Monastery celebrates centennial
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 March, 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
It is reported that there are several cases of smallpox in Grangeville.
Mr. Koepke, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. J.  Mathieson, has accepted a position as prescription druggist at Libbey’s drug store.
A carload of John Deere goods are now in, including plows, harrows, shuttler wagons, Vellie Deere buggies and hacks.  Your inspection is invited. Hoene’s Hardware and Implement Store
The new Cottonwood Hotel is near completion.  It has fifty nice rooms to accommodate the trade here for sometime to come.
All farmers in Denver and Greencreek sections are busily engaged in turning over the soil and with another week of good weather the farmers of this section will be engaged in similar pursuits.
The Arnzen boys out east of Greencreek have adopted a new method of plowing this spring.  They have hitched their traction gasoline threshing machine to two 3 bottom 16 inch gang plows and are turning up the soil at the rate of twenty acres a day.  The engine does the work fully as well as the horses could and is earning money every day instead of standing in the shed until harvest time.
Robinson, the blind piano tuner, was in town several days the first part of the week.
Two electric street lights were installed this week on the cross street in front of  the Catholic Church.
National And International News
William Jennings  Bryan announces that he will join the fight against the spread of tuberculosis.
The technical school at Munich has conferred the honorary degree of doctor of  technical sciences on Wilbur and Orville Wright
The last day of April was suggested as the proper date to inaugurate the president.  This is a resolution introduced recently by Senator Depew.
For the first time in many years, Uncle Sam is not seeking men for his standing army.  It is now recruited up to its full complement of 77,753 men.
The Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 is signed in Bangkok. 
 Einar Dessau uses a short-wave radio transmitter, becoming the first radio broadcaster. 
End of term for Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. He is succeeded by William Howard Taft.
Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society. 
Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
The Fianna na Eireann founded by Irish actress-patriot Constance (Georgina) de Markievicz (née Gore-Booth), 41, is a paramilitary order whose avowed purpose is to train boys to fight in cause of Irish independence from Britain.  She teaches her young men marksmanship and otherwise prepares them for military service in the cause of a free Ireland. 
The Philadelphia Mint issues the first Lincoln-head penny, replacing the Indian-head penny that has been in circulation since 1864. The new copper 1¢ piece bearing the likeness of "Honest Abe" will not be redesigned until 1959.
Colorado is the most irrigated state in the nation with more than 3 million acres under irrigation.
The Winona Interurban Electric Railway (Indiana) is forced by its major creditor to begin operations on Sundays, a move resisted by its Sabbatarian founders, including H.J. Heinz and J. M. Studebaker.
Construction begins on the RMS Titanic at Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast.
The Renfrew Creamery Kings win the Federal Hockey League championship and challenge for the Stanley Cup, but cannot play for the Cup because the Stanley Cup trustees rule their players are ineligible.
The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) is founded. It later became known as British Petroleum.
The United States Copyright Law passed by Congress March 4 takes effect July 1, protecting U.S. authors, publishers (and composers) under terms that will remain unchanged for 68 years. The law gives copyright owners exclusive rights "to print, reprint, publish, copy, and vend the copyrighted work."
1st US university school of nursing established at the University of Minnesota.
President Taft inaugurated as 27th president during 10" snowstorm.
March Birthdays
Harry Helmsley, - American real estate entrepreneur 
Louis Hayward -  South African-born actor               
Gabrielle Roy -  Canadian author
Golo Mann -  German historian. 

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