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Wednesday, July 16, 1975 - THE RIG TIMBER PIONEER - P * e 3 ¡r'if, . Í /, ,îl.ï i , \>, '• . i -, .•»■*,*/•* . *>.■ .X.V, vfN.v’ -V ,-\• '} ■, . \ -■.:Y• X ...... f ^ v ;- :. 0- J-‘ - A. » i* » « # W - . / * # l ' ^ * i S 1 4 r' y* '¿ .. « ••« ' , V !. ' '• ' ' v ' V r - J: \ A GARBED IN sun hit «ad long sleeves, lliressa Clark heaves another pitch fork of hay. [Pioneer photo 1 S t a c k i n g h a y j u s t p a r t o f l i f e f o r M r s . C l a r k By LINDA GENTRY They say that life begins at 40. For some, perhaps it docs. But applied to Thressa Clark, the old adage is anything but accurate. At 69, when most persons her age are living in re tirement, she is not. Mrs. Clark is a ranchwoman whose work and activity could put someone half her age to shame. She still rides a horse and, last week, she hauled load after load of loose hay in her “spare time”. She says it takes about an hour to load the half ton of hay on to the pickup and another hour to unload it. “But that's when Tm by myself.” She hauled the hay loose because she only had seven tons and she does not have the equipment to bale it. She proudly admits that she can put a ton of baled hay in her pickup when she buys it during the winter. THE SWEET Grass County native, who says she has lived on a ranch all her life (and cannot seem to get away from it), says, “I like to pitch hay. I’ve done it since I was a little kid. I enjoy it, but most men don’t. They think it’s work. “Senior citizens always wonder why I don't come down to the Senior Citizen's Hall. This is one of the reasons,” she says flinging a forkful of hay onto the stack. “I’m interested in it. I would like to go sometime. 1 probably will,” she says. But she notes she dropped out of a garden club because she could not find time for it in her busy schedule. Although her schedule is busy, Mrs. Clark still finds time to visit friends at the Pioneer Home. She says she wishes more people would take time to visit the home's residents and take younger children. “They enjoy children so much,” she says, noting people seldom take young sters to visit there. The mother of three feels strongly about family and family tics. Young people often leave home and neglect their obligation to their parents, she says. They should at least write, she adds. While parents realize that children have their own lives and interests to pursue, Mrs. Clark says they ao not like to be forgotten. ADJUSTING THE floppy, brown straw hat on her head, she admits that people won der about her energy and activity. “I’m never bored. I don’t have time. I can’t even get my reading in.” For about six years after her first husband died, Mrs. Clark ran her 640 acre ranch alone. “I sold it to my son when I got to where I couldn’t run it by myself.” Her son, Erwin “Sonny” Mack, bought the ranch about two years ago. While she was running the ranch, Mrs. Clark herded 35 head of cattle with a pickup truck. “I was working in town and, when I got home, I had to go see the cattle,” she explains. There always was not a horse available, so she used the pickup. “I found I could cut cattle with a pickup, so I used it.” Although she has lived in town for the past two years, Mrs. Clark says she \always had this acreage and I kept my chickens.\ In addition to the chickens, she also keeps a cow and calf. 1975 valuations lower A decrease in livestock valuations and a possible de crease in the number of cattle in the county are considered factors in a lower 1975 taxable valuation. Assessor Marvin Barber this week announced that the 1975 valuation for the county is $7,345,224—a decrease of $243,172. “As a whole the county valuation is down from last year,\ Barber said Tuesday. The decrease could have been more had a property valuation change on residential lots in Big Timber not been ordered during the past year. The city’s taxable valuation Meetings SADDLE CLUB About sixteen members of the Big Timber Saddle Club met last Friday evening at the Dugout, The September H o r s e Show was discussed. There will be classes for adults, juniors, 12 and under. More information will be released at a later date. This Sunday (July 20), the clu’ will sponsor an invita tional OMok-See. Other clubs are being invited. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Clark have donated buckles for the boy and girl with the highest points at the end of the show. Also during the evening's business, Saddle Club mem bers voted to join District H2, which includes Helena, East Helena, Anaconda and Deer of $1,765,542 represents an increase of $107,268 over last year's valuation of $1,658,274. Property owners last win ter received notifications of changes in property values in the city. The decrease represents the first drop in valuations in several years. Between 1973 and 1974, the valuation in creased by seven per cent. The year before, between 1972 and 1973, the increase was 5.9 per cent. Taxable valuations are used by county commissioners in determining mill levies. The higher the valuation, the more money each mill will raise. If valuations arc smaller, higher levies are needed to raise the same amount of money. The c o u n t y valuation breakdown includes: County real estate $3,868,399; county personal property, $189.871; county corporations, local, $35,212; county corporations, department of r e v e n u e $1,074,689; mineral reserva tions, $12,688; c\ty real estate $1,391,803; city personal pro perty, $77,164; city corpora tion local, $16,703; city cor porations, department of re venue, $89,579; motor vehicle, $578,795; treasurer's l i s t , $10,339. Coming up Tennis tourney set Meetings of interest FRIDAY, July 18— Sweet Grass County High School Board of Trustees, 7 p.m., SGHS. SATURDAY, July 19—Pioneer Day, in and adjacent to Big Timber City Park. Activities begin with noon barbeque. SATURDAY, July 19—“Shakespeare in the Park\ performance, 7 p.m., Big Timber City Park. Free admission. MONDAY, July 21—Sweet Grass County Commis sioners mid-month meeting, 9 a.m., courthouse. MONDAY, July 21—Big Timber City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m., City Hall. THURSDAY, July 24—Dailey Brothers Circus, 6 and 8 p.m., Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds. FRIDAY, July 25— Sweet Grass County Planning Board hearing on a preliminary plat for the proposed Sweet Grass Addition, east of the present city limits. Hearing 8 p.m., Courtroom, Courthouse. Melville notes An adult singles tennis tourney is scheduled by the Human Resource Develop ment Council (HRDC), ac cording to Sherm Schuster and Tony Breitbach. Men and women, over 18 years of age, will compete separately in the tournament which begins Friday evening, July 25, and continues all day Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. Participation is free and persons wishing to compete should attend a meeting 7:30 p.m., July 24 at the Dugout. Participants will sign up and a drawing for the firsbround match will be held at that time. A single elimination tour nament is scheduled; once a participant loses, he is out of the compeition. Elizabeth Whidden is the official. some goslings and, until recently, a saddle horse on the five acres near the cemetery on West Fourth Avenue. \I used to think I couldn’t live unless I had a horse to ride everyday.\ \They used to say I was bom on a horse, but I wasn’t,\ she laughs. “I’ve had horses fall with me, sprained my arm, broke my leg. . . ” But still she rides when she has time. She says she acquired the goslings when a friend gave her some eggs and she put them into a hen’s nest. They hatched. Mrs. Clark's roots run deep in Sweet Grass County. 'Tve never really lived anywhere else. I’ve been other places, but never to live.\ Her grandfather, Dick Nc- vin, was one of the first men to settle here. \He was probably here before it was even a county,\ she says. Looking from the hay in the pickup to that in the stack, Mrs. Clark said, \I hauled five of these loads yesterday, but I’m not going to make that many today. I’ll be luck) if I can make four.\ Women to meet The Christian Women’s Club will meet 7 p.m., July 24, at the Lutheran Parish Hall. The speaker for the evening will be Lila Baer, Helena, and a special feature will be music by the Golden Age Warblers. A lawn salad bar is planned. For reservations, call Gerry Recker at 932-2036. By BOBBI FELLOWS PlMMe 932-2470 Over the past several weeks, the threat of water— here, there and everywhere, has presented at various times a real hazard for many ranchers living in the area of the waterways. Fences, water tanks, culverts and bridges have fallen victim to the forces of nature. Some people moved out of their home tem porarily to await the eventual return to within the natural water beds. Yet, in spite of the in conveniences of the potential danger, this same life giving force has brought about a bounty of magnificent waving grass and crops which are beautiful to the eye of the beholder. Work in the fields is pro ceeding “full speed ahead\ and many a young man is grateful for the brief respite the occasional shower pro vides. Mom, busy in the kitchen and garden is ever ready to make that quick dash to town, for the “parts\ which always pick an inopportune time for need of repair. The grind and grime of the summer’s fast paced routine brings to mind some of those more leisurely years when there was tim e for an occasional picnic with friends (complete with the freshly made, hand turned ice cream); an evening of swimming or a quiet Sunday spent at Church and with friends perhaps winding up with songs of fellowship around the friendly old piano. It’s not too late yet. you know; summer is still here! Mrs. Jim Davis, Jeff and Darren spent the week with friends in Whitefish. They also attended the Assembly of God Bible Camp at Hungry Horse. Capacity crowds at the College of Great Falls Theatre this summer are enjoying the musical performances pre sented by “Summer Show case”, the summer theatre group whose participants have gathered from Oregon, Utah and various points in Montana. Summer Showcase is currently presenting “Two by Two” (the story of Noah’s Ark) which will run until July 20. “110 in the Shade\ is scheduled for July 24-August 9, and \George M” (the life and songs of George M. Cohen) August 14-29, should provide a really great finale for the group’s summer en tertainment. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fellows recently enjoyed the group’s first show, a SUPER presen tation of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Try ing”. A typical man, Jim reports he only attended because his daughter, Linda, is the Rehearsal and Or chestra Accompanist. Natur ally, she did a grand job. (We're not prejudiced!) The whole production was so enjoyable we're planning a return trip for “George M.\. If you’re interested in attending any of the shows, perfor mances begin at 8:15 p.m. and tickets are $3.50. W e ' r e c l e a n i n g t h e s h e l v e s and you can save .... Come in while supplies last. BI im , Groan, Rod, Black PEN S ............ Cellophan«, R«g. 3 9 e T A P E ........... 1 0 1 0 Assortment of 1975 Calendars Almost Free Special pricot on ink, \Thank You not««\ guest checks, and some pencils. Big Timber Pioneer # Circus tickets on sale Advanced sale tickets are now on sale for the Dailey Brothers Circus, scheduled to perform two shows in Big Timber July 24 at the Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds. The circus, the first in years to visit Big Timber, is being sponsored by the Big Timber Lions Club and the Sweet Grass County CowBelles. Ed Argenbright, L i o n s president, says advanced sale tickets, at $1.50 each (adults and children) are being sold by Lions Club members and by CowBelles. Tickets at the tent, the day of the per formance will be $2. 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