The Stanford World (Stanford, Mont.) 1909-1920, November 06, 1909, Image 1

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A 'S TANFORD Is the Com- t- , mercial Is of the richest country on earth VOL. 1 NO. 38 THE 7PTI':ANFORD ORLD. 82.00 THE YEAR , ,FANFORD. , FEROUS COUNTY. MONTANA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6. 1909 • Big Real Estate Deals In Stanford this Week W. ii Brown & Co. Sells Fifteen Hundred Acres of the Mitchell Tract --One Hundred Thousand Paid for Edwards Ranches --City Property Booms Real estate deals in this portion of Fergus county are now being made with more frequency than at any time in the history of the country. Many deals are yet in the embyro state, but several good ones have recently been put over, to use the vernacular. This week the enormous Edwards tract of over 7,000 acres was dis- posed of direct by the owners to C. E. Myers of Oregon, Missouri. The price paid was considerably over one hundred thousand dollars, po- session to be given in the spring. 'What has become of recent years to be known as the Edwards ranches were located more than a quarter of a century ago, that is the first of the vast body of land was filed on at that time and title secured from the government under the preemp- tion, hotnestead ,:imber culture and desert land laws, which it may be stated, were more liberal in their workings than are the land laws of the present day. The ranches, which comprise the tract sold were some of them acquired by purchase, and although at the time not selected because of their agricultural value, but more particularly for the choice grazing land, have been found to be more valuable for agricultural pur- poses than for grazing. It is understood that Mr. Meyer will divide his large purchase into several large farms, and will bring people form his native state to set- tle thereon. Many people from . northwestern Missouri have, during the past summer and fall visited Stanford, and have looked with longieg eyes upon the virgin plains of this portion oi the country. Many of the people of that portion of old Missouri have located upon govern- ment land in this section, and will shortly become residents of the Ju- dith Basin. Another heavy deal was the sale by the W. H. Brown Co. of Hobson, of 1,550 acres of the Frank W. 1878 1909 Bank of Fergus County Lewistown, Montana Is thoroughly equipped to extend to its Customers every facility in Banking. WE ISSUE: Drafts, Money Orders, Travellers Checks Letters of Credit—Domestic and Foreign SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES FOR RENT 1887 1909 STAN \ORD Half Way Between Shelby Junction and Billings The City of DESTINY Catch the Idea? Get in on the Ground Floor by Buying Lots Now Stanford Townsite Co. Mitchell tract of land adjoining the townsite of Stanford to George W. Davidson, a wealthy real estate dealer, land owner and investor of Champaign, Illinois. This land ad- joins the townsite of Stanford and i is of the best to be found in the. Judith Basin, and consequently of all Montana. The price paid was a fancy one, but was not made pub- lic. The sale was made by Mr. Brown personally, on Thursday, while in Stanford. The gentlemen arrived in town the evening before, via, automobile, accompanied by M. J. Kenna, salesman, and Charles Lindsey, of Farmer City, III., another recent investor in Montana realty. Mr. Davidson rode over the land and asked to be taken back to the city without delay. He had found what he wanted. In less time than it requires for some men to trade horses these gentlemen consummated a deal of staggering immensity. Mr. Davidson will improve the land purchased by him, and ap- preciating the importance of the proximity of this land to Stanford, stated that he would aid the young city's growth by dedicating forty acres for a city park With the Mitchell tract, Mr. Brown stated that his firm had I sold more than $400,000 worth of Judith Basin lands within the past ten days _a__ This week Stanford city realty also took on a boom, and many sales not yet released for publication, were made. The Most important of these was the purchase by Frank Strout of the Butler & Woodworth livery barn and the Montana Buffet which are described in the convey- ance as lots 11 and 12 of block 1 of the original townsite of Stanford. Possession of this property will not be given until January 1, and meantime the firm of Buttler & Woodworth continue in business in Stanford. The price paid for these two lots and buildings was $7,500. Frank Strout also has purchased from the Townsite company the two corner lots on Central avenue, diag- onally across the street from the First State Bank building, and also the lot directly in the rear giving that gentleman a fifty foot frontage on Central avenue and First Avenue North. Mr. Strout informed the World that in the spring he would erect a $10,000 concrete and brick building on these lots. These pur- chases by Mr. Strouf insures the city of Stanford that he will be a factor in her development, and that she will be the seat of his future real estate operations. Messrs. Butler and Woodworth state that they are not leaving Stanford, but will devote their time more particularly to ranch Interests in the future. John Gill this week sold 400 acres of land situated near his home ranch, in township 19 north, range 13 east, to George Arnott, Sr., of Frakio, Missouri. The land embrac- ed in this transaction lies in one of the most productive wheat belts of the state, and is convenient to market. The price . per acre was not made known to the public. Mr. Arnott was accompanied to Stan- ford by his son, George Arnott, Jr., who is a practicing attorney at Bil- lings. Both of these gentlemen were pleased with this section of the Judith Basin, which they pronounc- (Continued on Page 4) THE WORLD SA V ED BARREL OF MONEY FOR THE RANCHERS WHEN the management of the World announced that a newspaper was going to he started in Stanford, there were many wise people, inside and outside the city, who heard the assertion with incredulity and openly stated that such an in- stitution would have to depend wholly upon the charity of the city busineskinen. How wrong that was any man in Stanford will now tell you. At the same time many ranch - men in this section, though they subscribed for the journal, did so with reluctance, stating that they had no interest in the local items pawned off for Jocal news by small newspapers. In the nine months of its ex- istence, assisted by the federal official who has offices in the World building, this paper has accomplished more for the set- tlement and upbuilding of the country between the Judith and the Missouri rivers than all other Fergus county publications com- bined throughout their long ten- ure at the mercy of public favor. The World, with the conception of other duties than the dissemi- nation of neighborhood gossip and cheap, time -worn buncome relative to Montana fesourees, has kept out of the rut of pueril- ity and stands preeminently as one country newspaper that has given its supporters the worth of their money, and has never been an eye -sore to or a burden upon the community within which it abides. The enactment of the 320 -acre law at the instance of Senator Joseph M. Dixon, afforded this paper an opportunity to show what kind of stuff it was made of. By continuoarly showing the necessity therefcir the World got Senator Dixon to come to the aid of settlers; and today, if the computation of the sum saved to settlers north of the 4th stan- dard parallel and west of the Judith guide meridian were made, the sum would reach into the hundreds of thousands of dol- lars—a barrel would never hold it. If the World never does an- other thing it has demonstrated its worth and the right to ex- pect more than the ordinary support from the people of this section, for at a time when the people needed the money for im- provements they were about to be compelled to scrip land with money which is now free to flow into the cnannels of trade. T HE WORLD is published in a veritable paradise for ranchmen and investors 52.00 THF. YEAR 5c THE COPT It Was Murder ,';'o/y,$) King Coroner's Jury Charles King, a Montana Pioneer, Is Killed by James Gass at the Frazier Ranch Above Stanford, and the Slayer Comes to Town and Surrenders A jug of whisky, two dogs and a I rifle started serious trouble at the George ,Frazier ranch last Saturday shortly after noon which placed Charles King, alias \Toni\ King, a Montana pioneer in his grave and James Gass and his brother, Charles Gass, in the county jail, with a charge of murder booked against the former of the brothers. Montana Men Are Injured in Train Wreck - • By long distance telephone late Thursday word was received of a frightful stock train wreck MI the Great Northern which cast a gloom over the city of Stanford, as many well-known stockmen were supposed to have been on board. later de- spatches discounted the horrors of the first, but at the hour of going to press, the World is informed that Owen Fergus, a cattleman of Davis creek, has succumbed to his injuries and many others are in a precarious condition. The wreck eccurred at Rugby, N. D., early Thursday morn- ing while the stockmen were asleep in the caboose. It was thought at first that the cattle loaded at Stanford on Wednesday were on the wrecked train, but this was not the case. The wrecked train was loaded at Spion Kop two days previously The cause of the disaster was the fail- ure of the stock train crew to get the caboose in the clear, and out of the way of the fast mail. The caboose wait de- molished and the wreckage crowlit lire. According to the despatch the Injured were: James Cooper; George Evans; Tom Clary of Great Falls, James Keith: Dick Stephenson; Owen Fergus, Davis Creek; T. J. Jeffries. train man: George Campbell; Walter. Carol and Ray Fish. Otter Creek; Venner Brower, Belt: Ole Peters. .n. Belt. Torn Clary is one of the most widely known stockmen in Montana, and is a pioneer of the state. Ile was .rte of the most popular officials %Ito ever In Id office in Chouteau county, and was elected sheriff News of the killing was brought to Stanford late that afternoon by Andrew Goyim, who resides near the Frazier place. He stated he had been appraised of the affair by Geo. Frazier, who came to his place dur- ing the middle of the afternoon, and made the announcement. Deputy Sheriff Charles Whitcotnb of this place immediately took the matter in hand, and after,comniunicating with the sheriffs office and the county coroner at Lewistown, was making preparations to go to the scene of the murder. However as he was ready to start, Gass and his brother, arrived in town and surren- dered themselves to the office, and were at once locked up in the Stan- i ford jail. In their statement to; Deputy Whitcomb, they said that they had started to the mountains on a hunting trip, which was to be' of several days duration. That they stopped at the Frazier place for din- ner, and that while there they be- came intoxicnted, as did both Frazier and his companion, Thomas King. That King started a row by after, dinner, when it was learned the dogs had gotten to a quarter of venison, hanging on the outside. This, they said so exasperated King, that he seized his rifle and killed two dogs, one a fine bird dog belonging to Gass. This led ton mixup, in which James Gass struck King several times with his fist, knocking him down. Later it was discovered that King who hail, not arisen was dead. They, so they stated, at once started for Stanford, with the intention of placing themselves in the hands of the sheriff. Sunday morning Assistant County Attorney Mueller, Coroner George W. Creel, C, S. Huntoon, son of County Attorney Huntoon, and Dep- uty 'Sheriff Al. Morgan arrived in Stanford from Lewistown, and pro- ceeded to investigate the matter. Deputy Sheriff Whitcomb, the coro- ner and several from Stanford taken along for jurymen, went to the scene of the tragedy. They found King's body in the yard, as he had fallen, and after viewing the remains the corpse was brought to this city. The inquest was held in the parlors of the Hotel Stanford Sunday even- ing, after an autopsy had been per- formed by Dr. R L Igel. The testimony given at the in- quest showed that the whole party at the ranch was hopelessly inebri- ated, and that none of the witnesses nor Gass himself were certain of just how the killing occurred. The testimony of the two brothas was sadly at variance on material points, while Frazier, who admitted that he was drunk, says that it all happen - so quickly that he was unable to state who was the aggressor, or who was to blame, or in fact in what manner King was killed. lie said he was in the cabin at the time. The evidence given by Gass was nearly the same as the statement made to the authorities the evening before, which is quoted above. Dr. Igel stated that the blow re- three.succeasive times His re. o‘ery Ii by King was not sufficiently , sold to be doubtful Owen re CeOhlti rglic was known to every one in this sect WTI violent to cause death, and said that King's physical condition was such that death was liable to have oe- cured at any time. The doctor made the somewhat startling assertion that a deep wound on the right side of the face of the deceased was ad- ministered after death. This would indicate that Gass had returned to his victim after death haul insued to make sure of the job. The jury, composed of Johnson Strong, H. M. Packard, James Chamberlain, Andy Goyins, A. J..$20,000, Nickerson and John M. Campbell, rendered a verdict which imputed felonous intent. Both James Gass and his brother, who had recently arrived in Mon- tana from Minnesota, were taken to Lewistown, and placed in jail. An Information will be filed:against the former, while the latter will be de- tained as a witness under a $1,000 bond, which has not yet been fur- nished. King had been a resident of this section for many years. He was a pioneer of the state, and had many friends among the old-timers, who state that he was never a quarrel- some man. He was buried in the Stanford cemetery on Monday after- noon, the remains being escorted by a large number of his friends in this sectiott. P. J. O'Hara, the father of Geyser. thas just completed the erection of a three-story hotel at that , place which is said to be par ele- gatice in every way. The building is heated by a modern system of hot air, diffused throughout the en- tire extensive hostelery. A com- plete electric plant is being installed and the entire building will be sup- plied. The house will be opened to the public Friday night, November , 12th, when a grand ball will be giv- en. A general invitation has been extended, and many from Stanford and Windham will attend. INTEREST Is the greatest incentive towards saving money. When you find your money is earning something you feel more like saving. Interest \works while you sle,i).\ We pay interest on saving accounts from $1.00 up and on certificates of deposit for six or twelve months' time. Absolute safety, liberality and courtesy our watch -word. The First National Bank OF LEWISTOWN, MONTANA Hotel Stanford Best Hotel on Billings & Northern Railway. Handsome Three -Story Building. Forty-one Steam Heated Rooms. Neatly Furnished Through- out. All Guests Courteously Treated Headquarters for Commercial Men When Making the Great Judith Basin Territory Richly Appointed Buffet in Connection EDWARDS & BAU MGARTNER PROPRIETORS TreeitTalls Iotel GREAT FALLS MONTANA FITZGF.RAI.D & FOSTER,. Proprietors EUROPEAN PLAN A First -Class Cafe Connected

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