20/35 Year Look Back


December 23, 2021

Dec. 24, 1986 Pathfinder issue

Santa continued his moonlight habit of delivering fruit and candy to children in Seeley Lake. C.B. Rich has kept up the holiday tradition, which was begun in the late 1950s and makes sure that Santa arrives in his horse-drawn sleigh each holiday season. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event at Dan's Discount last Wednesday night. Artistic Expressions was also presented with the award for Best Decorated Business on Wednesday night.

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: Dec. 24, 1986 issue

Residents to groom trails

Area snowmobile trails will be groomed by local residents this year. In the past, the fish and game has been in charge of trail grooming, but this year, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks turned over nearly $6,000 to the Driftriders Snowmobile Club of Seeley Lake to maintain popular trails.

"We'll get more miles of trail groomed for our money," according to Jerry Ding, Driftrider president. The money originates from a portion of the snowmobile license fee collected annually by the state. Officials with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks have, in the past, carried out grooming amidst a large variety of other required...

Created by Anne Dahl

To read the full article and more from the Dec. 24, 1986 issue visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1986-12-24.pdf

20 years ago: Dec. 27, 2001 issue

AARP honors Gloria Busch for service in Swan Valley

The Swan Valley Chapter of AARP held their annual Christmas meeting on Monday, December 10, 2001, with prelaunch entertainment provided by the singing of Christmas carols by the group "Caught in the Act."

To read the full article and more from the Dec. 27, 2001 issue visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/2001-12-27.pdf


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