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20/35 Year Look Back

 

January 6, 2022

Pathfinder photo 1987

Bud Moore, Swan Valley trapper, was preparing to bundle pelts for shipment to Canada last week.

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: Jan. 8, 1987 issue

Fur prices up from last year

Trappers are seeing a little more revenue fro their efforts this season, compared to 1985. Most fur prices, with the exception of red fox, are up slightly, according to Bitterroot Valley fur buyer, Darwin Peterson.

In the Swan Valley, trappers are having a fair-to-good season. Bud Moore recently bundled his furs for shipment to the Edmonton Fur Exchange, Canada, for the next fur auction Feb. 1.

"I like to sell in Montana if possible, but I'm a little uncertain... about what a fair price really is," he said last week. Other area trappers agree that buyers around the U.S. seem to vary considerably on the prices they are offering for pelts.

Based on average pelt prices quoted by the Edmonton Fur Exchange and Pacific Hide and Fur in Great Falls, Montana, Moore expects the following prices (U.S. funds) for locally caught furs:

Martin - $45 to 50

Coyote - $55 to $60

Beaver - $30 and up

Lynx - $500 to $600

Mink - up to $40

Ermine - $1.50 to $3

Muskrat - $3

Historically, the December sale in Edmonton consists of early furs or furs carried over from the previous year. "The February sale generally brings a little higher prices," Moore said.

Historically, the December sale in Edmonton consists of early furs or furs carried over from the previous year. "The February sale generally brings a little higher prices," Moore said.

To read more articles from the Jan. 8, 1987 issue visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1987-01-08.pdf

35 years ago: Jan. 8, 1987 issue

Big load weight pull sparks big interest

Nearly 200 spectators turned out Saturday afternoon in Seeley Lake to watch the Barney's Big Load weight pull competition, sponsored by IAMS dog food company and Barney's.

About two dozen dogs and their owners participated in the event. Standout performers in the non-sanctioned pull were "Bummer" owned by Frank Wolfram, Seeley Lake, and "Ginger" owned by Dirk Currey, Missoula.

Pathfinder photo 1987

"Gus" the Bassett hound just couldn't be inspired to pull much weight at Saturday's "fun pull" in Seeley Lake. Here, Ron Ogden and Bruce Burns attempt to provide some encouragement. Burns believes Gus used up all his energy preparing for the competition.

To read the full article and more articles from the Jan. 8, 1987 issue visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/1987-01-08.pdf

Jan. 10, 2002

Grant to Council kicks off economic development thrust

By Ron Cox

Sam Bolton, Chairman of The Seeley Lake Community Council, announced the community has received a $4,000 grant from the Montana Communities Foundation for use toward procurement of technical and professional assistance to creat economic development projects. It will also be used to improve knowledge and economic development skills of local leaders.

Several working groups along with a steering committee, will be used to create economic development projects for Seeley Lake over the next two years.

To read the full article and more from the Jan. 10, 2002 issue visit https://www.seeleylake.com/home/customer_files/article_documents/2002-01-10.pdf

 

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