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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Montana Forest Service Rangers: Settlers of Sanders County Montana: Vignette Vol.2 No.7

Vignette Vol.2 No.7

About the time Harry Tallmadge [L]
and George  Kaufman [R] shared a
good laugh. Harry was an Assistant
US Forest Ranger and George was 
the Ranger, ca. 1914, courtesy
Harry Tallmadge collection.
1917 - Noxon. Excerpt--Former Montana Forest Service Ranger, Harry Tallmadge, a handsome, young progressive fellow, bought a 1914 Model T Ford from a forest ranger in Troy, Montana. Early one morning he started it with a couple of vigorous turns of the crank, climbed in, grasped the steering wheel firmly, and began his journey over the two-rut road through the Bull River valley to Noxon.

It was a long trip, and in many ways more difficult than traveling by horseback. Like Clifford Weare and other travelers before him, Harry crammed his felt hat down, jumped out several times, grabbed his axe from the T's toolbox, and, muscles bulged by well-directed axe cuts, cleared fallen trees, limbs and brush out of the road.
 The high-centered Ford straddled stumps that were low enough. To navigate around each yielding, muddy spot, he steered his car off the wagon trail and over faint tracks on burned-over forest slopes, the latter threatening to upset the narrow-tired vehicle. Where warm, spring temperatures dried the road, his tires swirled dust that coated the interior and dulled the shine on brass fittings and car body.

Before dusk, flushed with triumph, he waited impatiently at the Noxon ferry landing, hating to wait for the ferry to come from the far side. He'd planned to board the ferry much earlier, cross the Clark's Fork River, and let the resounding putt, putt of his four-cylinder car traversing the uphill half mile wagon road into town announce his arrival. It was close to pitch-black when loggers and miners from Jim Finnigan's Cottage Rooms, Gordon's hotel and Baxter's hotel flocked around the young man and admired his sputtering horseless carriage.

While in Noxon, Harry was able to read the latest bridge news in the Sanders County Independent Ledger. The April 5, 1917, issue headlined a many-columned article:

"Will Sanders County build a bridge at Noxon this year? Will it build one at Dixon? Will it build none at all?
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