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Golden Valley News
Beach, North Dakota
December 23, 1937     Golden Valley News
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A Brief History of Sims, North Dakota BY JOE C, MEYER (Copyright Reserved) A little dead town called Sims, eight miles west of New Salem, was the first coal mining town on the Northern Pa- cific railroad and only native co~l supply until the Red Lodge coal took its place. This lignite coal was mixed in with eastern coal and used for several years as it was all the native coal in sight but could be used alone, and even when mixed with eastern coal was hard to handle as it threw mo:~t of it out of the smoke stack in the form of fiery live sparks and caused fires daily ~nd kept the whole cmmtry burnt off. There was at one time over a hun- dred coal miners working at this place and a number had families. The first miners were mostly English miners--~ornishmen called Cousin Jacks. This town had good brick buildings and nice brick houses at one time, but after the railroad found better coal at Red Lodge and got so they could .get along without this Sims coal less and less until finally it was discontinued and the mines were shut down and changed hands and the mining after about 1895 was only for local use. Then it was mined by Norwegians who came In and took up homesteads and creeks came together west of town and was called the Big Muddy h'om there to where it hit the Heart river about twelve miles southeast of Sims. There was a man named Thompson living on a ranch there and he had several hundred head of cattle. He bought and ~old and was interested in the meat business at Mandan for awhile. All these early towns as a whole were made up of one nationality and of one church. New Salem was mostly all first Ger- man Lutherans while Sims was made up of Norwegian Lutherans until the younger element grew up and now they all have English sermons. Sims as a business place is about dead but the country around is fairly prosperous. Most of the business is either done now at Almont to the west or New Salem east of there. tlllllllli$1111imUlllllll~ J i ~ " - " :' "- GOLVA Miss Marguerite Kreitinger gave a prrgram at her school house Saturday night that was well attended. The school suditorium was filled to capacity Friday night when the Xmas exercises were held. The grades put on plays and the singing and music was well received. Santa CI~u~ came from Carlyle late in the eveni:-g and dis- tributed gifts of candy to th~ kiddies. Mr. and Mxs. Bert Cavert enter- tained the whist club Saturday night THE GOLDEN eAI,I,EY NEW~ during the evening, t)ertaini:.g to [he club Louis Schn~eling and Bus Gordon Homer Madison was a[ Beach visitor left Saturday for Wisconsin to visit Monday. relatives. Mrs. Shoen is visiting her son and Henry Wassman has returned from family over the holidays. tacoma. Washington. The climate did Math Zimmer returned t~ Golva the not agree with him in the west. first of the week. Miss Marjorie Funk is visiting her~ Merry Christmas to all! .sister Mildred at Sentinel Butte. H. M. Funk and L. D. Page drove out to the Funk ranch Friday. Mrs. Gerald Gilman has been em- ployed recently at the Hotel Beach. Mrs. A. M. Doerner is still confined to her bed with phlebitis but is grad- ually improving', which is g~od news to Ler many friends. Last week Mr. and Mrs. A. Overstad arrived from Hancock, Minnesota, and will spend the holidays in Beach with LOCAL the C. Overstuff family. Sunday night Henry Thoemke, who Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Peterson and has been employed in the Cozy tap ~augter Edna and Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Archie Young and daughter of room left for the state of Washington, Leonard Nelson were Beach shvppers Glendive were here Saturday visiting where he will spend the holidays with Friday. Mrs. Young's father, Jack Lindt. his family. He plans :co be gone about a month or s~. Xmas greetings came from Mr. and Win. Wharton of Minot. represent- Mrs. John Denton in southern Call- ative for the Valker-Christenson seed Miss Carrie Witzig, who has been fornia and Mrs. Effie Hanifen who re- house, was a Beach visitor Friday, teaching school in Chicago, returned sides with her daughter Myrtle in Boise, while here calling on the Fm~ers Elev- to Beach Friday and will spend the Idaho. Frank Haigh wen~ east Saturday mvrning to spend the holdays with his children who have been attending the University at Grand Forks. Mr. Owens accompanied him as far as Fargo to spend his vacation with home folks. Miss Ceeelia Miller left for Beards- ley, Minn., and Miss Ellison for Moor- head to spend the holidays with rela- tives. Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Peterson and daughter Edna were guest of Mrs. Page Friday night at supper. Mrs, Geo. Hammond and Mrs. Ira Curl met at the school house Friday t~ make out programs for the 4-H club meeting and other business matters ator. The Cub Scouts held a Christma~ party a~ the grade chool last Wednes- day evening, with Mrs E.F. Cook, Mrs. Mark Freese and Cubmaster Wol- en in charge. Priz~2s for handcraft were awarded to Leslie Freese. Brace Sorenson and Harlan Cook. holidays here. Donald Evans, Junior Schulz, Alfred Olsvn and Dan Cafferty were Bismarck business visitors last Thursday, coming the same evening. Fresh Poinsettas, Pegonias, Pom- Pores and Mums for Christmas. M. P. Lovgren. 12- It r~ T 1 HURSDAY, DEC. 23, 1937 HERE FROM CANADA Robert Butterfield arrived here from Canada last Friday for a short visit ~at the home of his parents, Mr. and !Mrs. Jeff Butterfield north of Beach. On Monday he went back, by Mrs. Florence Woodhull and ily, who will spend the holidays hlm. I G. "~.ldon Longstreth was a i business caller Saturday, I I '",'-':'! 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