I have wanted to do an article on Dreamland for a while. I see the old building on Highway 200 every time I drive to work. A longtime remembrance of what was once there. I have found sketchy history in the papers, and if anyone else has any knowledge I would love to fill in the blanks.
Elmer Bosshard arrived at Mondak in 1905. He was associated with a brother-in-law, Wilfred Lemieux, in a general store. I found an old ad in the Yellowstone News with the name of the store as “The Pioneer Store.” In the spring of 1906, Elmer and Wilfred moved to Fairview and continued their business for six months. Elmer sold his interest and spent the winter in the West. In the spring of 1907, he returned to Montana and acquired an outfit to engage in freighting up the Yellowstone Valley to Sidney and Glendive.
In 1910 Elmer married Sweetie Dakota Moore, a daughter of John and Lucy Moore. He combined freighting and farming until 1914. He then went on to another business adventure handling horses as a buyer and shipper to the markets in Miles City in 1915-1916.
In 1917, Elmer and A.M. Gardner formed a partnership for the buying and selling of livestock from Fairview, and in 1918 bought out his partners interest.
During the depression the only thing that was left was the stockyard, so Elmer took the lumber and built “Dreamland,” a dance hall and beer parlor south of Fairview. Later he sold it to Vern Gardner.
In the 1935 issue of the Fairview News, opening of Dreamland, Montana’s finest dance pavilion, took place June 22. The company operating the pavilion was under the management of Pearl Moore. Pearl brought Dreamland up-to-date putting in maple floors and adjacent to it was constructed a building where refreshments had been served. Updates included exterior painting and fence posts which encircle the buildings and new ball diamond. On opening night the Cavaliers, an eight-piece dance band, was brought in from Williston. Opening night drew in one of the largest crowds in the area. It was estimated approximately 10,000 people.
In the Fairview News 1952, Dreamland was under the operators of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Renders. Dreamland was scored by fire. The interior of the bedroom on the living quarters adjacent to the night club was badly burned and all contents were lost. The blaze was kept confined until arrival of the Fairview fire department. Cause of fire was unknown.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Information compiled from Courage Enough and the Fairview News.