20/35 Year Look Back
October 7, 2021
In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder.
35 years ago: Oct. 9, 1986 issue
Bomb drops on junior high plan
Seeley Elementary trustees may have to rethink their game plan for the proposed new middle school, according to Dr. Bill Anderson, Deputy Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Helena.
Residents have been assured by Seeley Elementary trustees that property taxes would rise only slightly if a middle school is built because of addition funds from a middle school funding "loophole." However, Anderson confirmed reports Tuesday that OPI may recommend legislation during the next legislative session to eliminate the middle school loophole. Legislation to close the loophole has been discussed for quite some time, according to Anderson.
Voters will be asked to decide on construction of the new school Nov. 4.
20 years ago: Oct. 11, 2001 issue
Special Community Birthday Party for Dan
On Saturday, Oct. 13, from one to four o'clock at the Community Hall, the community of Seeley Lake is invited to attend an Eightieth Birthday Party for longtime resident, Dan Cainan. Cainan was born October 12, 1921, in Aurora, Illinois to Blethyn (B.J.) and Mary Cainan, the second of six children.
At age seven, his family moved to Butte where his father worked in the mines. Shortly after arriving in Montana, his father suffered a mining accident that broke his leg in three places.
The Cainan family moved to Hamilton where his father took up odd jobs working as a janitor, and teaching piano lessons,
Cainan said that growing up "peasants" in Hamilton was difficult and school was not his strong point. He jokes that they "kicked him out of third grade"...