Written by Eric Killelea
Author Joseph McGeshick is best known here for teaching at Wolf Point High School and his intimate historical studies of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.
But McGeshick has become a mechanical enthusiast; he spent the past 1½ years researching and writing on local notable Howard Wood and his invention of the Powr-Grip in the 1960s. In his first, self-published biography, Howard’s Dream: The Story of Howard Wood and the Wood’s Powr-Grip Company (2015), he explored the rise of the business and its impact on domestic and international markets.
“It’s a great American success story,” McGeshick told a group of readers during a presentation Thursday night at the Fort Peck Community College campus in Wolf Point. “Howard Wood was a great man — a genius.”
In Howard’s Dream, McGeshick traced the Wood’s family history and their homestead at the end of World War I on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. They were inspired by the allure of the west and searched to profit $2 per bushel wheat. McGeshick detailed the life of Howard Wood (1909-1983), who worked on the family farm north of town after graduating from Wolf Point High School.
Wood took some college classes before serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII and working on the Fort Peck Dam. He then opened Wood’s Auto Electric in 1947 in Wolf Point.
“After years of dissatisfaction with the accepted method of holding small engine valves during the lapping process, in the early 1960s, Howard designed and built the first Wood’s Powr-Grip Valve Grinder,” according to the Wood’s Powr-Grip website. “The first of these tools he built for his own use and for his friends’, but soon the demand for the unique little tool became great enough to make it available to the general public. As the popularity of the Powr-Grip Valve Grinder grew, a glazier friend suggested that he develop a vacuum cup for handling glass, built around a larger version of the same type of vacuum pump.”
In the biography, McGeshick narrated the steps taken by Wood to manufacture the in-demand product, incorporate the business and patent his design between 1963 and 1966. The product, McGeshick said, was not available anywhere else. Wood also patented a battery-powered, sealed foam vacuum for use with overhead cranes and hoists capable of carrying loads to 600 pounds.
McGeshick found it unavoidable to mention the company’s move to Laurel in 1990, which created tension among community members. But he focused on the story of “struggle and success” in highlighting that a man from the Fort Peck Reservation was able to invent, create and run a family-owned business that continues to prosper.
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Wolf Point High School has announced that 14 students have qualified for membership in the Harstad Chapter of the National Honor Society.
They are: Charlene Allmer, daughter of Olivia and Lee Allmer; Brady Babb, son of Ronette and Brandon Babb; Kenny Boos, son of Nicole and Darcy Boos, and Stephanie Boos; Mary Clark, daughter of Pam and Melvin Clark; Cale Evans, son of Delores and Chris Evans; Haron Eymard, daughter of Cheryl Taylor and Emar Eymard; Shelby Hanks, daughter of LaRae and Mike Hanks; Owen Lepper, son of Kristi Lepper; Aeryn Martin, daughter of Julie Poitra; Mandi Martin, daughter of Jodi and Cam Martin; Kelsie Neubauer, daughter of LaRiesa Hagadone and Ross Neubauer; Devin Northington, son of Kt and Travis Northington; and Kateri Rush, daughter of Doretta and James Rush.
After submitting their applications, these students were screened by the Faculty Council, which consists of five members of the school faculty chosen by the principal.
Members must meet high standards of leadership, service and character. Leadership is based on the student’s participation in community and school activities. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in service projects in the school and community. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics and cooperation with both students and faculty.
An induction ceremony will take place Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the WPPH auditorium. The public is encouraged to attend.
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Frontier 4-H Club members include (from left to right) Trinity Whitmus, Tiara Whitmus and Quinn Whitmus.
The Annual Roosevelt County 4-H Achievement Day was held on Sunday, Sept. 20, in the Culbertson High School cafeteria.
An ice cream social was served by the Missouri River Rats 4-H Club.
Carol Hackley, emcee and organizational leader for the Missouri River Rats 4-H Club, began the program by recognizing 4-H members and leaders with their years of service awards.
Roosevelt County junior ambassadors, Macala Adkins and Tessa Larsen presented members with their certificates, pins and seals.
The following members and leaders were recognized for their milestone years of service:
Five-year members: Kaitlyn Adkins, Rachel Gilbert, and Carson Solem. Five-year leaders: Erin and Dave Solem. Seven-year members: Macala Adkins and Tiara Whitmus. Ten-year member Trevor Davis. Fifteen-year leaders: Mary Machart, Ardis and Gordon Oelkers. Thirty-year leader Connie Bracken.
4-H Members who showed outstanding work and accomplishments in all areas or were extraordinary in one project received an award for achievement.
Members receiving awards: Carly, Derek and Hunter Bowker, Gus Spradley, Sadie Ullmer, Kaylee Olson, Tiara and Trinity Whitmus, and Lucas Oelkers.
Members who showed citizenship with projects that involved community service, attended Montana Citizenship Seminar, and were involved with school activities such as student council, received an award for citizenship. Members recognized were: Macala Adkins, Carly Bowker, Gus Spradley, Brady and Colby Craig, Mariah and Sierra Machart, and Lucas Oelkers.
Members who showed visible efforts in helping others received an award for leadership. Members receiving awards: Macala Adkins, Carly Bowker, Tessa Larsen, Brett Stentoft, Quinn and Trinity Whitmus, Mariah and Sierra Machart, and Lucas Oelkers. Macala Adkins and Carly Bowker also received an award for public speaking.
The top five members whose market lambs received certified lamb standards were Mason Dethman, Nate Stentoft, Ryley Beery, Brett Stentoft and Tiara Whitmus. Other lambs making certified lamb standards were Kaitlyn Adkins, Trinity Whitmus and Sadie Ullmer.
Twenty market steers were evaluated and the top five were Carson Ullmer, Derek Bowker, Chase Kilzer, Ashton Handy and Will South. Carson Ullmer and Derek Bowker carcasses met the steer of merit qualifications.
Thirty-four market hogs were evaluated. The top five members were Gus Spradley, AJ Ullmer, Macala Adkins, Halle Vareberg and Logan Ullmer. Rachel Gilbert’s meat goat was also carcass evaluated.
The Outstanding Club Secretary award was presented to Lucas Oelkers of the Missouri River Rats 4-H Club.
The Annual 4-H Club Involvement Award sponsored by CHMS, P.C., Certified Public Accountants of Wolf Point, was presented. This year’s winners were: third place, Frontier 4-H Club from Wolf Point; second place, Up-N-Atom 4-H Club from Froid, and first place, Missouri River Rats 4-H Club of Culbertson.
The 4-H program focuses on positive youth development and thrives when it has partnerships between youth, parents, volunteers, and Extension. Everyone plays an important role, and collectively we can truly “make the best better.”
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Gov. Steve Bullock joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other western governors in Denver, Colo., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, to announce that the U.S. Department of Interior has decided the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The decision ensures that states will continue to oversee management of the bird.
“Today’s announcement is good for our state, our economy, and this iconic bird. Montana’s sage-grouse management plan is the right path forward in a state where 60 percent of the bird’s habitat is privately owned,” Bullock said. “This decision shows that when Montanans from diverse viewpoints put aside their differences, and focus on addressing a challenge, we can accomplish great things for our state.”
The announcement comes in large part as a result of intense work by Bullock and the Montanans he worked with to improve state management of the bird. In the first weeks of his term, Bullock issued an executive order to establish the Greater Sage-grouse Advisory Council, which he tasked to create a statewide management plan for the bird. Through the council, Bullock brought together diverse stakeholders on this issue including representatives from conservation, sportsmen, energy development, agriculture and ranching, tribes, local governments and the legislature.
He subsequently worked with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session to secure funding for the management plan crafted by the Council. The US Fish and Wildlife Service used this plan to consider whether federal protection of the bird would be necessary.
“Today’s decision is good for the Greater Sage-grouse, for the West and for our nation. I thank Governor Bullock for his valuable leadership. Montana evaluated Wyoming’s model and crafted a plan that meets the needs of its birds and its economy, custom and culture,” Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said. “Governor Bullock’s commitment to preserving the Greater Sage-grouse and its habitat in Montana and other western states helped make today possible.”
Montanans heralded today’s decision and Bullock’s leadership.
“This decision respects private property rights, and ensures that Montana ranchers, farmers, and landowners will continue to have a voice in the management of this bird,” said Errol Rice, executive vice president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. “I want to commend Governor Bullock for his efforts in securing this decision, and ensuring that all stakeholders were heard in developing Montana’s management plan.”
“Today’s announcement is confirmation that Montana’s Sage-grouse conservation program is on the right track. Using a science-based approach, the state will now act to conserve sage-grouse habitat in an effort to bolster this bird’s populations across Montana,” said Janet Ellis, senior director of policy for Montana Audubon. “I thank Governor Bullock for stepping up to the plate to bring diverse viewpoints to the table to focus on a solution that is in the best interest of Montana and this iconic bird.”
“We appreciate the efforts and leadership from Governor Bullock to ensure that management of the Sage-grouse remains in state hands,” said Dave Galt, executive director of the Montana Petroleum Association. “The decision today recognizes the strength of Montana’s efforts to protect Sage-grouse and is a victory for Montana’s private landowners as well as our economic opportunities and quality of life.”
“Over the last few years, Montanans from all walks of life have worked together to protect sage-grouse habitat on public and private land,” said Dave Chadwick, executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation. “Today’s decision demonstrates that when we roll up our sleeves and put aside politics, we can preserve both Montana’s wildlife and our working farms and ranches. Now we need to dedicate ourselves to fully implementing these protections and recovering this important species for future generations.”
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The United States Attorney’s Office has announced that Bryce Glenn Granbois, 44, of Poplar was indicted by a federal grand jury on a firearms charge.
Granbois was arraigned before Magistrate Judge John Johnston in U.S. District Court in Great Falls and pleaded not guilty to felon in possession of a firearm Tuesday, Sept. 15.
If convicted he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.