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State Historical Society Sanders County Ledger Helena, Montana Most Widely Circulated Newspaper In Sanders County Vol. 53 No. 52 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, March 5, 1959 • Telephone Company to Extend Service to Rural Area in Fall An extensive expansion pro- gram by the Mountain States Telephone Co. to extend tele- phone service to a majority of the farm homes in western San- ders county was announced to- day by Bob Clark, Sanders county manager for the tele- phone firm. The expansion program will provide service for a total of 219 families and business establ- ishments, Clark said. This in- cludes 115 stations in the Trout Creek, Whitepine and Blue Slide areas, 90 in the Heron, Swamp Creek and Pilgrim creek areas and 14 families west of Noxon. Trout Creek, Whitepine and Blue Slide will be served thr- ough the Thompson Falls ex- change and customer telephone numbers will carry the Taylor 7- prefix while stations in the Heron, Swamp Creek, Pilgrim creek areas and west of Noxon will be served through the Nox- on exchange and numbers will have the prefix Victor 7. Clark said construction of Lines to serve the 14 families re- siding west of the Bull river junction on Highway 10A will get underway next month. The other two larger projects will be started this fall with comple- tion planned for the spring of 1960. He said at least one con- struction crew, consisting of five or six men, will be assigned here by the telephone company's headquarters in Helena to build the new lines this fall. Most lines will be strung on existing REA electric service poles owned by Northern Lights, Inc. In some instances, the tele- phone crews will find it neces- sary to install their own poles and anchors, Clark added. Clark said the Trout Creek - Blue Slide-Whitepine expansion program will involve the expen- diture of approximately $47,000 while the Noxon program will cost an estimated $39,000. When the expansion programs are completed next year, Clark said Sanders county rural areas will be completely covered by telephone service. The additional stations will in- crease the number of telephones served by the Thompson Falls exchange to over 700 while the Noxon exchange will be increas- ed to around 250 subscribers. Plains, the second largest ex- change in Sanders county, has slightly over 500 phones. Clark explained that in addi- tion to installation of new lines, the projects will involve consid- erable central office equipment, primarily the installation of car- rier equipment which allows several voice channels to be carried over one pair of wires. At present, Whitepine, Trout Creek and Heron are served by toll telephones only. The ex- change at Noxon was installed in 1956 as a result of the demand for telephone service by con- tractors working on the Noxon Rapids dam. Clark said expansion of ser- vice to Trout Creek has been under consideration for three years. \The expansion program will continue to accent the tremen- dous growth in telephone ser- vices provided Sanders county since World War II,\ he said. \Prior to 1951, all maintenance and installation work for our company was handled out of the Missoula office. That year Bill Brayman was assigned to Thompson Falls as the first per- manent maintenance man. Now the increased telephone facili- ties require the services of three men—Clark and Louis Dufresne at Thompson Falls and Gordon Koenig at Plains. Dufresne was assigned here in 1956 to succeed Bob Hayes, who was transferred to Hamilton. Koenig went to Plains from Wolf Point at the same time. Clark was assigned here in 1957. Hayes was preceded by Milt Johnson, who followed Brayman. In 1955, dial service was in- augurated at Thompson Falls. Two years later, growth of phone service here necessitated building an addition to the dial exchange building, doubling its size. The building now is of suf- ficient size to handle the addi- tional telephones of the expan- Sion program, Clark said. Future plans of the telephone company here provide for the eventual construction of a busi- ness office in Thompson Falls to DISCUSS PLANS—The three telephone maintenance men as- signed to Sanders county review plans for the Mountain States Telephone Co.'s expansion program. Left to right are Gordon Koenig of Plains, Bob Clark and Louis Dufresne. (Ledger photos) CUSTOMERS—Mrs. Guy Hall of Belknap is interviewed at her ranch home by Bob Clark regarding her desire for rural tele- phone service. The Halls recently purchased the James Murphy ranch and are in the process of remodeling the house. Clark in the past several months has surveyed all of the families in western Sanders county to which phone service will be made available. handle subscriber accounts for, Sanders county. Currently ac-; counts and collections are hand - 1 led from the Missoula office. Clark said the installation of a business office would necessi- tate hiring a woman full time to manage the office. The office will be constructed between the present exchange building and the Mahoney building on Main street. In additional to the major ex- pansion program, Clark said sev- eral minor service additions are planned for this spring. They include: Extending Thompson Falls service east from Eddy to the Fisher, Denton, and Lacock ranches on Highway 10A; to the John Britt residence across the river from Thompson Falls, a relief line to Birdland and up the Blue Slide, service to the Wat- ters Brothers Lumber Co., the new Henry Gill residence and the residences of Mrs. Beulah Wuerl and Mrs. Susan Thayer on the Wuerl road. Two weeks ago, telephone ser- vice in the Belknap area was ex- tended to the Joe Garrison resi- dence. In the Plains area, the Moun- tain States Co. is negotiating to purchase a Forest Service line that extends to the St. Regis ferry. With the FS line, the firm will be able to provide service to eight additional homes in the Paradise area and also to the St. Regis ferry. Activity at Noxon Dam Increases The Weather - Date Feb. 25 Feb. 26 Feb. 27 Feb. 28 March 1 March 2 March 3 Max. 41 42 42 46 47 46 44 Min. 30 33 31 33 34 20 32 Prec. .04 .09 .o tr. .19 0 .20 3 Ms Introduce Paradise -Knowles Bills in Congress WASHINGTON — Congress was asked Monday to authorize construction of a federal darn in Sanders county, Montana and name it for Sen. James E. Mur- ray (D -Mont). Murray and Sen. Mike Mans- field (D -Mont) co -sponsored a Senate bill which would auth- orize a dam either on the Flat- head or Clark Fork river. Rep Lee Metcalf (D -Mont l in- troduced a house measure which would authorize the same dam. His bill specified that the proj- ect be called the James E. Mur- ray dam if built on the Flathead river and Paradise dam if built on the Clark Fork. The reservoir formed by Paradise dam would be named James E. Murray lake under the Metcalf bill. The legislation would leave se- lection of the dam site to federal engineers. Army engineers have recom- mended construction of a 235 - million -dollar Knowles dam in the Flathead river. The project would impound 3 million acre- feet of water for flood control, capacity power production of 697,000 kilowatts, and irrigation. Montana customers would have first call on power generat- ed at either site, according to the authorization bills. HEARING SCHEDULED IN MISSOULA MONDAY Army engineers will hold the first of four field hearings on their new Columbia river report , at the MSU theater in Missoula Monday starting at 10 a.m. The hearings are for the pur- pose of hearing new evidence for and against four dams in Montana. Of primary interest to Sanders county is the Knowles project on the Flathead river. Paul Harlow, chairman of the Committee for Paradise Dam, urges all residents who can to attend the hearing in Missoula. - If the people of Thompson Falls would turn out for the hearing in Missoula like they did for the tournament at Poi- son Saturday night they would be providing a great service for the future of Sanders county,\ Harlow said. Activity on the Noxon Rapids dam increased in tempo this week with the approach of spr- ing as construction forces jump- ed from 250 to 300 men. West Coast Steel has begun salvaging the old Highway 10A span at Trout Creek and has re- moved the deck from the center span. Finish work has been resum- ed on the operator's housing after the winter shutdown. Drilling of additional obser- vation wells downstream of the dam has been started and gravel- ing of roadways and storage areas at New Noxon was nearly complete. Concrete has been placed to an elevation of 2187 feet in the unit 3 generator pedestal and the first two lifts 'were placed around the unit 4 scroll case af- ter the hydrostatic test was completed. Club to Meet , The Thompson Falls Saddle club will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m in the former VFW hall, Mrs. Hugh Hearing, secretary, has announced. All members and prospective members are urged to attend. WANT ADS provide extra cash! The LEDGER — an ideal gift! Falls Scouts Win Target Match More than 25 boy scouts from Thompson Falls competed against Noxon boy scouts in a rifle match Sunday afternoon in the Noxon gymnasium. Accomp- anying the boys to Noxon were Melvin Hoy, who is in charge of the marksmanship program for the troop, Al Wiliams, who as- sists Hoy, Harold Shepard and Archie Tobiska. Hoy coached and assisted the local boys while Shepard and Williams, along with Mr. Terrell of Noxon scored the targets. Ernest Franke, scoutmaster, also accompanied them. Each boy shot three rounds in a prone position for a total pos- sible score of 150. The five high scores from both troops were used to judge the match which Thompson Falls won by a score of 541 to 397. Targets used for the local score were fired by Gary Heater, John Duffield, Larry Tobiska, Walter Franke and Eddie Freed, the latter two tieing for fourth and fifth. Nox- on targets used were fired by Jack Roberts, Gary Fleischmann. Rick Dailey and David Hixson. The name of the fifth boy from Noxon was not available. Bob Heater, who also assists with the markmanship program, was not able to be present Sun- day. In the future, Mr. Tobiska will help also with the program. • Move to Utah Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dougherty and family were to leave this week for Ogden, Ut. to make their home. The former has ac- cepted a position with the Ogden Air Material division at Hill Air Force Base. • OG AL C•\)0 1 ETV OF iriCAIT- Single Copy 10c Hawks Meet Roundup In State Tournament They said it couldn't be done! In fact, so certain were the \experts\ that they even failed to consider the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks as major contenders in the Northwest division basket- ball tournament. But, the Blue Hawks did it just the same. They won the Northwest divi- sion championship by stunning Coach Bill Racicot's Libby Log- gers 58 to 56 in the champion- ship finale at Poison Saturday night. It took that \ole fox,\ Coach Steve Previs, an over- time period to accomplish it, but his boys wound up on top, unchallenged in their right to lead the division into the annual state class B tournament at Bozeman March 12-14. The Hawks clash with Round- up, winners of the Southern division crown in the opening round at 9 p.m. Thursday night in the giant new fieldhouse on the campus of Montana State college. Libby faces Baker, win- ner of the Eastern division title, in the opening round at Boze- man. Coach Previs and his squad of 10 Hawks will leave here some- time Wednesday for Bozeman, where they will stay at the Siesta motel. Coach Previs put his Hawks through light workouts this week in preparation for the top class B cage event. To gain the top rung at Pol- son, the Blue Hawks had to de- feat teams that had won over them during the regular season. They opened with a convincing 62 to 50 victory over Ronan Thursday night. Friday night, their assignment was tougher. But they did it again This time Mission was sent intio the con- solation bracket via a score of 45 to 39. Their upset of Mission almost clinched a trip to the state. No team in the tourney had a more difficult route to the tournament championship. In gaining their title the Hawks had to defeat the clubs that ranked 1-2-3 in regular season play. But, displaying the calibre of talent many fans believed all season they possessed, the Hawks proved they were worthy champions. And the trophy that rests in the display case at the gym along with the spoils of victory collected by other Blue Hawks squads of yesterdays, at- tests to that. The Daily Inter Lake of Kalis- pell carried an account of the championship tussle which has been praised by so many it is reprinted below: POLSON — The Thompson Falls pumpkin turned to a golden carriage here Saturday night that will take it to the 1958-59 state class B finals at Montana State College's field - house March 12, 13 and 14. The Blue Hawks, the Cinder- ella kids, pulled the biggest up- set of the season in downing Libby in the Northwest Division- al Basketball Tournament in the championship game, 58-56, be- fore a bulging Polon gym filled by unbelieving fans. Thompson Falls had to go in to overtime to overcome the Lggers, but when Bruce Denison split the cords with a pair of free throws with less than 30 seconds left in the extra period to give Thompson Falls a 58-54 lead the frosting was on the cake. There were heroes galore for the Hawks. With the score 52-50 in favor of Libby with 20 sec- onds remaining, Arden Davis, who had come off the bench tc replace fouled -out Ernie Sch- moyer, swished one for T -Falls to send the game into overtime. In the extra period Libby took the lead on Bill Fol.vler's field goal, 54-52. Doug Denison re- taliated for Thompson Falls with a bucket to tie the score at 54 -all. Then Bruce Denison, only a sophomore, became Thompson Falls' No. 1 hero. He arched in one from the side to give Thomp- son Falls the lead, 56-54. Seconds later he was fouled with 47 sec- onds left to play. The poised soph clamly tossed in both shots for the clinching points. The Loggers tried desperately to score the tying points. Fowl- er went underneath and scored a fielder. Thompson Falls man- aged to get the ball past the 10 second line and successfully stalled until the buzzer sounded the end of the game. The buzzer left the Libby fans numb. Thompson Falls followers went delirious. They literally \tore the place apart.\ . As a result of the outcome, Thompson Falls and Libby will now represent the Northwest division in the state tourney next week. Had Thompson Falls lost Poison would have chal- lenged the Blue Hawks for the right to play in the state tourney since Poison had not met the Hawks at any time during the tourney. It was a great team victory for Thompson Falls, which does not have a senior on the starting five. Wally Page, Jeff Wollaston, Doug Denison and Schmoyer are juniors with Bruce Denison a soph. Libby had gone into the game with a 21-2 recorded compared to Thompson Falls' 12-12. The Hawks had wound up regular season conference play in seven- th place while Libby walked off with the championship. Coach of Thompson Falls is Steve Previs, a veteran of more than 20 years in the coaching profession. Undoubtedly, he will remember this season's club as one of the gamest he has ever coached. For Libby it was a heartbraek- ing loss. The Loggers only the night before had put on one of the greatest offensive shows of the season in downing keyed -up Poison, 74-64. They were odds- on choices to make Thompson Falls their 22nd victims of the season. But, Thompson Falls was not to be denied on this tourney. The Hawks had worked their way to the final game with upset wins over Ronan and Mission of St. Ignatius, but were big under- dogs against Libby in the championship game. Libby took a big first quarter lead of 16-7 and continued its mastery of the Hawks in the second period. At the half the Loggers led 29-20. Thompson Falls came back strong in the third period with 18 points to lag by only three points, 41-38, going into the last quarter. Bruce Denison wound up as high point man for T -Falls with 19 points followed by Page and Wollaston, each with 12. Sandy Burns, playing one of the finest games of his high school career, led the Loggers with 20 points, Peck pumped in 15 points. One of the reasons for T -Falls' upset was its ability to hold usually high scoring Gary Verboncoeur to only six points. Fowler, who did a magnifici- ent job of rebounding and scor- ing against Eureka and Poison in earlier games, was limited to only mighty rough under the boards against the Denison bro- thers and Wollaston. Perhaps Libby will get anoth- er crack at Thompson Falls in the clas B meet at Bozeman. But, until then, the Hawks have finally found the shoe that fits their Cinderella foot. ANNUAL CITY ELECTION SCHEDULED APRIL 6 Thompson Falls voters will go to the polls Monday, April 6 to elect a mayor and six council- men and Friday marks the first day that nominating petitions may be filed with the town clerk. Mrs. Lois Scott. The law specifies that nomi nating petitions must be filed not more than 30 days or less than 15 preceeding the election. Of the present council's six aldermen -- two from each of the city's three wards—only two have expressed a willingness to seek re-election, according to a survey completed this week by the Ledger. One said he would not run, while the remaining three expressed hopes they could find someone to run for their post. Mayor M. C. Sutherland in- dicated he would be willing to accept the post for another term. The present council is compos- ed of Norm Lovhaug and Rich- ard Heater, ward 1 aldermen. Kenneth Torgrimson and Gerald Eldridge in ward 2 and Ed Shear and Mike Freed in ward 3. Freed said he plans to seek re-election. I,ovhaug said he would run for another term if the residents of his ward want him. He said he would not cir- culate his own nominating peti- tion. Heater said he would not run for re-election. Shear, Torgrimson & Eldridge all said they hoped they could find someone to run from their wards. Eldridge has been handi- capped by the fact that working the night shift at the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. has prevented him from attending most council meetings. The Thompson Falls city coun- cil has a custom that a council- man desiring not to seek re- election must find a candidate to run for his position. Norminating petitions for ald- ermen require the signatures of registered voters equal to five per cent of the votes cast for the successful candidate in the last city election. Mrs. Scott said that petitions may be obtained at her office. 59 RED CROSS DRIVE STARTS FRIDAY HERE Plans to conduct a house to house canvass Friday and Satur- day for 1959 memberships in the American Red Cross were announced Tuesday by Mrs. A. G. McAllister. chairman, and Mrs. Billy Watters, co-chairman. of the drive for Thompson Falls and surrounding area. Drive workers and the areas they will cover are: Copper King, Mrs. Irene Sev- erson; Snider, Mrs. Duane Eitel- berg; Woodlin Flat, Mrs. Adolph Torgrimson; court house, Mrs. Wally Britton; dormitory, Mrs. Everett Long and Mrs. Leslie Lambert; Mill street east to the IOOF hall, Mrs. Watters; IOOF hall east to city limits, Mrs. Ken- ny Miller; Mill street west, Mrs. Allister; all of Greenwood and cross streets to city limits, Mrs. Ben Cox and Mrs. Hugh Hear- ing; all of Cedar street and cross streets east to Greenwood, Mrs. A. H. Cheney and Mrs. Walter Zook; Cedar west to Washington and cross streets, Mrs. Walter and Mrs. Kenny Soule; all on Washington street west to Gal- latin and cross streets, Mrs. Walter Luke and Mrs. Lloyd Oer- tli; all of Gallatin and cross streets west to city limits, south of tracks, Mrs. Bob Clark and Mrs. Richard Heater; all of Lincoln street west to city limits, Mrs. Earl Tennant, Lincoln east to Broad street, Mrs. Bob Millar and Mrs. Ed Muster. Mrs. Walter nd Mrs. Mc- Allister ask everyone to re- member that the Red Cross has never failed to serve in time of disaster and also serves veterans and members of the armed forces in time of war and peace. \Please be ready to receive these workers wilen they call on you Friday or Sa y and give them your support or the Red Cross. Your cooperation will certainly be appreciated by your chairmen and volunteer work- ers,\ they added. Final plans for the member- ship drive were made Tuesday morning at a meeting held at the McAllister home.