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Celebrating History: Tragedy at Pioneer Meat Market

 

January 24, 2014

Courtesy photo

The Pioneer Meat Market is decked out for a state Elks convention in this undated photo. The building was built in 1912 and still exists today as Northern Home Essentials.

The courts in Hill County were busy this week in 1914. For this third installment celebrating that year, 50 years after the formation of Montana Territory, the information for this column comes from the Jan. 24, 1914 edition of The Hill County Democrat, exactly 100 years ago today.

Cases covered on the first page include two against two different local banks.

Security State Bank of Havre lost its case against plaintiffs Krites and Krites, two brothers from Gildford who were butchers. The case stemmed around the fact that the bank refused to pay a check drawn on the brothers. The check was to Booth Fishery in St. Paul for fish in the amount of $16. There was over $200 in their account at the time and the verdict included the sum of $500 for their troubles; the plaintiffs had originally asked for $1,000.

In the second case, the Citizens National Bank lost its case to plaintiffs Joe Marra and C. Bavagua for an attachment the plaintiffs said they paid off "under a misapprehension as to the facts" and were seeking their money back.

They got it.

Also in court news, attorney W. R. Nelson lost his client's case for false imprisonment, E. J. Sartain won his case against the W. S. Hedge Grain Company for work performed by the plaintiff, defendant G. A. Hulfish won its case against plaintiff Russell-Miller Milling Company for nonperformance of a contract, and the Havre Plaindealer moved to disincorporate.

More on that story as it appears in the papers. This was just news on the front page; an entire column was dedicated to court happenings on a subsequent page and other cases were found throughout the rest of the paper. Considering the Democrat's owner was attorney J. K. Bramble, this comes as no surprise.

Tragedy and sadness are never far away, as evidenced by the following entry:

Meat Market Man Is Hurt

Geo. W. Brown, Vice President Of The Pioneer Co. Is Struck By An Elevator,

Daughter Also On Sick List

Wound is a Severe One and He is in a Precarious Condition

Geo. W. Brown, the vice president of the Pioneer Meat company, one of the leading meat markets of this city, met with a severe accident Thursday morning. He and the slaughter man were in the elevator and they succeeded in reaching the basement of the meat company's building and the elevator in returning, got loose from the floor and fell and struck the slaughterman on the shoulder and descending still further, struck Mr. Brown on the side of his head and produced a terrible incision in the head. The cut is a very deep one and he is in a very precarious condition.

Mr. Brown was first taken to the Sacred Heart hospital where his wounds were dressed and then he was taken to his home in this city. His daughter, Marjoria, is also very ill at this time.

The Pioneer Meat Market was located on the 200 Block of the south side of 1st Street. Northern Home Essentials is there today, and one can still see "Pioneer" on the building's fa├žade.

Columns on school news, surrounding communities and Havre were also found in this edition.

In The Schools

At the Lincoln school the fire drill is now being practiced with music, to make it more systematic.

The first and freshman basket ball teams of the Havre High School went to Chinook last Friday evening and played two very interesting games. The first team with defeated by a score of thirty to fourteen, but the freshmen won with a score of eight to seven. This was the fourth game that the freshmen have played this season and each game has resulted in victory for Havre.

News Of The Suburbs

Oscar News - George Namik of Fresno, was visiting a few days last week with his daughters, Mrs. White and Lee, returning home Friday.

Burnham News - The Hard Times dance at the school house Saturday night was attended by a large number of people who enjoyed an exceptionally good time. Mrs. Clyde Welsh was given the ladies' prize for being dressed in the most poverty-stricken style and Frank Thomas of Fresno received the gentleman's prize.

Kremlin News -The engine for the electric lighting plant which is to be installed in the Hotel Brookshire arrived last week. It is to be installed immediately and when all the work is completed this hotel will be one of the best equipped hotels along the high line.

Local Brevities

Mrs. R. X. Lewis and Mrs. A. J. Broadwater entertained a number of friends at bridge Tuesday evening.

Geo. Bickle was in from his ranch in the Bear Paws Saturday, having been called as a witness in the district court.

Miss Alice Kirkland, who has been working nights at the Great Northern lunch counter, is taking a week's layoff.

 

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