Welcome To Old Missoula History. I have created this Web site for several reasons. First, I will try to explore parts of Missoula history that are often overlooked. I will take a look at events, places and people in more depth than you might ordinarily find in your travels, and I will include some of these that did not evoke any public notoriety at all. I plan to examine subjects that I want to investigate personally, and I will offer what I learn on this Web site. From time to time I will try to find something unique to Missoula, or Montana, and use it in the space below.
A poem by Norman Wicklund Macleod – 1941*
According to Macleod, Paul Maclean played in this game.
We Played the Flatheads at Arlee
From miles around the Indians came to see us
Play basketball against the Flatheads at Arlee.
The stakes were high and the floor narrow –
The Indians wore their black hair parted,
Drawn back sharp as the split edge of a tomahawk
From both sides of the copper forehead.
The game was angry –
Never until the dead end were we
Sure of winning.
But if they lost,
We knew it had not always been their habit
To be losing.
Never had basketball on a Jesuit court
Been a game of their own choosing.
*Macleod discussed this basketball game and other aspects of his youth in Missoula in a Pembroke Magazine article in 1973. Macleod founded this little magazine in 1969 at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, and it still survives after 43 yearly issues. Excerpts from his article appear at the following link.