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• • • • VOLUME IV. • ••••• (41116 40. 4r OFFICIAL NEWIWANIOR OF OMR= COUNTY. • EHALAKA, Carter County, MONTANA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1923 laTCMICAL SC)CIE '$)F MutiTAN HELENA*, ' NUMBER 38 Celebration Here Today -Saturday The \Broncho Days\ celebration is on today and tomorrow in Ekalaka. A large crowd is expected in town for the afternoon and evening pro- grams. The sports program at the fair grounds will commence promptly at 1:30, with the picture show at 7:30 p. m. and the dancing at 9:16. Lacy Speelmon will act as arena director and George Boggs will be in charge of the general program for the two days. Exceptional good shows have been secured by Manager Sam Feinstein for showing at the Play House, the big feature for tomorrow night being Rudolph Valentino in \The Sheik.\ Comedies will be shown with the fea- ture each night and popular prices of 20 and 60 cents will prevail. W. P. Fiske will manage the dances for the promoters ,of the wild west celebration and he assures us that he has secured a live bunch of musicians to furnish the music. The Eagle Corn Show will be held in the building just west of the Eagle office where it is expected that a large display will be shown. NORTH AND SOUTH RAILROAD. J. J. Foley, general manager of the Wyoming North and South rail- road company, writes as follows to the Powder River County Examiner , in regard to the new road: \It was originally the intention of the Haskell interests to complete the entire line between Casper, Wyo., and Miles City, Mont., on or before Janu- ary 1, 1924. This plan would have been consummated had it been possi- ble to procure at reasonable prices the necessary material. When this, however, Was found to be impossible, it was decided by Mr. Lake, chairman of the board, to concentrate on the line between • fileo and Salt Creek, which will be ready for operation on or before October 1st, and to con- tinue construction at controlling points, or points of yardage, between Salt Creek and Miles City, and this program is being carried out. The road in its entirety will be completed prior to September 1, 1924.\ DISTRICT COURT PROCEEDINGS. Court convened in Ekalaka on Mon- day, Sept. 17, with the foalowing offi- cers present: Stanley E. Felt, judge presiding; Mr. Thomas, naturaliza- tion examiner; Geo. N. Vinton, court stenographer, and H. B. Campbell, clerk of the district court. The following proceedings were had at this time. This being naturaliza- tion day three parsons made applica- tion for citizenship papers: Albert Venice appeared in court with his reg- ular witnesses. Witnesses proved competent and the petitioner passed a satisfactory examination, took the oath of allegiance all(l Was Admitted AS a citizen of this country. The examinations of John Kor- tum and Patrick Richards were con- tinued, the examinations proving un- satisfactory. Grace Fruit of Alzada, was granted a divorce from her husband Claude Fruit, and WAR given custody of the two minor children. In the matter of the estate of John I). Lane, deceased: Decree of distri- hution and setlement of final ac- count is signd by the court. In the matter of the estate of Oscar W. Olson, incompetent. After hearing the evidence the court decreed that Oscar W. Olson was incapable of managing his property and Chas. Ol- son wits appointed gurdian, his bond being fixed at $500. Hyman Raskin vs. Harold Morneau, guardian of Louis Morneau, an in- sane person; default. Judgment for plaintiff, principal, interest, attorney fees and costs, total $224.30. C. J. Swanson vs. Clifford Elery. Default. Decree of foreclosure ordered R. B. Graves vs. Almon W. Hardy, Anna T. Hardy and the First Nation- al hank of Ismay. Judgment for the plaintiff. Decree of foreclosure or- dered. Young America. \Tom go fetch the old horse.\ \Why the old one, father?\ \Wear out the old ones first, is my motto.\ \Well then, you fetch the horse.\ OLD PIONEER GOES OUT ON LONG TRAIL Word of the death of Col. George. Sheetz, pioneer of Custer county and trail blazer of the early days of this region, was received in Miles City last Saturday by W. R. Calvin.. The message which cane from Lincoln, Nebraska, was brief and stated mere- ly that death had been sudden. The deceased was about 80 years of age. Col. George Sheetz was the first county surveyor of Carter county when the county was created in 1917. But many years before that date he had done surveying for the United States government in this locality. In 1885 he established the base line south of Ekalaka and in 1887 did the first surveying in the town and in the two townships adjoining. When the town was first started it was not laid out \according to Gunter.\ Col. Sheetz came from Missouri and in his boy- hood days lived in Hannibal and was an associate of Sammy Clemens, now known all over the world as \Mark Twain,\ the man that sane critics pronounce America's greatest man of letters. Sheetz himself was an un- ,usual character, an interesting con- versationalist and quick at giving a witty or hurporus turn to his remarks. Practically all the old-timers and many of the later arrivals knew and 'admired the genial old colonel, and he had numerous friends throughout southeastern Montana. The following sketch of Col. Sheetz appeared in the Miles City Daily Star of last Saturday: Col. Sheets served throughout the civil war on the confederate side, and after the war turned to civil engineer- ing, the vocation which he followed for a great many years. He traveled over much of the world before coming to Montana, and at one time, during his prime, was in charge of a large engineering project in China. He came here more than forty years ago, and settled in Milestown. He was elected county surveyor here in the early claxs, when Custer county include? rar.ii of , southeastern Mon- tana, and had this position for several years. He Was united in marriage with Sadie Andrews, sister of W. B. Andrews who conducted the original Macqueen house, in 1885. His wife preceded him into the great beyond several years ago. Col. Sheets built a nice home at the corner of Ninth and Orr streets, but the building and lots were sold a few years ago to the city, to provide room for the Washington school house. Several years ago Col. Sheetz filed on a homestead near Ekalaka, and it has been there that he has made his home most of the time since, although he occaiionally came here for a visit. with old time friends, and also spent several weeks at a time in Nebraska and Iowa, visiting relatives and friends. DENTIST IN NEW QUARTERS. Dr. Hedges has bought the build- ing near M. 0. Tracy's law office which was formerly occupied by the now defunct Beaver Valley Press. The old sign has been taken down and the doctor is having the building re- modeled and fitted up for an office which he expects to occupy after the first of October. NELLIE BELBECK. Mrs: Nellie Belbeck died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Jane Adam, in the Chalk Buttes section on Sep- tember 15th, after an illness from which she had been a patient sufferer for the past fifteen years. She is survived by her son Philip, her mother, five sister, Mrs. James Keith, Mrs. Chas. Keith, Miss Violet and Jesse Adam, all of the Chalk Buttes and Mrs. Albert Stevens of Mystic, S. D., also two brothers, Alex Adam of Lead, S. D., and Jack Adam of Butte; Mont. The funeral service was held at the home of her mother on Monday, Sept. 17th, and burial was made in the I. 0. 0. F. cemetery at Ekalaka the same day. The heartfelt sympathy of the community go to the mother and relatives who have so tenderly cared for her during her long illness. Ed. Dorgan, the athletic professor of the Carter County high school, won first on running broad jump at the Belltower fair. But he shouldn't get swelled up over it. Ekalaka has had some jumpers before. Some were so nimble they could even jump their board bill. His Two Great Favorites MONTANA STOCK RATED AS EXCELLENT. Montana cattle and sheep are in excellent condition, according to the Montana crop and livestock reporting service for September. Ranges are still furnishing an abundance of feed, late rains having kept the grass green and growing beyond the usual season over most of the state. As this causing the grass to mature later the livestock shipments will also be later this fall. Grass has cured rapidly the past two weeks, which should harden the fat the stock are carrying, and in- sures better prices for the livestock when marketed. Prospects for good feed on winter ranges are excellent, and there have been good crops of hay and other feed stacked for winter use. Some well finished lots of steers, both to packers and feeders, have brought good returns on eastern mar- kets, and the market for the better grades . is comparatively .strong, though inferior stuff will move slow. Markets have not strengthened suffi- ciently to entirely restore confidence and satisfaction on the part of grow- ers and some feeder cattle have been purchased in various parts of the state by representatives of corn belt feeders, and indications point to in- creased direct shipment to feed lots. Sheep and lambs are showing con- dition of 103 per cent normal, an in- crease of two points over a month ago. This satisfactory condition pre- vails in all sections of the state. Lambs have already started for mar- ket and show excellent weight and feeder buyers contracted many lambs in the state during August at prices ranging principally from 9 to 10 cents, averming 9 1 / 2 cents, but going as high as 10 1 / 2 in some instances. A SUCCESSFUL FARMER. D. E. Egeland, a Rosebud county tamer, and a successful one, is mar- keting his wheat in Miles City, says the Star. Mr. Egeland is an ardent advOcate of summer fallow, having practiced this method for several years with excellent results, lie says rotation of crops is also a paying proposition, and he has secured some fine yields of small grain from land which he had planted to corn the preceding year. He says his crops ranged in yield from seven to 34 bushels to the acre this year, the lowest yield being from land which he had not summer (al- lowed, while his best crops were tilled from well tilled land. The farmers of the north side, who are succeeding, are, almost without exception, prac- ticing diversification of crops and summer tillage, and are also rotating their crops. Some of Mr. Egeland's oats, he says, yielded 30 bushels to the acre this year on greund which he had planted to corn last summer. \FOOL'S PARADISE.\ Those in Ekalaka who appreciate the very best in motion pictures will have an opportunity to witness one of the greatest picture plays produced in the past year at the Play House next Wednesday night. \Fool's Para- dise\ will be the feature and it needs no boosting. It irAbsolutely the big- gest and best picure ever shown upon the screen at the Play House. Gilbert I;rrg was in town on Tues- day from his raaeh over n:tr the Sheep morntains. ci Sl'OKANE BANKER VISITS HERE. E. H. Stanton, an official of the Washington Trust Co., Spokane, and stockholder in the First National bank of Ekalaka, was in town Wed- nesday. This was Mr. Stanton's maiden trip to Ekalaka and he ex- pressed himself as being very much pleased with the looks of our country and with things in general in this section. One of our citizens said in reuly, \Yes we think we have good prospects ahead.\ \I don't think so, I know you're all right,\ was the banker's emphatic rejoinder. Mr. Stanton and other capitalists who have recently visited our town have unbounded faith in the future of Mon- tana, Carter county included. They firmly believe the opportunities are here if properly handled and devel- oped. CARTER COUNTY ALFALFA. George Farwell, former couetty com- missioner, Was in Ekalaka on Tues- day from his ranch near Sykes. Mr. Farwell has just threshed his alfalfa, the yield being 8000 pounds or 132 bushels off of 30 acres. It is reported from Hysham that the first offer for alfalfa seed this season was 19c per round which i considered a good price. Montana grown alfalfa seed commands a premium over seed grown elsewhere. Mr. Fat -well's crop was grown on the first bench land on the Box Elder, below Sykes. Some of it was started in 1915, some. in 1918 and some last year. It is claimed that the best place to get an alfalfa crop started is to plant it on sod. Alfalfa is one of the most profitable of field crops, but it cannot be successfully produced everywhere, but it can he grown on ninny farms in Carter county. FAIRPLAY HAS NEW EDITOR. Don M. Leight, hailing from Wis- consin, is now editor of the Alzada Fairplay and assumed management of that paper last week. Our first glance at the Alzada paper that reached our desk this week gave real evidence of a change. If the future issues under the 4i uidance of Mr. Leight compare with his first edition, Alzada can rest assured it will have a real newspaper, with local news a -plenty. The change in the appear- ance of the Fnirplay is wonderful, and such as only a person familiar with this industry can fully appreci- ate. The Eagle welcomes Bro. Leight to Carter county and hopes that the southern county folks will see that he gets a real fair play for 1 - .is efforts. We•note under the editorial heading these words: \Anti -dyspepsia\ and \Anti -Meanness.\ Robert M. Nichol- son remains as the owner and pub- jher. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Iverson and little son returned to their home in Great Falls last Friday, after spend- ing a few days here visiting friends. Mr. Iverson has been under the care o f th e me di ca l board A United the Unit States government, havit gent con- siderable time during the past few months at the veterans' hospital in Helena. He expects to take up voca- tional training work. soon and will select X-ray ft Attorney Al Hansen Was over from Baker on Monday to attend the short session of district court held here on that day. STATE FAIR GIRL CONTEST CLOSES AT 5 P. M. TODAY. The voting contest to select a girl to represent Carter county at the state fair in Helena next week will close at 5 p. m. this evening. After this hour, the judges will count the ballots and announce the winner. The ballot box was sealed last Thursday and will remain sealed until after this contest officially closes this eve- ting. If you have any ballots, be sure to deposit them before the clos- ing hour. Subscribers desiring to re- new their subscription to the Eagle will be given 1000 votes, the same as accorded new subscribers. THE HARDING COUNTY FAIR. The Harding County fair held across the state line at Camp Crook last Thursday and Friday was well attended and the program was far above the average for inland towns. A large agricultural exhibit was gath- ered together and proved one of the features of the fair. The wild west stunts and racing events were good and the dance proved itself the main event each evening. A large number from Ekalaka were in attend'ance; The Pups ball team gathered in the prize money Friday by defeating the Capitol team by the close score of 7-6. Several riders from this section helped entertain the crowds and won purses. CHARLES MILLER PEABODY Chas. Peabody died at the Camp Crook hospital following an operation on Monday of this week. Funeral services were held in Ekalaka yester- day afternoon conducted by the Rev. E. J. Sipes, with interment in the I. 0. 0. F. cemetery. Charles Miller Peabody was a na- tive of Vermont, born in 1857. In 1878, in Sioux City, Iowa, he was unit- ed in marriage with Miss Mary IIite. IA few years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Peabody can - le west and set- tled in the Black Hills coentry where they engaged in farming and stock- raising. In 1907 they came to Mon- tana and settled in what is known as the Lakeside country, about twelve miles south of Ekalaka where they have ever since made their home. Deceased is survived by his wife and nine children, four sons and five daughters, namely: Freeman Orville of Deerfield, S. D.; Mrs. Alice Lamb, who lives in Canada; Mrs. Ethel Miner, Dakeil, S. D.; Mrs. Cora Blaser, Webster, Mont.; Mrs. Eleanor Keller, Redfield, S. D.; Mrs. Mettle Laprath, who lives on the Box Elder. Three sons, Walter, Lawrence and Glenn, live south of Ekalaka. Almost the entire population of the lakeside neighborhood were in attend- ance at the funeral, showing the high Etanding of the deceased in his home community. none who have ltingeat known him may they have never heard r. word spoken against him. Ile was a fine man, a good neighbor and a good citizen, honest and upright. The sympathy of the community is ex- tended to the bereaved relatives. WEATHER REPORT. This section of country was visited by a good rain last Sunday and Mon- day, the precipitation amounting to nearly one-fourth of an inch. The rain came in a slow drizzle which lasted About 24 hours. Considerable frost was visible on Tuesday morning but the mercury did not drop AS low as on Tuesday night Of last week. At that time nearly everything in the gardens on Box Elder was killed, and on lowlands generally. But in the higher altitudes it is reported that gardens were but little affected. Most of the corn was sufficiently mature to be out of the way of the frost. 0--- TIIE HORSE MARKET Hundreds of horses from this sec- tion of Montana are being brought in for shipment to eastern markets. Large numbers (if horses are being trailed to Canada where they are finding a ready market. The horse market is becoming better every day and the demand is good. Some of the best horses in the country are now being sent from this section to different points and the indications are that the horse is again coming into his own.—Miles Cty Amercan, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Censer of Baker were here the fore part of the week visiting with friends and relatives. Deep Test Well Still Going Down Work on the deep test well which is being drilled by the Absaroka -Flor- ence combine, northeast of Ek4aka, is progressing in a satisfactory man- ner. The following is from an interest- ing article which appeared in last week's Marmarth Mail: \High hopes had been expressed by the public that oil would be encoun- tered when the drill pierced the New- castle formation which was expected at the depth of 3680, but at about this point a stray sand, or upper sand of Newcastle formation, was found to contain a supply of sulphurous water, which was not to be unexpected, but which, nevertheless, has resulted in lowering the enthusiasm of the 'by- standers.' The drill continues on its downward progress, and there is some feeling that oil may possibly be en- countered in the Muddy sand which is said to be lower or basal sand of the Newcastle formation. \The Newcastle formation which was encountered at the dept of 3570 feet averages from forty to sixty-one feet thick at Osage, Wyoming; and the Muddy sand is the basal sand of this formation which thus theoretical- ly establishes it at the approximate depth of 3630 lett \Officials of the two companies have been at the well the past few days and no discouragement is noted in their optimism; but instead they all seem to be in the beat of spirits and are confident that oil will be en- countered in either the Dakota or Lakota sands, which are expected to be found somewhere in the vicinity of the 4000 to 4200 depth. The small water production comes from a very compact., sand, which is not causing any appreciable difficulty in drilling except that it does slow up the work somewhat. \One important feature of this well is the Excellent efficiency which has been displayed by the double drilling crew, they having reached as great a depth in this well in five months time as was reached by the crews on the Medicine Rocks well in thirteen months time.\ KILL THE MAGPIES. Local sportsmen who are scouting through the pine hills or anywhere in search of game should use their am- munition in exterminating magpies, instead of shooting at signs and tar- gets, is the suggestion made by a Powder river rancher. There are nu- merous magpies throughout this sec- tion, and the most thoroughly read audubon has never found where these parasites ever knowingly (lid 01113 thing for humanity. They are classified an robbers of orchards, and destroyers of the eggs and young of other birds. They Will attack a freshly branded calf or colt and into the sore until, as often occurs, the animal sickens and dies on the range. The magpie is an unwel- come bird and there is no closed sea- son where he is concerned, and in the west end of the state the rod and gun clubs are organizing to extermi- nate every one found. PELTIER GOES TO COAST. Peter X. Peltier of Mill Iron called upon us Wednesday morning and ex- tended his subscription until after the next presidential election, and chang- ed his address to San Diego, Calif, to which seaport he is going in the near future. Mr. Peltier has roamed over the world a good deal in his time and visited in Latin American and other lands. He is a descendant of the captain of the French vessel that brought Lafayette to America in 1777 tAt. help George Washington and his Continentals lick the British redcoats. SULLIVAN RELEASED. The case Against Frank Sullivan, charged with first degree murder in connection with the killing of Frank Burdick in Miles City, August 22, was dismissed in justice court by Judge\ Minnie M. Serruys, the court holding that the evidence introduced was in- sufficient. Mrs. Cecil Bushe who has been vis- iting her daughter, Mrs. Amy Roch- fort, left this week for Los Angeles, where she will spend the winter.