The Ekalaka Eagle (Ekalaka, Mont.) 1923-current, September 07, 1923, Image 1

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'11400 OF MONTANA; , MU N N A: 9 • OFFICIAL NAIWIIPAIPIOR OF CABTIR COUNTY. VOLUME XV. EKALAKA. Cuter County, MONTANA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1923. • Interesting . Letter From Old-Timer Jim O'Grady, former clerk of court in Ekalaka and well known over the county ia now located at Beverly Hills, Calif., among the movie folks. Jim is not in the motion picture game, but gets to mingling with the film stars frequently as his letter printed here- with explains: \Many times have I said, 'Now will I write to the old bunch at Ekalaka,' and as many times have / not done the same—just why we never know, except that the business game the past three years has left but very little time for anything but the won- der of the thing. Never in the history of the world has it been au& a prob- lem—it used to be just open a store and sell things but the past few years have changed all that. And such is the way of we Americans that the world is mighty small when we make moves, and here I am addressing you from away off in this corner of the globe. And believe me it is some corner. \The three years of work in Rapid City was a bit of a real job . and guess I stayed at it too steadily—at any rate the old machine commenced to bend with signs of breaking maybe. What symptoms I noticed pointed to something rather serious, and at last I told friend wife I was going where they did not know me but they did know all about T. B., so I took a train for Albuquerque, N. M., where an old friend of mine was laying it out fight- ing the white plague. liting around there two weeks and then was exam- ined by the great Peters, who , found no T. B., but did find a funny acting heart, and that caused the same symp- toms. Some relief I'll say, so I had about nsada.up my s mind p return to Rapid Wag I eavf an ad in the local paper—McGee's by the way- -offering a ride to Los Angeles in a big Pierce Arrow. Looked it up to find out if it was a bunch cf booze runners or dope skirmishers, found the man was all right so five of us came with him across to California. \We were not out of town a mile before we were talking and I men- tioned Montana. He said 'What do you know about Montana?' and I told him I was more a Montanan than any- thing else and mentioned where I came from. His next question was, \How is George Boggs?\ And come to find out he was an old timer up that way at one time. Went by the name of Jim Donnolly on account of a little affair in Texas, some kind of a horse or something like that. At any rate he is quite a character around Santa Fe, New Mex and he sure told me some interesting things about old days in Puptown. He knew Boggs, Johnnie Booth, Joe Hoffman and so many of the old timers. It was refreshing to hear him talk. Well we started the notthern route, as two girls along wanted to see the Canon, and that was sure some way for me to go with a bum pump and Flagstaff up 9000 feet. But luckily we got lost in a rain and snow storm over in northern Arizona, and when we found where we were we turned south and went the southern route by way of the Roosevelt dam and Phoenix. Crossing the desert was nothing much—rather hot , but we could not get lost—all we would have to do is to follow the Ford tires, of which I believe we passed a million. \By the way Lewis we stopped at Salome, where she danced; and that series of clippings has made that man Dickwick Hall famous. His signs along the road are . good. One right over the lunch room at Salome tickled me. 'You don't see any bpziards hanging around this joint.' Berton Braley the poet was through Salome the same time. And at last arrived at California. Now all my life I have heard people talk about Cal but my first look was enough. And the old heart began to pound out the beats more like a heart ought to, so I wired the wife that I had no idea just how long I might stay nor anything else but to burry up and come on out and see the blooming state. So we are here living at Sawtelle and I am working at Beverly Hills, of course in the music game. And that's that. Don't know just what plans I will make—enough to say we are here and eating fairly regularly. Could eat more but these Californians do not intend that one shall have only so much of their own money to spend as one wishes—they attend to the bal- ance. Really it is just what they have always told us Paradise is. They call it Uolden California (foot note: bring your own gold) and 't is sure enough. \I work in Hollywood quite a bit (and the homes of Hollywood and Bev- erly are more than I ever knew were on earth. I have been in homes that were better than the old prints in the 1,adies Home Journal, so you know how fine they are. The movie folk all have or try to have homes in Beverly, and they are just like the castles of the old days. Have sold phonographs or records to Priscilla Dean, Gloria Swanson, Earl Fox Tom Ince, Pauline Frederick, Madge Bellamy and many I others I do not know from Adam's of f ox. They are getting to be pretty nice folks, since the Arbuckle and iabout twenty more cases like it. Now when they get in Dutch with the wild parties they find themselves out just like Arbuckle, of whom it is almost impossible to hear a Californian say a good word. Went by Fairbanks' studio yesterday jüt as the gang were quitting work. They are film- ing 'The Beggar of Bagdad,\ and are all colored very dark, like Moors I guess. They looked to me like a bunch of iron ore miners coming from work and they were all just as tired too. It's the dog's life except kQr the stars. By the way the sets for 'The Thief' took four months to build and when they were finished Fairbanks laid off 250 carpenters. Gives one an idea of the growth of the picture game. One of the nicest looking and best mannered women we see around here is our old vamp friend Theda Barn or 'Mrs. Somebody.' \The comforts and wealth of the folks around Hollywood and Beverly are almost unbelievable and the homes and grounds show it in great shape. The value of the German police dogs here would pay for the Carter county court house and then some. The fence around the Doheny estate would be enough for ese—that bunch of Irish are only wotth 600 million. As for the rest it is all California—wonder- ful everything—weather, roses, lawns, palms, oranges, Mexicans (including senoritas), but grandest of all is the system of roads. One can go 1000 miles on asphalt boulevards from her. clear to Portland, Oregon. State law allows 35 miles per hour i fthe road is clear but the boys and girls will hit it up a little so there have been 308 killed by autos in Los since Jan. 1st. Good average of about one per day. iLos covers 500 square miles and they are cutting orange and walnut groves into lots on every side. People are coming in over the Santa Fe at the rate of 5000 per day and with cars makes it - over 15,000 every day and most o fthem try to stay. Nobody knows tFe population—sowewhere be- tween 800,000 and a Million. Will be two million in 17 years. \Had a nice littk earthquake the other night. I was awake and thought it was the old friend burglar at first until the bed commenced a new dance, then I looked out and the telephone poles were bowing politely across the street and by that time it was over. Did some damage at San Bernardina and a little here, but not anything compared to the wind storms of the north. Funny sensation though when the old terra firma commences to roll around for one never knows just how far it may go. \Went to a picnic where many of the movie stars were not long ago, and amongst them were some of Torn Mix's chaps. They did some riding that was mighty good, and I saw Will Rogers handle a rope. Never knew a human could do things with a rope like that bird. Roped four riders at once and all sorts of stunts. Starts a rope circling around his head, lies down with it still spinning, crawls through it and rises and never breaks the circle. Today McKinnie located us and we were sure glad to see Mac— looks fine and a bit fatter while I am skinny as ever. Also saw Jake Jacobson yesterday who has just ar- rived here from Wisconsin. Same old Jake and we had a great visit. \One of the most enjoyable pleas- ures that I have found here is to visit around the old missions, many of which are being restored and some of which are in ruins. To See the work of the padres of the days before there was any United States and linger around the Mission around which the story of Ramona was written is sure a real joy. The Mission play at old San Gabriel has been running for 12 yetits, the world's record for one play in the same playhouse. And the attendance runs into millions who have seen it in EJ ••••• , NUMBER 36 Our Pet Peeve A LOCAL WONDERLAND. Seeking a whiff of the great out-of- doors and with a desire to cool an overworked head, we twisted the tail of our Lizzie Tuesday evening and gasolined over to Jack Kinsey's place, taking the winding road down through the I.:kali-ilia forest. A lung full of the timber ozone is enough to revive any- body, even a pencil pusher, but a visit and inspection of Jack's place is a real cure for any tired feeling or case of blues. Especially at this time of the year, wnen the apple trees are loaded to the \gills the berry bushes weighed down with fruit and the mel- on patch speckled with Georgia sun - /Mines as thick as holes in Swiss cheese. It was not our purpose to seek grief, but a certain section of our an- atomy suffered considerable from the trip, as the plums, apples, currant grapes; berries and other freffii`e tered upon what seemed a serious dils- cussion after having been properly Parked away. Mr. Kinsey has over seventy apple trees set out, more than forty of these being laden with fruit at this time. He tells us that he has been busy gather- ing the crop lately and that the past few weeks have found more visitors than ever at his place. Jack is one of these fellows that insists on every visitor sampling, his wares and who considers it a pleasure to take you over his forest paradise and show you the place. If you're looking for a change that will do your heart good, load the Mrs. - and kids into your car and spend a short vacation sight-seeing in our local wonderland. And by the way—Jack has apples for sale, at the homestead or here in Ekalaka. THE HUNTING SEASON. Deputy Game Warden Charley Long of Miles City, was in Ekalaka last week and made arrangements with Matt Carey to issue resident hunting licenses, which will cost ;2 each. The open season for grouse and sage chickens begins on Sept. 15 and closes Sept. 24. The duck season lasts from Sept. 18 to Dec. 16. There is a maximum of five game birds a day allowed each hunter. There ;s no open season on deer or antelope in this county this year nor on Chinese pheasants, and severe penalties are provided for violations of the game laws. all these years. Thomas Marshall our great vice president in the Wilson ad- ministration says the day spent at the mission play was the grandest day of his life. \And the old adobe houses, churches, great bake ovens . wine presses, etc., of that old (lays are very interesting. The padres had a dozen missions es- tablished before the Puritans hit Plymouth Rock and that is going some. And they are restoring them in the same fashion they were orgin- ally builded. \Well the night grows late and I must ring off for a time. \Hope you are all well and prospering and hope also to see all some fine day. Best regards to all of Puptown and the Eagle Bird. Friend wife is sending a check for the Eagle, a thing that we have neglected for a long time, and life isn't worth much without the old Bird. I • f , Sincerely, your friend, \L. J. O'GRADY. \P. S. Donnolly's right name is J. H. Dunn (Long John).\ McCIIMSEY-LUDWICK. El John E. McCumsey and Miss Evelyn Ludwick were united in marriage in Belle Fourche On Monday, August 27, by Rev. Reynolds, pastor of the Con- gregational church in the South Da- kota city. Mr. and Mrs. McCurnsey after spending the week in the Black Hills, returned to Ekalaka where they will make their home. The groom needs no introduction to (Jur readers. He is the son of James .McCumsey, an old resident of Belle Fourche and Alzada. John spent most of his boyhood days in the town last named where he attended took his first lessons in type -setting on the Alzada Fairplay. Ten years ago he began work in the office of the Ekalaka Eagle where he has been employed, off and on, ever since. ring the war he was in the,army 0 months but the war ended before he was called across the water. Ile is an expert linotype operator and printer. You don't find many better all- around fellows than John, and his friends are legion. The bride is also vell known in this vicinity. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ludwick of Mill Iron. She, has attended school here for several years an has many friends among the young people. All best wishes are extended to the newly wedded pair. HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT INCREASES OVER LAST YEAR. I 1 Yeateaday morning there were 75 pupils enrolled in the Carter County high school, being an increase of eight over the number eniolled on the third day of the last term. Prin- tcipal Glenn Westphal has been noti- fied of several more who will enter the high school within the next few days and it is predicted that next week will find more than 80 pupils attending this institution. • A number of the freshmen are real huskies and the indications look prom- ising for a heavier football team than heretofore. The usual initiation cere- monies are being pulled off upon the freshmen at this time. All the teachers were on hand when school opened and instructors and pupils all start in with lots of pep accumulated during the vacation months, and another successful school year is assured. PECK WILL SPEAK AT CROOK, W. H. Peck of Ekalaka will deliver an address at the Harding County Fair in Camp Crook at I p. a. on Friday the second (lay of the fair. Mr. Reck is an old-timer and well acquainted with ninny of the residrats of Harding county, and is well quali- fied to give a good talk on all things pertaining to the welfare of the country. o -- WORST DISASTER IN HISTORY. The daily papers this week give de. tails of what is probably the greatest disaster of all history. Tokio, the capital of Japan, Yokohama, and oth- er cities were almost totally destroy- ed by an earthquake followed by a tidal wave and fires. Wednesday's papers estimated the loss of life at 600,000. RultitUdes are homeless and without food or water. The\tarth- quake shocks were Saturday and Sun- day and the flames in Tokio lasted for 50 hours. HAS HARROWING EXPERIENCE. Matt Heikalla, a farmer living Gus- tave, .20 miles southeast of Camp Crook, had a harrowing experience on Monday of this week. lie went out in the morning to rake hay and his team ran away, breaking the tongue of the rake and dragging him between the horses and the rake until they ran into a water hole where they floundered • and fell down with Mr. Heikalla under the doubletrees and under one of the horses. He found himself in the mud and water with a compound fracture of the left arm, with the bone pro• truding near the shoulder, and unable to extricate himself. With his right arm he built a mud mound to keep his head out of the water to avoid drowning. Here he lay for more than four hours. When he failed to ap- pear for the noon meal his family became alarmed and sent one of the children to look for him. When he was found word was sent to some of the neighbors who came and rescued him. He was placed in a truck and brought to the Camp Crook hospital Ile was bruised from head to foot with many abdominal bruises, and one eye was closed, but Dr. Sherrill who was . in Ekalaka Wednesday eve- ning said he entertained hopes of the man's recovery. • FAIR AT CAMP CROOK. The Ha. - ding county far will be held in Camp Crook on rturslaf arid Friday, Sept. 13-14. A fine display of agricultural exhibits is promise and two big days of entertainment. Charley Wilson will be on hand with his famous string of bucking horses. are will be ball games each morn- ing in which Ekalaka, Capitol and Buffalo teams will contend for special purses. Big dance on both nights of the fair. Carter county will be there with a full delegation. A BIGGER AND BETTER EAGLE. Our readers will notice the change in the news service on pages 2, 3, El and 7 of this issue of the Eagle. In- cluded in the articles printed thereon, are special articles of interest to the Montana farmer and - the dairyman. State, national and world up-to-date news also is noted. One page is de- voted to our magazine section and on page 2 commences the serial story, \Gift of the Desert,\ by Randall Par- rish, This story is one of the very latest novels, a westerner, and be- lieve our readeis will appreciate this special feature. Next week we will add four extra pages, being the historical service, we have been using in the past and which has been highly appreciated by the Eagle subscribers. A twelve -page Eagle will be given you during to winter months, just when you will appreciate a lot of good wholesome reading each week. LOSING OLD LAND MARKS. Mrs. John Oliver and children have gone to Roundup, where the children will attend school this, winter. Mrs. M. B. Speelmon and children have also left Ekalaka and will live in Missoula this winter. Mr. Speelmon has placed Dick Olsen in charge of his dairy business here and later on expects to leave for Terreton, I(iaho, where he has a farm. These people are all old-timers here and will be greatly missed in Ekalaka. • BELITOWER FAIR sATutti)AY. A big time, with a very interesting program, is promised the visitors to the Box Elder Community fair Sat- urday of this week. The fair will be held near the Belltower postoffice, at the school house, where all the exhib- its will be displayed for the benefit of tome in attendance. A program of sports will be carried, out, tommencing early in the after- noon and at night a big dance will be held. Lemonade, ice cream and con- fectionery will be On tale at the var- ious booths and lunches will be served upon the grounds. At the Box Elder fait last year a large attendance was 'noted, but it is predicted that a much larger crowd will partake of the entertainment provided in that, locality this year. The Box Elder people have made elab- orate arrangements to take care of the crowds and very liberal prizes have been set aside for the exhibits. Everyone in this aiet4on should plan to spend at least part of the day at ithls community gathering. Deputy Marshal Makes Inspection It isn't Very often that anybOdy comes around, bawls an editor out and gets away with it, but when that edi- tor happens to also be the right hon- orable mayor of a city about the size of Ekalaka, he is liable t6 sit down and take most anything. All of which brings to mind the businefts trip . to Ekalaka this week by H. J. Johnson, deputy state fire marshal. Being just as anxious to \show off\ our town as a proud father is of his first born, we accompanied the mar- shal on an inspection trip through the fire district of Ekalaka. Having con- trol over the entire news columns of the Eagle, we're not going to repeat everything our distinguishtd visitor told the editor -mayor but we'll admit we received a \jacking - -up\ or \bawl- ing -out,\ the main feature on the pro- gram being for neglect of duty In re- gaid to the weeds around town. The entire council came in for part of the blame and this body was instruct- ed get Jown to brass tacks and see that Oery yard, alley and street is cleaned up—and cleaned up at once. Just for that, don't get peeved if we \pass - the buck\ along the line to the property owners. Action along this line will be taken at once and unless these yards are free from the big weeds, grass; etc., within the next two weeks, the town Council is forced to hire the work done, and place an assessment against the property own- ers. So much for that. In_rnaking• the rounds, Mr. Johnson was assisted by Carl K. Aldrich, chief of the fire department, and who was last week appointed by the state fire marshal as a deputy for this end of the state. Mr. Johnson explained to Chief Aldrich . the, es pergisity of an in- spection of all :buildings . in town as to safe Find proper chimneys and flues and ordered this done as soon as possible, admonishing Mr. Aldrich to not allow any fires to- be built in buildings with defective chimneys or flues until the same have been, re- paired, re -built and inspected. Chief Aldrich under his new appointment will be held accountable for any ne- glect upon his part in performing these duties and he informs us that an Inspection along this line will be forth- coming within the near future. A number of out-build s ing, sheds and barns were declared a fire hazard and unsafe and these will be ordered torn down by the state fire marshal's office in a few days, ample time being allowed for the accomplishment of this purpose. Deputy Johnson pointed out the ne- cessity of reducing the fire hazard in Ekalaka and predicted that after his instructions are carried out. that this city should be able to secure a very substantial reduction in the fire in- surance rates,. a thing that -is strictly impossible under pr#sent conditions. The deputy was a very agreeable - gentieman to Meet and we believe that as a result of his trip to Ekalaka much good will result. OIL MEN ACTIVE. •,‘ .! 3 The oil prospectors in Carter county and in the adjoining counties are otill active. A two-day roUndup will be held at the site of the Northwestern oil well south of Boyes on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8. At that time it is believed the drilling will be resumed at ,the well there. It was announced last week that the Anna May oil company would spud in A well near Coalwood in Pow- der River county the first part of this week. The new well will he lo- cated one-fourth mile from the first• well put down by the company and in the estimation of Mr. Powelson the !manager, the new location is most de- sirable and carries a promise of real production, on the surface. The derrick, which has just been completed, is sixty feet high, and there are sufficient supplies on the ground to enable the company to con- tinue mirk once the start is made. The drilling will be in charge of Levi Mackin, an experienced driller, and Mr. Powelson expects to devote con- siderable of his time to the undertak- ing. Chas. W. Bryan of Boyer; was an Ekalaka visitor on Wednesday. He reports that they are again drilling at the well south of Boyes. • • • • I •

The Ekalaka Eagle (Ekalaka, Mont.), 07 Sept. 1923, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.