Reviewing the Past

Thursday, December 23, 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.

25 Years Ago

Blowing and drifting snow from winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour caused many highways in the Glendive area to be closed Monday.

Monday roads from Wibaux to Baker on Highway 7, Glendive to Sidney on Highway 16, Glendive to Circle on Highway 200 South, and Sidney to Circle on Highway 200 were closed due to poor visibility, according to the Montana Highway Department.

Tuesday Highway 16 from Glendive to Sidney and Highway 200 from Glendive to Circle were open for emergency travel, but poor visibility was reported.

All other roads in the area, including Interstate 94 from the North Dakota border to Miles City were reported as dry, however, high winds continued to cause blowing snow across most of eastern Montana’s highways. Interstate 94 from Miles City to Billings was snowpacked and icy, according to the road report.

Temperatures dropped to 30 degrees below zero, due to cold arctic winds, adding to the dangerous travelling condition.

Dawson County High School officials made good on their promise to bring in dogs to search the school for drugs and explosives this week.

The search was conducted on Wednesday. Two students were found with illegal substances in their possession during the search, causing them to be suspended for 10 days from school. The illegal substance possessed by both students was marijuana. The Glendive Police Department was called and both students were charged.

The dogs also found crank, a methamphetamine that is normally clandestinely manufactured, under a row of lockers. According to Superintendent Dan Martin, it was obvious that the drug had been “ditched” by someone, making it impossible to find the party responsible for the drug.

50 Years Ago

The Dawson County High School Vocal Music Department is in the process of preparing its annual Christmas concert to be presented to the public Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the DCHS auditorium. Presenting new and familiar Christmas music will be the Freshman Choir, the Girls’ Chorus, the Chamber Chorale and the Symphonic Choir.

The pre-concert organ recital of Christmas music will be presented by Gene Nietz from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend the concert. A free will offering will be taken to help cover the cost of the spring choir tour.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Glendive Jaycees and the generosity of the people of this area, Christmas 1971, will be a merry one for Gary Stork of Carroll, Iowa. A total of 70,865 Betty Crocker coupons contributed by local residents was received Monday, one day ahead of the Dec. 21 deadline by which 800,000 coupons were needed to obtain a kidney machine for the 19-year-old Stork. The local contribution, coupled with 733,000 coupons already received, was sufficient to climax the campaign successfully.

Local Jayceens expressed their gratitude to local residents, Washington Junior High and to the Sidney and Circle Jayceens for their help with the project.

The campaign was undertaken here after June Brown Langenfeld of Carroll, Iowa, wrote to The Ranger-Review telling of Stork’s plight. Mrs. Langenfeld is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.O. Brown, Sr., of Glendive.

100 Years Ago


Place a lighted candle in the window on Christmas Eve. This is an ancient custom which is now being widely revived in eastern cities. The ancients employed this means to light the Christ child on his way westward. The Glendive Chamber of Commerce feels Glendive should be among the first cities of Montana to observe this practice.


by Frank L. Stanton

Old folks, too, like Christmas; grandfather, sitting there,

Feels sad if he’s forgotten ‘cause he’s in his chimney-chair;

He says he’s thinkin’ of the days that he no more will see,

When he was just a little boy –– a Christmas boy –– like me.

He listens to the fire –– for it’s always talkin’ so,

And then it is he calls to mind his good times long ago

When the Christmas wind was whistlin’ through the cold and frosty nights

And children dreamed of Christmas bells and watched for Christmas lights.

He doesn’t seem to hear at all the noise the children make,

For when he sits the stillness there he’s dreamin’ wide awake!

But mother –– then she tells us to all run right out and play,

For old folks hear sweet music when they’re dreamin’ day by day.

And then grandmother –– SHE comes in and sits beside him there,

And puts her hand in his, and says three words he loves to hear;

But what they are she’d never tell to mother or to you;

She knows that he is dreamin’, for she dreams the same dreams too.

So Christmas comes to old folks, and it’s then they love to know

The children don’t forget ‘em, though they live so long ago!

An’ they say the sweetest present of all sweet things and fair

Is a kiss on Christmas mornin’ when we climb their chimney-chair.