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HI8TORIÖAL SOCIETY'' OF MONTANA H E L E N A . • Canvass Indicates Record Attendance A t Chamber Dinner Movies and slides of scenic Montana will entertain members of the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner in the banquet room of the Elks lodge at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) night. The pictures will be shown to illustrate part of a talk to be made by William Browning, manager of the Mon tana Chamber of Commerce, who will be the main banquet speaker. Advance sale of tickets indi cates one o f . the largest at tendances on record for a Cham ber of Commerce dinner, Presi dent Dan Carpita said- yesterday. President Carpita will outline a 10-point program of activities for the organization during 1956, and past President Frank J, Las- ich will review the record for 1955. Others to be introduced by Lt: Gov. George M. Gosman will include members of the board of directors, and Phil Lovell, Mayor of Dillon. Some of the movies and slides which will be shown by Manager Browning show Bannack, the Big Hole Basin and other scenic tour ist attractions in B e a v e r h e a d county, President Carpita said. Published ir *h*Interests o f Beaverhead County T h e S o u t h The DILLON AJ s p o g lE a j jo j s u - j ~ u r e S t a t e Hawkins Explains Present Status Of Irrigation Project; Results O f Engineering Studies Are Awaited Official County Newspaper : Volume LXV— Number 30 Dillon, Montana — Wednesday, January 25, 1956 ■ Community Committee Urges Parents To Protect Children Against Polio Before Onset of Summer Season The community committee on i new delegates and reviewed : ac- polio immunization decided at its tion taken at the first meeting conference last night that a coun- | Then he called on the representa- ty-wide program of clinical vac- | fives of community groups—ser- cinations will not be undertaken, • vice clubs, parent groups, school but that every available means j and health representatives, for will be Used to spread informa- j their reports. From the reports, tion regarding paralytic polio and , the following factors and recom- also regarding the safety and i mendations were defined: “President Eisenhower’s budget recommendation, to Congress, in cluding the $130,000 item for com pletion of the Reclamation Bur eau’s engineering, study on the East Bench Unit, was good news and is another favorable indica tion for progress on the project,” said W. W. Hawkins, president of the First National Bank, who is secretary-treasurer of the Beaver head Water Development Asso ciation. “Plans have been going steadily forward,” Mr. Hawkins said, when i n t e r v i e w e d Monday. effectiveness of the Salk vaccine. A number of potent .factors in fluenced the decision which came after representatives of half a dozen organizations had reported back from their groups. 1. An. immunization program based on free federally allocated vaccine is inadvisable now be cause of the shortage of doctors; there is a present ready supply of commercial Salk vaccine, and eli Virginia School Children “ Adopt” Beaverhead County Ranch Brands; Now Have Sagebrush in Schoolroom Beaverhead county livestock ’ ping by unnoticed as they went brands were, used at Christmas time to decorate a yule-tree in a school room' at Charlottesville, Virginia. This week pungent Bea verhead county sagebrush will give these e n t r a n c e d . , young “westerners by adoption” an ex otic whiff of our wide open spa ces. y i ~A s another gesture in this meeting of the east and west, 23 ranchers of the county are receiv ing letters from the Virginia chil dren who have “adopted” their brands, and used them to decor ate the tree. It all stems from the visit of a Charlottesville school teacher, Mrs. Evelyn Heltzel, to the Bea verhead Museum. As thousands of tourists did during the summer, Mrs. Heltzel' and her party stopped at the museum to glance about—and found the hours slip- Smouldering Fire From Furnace Ashes Is Quenched Hot furnace ashes which started a smudge in an adjacent pile of rubbish, brought the fire depart ment on a quick run to the, base ment of the Telephone block about 5 o’clock last Saturday af ternoon. Due to the department’s prompt action and the use of suc tion fans that quickly expelled the smoke from the building, no damage is reported to have oc curred. The smell of smoke mingled with the 'odor of burning rubber was noticed some time before an alarm was turned in. The build ing contains the Penney Store, Mountain States Telephone Ex change, the B. A. Risley account ing office, and Mountjoy Flowers and Gifts, ajl on the first floor. The second floor contains pro fessional and government offices. The smoke, made more notice able with the acrid smell of burn ing rubber, caused a search .to be made -of the various premises when it was first detected, but as there are trash-burning tanks in alley areaways, the smell was at tributed to .these until it became stronger and a systematic search revealed the smouldering pile of rubbish near the hot ashes in the basement.bin. When the department arrived and quickly extinguished the smoke, ventilating fans quickly expelled the smoke and smell be fore any damage resulted. An hour or so later the building, ex cept for the telephone exchange, would have been virtually de serted and extensive damage could have resulted. The suction fans or smoke ejec tors used, which proved so effect ive, were designed by Fire Chief A1 Simon and members of the local department, and construc- George Brown, who presided,1 gible children are being impar- summarized the purpose of the tially vaccinated on an office call meeting for the benefit of several basis—with no child -being denied became 6f inability to pay. 2. It appeared doubtful if such an immunization program at this time would add substantially to the number of children who have or will receive shots. It is neces sary to break down fear and re- . luctance first among parents be- i fore any mass inocculation pro- 1 gram could be carried out suc cessfully. 3. : By publicity in the press, by phamphlet distribution, by movies and by using the publicity value of “March of Dimes” activities, (Continued on page 8) from one display case to another. The big “brand board” made a particular impression and after returning home she wrote the Museum concerning it. Secretary of the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce Warren M. Stone, who also acts as museuc custodian during the tourist season, obliged her by sending her a list with facsimile brands. But we’ll let her letter tell the story: 1527 Westwood Road Charlottesville, Va. January 10, 1956 Dear Sir; . Thank you so. very much for the list of ranch brands. We have thoroughly enjoyed using them in (Continued on page 8) Over 300 Mining Locations Are Recorded in 1956 With the mounting interest in radio-active ores, Beaverhead’s normal prospecting and mining activity was given a big shot in the arm last year. During 1955 location notices were filed on more than 300 mining claims in the office of county clerk, Dora Schmittroth. Both radium and thorium ore was claimed to have been discov ered by several prospectors who filed.from one to a score of lo cation notices. But the old stand by metals that have kept pros pectors in Beaverhead county’s hills since early days were still .prominent in the early filings— gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, tungsten—all were mentioned as the major metals sought on a number of claim filings. The Frying Pan Basin, Dyce Creek, Dewey, Vipond Park, the Brown’s lake area, and as always —Atgenta, were outstanding dis tracts for the number of filings made. Toke Contway and John Prohosky File for Offices Harold E. “Toke” fcontway and John Prohosky were the first to enter the 1956 county primaries race, when each filed .his nomin ating petition on the Democratic ticket this afternoon for reflec tion to the offices they now hold. Contway is Clerk of the District Court and Prohosky is a county commissioner, serving from Dis trict No. 2. Prohosky, as senior member, is now serving as chair- “There are a number o f problems ; involved which must be antici pated and dealt with now to avoid future complications.-; ,The corpor ation twhich- will carry on deal- bigs with federal agencies must -, meet government! a c c e p t a n c e standards, and these require ments are being - thoroughly ^ex plored .as part of the incorpora tion process. “The corporation.will be known , as the Clark Canyon Water Sup ply Company. If the engineering studies -are favorable, the way will be cleared for work to .begin —provided of course that the fed eral appropriation is made. “Personally .1 am optimistic, about the project. I believe it can ; ■ and will be carried out—if the future users really want it. It is of prime importance to the farm and.livestock industries of this re gion. We already know that other states are eyeing Montana’s un- ' used supply enviously and hope- ■' fully. Now is the time to protect the fifture of our Own basic: in dustries through a wise provision : for adequate water.” • ' s Corporation directors named in 1 the articles now being prepared by attorneys Carl Davis and Don « (Continued on page 8) VOTERS M A Y REGISTER FOR COMING.ELECTIONS man of the board of commission- i IN OUTSIDE PRECINCTS ers. ‘ , . The primary nominating elec tion will be held on Tuesday, Names of county clerk deputy- registrars- and places at which to the election—on Thursday, April 26. Announcement of the filings was made this afternoon by County' Clerk Dora Schmittroth; Dillon Case Shows Protection In Salk Vaccine Immunization ■ \ ' ' ; While statistics are piling, up daily to prove the safety and reliability of Salk vaccine as a protection against paralytic polio, a local case iyas cited by Dr. R. J. English of the Dillon Polio Chapter at jfie community meeting last night which is impressive evidence at the home town levfel. In Dillon last year there was one case o f paralytic polio—^ happily a mild one. It occurred in a household of three chil-, dren, two of whom had been vaccinated with Salk vaccine. The third child, .not vaccinated, contracted the disease, but in spite of its contagiousness the two vaccinated children remained immune. In 'another case here, a total of almost $3,000 has been used from local and national, (March of Dimes) funds to pro vide proper therapy for rehabilitation of a pbljo victim. This case emphasizes the great cost of treatment once the disease is contracted. Without March .of Dimes funds, thi| could have been a crippling financial burden. , That is why the local polio committee is urging parents of eligible,one to. fourteen-year-old children to go at once to their family physician and have the Salk shots given their young sters—and also urges the need for generous support for the March of Dimes fund. June 6. Filings close 45 days prior (voters may register for the ap- - - ' — - proaching primary and general elections in Beaverhead county were announced this morning by County Clerk and Recorder Dora? Schmittroth as follows:, Lakeview-Monida, Hazel Flint, Leva M. Parki; Lj,ma, Francis M. Merrell, Jr., Clifford Calvert, Mrs.? Hilma Merrell;-Dell, Mrs. Jos. M. Dowling, Mrs; Bill Rule; Arm stead, Miss Sophia Gug§fc; Grants Mrs. Mae C.~ Milliner; Argenta; Ida Hand. - ?' , ' i Glendale - Birdhcreek, M r s : I r e n e K a m b i c h , Mrs. Am elia Kambich; «Bannack-Polgris, Mrs. Laura Judge, Mrs. Lelah Stallings; Jackson, Mrs. Winifred Shepherd, Roy, Jackson;. (Wisdom,.' Don -Anson, Mrs. Kate Hurley; Dei^ey, Ruth Gnose; ■/? Monida Will Be Center of Great Bevelopment Activity as Simplot Mining Project Gets Under Way Beaverhead Post Exceeds 1956 Membership Quota Beaverhead Post, American Le gion, last week end had exceeded its 1956 membership quota with 216 signed up and has now set its sights to pass last year’s total mark of 238, according to Adju- tana Ed Swetish. The assigned quota this year was 202. Paul Temple, known for years as “the one-man membership team” kept a firm hold on his laurels this year by signing up over 100 members. Next regular meeting of the post .will be Thursday, Feb. 9, when plans will be made to ob serve the Legion’s birthday in March with special ceremonies complete with a birthday cake a lighted with- 37 candles, symbolic ted with* the help of the firm o f ; of the. Legion’s organization in Irvine and Cottom. ¡Paris in 1919. A multi-million dollar mining development—the (largest in the recent history o i r Beaverhead county—is planned to get into high gem this spring and sum mer in the Monida-Centennial' Valley area and adjacent Idaho. This is the development by the J. R. Simplot- Company, Of Boise, Idaho, of both open-pit and un derground phosphate mines on Odell creek in the Upper Centen nial and embraces the completion of ore-haul roads on both the Montana and Idaho sides of the Continental 'divide, as well as construction of a 30-mile branch line of the Union- Pacific railroad from Monida. .George A. McHugh, mine man ager for Simplot, has been quoted as saying that the company has been exploring phosphoric for mation • in thè Centennial moun tains since 1950 and that the “op eration in Clark county, Idaho and Beaverhead county, Montana, is expected to be the largest un derground mine in-the west.\ He said that 3,600 acres of-land has been leased from the federal government, and that “we antici pate mining 100- to 150-thousand tons of ore in 1956. Ore haul roads and trucks are «ejected to be used, until the railroad branch line to Odell creek from Monida is. completed, when the tonnage of. ore produced can be greatly increased. THE W EEK ’ S W EATH ER The weather station conducted by L. S. Osborne at Western Col lege recorded a fluctuation dltem-' peratures from a high of 43\to a low of 6 above zero for the week •• beginning last Wednesday, Jam 18 through yesterday, Jan. 24., After midnight last night, how- • ever, . a new cold \yave swtept ■ across the county. At mine o’clock ; this morning stations along the Union Pacific reported the fol- • lowing temperatures—all except Dillon being below zero. Dillon, 0; Barretts, -6; Armstead, -18;. Lima, -10; Monida, -12. . At noon today the Union Paei- fic station thermometer recorded 12 above zero. . ? Daily highs, lows and precipi tation recorded at the college sta tion for the week are, shown below:. ?: Date Day M L ;P Access roads were constructed Jnn. 18 Wednesday ..:— 33 9 .01 ■ last'summer and fall to the pro- Jan- 19 ThiuSday-j...........30 14 — perty through the Centennial Val- J3*1- 20 Friday . ......... —37 19 — ley. and up Odell creek to the J311- 21 Saturday ............39 20 — mining area. .Another road was !\an' «2 Sunday - ---- :......43 ¿1 • - £ . cpnstructed on the Idaho side ! -ian- ?3 Monday .............. . 40 21 .03 from Spencer via Kilgore, .over, the top of the Divide and down (Continued on page 8) Jan. 24 Tuesday ....... __ .33 6 ' Average for week ....36 16 — Total precipitation —; .04-. WSMHf • !■ Sslai «H I F | l 9 M l ■I m g s ■ issai Silas! State Home Demonstration Officers A t the annual m eeting of the Montana ! Hom e Demonstration Agents’ Association, Lura B . Penwell (right) of Beaverhead Connty, was elected president; Lillian Tubb (center) F lat- head County, vice president; Clementine Sitte, B ig Horn County, secretary-treasurer. a