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T h e B i é KONÏ/JiA H13TCÄIC ;,L UÌ3R/.W P i o n e e r Centennial Year Edition *** VOL 96 BIG TIM B E R , SW E E T GRASS C O U N T Y , M O N T A N A — W E D N E S D A Y , O C T O B E R 1 2 , 1 9 8 3 NO. 6 RARE 'CATTLE EGRET SIGHTED NEAR BIG TIMBER Last Thursday afternoon Dr. Jim Felton was brought up short as he crossed the Boulder Bridge on his way to the new veterinary clinic He saw a good sized white bird feeding among a small herd of cattle a few feet from the road. Dr. Felton recognized the bird as an Egret, certainly an unusual bird for Montana, but was unsure just what kind of Egret Egrets, which are closely associ ated to the herons, are water birds that feed upon fish, frogs and such. What was this bird doing in a field with a bunch of cattle? Dr. Felton retraced his steps and went to the Elgas ranch, whereupon he and Bob returned for another look at the strange visitor. The de termination was not difficult, it was a Cattle egret - certainly a rare and highly unusual bird for this area The Cattle egret is indeed un usual Native to Africa, the Cattle egret has recently made its way to, and established itself on the North American continent It has become rather common in many of the southern states, particularly Flori da, where it can be seen quite commonly, usually inclose associa tion with cattle. The bird is well named inasmuch as it is invariably seen walking along with and even under the cattle as they feed, even sitting on the animals backs. This is an interesting adaptation in which an animal in this case the egret, forms an ex tremely close association with a totally different animal cattle, for the mutual benefit of both. The egrets feed upon various flies and parasites that are common to cattle, thus satisfying his own need for food, while at the same time ridding the laiger animal of un wanted pests, a circumstance which works to the benefit of both It is interesting to note how quickly cattle learn to adjust and welcome the egrets as they discover the value of the birds in ridding them of para sites The discovery erf' this bird was reported to the Audubon Society and this is only the second sighting of Cattle egrets in Montana. Local “ birders” who will recall the earlier visitation to our area a few years ago of a Whooping crane, and a Scis sors tailed flycatcher can now add a third “ feather in the cap” of rare bird sightings near Big Timber. —Bob Elgas HIGH SCHOOL FHA’ERS OFFER FREE ASSISTANCE The SGHS Future Homemakers of America have selected communi ty service as their impact project this year. They are seeking com munity support to accomplish this goaL The high school students arc of fering free assistance with tasks that arc difficult for individuals to da Some of the services offered are lawn-raking housecleaning snow shoveling and providing transporta tion to the store and other places. The FHA’ers are also available to work at banquets and other simi lar events. Those wishing to take advantage of this generous offer may call the LOCAL AND PERSONAL Featured in magasina The fall issue of Artists qf the Rockies and the Golden fVest, pub lished in Colorado Springs, CO, has a feature on Big Timber artists, Jessica Zemsky and Jack Hines. The article covers, in text and re produced paintings, the couple’s trip to Venice, Italy in the fall oflast year. A step-by-step account of the creation of some of their 80 paint ings, done on the trip, makes up the story materiaL The paintings are reproduced, some in color, some in black and white. Also included are several black and white reproduc tions of their western gallery work. The artists have assembled some of the Venetian paintings for view ing at the Barbershop Gallery. Sev eral are to remain in their personal collection, but some are for sale. There arc also copies of the maga zine available, autographed by the artists, at the gallery. C«l«bratlon Howard Hanson chauffeured his daughter Carol O'Dell to Williston, N.D. last week so she could be on hand to help Williston celebrate 75 years of Sons of Norway and meet with the board of District Four. Brand spankin' naw A new baby boy was bonrSept 23, 1983 in Missoula Community Hospital to Wade and Colette Van Gilder of Alberton, MT. The young boy has been named Adam Allen and weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. He joins a sister, Brenn, four years old at home. His dad is undersheriff. One grandmother is Donna Van Gilder of Missoula The Big Timber grandmother is Marian Moschelle, who has been in Alberton for the past two weeks. She stopped on the way home to visit her cousin Bev Beak and family at Deer Lodge. Marian got home Sunday, October 9. Quests Visiting the Dale Oberl/s this month are Bud and Ellen Oberly, Dale's parents, and his grand mother, Florence Davis, all of New Jersey. The family plans an outing to Yellowstone before the visit is over, and all are enjoying the annual reunion. Promoted HMC James E. Epperson, son of Mrs. Florence Beley of Big Timber, was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy, on Sep tember 16, 1983. HMC Epperson is currently serving as Chief Hos- high school 932-2108, and leave their name, address, telephone number as well as what type of work to be done. A representative of the FHA will then contact the caller and set up a convenient time to meet, plus fill in any other pertinent details and an swer questions pital Corpsman with the 1 st Marine Aircraft Wing FMF, at Okinawa, Japaa Additionally, Epperson has been awarded the Joint Service Com mendation Medal for duty while assigned at the Military Entrance Processing Station, Amarillo^ TX from April 1980 to 1983. His citation read, in part, “ His outstanding supervision of more than 5,000 medical examinations resulted in many improvements in mission accomplishments. His in novations and ability to communi cate professionally, resulted in sig nificant decreases in costs per medical examinatioa His personal involvement in the many facets of applicant processing earned him the respect and admiration of his co workers.\ Neighborhood Club Sweet Grass Neighborhood Club had its September and October meeting at Bertha Allestad’s home. Roll call was words of wisdom and favorite pastime or hobby. There were 8 members present New officers were elected for the coming year and they arc President Geraldine Henton, Vico-President Margit Becken, and Secretary- Treasurer Gwen Beagle. Mildred Rostacf s demonstration was a fish legend of the sand dollar which was very interesting Mildred was also the Hostess and served angel food cake and ice cream. Studont toachors Student teachers are in the news this week Montana State Unive- TH E T R E E S IN the city park are being trimmed — a n d not everyone ishappywilli the Jbb. See letter to the editor on page 2. rsity senior Anna Vukasin from Big Timber is student teaching at the Roosevelt Elementary school in Great Falls this autumn quarter. At SGHS, Grace Pischke from Poplar is spending her time practice teaching Church will hold ■’•‘dedication A opon houoo The Evangelical Church «« in viting the Big Timber community to join them in celebrating the comple tion of their remodeling program Over $25,000 worth of improve ments have been made on the 3rd and Bramble Church, including complete rewiring insulation, heat ing system carpet, kitchen, rest rooms, pews, altar lighting nursery and more. A short ceremony will be held this Sunday at 2:00 pm with special music and a ro-dcdicating of the building to God’s use by the conference superintendent. Rev Dick Kienitz. Directly afterwards will be an Open House, with the ladies of the church serving re freshments until 4:00 pm. to all who wish to drop by. Brand spankin' naw A baby girl Shalisa Marie, was bom October 4 to Guy and Christy Maberry in Lcwistown, MT. The newborn weighed in at 8 lb 14 oz. and was 20” long She joins a sister Rachclle, age 7. Maternal grandparents arc Art and Betty Nygaard of Big Timber and paternal grandmother Lillian Maberry of Hilgcr. MT. Brand spankin' new Debbie and Wcmcr Seibert arc the proud parents of a baby girl bom at 4:47 pm. Saturday, October8 in Livingstoa Little Aubrey Janice weighed 7 lbs. 8h oz. at birth and was 20 inches long Maternal grandmother is Janice Dominy of Bandon, OR Paternal grandparents arc Franz and Eve Seibert of Billings. The new dad reported he was still \out of it” Sunday morning when it came time to conduct church ser vices, but his congregation ex hibited a lot of understanding! Hospital news Harold Mjolsncss was admitted to Sweet Grass Hospital October 5 and released October 7 Happy Birthday, Mike Mike Hoyem, who was pictured on the front page of the September 28th Pioneer as a member of the 1917 championship basketball team will be celebrating his birth day at the Pioneer Home on Oo- tober 15, at 2:00 p m Special fea ture of the day will be a basketball- shaped birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Mike! Winnar Don Marvinc of Big Timber has received a merit award from the Montana Watcrcolor Society. The group recently sponsored a juried competition of watermedia for the year 1983, held in Missoula The event is planned to be an annual affair and this is the first Prizes for accepted works totaled S2.500 Homecoming Esther Brckkc, accompanied by her husband, Olaf, sister Clara Rug- land of Big Fork, and Alice Brckkc of Helena attended Homecoming at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, last week. It was special for Esther being the fiftieth anniversary for her class CALIFORNIA WRITER LIKES SHERIFF'S REPORT (Editors Note: This article by Richard Dokey, reprinted by permission from the Stockton Record, Stockton. CA, you'll enjoy It found it's way to The Pioneer editor's desk via our parents in lawfriends who now reside in Stockton They sent the clipping to their old neighbors in New Jersey, Mom and Dad brought it to us here) By RICHARD DOKEY Reprinted from the Stockton Record, Stockton, CA, September 3, 1983 editioa My brother Jack and I have completed our trek by car to Big Sky Country. We’ve made the trip many times and know all the sand, heat, sun, water and trees between here and Big Timber, Montana, where we flop with our good friend Art Cuclho, a transplanted San Joaquin writer. The Sweet Grass country of Montana is always green, and we love hiking the Yellowstone and the Boulder with our fly rods in search of big browns and jumping rainbows. The valley of the Boulder, in fact, is one of the most beautiful places T ve seen. Most of the big ones get away, of course, but we caught our share. We visited Cole’s Drug Store, where the best chocolate malted in the world is made, walked about the town and joked with Art and Mae, his wife, when we weren’t hip deep in water. One could write volumes about this part of America, of the Gallatin mountains and the Crazies, how the dark clouds gather in the evening and the lightning crackles on the hills, how the wind roars in the trees and the deer cluster in the fields at sunset It is not only the place that has always attracted me. It is the way of life, which is rural and small town. The pace is slow, uncluttered and simple, too simple for many, perhaps. But after all some think that Stockton is a village set on the edge of a mosquito infested swamp, a million miles from San Francisca Still I found an easy way on this trip to compare our communi ty’ s way of life to that of Big Timber, Montana I read the local newspaper, a weekly called, fittingly, Big Timber Pioneer, and one section in particular, the Sheriffs Report This is a random selection of three week’s entries: “July 20,1983—Local individual reported several lambs miss ing “ Local bar requesting assistance for a very drunk individual “ Report of cows being out on the road to the Fairgrounds. “ July 21,1983—Report of a large white dog on the airport road with barbed wire tangled in its fur. Owner was notified “ Request to deliver an emergency message to a construction worker west of towa Message delivered \July 23, 1983—Report of a bear bothering people at a church campground up the Boulder. Fish & Game officer was advised “July24,1983—Report of a woman walking around and yelling on the west side of town causing a disturbance. “ Report of a wallet being left behind at a local gas statiou Wallet was relumed to owner \July 26, 1983— Report of kids playing on construction equip ment “ Report of a cast iron object in street “ July 29, 1983- Report of individual unable to locate parked vehicle. Vehicle located by officer. “ Report of a loud party at local residence. Officer unable to locate any party. \July 30, 1983 —Report of juveniles late getting home. Juve niles located “ Report of part of a deer located on city street possible evidence of poaching Fish & Game notified July 31, 1983—Request to deliver emergency message up Boulder Message delivered “ Report of suspicious vehicle in area of cemetery. Officer unable to locate vehicle. “ August 3, 1983—CiUzen reported reckless driving by indi viduals in an orangish-yellow pickup Driver speeds and spins around in gravel by residence. He will sing a complaint (sic) “ August 4,1983—Report of an intoxicated individual on street Officer located individual in his car, getting ready to drive home. Officer gave the individual a ride home instead” Ithink it best at this point, to say nothingfurthcrand simply allow you to finish the comparison.