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• tt VOL. XXXVIIII s t, 4 14DOIS Subscription $2.00 Per Year Op /04 :: 444c 44,, q 2 ( ,)NDS.PcNNT,DEtirr_ ) LEDGE R T N ,), FL Thompson Falls, Montana, surrounded by majestic mountains, towering forests and thundering waterfalls is one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in the Pacific Northwest. A recreational paradise abounding in game. This paper, located at the county seat, reflects this community, its hopes, ambitions, and loyalties. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1942 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA OTHER TOWNS Follow Suit We read in the Hamilton West- ern News edited by Miles Romney Jr., that the local Hamilton high school has instituted a course in forestry training to equip local high school students for forest positions for the coming summer. This is exactly the same course as was instituted at Thompson Falls under the suggestion of Su - pervisor C. S. Crocker of the Cab- inet. Supervisor Crocker is a booster and we are fortunate tc have a man of his calibre in our midst. After the publicity given on the Thompson Falls forest course all over the state other schools wish- ed to start similar courses, but only schools where forest head- quarters are located can con- venietly undertake this form of training. The students who take the course get regular credits ap- proved by the State Superinten- dent. At Hamilton about 40 boys are enrolled. SURVIVAL A number of years ago we pre- dicted that in the years to come there would be fewer and fewer independent newspapers sur•riVL the, terrific competition of the modern machine age and / trend toward monopolization. We pre- dicted that c ily those papers that were efficiently operated and man- aged would pull through, and those left in the field would be strong and influential and amply capitalized. Our predictions have been borne out by recent directory listing of established newspapers. There are only a few over 80 independent publishers left in Montana. Before 1930 there were over 140. There are more than 80 independent pa- pers published, but only a few over 80 publishers listed, because one publisher may get out two Rapers on the same press, giving each par a different title, but it is all one paper just the same so to speak. In the last five or six years 35 papers closed up in Montana. In the near future there will, from all indications, be another five or six close. There are many towns in the state much larger than Thomp son where papers have been dis- continued. Of course, many of the closings were where there were several papers fighting in a crowd- ed field for survival and finally the strongest paper drove out its weaker competitors. The capital- ization necessary to start a first class paper makes it impossible to start a competition paper now, whereas years ago papers started up right and left with an old job precs and a few cases of type, the same as in other lines of business. WHAT OUR SOLDIER BOYS ARE DOING Quite a few of our local high school graduates have received commissions or are now training for military positions. Halvor Ekern and Jack DeMers are com- missioned. Robert Heater, Bob Ra- cket, and Gerald Green air corps cadets are either by this time com- missioned or in line for officer scmmissions. Others we feel sure will eventually be commissioned or have been commissioned by this time, such as Bent Kendall in the air corps at Pearl Harbor. A com- mission appointment in the U. S. Army denotes qualities of leader- ship and capacity. This community can be proud of the record of its young men. We must not forget Bob Larson a local H. S. graduate who has been a commissioned officer for some time in the regular army. Another young man who will soon be commissioned is Hugh Milleson. Hughie, as we call him, was a regular enlisted man sta- tioned in Alaska. Some time ago he took the examination for of- ficers training and passed, but his turn for training did not come up until recently. We have now been advised that Hughie has been transferred to officers' training •school all the way from Alaska to Ft. Be.nning, Ga. klugh Milleson has the front, appearance and the qualities, we predict, that will make him a good officer, especial- ly since he came up from the ranks. Any small town that has a good progressive paper can feel proud of the fact. An editor who pays his bills and fights for the interest of his community is an asset to any town. The principal factor in support of a small town paper is loyalty. If a town hasn't loyalty no paper can survive. Of course even with loyalty many towns are losing their papers because they are too poor, and impoverished and underpopulated to support any- thing but mimeographs. An editor who can stay in bus- iness in these days of terrific com- petition from the big chain news- paper dailies and high-speed vol- ume print shops is to be com - plimented on his personal ability, not condemned because he is in- dependent and refuses to be dic- tated to or follow orders from some small clique or selfish bus- iness group. A small town that has a good paper invariably is a taiwn that is made up largely of public spirited and loyal citizens. There are lots of other young fellows from this community that will likely be commissioned before this war ends. 'If you are one of cur subscribers 1 and your son earns promotion let us know about it so we can mention him with the rest of the boys whom we are proud of. In fact they don't need to h officers. A good soldier who fights is as good as an officer. You know when a country faces seril we have to advance young men with leadership-Aos-seorranis - sions. In peace time the average army becomes stilted with a pro- fessional class of officers, who are graduates of famous academ- ies and universities, have social and family connections, and are just splendid at the tea table and social functions with the ladies, typical of the British army which the army closely patterned. The Russian army is made up of men from the ranks who earn their promotions and they are the only ones able to hold the German machine so far. The caste con- sciousness of the American and British armies normally, the La- dies Home Journal lately pointed cut, is the weakest link in our military preparedness. The men feel there is no chance for them to step up, and the cake -eating socialites who strut around with natty uniforms are conceited and often dumb. It takes men to fight wars, men from the farms and small towns, men who are men regardless of whether they are good golfers and know how to pro- perly escort the ladies or wear the right frat pins. Wars are fought by men in mud and muck, not by gentlemen. We must continue to democracise our army to bring out its fierce fighting qualities. Stuffy military bea.uracracy must be dumped in the lake. And these officer gentlemen who only keep company with women having so- cial standing should be relegated to the tea rooms of Washington, and kept off the front lines. GOVERNOR HERE 1 Home Work DAVDY, ARE You H4vIN6 , VOUBLE warEi YOUR , AR irtimenc. Tool Again Champions Of The District Governdr and Mrs. Sam C. Ford of Helena were week end visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Shallenberqer. The Governor, in spits of his heavy official duties, just fit.cl to come over to visit his new granddaughter. Forest Course Starts School News The grade school children pur- chased a total of $242.50 in defen- se stamps and bonds during the month of February. This is an in- crease of $130.25 over last month's sales. The sixth grade headed the list with purchases amounting to $77.80. The following educational films are being shown thin week through out the various departments: Body Framework, An Airplane Trip and Safety in the Home. The kindergarten and first grade pupils enjoyed a musical treat on Tuesday when Mrs. Mentzer en- tertained them with a number of xylophone selections. Miss Beuwith a representative of the Montana School of Nursing will talk to the high School girTS at 1 p. in. on Friday, March 6. The forty-five boys enrolled for the forestry course began classes at 3:15 March 4th and will con - tinue to meet each Wednesday at that time until school closes on May 22nd. These boys will be instructed by the following members of for- estry personnel: C. S. Crocker, H. Harris, M. Walker; R. Fre,m- ming and Mr. Johnson. These men are all specialists in various fields and the course promises to be in- teresting as well as educational. Two field trips have been plan- ned, one on May 2, the other on May 9. Each boy successfully completing the course will re - ceive high school credits for his efforts besides a probable oppor- tunity of a summer job. the first quarter. Thompson Falls held the lead at the half 11 - 12. Then in the third quarter the Thompson team got \hot\ and shot the score upwards for a 7 point lead and a score of 24-17. ThS game ended \frith a score of 27-26 in favor of Thompson. Bob Crosley played an excep- tional game making 8 out of 12 points in the first half. Crosley and Tweedy both fouled out six minutes before - the end of the OM ; The game Saturday night was good but Thompson held the lead from the first and continued to gain throughout the game scoring a 34-27 victory and first in the kdistrict. Wally Graham again was high point man making 17 points for his team. TOURNAMENT Thompson Falls returned from Superior with a well earned Dis- trict Championship. • ' The first game played Wednes- day at 3 p. m. vs St. Regis was close at the half with a score of 18 to 20 in favor of Thompson. Thompson made 13 points in the third quarter and the final score was 44-22. Wally Graham was high point man for Thompson, chalking up 27 points. Cahoon of St. Regis lead his squad with 14 points, 12 of which we 'made in the first half. Thursday evening, Thompson held a two point lead at the half against Ronan, a seven point lead at the end of the third quarter with a final score of 23-27 hi fav- or of Thompson. Jack Tweedy and Wally Graham tallied 8 points each during this game. Friday night Thompson played its most exciting game against the St. Ignatius team. Mission was leading an 8-4 score at the end of Side Lights On Tournament— Winners Year After Year Thompson Falls took the tour- nament at Superior, winning the district title in basketball for the second year in succession, or the third time in four years. We com- pete at the state. Elsewhere the tournament scores are given. This is a most enviable athletic record for any school. Libby, a town more than tiwce our size, won the northern district cham- pionship for the first time in 28 years. it is a very rare occurrence m most parts of Montana for a school in a town of less than 2,000 to win the district title for more than one year in a row. Once in awhile accidentally a small town school of less than 1,000 peo- ple wins the district honors. Thompson has won the district title again and again in the last twenty years. Though we have gone to the state repeatedly we have never taken honors other than 4th. Here is hoping we win the state West- ern Montana title at Hot Springs and top at Livingston later. Last yelar Hamilton eliminated, this year was tops in the state. Years ago we remember little Darby, a school no larger than- , , Noxon, plunging to the front defeating Great Falls, Butte and the other top - ranking city schools of Mon - tank. The crowd was wild rooting for little Darby, but in the finals Darby lost out against a power state city team. Superior and especially the la- dies of the P. T. A. had the boys and the coach kll enthused when they returned. \The ladies cooked meals and served them cafeteria style and were they nice to us. Even saved ice—cream and pie, that could have been sold, to give to the boys as a treat after the last game.\ Thompson Falls was the most popular team at the tournament. During Saturday nights game one Oalid side of the gym was filled with fans routing for Thompson lead by Jean Engle one of Thomp- son's cheer leaders. Thompson had best defensive record of all the teams. They av- eraged 36 points to opponents 24. Wally Graham was high point man for number of games played making 59 points in 4 games. Williams of Superior made 71 points in six games. Don Graham was evidently the \darling\ of the tournament and liked all the attention showered on him by much admiring mothers. The proprietress of the hotel where the team stayed baked a \victory\ cake and presented it to the team. The team and coach think Sup- erior people one grand crowd and wouldn't mind going over again soon. NEW TIRE BOARD SECRETARY Due to the resignation of W. A. Barto from the Thompson Falls Tire Rationing Board, because of heavy secretarial and detail du- ties involved, Glenn H. Larson was appointed last week end by the Defense Commission to suc- ceed him. Mr. Larson will act as secretary. Mr. Barto found the work too heavy in view of his other responsibilities as President of the First 'State Bank. WANT THE CABINET GORGE STARTED Strong support is being invoked in the interest of national de- fense to immediately start con- struction of the Cabinet Gorge hydroelectric plant on the border of Montana and Idaho. The con- tention is that this power is needed for the tremendous demands of national safety. Of course, if this construction is started it will boom the whole Clarks Fork valley from Thompson Falls west. The War Department engineers have their office at Thompson Falls, but they are not advancing any information whatsoever. They have been here for an extended period of time and will likely re- main here much longer. If this was merely - a prelimiary survey it seems reasonable to assume their work in this community would soon be over. However, the Cabinet Gorge and several other dam projects in the west end are a certainty in time. The government, on a long time survey of relieving unemployment, plans to construct these dams at the conclusion of the war, but if defense necessities compel earlier construction, they may be started sooner. The estimated cost of the Cabinet Gorge will run in the millions. There are many other big things coming up in this com- munity. SOIL CONSERVATION SPECIALISTS HERE ANOTHER REGIS- TRATION COMING UP In March, the United States Employment Service will start an inventory of the Nation's man- power with respect to skills neces- sary to war production, it is an- nounced by Paul V. McNutt, Fed- eral Security Administrator. This Information will be . assembled from a special occupational form, part of a more comprehensive questionnaire which the Selective Service System will send out to all men between the ages of 20 and 44 who registered February 16. Later, the same questionnaire con- taining the special U. S. Employ- ment form will be sent to other civilians between the ages of 18 and 64 — these who have already registered for selective service and those who still have to, so that the Employment Service will have a complete picture of the Nation's male labor resources. The inventory of occupational skills starts with the 9 million men between the ages of 20 and 44 who registered for selective ser - vice February 16. Several weeks later, when these men have been given their serial numbers, the occupational questionnaire will be mailed to each of them - The spe- cial form to be filled out for the Employment Service carries a few simple questions designed to bring out the registrant's major and secondary occupational skills, in any of 20,000 jobs. In addition there is a list of 225 jobs, many of which are vital to war produc- tion, attached to the question- naire, and the worker is asked to check his experience and abilities against them. The job names are simple, starting with \account- ant,\ \airplane mechanic,\ and ending with \wire drawer,\ and \wood -working machine operator.\ The documents must be filled out and returned to the Selective Ser- vice local board within five days after receipt. Noren T. Johnson, engineer for the Soil Conservation Service, ar - rived with his family in Thomp- son Palls from Roundup. He will act as the representative of that agency with the Green Mountain Soil Conservation District at Trout Creek. Hill Reik, the District Conser- vator, stationed at Hamilton, is working in the district here now and will have charge of both the Hamilton and Trout Creek Con- servation districts. The district at Hamilton and the district at Trout Creek are the only two in western Montana. F. A. Ralston, whose efforts originally were instrumental in es- tablishing the district at Trout Creek, advises that this is the beginning of the government pro- gram which- will be considerably The special U. S. Employment Service forms will subsequently be forwarded to the appropriate local employment office where they will be examined on the basis of the labor needs of war -production industries. Those registrants who- se self -classification shows that they are already qualified or can be quickly trained for work in es- sential war industries will be ask - ed te come to the office for a fact- finding interview. Workers pos- sessing skills important to war production will be divided into oc- cupational classifications, and those with essential war skills not working in war industry or work considered necessary to the war program or to vital civilian needs but who are willing to be trained and transferred to such work will be given an opportunity to do so. \When the total registration of civilians between the ages of 18 and 64 is completed,\ declared Mr. McNutt, \the United States Em- ployment Service will have a com- prehensive inventory of the oc- cupational skills of 40 million workers. It will be of inestimable value in defining the war efforts of the Nation's manpower.\ NICE DISPLAY The Thompson Falls Style Shop opened in the Mercantile buililing this week by Fay Ferguson, has a nice display of women's inerchan- dise. The opening ad appears on the back page. enlarged in the future. County Agent Ralston has worked long and faithfully on this project. At an early date Mr. ReAk and Mr. Johnson will meet with the officers and directors of the Green Mountain S.C.D. and take up many Important matters. Wm. Bierwagen, president of the Green Mountain S.C.D., and Mr. Reik will be present at a meeting of various Soil Conservation units at Glendive this coming Saturday.