1st, 7th-8th, 14th-15th,
21st-22nd – Pictures with Santa – Holiday Village Mall
7th – Cowboy Christmas – 5pm – MSU-Northern
8th – Piano & Pipes Concert -2pm –
First Lutheran Church
27th-28th – MAT presents “Still Life with Iris” – 8pm
– MSU-Northern Theatre
14th – Lunch with Santa – Noon –
Holiday Village Mall
H. Earl Clack Museum “A
Special Children’s Party with a Dino” – 1pm-3pm
Live Nativity Scene – 5pm-7pm
– Van Orsdel United Methodist Church
21st – Recycle Drive and Free E-Waste
Collection – 8am-Noon – Holiday Village Mall
22nd – Winter Begins
Eagles Kids Christmas Party –
25th – Merry Christmas!
Community Christmas Dinner –
11am-2pm – Havre Eagles Club
27th – HHS Alumni Holiday Hoops
Basketball Games – 6:30pm – Havre Middle School
31st – New Year’s Eve – Happy New
Our History a
step back in time
In the mid
1800’s, the Milk River country of northern Montana was part of an Indian
Reservation for the Gros Ventre, Piegan, Blood, Blackfoot and River Crow.
Prior to the
construction of Fort Assinniboine in 1879, the only white man seen in the
area of Montana were the fur traders, operating out of the American Fur
Company post at Fort Benton; the missionaries, and the teamsters bringing
supplies to Fort Benton from river ports to the east when the Missouri River
was low. After the 1885 (Metis) North West Rebellion in the North West
Territories, several Plains Cree and Metis peoples settled in the area.
No white man,
other than soldiers or employees, was allowed to settle in the areas,
including the bottoms where Havre was built, as long as it was part of the
military reservation carved out of the reservation.
of the land occurred when the Great Northern Railroad was built, heading
west to Seattle. The fort trader’s store personnel became the core of the
business district, which served the soldiers, cowboys, ranchers, teamsters,
coal miners and railroad workers, et al. By 1910, with the Homestead Act of
1862 expanded to 320 acres, and encouragement from the railroad, the area
experienced a large influx of settlers who plowed up the land and founded
many homesteader communities.
advent of the railroad, Tycoon James Hill felt the name Bullhook could be
improved. He asked the town’s founding fathers to select a new name. The
first meeting ended in a brawl. A second meeting was held later: it was
agreed only the original homesteaders Gus Descelles, Exor Pepin, Tom
McDevitt, Joe Demars and Charles Gouthchie were to vote. Joe Demars
suggested France since most were Frenchmen. No one agreed. Gus Descelles
suggested [Le] Havre after his parents’ hometown. The motion carried.
Havre celebrated its 100th birthday in 1993. Hill County named
for James Hill was established in 1912.
sheep, cattle and horses was the primary activity early on. Ranches soon
became lesser in numbers however, as farms started to produce some of the
world’s greatest spring and winter wheat. Although agriculture is the
undisputed financial mainstay in the area, the economy is diversified with
farming, ranching, hospital and health services, education, professional and
retail business, manufacturing, railroad industries, and National Historic
Register tourist attractions and historic districts.