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Montana Freemason  February 2013                          Volume 86 Number 1

 Donald Grant Nutter (November 28, 1915 –                 member of the National Governors’ Conference
                                                          Executive Committee and he chaired the Western
                 January 25, 1962), born in Lambert,      Governors’ Conference from 1966 to 1967. Babcock
                 MT. Nutter attended the North Dakota     served until 1969. Babcock was appointed by President
                 State School of Science in Wahpeton      Richard M. Nixon to the National Advisory Committee
                 for two years before transferring to     on Oceans and Atmosphere. He was a delegate to the
                 University of Montana in Missoula        Republican National Convention eleven times and
                 in 1935. Returning to Sidney he          served on the National Republican Committee in
entered public service in 1937 as the deputy clerk        1997 and 2000. He later built the Colonial Inn Motel
of the Richland County District Court. He held that       and Convention Center in Helena; owned the historic
position for a year, then served for another year         Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, and
as the undersheriff of Richland County. With the           Ox Bow cattle ranch, in Wolf Creek, Montana; and
outbreak of World War II, Nutter joined the Army          owned Helena's KBLL radio and television stations.
Air Forces as a B-24 bomber pilot. He flew 62 combat      Babcock also stayed active in Republican politics as a
missions, logging more than 500 hours of combat           national committeeman. In his late eighties, he works
time. He spent 13 months in the China-Burma-India         as a partner in Montana Ethanol Company.
Theater and was discharged at the rank of captain
after 39 months of service. He received the Air Medal       Brother Babcock is a member Yellowstone Lodge
with cluster and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He       No 26. EA Degree on Dec 1, 1954, FC Degree on
returned to eastern Montana and opened his own farm       March 10, 1955 and MM Degree on May 6, 1955.
implement dealership in Sidney and in 1948 began
working toward a law degree. Nutter was elected to         Forrest H. Anderson (January 20, 1913- July 20,
the Montana State Senate in 1950. He attended law
school in western Montana. In 1954, he was admitted                          1989), born in Helena. He attended
to the Montana Bar and re-elected in the state senate.                       public schools in Helena, and then
He served as the chairman of the Montana Republican                          studied law at the University of
Central Committee from 1958 to 1960. He secured                              Montana in Missoula. He received
the Republican nomination and was elected governor                           his law degree from Columbus
in November 1960. During his tenure, state spending                          University in Washington, D.C.
was reduced and new industrial developments were                             Anderson was admitted to practice
promoted. On January 25, 1962, After a year in office       before the Montana Supreme Court in 1938. He was
he was killed in a plane crash.                           elected to the Montana legislature in 1942, and also
  Brother Nutter was a member of Lower Yellowstone        served as Lewis and Clark County Attorney. He was
Lodge No. 90. EA Degree - March 6,1946, FC Degree         elected to the Montana Supreme Court in 1952 and
- April 23, 1946, MM Degree - May 15, 1946. Served        served 4 years, before running for Montana Attorney
as Lodge Treasurer in 1948.                               General in 1956. He was re-elected as Attorney
                                                          General three times. During the 1959 State Prison
 Tim Babcock (October 27, 1919 ) born in                  riot, he personally negotiated with the prisoners
                                                          in helping to resolve the conflict. Anderson's one
                   Littlefork, Minnesota. He graduated    term as Governor was filled with controversy, but
                   from Dawson County High School in      made significant accomplishments. The early years
                   1939. He served in the US Infantry in  of his administration were dominated by conflict
                   the European Theater during World      with the Fish and Game Commission, over the
                   War II. Babcock served three terms     direction of the Commission on environmental
                   in the Montana legislature prior to    issues and on fisherman and hunter access issues.
                   being elected lieutenant governor in   In 1971 the Legislature deadlocked over a sales tax.
1960. He became governor in 1962 upon the death           Anderson called two special sessions to deal with
of Governor Donald Nutter. During his tenure, he          the issue, and finally resorted to putting the tax to a
proposed a three-percent sales tax to support the         public referendum. The sales tax was resoundingly
state government, and moderated the budget signed         defeated. Anderson actively supported the Montana
by Governor Nutter. From 1964 to 1965, he was a           Constitutional Convention. He viewed his greatest

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