SELLS OWN COAT FOR RED CROSS FUND; HAS TO BUY ITS RETURN
Bismarck, N.D., May 11.— R. J. J. Montgomery of Tappen, state president of the farmers' union and member of the state council of defense, arrived in town tonight to attend the Bismarck farmers' union convention. Mr. Montgomery was wearing a very expensive coat. While acting as auctioneer for a Red Cross sale at a Kidder county school a few days ago when the mercury was up around ninety, Montgomery became so hot that he tore off his coat, and passed it to some friends. The friends bundled up the coat in a piece of wrapping paper and passed it back to Montgomery who put it on the block and sold it for $9. He did not discover the joke until it was time to go home, when he was forced to pay $9.50 to redeem his garment. All the funds went to the Red Cross.
Grand Forks Herald, 5/11/1918