City of Choteau News Highlights from 1961
Teton County Montana
A 2013 Centennial Project

"Summarized from the Choteau Acantha Newspaper with thier 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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1/19/61 Proposal advanced for adding a 15-room nursing care wing at Teton Memorial Hospital after November 1960 nursing home bond defeated. Winds caused some damage. Fire chief requests louder fire alarm.

2/9/61 Bar owners request 2 a.m. closing hours.

3/9/61 Choteau suffers blow when Minuteman construction workers housed in Fairfield instead of Choteau. John Richem of Choteau awarded bid to construct adding a spring to city water system. Frontier Motel changes owners for Krauses' to John Hirsh.

3/16/61 Choteau Flying Club, 15 members, have successful year. Davidson's hardware, formerly Schroeder's Hardware, has grand opening.

3/23/61 Wier Furniture to close May 1.

4/6/61 Dr. H. Bateman dies, age 82, move to Choteau from Augusta in 1909, delivered 2,000-plus babies. Municipal elections: Incumbents Leonard Sheble, Carl Field elected to council. Incumbent Mayor Fabrick re-elected. Councilmen Fred Barribal, George Henderson unopposed. Police magistrate Irwin unopposed. City treasurer Rob Gronberg, unopposed.

4/20/61 LDS church dedicated.

5/4/61 Bar hours temporarily extended from midnight to 2 a.m.

6/1/61 Merchants Crazy Day, first one.

7/13/61 John and Edith Dunckel to purchase Larson Block from Mrs. A.B. Guthrie. Thomas O. Larson built it.

7/27/61 Teton Furniture to open, former site of Wier Furniture, Murl Faurote, new leasee.

8/3/61 Seven digit dialing system in effect. First annual Choteau invitational golf tournament (July 30.) Dr. C.W. Boussard of Choteau drops a hole in one.

8/10/61 Dr. E. Cherry to open dental office.

8/17/61 Milwaukee Road Depot sold to Reuben Depner, planned move from location of 45 years to new site at Teton River south of Choteau, site retired from active duty on July 12, railroad came to Choteau in 1916.

9/7/61 Teton Furniture grand opening. 733 students enrolled in Choteau schools.

9/14/61 Choteau Electric closes, sold to Jim Smith. Gale Isakson, new manager of Penneys store. Local hospital board explains management services relationship with Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society.

9/28/61 Open house at new St. Joseph rectory, completed in early spring.

10/19/61 Jim Smith buys Walt Partlow's Choteau Electric. Safeway Store undergoes expensive remodeling. Taxpayers committee urges building new privately owned rest home (for elderly.)

11/9/61 Steel culverts to replace wooden Spring Creek bridge near park.

11/16/61 Choteau Lions Club starts community calendar project.

11/30/61 Choteau hit with 10 to 20 inches of snow.

12/7/61 Choteau Moose Home renovated.

12/14/61 Bella Vista Motel receives national recognition from Duncan Hines, published in its travel book.

12/21/61 Safeway supermarket grand opening, Duane Reisch, manager. remodeled first time in 12 years, in business in Choteau for about 25 years.

12/28/61 Civil Defense Director LaVerne Muir readies town with plan for nuclear weapon fallout. Choteau fireman's annual ball at pavilion on Dec. 30. Admission $1.50 per couple.

4/20/61 LDS church
12/7/61 Moose hall.

Last updated 6/28/18

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