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S t )'....)1ETY 4 F r.l() 1 L. NA - FfEi_ENA State Historical Society kielt:na, Montana anders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper In Sanders County Vol. 53 No. 50 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, February 19, 1959 Single Copy 10c HAWKS PLAY FINAL GAMES THIS WEEKEND Their stock boosted by a thrill - two -point victory over the Ron- an Chiefs Saturday night, the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks will ring down the curtain on their 1958-59 regular cage season this weekend with two home games. Friday night the Hawks face the Mission Bulldogs and Saturday night play hosts to the Eureka Lions. The Hawks' victory over Ron- an gave the Previs vs. Previs (son Art vs. dad Steve) competi- tion a one and one record. Ron- an won earlier this season at Thompson Falls. The Hawks had a nine -point margin at the half, but Ronan fought back to close the gap. The Chiefs tied the game in the fourth period and even went ahead by a point before Thomp- Falls surged ahead in the wan- ing moments. Jeff Wollaston popped in 13 points for the visitors while Hurt scored 18 for Ronan. Thompson Falls Hawklets top- ped the Ronan B squad 49 to 41 in the opener. Friday night, the Poison Pir- ates copped a 57 to 50 win from the Hawks. Haight led the Pir- ates with 17 while Wollaston paced Thompson Falls with 14. Contract Awarded For Water Wells At Noxon Rapids A contract has been awarded by the Washington Water Power Co. to the Spokane Drilling Co. for approximately $8000 for drilling of observation wells and a domestic water well at the Noxon Rapids dam site. Con- struction forces on the project overall remained at 250 this week, a figure that has been holding steady. At the dam site, cleanup work by the Morrison-Knudsen Co. on the upstream side of the intake is continuing. Final adjustments on the tain- ter gate hoists and electrical in- stallations on the intake hoists were completed. Concrete placement around the unit 3 scroll case was com- pleted and preparations are be- ing made to place the unit 2 roof slab. Unit 4 scroll case erec- tion continued. Installation of dewatering pumps in erection bay sump was started. Erection of the unit 1 generator housing and setting of stator sections continued. Drilling and curtain grouting from the main gallery in the dam progressed. Clark Fork Firm Buys Timber The Clark Fork Logging Co. of Thompson Falls made the high bid of $1539.37 for 127,000 board feet of timber located in the Thompson river drainage when four bids were opened Thursday by the U. S. Depart- ment of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. Other bidders for the timber were: G and L Logging Co., Jim Carrico, and Gideon Phillips. The total appraised price was $1129.30 said R. H. Bauman, Missoula district manager. Vol- umes and appraised values are: 31,000 board feet of dou- glas fir, $7.90; 84,000 board feet of western larch, $7.90; and 12,- 000 board feet of ponderosa pine, $18.40. The LEDGER — an ideal gift! Poison B defeated the Hawk. lets 43 to 33 in the preliminary. Following play this weekend, the Hawks will prepare for the annual Northwest division tour- nament to be played at Poison starting Thursday. Feb. 26. Poison (57) 0. Thompson 7, Sherick, Haight 17, Erkkila 15 S. Thompson, Anderson 2, New- gard 9, Ducharme 7. Thompson Falls (50) Wollaston 14, B. Den- ison 4, D. Denison 10, Page 5, Schmoyer 12, Davis 5, R. Curran. Poison 8 22 11 16-57 T. Falls 8 14 19 9-50 Ronan (46) Hurt 18, Bocksnick 8, Schacker 4, Lindberg 1, Mar- tin, Bell, Fullerton 15. Thomp- son Falls (48) Wollaston 13, B. Denison 10, D. Denison 9, Page, Schmoyer 9, Davis 5, Marich, Long 2. Ronan 12 5 15 14-46 T. Falls 14 12 9 13-48 Bookmobile Facts To Be Explained At PTA Meeting Mrs. Ruth Longworth, secre- tary of the state library exten- sion commission, Missoula, will be guest speaker Monday even- ing at the Thompson Falls PTA February meeting. Mrs. Long - worth will present facts and fig- ures of the state library exten- sion program including the bookmobile which has served Sanders county along with six other counties the past two years. A film, \Yours For the Ask- ing,\ will also be presented by Mrs. Longworth. \Because this program will be of interest to many others in the county in addition to local persons, PTA groups from Plains, Trout Creek and Noxon in addition to many local or- ganizations have been invited to attend,\ Art Koenen, local pre- sident, said. A short business meeting at 7:30 in the multi -purpose room will preceed the program, which will start at 8 p.m. All county re- sidents, whether or not they be- long to a group issued an invita- tion are urged to attend the meeting, Koenen added. Interest shown in the book- mobile services at this meeting may determine the advisablility of retaining it. Red Devils Meet Dixon Today In Poison Tourney The Noxon Red Devils meet the Dixon Demons in the second game of the opening round of the District 13 class C tourna- ment which starts this afternoon at Poison. The Dixon-Noxon game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today following the first game between Troy and Hot Springs at 3 p.m. Tonight the Plains Horsemen play Charlo at 8 and 9, Bigfork clashes with Arlee. Friday games will be at the same time as Thursday while the two Saturday morning games will be at 9:30 and 11. The con- solation game Saturday night will be played at 7:30 and the championship tussle at 9. Plains and Troy rate as pre- tournament favorites on the basis of their regular season play. Both finished with records of 11 wins and three losses. 10A BRIDGE PIERS RISING IN RIVER Concreting operations on the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge were at a standstill this week following pours made last week on both piers 5 and 6. Pier 5 in the river has reached a height of 45 feet with another 20 feet remaining to be poured. Only the footings have been poured for pier 6, which is locat- ed on the right bank of the river. Bud Real, superintendent for Peter Kiewit Sons' Co., reported that shooting of the footings for pier 4, the \sandbag pier,\ was done Tuesday afternoon. He estimated that the footings for the pier would be poured about March 9. Also Tuesday, the firm was extracting steel piling driven around the footing for pier 5. About 25 men are employed on the project. Meanwhile, Falls Ready Mix, Inc. was busy this week washing, grading and stockpiling gravel for future pours on the bridge piers. RETURN ENGAGEMENT—Old man winter played a return engagement in western Sand- ers county this week, dropping almost a foot of snow in Thompson Falls. Tuesday night a heavy wind caused some drifting - of the light weight snow. The snowfall began Saturday night and continued almost without interruption into Wednesday. This snow scene was taken earlier this year of the Montana Power Co. park in Thompson Falls. (Ledger photo) TENTATIVE BIG GAME HUNTING SEASONS SET Montana's big game seasons for 1959 were discussed and tentative opening dates set by the fish and game commission and department personnel this week. The opening date for the general season for elk and deer will be Oct. 18. However, the commission did set as final the season for black bear, from March 15 to Nov. 22, and a special archery season from Sept. 13 through Oct. 17. Regulations were discussed for deer, elk, antelope, moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep. A schedule of the pro- posed seasons, opening dates and hunting areas will be made available to all organized sports- men and livestock groups as well as cooperating agencies and in- terested individuals. In this way all will have an opportunity of reviewing these tentative open- ing dates and areas before they are finally set by the commis- sion in March. Fish and game de- partment personnel will wel- come any comments regarding the schedule and recommenda- tions will be weighed carefully in the final season setting, Bob Cooney, state game manager, said. \This is the first year that the commission has separated the establishment of the big game seasons into two steps,\ Cooney reported, \the first be- ing the opening dates and areas and the second of setting the length and types of seasons.\ The second phase of the prog- ram will be considered in late May or early June by which time important information will be available from returned hunter questionnaires and winter range inventories, as well as from big game census checks. This new procedure will give sportsmen needing information an opening dates and hunting areas time to make vacation plans well in advance. In addition, department person- nel and cooperators will have the advantage' of all neces- sary information upon which to base types of seasons by the final setting in June. \It is felt that this system will represent an improvement over the former complete season set- ting program in late winter as it has been carried out for a num- ber of years in the past,\ Cooney stated. Tentative opening dates con- sidered for 1959 are generally similar to those of last year. With few exceptions, the open- ing dates proposed fall on Sun- day as this type of opening al- lows the widest possible partici- pation by the public. The opening date for the gen- eral season for elk and deer will be Oct. 18. Early elk and deer seasons in the Bob Marshall Wilderness area on the headwat- ers of the south fork of the Flat- head and middle fork of the Flathead, as well as the area ly- ing north of Yellowstone Park in the Absaroka Wilderness area, were set for Sept. 15. An additional early elk and deer season along the Idaho-Montana divide in the Bitterroot area would open on Sept. 20. General opening dates for an- telope hunting in eastern and central Montana was listed for Oct. 11. Several areas along the hi -line in northern Montana will open Sept. 27 and those in south- western Montana on Sept. 13. Early opening dates for moun- tain goat will be in the Bob Mar- shall Wilderness area, the Cab- inet Wild area and the northern Sun River region Sept. 15. Mountain sheep season will begin early, Sept. 15, in the nor- thwestern corner of the state, and Sept. 27 in the Gallatin- Beartooth area. Bransons Buy Prize Bull Calf One of the outstanding bull calves entered in the Missoula Livestock show this week has been purchased by L. A. Bran- son and son for their Little Beaver creek cattle ranch at Belknap. Purchase price was $1525. The calf is a double standard animal and stood sixth in his class. His name is IICR Master Gold Pilot 3rd. He is the grand- son of the Great Gold Mine bull that sired for more than 10 years and was considered one of the great polled bulls of the century. The calf was born July 20, 1957 and was bred by Clarence A. Carlson and sons of Choteau. The addition of the bull calf is another step being taken by the Bransons to develop one of the finest cattle herds in western Montana. 0. J. Murray, owner and op- erator of the Murray ranch east of Thompson Falls, has purchas- ed the polled bull, L. B. Perk Domino, from the Little Beaver creek ranch. The sire of this bull came from Connie Heid at Dav- enport, Wash. and stood 8th in his class at the Denver Here- ford show and sale. Friday Final Day to Register Tomorrow—Friday—is the last day to register to vote in the biannual city election April 6, Mrs. Lois Scott, city clerk, reminded prospective electors today. Residents of Thompson Falls who did not vote in the general election in November should register before 5 p.m. Friday with the county clerk and recorder's office at the court house. Those who voted in November are automatical- ly eligible to vote in the city election. The Weather - Date Max. Min. Prec. Feb. 11 40 26 .07 Feb. 12 35 23 0 Feb. 13 39 10 0 Feb. 14 37 2.5 .07 Feb. 15 35 29 .26 Feb. 16 35 28 .21 Feb. 17 34 21 .34 30 -Day Outlook Mid -February to mid -March temperatures - in Montana are expected to range a little warm- er than seasonal west of divide. Precipitation will average heavy except only moderate in the eastern third and the extreme southwestern portion. John Duffield Scout of Month John • Duffield, 12 -year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. It Duf- field, was named \Scout of the Month,\ Sunday evening by vote of troop committeemen and the troop council meeting at the home of Al Williams. John has been a boy scout only one year, was never a cub John Duffield scout, and yet managed to at- tain the rank of Star Scout with a total of nine merit badges dur- ing this year. At present he is working hard to attain the rank of Eagle scout, highest rank of the movement. He was born in Great Falls, Montana and moved here during the fall of 1957. He is a consistent honor roll stu- dent in Thompson Falls Junior high where he is a seventh grad- er and participates in basketball, baseball and track. He has also attended both summer and win- ter boy scout camps. He is a pat- rol leader and senior patrol lead- er. He has also been active in church and Sunday school of the Co m mu nit y Congregational church. C TO STUDY OUTDOOR SPORTS POSSIBILITIES Reorganization of the Thomp- son Falls-Noxon Chamber of Commerce for the current year and a discussion of ways to im- prove fishing and other recrea- tional I f acilities in western Sand- ers county occupied the atten- tion of the directors and officers Monday night. R. T. Auclair. new president, presided. Auclair appointed S. D. Bab- cock, Kelly Green and A. L Libra as directors to fill the un- expired terms of Dr. Richard Thiegs, who was elected vice president, and James G. (Andy) Anderson and Wilbur Kom- berec, who have resigned. Bill Oliver was appointed treasurer. Mrs. C. H. Weismandel was re- tained as secretary -manager. Auclair also made the follow- ing committee appointments, subject to acceptance by the individuals concerned: Fish and game—State Rep. Henry L. Gill, chairman, Fred (Bud) Moore, co-chairman, Elm- er Boyce, Paul McKee, S. J. Stonehocker. Highways—Moore, chairman, State Sen. Eugene II. Mahoney. Darryl Melby, M. C. Sutherland, Boyce, Johnny Olson, K. A. Eg- The Thompson Falls Lions club went on record Thursday night favoring continued sale of beer at the fair grounds. The resolution passed without a dis- senting vote. During the brief discussion period prior to voting on the motion no opposition to continu- ing sale of beer on the fair- grounds was expressed. Several members spoke in favor of con- tinuing the beer booth, pointing out that it was the most profit- able concession at the fair, that elimination of the booth would not eliminate drinking on the grounds and that minors did not purchase beer directly from the s The Lions voted also to spons- or an Explorer Scout troop under Ernest Franke as scout- master. The evening's program con- sisted of a colored motion pic- ture on Yellowstone National park made available through the Ford Motor Co. Guests at the meeting were Harold Jensen and Don Scran- ton. Weather Delays Channel 4 Repair \As soon as weather condi- tions permit, channel 4 will again be on the air,\ Clayton Greene, maintainance man for the local TV antennas, said Mon- day. Late Friday afternoon 4 went off and Saturday Greene snowshoed up Clark Peak, tak- ing six hours to get there. Severe blizzard conditions pre- vailed and he was blown off the pole where he was working 20 feet up by the high winds. He managed to change some tubes but it did not correct the diffi- culties. He made the trip down in high winds and heavy snow after dark Saturday. gensperger. State parks—Dave Hale, chair- man, Eggensperger, co-chair- man. Retail trades—Richard Wol- laston, chairman, Kelly Green, T. E. Fuller, Ted Mellinger, Duke Sallee. Industrial development — Babcock, chairman, 0. J. Mur- ray, Irwin Puphal, John Pyatt, N. J. LaFriniere, John Britt. Outdoor recreation develop- ment—Bob Clark, chairman, Tom Macho, Hale, Babcock, Richard heater, C. R. Duffield, Jesse Nelson. City -county planning study committee—Sutherland, chair- man. Hospital study conunittee— the Rev. Olah Moore, chairman, Glenn II. Larson, Wally Britton, Dr. C. E. Rosdahl, Eggensperger. Spring banquet committee— Paul K. Harlow, chairman. Ger- trude J. Mahoney, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. McAllister, Mike Miller, Dick Davis, Don Reynolds, E. Edgar Taylor, Mrs. Madeliene Larson, Mark Holliday and Eve- lyn Boyd. Three of the committees— outdoor recreation, city -county planning and hospital—are new units this year. Some of the objectives of the outdoor recreation committee will be to seek to develop a ski- ing area in western Sanders county and a site for other wint- er sports and improve summer water sports facilities, such as boat landings on the new Noxon Rapids reservoir. As chairman of the city - county planning committee, Sutherland will work with the Sanders County Chamber of Commerce and other units to study the desirability of city - county planning as advocated by the state industrial planning board. The hospital committee head - (Continued on Back Page) Lions Back Beer Sales at Fair FOREST DEVELOPMENT WOULD INCREASE JOBS Montana's congressional de -I legation has a long-range pro- ' gram to fully develop forest re- sources. open up some 31,000 new full-time jobs with_ wages totaling in the neighborhood of $174 million a year. The blue -print was drawn by Regional Forester Charles L. Tebbe at- the request of Sena- tors Murray and Mansfield, Congressmen Metcalf and And- erson'. They took their idea to Tebbe last summer because \the pre- eminence of national forests in Montana . . . makes it sound and wise for the Forest Service to exercise leadership in develop- ing a state-wide action program in concert with interested state and private organizations.\ Result of the request was a comprehensive study, just now going out, under the title: \Full Use and Development, Timber Resources of Montana.\ In 40 pages, Tebbe inventori- ed Montana's forest resources and total annual production and the phenomenal increases pos- sible. At this time, Montana's forests are providing some 8000 full- time jobs, representing $40 mil- lion in annual payroll, in prim- ary production of timber pro- ducts—that is the processing necessary to convert timber in- to products for the wholesale market, such as dry -surfaced lumber and dimension, pulp- wood or plup, power poles, posts and Christmas trees. Another 1600 full-time job. paying a total of more than $8 million a year in wages, are in the sec- ondary manufacture of timber products—additional processing of wood within Montana. Then there are about 1100 federal, state and private foresters and their employees, who get paid nearly $7 million a year. The same forests could pro- vide for triple the number of full-time jobs and triple the payroll in primary production. Secondary manufacture could increase more than eight times —to 14,000 full-time jobs and an $80 million annual payroll at present wage rates. In addition, additional foresters and emp- loyees would be needed to man- age the timber resources of the state. . So full use and development of Montana's forests could mean with present figures in parent- hesis) 42,000 full-time jobs 110,- 600) and an annual payroll of $230 million ($56 million , . Part of the increase would come from greater diversifica- tion and integration of plants, including production of small poles, pulpwod, fiberboard, fence posts and chemical wood —using types of lumber and waste materials not now used. Diversification also would mean , conservation—the thin- ning of overstocked stands, re- moval of diseased and dead tim- ber. The report also discusses the need for development of second- ary manufacture. \Remanufact- uring boards into finished pro- ducts. especially furniture, in- creases their value manyfold.\ Tebbe says. \Laminated beams are worth several times the value of dimension stock; and so. it is with plywood as compar- ed to green veneer, and paper with pulp.\ More secondary manufacture would greatly in- crease the value -of Montana's timber products, increase em- ployment and profits and permit better utilization—in turn lead- ing to better forestry. A major problem to be solved is construction of adequate roads to open these forest re- sources for use. At the present rate of appropriations, the for- est road system needed in Mon- tana during the next 10 years won't be completed for at least 23 years.