1946

Dope on the slope

"The most spectacular run was made by Capt. Amos Little of Great Falls, winner of the Bear Canyon holiday meet, who skied as well on one ski as he did on two. Said he: ‘I fell down three times, but I picked myself up before I hit the ground.'

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"At Ennis, Bob McCall said: ‘Did you ever see so many cowboys at a ski meet?'"

1951

Freight trains crash inside Bozeman tunnel

"The worst crash in the history of the Bozeman tunnel occurred yesterday morning when two Northern Pacific freight trains collided inside the east end of the tunnel, 12 miles east.

"About half a dozen cars were derailed and some others were damaged, though upright in the wreck which tied up main-line traffic until early this morning. As the tunnel has only one set of rails, NP Train No. 4, due in Bozeman at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, was held in Logan until the line was cleared. ...

"None of the 14 crew members on the two giant freight engines and two pushers were hurt.

"According to information from crew members, the westbound freight, powered by a 5,000 series Malley steam engine, had just entered the tunnel when the engineer heard the eastbound diesel approaching and stopped his train. A member of the crew jumped out and tried to put out flares. But the 6,000 horsepower diesel, largest type engine used by the railroad, rammed into the steam engine going about 10 miles an hour.

1972

Gatton Field ... gone

"Gatton Field, Montana State University's football stadium for 40 years, has disappeared from campus.

"First to go were the temporary bleachers. Then the cement and steel grandstand was torn down. Workmen labored several weeks before the last vestige of Gatton Field was dismantled and hauled away.

"Soon, equipment will be moved onto the old playing field and work will begin on a new health and physical education center. The structure is to be completed in the fall of 1973.

"The degree of nostalgia one felt about Gatton Field depended primarily on one's length of time as a Bobcat football fan.

"There are people in Bozeman who knew Cyrus J. Gatton, former MSU football player, for whom the field was named. A native of Iowa who was raised in Bozeman, Gatton played at MSU from 1913-16. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was killed while flying for the French on Nov. 4, 1918, just a week before Armistice.

"The class of 1917 voted in 1920 that when the school built a new football field it should be named for Cyrus Gatton. The request was honored 10 years later."

 

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