Thornton went to the files of The Montana Standard for coverage of previous eclipses:
"The last one took place Feb. 26, 1979, and The Montana Standard covered the event.
"The comment — “I didn’t think it would be this dark”— was made by a number of people 38 years ago, as they watched the eclipse unfold from their observation point near the Montana Tech library.
"Feb. 26 was on a Monday, the beginning of the work week. Most residents either watched the eclipse of the sun from their workplaces, others from their homes.
"The mid-morning eclipse did not disappoint. In Butte, there was snow on the ground and the temperature was brisk, but the skies were clear and gave observers a great view."