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t of - L e • OCIETY Ste GE HL1Hintorlcal Soclet*IuLdIJA ..rn, Montana Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 53 No. 47 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, January 29, 1959 Single Copy 10i C TO ELECT OFFICERS AT DINNER SATURDAY The annual banquet and elec- tion of officers of the Thompson Falls-Noxon Chamber of Com- merce will be held Saturday night in the Masonic temple. Jack Hallowell, publicity direct- or of the Western Life Insurance Co. and former state advertising director for the state of Mon- tana, will .deliver the principal address. His talk, on tourist pro- motion, will be titled, \The Bon- anza that Just Keeps Coming.\ A. L. Libra will act as master of ceremonies and review the chamber's activities in 1958. M. C. Sutherland, president, will give the welcome and preside during the election of officers. To be elected are a president, vice president, director for • a three-year term & a director for the Sanders County Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term. R. T. Auclair of Trout Creek has been nominated for presi- dent, Mrs. Holliday of Noxon for director of the Thompson Falls- Noxon chamber and H. R. Butte for county chamber director. A vice president candidate will be nominated from the floor. Retiring officers in addition to President Sutherland are Les Nelson, director, Elmer Boyce, vice president, and Wilbur Kom- berec, county chamber director. Or. Mrs. Gerald Green and Mrs. P. B. Banister will present a piano duet as a part of the en- tertainment. Accompanying Hallowell here will be Gordon Platts, who as- sumed his duties last week as state .advertising director suc- ceeding Hallowell. Hallowell, a Montana native, was graduated in journalism from Montana State university in 1942. He has worked for three different daily newspapers in Montana. In Great Falls he was active in community affairs and was named the Jaycee's out- standing man of the year there in 1952. During his 3V2 years as state advertising director, he engi- neered the tour of Montana by Frank Hemingway, west coast newcaster, the first color ad in the state's advertising program in Coronet last spring and pro- duced three tourist promotion movies for the state. The banquet will be served by the auxiliary of the OES. MISSOULA BOMBERS NEXT HAWK FOE The Thompson Falls Blue Hawks take a rest from the rug- ged Northwest Division compet- ition this weekend with only one game on tap—against the Mis- soula Bombers here Friday night. The Hawks fell victims Sat- urday night to the speedy and accurate Libby Loggers, cur- rently riding at the top of the league. Both squads displayed amazing accuracy in field goal shooting as the Loggers won 84 to 70. Sandy Burns, a former Blue Hawk cage star now serving as a playmaker for Coach Bill Raci- cot's squad, was a thorn in the side of the Blue Hawks all even- ing with his deft ball handling and ball stealing. _ After the Hawks grabbed an early lead, the Loggers finally pulled ahead of the Hawks just before the period ended, 22-18. It was the Kond period, that the fast break employed by the Loggers gave the victors their edge. Libby was ahead 44-26 at the intermission. The Hawks outscored the Log- gers in both the third and four- th periods as Coach Steve Previs cleared the bench. Peck topped with 23 for the visitors while B. Denison with 20 and D. Deni- son with 18 paced the Hawk at- tack. Commenting on the game af- terwards, Coach Bill Racicot said his Loggers \were really hot. But, then it's a good thing they were or we would have lost the game, as hot as Thompson Falls was shooting.\ The Thompson Falls B squad defeated Libby 55 to 39 with Jerry Weigand leading the loca scoring with 16 points followe by Hal Denison and Urcle Camp- bell with 12 each. It was Libby's f4'st loss this year. Cage fans contributed $84.93 Knowles Hearing Set in Washington A hearing on proposed pro- jects of the major plan for de- velopment of water resources of the Columbia River basin will be held March 10 in Washington, D. C. by the Corps of Army En- gineers. The hearing is being held at the request of interested parties who desire to submit additional information on the proposed projects, including the Knowles dam on the Flathead river in Sanders county and the Flat- head lake outlet project. Paul K. Harlow, chairman of the Committee for Paradise Dam, has announced he intends to attend the hearing. Visit Spokane Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Cornett went to Spokane Sunday. They were to be there several days. to a fund being collected among all division schools for George White, Ronan player who was injured in a rocket fuel blast at his home Monday of last week. FG FT -M F VerbonCoeur 8 0-1 0 Murphy 8 1-1 4 Fowler 4 2-3 3 Burns 4 1-2 2 Peck 11 ' 2-0 1 Morigeau 2 2-0 0 Stephanson 0 2-0 3 Collins 0 0-0 1 Riggelman 0 0-0 0 Totals 37 10-7 14 Thompson Falls (70) Wollaston B. Denison D. Denison Schmoyer Page Davis Long Marich R. Curran, H. Curran Totals TP 16 17 10 9 24 6 2 84 4 4-1 1 12 9 2-3 1 20 7 4-2 3 18 4 2-0 3 10 1 0-0 1 2 1 4-0 3 6 1 0-0 0 2 0 0-0 1 0 Muster, LaFriniere, 27 14-6 13 70 Chairman Sought For Heart Drive It would be appreciated if any individual (or organization) in- terested in being chairman of a heart fund drive in Thompson Falls would contact Mrs. Don Coe, Plains Heart fund chair- man. The annual nationwide fund- raising campaign which sup- ports the research, education and community service program of the American Heart Assn., its affiliates and chapters, be- gins with the opening of heart month, Feb. 1, aod continues through Feb. 28. The heart fund drive will reach its high point in each town on heart Sunday, Feb. 22, when scores of local volunteers will conduct door-to-door col- lections among their own -neigh- bors. The heart drive is being con- ducted in Plains for the first time this year. Plans have been to have a similar drive in Thompson Falls. Mrs. Coe has the necessary information and supplies for a drive in Thomp- son Falls at her home in Plains. Long Offered New Contract Supt. Everett W. Long , was given a new two-year contract by tire board of trustees of School Dist. No. 2 meeting in a special session Monday night. Board members also voted to increase his annual salary from $7190 to $7500. In extending Superintendent Long's present contract, which expires July ,1, board members expressed the opinion that con- siderable progress and improve- ment in the Thompson Falls school system has been evident for the past several months. The Weather - Date Max. Min. Prec Jan. 21 18 6 0 Jan. 22 26 17 .12 Jan. 23 35 25 .53 Jan. 24 39 34 .72 Jan. 25 45 29 .39 Jan. 26 35 27 .01 Jan. 27 39 31 .10 Little Hope Seen For TR Road Surfacing Soon Little hope for major im- provements to the Thompson river road (designated as Forest Highway No. 56) in the immedi- ate future was expressed in a letter to Mrs. Kristine Kirke - berg by F. M. Griswood, acting supervisor of the Lob o National Forest. The letter to Mrs. Kirke - berg was in reply to a petition sent to the Forest Service re- cently requesting surfacing im- provements. In his reply, Griswold stated \This road will be improved with forest highway funds at such time as funds become avai- lable and those designated as higher priority have been com- pleted. The road is now being maintained to its present stand- ard by forest development road funds augmented by a sizeable sum diverted from revenue de- rived from the sale of timber to the operators. Were it not for the logging operations over this road, it could be maintained only to the standard required for forest administration, which would be a lower standard than that to which it is now main- tained. \We realize the importance of this road to local residents and business places, and regret that funds allotted for maintenance and betterment are inadequate to bring our roads up to the standard we would like to have them. We feel that this road has received at least its fair share of our uaaintenance funds. We are unable to say when this road may be reconstructed with forest highway funds as both the state highway department and Bureau of Public Roads are involved in making this deci- sion.\ Fats Face Slims In Polio Benefit Game The joint community March of Dimes fund raising project will start off tonight at 7 p.m. in the gym with a basketball game between-, 6th and 7th graders. Following this game graders. Following this game there will be an exhibition of baton twirling by Donna Smail, a game presented by the Cub Scouts, a hula hoop demonstra- tion entitled, \Hippy Hoopst- ers, - sponsored by the Women's City Bowling Assn. a basketball game -- between the Fats and Slims, local men's groups, and a band sponsored by the BPW club under the name Tru-Tones. All residents are urged to at- tend the benefit. Tickets are available at the door for those who have not yet purchased them. Wednesday, James G. Ander- son, coach of the slim squad, listed the following team mem- bers for his club: Lyle Smith, Everett Long, Calvin Wilson, Kelly Green, Bob Clark, Dr. C. E. Rosdahl, Norman Knudson, George Reksten and Dick Davis. He said he was still seeking ad- ditional players and that it was hoped the N. P. section gang would arrive in town in time for \Tiny\ to join his players. ADVERTISER—Gordon Platts, newly appointed director of advertising for Montana, will assume his official duties Jan. 21, according to information released by the state highway commission. Platts was born in Monarch 29 years ago and re- ceived his early education in the Plentywood schools. After graduation from the high school in that city, he attended Montana State college, receiv- ing his degree in advertising in 1951. Following his graduation from college, he entered the armed forces and served with the army in Korea. In 1953 he was discharged a first Lieuten- ant. Upon his return to civilian life, he joined the Grand Ra- pids, Mich., Herald as an artist and copywriter. Later the same year he accepted the position he now holds with the advertis- ing department of the Doyle Vacuum Cleaner Co. of Grand Rapids. Mr. Platt is married, his wife being a school teacher who has recently had a text- book published. Platts suc- ceeds Jack Hallowell. Janice Arnold Receives Falls Home Ec Award The 1959 homemaker of tom- orrow for Thompson Falls High school is Janice Arnold. She received the highest score in a 50 -minute written examina- tion on homemaking knowledge and attitudes taken by graduat- ing senior girls. She will receive a homemaking pin which repre- sents the slogan, \Home Is Where the Ileart Is.\ 11er ex- amination ,paper will be enter- ed in competition with those of other school winners in the state homemaker of tomorrow. Each state homemaker of tom- orrow will receive a $1500 schol- arship, an eduaction trip April 4-10 with her school advisor to Washington, D. C., colonial Wil- liamsburg, Va., New York City and Minneapolis, and she will be a candidate for the title of all- American homemaker of tomor- row. The school of each state winner will receive a set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to each state runner-up. Club to Hear Education Talk Mrs. Stephen D. Babcock will present a program entitled, \Re- port Card USA,\ when the Wo- man's club holds its February meeting next Thursday in the clubhouse. Mrs. Babcock will discuss tested results of new educational methods such as teaching foreign languages and typing in the lower grades, and new methods of mathematics in- struction. Hostess for the evening is Mrs. M. J. Sullivan. Icy Roads Delay Cage Fans, Cause Accidents, Restrict Log Hauling Icy roads caused a few cc- cidents over the weekend, slow- ed travel and restricted some logging activity. A busload of Libby High school students coming here for the game was two and one-half hours late in arriving, and, in fact, did not reach Thom- pson Falls until after the game between the Blue Hawks and Loggers was over. The bus traveled down Thompson river and reportedly slid into the ditch twice. The bus driver reported seeing two logging trucks in the ditch and another in the river. Coach Bill Racicot kept his Libby team here Saturday night rather than risk travel over the icy Bull river . road. The cagers slept in the gymnasium and then reportedly returned Sun- day afternoon to Libby via Sandpoint.. Arden Davis, general manag- er of the Thompson Falls Lum- ber Co., reported that log haul- ing operations were suspended Saturday up Thompson river be- cause of the slick roads. Haul- ing was resumed Monday, how- ever. State to Plant Turkeys On Lynch Creek Soon Plans to plant a flock of wild turkeys north of Plains and to recommend to the Montana Fish and Game commission planting of Big Horn mountain sheep east of Thompson river were report- ed to members of the Thompson Falls Lions club Thursday night by Fay Couey of Kalispell, dis- trict wildlife supervisor. Couey said the turkeys will be planted on the Claude Benedick ranch on Lynch creek, three or four miles north of Plains. lie said the habitat there is simi- lar to that found in the Lewis- town and Ekalaka areas, where turkey plantings have been highly successful recently. Wildlife personnel now ate seeking to trap brood stock from the Lewistown flock for trans- planting on Lynch creek, Couey said. As soon as the turkeys are obtained they will be turned lo- ose in the wooded area on Lynch creek. Couey said landowners in the area have already given their permission for the projecto He said the state hopes to transplant a flock of around 35 birds. The turkey stock, known as the Merriman's turkey which is smaller than the Wild turkey found in the east, originally came from Wyoming. Couey along with representa- tives of the Thompson Falls Rod and Gun club inspected possible sheep transplanting areas Thurs- day and decided that the area north of the river and east of Thompson river would' be the best spot. It was in this vicinity that the last sheep was observed in the county six or seven years ago. Inspecting planting sites with Couey were Lyle Smith, presi- dent of the Thompson Falls Rod and Gun club, Duke Sallee, Kel- ly Green, A. H. Cheney and Carl Holmes. Western Sanders county is an historical sheep habitat. They were observed by Lewis and Clark, but were reduced in num- Job Office Places 675 During 1958 Job seekers found 675 jobs last year in Sanders county thr- ough the Thompson Falls Em- ployment AerVice office compar- ed to 606 in 957, Arthur Koenen. manager, disclosed this week. In addition, he said 58 local work- ers were accepted last year for employment in other areas. \In fact, job getting and affil- iated activities of the Thompson Falls employment office showed an average increase of 43 per cent above those of 1957,\ he stated. Also included in his report of accomplishments were 113 em- ployment counseling _interviews last year, up 66 per cent ,from 1957; 138 aptitude and profici- ency tests, up 37 per cent, and 49 farm job placements, up 96 per cent. Koenen aid the 1959 employ- ment outlook in the area is good, with increased activity expected in logging and lumbering and some new starts in road and bridge construction. Frank Cotton Passes at Heron HERON—Frank Cotton, fath- er of Mrs. Bernard Syth of Her- on, was found dead in his cabin near the Syth home Tuesday morning. Death apparently was from natural causes according to Sheriff Wally Britton, who in- vestigated the death with Coron- er Vance Shrider. Mr. Cotton is a retired mail carrier and came to Heron in 1956 from North Dakota to be near his daughter. Other survivors include two sons in North Dakota and two brothers. The body is at the Arider Funeral Home in Plains where funeral arrangements are pend- ing. Enters',Hosoital George Fox, who has been visiting his son in Hot Springs. in confined in the Sanders County General hospital there. ber by the coming of civilization. Couey said the sheep face con- siderable competition from both big game and domestic livestock and are quite susceptible to dis- ease. Couey said that the procedure now is to obtain approval from the state commission for the plant and then obtain permisson from landowners in the area. Most of the land involved is owned by the Forest Service. He said sheep transplanted here would probably be obtained from Wild Horse island in Flat- head lake. A band of from 125 to 140 isheep are on the island. He said a normal plant consists of a group of 15 animals includ- ing three or four rams and the remainder ewes and yearlings. One of the most successful big horn sheep plants is the one made near Kootenai falls bet- ween Libby and Troy. Couey gave no estimate as to when the planting could be ac- complished. The project was initiated last fall by the local sportsman's club. ROUGH FISH THREAT TO FUTURE ANGLING Concern that rough fish will eventually create a problem to the detriment of the trout popu- lation in the Noxon Rapids and Thompson Falls reservoir was expressed by John Gaffney of Kalispell, fish biologist, to the Thompson Falls Lions club Thursday night. Gaffney is in charge of the fishing rehabilita- tion. program in the two reser- voir areas. Gaffney said he believed nearly all of the rough fish in the river were killed last fall. but that the few that remain will provide brood fish that will eventually give trouble later on. \The real trouble will come in three or four years when the fish spawned next spring ma- ture and start spawning them- selvqs.\ The study now being under- taken by the state in coopera- tion with the Washington Water Power Co. will continue for five more years to determine the ef- fect of rough fish, how rapidly they repopulate the reservoir and the eventual fate of trout planted. Gaffney said this year a num- ber of fish in the Thompson Falls reservoir to see how fast they move. downstream and also mark fish in the Cabinet Gorge reservoir to see if they will move through the Noxon Rapids dam. Ile said the trout planting program for the future includes 860,000 already scheduled for planting in Noxon Rapids this year. lie said it was doubtful that more ish would be planted in the -Thompson Falls reser- voir. Ile said he was not as op- timistic about the reservoir here developing good trout fishing be- cause of the fact that no barrier exists to prevent rough fish from moving down into it from upstream. Gaffney said he wants to move his family to Thompson Falls in June after school is out and make this permanent headquarters for the remaining five years of - the study. . He spends 10 months of the year on the rehabilitation program here and two months on Hungry Horse reservoir. Ile pointed out that even if the program here should be a failure from a fishing stand- point, information gained from the study will be useful in other reservoirs. The Clark Fork river is the largest stream in which re- habilitation has been attempted. Previously the largest stream rehabilitated contained only about one-fourth the volume of , water that flows here. Gaffney explained that the trout planting schedule origin- ally called for 800,000 fish per year for three years. However, only 486.000 were planted last fall -400,000 below the Thomp- son Falls dam and 86,000 in the reservoir here. He said the re - son they didn't plant the full quota of 800.000 was because the stream is st'll a river and not a reservoir until it is filled in the spring. Re said the short- age 'would either be made up by. , extending the planting into a fourth year or increasing the number of trout in 1959 and 1960. During the business session, member* voted to spend $650 to complete the interior of the Lions den and furnish the kitc- hen. Club members also vo0ed to send a telegram to the house of representatives supporting an adequate budget for the state parks system and to write Montana's congressional delega- tion urging support of legisla- tion to legalize VHF television boosters. Guests at the meeting were A. H. Cheney, Rodney Arnold and Jake Weigand. BPW to Support Booster Systems Members of the Thompson Falls BPW club voted Tuesday evening to write individual let- ters to our legislators urging the licensing of VHF television booster stations. The program, presented by Mesdames Nor- man Lovhaug. Bob Ireater and Harold Jensen concerned educa- tion, immigration and tariffs on a national level and was follow- ed by open discussion on these topics. . Preceding the program, din- ner was served to the members in the Community Congrega- tional church annex by the dea- conesses of the church. Guests for the evening were Mesdames Rae Thomas, Lenora Stevens and Rhoda Cook of the Hot Springs BPW club; Mrs. Lillian Beamish of the Plains BPW club and Mesdames Norman LaFriniere, R. L. Larson, Wally, Britton, , Earl Tennant, Lester Wills and Miss Geraldine Pratt. FCC to Delay Booster Order WASHINGTON—The federal communications commission will modify its Dec. 31 order re- quiring a change -over from very high frequency television boost- ers within the next 90 days, Rep. Lee Metcalf ID -Mont.) said this week. Metcalf reported that the FCC told the Montana congres- sional delegation it will extend the change -over period to six months. At the end of that time, VHF boosters would have to be re- placed with ultra high fre- quency equipment. The commissioners have also agreed to consider a statutory amendment to permit licensing of low -power facilities such as boosters, Metcalf said. Junior Hi Cagers Defeat Plains Coach Bill Harvey's Thomp- son Falls Junior high basketball squad won its second game of the season Saturday swamping the Plains junior high team 30 to 14 in a game played at Plains. Big Bill Guldseth's 17 points were more than scored by the entire opposition squad. Dick Knabe was second high scorer with eight points. In a preliminary contest - , Thompson Falls' seventh grade team trounced ' their Plians op- ponents 28 to 12. Thompson Falls-Guldseth 17, Franke 1, Jonas, G. Heater 1, Knabe 8, Delong 3, Clark, Lar- son, Eichert, Duffield. Plains— Vacura 5, Carter 4, Thompkins 2, Harvey 2, Stewart 1, John- son, Ardis, Wheeler, Hutchin- son.