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Iontixa Historical society Newspapel Division THE MOUNTAINEER • • VOLUME XXXXIV THE MOUNTAINEER, BIG SANDY, MONTANA THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1955 .... No. 9 Week End Storm Halts Traffic And Blocks Roads And Highways One of the worst spring storms in years hit this com- munity hard over the week end, blocking most rural roads and making highway traffic haz- ard c us. The storm started Saturday afternoon and continued thru Monday and the combination of snow and high winds had pretty well stopped traffic, even in town, by Sunday. Schools were closed Monday and reopened Tuesday although bus service hadn't been resum- ed On Monday an emergency csnvoy was sent through froni Big Sandy to Havre. Don Courtnage and Ed Laulo left here at 8 Monday morning 'to take Mrs. Don Courtnage a Havre hospital. Three hours later they were still unreported at Havre. - About this time word _was. re- ceiced that the Luther Bain family was wanted at a Havre hospital as Mr. Bain's condition was serious. A convoy was quickly organ- ized and left here about 11:30 to take the Bain family to Hav- re, find and pick up the Court - Doges, who still hadn't reported at Havre, and to bring back a load of milk and bread for the community. Several different vehicles made up the convoy. Bill Con- quergood and his four wheel drive tractor went as far as Box Elder. Lawrence Ophus and his bus carried the Bain family and thc following men went along equipped with shovels.: ill 'Burley, M. L. DiCherd, Clem Ul- men, Leo Faber, Julius Peter- son, Vernon Ophus, John Fras- er, Leland Atkison, Ken Morris and Bill Ojala. Harley Hurd used his own car and carried Walter Hetrick and Carl Curtis with him. The Hi -Way Chevrolet wree- Icor made the run carrying Glen Brannagan, Bud Gullickson and Jack Fisher. Word was received here about 2 o'clock that the convoy had reached Havre and that the Courtnages had arrived a short time previous, a snow plow from Havre having r_ ached them at Fort Assinniboine. *-- Altar Society Meeting Held Friday, April 2nd On Frfday, April 2, the St. Margaret Mary's Altar Societ s - met in the Church Club Room with Pres. Mrs. Walter Kaste tended the dame at the Vet's conducting the meeting. Club. During the business. session Mrs. Kaste reported on the new Local P.T.A. To Meet cupboards that the Altar So- ciety had installed in Father Wednesday, April 13 baltussen's kitchen, also on the . The April P. P.A. m , cetinif w:11 St. Patrick pot -luck dinner. Plans were made to clean ths church for Easter ffollowims the Good Friday services. Ths ladies are to bring their own cleaning untensils. Following the business meet- ing Mrs. J. J. Gibbons gave a very interesting and enlighten- ing talk on her trip to Mexico, pet taining mostly to the churches there. Mrs. Walter Kaste and Mrs. Johr Balazek served luncheon knowing the meeting. Left To Take Two Month Course In Scientology Mrs. Judith McCarley of Great Falls, daughter of Mr. and Airs. John Sanford of Eagleton Community, left for Phoenix. Arizona the 22nd of March to take a two month course at the Hubbard Institute of Scient- ology. She will have the distinc- tion of being Montana's first Certified Scientology Auditor. Her mother and sister-in-law. Mrs. Gail Morris and Wanda 1 Mrs. Henry Koplin and Danny Mrs. Phyllis Sandford are taking care of her chldren while she's American Legion Aux. Hostess To Dist. No. 2 The Big Sandy American Le- gion Auxiliary was hostess for the District No. 2 spring meet- ing March 26. Mrs. Dan Sargent of Chinook, President of Dis- trct No. 2, presided over the meeting, which was held in tht) grade school building. Working with her was Mrs. Frankie Rich- mond, Secretary Pro. Tem., also of Chinook. AIrs. Agnes Cox Distinguished guests attend- ing the meeting were Depart- ment President, Mrs. Agnes Cox, of Chinook, Department Junior Activities Chairman, Mrs. Fred Froebel, of Brady, and Depart- ment Music Chairman, Mrs. Ben Da% pett, of Havre. The Big San- dy Unit presented rose corsages to the distisguished guest, Mrs. Dan Sargent, and Mrs. FI-ankie Richmond. Election of officers for the following year wa4 the main bus- iness of the day. The following are the new officers of District No. 2, American Legion Auxili- ary: President: Mrs. Susie Slau- ghter, Havre, Mont.; 1st Vice President: Mrs. Neil Sheppard, Chester Mont.; 2nd Vice Pres- dont : Mrs. W. H. Keup, Big Sandy, Mont.; Historian: Mrs. Alice Schuele, Havre, Mont.; Sargent at Arms: Mrs. Bettis Smith, Malta, Mont.; Chaplin: s. Roy Gutcher, Joplin, Mont. Big Sandy Band Annual Meeting Participates In Of Big Sandy SCE, Music Festival Held Here Attendence at the annual me - The Big Sandy band, boys' and girls' chorus and individual eting of the Big Sandy SCD was soloists participated in the Dis- about the same as in recent trict 7 Music Festival held at yars as 105 conservation mind- ed farmers, ranchers and other Havre Friday and Saturday. Schools from Cut Bank to interested persons registered. Harlem were entered in t h e District chairman Walter Boet- tcher opened the meeting and Festival. _ introduced Pastor Oliver C. Bit - der t h e direction of Robert tleson who gave the invocation. Wooley, local music director, Supervisor Ray Reichelt report- ed on the accomplishments and were rated as follows: problems of the District and Boys' chorus III rating Girls' chorus II rating brought out that while much Band III rating had been done to conserve soil Janet McKeever, twirling, and moisture there is still much rating to be done especially in the way Helen LaBuda, twirling, II of water erosion and proper rating range management. Reichelt al - Janet McKeever, soprano solo I so remarked on the problems tho LI rating D;strict has to contend with in Janet McKeever, piano solo, H rating Bob Dyer, tenor solo, III rat- ing Several members from the Big Sandy groups were chosen to appear in the Feature Chorus and Feature Band Members appearing with the Featuna Chorus were, Jeanic. Atkinson, soprano; Esther. Berg alto; Bob Allderdice, tenor; Arlen Ojala, tenor; Alvin Don- ner, bass. Members of the Feature Band were: Lowell Svenntingsen, Bill Tuffley, Sandy 'Rickert, Carol Madison, Caroline DeWinter, Barbara Ophus a n d Shirley Turk. The Feature Band and Chorus nart;cipated in a public concert Saturday night at 8 p.m. Charles Geiser Passed Away, Funeral Mor. Charles V. Geisar Sr., 77. passed away Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 11th, at 2 p. m.at the Methodist Church in Big Sandy. Kenneth McKenzie, Former Resident, suit raising funds to finance the var- iuos activities, of the District. He sukted that while a Soil Conser- vation District is given every assistance from governmental agercies in the way of technical personel, it is left entirely on its own to raise the money to fi- nance its own activities. The District report was fol- lowed by a period of very enjoy- able music renderd by Janet Mc- Keever, Lowell Svennungsen and Sandra Rickerd. Mildred McKe- evei also led her second grade chorus in several songs. Featured speaker of the day was M. D. Burdick, Area Con- servationist from Great Falls, who gave a very interestng and informative talk on proper range management. Following Mr. Burdicks talk the entire assemblage divided into five s.eperate groups to dis- cuss topics assigned to them. Discussion topics and leaders were, \How can we get our far- mers and ranchers conservation minded\ led by Mack Quinn: \How should conservation be taught in our schools\ led by I Crerdon Tyler; \How can a clis- I ref - . finance its. self\ led by Ray I Reichelt; \What can we do to improve range martgement\ asses way le.1 by Dale Skaalure; and \How I can farmers, ranchers, techni- Kenneth McKenzie, brother- ! cians and county agents work in-law of Archie McMillan's, , together more effectively\ led passed away Saturday morning, ' by April 2nd, at Van Nuys, Calif. I Leland Cade. Following the ' discussion period reports wers Mr. McKenzie is well known given as to the findings of each here by the old timers as he ran group. These were all very inte•_-- a store, located IN here the Star- esting and reflected an interest After the meeting the ladies Way Texaco is now, from 19 lti and understanding on the part joined the men for a social hour ts 1926. He left here in 1926 aril of the participants which can - at the Vet's Club. At 6:30 a tur- went to Oregon and then to Cres- i not be brought out except with key banquet was held in the new cent City, Calif., where he ran a the use of discussion groups. school building. After the ban- ncvelty store for 20 years before Suggestions and ideas coming quet many of the members at- moving to Van Nuys.. ' coming from these group discus - 11( is survived by his wife arid sions will be of great help to the daughter, a br Aher, Louis, of supervisors in planning a Dis- * Toronto, Canada, and a brother. i trict program. Jack, of Medicine Hat, Canada. 1 Ballots were counted at 3:00 • * , , oclock and announcement vsTa Returned From Hospital . nu - ,de that Walter Hettrick and Oden Blockhus went to Great Mack Quinn had been elected as be held in the Community Hal Falls Friday to get his brother, supervisors to replace Bill Drake on Wednesday. th- 13th. It will . . begin promptly ;1' ':O0 p.m. vk ith a perforrna::t!. by the 2nd grade Square - Dancers. Busin- es ; will follow. This is an import:ant meeting as there will be election of of- ficers. The nominating com- mittee has a selection for your approval. Mr. Ray Reiehelt will speak Falls, where she had been for on Soil Cons2rvation and ex- plain the workshop that is several days for a medical check be - jug planned for our teachers. Lunch will be served. So come on out to Your P.T.A. meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 Mrs Arthur Lohse returned . home after a three week's visit Don Courtnage Elected Mayor, One Tie Vote For Trustee In Ward 2 p.ns Here From Missoula with her mother in Spokane. Her Kay Visson and Rose A n n sister, Mrs. Wm. Atkisson, re- turned with her and stayed over Miller of Missoula spent the week end here. Kay remained a. day b t o help celebrate Art's til! Tuesday due to the critical birthday. illness of her grandfather, Lu- ther Bain. Went To Turner up. Returned From Spokane Tuesday Evening Callers Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ojala, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Petersen and went to Turner Saturday to1 were Tuesday evening callers I spend the week with relatives. I at the Lou Lawrepee home. 0111S, o a en in e ea- ; and Harley Darlington. coness Hospital for* several we- Last item on the program was eks. Louis will be at his home I the drawing for door prizes con - here during his convalescence. I ducted by Gordon Tyler and Ray Medical Checkup A man. Lucky winners wer e Walter Hettrick, Rev. Halaas Jeanne Lawrence reLurned arc! Leo Bitz. home Thursday evening from Following the meeting a free the Deaconess Hospital in Great lunch was served to all by the Big Sandy Rotary Club. Guests At Parsonage Guests at the Lutheran Par-' sinage Palm Sunday week end Don Courtnage, new Mayor Cancer And The H -Bomb In a hydrogen bomb attack on an unidentified American city of 1,240,000 population, 49 per cent would escape death if they received advance warning and took precautions. This estimate was made public in Washington a few months ago by Civilian Df fense Adminestrator Val Pet erson. In an attack by cancer, the mtion's. No. 2 killer, Americans have a 50 per cent chance of es Ca ping death if they receive warning and obtain early, ade- quate treatment. So American Cancer Society statistics indicate Mr. Petgrson disclosed that the government was experiment- ing with a warning device that could be installed in a bedroom and be set off by a change in electric current if enemy bomb- ers approached. He predicted that within two years an elabor- ate detection system would be able to warn target cities from two to six hours ahead of an ene- my bomber raid. The Cancer Society is conduct- ing a year-round, Nation-wide ; program to apprise the public of the warning symptoms of that disease, and how vital it is to have prompt medical attention, ' s(1 that the present high death toll from this cause may be steadily cut down. Cancer often gives early warn- ing by one of seven common dar.- gei signals which can be easily observed by people generally. But. to detect some of its sneak attacks in an early stage the ()b - servers must be physicians. Billions of dollars are being spent by the government for sisper-range jet planes and guid- ed missiles of tremendous power, as a defense against hydrogen or atomic born at!' r.t7tiers. In contrast, the ACS is seek.. ing the comparapvely modest total of 24,000,00 dollars in its annual educational and fund- raising crusade, while preparing for a knockout offensive against cancer by supporting research and stimulating discovery of ne w, more effective medical weapons against cancer. We feel sure no one in this community will want to shirk the oppor1/uni4 to contribute and thus play a part in continu- ing the national Society's cam- paign to control this malady, aid patients, and carry on both pro fessional and public education about cancer and the possibilitieF of cure for sufferers. were Miss Dolma Fossen of Billings and Otto and Leonard JUNIOR PLAY POSTPONED Knootnerus of Virgelle. Visiting Here Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Henning. of Minneapolis, were house guests at the Giebel home. Due to the storm and the con- sequent road conditions for the next week, the Junior Play has been postponed until Wednesday April 20th. There will be a matinee Tuesday, April 19th at 2 p.m. Heine For Easter Harold Snow and 'Donna Mad- AMBULANCE RUN imn arrived home Thursday Mary Haaland was taken to a from college to spend Easter va- Havre hospital Saturday after- crtion with home folks. !TOOL Despite severe weather con- ditions a good representation of the town voters turned out for electon held Monday. Don Courtnage was elected Mayor over Verlin Hurd by a margin of 88 to 63. The vote for Mayor in Ward 1 was Court- nage 50, Hurd 28; in Ward 2 Courtnage 38, Hurd 35. Three write-in votes for Mayor were cast, 1 for Hal Mathews and 2 for Ralph Prater. Budd Beaudette a n d Wm. Conquergood were elected Al- dermen from Ward 1, complete results from that Ward are as follows: Bud Beaudette 62 Vern Richter 30 Ray Amen 15 Wm. Conquergood 50 Jack Fisher was one of the successful candidates in Ward 2. The other Alderman's job is open due to a tie vote, 34-34, between two of the candidates, Charles Hansen a n d Alfred Rice. The law, in case of a tie, requires that the County Com- missioners lappclint nn eligible party to take this job. Complete results from Ward 2 were: Jack Fisher 50 Alfred Rice 34 Charles Hansen 34 Albert Gustofson 27 John Mahood 1 (write-in) The new council will take over its duties in May. Kenneth Chauvet New School Trustee The turnout of voters at the school district 11 election Sat- urday was cut down somewhat by the storm, but a fair percent- age t of voters managed to turn The special 10 mill levy to be used for building repairs, etc. passed by a comfortable margin 100 for, 35 against. The contest for school trustee was close with Kenneth Chau- vet edging out Frank Balazic 75 to 71. Senior Choir Of The Methoist Church To Give Musicale The Senior Choir of t h e Methodist Church will give an Eister Musicaie on Easter Sun- day, at 4:00 o'clock p.m. at the church. Under the leadership of 1Viis Charles Simpson. the choir will sing the story or the Cru- cifixion and the Resurrection of Christ. Miss Janet McKeever, guest soloist, will sing \The Holy City\ accompanied b y Judy Bush; and the Junior Choir will do a number, also accompanied by Miss Bush. Members takng part are Mrs. Arthur Lohse, Mrs. M. L. Pet- ersen, Mrs. Ted Roberts, Mrs. Mack Quinn, Mae Pet erse n, Judy Bush, Gail Hagan, Mrs. Wilmer Kennedy, Mrs. Floyd Handford, Judy Lohse, Deanna Hurd, Wilma Krumsick, Ray Giebel, Allen Lohse, Gary Hen- derson, David Tyler and Art Kaiser. Mrs. Ray Giebel is the organist. Included in the program are the following numbers: \Hosan- na in the Highest\ Herman yen Berge, by the choir; \Ride on in Majesty\ Henry Hart -Mu - man, done by the Men's Chorus; \Only a Whispered Prayer\ I. H Meredith, by the choir; \Midnight in the Garden\ W. B. Tappan, Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Simpson; \And He, Bear- ing the Cross, Went Forth', John Newton, Miss Lohse and Miss Hurd; \Now upon the First Day of the Week,\ choir; \The Redeemer Triumphant\ Mrs. Simpson; \Lift up your Heads\ choir; \The Holy City\ Miss Keever; \All Hail, ;Immanuel\ by the choir.