Ross Johnson, President of the Townsend Rotary Club, Jeff Langlinais, Townsend’s New Rotarian of the Year and new Board Member, and I attended the Montana District 5390 Training Assembly in Butte in August 2016. As part of the author’s personal Butte tradition, after the evening training session dinner ended, I asked the others to join me on a tour of uptown Butte. First, we stopped to have a beer at the historic Pisser’s Palace in Walkerville. Then we stopped at the Knights of Columbus #668 Hall at 224 W. Park St. for another drink. When built in 1917, the Butte Knights of Columbus Hall was the largest KOC Hall west of the Mississippi River. It is a classic old building which still hosts weddings, funerals, sporting events, etc. The basement contains a gym, track, and weight room. It also is home to the largest collection of Butte sports memorabilia anywhere!
Jeff grew up in Laurel, Montana and the Laurel Locomotives played the Butte Central Maroons while he was on the football team in the early 1970s. Jeff was not a star running back on the Laurel team but he did get some time on the field. I suggested that if we looked carefully we may find a newspaper article about some of the Butte Central/Laurel games over the years. We spent over an hour touring the basement halls and walls covered with photos, articles, etc. but never found anything about games with Laurel. Just as we were leaving the building on the upper floor, there, close to the door was a 1972 Montana Standard article titled “Butte Central muscles Laurel for 47-12 romp”. And to our surprise there was a photo of Jeff Langlinais running the ball and being tackled by two Butte Central players! Jeff had no idea that article and much less that photo existed. But there it was enshrined forever in the KOC Hall for Jeff and his family.
Thanks to the Butte Knights of Columbus Hall for making that trip so special. And congratulations on your 100th anniversary in 2017!
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