City of Choteau News Highlights from 1931
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A 2013 Centennial Project

"Summarized from the Choteau Acantha Newspaper with its permission by Nancy Thornton, Choteau, Montana. All rights reserved." Copyright 2013-present by Nancy Thornton. This file may be freely copied for non-profit purposes.
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Compiled by volunteer Jeanne Anderson March 11, 13-14, 18,21, 2013.
Transcribed with the cooperation of the Choteau Acantha.

1/1/31 Teton Service Co. to erect new station located on south edge of town near old flour mill, Manager R.H. Fisher announced.

1/8/31 The annual ice harvest of the Adams Oil Co. completed, about 800 tons were put up.

1/15/31 Geo. W. Magee, pioneer, succumbs. Among his many professions, he was a local attorney. Fred A. Woehner named president of the Citizens State Bank, Choteau, succeeding Jas. Eckford. C.M. McDonald was promoted to the VP, and Fred Barribal was made cashier. Directors were Fred A. Woehner, C.S. McDonald, P.H. Crosse, C.D. McDonald and Fred C. Barribal.

1/22/31 W.W. Smith, proprietor of the Choteau Creamery attended the annual convention of the Dairy Production Dept., branch of the USDA, held in Havre.

2/5/31 Montana Gov. and Mrs. J.E. Erickson, former Teton County attorney and pioneers attended the annual meeting with 150 members of the Old Timers. After two weeks of labor, city officials overcame the obstruction which blocked a water line in the alley just east of Main Avenue. Fine roots from cottonwood trees caused the problems.

2/12/31 Alternations of Roberts Funeral Home nearly completed. Public invited to inspect improvements.

2/19/31 Three grocery stores advertised: Campbell tomato soup, Hirshberg's 3/25 cents and Buttrey's 6/53 cents, Choteau Meat Co. Nick and Bill T-Bone, 30 cents per pound. Mrs Lewis Thompson purchased building on Central Ave. recently vacated by Y-B Store.

2/26/31 Choteau is now 65 percent “gasified”, Manager Ernest Ness says. To better provide for their guests, and to keep up to date, both the Choteau and Beaupre hotels have added improvements to their rooms and dining areas. At last night's Lions Club meeting, Dr. H.W. Bateman sounded a warning against the use of narcotics. He pointed out the harm of these drugs.

3/5/31 Choteau Woman's Club holds annual musicale. Yearly report shows public library now has 4,267 volumes.

3/12/31 Cash and Carry Grocery ad. In addition to those listed on 2/19.

3/26/31 Oscar Brendt purchases Bagley barber shop. Will retain services of George Jackson who has been with Mr. Bagley for about a year. W.G. Bloomdahl and Henry Robison have been nominated as candidates for alderman at the annual municipal election to be held on April 6. March lion roars. A raging blizzard sprang up Tuesday night. The housing over the weather instruments blew away. From sunny weather, the mercury raced down to zero.

4/2/31 Geese at Priest Lake perish in severe storm.

4/9/31 The Teton Service Co. this city has been given the Chevrolet agency which until recently was held by the Power-Morgan Co. Thirty-seven voted at the city election on Monday. Elected were H.D. Robison, W.G. Bloomdahl and W.B. Butchart was re-elected city treasurer. J.G. Jackson was re-elected police magistrate.

4/16/31 The city council has ordered a spring cleanup set for April 19-25. The Choteau Tailor shop has undergone extensive alterations and repairs. The shop is now under the management of C.J. Foley.

5/7/31 Movement afoot for new library location here. Dr. R.T. O'Neill, Great Falls, locates in Choteau. New Golf officers hold meeting. Directors are Clarence Looney, Denzil McDonald, Ben Fisher, John Hannan and Eddie Core.

5/21/31 A total of 39 students to get diplomas from Choteau Public School at exercises May 22.

5/28/31 Memorial Day program t o include a parade, reading of the Gettysburg address by Helen Bateman and “the Star Spangled Banner” by the Choteau band.

6/4/31 Tom Dellwo, owner of Tom's Service Station has installed a new electric automobile polisher.

6/11/31 Choteau Woman's Club incorporates, enabling the club to buy the Gray property to house library.

7/2/31 Dr. E.L. Crary chosen Lions Club president. Harriett Larson and A.B. Guthrie Jr. wed at Lexington, Ky.

8/6/31 A total of 2.5 inches of rain fell here in weekend pour. Rejoicing is result as conditions are improved. Woman's Club to hold open house Saturday and open the new library on Aug. 11.

8/13/31 Gasoline goes up 2 cents in Choteau. Price is now 24 cents and 21 cents. Local dealers not responsible.

9/10/31 Schools start Tuesday. High School enrollment is 204 and grade school 212.

10/1/31 C.D. McDonald defeats father, C.S. McDonald, 2-1 in annual Choteau Golf Club tourney.

10/22/31 Choteau Woman's Club hosts Montana Federation of Woman's clubs. Groups go on record as favoring 18th amendment and legalizing women jurors.

10/29/31 (Photo) Picture of group , Federation, referred to in 10/22 edition in front of library.

11/12/31 Scout troop No. 51 has been cleaning trash out of Spring Creek, under the direction of Scoutmaster Arnold Hanusa. Armistice Day passes amid appropriate ceremonies here. American Legion Post Commander K.E. Sturgis was in charge.

11/19/31 Power-Morgan Co. hardware stock sold to John Hentges, owner of Choteau Hardware Co.

11/26/31 Bargains galore are being offered to the public by the business firms of Choteau in the first “dollar day” event to be attempted here, Dec. 1 and 2.

12/24/31 Mayor Coffey seeks lower gas rates for local users.

12/31/31 American Legion to expend $200 on park pavilion improvements in the city park.

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