The Inland Empire (Moore, Mont.) 1905-1915, October 26, 1905, Image 1

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THE:1/LAND EMPIRE • 4 4 • - VOL. I, No. 7 HOW NOBLE' STRUCK OIL. While Cutting Sprouts a Ferfus County Rancher strikes Some Typical Oil Rock. If Fergus county should ever be- come an oil producing region, which is by no means an improbability, the story of the first discovery of oil will certainly be of all consuming interest to all who live in this com- munity. It is not unlike the story of many other strikes which ultimate- ly become famous the world over, the story in which merest chance plays a big part. ' Ten years ago, R. W. Noble, a ranch in the foot hills of the Snowy mountains, about 20 miles from this city, was making a new road across his place and the work required that some sprouts be cleared from the ground. With one stroke of his axe, he struck into a rock and broke the bit of the axe half in two. He was greatly worried over the ac- cident, as it meant that he should have to make a trip all of the.way into Lewistown after a new axe. Curious to know the exact extent of the damage, he reachel down and picked up the broken piece. As he raised the piece up to his face he easily detected an unusual odoyi . eF- actly resembled the smoke from burn- ing oil and its origin was a source of mystery to the rancher. He went home and told his 'wife about the accident, not forgetting to mention the peculiar odor which he observed when he picked up the brok- en axe bit. She told him that it might be oil. He thought little of the matter, but having a little. idle time a day or so later, went out to that spot and dug up. the rock which his axe had struck. It was evidently , saturated . with oil and upon being broken . op- en, it Was found to contain a cavity with the capacity of about a gill; full of oil. Even this showing did not excite Mr. Noble, as he had nevgr given any thought to the oil business and was'in no wise informed as to the modes of the production of that every day necessity. He decided, however, to go into the . matter more thoroughly and at once secured some geological literature, and from time to time, picked up differ- ent publications • describing the pro- cesses of oil production. The more he read, the . more convinced was he he had on hi a ranch the best sort of indications of oil deposits. He kept his knowledge to himself until about • two years ago, when he brought into this city some samples of the rock. These samples were found to be so saturated with oil that they would blaze if heated by an ordinary match, and the odor arising from them was unmistakable. Mr. Noble did not disclose the place of his discovery until he and his , friends had located a large amount of the ground. There are now three corn, panies, each comprising eight men, about ready to be incorporated for the purpose of systematically and thor- oughly exploiting the ground. These companies have located._ altogether, omething like 3,000 acresi of land In the foot hills of the -Snowy moun- tains, the ranch of the original dis- coverer being in the center of this tract. , A few' months ago, Ira 'Myers, ef Great Fells, a gentleman who has de. - wiled •a number of years to the oil business, came down and, in company with Frank Moshrier, who is also in- terested in: One of the companies, drove out to the Noble ranch and Very thoroughly investige t?rd the grounds. Upon his return, he gave to The Dem- ocrat an interview rtxting that the in- dications of oil were far better th'an those which were first found in the Teton moray and Allvrta fields; In fact, Mr. Myers stated that, from the hest of his knowledge, - the 'Outlook for a paying oil field is brighcer, far brighter than that which caused the first Beaumont prospector to spend thousands of dollars in drilling for the first well In that now world . (amour. region. Prominent capitalists of the 'east have been inteeested in the mat- ter and . It is confidently believed that a drill will be placed' on the ground sometime in the spring. ' Mr. G. W. Noble, the man who (W . - covered the Indications, has. undergone the usual visissitudes of a Montana rancher, and his friends hope that he may • speedily realise something from his prospct. • Young Man In Trouble. Evan R. Williams, a young man who, it will be remembered., played on the Lewistown 'base ball team and worked in the local wool, warehouse summer before last, was arrested by Sheriff L. P. Slater last Thursday up- on information furnished by Manager .1. Ward Huse, Of the Donovan -Mc- Cormick company, of Billings, charg- ing the young man with having stab . en a number of shoes and .a large number of pairs of hosiery from the store in Billings. Williams at first _denied, sweepingly, his guilt' when in- ormed_ of the charge by the sheriff, but while on his way to his mint with the sheriff and Manager, Symmes, of .the Power Mercantile' store of this place, he confessed that the things were in his trunk. His trunk., was searched and four pairs of good shoes and 27 pairs of men's hosiery were found. It Was not MOORE, MONTANA, OCTOBER 26, Devoted to the interests of Rock Creek Bench and Judith Basin. until these things were _found that he was arrested. His bond was fixed at $200 and he gave a check for that amount, a Billings bank having - wired that the young man had money on de- posit there. To his friends, Williams stated, that w hil e h e was caught with the goade on him, he was in no wise responsi- ble for their larceny. He said that he was employed as a bookkeeper in the Donovan-McoCrmick store and had nO opportunity to get the things, hitt that a young man who was with him on this trip and who works in the clothing department of the same store, stole the articles and placed them in his (Williams').- trunk. This young man, Wilson by name, left for Billings the middle of the week. Williams ar- ranged a bond by wire for his pearance in Billings and . left for that place, unaccompanied ,by any off4css, yesterday morning. , Williams' friends were greatly slit - prised at the difficulty into which he appears to have gotten himself. Dur- ing his stay here, he made 'a large number of friends among the young people by his gentlemanly behavior and* genial ways. He left -Lewistown in the fall of 1904 and worked in the Continental National.'Bank of Chica- go the ollowing winter. Early in the spring, he came back to Montana and secured a good position in Billings. This he held until a couple of weeks ago, when he was !tent up to this city San Francisco, the guest of their son, by the manager, Mr., Huse, to canvass Will, who now has a responsible posi- with a model pantry contrivance'lq.10t1 ID the office of the Southern Pa - which was recently invented. His elite R. , 11,. company. friends hope that he may prove him- On their. way home Mr. and Mrs. self innocent of the charge preferred Cook stopped at Portland, Seattle, Ta- against him as he ,says he will upon his return to Billings.. • A MERITORIOUS ENTERPRISE. The Biographical History of Fergus County will be Replete with Interesting Data. Drulley ,Axtell, manager of the Fer- gus County Biographical Co., is. now busily engaged in interviewing the old- timers, pioneers and representative citizens of Ferguscounty and the en- couragement and patronage accorded him is all that even themost optimis- tic could possibly desire. The fact that the proposed work is to embrace only abs lutely accurate and reliable data is a guarantee of the incalculable value of the history and those ivitese experiences and careers are made Sub- jects of biographical sketches can rest assured that such recitals will consti- tute most valuable contributions to the historical annals of this great In- land Empire known as Fergus - cOunty and the Judith basin, The book will comprise more than 500 pages, will be elegantly bound and handsomely and will be sold by subscrip- \Jack\ Ret Accused. \Jack\ Ret, a well-known citizen of - this place, was arrested this week in connection with the theft of a gad - die from Clark Combs. A young man named Bassett accuses Mr, 'Ret -of complicity in the crime. Mr. Ret haShad a rather hard deal - In this section of the country and on more than • one occasion has been roughly treated. About three years ago two men named Fredericks and Strang, while intoxicated, went to Ret's cabin near Rockford and tried to \hanker break\ the old man. the game did not work, however, as '\Jack\ secured a revolver and shot Fredericks dead and serious- ly wounded his companion. Ret was exonerated and Strang was, sentenced to one year in the pen. Ret will be remembered as the man who was hanged a few years agli by Bob Levens and one of his men, vj.ho were br er the ' around ens aiitl his man suspecting that. he was after some of their belongings proceeded to hang 11111). When Ret was finally let down he was nearly dead. • ging some blooded stock v- nch. He was seen prowling the camp at night, suld — Lev= 6. W Cook and Wife Back from Coast. George W. Cook and wife returned Last night from an extended trip to cities along the Pacific coast, having spent thegreater- part of the time in coma an Dillon, having visited their daughterrars. Dr. Stephens in the last named place. Mr. Cook stated that., in his oPinion, none of the coun- try which he visited is to be compared with Montana in natural resources or as a place in which to live and for that reason he was rather glad togethome. Brown-Metcalt Lucretia Brown; of Lewistown, and Albert Metcalf of Burke, Idaho, were united in marriage at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. G, 'H. Beasley, in Lewistovyti, Wednesday evening. Only a few of tile young lady's immediate friends and relatives were present. Rev. H. Quickenden performed the cer- emony, after which the company sdt &Am to a modest wedding dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf left Thursday morning for their future home in Burke, - Maim Extend Fire Alarms. At a special meeting of the Lewis- town city council- , held last week, the. matter of extending the system of tire alarms was discussed fully Chief J. C. Bebb stated that the rapid growth of tile town makes it almost absolute- tion only. Within a short period Mr. ly necessary. At present there is but ;A.xtell will visit Moore and this see.lone alarm box, that situated at the tion'Of the • • fir - the \purpose& earner of Main street and Fourth -&e - consulting with all who may desire to patronize the enterprise in which his company is engaged. New Lodge Organized. • Organization was effectld Saturday for tile Brotherhood of American Yoe - men. Alfred Shaw, deputy- organizer, who has been here for some time in the interests of the order, was assisted by Robert .1. Starr, district manager from •Lewistown, in the installation of ottl- William 1. .Hughes. a prominent cattle mail of Stanford, was in Moore eels. The first meeting was held at Wood- yesterday. Mr. Hughes is One of the men hall and the following officers few men who has had the experience of being struck by lightning and lives were ele-ted: ForemanT - Nelson Ross; Correspondent., Cort Wungerwald: to tell the story. Mr. Hughes was M' battling wool when the lightning Master of Ceremonies,- Mrs. Fanny Barney; Overseer, Thomas Coffman\ struck killing eight out of ten horses Master of Accounts, Shermair Stites; which he was driving. Physician, Benjainin Cooper; Watch- Fred R. Warren, the Utica wool - man, Joseph Gallagher: Sentinel, W. .1. Adams; Lady Rebecca, Ella Leeper: Guard, Andrew J. McDonald. The next -meeting will be held on Saturday, November 4, at which time the second degree will be conferred. nue and much time is frequently lost getting to this place to turn in the alarm. - E. 1i. Porter, a well known electri- cian, made a propositi n to put in the additional boxes and extend the system for the bare cost of the work. This ' plan was favorably 'received by the council and City Clerk H. L. DeKalb was instructed to advertise for bids. Resolutions of Condolence. WHEREAS, It has pleased our Heav- enly Father to call home one of his children, the infant son . of Neighbor and Past Council C. R. Miave, therefore be it Rzsotvity, By Moore Camp Nim. 11,021, Modern\ Wo dmen of America, that the deep sympathy of the neigh- bors be extended to Neighbor McClave and his family in their sad hour of bereavement: be it further 'RESOLVED, That a copy of • these resolutions be Torwarded to Neighbor McClave; a copy spread on the min- utes4f the camp; and a copy be sent to the lead paper for publication Burnie H. Timm, J. 1). MALCOLM, A. MATTHEWS. Committee. Moore, Montana, Oct. 25, 1905. * School Opens Monday. • School will. - open in Moore Mon- day morning in temporary quarters in the Christian cliurch. - Miss Katherine Anderson, of Lew- istown, has been engaged to 'teach. The -enrollment will be In the neigh- borhood of twenty children. Work on the , new school building will cOmmendelvithout delay, and it is expected that the contractor will complete his work within thirty days. Advertised Letters. Following is a list ofletters remain- ing uneatIN for in the Lewistown postoffice Oct. 10, 1995: Men—Claud Burger, W. Faulkner, E. C. Limbach .1 - An Lane, Frank Mathews, Mi. ' McDermott, Edward Parrent, John Raw. J. M. Robinson , Panl M. Paine, Grant Simmons, Levi I Sawyer, M. Stewart., M1 A. Stewart, J. Z. Sweeney. Jim Smith, - John Stone, Geo E. SPanhoward, Geo. R. Thompson, G B. Tripp. Women—Mts. L. Andreas, Mrs.1 John Desheten, Annie Gafford. Mrs. .1. E. Mitchell, Mrs. Jennie Partin. ALBERT PFAVS, 1'. M. I grower, was a visitor to Lewistown from Friday until yesterday. Mr. Warren stated that the storm scat- tered about 30,000 head of sheep all over the south side of the., mountains but that the losses would not amount to much. --Democrat. Dr. David, who is preparing to s art an up-to-date drug store in the thriv- ing town or Moore just as soon as he can get in his stock, was in town Monday. George Beasley, business manager of TIIE INLAND EMPIRE, who spent Sunday with Ids fanilly here, drove bark to Moore with the doctor Monday afternoe.n—Democrat -- Certificate of Authority. State . of Montana. Office of the State Auditor. Helena, Montana, September 30, 1005. This is to certify that the STATE BANK OF MoogE, located at Moore, County of Fergus, in the State of Montana, has complied with the . pro- visions of Seetion 570, of the Civil Code of Montana, entitled \Banks and \Banking Corporations, - and is authorized to commence and transact the business of banking, under the name and style of the -- STATE BANK OF MOORE. Witness my hand and. the official seal Of the State of Montana this thirtieth day of September, A. D one thousand nine hundred and five. II. IL CUNNINGHAM, State Auditor. Fitimen, Deputy State Auditor. Social Dance AT Woodmen's MOORE, MONT., FRIDAY EVE., NOV. 3, 05 Tickets Including Supper,$1.50 ALL ARE INVITED (' M CLAM', Titus. NICHOLsoN, ,A M MATHEWS, 1905 In politics liepAlican. SINnLE COPIES FIVE CENTS CMZENS' BONK of MOORE, 11M11111•111111M=IIMM INCORPORATED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF MONTANA •••••••• Paid Up Capital, $25,000.00 3 DEPOSITS, OCTOBER. 20, 1905, $24,207.29. •••••••••• OFFICERS: M L WOODMAN, President PATRICK Malta., V ice Presideui. GORDON 0 SHAFER, Cast iiPr DIRECTORS: J T WUNDERLIN, 11 W ('LIFFORD. a .1 I) KIPE, •••••••• This bank transacts a general banking business. It sells drafts pay- able throughout the United States and in foreign cow ties: accepts at face value checks and drafts on all banks; gives careful attention to notes and other items left, for collection, and makes approved imins. It receives temporary and permanent accounts in any amount, and es- pecially invites the opening of accounts by mail. Checks and c slu iteas endorsed to us, and sent by mall. will be placed to 3•14ur credit, subject to cheek, or as desired PATRICK M L WOODMAN. GoRDoN 0 Situ FER. AINIMIleeloaeler 0411•4111111140111•114 RICH MINING PROPERTY The Bullatd Extension is Surrounded by Slin k: o f • 'Best Mining Properties in the District. RING THE PAST FEW MONTHS SEVER A L ..NEW mining properties have been. opened • up the busy milling district of the North Moccasin in t he vicinity of the town 01 Kendall and the public generally are awaking .to -the fact .that stock in properties in that seeti ii Is a perfectly 'roll - able' investment and one which -guarantees large rei urns.. ... Among the most promising of those properties is .t he pullard Ex- tenshin lying adjacent to and a continuation of t\.e ground Of the queen Mining - 8s Milling Co. which is commonly known as the \Bull- ard4tanch\ the shares in which are now quoted at *1.415 - a \few on the market at that. This stock has jumped from eighteen cents to the present, price in something 444 at' to oinety days. Time organizers and principal shareholders in the Bullard Eiden - skin are: James Irvine, J. H. McMillan, G. B. SteWarl, (I. S. Craw- ford,. 1)..1. Burr, J. .1. Bullard,. and John It. Cook, all mining men of large experienee and good repute. The property consists of five claims: The •A11110%. Wedge and Gol den Bell directly adjoining the Bullard Ranch and the Josephine . and Octavio to the northeast making a solid body of five claim. To the west is the Horseshoe, one of the ,i('hmest clam s of the Barnes -King while on the Fergus property t he ,,,,,,,, and south ex- cellent indications of milling ore have been eneountered. • • That this immediate vicinity is ex remeiy rich In ore is a coaed- ed fact and the bUying of largebl'peks of stock by the Kendall Gold Mining Company people on the thilitml property would tend to. show that t.lmerelg. cottsWerable etoist1vleoso-iw44Nst toutteikadimplved.by. _the mining men Who are - without doubt - exeejlett t a - ulliority.-• - The five claims of the Bullard Extetis1011 are situated directly OH a continuation of the ore body, which has been encountered by the Queen Milling Co., the Barnes -King, the Cyanide Gold Mining & .NIfflitirco.. and 'Other rich holdings in that vicinity. The capital stock of the company Is *1,150,000: treasury stock 1450,000, 50.000 of this having been placed on the market at, twelve and one-half cents per share to raise the necessary funds for . the let- ting of a diamond drill contract.. which will call for the *thorough ex- ploitation of the entire group. • These shares have started with a lively dernand and a second is- sue will probably have to be made --but et a higher figure --in the near future.. The stock is in request all over the state and some Of the keenest business men of Fergus c•otinty, have already purchased large blocks of shares. ACCOrding to present indications this stock should reich par in ninety days and the fact Hutt no cat !tat stock.ho been sold shows that the promoters have -every confidence in the put - come of the property. . The officers of the Bullard 'Extension are: President and Mana- ger, G. S.Crawford: - Secretary, .1..lacksoti, .1r.: Treasurer, George. .1. Bach of the First National Bank: Direetors as follows: G. S. Craw- ford, G. B. Stuart. John Bullard, D. J. Burt' and .1. R. Cook. ' The Lewistowim (7ommission - Agency of Lewistown, Fergus Couto', Montana, has the sole handling of the treasury stock of this company and orders placed with thein will be tilled as long as the :treasury stock holds out and at the market , price, which is at • present twelve and one-lialf cents per simre. Time organization is perfected under the•laws 01 the State of Montana. • Lewistown Commission Co., LEWISTOWN, - MONTANA. Wse. The STATE BANK of IVICCRE CAPITAL PAID IN $25 l 000 Located Temporarily in L.r.- L.-Barlan Building Opposite Moore flardware &• Implement Gompany.' INCORPORATED AUGUST 22, 1905 OFFICERS: JOHN C. HAUCK, HON. CLARENCE P. TIN)LEV, C. W. TIIIIIISTON, JOHN C. HAUCK, L. H. HAMII.T0N, JosSeii GALCAOER, DIRECTORS: ('LARENCE I'. TOOLEY, E. F..Ttrionat, TitimiDong GRA34 - , President Vice President , Cashier 1). S. 11.118TINteS, E. Iticig, C. W. THURSTON. Money to Loan on Approved Security. Interest Paid on Time Deposits. Drafts Issued on all Foreign Countries. Courteous and Liberal Treatment assured to all. _ r . J. SPRINGER )\ RESIDENT CONTRACTOR - Estimates \furnished on any kind of buildings— residences, ware roo m s ,business houses, -- large NO JOB TOO LARGE ( MONTA FOR ME Lewistown tailoring it %Compaq • J. L. NEILSON, Prop. / . Fine Tailoring by First Class Tailors . also Cleaning—and , Re- pairitm. When in Lewistown calland see our new line of . Fall and Winter Styles. • 4)(4)**IyEriAxii y<ytorox4r*xikyix•A4 LORENZ,' MeRAE FULLMER GONTRAGTORS AND BUILDERS Estimates Furnisned on Short Matie(.. -- MOORE, 00 0 0 MONTONA i'AOSSPci 00 0 000 Cubb Brothers Practical Contractors and Builders PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FUlt--1 NISIIED ON sID)ET NOTICE Lewistown, - Mont. Mr. S. %. Owen, pbtgetcian anb Surgeon. Calla Promptir Bnoweret. Mott or Ear! Complete %to.:11 of Irruot,-- 'Moore, flbontana DUANE BUTTERFIELD. BREEDER OF Pm Bred &Mord Cattle. WRITE FOR PRICES STANFORD, MONTANA. TOM H. WHITE BARBER Hair Cutting and Shay - big done wit Ii neatness and dispatch. Guaran- tee satisfaction • • • • MOORE 00000.01100001000 1 .0 •

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