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50 Years Ago
From the Tribune week of March 19, 1967
Construction is scheduled to begin by April 1 on a million-dollar discount center on the south side of Tenth Avenue South east of Forty-Seventh Street. The Great Falls Valu-Mart Department store will be the 18th built by Weisfield’s Inc of Seattle. With 100,000 square feet of floor space, the center will handle groceries, jewelry, drugs, hardware, ladies’ apparel, men’s clothing, shoes, appliances, toys, linens, records and cameras. The center will have parking for 1,000 cars.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A federal court on Wednesday ordered the desegregation of all Alabama schools not already under court order and, in an unprecedented move, laid the burden of enforcement on the state itself. The three-judge court in its unanimous ruling ordered the state to require affected school systems to submit desegregation plans for the 1967-68 school term. Gov. Lurleen Wallace declined comment pending official notification of the ruling. Her husband, George C. Wallace, whom she succeeded, has long fought against integration.
A new unidentified flying object sighting was made by three sheriff’s deputies and several others Thursday night, according to a report filed Friday. Undersheriff Frank Takala said the object hovered north and west of Gore Hill. The report said the UFO was yellow in color and seemed to emit a red glow from top and bottom. After remaining motionless in an overcast and starless night, it traveled west and disappeared. The undersheriff said it appeared to be about six times as large as the largest star that can be seen on a clear night. UFOs were also reported near Vaughn, Fort Benton and Choteau on Tuesday night.
VAIL, Colo. – French skier Jean-Claude Killy made it four in a row Sunday as he sped through a blinding snowstorm to win the men’s giant slalom at the Vail Trophy race. Killy made the mile-long, 47-gate course in 1:42.83, seemingly unbothered by the poor visibility and rutted, icy trace. “Other people have five senses, but Killy has six,” French coach Honore Bonnet explained.
Firemen had to watch their equipment with one eye and the work at hand with the other Friday afternoon while fighting a fire at the resident of Joe Slemberger, 3209 6th Ave. S. Children in the area made off with a hydrant wrench while firemen were busy and almost got a hand radio valued at about $500 before a fireman saw a child running across a lawn with it. A fire official had left it near the home before going into the smoky basement to inspect damage.
100 Years Ago
From the Tribune week of March 19, 1917
That interest in naval and military matters are not confined to the males was evidenced a day or two ago when a young woman appeared at the navy recruiting office in the Simpson building and inquired as to the possibilities of her admission to the service. She said she had been told that the Navy Department was taking on women as stenographers and other work. Chief Petty Officer A. Foltz, who is in charge of the station, was compelled to decline to accept the proffered enlistment. So far during the present month five enlisted men only have been sent out from this station.
NEW YORK – James W. Gerard, former American ambassador to Germany, in an address before the New York chamber of commerce today, urged his hearers to go forth as missionaries of preparedness. Mr. Gerard predicted that if war should come, the U.S. would be faced with a great problem in dealing with “our alien enemy population.” “The question is,” he said, “’Shall we intern them as was done in Germany, or shall we allow them to roam at large, destroying bridges or anything else they can?’”
CHINOOK W.M. – Wooldridge came up from his ranch at Hinsdale yesterday for a brief stay. Mr. Wooldridge says the feed situation is very alarming all over northern Montana. Not since the country was first settled has there been such a long and hard winter for cattlemen and sheep men. Until this winter, Mr. Wooldridge has never been able to make a price for hay that could compete with prices in Lewistown and Butte, but now the dealers will pay almost any old price that is asked.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Military training for professional baseball players has proved that it possesses a triple value at least. It varies the monotony of spring training; it improves the morale of a team; and it is a start toward providing Uncle Sam with a considerable number of good soldiers if he needs them. The results of the innovation, as far as the White Sox are concerned, has been very surprising. The players, almost without exception, took hold with determination and seriousness.
WASHINGTON – The principal American copper producers have agreed to furnish the government the copper needed for the army and navy during the coming year at 16 and a fraction cents a pound, about one-half of the current market price. Forty-five million pounds is the amount to be delivered. It is the first big concession in response to the appeals to the patriotism of the country’s industries since the Navy’s agreements with the shipbuilders and steel makers for profit cutting.