They are names from the past.

Agnes Stender and Mabel Gratz of Ismay, Mont.

Carl Sather of Ollie, Mont.

Lyder Narveson, Keith Ellingson and Lewis P. Sack of Bowman.

They are local history writ in pounded metal signs on 10-gallon old cream cans, some with ties to families from Carlyle, Mont., Reeder, Scranton, Baker, Rhame and Marmarth, among others.

Some of the communities have disappeared over the years, while others are spelled wrong.

There are approximately two dozen of the large metal containers used decades ago which will be on the auction block Friday and Saturday in the Four Seasons Pavilion when Bob Penfield holds another Old West auction.

The two-day event will start Friday at approximately 9 a.m.

According to Penfield, the cream cans will just be one of the items up for auction. “There will be a lot of books and about 20 percent of the books will be those large coffee table-type books,” he said, adding that there will be a large assortment of antique items.

“The cream cans will be primarily from the Bowman-Baker-Marmarth area,” he explained. “There will be at least 25 cream cans with the original owner and have a brass tag on them. They don’t use them anymore.

“The average old rancher would milk enough cows to fill them. They would put them on the railroad and send them in to where ever they were processed. The 10-gallon can was the biggest size you could get onto a railroad,” he added. “It was a popular way to ship your cream to market.”

Another item he was proud of putting up for auction was an old buffalo hide scale. “It was for weighing buffalo when there were lots of buffalo around,” he said. “There are very few of those in circulation anymore.”

Penfield, who grew up in Lemmon, just south of the state line, said his father built one of the first stockyards in the western part of the United States in the South Dakota border town. It is the 34th year the auction has been conducted in Bowman, he added.

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