Looking for submissions from area families, representative from eastern end of county
By Vicky McCray Judith Basin Press, Editor
In 1976 a committee of Judith Basin County residents, folks from each community in the county, was formed for the purpose of gathering information about the families, organizations and businesses that helped to populate the area in its beginnings. The collected material was published in a book entitled, “Furrows & Trails in Judith Basin.”
In 2016 this book celebrates 40 years. Many families probably have a copy and a copy can be checked out at the Judith Basin County Free Library, but getting a personal copy today is not possible, as the book is no longer in print.
Many people inquire about the possibility of obtaining this book. The Russell Country website has received many inquiries and the library and Press office have also been questioned as to its availability.
During their Oct. 26 meeting, Judith Basin Chamber members moved to begin the task of creating a second edition to the book, with a small departure from the original. They decided to break the county into three areas: Geyser and Raynesford; Hobson, Utica, Buffalo and Sapphire Village; and Stanford, Windham, Moccasin and Benchland. The three areas will be updated in separate books.
The Chamber currently has no one to take charge of the work for the Hobson, Utica, Buffalo and Sapphire Village book. Anyone interested is urged to contact the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org to make himself/herself known and to learn more.
Chamber President Kim Holzer has visited with a lawyer concerning the “all rights reserved” statement in the original book. Stories from it can be re-submitted and updated as long as the original author is given the byline, with the new author noted as “Re-submitted by …”
The Chamber is asking people with histories published in “Furrows & Trails” to go over their material and update it for these new books. The original articles include photos as well and they can also be re-submitted.
Additionally, the Chamber is looking for members of those families not included in the first book to put together their family history and photos for the second book.
Histories are not the only articles to be savored in a book of this sort, however. All kinds of stories (stories involving groups of schoolchildren, for example, or an annual community party) that could be lost to future generations if they are not put into print can also be submitted.
All entries for the second editions can be mailed to the Chamber email at email@example.com or delivered, preferably in digital format, to the Judith Ranger District Office at 109 Central Avenue in Stanford or to Pioneer Hardware at 93 1st Street South in Stanford. Articles will also be accepted through the Chamber’s post office address (please stipulate Furrows & Trails on envelope) at Box 223, Stanford, MT 59479.
A deadline of September 15, 2016, has been set for the third phase of the project, and in order to keep the books at a reasonable size, articles will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Chamber’s goal is to have the book printed in time for Christmas 2017 giving. Once the ball is rolling on the project, the Chamber will pre-sell books to determine the number of books needed – the more books printed, the lower the cost. A PayPal option online will be available.
The profits earned through sale of the various books will benefit organizations in the corresponding communities.