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Time Capsule: From the Archives

by Robert Haggard
| July 11, 2024 12:00 AM

The Ronan Pioneer, June 26, 1974 

Floods miss!

Lake County emerged unscathed from western Montana floods this past week. Rivers and streams went out of their banks north and south of the county, but aside from the minor flooding near Swan Lake, no problems were experienced in Lake County.

The civil defense director Gene Bond cautioned ranchers below Kerr Dam to keep an eye on the Flathead River and to be ready to move cattle from lowland areas.

North of Flathead Lake an estimated $3 million more in property and road damage was done.There was some flooding in the Evergreen area too.

The Ronan Pioneer, June 27,1913 

Camping party catches several Large trout

A camping party composed of G. Howard Smith, C.F Lionberger, and Erick Johnson and their wives was hoisted at McDonald Lake this week, where Mr. Smith said he had caught a five-pound trout which was 30 inches long and that Erick Johnson caught another large trout that was 22 inches long and weighed four pounds. 

Besides, several other trout have been caught weighing from a pound up, but Mr. Smith says that the trout are biting fine and that the sport is good!

The Ronan Pioneer, July 7, 1949 

Martin Cheshefue passes at 91

Martin Cheshefue, 91, generally known as Little Martin, passed away Thursday morning, June 30, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Michell.

According to his wish he did not have the attention of a doctor in his last illness.

Little Martin was one of the few remaining full-blooded Flathead Indians still on the reservation. 

According to records at the Indian agency he was born in the Bitterroot Valley near Stevensville in 1858. Other sources give his age anywhere from 101 to 110.