Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1959-current, February 12, 1959, Image 1

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HISTORICAL SCiL r y OF MON I - ANA HELENA .4/11 State Historical Society Helena, Montana Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 53 No. 49 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, February 12, 1959 Single Copy 10c SCOUT LEADERS—Thompson Falls' booming Boy Scout and Cub Scout program is under the guidance of these men, who comprise the troop council, and Scoutmasters Ernest Franke and Gerald Miller, shown kneeling in front. Standing in back are, left to right, C. R. Duf- field, finance chairman; Robert Clark, council PATROL LEADERS—Patrol leaders and assist- ant patrol leaders for the Thompson Falls troop are shown above. Kneeling, left to right, Ed- die Freed, Ray Babcock, Gary Heater, Urcle Campbell, assistant patrol leaders; standing, John Duffield and John Kondra, patrol chairman; J. Byron Sanders, camping and out. doors; Melvin Hoy, marksmanship; Harold Shep- ard, cub packmaster and advancement chair- man for the Boy Scouts, and Al Williams, mark- smanship. Also playing a vital role in the cub scout program are the den mothers and their assistants. (Ledger photo) leaders, John DeLong, patrol leader, Harvey Burghard, assistant, and Dale Dufresne, patrol leader. All the boys, except Kondra, receiv- ed merit badges at the court of honor held Saturday night. Kondra recently transferred here from Noxon. (Ledger photo) SCOUTS GIVEN AWARDS AT ANUUAL BANQUET Virtually every Thompson Falls Cub Scout and Boy Scout received an award or some re- cognition at the joint pack meeting and court of honor held Saturday evening in the multi- purpose room in conjunction with the annual blue and gold banquet commemorating the 49th anniversary of the scout movement. The multi-purpose room was filled with scouts, leaders, parents and brothers and sisters of scouts. The program opened with the mess bugle call played by David Shepard and Bill Guldseth giv- ing the invocation. The flag ceremony was performed by a color guard composed of Harvey Burghard, explorer scout, John DeLong, boy scout, Bruce De - Long, Carl Koenen and Joe Mil- ler, cub scouts, and David Shep- ard playing \To the Colors.\ Presentation of cub scout awards followed skits presented by various groups. The benedic- tion was given by the Rev. Olah Moore followed by the blowing of \Taps.\ Three Cub Scouts—Michael Duffield, Bruce DeLong and Carl Koenen—received a certi- ficate graduating them into the Boy Scouts. The trio also re- ceived Lion badges. Other cub awards: Lion badges, with some also receiving arrows: James Repp, Howard Johnson, David Step- henson, Paul Shuey, James In- man, George Zook, Philip Shep- ard, Douglas Riffle, William Saint, Duane Vaught, Gary Campbell; bear badges—Timon- thy Cleveland, Richard Laws; wolf badges—Jack Inman, Nick - son Taylor, Donald Heater, Tim Smith, Thomas Cleveland, Mich- ael Thurman, James Dean, Mic- kee Vulles, Gary Stipe, Dale Williams, Gary Zook, Dan Lar- son. Every member of den 3 re- ceived a one-year pin for belong- ing to the cub scouts for a year or more. They included Robert more. They included Robert (Continued on 'Back Page) Patrol to Start Arrests Monday The Highway Patrol will start Monday arresting motorists who are caught driving vehicles with- out 1959 license plates, Patrol- man L. A. Wilkes said Tuesday. Thus, Friday will be the dead- line to purchase new plates from the county treasurer's office. Sales of 1959 plates Monday were ahead of sales a year ago. Mrs. Beulah Wuerl, treasurer, reported. Monday, a total of 1783 car licenses and 993 truck plates had been sold compared to 1515 car tags and 810 truck registrations on the same date a year ago. Yesterday Wilkes said no GVW plates will be issued to any vehicle under 24,000 lbs. gross weight. \As I understand it, GVW plates will not be issued to pickups and small trucks under 24,000 lbs. GVW,\ Wil- kes said. He said truck owners who were issued red GVW plates last year should throw those away and not display them. Rural Route Service Increased Effective Monday, rural route carrier William Bierwagen be- gan offering complete postal service to patrons residing on the Blue Slide, Postmaster N. J. LaFriniere has announced. Bierwagen now is selling stamps, accepting mail for re- gistration, certification and in- suring and accepts money for money orders. \In fact, all the services available at the post of- fice now are offered by the car- rier on this route, LaFriniere said. The 1.6 miles up Vermilion river have been dropped from the route and it now extends from the Albert Gerstenberger ranch at Honey Flats to Thomp- son Falls. World Prayer Day Service Slated Friday The annual World Day of Prayer will be observed in Thompson Falls Friday at 2 p.m. with a special service in the Community Congregational church. In addition, when the church bells ring Friday at 2 o'clock, all citizens, wherever they are— at work or at play—are asked to stop for one minute to pray a silent prayer for the world, na- tion, state and community. Using the theme, \Lord I Believe,\ nine Christian women of Cairo, Egypt wrote the 1959 service. The order of worship and local women participating: Organ prelude, Mrs. 'Gerald Green; call to worship, Mrs. Richard Wollaston; act of peni- tence, Mrs. M. H. Sowell; act of assurance, Mrs. Norman Cross; act of thanksgiving, Mrs. R. L. Monger; solo, \I believe,\ the Rev. Olah Moore; intercession, Mrs. S. D. Babcock; consecra- tion, Mrs. A. S. Ainsworth; solo, \The Day Thou Gayest, Lord, Is Ended,\ the Rev. Moore. Mrs. One Heater and Mrs. N. T. McIntosh will usher and take the offering. The offering will be divided between home and foreign mission work of the National Council of Churches. Participating in the interden- ominational service at the Com- munity Congregational church are members of the congrega- tions of the Christian Science; Pentecostal Church of God, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Episcopal church and the Community Congrega- tional church. The Lutheran Women's fed- eration will meet at the Alman Hegland residence at 1:30 p.m. to observe World Day of Prayer - Some Offices Closed Today Today—cincoln's birthday— will be a holiday for all stet*, county and city offices. Post offices, the First State Bank, all federal offices and other business establishments will observe their normal working scedules. Feb. 20 Deadline For Registration Friday, Feb. 20 is the deadline for residents of Thompson Falls, Hot Springs and Plains to register to vote in their re- spective city elections Monday, April 6, Mrs. Dorothy Dodson, clerk and recorder warned this week. Persons who voted in the November general election are automatically retained on the voter registration lists and are not required to re -register. Thompson Falls citizens can register at the clerk and record- er's office and those residing in Hot Springs and Plains may re- gister with the deputy registrar for their precinct or with any no- tary public. The Weather - Date Max. Min. Prec Feb. 4 40 31 0 Feb. 5 37 18 0 Feb. 6 41 30 .24 Feb. 7 41 24 0 Feb. 8 32 18 .02 Feb. 9 32 15 .03 Feb. 10 40 24 0 Hawks Face Top Foes in Games This Weekend Two of the top teams in the Northwest division—the Poison Pirates and Ronan Chiefs—pro- vide the opposition for Coach Steve Previs' Blue Hawks this weekend. Friday night the Hawks meet the Pirates here and Saturday night Coach Previs takes his squad on the road for their last game of the regular season to be played away from home—at Ronan. Last weekend, the Hawks, a team that is going through a year of rebuilding, dropped a 49-39 decision to Whitefish there Saturday night and then lost a 51-50 thriller to the Columbia Falls Wildcats Saturday night. Guard Ernest Schmoyer paced the Hawk scoring attack at Whitefish with 14. A rally in the second half gave the Wildcats their one - point win. The Hawks held a 30-20 advantage at halftime. Jeff Wollaston scored 15 and Doug Denison 13 against Columbia Falls. Thompson Falls (39) Wollas- ton 10, B. Denison 6, D. Denison 3, Page 2, Schmoyer 14, Davis 4. Whitefish (49) Watterud, Step- hens 6, Hale, Ensign 2, Buck - land, Paolini 17, Osborne 4, Prindiville 17, Harmon 3. T. Falls 8 15 8 8-39 Whitefish 15 5 15 14-49 Thompson Falls (50) Wollas- ton 16, B. Denison 8, D. Denison 13, Page 2, Schmoyer 8, Davis 3, Long. Columbia Falls (51) Tom Dumay 17, Plummer 14, Tony Dumay 10, Darling 8, Miller 2, Ravan. T. Falls . 19 11 10 10-50 Col. Falls 12 8 17 14-51 Club Meets Thirteen members and four children were present at the bi-weekly meeting of the Pine Needle sewing club at the home of Mrs. Lester Kemmerer Wed- nesday afternoon. Next Wednes- day the club will meet at the home of Mrs. Perry Heater. Baier Resigns School Post By Ledger Correspondent NOXON—Jact Baier notified the board of trdstees this week of his resignation as Noxon superintendent effective July 1. Baier told the board that und- er present personal problems he feels he must resign as he would not be able to do his best for the school. \I wish to thank the school board, faculty, school district and students for their excellent help and cooperation for the past five years, and hope that they will continue to build to- ward a good well-rounded education program for students of the area,\ Baier said. \If re- quested I pledge myself to help find a suitable replacement.\ At present, Baier has no plans for the future. Melville McCurdy, 68, Passes; Services Today BIGHORN PLANT SEEN SPRING POSSIBILITY The Montana Fish and Game Dept. hopes to obtain sufficient bighorn mountain sheep to make a preliminary plant in the Thompson Falls area just back of the Fred Mass ranch at Eddy this spring, Robert F. Cooney, chief of game management, has informed Lyle J. Smith, presi- dent of the Thompson Falls Rod and Gun club. Cooney said he had discussed the project with Faye Couey, district game manager, and State Rep. Henry Gill. \We feel that the proposal hps a lot of merit and are hopeful of setting it up in the very near future. \We do have, as you undoub- tedly realize, quite a problem of obtaining planting stock. We do also have several previous Funeral services for Melville McCurdy, 68. will be conducted today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. in the Community Congregational church with the Rev. Olah Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Thompson Falls cemetery under the direction of the Shri- der Funeral Home of Plains. Mr. McCurdy was a life-long resident of Thompson Falls. Mr. McCurdy died at his home Monday. He was born July 14, 1890 at Thompson Falls. He was a veter- an of World War I and was mar- ried to Bertha Hale at Missoula May 19, 1934. Survivors include his widow, Bertha, at the family home; four step daughters, Mrs. Lannie Vail, Snohomish, Wash.; Mrs. Ethel Dean, Prosser, Wash.; a brother, Albert, Newport, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Brownlee, Big Tim- ber; a half-sister, Mrs. Florence Funston in California and nine step grandchildren. Clergy Requests Sale of Beer Halted at Fair Requests that beer not be sold on the fairgrounds and that the time of the Sunday parade be changed so as not to conflict with church services was made by two protestant ministers of Plains to the Sanders County Fair board meeting here Wed- nesday night. The board took no action on the beer concession question, and told the clergymen that decision would be up to the con- cessions committee, composed of representatives of various or- ganizations in the county partici- pating in a share of The con- cessions profits. According to James L. Taylor, chairman of the fair board, a tentative suggestion was made that the parade be delayed a half hour and church services that Sunday be advanced a half hour so as to avoid a conflict. No definite decision was made in the matter however. Taylor said the fair will be staged either Aug. 22-23 or Sept. 6-7, the Labor day weekend, de- pending upon when a rodeo will be available. A definite decision regarding the fair dates is ex- pected in the near future. The same carnival which play- ed at the fair last yeat has been signed again this year. The night show will be the same as the one which will perform at one of the larger western Montana fairs and also at the Puyallup, Wash. fair. One of the objections to the beer concession On the fair grounds voiced by the clergymen was a claim that adults were pro- viding beer for minors. The ministers plan to meet with the concessions committee regard- ing their request. Library Receives New Volumes The Thompson Falls city library has received a new ship- ment of 36 adult and 18 juvenile books from the Five Valley Lib- rary Federation, Mrs. Lester Kemmerer, librarian, has an- nounced. The books will be on loan to the local library for a period of three months. Included are both fiction and non-fiction volumes, Mrs. Kemmerer said. commitments in regard to plant- ing sites, Cooney wrote. \We will be attempting to capture bighorns on Wildhorse island again this spring as that is one of the two trapping sites now available in Montana; the other being in the Sun river canyon. We hope that we will be able to obtain sufficient bighorns to make a preliminary plant in the Thompson Falls area at that time; probably just back of the Fred Mass ranch at Eddy as you suggest.\ In another letter, from Couey, Smith was requested to arrange for club members to obtain signatures from land owners in the area giving their permission for the plant. Couey said the de- partment plans to set up trap- ping operations on Wildhorse island in early March. \As trap- ping success is rather unpredict- able INC may have to wait a while to get stock for this pro- ject,\ Couey warned. The area between Munson creek and Thompson river is a traditional mountain sheep area. Thompson Falls sportsmen are seeking the sheep plant initially as a tourist attraction with hopes that the herd will eventually grow to permit limited hunting in the back country. Deer Survives Swim Thru Dam By Ledger Correspondent NOXON—A Noxon Dam work- er reported seeing cougar just west of Swamp creek one morn- ing last week on his way to work. Workers also report a lot of deer tracks along the river at the dam site. One day recently a deer swimming the river be- hind the dam was pulled thru the sluice ways and after strug- gling awhile trying to get up the face of the dam the deer gave up and went down the river where he was able to make it to shore. A pigeon, that has been mak- ing his home at the dam since last summer, has become quite a pet of the workers and is on hand when lunch time comes, looking for a handout. Peanuts are his favorite food. Turk Injured In Truck Mishap Bob Turk received a broken finger and a cut on his head Wednesday morning when he at- tempted to rescue a concrete truck as it started to roll down an embankment at the site of the new Thompson Falls High- way 10A bridge. The truck is owned by Falls Ready Mix, Inc. According to reports. Turk had stopped the truck at the top of the hill to clean out the hopper. While he was out of the cab it started to roll down hill and overturned. School Trustees Ask Support For Budget Hike A resolution ufging the state legislature to support House Bill 255 and Senate Bill 203 to in- crease the school foundation pro- gram by an average of 7.6 per cent was adopted unanimously by trustees of School Dist. No. 2 at their February meeting Monday night. Supt. Everett W. Long and County Supt. Orin P. Kendall pointed out to the board that under present budgeting laws, the Thompson Falls schools will have less money available for the next fiscal year than this year, even though teacher sal- aries and other costs are con- tinuing to increase. Long told the trustees that the elementary budget for the 1959-60 fiscal year, under pre- sent law, would allow $99,000 compared to slightly over $100,- 000 this year. If either SB 203 or HB 255 is passed, the elemen- tary budget would amount to about $106,000, an increase of about $7000. Passage of either of the identical bills would make available about $10,000 addition- al for operation of the high school. In other business, the board gave tentative approval to a re- quest from the Boy Scouts to use the auditorium on the second floor of the library building for an indoor .22 rifle range. The re- quest was presented formally to the board by Harold Shepard in behalf of the Boy Scout troop council. The board gave its approval providing adequate steel bullet traps were provided and that adult supervision was provided at all times. The project must also receive the approval of County Attorney Alex C. Mor- rison as to liability of the dis- trict in the event of an accident. The scouting organization would be responsible for any damage incurred to the building. Unusual Light Observed Here An unexplained, weird light revealing colors from yellow to green and purple and reported being seen in Kalispell and Missoula was also observed here early Sunday morning. Jim Eg- gensperger, 12, reported seeing the light above Mt. Silcox as he was delivering newspapers, about 6 a.m. on the Woodlin Flats. Monday, Weather Bureau of- ficials said the light probably was a meteorite. The Weather Bureau in Mis- soula requested that anyone wit- nessing the flash to send a post- al card to the Missoula weather station telling its direction, col- or and location of the observer. The light here was so brillant that it cast a greenish hue on the ground a.nd other objects. •

Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 12 Feb. 1959, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.