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State Historic). Society Helena, Montana Sanders County Ledger Vol. 53 No. 51 Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County HISTORICAL 90CIETY OF NIGH FANA HELENA THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, February 26, 1959 PTA TO HEAD DRIVE TO KEEP BOOKMOBILE Operation of the bookmobile and other services provided for the public libraries at Thomp- son Falls, Plains and Dixon will be discontinued June 30 unless Sanders county joins with other counties in the Five Valleys Lib- rary Federation to provide funds for continuation of these services, Miss Rita McDonald, as- sistant secretary of the Montana State Library commission, told about 50 persons attending a meeting of the Thompson Falls PTA Monday night. At the conclusion of the dis- cussion period following Miss McDonald's talk, the PTA voted to spearhead a drive to explain and seek support for the pro- gram in areas outside of Thomp- son Falls. Mrs. Richard Wollas- ton will head the committee and will be assisted by representa- tives of other organizations in Thompson Falls. The group will plan toward an April meeting with the board of county commissioners to gain ap- proval for inclusion of the lib- rary service levy in the 1959-60 county budget. During a discussion of finan- cial needs, Miss McDonald said a county -wide levy of 1 1 / 2 mills would provide sufficient funds to continue all of the library services, including operation of the bookmobile, currently en- joyed with federal aid funds made available through the Library Services act. She pointed out that in addi- tion to the bookmobile, the fed- eral aid has provided the three public libraries in the county with cataloging service, new books, equipment, consulting service, access to film library, a photo -copying service and professional librarian consult- ing service, all of which the libraries could not afford on the individual budgets. During the two-year demons- tration period for the bookmo- bile, Miss McDonald said that more than 25 per cent of the books borrowed from the book- mobile were loaned to readers in Sanders county. The bookmo- bile has been serving 283 fami- lies and for the last annual peri- od, loaned 6600 volumes in Sanders county. Mrs. A. H. Cheney, member of the Thompson Falls library board, told the group that cir- culation of books from the local city library now is three times as heavy as it was prior to the availability of federal aid. Dur- ing January the local library loaned 600 books. Mrs. Cheney also pointed out that the local library only permits one book to be borrowed on a card at a time and that the total circulation could be doubled when the lib- rary's policy is changed to per- mit more than one book per card. Under the federal aid pro- gram, all three public libraries in the county are required to of- fer their services to all residents —and not restrict use to resi- dents of the city in which the library is located. Miss McDonald also pointed out that uncler the Five Valleys Federation, all county residents could borrow books from the Missoula Public library and that the Montana State Library com- mission loaned books to the three public libraries for short periods of time. To continue the bookmobile operation and other library ser- vices, a tentative budget calling for an appropriation of $11,000 plus $2200 for the Plains and Thompson Falls libraries would be needed from Sanders county annually Miss McDonald said, if four counties provide funds to continue the program. If all counties participate only about $11,000 will be needed. It is proposed that if a county- wide levy is made that the cur- rent city library levies made on property owners in Plains and Thompson Falls would be elimi- nated. In other business, the PTA voted to purchase venetian blinds for the sick room of the elementary building. Mrs. Lor- ene Shogren's fifth grade rodm won the $5 attendance award. Hot Lunch Fund Status Improves The financial status of the Thompson Falls school's hot lunch program is greatly im- proved over previous years, Supt. Everett W. Long reports in providing figures of income and expenditures for the first five months of operation. Total income from students and government reimburse- ments for meals for the Septem- ber - January period totaled $4048.85 compared to total ex- penditures of $4409.95, leaving a balance of $361.10 to be paid from district tax funds. The price of meals this year is 25 cents, reduced from 30 cents charged the past two years. Had the price been left at 30 cents, the lunch program would be sell supporting, Long pointed out. Last year, the lunch program was shut down at the end of March after it had been subsid- ized by $3000 in district funds. An average of 151 meals are being served in the lunch pro- gram daily. Earlier this month the hot lunch program in the Plains schools was shut down because of excessive costs to the district and the small number of stu- dents being served. Greene Repairs TV Channel 4 Channel 4 was again in opera- tion Sunday evening after a weekend of work by Clayton Greene resulted in detecting a break in the underground cable leading to the channel 4 anten- na. Greene had to dig a tunnel six feet deep through snow the length of the cable to discover and remedy the situation. WINTER UP PROSPECT—A hint of spring was in the air Sunday as the sun shown brightly and warmly for this scene up Prospect creek. Road has been plowed up to the Montana Stan. Goode to Assume Treasurer's Duties Ralph E. Goode will assume his duties Monday as treasurer of Sanders county succeeding Mrs. Beulah Wuerl, who will become deputy treasurer. Goode announced Tuesday that he will retain the other members of the current trea- surer's office staff—Mrs. Lucille G. Hendren and Miss Donna Mae Hamann as clerk. Mrs. Hendren served as deputy under Mrs. Wuerl. All other county officials elected in last November's gen- eral election assumed their duties Jan. 1, however the law provides that the changeover for county treasurers shall be made March 1. Spokane Firm Gets Noxon Finish Contract A contract for approximately $30,000 has been awarded to the Allen Building Contractors of Spokane for application of interior finishes in the power- house of the Noxon Rapids dam by the Washington Water Pow- er Co. Employment on the pro- ject remained at 250 this week, the same as last week's total. Cleanup work on the up- stream side of the intake has been completed. Concrete was placed to com- plete the unit 2 roof slab. The unit 4 scroll case erection and installation of dewatering pumps in the erection bay sump were completed also. Erection of the unit 1 generator housing and setting of stator sections con- tinued and rotor poles were be- ing installed on the unit 1 rotor. The unit 2 runner is being as- sembled. Drilling and curtain grouting from the main gallery in the dam continued. Idaho Keglers Lead Tourney Results of the first weekend of play in the Invitational Men's Bowling tournament at the Ranch Lanes show Sandpoint entries in the lead in both team and singles play, according to Jim Dean, manager. Although the tournament is scheduled to run through this weekend, all remaining play has been set for Sunday, permitting open bowling at the alleys Sat- urday. Placing so far in the team event are first, Schaefer -Hitch- cock, Sandpoint with 2929 pins; second, Beaners Texaco, Sand- point with 2904 and third, River Rats, Thompson Falls, 2826. First place in the team event will pay $125 and three places will be given. Dale Sanner of Sandpoint with 1256 pins leads the single play. Others include Earl Oliver, Thompson Falls, 1243; Elmer Boyce, Noxon, 1226, Tom Doyle, Snider, 1222 and Dick Browne, Thompson Falls, 1216. First place in singles will pay $150 and nine places will be listed. 1959 Red Cross Drive Starts Sunday in County The annual drive by the Red Cross for members and funds will start Sunday, Mrs. Gus John- son, county fund drive chair- man, has announced. The 1959 quota for the Sanders county chapter is $1575. Fund drive chairmen for the various communities in the county are: Mrs. A. G. McAllist- er and Mrs. Billy Watters, co- chairmen, Thompson Falls; Mrs. John Garber, Plains, Mrs. Roy Cook, Whitepine; Mrs. M. 11. Lar- son, Heron; Mrs. Dewey Duffel, Belknap; Mrs. R. T. Auclair, Trout Creek; Mrs. Kathryn Au- clair, Paradise; Mrs. Robert Stil- son, Noxon; Mrs. R. Burtch, Dix- on and Mrs. John Loekan, Cam- as. Among activities provided by the Red Cross in Sanders county is the home service department which assists members of the armed forces, veterans and their families when assistance is needed. Mrs. Dale Shook of Plains is chairman and Mrs. Kenneth Fox of Hot Springs and Mrs. Wally Britton of Thompson Falls are vice chair- men. The home service department serves as a contact between ser- vicemen and their families when direct communications are not practical; help in preparing ap- plications for emergency leaves by verifying essential informa- tion; provides counseling for personal and family problems and provides emergency fin- ancial assistance where needed. Servicemen and their families are urged to contact their home service chairman for assistance of this nature, Mrs. Johnson said. First aid and water safety in- struction and swimming lessons are given under the direction of L. A. Wilkes, coumy first aid chairman, and R. B. Johnson, county water safety chairman. Other services rendered by the Red Cross include assistance to families in time of need caused by fire and other disasters. \The generous contributions of individuals and organizations and business establishments are needed urgently to insure that our county chapter's quota is reached,\ Mrs. Johnsin. TF Driver Fined In Justice Court Lee Worthington of Thomp- son Falls was fined $27.50 in justice of the peace court Friday on a charge of reckless driving stemming from an accident on Highway 28 north of the Hot Springs Y Tuesday of last week. Riding with Worthington were Miss Ruth Ann West and Leslie Olson. The itio was taken to the Sanders County General hospi- tal for check-ups and released. The accident ocurred at the site of the new bridge detour. Worthington's 1957 automobile was damaged considerably. Un- dersheriff Ben Cox investigated the accident. 59 License Sales Top 1957 Totals Auto and truck license sales are both exceedingiregistrations for the same period in 1957, the last previous year that license ' plates were issued, Mrs. Beulah Wuerl, county treasurer, report- ed Tuesday. Tuesday 1959 car license sales totaled 2145 compared to 2077 two years ago while current truck registrations total 1150 compared to 1060 in 1957. Tran Shoot Set Sunday by Lions A practice trap shoot will be held at the Lions Den east of town from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, M. C. Sutherland has announced. Non-members as well as Lions are invited to at- tend. Sutherland also urges Lion members who can to assist on a ' work party Sunday afternoon to help complete the interior a, finish of the biulding. dard Mine. Enjoying a romp in the snow on the sunny day were Jack, Jim and Tom Eggensperger. (Ledger photo) Move to Coast Mr. and Mrs. Alman Hegland and family left Wednesday to make their home in Enumclaw, Wash. after residing here for some time while Mr. Hegland was employed with the railroad relocation project. Single Copy 10c TOURNAMENT BOUND—Heading for Poison today to meet the Ronan Chiefs in a first - round Northwest Division tournament game tonight at 7:30 p.m. are these Thompson Falls Blue Hawks. Kneeling, left to right, Carl Brauer, manager, George LaFriniere, The Weather - Date Max. Min. Prec. Feb. 18 25 18 Feb. 19 32 20 Feb. 20 37 23 Feb. 21 37 19 Feb. 22 38 22 Feb.. 23 37 25 Feb. 24 40 30 .01 .03 Leora Weber, 85, Pioneer Resident, Passes Tuesday One of Sanders county's oldest residents, Mrs. Leora Weber, 85, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wava Hermann, following a long illness. Mrs. Weber was born in Os- born City, Kans. Jan. 18, 1874. She first came to Sanders county with her parents in a wagon train when she was nine years old. Her husband, L. A. Weber, who preceded her in death sev- eral years ago, served four years in the,Civil War and came west. In 1894, they were married here. Mrs. Weber's father operated the first barber shop and shoe shop in Thompson Falls. lie also constructed the residence now owned by Mrs. Martha Timlin. Surviving are three chil- dren—two daughters, Mrs. Wava Hermann and Mrs. Elva Weiby, both of Thompson Falls, a son, Clinton, Olympia, Wash. The body is at the Shrider Funeral Home at Plains. Service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Community Congregation- al church with the Rev. Olah Moore officiating. Arden Davis, Roger Curran, Ernest Schmoyer, Harvey Curran. Standing: Coach Steve Previs, Mike Marich, John Long, Jeff Wollaston, Doug Denison, John Muster, Wally Page. Starting forward Bruce Denison was absent when this picture was taken. (Ledger photo) HAWKS MEET RONAN TONIGHT IN TOURNEY The Thompson Falls Blue Hawks renew their rivalry with the Ronan Chiefs tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the first round competition of the annual North- west Division tournament. In regular seasonplay, the two teams split their two games. Other first round games to day pit the division champions, Libby vs. Eureka in the first clash this afternoon at 2 p.m., Poison vs. Columbia Falls at 330 p.m. In the final first round game tonight Mission meets Whitefish at 9 p.m. Losers of today's games will play Friday afternoon and to- day's winners will meet in the semi-finals Friday night. Saturday morning, the two winners of Friday's consolation rounds and the losers of Friday night semi-finals will meet in the consolation semi-finals. Finals which will decide the champion, second, third and fourth place teams will be de- cided Saturday night. St. Ignatius is host team for the tournament being played in the Polson High school gym. Hospital Notes Admitted — Feb. 16-23—Mrs. Kate Allen, Paradise; Tammie Ogden, Mrs. Rhoda Gagnon, Mrs. Lois Shi- elds, Plains; William Bierle, St. Ignatius; Ronald Edward Mad - plume, Elmo; Mrs. Hattie Will- son, Noxon; Mrs. Netia Watson, George Fox, Mrs. Iris Miller, Thompson Falls; Donna Lou Fisher, Trout Creek. Dismissed — Mrs. Julia Ilayden, W. Harry Simmons, Mrs. Mary McDonald, Mrs. Lorene Arnold & Baby, Mrs. Lillian Powers, Hot Spr- ings; Lee . Worthington, -Mrs. k Merna Wortley, Clark Campbell, Mrs. Gayle Campbell and Baby, harry Hagerman, Thompson Falls; Mrs. Mildred Hearst, Mrs. Rose Ilelterline, Mrs. Mildred Jobe and Baby, Plains; Stanley i S. Fisher, Trout Creek; Debbie Branstetter, Perma; Bradford and Peggy Ann Porter, Paradise; Barbara Jean Dubia. Betty Joan Hart, Snider, Walter J. Serles, Kalispell. Births — To Mr. and Mrs. Paul Arnold, Hot Springs, a son, Clifford Ro- land, 8 lbs. 11 ozs., Feb. 18. To Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Jobe, Plains. a Son, Frank Edward, 8 lbs. 10 ozs., Feb. 18. To Enter MSU Miss Jane VanDerhoff of Paradise, who has been employ- ed at the First State Bank for more than a year, will leave soon to attend school at MSU in Mis- soula. Teenagers Plan Dance at T.C. TROUT CREEK—The lrout Creek Teenage club met Friday at Fran Chaffin's home with one new member present. Hostesses were Judy Franck, Florence Robinson, Bernard Robinson and Frank Bushell. The club will sponsor a St Patrick dance March 14. Club members enjoyed a wein- er roast and sledding party Saturday on the Trout Creek hill. Fran Chaffin and Stella Smith were chaperones. Rita Bosch, reporter Lions to Meet The Thompson Falls Lions will meet tonight at 6:45 p. m. Both the tournament champion and runnerup will be eligible to participate in the annual state class B tournament to be held at Bozeman March 12-13-14. Gunshot Wound Adds Mystery To Auto Mithap Thurman Hart, 54, received a mysterious gunshot wound in his right leg in an automobile accident occurring Friday after- noon on Highway 10A one mile east of the Heron turn-off. A hitch -hiker companion, riding with Hart, Louis C. Courtney of Billings, waS uninjured and is being held in the Sanders County jail pending further in- vestigation of the mishap. According to Sheriff Wally Britton, who investigated the accident • along with Patrolman L. A. Wilkes, Hart was taken to the Bonner County General hospital at Sandpoint, where doctors discovered he had a bullet wound in his right leg. The bullet entered at his ankle and exited below his knee. Load- ed .22 and German Luger pis- tols were found in the overturn- ed car in which the two men were riding. Over the weekend, friends of Hart, flew him from Sandpoint to McMinnville, Ore., his home where is confined in the hospital now. Sheriff Britton said Courtney is an unemployed cook from Billings and was en route to Spokane. A bullet hole was discovered also in the top of the car. Add- ing mystery to the accident, however, is the fact that the bul- let entered the roof from the outside. 13 MEN TO OPERATE NOXON RAPIDS PLANT Plans to assign 12 additional men as the permanent operating staff for the Noxon Rapids Hy- droelectric plant under John Graham, plant superintendent, were announced this week by the Washington Water Power. \It is hoped that all of these men can be assigned and moved to Noxon by July 1,\ Graham said. Herbert Roehling, present chief journeyman operator at WWP's Long Lake dam, has been assigned to Noxon as chief operator under Graham. He and Mrs. Roehling will be moved to Noxon by May 1. They were guests of the Grahams over the weekend. Still to be assigned are a journeyman mechanic, four journeymen operators, five Junior operators and one sta- tion utilityman. All of the jobs, except Gra- ham's and Roehling's, are up for bid as per the company's agreement with the union. Mov- ing men to Noxon also creates vacancies at WIVP's other gen- erating plants and these vaca- ncies must be filled before all of the moves can be made. ; The permanent personnel will reside in the brick homes al- ready built or under construc- tion at the operators' village at Noxon Rapids. Tthe first generator, now in the process of being Installed, will be placed on the line in August of this year. The re- maining three will be placed in operation at intervals of three months with the last one sche- duled for the summer of 1960. The dam also contains provision for installation of a fifth genera- tor when conditions warrant.