Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Nov 15, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Adriana, Hannah, and Michaela from the Circle K were here, and Adriana let us know that their club raised nearly $600 for Big Brothers Big Sisters for Bowl for Kids Sake.
Merle brought one of the assistant managers from Wal-Mart with him as his guest.
Shane announced that we will be selling drinks and hand warmers from our trailer at the Christmas Stroll, rather than running the Children's activity room.
Gene announced that Seth Jaksha will be our speaker next week to talk about his Eagle Project.
Tim informed us that Bev Orvis had to be taken to the hospital last week after she lost sight in one eye. She had surgery yesterday for a detached retina. A card was passed around for everyone to sign.

Shane introduced our speaker, Pat Kearney. Pat spoke about the history of the Cat-Griz game, which he refers to as "The Divide War."

There have been 110 games played in this rivalry, and only in 1938 was the game played under lights. From 1926 to 1950 the game was played in Butte, as Butte was the largest city in Montana at the start of that run, and was theoretically a neutral ground.

In 1926 the game was played at Clark Park here in Butte, and 8,500 people attended. That's more than the population of Bozeman at that time!

Possibly the most important game in the history of the rivalry was the 1941 game. Not only was it an exciting game, with the Cats leading at half 13-0 and the Griz turning the game over to win, but 10 of 11 Griz players on the field when the Cats first scored were lost as service men during World War II. The image on the cover of the program for this game was, prophetically, an American soldier.

In 1950, the games returned to the two universities, and it is now a multimillion dollar industry every year.

Pat Kearney - Cat/Griz History
Event Updated
9:37 Wednesday, December 7, 2011