, but not least, is the Goodrich Lum- ber company’s office and yard just north ot No. 4 mine. They liave a full supply of lumber and building material of all descriptions. a dienientiniteaninigeninganenisemenibilennity WHERE 18 DANIEL CAMERON. Sneath omni. of Young Man Hict Seen Since Sunday. Daniel A. Cameron, aged 21, 80n of D. Cameron of Evans, wet wo work on Fri- day, May 18, for‘a man named Elgar, living on the west side of Deep creek. On Sunday Elger went to Cascade on busi- itess leaving theboy alone and telling him if lie got Tohesome to saddle a horse and night and found the cabin Jocked, and no signs or trace of the boy or the horse, ex- cept is coat, vest and shors, which were in the cabin: The boywas seen Sunday, afternoon at a distance, riding on the range, a few miles from Eilger's, looking afterthe latters stock, by F, Gibbons and of him or the horee so fat as the boy's father knows, and be fears that the youog a. man has methis death by accident from eor that ‘he was drowned with cal deh 2 sete The shipments will = hundred tons per day. ‘Gack hesali: bempwoen, ihe’ te mings of the Castner Coal & Coke company erected> = = Just south of mine No. 4 are found four ? SH ss na oot baeen vi eh ip a igh. The saddie is « twelve inch saddle, with four ple- “Texas steers. sides; the bridle was —— bit. em | pea 8 Weber. This is the last seen or heard | many blacksinith shop, 4leo] Bes T OF eee square is ‘Si . the livery barn of Duncan ee Me. as he is familiarly known, ingle it ae BELT, = sie einen) usa Cameron, Evans, Mont,, will be gratefully | received by the anxious: father and a/, generous reward given the person’ send- |. Ing the information.—Tribune. A CLOSE a : at ‘Kibbey. Arrivals “from: the Kibbey district bring the report of a dastardly attempt rancher in that section. © During his absence from home some amount of arsenic in a sack of flour ‘and also dosed a quarter of beefthat hung in the barn. Wnen Viau and bis brother returned home from their father’s ranch were taken sick, but by the timely use of emetics they recovered. The bread they all died. the presence of poison in the flour, loaned. used some of the flour-with the same re- Viaus. Suspicion now being a- roused an investigation was started’and | phe srsenic found as stated above. \ WOOL. oN \ \ the market from slamping. The secured basis for fine and madium not yet beenbeaten dowu to 80 ¢ eabshita tees podiiy Gar uate | turers and capi to decline, Little more hie Irotu scing ia, Austrian Dastardly Attempt to Poison a Rancher) made to poison Mr. Vieau a well known One entered his cabin and placed # large en where they had been working, they. pre- |: pared supper, making biscuits for the|: meal... Soon aftereating the bread they |’ _|, was fed to a dogand , sume chickns and| In‘the meantime Visus, not suspecting é e sackto Mrs. Nebel; -a neighbor, who | bayeet, buf tbs ight stack on’ baad lage ec s has | Pera is, Dut | chect such 8} P secs nea ne ; a =e 2 oe \ The Market is Being Hammered Down| Hobson. take a ride, Elgercame—back Monday |—

Belt Valley Times (Belt, Mont.), 21 June 1894, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.