A day before the 1928 Election the Anaconda Standard called Rankin “a baboon…tomcat…jackass…yellow dog” and “snake” all in one editorial.
I thought it would be interesting to give you some other Montana biographies today as well.
Maybe you’re new to the site, or maybe you just haven’t been visiting that long.
Heck, maybe you read these stories and already forgot about ‘em.
Whatever the case, you’ll find some good Montana history in these stories.
I’ll give you the links to the old articles, plus a quote to make it a bit more interesting.
Thanks for reading!
Tom Stout – Elected to Congress in 1912
Stout arrived in Billings on March 30, 1902. He probably wished he would have continued on to Idaho, for the first job he landed in the state was ten hours a day of shoveling cement for $2 an hour. He lasted until noon. “I had earned a dollar,” he later said, “so I took it, quit the job and bought a good 35-cent meal.”
K. Ross Toole – Montana Historian
One of his efforts was Montana Opinion, “a short-lived journal” (four issues) that “subjected Anaconda and state institutions to muckraking attacks.” The media wasn’t spared, for Toole decried its poor state and how residents were “sick and tired of living without a candid and intelligent press.”
Paris Gibson – Founder of Great Falls
First he built the North Star Woolen Mill at St. Anthony’s Falls, and even served on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents from 1871 to 1879.
William Clagett – Elected to Congress in 1870
It was while serving in the House that Clagett probably did the most for Montana. On December 18, 1871, he introduced the Act of Dedication bill, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park.
Amanda Curtis – A Progressive Democrat from the 2010s
Her father was a union laborer and her mom still to this day cleans hotel rooms, although the pair divorced while she was young.
Ella Knowles – A Progressive Democrat from the 1890s
Other candidates quickly realized the power she had to draw and keep a crowd, and she typically spoke last so the more ‘boring’ candidates could be heard by someone.