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To mark The Billings Gazette’s 125th anniversary, we look back at news on this date from earlier editions of The Gazette and the frontier publications that merged to form the newspaper.

On Feb. 25:

In 1913: “Billings is to be the terminus of a new line of railway which is to start from the city and penetrate the heart of the farming section on the Billings bench for a distance of approximately 20 miles.”

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In 1939: “More than 125 women attended an all-day program and missionary institute conducted by the Billings Council of Federated Church Women at the First Congregational church here Friday in observance of the nineteenth annual world day of prayer.”

In 1986: “Montana native Earl P. Murray was reading a copy of the classic western ‘Shane,’ when he got an idea for a novel about the Johnson County Range War. He turned the idea into his first western, “The Journeyman.” ... Working at his log cabin in Laurel, Murray is now writing his eighth novel.”

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