About 4 weeks ago I wrote about old west newspapers, and some of its history, on the category of (Comments/ suggestions) In this early form of communcation there was only 3 ways of keeping informed of current events, the other two ways was word of mouth and being an eye witness. The Native Americans wrote and drew on the side of rocks to relate their everyday life experiences but later on adoped the newspaper concept also.
As Sheila and i were looking over our archives is when we came across some interesting tidbits, hidden away on the pages of some of these old west newspapers. In a copy of the "Wargner News" which is just one many of may old mining and supply towns in the Coure d' Alenes mining district we found a newspaper dated March 14, 1907, In one artical it stated that pennies were introduced for the first time in Wargner in a business transactions and also stated in the artical that W. F. Goddard auction was responsible for the affair, as all the goods were marked with odd prices, rendering pennies almost a necessity in making change.
"Businessmen deplore the affair and refuse to accept the coins when customers came into their stores, and finaly gathered up what they could of these pennies and shipped them off to the banks in other nearby mining camps.
The game of Billards was one of many pass times in the mining camps, and some times was front page news as was this day in 1907 it was stated that in Thero F. Jamesons billards parlor the local tournament to date were; sink 24 and 22; Schreiber, 26, 29, 32; C. E. Ferguson, 34.
And on another page the weather was a big story the paper quoted H. J. Reed, manager of the Monitor mine near Saltese, Montana which is on the Idaho-Montana border was having a severe week of snow storms, and was the worsed in his memory, he said that many cabins were covered with snow to the top of the roofs, and 18ft. telephone poles also were covered with only the tip of the poles showing, in some places and the shipments of ore were being hampered also, And that horses were even wearing snowshoes, and it was difficult finding feed for the teams.
Maybe later on when we get some more time we will post more tidbits of history hidden in the pages of some of these old west newspapers.
Your Fellow Ghosttowner and Historians
Johnnie and sheila