Monastery celebrating 100th anniversary
From August 2008 until August 2009, the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude are celebrating 100 years “at home” in Idaho. During the year and as a monthly feature, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will be contributing a feature article entitled “100 Years Ago This Month” for the Cottonwood Chronicle.  We hope you enjoy this historical venture.  We welcome your comments.

100 Years Ago This Month – February, 1909
                                    (Compiled by Sister Bernice Wessels, O.S.B.)

(The following news items are from the Camas Prairie Chronicle)
F.S. Wimer, Editor and Proprietor

Local News

S.R. Libbey  who is engaged in grocery business has rented the Schober building.  He will install a complete line of drugs early next month.

Commercial Cream Company is now paying 36 1/2 cents a pound for butter fat delivered at Lewiston.

John Hoene has been busily engaged this week moving his sawmill (the old Monlux Plant) to the new location near the Eckert farm northeast of Cottonwood.

Citizens of Steunenberg have applied for a post office and the matter has been placed before the postal department for an answer.  Owing to the fact that Steunenberg and Ferdinand are so close together and the latter place already has a post office it is a question whether the department will consider the application favorably or not.

The cream company must be doing a rushing business these days as ranch butter is practically not to be found on the market.

Sleighing goes well again and with a little more snow would be as good as any we have had this winter.

Three new street lights were installed on Broadway and two on Coram St. One near the Methodist Church and one near the Sherry residence. They are a welcome additions and will be much appreciated especially for those near the depot.

Vincent Lorang moved his family to Keuterville and will reside there in the future while Vincent looks after his saloon at that place.

Within thirty days the new hotel will be completed and will be cared for here in as handsome a manner as that at any point in this part of the state.

National and International News

Keen interest was shown in London in the visit of King Edward and Queen Alexandra to Berlin.  No British king has been in Berlin for the last 186 years.

The national Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.

The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.  

John McCurdy makes the first aeroplane flight in Canada and the British Empire in the Silver Dart. He flies 2640 feet at Baddeck, Cape Breton. 

Detroit Rescue was founded in Detroit in 1909 for Detroit's needy and homeless.
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is a Christian faith-based charitable organization, accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). DRMM is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of humanity, while motivating individuals to rebuild their lives, one life at a time."

The Apache chief Geronimo (Goyathlay) dies at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, February 17 at age 79.   

The Futurist Manifesto is published in the French journal Le Figaro
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month through 1913. 
Inter-island steamer SS Penguin is wrecked at Cape Terawhiti in Cook Strait with the loss of 75 lives. 
The first North Island Main Trunk passenger express train leaves Auckland, Australia for Wellington, an overnight trip scheduled to take 19 hours 15 minutes, with a sleeping car, day cars with reclining seats, postal/parcel vans, and a dining car for part of the way.
Mahatma Gandhi is arrested at Volksrust, South Africa for failure to produce registration certificate and is sentenced to 3 months prison 

February Birthdays  
Max Baer – American boxer and actor         
Simone Weil – French philosopher
Carmen Miranda – Portuguese-born actress and singer     
Dean Rusk – American politician
Helder Camara – Roman Catholic Archbishop
Hans Erni – Swiss painter and sculptor   
King Talal of Jordan
Frank Albertson – American Actor                    
Miep Gies – Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
Richard McDonald – Fast Food pioneer     

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