June/July 2010 Dancer photo by Rhonda Lee
Vol 26 No 5
Sharing Stories and Secrets: Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers By Bernice Karnop Marjorie Gray, Highwood, and Mary Lou Garrett, Helena, both have ancestors who settled in Montana in the exciting gold rush days of the 1860s. They have something else in common. Pioneer women in their families kept secrets they feared would tarnish their reputation. Marge and Mary Lou belong to the Sons and
Daughters of the Montana Pioneers, a group to which only direct descendents of men or women who settled in Montana before December 31, 1868 may belong. Marge’s grandmother and grandfather were members of the Society of Montana Pioneers, and Mary Lou’s grandmother and aunts were members. The Society of Montana Pioneers organized in 1884 and the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers organized eight years later in 1892. Marge’s father, an avid history buff, told her it was a group she needed to be part of and bought her a life membership in 1962. She became active about ten years ago after family and ranching responsibilities slowed down and is now secMary Lou Garrett (l.) and Shirley Herrin from the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers dressed up in period clothing for the Helena History Fair in May 2009. [Photo by Bernice Karnop]
ond vice president. Mary Lou did not know about her grandmother’s membership until a little more than a decade ago. She joined Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers in 1987 and is now secretary/treasurer. About 500 individuals belong to the organization. A Chinese family from California seldom misses the annual convention. People from all over the United States belong, including young people right down to the babies. We have lot of baby members,” says Mary Lou. “People who are really involved just feel it is an honor to sign up family.” Last August more than 100 people gathered in Fort Benton to hear speakers tell about the “Birthplace of Montana.” They visited the old fort and cemetery and walked along the levy. Mary Lou was amazed to learn how many luxury items were brought up the Missouri on steamboats “from the states” and sold in Fort Benton. Marge Gray invited the group to a barbeque at the ranch her grandfather started 140 years ago - the Harris Land and Cattle Company - on Highwood creek. The ranch was honored by the Montana Stockgrower’s Association as a Centennial Ranch - one of the few in the state owned by the original family (Continued on page 42)
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Passing on the Good News I have enclosed $8.00 to cover the cost of a subscription for my cousin. Your paper is a treat, and I have my desk littered with articles I want to save or pass on to friends. I ordered the Butte Cookbook, reviewed by Clare Hafferman and it is wonderful! I’m so glad that I had a chance to read about it. I plan to surprise my husband with the Irish Pasties! He is a native of California and needs to be introduced to the “letters from home.” A lot of the information you print is important for seniors all over the United States. Many thanks for such an interesting publication. Shelley O’Connell Smith Granada Hills, California
Butte Has Museum Resources I am writing in response to the new State museum project that was featured in the Montana Standard (Tuesday, April 21, 2010). I certainly support developing the art and history exhibition venues in Butte, but they are already here. Since 1977, the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation (BSBAF) has exhibited fine art, historic, and cultural artifacts in the Charles Clark Chateau. The Charles Clark Chateau museum already displays hundreds of significant local and statewide artifacts, including a furniture collection on permanent loan from the University of Montana and a beautiful collection of work by renowned artist Elizabeth Lochrie. During my 13 years as the Executive Director, the BSBAF has provided
thousands of artistic and historic experiences for the citizens of Butte including annual art and music festivals, Experience Art Days, open mics, poetry readings, wine tastings, art classes and art camps for children. BSBAF has hosted hundreds of local, regional, national, and international artists and exhibitions. Regarding the William A. Clark collection, over the past six years, the BSBAF has developed a relationship with the Corcoran Museum, where Clark’s 800-piece collection is exhibited. The BSBAF has hosted Corcoran staff and faculty in Butte and we have visited Washington D.C. to talk about building the Museum of Fine Arts Butte (MoFAB, the old uptown YMCA) in hopes of exhibiting parts of Clark’s collection in the future. In addition, Janis Goodman, Professor of the Corcoran School of Art and Design is currently a National Advisor to the BSBAF. Since those meetings, the BSBAF has invested many hours and dollars in the design and development of a new museum that could exhibit 30,000+ square feet of historic artifacts and fine art. Currently the BSBAF has the architectural plans and costs analysis for the first phase of this project. Without the community support necessary, the BSBAF will be forced to sell the MoFAB. I do not understand why for the past 33 years the work by BSBAF has gone virtually unnoticed and underfunded. I know that the BSBAF Board of Directors is willing to work with the Governor Schweitzer, state agencies, local representatives, and investors to realize the vision of MoFAB. I believe that
the BSBAF’s Chateau, MoFAB, World Museum of Mining, and Mai Wah deserve to be considered as museum sites for mining and heritage artifacts and art exhibits.
Let’s go with what we have - excellent museum resources! We have already broken new ground! Visit www.bsbarts.org for more information. Glenn Bodish
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Medical Marijuana In Montana On January 1, 1932, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was created as a unit of the Treasury Department and Harry J. Anslinger was appointed Commissioner. He mistakenly classified marijuana as a narcotic and spent a lifetime creating a national hysteria to criminalize marijuana and set this nation on the most costly and ineffective war in our history. The American Medical Association strongly opposed the criminalization of marijuana because of
its centuries of proven medical use in America and throughout the world. Now that thirteen states have recognized medical marijuana and we are becoming a nation controlling and taxing marijuana, we should discontinue trying to discourage drug use by expensive and ineffective incarceration costing $45,000/year. In 1972, Congress was so concerned about the hundreds of thousands of small amount marijuana cases that were clogging the courts that they
appointed a National Commission to study the problem and report its recommendations. The Commission members were shocked to find that not a single jail in the nation would let one of the commission’s members stay overnight because of the high risk of injury. The Commission asked why we were sending our young people to jails that cannot protect them from injury. Although thirteen states have recognized and legalized medical marijuana, bankrupt federal
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policy still erroneously classifies marijuana (like heroin) as a Schedule 1 drug without medical use and challenges states that have made this decision. Legalized medical marijuana not only eliminates the cost to law enforcement as well as the entire correctional system, but also now taxing medical marijuana provides much needed revenue to cash strapped states. The Children, Families, Health and Human
Services Interim Committee of the Montana legislature is holding hearings to propose legislation and it is considering the creation of a state board of medical marijuana to become part of the commerce department. It can recommend individuals with knowledge in the field be committee members and it can enact regulations just as other boards control various areas of the law. Finally, perhaps some common sense will prevail! MSN
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford; Ballantine Books, 2009. In a recent presentation, Jamie Ford explained to the audience that he â€œset out to write a simple love story.â€? His first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is anything but simple, although admittedly it is a love story. It is a story about the love of a child for his parents. The love of parents for a child. The love of a boy for a girl, a man for a woman, and of friends for each other. It is about young love and mature love. And like all love it is complex, wonderful, happy, and sad. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet has some aspects of historic truth, well researched by Jamie Ford that make the story even more poignant. The writing is so skillful it is almost invisible and the characters are honest and memorable. This novel is sure to be one of those favorite few that will remain on your shelves long after youâ€™ve finished the final page. Jamie Fordâ€™s first novel tells one manâ€™s story of coping with prejudice as seen from both sides of the division during a time when
prejudice and insecurity were rampant throughout the world. Although we meet Henry Lee in 1986, his story really begins in 1942. â€œYoung Henry Lee stopped talking to his parents when he was twelve years oldâ€Ś. Theyâ€Ś told him to stop speaking their native Chineseâ€Ś they were desperate for him to learn English,â€? even though they neither spoke nor understood much English. They pull him out of the neighborhood school and send him to an all white school several blocks away. For them it is a source of pride and accomplishment. For Henry it is pure hell. He is jeered at by his Chinese friends as he passes them on the way to school, and bullied or ignored by the white students once he arrives. Then one day in 1942 his father hands him a homemade button to wear on his shirt, â€œI am Chinese,â€? it says. As if everyone he met did not already know that, Henry thinks, confused and irritated. Then Keiko comes into his life. Keiko, like Henry, is attending the all white school on a scholarship program and therefore assigned to work with the irascible Mrs. Beatty in the cafeteria during lunch. From the moment he â€œnoticed her soft chestnutbrown eyes,â€? and â€œsmelled something like jasmine, sweet and mysterious,â€? his life changed. Within a few minutes of meeting Keiko, Henry discovers that Keiko is Japanese - the enemy of his fatherâ€™s country, the enemy of his country, but his personal ally in the foreign territory of school. Keiko quickly becomes his best friend, but not a friend whom he can bring home with him. In fact he doesnâ€™t dare even mention Keikoâ€™s name in the home where the
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