Reviewing the Past

Sunday, November 21, 2021

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

The fourth annual Makoshika Girls Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24. The tournament will use the college, high school and grade school gyms in Glendive.

Team rosters and a $50 registration fee should be sent to Dean Svensvold at the Glendive Recreation Department or call (406) 365-5471.

Anyone willing to help during the tournament should contact LeAnne Dufner if they would like to sell tickets at the door, or Craig Bender if they can be a gym supervi sor. Referees should contact Svensvold.

The Makoshika Tournament is sponsored by the Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Glendive Public Schools, Dawson Community College and the Glendive Recreation Department. - - - - -

For over 100 years, the southwest corner of Merrill Ave. and Bell St. in Glendive has been synonymous with the Dion family name.

The five buildings which make up the “Dion block” contribute to the Merrill Avenue Historic District listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and signs noting that designation and giving a short history of each building have recently been received by the current owner, Frederic Dion. He plans to have each sign mounted on the building it describes.

According to Frederic, his grandfather Henry Dion built a saloon and general merchandise store on that corner in 1881. A news item from the Glendive Times of 1884 announced the grand opening of a new Dion store, noting, “Mr. Dion was in his element and enjoyed the occasion hugely, and well he might, for he has now the largest and finest appearing place in the city.”

Through his participation in the sign program, Frederic has helped preserve a vital piece of Glendive history. The signs on the various buildings will make this history accessible to local people and to visitors walking down the street, who may see the signs and stop to read them.

50 Years Ago

Groundwork for what may be the largest development by a private enterprise in Glendive history was laid Monday night with the awarding of bids for the new Jordan Motor Inn. Successful bidder was Aldinger Construction Co., of Glendive, Wagner Heating and Plumbing was awarded the mechanical contract, while the electrical contract went to Dawson Electric.

Curt Meeds, Jordan president and manager, said the total expenditure for the project, which includes demolition of the old structure and furnishings for the new one, would run in excess of $550,000.

Meeds said that work on the project is expected to start immediately and that the new building should be ready for occupancy some time next year.

Monte Dassinger of the Dawson College rodeo team is in fourth place among bareback riders in the Northwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Dassinger is a sophomore at Dawson and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dassinger, CRB, Glendive.

He gained the position at the regional rodeo at Eastern Washington State College in Cheney, Wash., in October.

At the Cheney rodeo Clint Burman of the DC rodeo team placed fourth in the first go-around of bareback riding. He did not place in the regional standings, how ever.

The Northwest Region includes college teams from Montana Oregon, Washington and Idaho.