Reviewing the Past

Sunday, December 26, 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

A recent nationwide merger of the independent cooperative hardware stores of True Value and Service Star will be a positive for Friendly True Value in Glendive, according to store manager Evelyn Hagenston.

“It will be good for us and other (True Value) stores,” said Hagenston. “It will strengthen the buying power so we are more competitive and combine the strength for marketing.”

The merger with Service Star, also an independent cooperative made up of independent hardware store owners, has created the world’s largest cooperative with over 10,000 stores nationwide, said Hagenston.

As for construction of the new Friendly True Value building in Glendive, Hagenston said construction is on target. She said the building should be enclosed within a few days. The store will not be open for Christmas, but will be open for business in early spring.

Stan Lynde recently told how he became the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip “Rick O’Shay” and how he authored a new book about the Old West.

Lynde, who spoke in Wibaux and held a book signing in Glendive, said he always idolized the old cowboys he grew up knowing in the Lodge Grass area.

“I always loved to draw, and my mom encouraged me. When I found out people could be paid for it, I had to do it,” said Lynde, who combined his love of the old west and drawing into a career. “The old west and cartooning just came together.”

50 Years Ago

Joeseph R. Hathaway, New York Life Insurance Company agent in Glendive, took part in national examination board proceedings held recently in Washington, D.C., by the Life Underwriter Training Council, an industry organization for sales training.

More than 25,000 life insurance agents are enrolled in LUTC classes in the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Hathaway, a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, is one of 16 members on the 1971-72 examination board, and the only one west of Minneapolis.

Twenty-three miles of the new four-lane Interstate highway between Fallon and Miles City was opened to traffic Friday, according to Bruce Russell, district engineer for the Montana Highway Department at Glendive.

The new section of highway begins about 15 miles east of Miles City and continues to about a half mile east of Terry where it connects with a four lane section which extends to Fallon.

100 Years Ago

Billings ––– Midwest Refining Company posted price for Cat Creek crude oil is $1.90 a barrel, an advance of 45 cents a barrel over previous posted prices and an advance of 90 cents per barrel over the prices of six weeks ago. This advance is in harmony with similar price advances in Wyoming and Mid-Continent fields.