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About Big Hole Breezes (Jackson, Mont.) 1898-1915

Dates available on this site:
Sept. 15, 1899-Nov. 21, 1913
Dates published:
Geographic coverage:
  • Jackson, Beaverhead, Montana
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  • Wisdom, Beaverhead, Montana
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Contributing institution:
Carson Library, University of Montana Western, Dillon, Montana

More about this newspaper

When John Armstrong came to the Big Hole Basin in 1898, he had planned to settle in Wisdom. However, he was lured away to Jackson after accommodations in Wisdom didn’t work out. In spite of their early success, Armstrong’s Big Hole Breezes moved to Wisdom with the Sept 15, 1899 issue. Regardless of location, the Breezes highlighted the local news from Wisdom, Jackson, Dewey, Ralston, and Dillon on the front page. After being sued for libel in May 1901 it was reported in The Butte MIner that Armstrong was planning to sell the paper, but contrary to rumors, he ran the paper until his death on May 19, 1911. From his death through Sept 1, 1911, it is unclear who was running the paper. Starting Sept 8, the masthead declared that the paper was published by “The John N. Armstrong Adminis’r” with R. Hathaway as managing editor. The uncertainty was resolved with the purchase of the paper by G.A. Williams on Dec 15, 1911. Williams had been associated with the paper for years and would run it until R. Hathaway, by this time owner of the Big Hole Basin News, bought him out in Feb 1915. Bertha A. Francis, author of The Land of Big Snows, described the impact of The Big Hole Breezes like this: “Thus, did the Breezes blow, in season and out of season, for the good of the valley, to record the marriages, the births, and the deaths, the dances and parties, the school picnics, the joys and sorrows, the everyday happenings that make up the life of a people.”

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