George Buck's General Merchandise Store, circa 1910. Solon Ellis, Johnny Knutson, Marian and Frieda Weare in foreground. Courtesy William Finnigan collection.
"I explained to you some time ago that the company owns all of the land at Noxon and that there has never been any town site platted there. A number of people have put up their buildings on our right of way. To relieve the embarrassment of the situation you authorized me to have a small town site platted there. Such has been done, and the plat is enclosed herewith, for execution. I have made the town site about as small as it is possible to do so, as there is no likelihood that there will ever be a town of any size at Noxon."1.
"B. B. Bunn celebrated our Nation's birthday in Clark Fork, Idaho. The very idea! As though Clark Fork compared with Noxon; as though Idaho compares, in any way, with Montana. Of course B. B. had business in Clark Fork; but has he not business in Noxon?; in Sanders County? When will that 'piker' learn to stay at home and attend to the thing near at hand realizing that the thing near at hand is always of first importance? ... The 4th of July celebration in Noxon was unique in the extreme, especially the color scheme in the decorations ... it was a modification of an idea gained at the National G.A.R. encampment in St. Paul in 1896 ... a flag of wild flowers, but the arrangement was not complete ... The 4th celebration seemed to accomplish an end which all patriotic celebrations aim to accomplish - the teaching of civic righteousness, honor and heroism."
"After spending last week inThompson Falls and going from here to Clark Fork, Charles DeNoyer of Noxon was placed in charge of the county officers at that city, it being claimed he was the victim of acute mania.
"Mr. DeNoyer is well known in the west end of the county, having taught school at Noxon for the past year...he has many acquaintances who will regret to hear of his affliction."
"Charles DeNoyer spouted Shakespeare, Bryan's 'Cross of Gold' speech and recited ancient history. He said he would leave the jail 'disguised as a bunch of radishes'."
Cottage Rooms were originally built by Bill Boomer
for a dance hall. Courtesy William Finnigan collection.
She said, "Mother baked cookies and cut them like boys and girls to hang on the tree. Father drew stars and crescents on cardboard so they could be colored, or covered with pretty candy wrapper that had been saved up, and hung on the tree. He'd fit a piece of match stem or a little piece of wood into walnuts so they could be hung; and small red apples. Mother cut out paper dolls and showed us how to make paper chains of some colored paper, or if it was possible to have some colored pencils, to color them. We also strung popcorn and cranberries on heavy thread and made chains to wrap around the tree. Mother made taffy for a taffy pull. We'd have a little get-together and the neighbors would come. There weren't any gifts as no one could afford them."5.
Unidentified bear trappers at Noxon in early 1900s. Courtesy William Finnigan collection.
"Rev. M. Lang has resigned his position as pastor of the Presbyterian church here. The church has been mainly supported by the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church, but the European war has caused a deficiency of funds and this church has lost it's support, hence Mr. Lang's resignation. Mr. Lang has made a number of friends here who are sorry that he will be compelled to enter another field. Mrs. Lang is the primary teacher in the Noxon school."
"This speaks well for the teachers and the pupils of the Noxon School. To win first and second prizes in language essay contests when the thousands of school children in the great state of Montana are in competition is certainly something to be proud of."12.
- Chocolate and cocoa - Walter Baker Co.
- Corn products - Corn Products Co., Chicago
- Wheat and flour - Pillsbury Milling Co, Minon, Min.
- Pencils - Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, NJ
- Pens - Esterbrook Steel Pen Co., Camden, NJ
- Carborundum - The Carborundum Co., Niagra Falls, NY
- Asbestos and products - Keesly and Matterson Co., Ambler, PA
- Marble - Vermont Marble Co., Putland, VT
- Paint and varnish - Sherwin-Williams Co., Cleveland, OH
- Cotton - Arkansas
- Papaws from Missouri.14.
The newspaper reported that the Christmas program, "rendered by the Noxon public school last Friday evening was one of the best ever given in Noxon. The house was packed, some even standing in the belfry. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. the program lasted until 10:50. By 11 p.m. everybody was enjoying a treat of candy, nuts and oranges and 217 stockings of candy were distributed."
"Instead of a large Christmas tree, a fireplace and family size tree were brought onto the stage, preceding the last two numbers on the program. Hanging from the mantel were two stockings made of mosquito netting, displaying their contents of candy and nuts. On the opposite side of the fireplace from the tree stood a large red stocking, too heavy to hang, which contained the treats of the evening.
"The school wishes to extend thanks to those who so generously contributed to the $40.25 raised, to those who gave their assistance in making bags and stockings; to the good housewives who so kindly loaned us rugs to use on the stage; to Charles Knutson for not only lending us lumber for the stage, but also delivering it; to those who brought sheets for back and side curtains; and to Charles Knutson and Mr. Rhinesmith for taking an active part in the program, without whom the entertainment would not have been such a success."
- December 30, 1908 letter, Minnesota Historical Society – NPRR files.
- Sanders County Ledger, July 11, 1913.
- Nation Archives – U.S. Postal Service.
- Agnes Hampton interview, 1979.
- Helen Berray Kirschbaum, tape-recorded oral history.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, January 15, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, March 26, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, April 23, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, May 14, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, May 21, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, June 8, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, October 15, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, October 15, 1915. (I have been unable to establish that Dr. Peek built a store in Noxon. However, his son, Tate reportedly neglected his duties in his father's store at Noxon while he sat outside and played guitar. Tate also published Blind Brothers, the first known book written about Noxon.)
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, November 12, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, December 31, 1915.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, December 10, 1915.
- The $40.25 was for: Candy, $20.55; nuts, $9.70; oranges, $6.30; mosquito netting, thread and yarn, $3.40; nails for stage, ten cents; dye, twenty cents. "Left over, eight yards mosquito netting, half skein of yarn."