Here are images of Wolf Point, Montana, that I have collected, or that people have sent me. None of these photos are in any chronological or particular order. If any of these are copyrighted and you would like them removed, or if you would like to send me pictures to put on this site, please email me. Thanks!
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THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED JANUARY 1, 2007.
Thanks to Tim Kurokawa, there is a photo of the Class of 1966s' 40 year reunion, and thanks to Rich Miller, a 30 year photo of the class of 1966 is now posted. To go to that page, click here
From various people I have communicated with (thanks to all of you), here are some thoughts:
If you were born in the late '40s or early '50s (and maybe earlier and later) you may remember:
---climbing on the pipelines under the bridge
--swimming in Wolf Creek when it actually had water in it
--having a "party" at the gravel pits "up the creek"
--Diving off the "high platform" at the old swimming pool on the south side
--buying candy from Mary Steen at the Handy Shop or from Mary Rowan's store
--picking up the telephone and having the operator say "Number Please" and "Thank You", or if you lived south of Wolf Point, you had one of those "dial" telephones and you had to dial "653" to get a live Wolf Point operator and gave her the number to connect the call.
--naming all the Hamill kids that were on the package of a loaf of bread
--purchasing a popsicle from Lund Feed and Seed
--Skipping school and taking the train to Glasgow at 8:40 AM and returning on the train at 3:40 PM
--Sneaking out of Rick Olson's 7th period study hall because Rick fell asleep
--Forging a teacher's initials on a pass so you could skip a class (or two)
--remembering when the trains came through town and the engineer would reach out the window grabbing his orders hanging from string as the train roared through? There were mail cars and you could see the men sorting mail--no ladies in those days in those jobs.
--Buttrey's was downtown and they delivered food in collapsible wooden boxes
--going to the Point theatre behind the Red Owl and not being able to afford a "Toddie"..they were a quarter
--pizza burgers at Braun's Drive In
--The "Platter Parade" program weekdays at 4 pm on KVCK
--the Christmas Display in the window of Larson's Jewelry
--Cinnamon toothpicks that came in a small glass bottle from Gillette's
--Ma Iwen's float in the parade and its proud banner saying, "We stand behind everything except Ma's beans"
Marvin Presser has a great book about Wolf Point. I highly recommend it, and Marvin didn't even pay me anything to promote it!
. You may email him by clicking here for a copy.
HERE IS A MAP OF WOLF POINT BUSINESSES AS I REMEMBER THEM IN THE MID-'60S:
Here is a map of what Eastern Montana looked like in 1904:
Main Street - Circa 1955
(click here for a HIGH RESOLOUTION photo of this photo)
From a postcard, about 1959 (The Red Owl store changed to a Jack and Jill store, a different stop light, different street lights, and maybe a different time/temp clock on the First State Bank?)
Another view of Main Street (fairly recent)
A photo taken in July of 1999:
Downtown, taken in 1977:
Another downtown view from a postcard:
One of the earliest photographs of Wolf Point at "Old Town". The Presbyterian Mission school buildings
are on the left, which operated from 1895 to 1927.
From a penny postcard, another Early View of the School, church and dormitories (similar to the one above)
My mothers' Aunt, Vera Smith Johnson, lived in this house built by my Great Grandfather, William H. Smith, in 1910. William H. Smith was born in Llano County, Texas September 10, 1855 and died in Wolf Point January 1, 1917. He was a member of the Texas Rangers in the early 1870's. In 1884 he was a stock inspector for the Montana Stock Association. He trailed cattle to Montana four different times with his brothers, James and Drew, and the fourth time he decided to stay here in Wolf Point. He married Nellie Trexler (my Great Grandmother). This house, called the "Green House" was originally a large log house, and when John Listerud came to Wolf Point, he had the first lumber yard, and William had lumber put on this house. This house was finished December 11, 1910 and moved into on December 22, 1910. It was one of the first homes built in "new town". It still stands near Benton Street on 5th Avenue South.
Here is a photo of my great-grandfather, William H. Smith (taken in 1877 in Red Rock, Texas)
In 1913, William H. Smith built this rooming house on the south side of Main Street.
Smiths' brother Ed, and his wife, Hattie, managed the place. It was later purchased by Jim Terry
and was known as the Terry Rooming House, the Terry Hotel, and later the Point Hotel.
A look at Wolf Point from the air, around 1915:
Main Street looking east, around 1920
In 1928, my Great-Grandfather, Ben Anderson (on the left) with Pilot
Jim Cook first flew the "Air Mail" out of Wolf Point:
Ben Anderson with an unidentified man cutting ice from the river near Wolf Point:
Main street in the 1930's
An early view of the Stockman's Bar and Attorney Frank Catlin's office
From the left to the right on main street: my Grandfather Hanks' Barber Shop, The Modern Cafe, The
Federated Store (later Bryan's), and Buttrey Foods, the largest grocery store in Wolf Point (around 1954):
The Triangle Service Station and Triangle Cafe in the mid '50s.
A matchbook from the Triangle Cafe and Service Station:
Main Street with the Elks, The Liberty Theatre, Beacon Tire Service and the Frigidaire dealer:
The movie playing at the Liberty Theatre was "The Boy From Oklahoma" starring Will Rogers, which would date this picture to 1954.
The movie also starred Sheb Wooley, Slim Pickens and a "later-to-be" talk show host by the name of Merv Griffin!
Looking north from the air - date unknown:
A look at Wolf Point from the north in the 1920s:
Monte Montana (from Wolf Point) was a famous trick rider in many stampedes:
Indians doing a "War Dance" in the early days -- date unknown
A black and white postcard from the Tip Top Motel:
The Top Top Motel on Highway 2 - about 1954-55
The Tip Top Motel circa 1959:
A postcard from the Golden Arrow Motel (about 1959)
Hank's Barber Shop (my grandfather) on Main Street (about 1945)
Hank Arndt, Sr. and Ralph Eggerbrecht
Hank and George Jensen:
Many photos were taken of the Sherman Hotel - here are a few of them:
An Ash Tray from the old Sherman Hotel:
An Ash Tray from the Cozy Motel:
Jim Peterson (Sid Petersons' son) was gracious enough to send me an old
color postcard of the Sherman Hotel from his dads' grocery store. Sadly, Jim passed away in July of 2006.
The sign in Sherman Park:
The Wolf Point Elks Club:
How many bars existed in Wolf Point in the '60s? A lot of them...and they all sold Great Falls Select beer.
Ralph's Bar (and other bars and pool halls in Wolf Point) used tokens in the early years, also:
Thanks to Victor Gess (Class of '52 now in Lafayette, California) who sent me this photo of items he has from the Wolf Point Locker Plant and Johnson and Isachsen General Merchandise)
Main Street taken by me about 1978 just west of the Liberty Theatre:
KVCK Radio started up in 1957. I remember when Kenny Karge worked the Platter Parade program at 4 PM. Kenny had a bicycle horn and he would squeeze it on the air and say Karge at large. I remember Dick Applegren working at the station while I was growing up. Does anyone remember Hovey-Stone Chevrolet time? I started working there in 1963, as soon as I got my 3rd class license, and gradually moved to full-time employment for Pete Coffey. Here's a 1969 picture of the staff that I took:
Dennis Johnson, Pete Coffey, Benny (Butzlaff) Bee, Clare Hekkel and Bob Behr
Dennis is in Idaho, enjoying the retired life. Pete and Bob have passed away. Benny is in Kalispell and Clare is in Billings at last report.
Here's a photo taken in 1978. From left to right, employee Randy Dibble, Rex Allen, Jr., Me (badly needing a haircut), and employee Bobby Barlow.
In 1977 and 1978 KVCK was instrumental in bringing many country singers to Wolf Point and Poplar. Among them, Rex Allen, Jr., Bill Anderson, Leroy Van Dyke, Susan Raye, Cal Smith, Tommy Overstreet and David Houston. The concerts were either held at the Wolf Point Elks Club, or the Legion Club in Poplar. All of the concerts were sellouts. Not bad for a small town radio station!
Rex Allen, Jr., Me and Announcer Mark Anderson:
Susan Raye in 1978 at the Legion Club:
The Late David Houston appeared at the Elks Club in Wolf Point:
Cal Smith appeared at the Legion Club in Poplar:
Tommy Overstreet was at the Legion:
Leroy Van Dyke, "The Auctioneer" at the Elks:
One of the best concerts: Bill Anderson and the Po' Boys at the Elks:
One of the photos of the 1965 bowling tournament held in Glasgow: From left to right, Lenore Harcharick, Donna Nygaard, Marge Stennes, Bernie Casey, Jackie Colgan and my mother, Amber Arndt
Hank Arndt, Sr., frequently drove his 1926 Dodge in the Stampede parades (July 1960): I also got to borrow the car to take it to the Sundown Drive-In. It had the biggest back seat area of any car I have ever driven!
A program from the Wolf Point Graduating Class of 1945:
The Circus was in town around 1910 - here's the main photo, with
4 additional blow-ups of this photo:
Notice the J.H. Coffey Ford Dealer ad on the elephant:
The Confectionery and Grocery store and the Traders Store:
In front of Johnson & Isachsens' store the circus had "The Largest Living Hippopotamus"
The old post office is in the center and the Billiard Parlor to the left:
Wolf Point main street in 1919:
Another old view of Wolf Point:
I found a photo of this. Does anyone have any memory of it?
Soldiers marching down Main Street in July of 1918. The J. H. Coffey building was located
where the old Buttrey Foods store (now a part of Bryans) was located:
Sherman T. Cogswell's store had trader "tokens". This is from about 1885:
Purdy's "Modern" Courts at Highways 2 and 13
The Roosevelt County Courthouse in the '50s
Remember Rothe's Dairy? Doreen Rothe now lives in Sun City, Arizona
Keith Bryan sent me the next four pictures in July of 2006:
A postcard of Assiniboine Indians at the Stampede:
Chief Redstone and his court:
A recent photo of Fort Peck Community College's Wolf Point Campus:
A recent photo of Bryan's:
In the summer of 1965 the Golden Jubilee coin appeared:
The First Presbyterian Church:
The Catholic Church and School
The Mennonite Church
The Lutheran Church:
The old pontoon bridge
An old picture of the Grain Elevators
The Lewis & Clark Bridge south of town on the road to Vida/Circle:
The "new" bridge south of wolf point by the old bridge:
Another view of the bridges:
The bridge in the 1930's:
The old bridge was dedicated July 9, 1930 by my Aunt, Vera Johnson. Here's a copy of the Wolf Point Herald news article:
Vera wore a beaded Indian dress for the dedication ceremony. Some sixty years later, when the "new" bridge was dedicated, Vera also had the honor of dedicating the new bridge....in the very same beaded Indian Dress!
Here's another photo of the bridge from the newspaper in 1930, and a copy of the Bridge dedication program:
A sign about the history of the original Wolf Point bridge:
The Equity Co-Op Elevator
Can anyone tell me anything about the next two photos? All I know is that they were taken about 1941: The business in the middle could be what later was the Stockmans Bar and to the right of it could have been Frank Catlin's office, but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
A map from Frontier Airlines at the Wolf Point airport - and their route in 1961
Another route map for Frontier Airlines in about the same era:
A postcard from 1957 (I wonder where the mountains are near Wolf Point?)
I remember Norven Langagers' Husky Truck Stop and the Husky Diner was operated by Preston Pierce
Another Wolf Point post card:
The Western National Bank in the late '60s
Another View of the Western National Bank:
Remember "Counter Checks"? Every business had them in the area:
An advertising level from Ibsen Implement
Howard Wood invented the Woods' Powr Grip in Wolf Point:
Taken from the Amtrak train March 29, 2004 (author unknown):
Yes, Wolf Point has a blizzard every once in awhile (Thanks to Clint Whitmer for this 2004 photo)
Looking at Wolf Point from the north (around 1972-1974)
A couple of photos from the Wolf Point Stampede, the granddaddy of all Rodeos:
Thanks to Keith Bryan for the following photographs:
Harvey W. Bryan, an early Wolf Point businessman, moved to Wolf Point with his wife Jessie in 1936. He first worked at J C Penneys and in the spring of 1942 opened the Federated Store, later Bryans:
The First Presbyterian Church in Old Town:
The George Littlefield Ferry was in service until 1919:
Henry Thanker Smith was a Missionary for 34 years in Wolf Point:
Mrs. H. T. "Ella" Smith
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Smith, Mrs. C. B. King and unknown
Pupils at the Mission school circa 1909-1910
Another photo of Mission School pupils
The woodpile behind the Mission School
A barn by the mission that later washed into the river
A Log Cabin on the Fort Peck Reservation
Some old Wolf Point telephone numbers
(before we had dial service):
Aults Super Valu 83
Beatrice Foods 222
Bill and Babe Burnison 325
Buddy and Helen Smith 230
Camrud Motors 34
Charley Rathert 452
Co-Op Store 204-W
Don & Delores Stennes 792
Eccles Flying Service 182
Erickstein Chevrolet 104
Florences Beauty Shop 193
H. Earl Clack Company 41-W
Hank and Amber Arndt 321
Hank and Erna Arndt 418
Hans and Selma Tveten 286-J
Hansen Implement 66
Henry and Marge Borge 102
Huxsol Drug 17
Lynn and Thelma Miller 703
Manny and Edna Smith 232
Modern Café 28-W
Moe Motor Company 63
Montgomery Insurance 12-W
Neuts Service Store 56
Newman Electric Service 268-W
Nez-Etta Florists 380 Rancho Motel 798
Rathert Schreiber Ford 67
Sweet Shoppe 20-W
Terry Hotel 35-J
W.E. (Bill) Burnison Insurance 23
Wilfred "Puss" Smith 497
White Star Laundry 290-W
Wolf Point City Office 9
Wolf Point Lockers 204-J
IF YOU HAVE ANY TELEPHONE NUMBERS THAT YOU REMEMBER, THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ADDED, OR ANY OLD PHOTOS YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE TO PUT ON THIS SITE, PLEASE EMAIL ME.
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