Reviewing the Past

Thursday, July 30, 2020

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 harvest nears for this year’s wheat crop, which has been challenged by varied growing conditions.

According to Dawson County Extension Agent Charlie Peterson, the crops are progressing well. Even though some of the spring wheat crops were planted late, the hot, dry winds have aided by putting the plants on schedule for harvest, he said.

According to Joel Salzer, manager of the Farmers Elevator in Glendive, the winter wheat harvest should begin either the end of this week or the beginning of next. He said he expects the spring wheat harvest to start around Aug. 10, although some may be earlier.

Because no one in the area has started harvesting, Salzer said that it is hard to determine the outlook for this year’s harvest.

Peterson said he had heard predicted yields up to 45 bushels per acre in the Dawson County area. “Often what it looks like, and what you get are two different things,” Peterson added.

Bill Gardner, manager of the Farmers Elevator in Lindsay, said he expects the spring wheat harvest to begin in a month in the Lindsay area. He reported that there has also been a lot of hail damage to crops there, which will have a large effect on yields.

Richey Farmers Elevator manager Rondell Beery said only one farmer near Richey has begun harvesting so far. The rest has been delayed by the wet conditions in the area. He said he anticipates others to start cutting winter wheat during the weekend, and it will be three weeks to a month before farmers begin to harvest spring wheat.

100 Years Ago TRANSCONTINENTAL TOURISTS

The O’Brien brothers, both ex-service men and expert linotype operators, who have been connected with the Billings Gazette this past year, arrived in the city on Sunday evening via motorcycle, doing the 251 miles from Billings to Glendive in 15 hours, with two stops of an hour each at Forsyth and Miles City. Their destination is the state of Iowa, where they will visit relatives. They carry a complete camping outfit and when loaded with one riding in the side car and the other guiding, it looms up like an old-style gypsy outfit, only the O’Briens make more miles per day than the gypsies. The brothers are well known in the Northwest and are enjoying this trip immensely.

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