Reviewing the Past

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25, 50 & 100 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago

The Makoshika State Park visitors center was given a “substantially complete” report after a walk-through inspection by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), architects, contractors and an electrician and plumber Thursday.

The project, later estimated to be completed Feb. 5, was completed comfortably before the deadline date on Jan. 20. Groundbreaking festivities for the project were held on Buzzard Day, April 22, of last year. Mike Sullivan, Makoshika State Park director, said the grand opening of the interpretive center will be on Buzzard Day of 1994. Construction began in late July.

The 3,000-square-foot building includes a basement, ground floor and upstairs.

The south-face, open-concept of the building allows for a grand view of the rough ridges of the rugged valley which meets Makoshika’s visitors.

50 Years Ago

A snowmobile race course was marked by directors Bob Baker, and Dean Houck in preparation for the first annual Glendive Snowmobile Race which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the new airport The race is sponsored by the Glendive Marine Club. The new Glendive Snowmobile Association and the Marine Club recently merged. Races will include a quarter-mile, closed course, one mile oval track, point system and Powder Puff. The public is invited.

-----Glendive City Engineer Harvey Funk reported that about two dozen frozen water service lines have been reported in Glendive. Funk said most of the service lines are of asbestos and cement, and it is almost impossible to thaw the surface lines between the curb shutoff and the main line.

The problem arises from the fact that frost penetration in the ground is deeper this year than for several years due to the extreme cold, and Funk said he anticipates that when the ground begins to thaw, the frost will penetrate even deeper.

The city engineer suggested that anyone who has had a problem with frozen water lines in the past or who anticipates having a problem should allow the water un just slightly during the night. He recommended just a thin stream of water from the faucet, probably less than one-eighth inch.

Normal daytime water usage should alleviate the danger of frozen water pipes during the day.

The nominal cost of running a small amount of water during the night would be minor compared to the cost of having frozen service lines thawed, Funk said.

100 Years Ago

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. James McMann will be grieved to find out their death which occurred but a few days apart of pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Mrs. McMann will be remembered as Anna Minton before her marriage. Four little children are left to mourn their loss. Mrs McMann also leaves a mother and brother both of Glendive, by whom she will be sadly missed.