In the spring of 1922 my brother
in law, A. C. Wolke, and I made a trip to Polson, Montana, to
look at a theater there that was for sale. On our way home to
Pierz, Minnesota, we stopped in Forsyth to visit a very good
friend, Dr. H. S. Degnan, who had practiced dentistry in our
hometown before locating in Forsyth.
While visiting with Dr. Degnan we learned that the Lincoln Theater
in Forsyth was for sale. We bought the theater which was in the
building now occupied by the Range Telephone Company. [Editor's
note: This is the building two doors west of the Roxy, which
is now occupied by the Forsyth Station Casino.]
We operated in that building until 1930. Business was good but
the theater was too small for talking pictures which were coming
into their own. This meant that we must follow the trend of the
In 1924 we had purchased the
Home Trading building which was located on the present site of
Doug's Texaco station. [Editor's note: Doug's Texaco was in
the building now occupied by the Flower Boutique.] Here we
set up an automobile sales agency selling the Hudson Essex line
of cars and later adding the Graham Paige cars. In 1929 fire
destroyed this structure which ended this business venture.
In the spring of 1930 we purchased the property to the west of
our corner lot, owned by Philbrick Land and Livestock Company
where the offices of Jim McIntosh, a lawyer, and A. D. Raymond,
an insurance agent, were located. The lots were cleared and the
present theater, the Roxy, was erected.
We opened the Roxy September 6, 1930, with the talking picture,
"The Bad One" starring Dolores Del Rio. The following
year we built the service station next door to the theater. Business
people of Forsyth were very happy to see some activity during
those depression days and to know that someone had faith in the
future of our town and community.
Mr. Wolke (Tony) died in 1936 and his wife, Minnie, who was my
sister, died in 1955. I continued with the business until 1957.