A glimpse into our past reveals a small community east of Conrad called the Sollid Community.
This community is located 20.5 miles east on the Sollid Road, so named after the real estate agent, Sam Sollid who helped settlers find land there.
In the early part of the century, about 1909, most of this part of Montana was open for homesteaders to come in and settle on a piece of land of their choice.
After a set period of proving up the homesteaders would then take possession of the homes and land.
Most of the settlers in this area were of Norwegian descent. Finding themselves in a new land and starting a new life they saw need to start a church on the foundations of the strong religious beliefs they had brought with them.
On March 6, 1910 a group of settlers met in the house of Ella Dyrud and organized a Hauge Evangelical Congregation. There were 14 who signed the original resolution: Anton A Dyrud, Adolph Dyrud, Ella Dyrud, P.P. Krageland, Hjalmar Larson, Harry I. Elliot, Johannah Nelson, M.C. Ogard, Clara Ogard, Laura Ogard, Clarissa Lindberg, Charlotte E. Lingberg, Julia Ogard, and Lena Dyrud. These charter members were all single at the time.
VANDALS AT WORK — Over the past few weeks the City of Conrad has been dealing with numerous acts of vandalism at the city parks. In this picture, someone has filled the toilet at the Jaycee Park with gravel. The city crews spend between 10-15 hours a week cleaning up after these thoughtless individuals. Photo Courtesy the City of Conrad
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Over the past few weeks the city has seen an influx in vandalism at various parks.
Most of the damage tends to be isolated to the bathroom facilities at the baseball complex, Legion Park and the Jaycee Park.
The problem has been periodic at the baseball fields and the Legion Park, but lately there has been vandalism at the Jaycee Park on a nightly basis.
Over the weekend the Conrad Police Department caught the children responsible for the mess at the Jaycee Park. Three children were involved and their age ranged from 2-5 years-old. No citations were written, but the parents were informed.
IN FLIGHT — Brian Robinson captured this gorgeous photo of a bee gathering pollen from a flower garden in town. Photo for the I-O courtesy of Brian Robinson
At their regular Wednesday morning business meeting county commissioners met with representatives from the Conrad and Valier libraries regarding their respective funding.
The Mayor of Valier presented an agreement for the Valier library outlining the financial commitment of the town and county.
There is a similar agreement with the City of Conrad for the Conrad library.
Commission chairman Sandy Broesder informed the Valier contingent that the commissioners couldn’t sign the contract until county attorney MaryAnn Ries had a chance to look at it.
She also noted that no numbers had come in yet from the Department of Revenue and, “our funding is extremely tight, but we can discuss it.”