Reviewing the Past

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25 & 94 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago

Glendive children have thronged for almost 50 years to Lloyd Square Park on Easter Sunday afternoon for the Kiwanis sponsored Easter egg hunt.

The number of children joining the mad dash across the grass has fluctuated with the rise and fall of the population of Glendive, but the enthusiasm and excitement of the children never changes, observed Dean Whitehead, a Kiwanis member who has been involved with the hunt for the last 20 years.

He remembers one year when the temperature was in the 70’s, and children were lined up six or seven deep at the starting point. Just before it was time to let them go, he looked out and saw that a local television cameraman had set up his tripod and camera right in the path of the mass of children.

Whitehead said he went up to the cameraman, asked him if he likes his camera and suggested he move to a safer spot. The cameraman ignored his advice. The children got the signal to start and came flying across the park toward him. When they got within about three feet of the tripod, Whitehead saw the man’s eyes get big as he suddenly realized the children were not seeing him or his camera. All they were looking for was candy.

“He grabbed his camera and tripod and started running,” Whitehead chuckled. He wasn’t prepared to stand between 500 or 600 children and their candy.

The early Easter egg hunts drew between 400 and 500 children, but in the middle and late 50s, that number doubled and tripled. In 1955, an estimated 1,500 children swarmed across the park for the hunt.

It usually takes the Kiwanis volunteers a couple hours to hide the candy, and the children about three minutes to find it all, Whitehead said.

94 Years Ago

This is Thrift Week! The best and truest thrift is a careful and judicious expenditure of one’s income and saving of a part, even a very small part, thereof.

This sort of thrift also contemplates the paying of one’s bills when they fall due. And this is a highly important detail.

Paying one’s bills promptly is an attribute of the best citizens and marks the best possible customer. He who pays surely and promptly is more valuable by far than he who buys much and pays slowly.

Some of us habitually live beyond our means and are always in trouble with our bills. Such come to serious grief sooner or later.

Most of us pay our bills but sometimes are slow about it. This is a real even if unintentional hardship upon the creditor.

The merchant who extends credit for thirty days has a right to receive payment promptly at the end of that time. He has bills of his own to meet and if he doesn’t meet them on the dot his credit rating suffers.

Prompt payment of our obligations by everyone means that business will improve very materially. There will be a faster and better circulation of money and thereby everyone will benefit. Thereby the volume of business will increase because all will be able to buy more goods and sell more service with the money which is placed in circulation. Money that is tied up in overdue bills is frozen money and is not doing the work it was designed to do.

Money is nothing but a convenience–––a means of helping in the exchange of goods and services and when it is not moving fast exchange of everything is slowed down.

If everyone in Glendive who has the money available would pay his bills this week every merchant and business man would say that business was good. He in turn could pay what he owes and buy more goods to sell and hire more help which would help everyone all around.

One of the cornerstones of thrift is to pay your bills promptly!