>Lastly, Pictures Part 3.
November 11, 2009 by Blueberries For Me
So the other weekend, one of my housemates and I took a trip to the local graveyard for an event entitled “Stories and Stones.” Local people dressed up as some of the more famous, or rather infamous, Missoulians, and stood by their graves to regale the public with their stories.
Infamous Missoulian, Mrs. Gleim, the first woman in Missoula to run her own business. Take a guess at what it was…
It was actually a ton of fun. It was a beautiful fall day and we spent the afternoon listening to local actors tell fun stories, drinking cider, and just enjoying the sunshine. One of my favorites was a story from a local Missoulian who was the first white woman to live and die in Montana. As a widow, she opened a bakery and sold slices of pie for $5 gold pieces! Apparently flour was $30 for a 100lb bag and the miners would pay anything.
Also good was the first school teacher in Missoula. She gave us a list of the rules they had to follow which included:
1. You will not marry during the term of your contact.
2. You will not keep company with men.
3. You must be home between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am unless attending a school function.
4. You may not loiter downtown in an of the ice cream shoppes.
5. You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission of the chairman of the board.
6. You may not ride in a carriage or an automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.
7. You may not smoke cigarettes.
8. You may not dress in bright colors.
9. You may not under any circumstances die your hair.
10. You must wear at least 2 petticoats.
11. Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.
These rules are posted under our fridge, entitled “Rules for Jesuit Volunteers.” I think we’ve broken all of them except 1, 7, and 10.