J.D. HOLMES, 84, p.33

By: Vernelle Dorvil

former Associated Press reporter who covered Montana state government for 30 years, died March 21. He covered the legislature from 1948 until 1978. A formidable mathematician, a special session on the Legislature was called into session when he discovered a major mistake in an appropriations bill after the legislators had gone home for the evening.
His notes, which accumulated up to 71 file cabinets, from his daily routine of cutting clippings from several newspapers, was donated to the Montana Historical Society, where they continue to be used for reference.
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