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State Historical Society Helena, Montana Sanders county Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 53 No. 1 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, March 12, 1959 HAWKS SEEK STATE CAGE CHAMPIONSHIP Coach Steve Previs and his Northwest division champions are in Bozeman today ready to start their battle tonight for the state class B basketball champ- ionship. The Hawks play Round- up, southern division titlehold- ers, tonight at 9 p.m. in the giant new Montana State college field house. Making the trip to Bozeman with Coach Previs and Supt. Everett W. Long are Jeff Woll- aston, Bruce and Doug Denison, Wally Page, Ernest Schmoyer, Arden Davis, John Long, Mike Marich, Roger Curran, George LaFriniere and Carl Brauer, manager. The school's four cheerleaders - Karen Schadt, Frances Scott, Carolyn Selvig and Linda Haskell -are attend- ing the tourney as well as sever- al parents and fans. The Hawks will stay at the Siesta motel in Bozeman. Tuesday night Coach Previs said the entire squad was in ex- cellent condition and that the boys are determined to take the tournament, but are eyeing it coolly and calmly. Since winning 'the division title at Poison, the Hawks have been having only light workouts. Roundup has one of the best class B teams in the state. A re- port from Bozeman Tuesday stated that the town of Roundup was moving en masse to Boze- man for the tournament. LIVESTOCK ASSESSMENT SCHEDULES INCREASED Livestock assessment sche- dules for 1959 as set by the State Board of Equalization and re- ceived by the Sanders county as- sessor's office show increases for all classes of cattle over the 1958 schedule. Only the schedules for chickens and turkeys show a de- crease. Valuations for swine are left to the discretion of the county assessor. The schedule for 1959 comp- ared with 1958 values. Cattle 1958 1959 Bulls $160 $215 Coming yearlings 39 49 Coming 2 -year olds 49 65 Steers, coming 3 -year olds and over 77 97 Stock & range cows coming 3 -year olds & over 50 65 Dairy cows (other than purebred) 50 75 Purebred cattle Add 30% to grade schedule Sheep Rams 22.00 23.00 Coming yearlings 8.00 8.50 Coming 2, 3 & 4- yr. olds 9.00 9.50 Coming 5 -year olds & over 6.50 6.50 Horses and Mules Purebreds & Jacks 100 100 Range, unbroken & Burros 15 15 & up Work horses & mules 35 35 & up Saddle horses 60 60 & up City Vote Totals Decline Slightly The number of registered voters eligible to cast ballots in the forthcoming city elections in Thompson Falls, Plains and Hot Springs has declined slight- ly from the 1957 totals, Mrs. Dorothy Dodson, county clerk and recorder, reported this week. She pointed out that the 1957 city elections followed a presidential election in Novem- ber, 1956, when registration lists are always at a peak. Thompson Falls has 556 vot- ers, Plains 378 and Hot Springs 294. Of the three cities, Thompson Falls lost the fewest voters - only five -while Hot Springs losl. 78 and Plains 26. In Thompson Falls, two of the city's three wards show de- creases in the number of re- gistered electors while Ward 3, in the northwest part of the city, shows an increase of 18. The 1959 registration figures for the three towns by wards compared with the 1957 totals: Thompson Falls Ward 1 2 3 Totals Plains 1 2 3 Totals Hot Springs 1 2 1957 1958 258 253 149 131 154 172 561 556 89 88 151 145 154 145 404 378 183 146 189 148 Totals 372 294 Bees Bee housing equpiment per hive, good Bee housing equpiment per hive, best Hand model 2 -frame honey extractor Hand model 4-f ra me extractor Poultry Chickens, dozen 9 Turkeys, doz. 25 Ducks & geese 12 Fur Bearing Animals Mink 15 15 Chinchilla 50 50 10.00 11.35 8.00 10.00 6 20 12 Funds Earmarked For Cheerleaders, New Uniforms Funds collected early this week with the idea of providing spending money for Blue Hawk squad members at the state basketball tournament have been allocated to the cheer- leaders and a new uniform fund to avoid a conflict with Montana High School Assn. eligibility rules, Supt. Everett W. Long reported Tuesday. \Montana high school eligibi- lity rules do not allow partici- pants in interscholastic games to receive money as individuals,\ Supt. Long said. \All travel and living expenses of the boys while on tournament trips come from tournament gate receipts. The amount allotted each team is sufficient for the team's needs. It is possible that if a high school student receives an expensive award, gift or money while a student that he may be- come ineligible for the rest of his high school career. With these facts in mind and not wish- ing to jeopardize the boys' eligi- bilities the community fund group through Dave Grant pre- sented the cheerleaders with $50 to help with their expenses to the Bozeman tournament and placed $75 in the high school's athletic fund earmarked for new uniforms.\ Break -Up Halts Logging Work Winter logging operations on Fishtrap creek by Oliver and Oliver, logging contractors for the Thompson Falls Lumber Co., were shut down Thursday until the end of the spring break-up, Arden Davis, general manager of the mill, reported Tuesday. He said the mill has an ade- quate supply of logs decked for operation until logging can be resumed in the high country this spring. The spring break-up normally extends on an average for about six weeks. Heater, Lovhaug Seek Re-election Richard Heater and Norm Lovhaug, councilmen from Ward 1, this week became the first two candidates for the coming city election Monday, April 6. Both are seeking re-election to the posts they now serve. Previously Heater had stated he did not intend to seek re - election. • The Weather - Date Max. Min. March 4 46 23 March 5 44 26 March 6 46 30 March 7 45 32 March 8 45 29 March 9 43 28 March 10 41 30 Prec. 0 tr. 0 M7 14 tr. .09 • t)HIGAL SO.T.YET i VIONTANA HFLENA Single Copy be Purchase Farm At Whitepine WHITEPINE-Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Marich moved this week to the 247 -acre farm they purchased recently from Ed Larson at Whitepine. Mr. and Mrs. Larson are moving to Thompson Falls to make their home. Trout Creek Community Church Giving Financial Aid to Young Greek Boy TROUT CREEK -The congre- gation of the Trout Creek Com- munity church has financially \adopted\ a 7 -year -old Greek boy, Stylianos Noyes, through the Foster Parents' Plan, Inc. of New York City. As foster par- ents, the Trout Creek church has promised to contribute $15 a month toward the child's sup- port for at least one year. Foster Parents' Plan, which has rehabilitated more than 76,000 children on a personal basis since its founding in 1937, is now helping 13,500 youngsters in Greece, Italy, South Korea, France, Belgium, Viet Nam and in the DP camps of West Ger- many. Stylianos was born in the vil- lage of Akeitorhorion (Serres district) which had also been his parents' native village. His father was a field worker and in addition to cultivating his own land he also worked for the neighboring villagers, thus pro- viding a fairly comfortable liv- ing for his family. They manag- ed to survive the years of World War H in Greece and with the liberation of the wartorn country looked to a happy and peaceful life after so many years of pri- vation and terror. However, al- most immediately communist - inspired rebels began to wage war on their countrymen in an attempt to seize the government, and so once again the land of Greece was plunged into war. Stylianos' father was mobilized and joined the national militia of the village, which, because it was on the Greek -Bulgarian frontier, had to be watched con- tinually. Due to the hardships he en- dured, the father contracted nephritis and too weak to fight off his disease he died in Octo- ber 1953. At present Stylianos and his mother live in a ground -floor house, consisting of three rooms, that belongs to the state. The family occupies one of these rooms and they pay no rent. There is neither electricity nor running water. Petrol lamps are used for lighting and all water must be carried in heavy pails from the public fount- taM. Before Foster Parents' Plan came to their aid, there was no decent linen or clothing for the boy. The family receives no pen- sion for the father's death be - Two Seek Falls Trustee Position A contest for the position of School District No. 2 trustee was assured this week with the filing of two nominating peti- tions for annual Thompson Falls school election to be held Sat-, urday, April 4. K. C. Zimmerman, district clerk, reported that a nominat- ing petition was filed Monday for Dr. C. E. Rosdahl, incum- bent board member, and Tues- day a petition was filed by Mrs. 1 Richard Wollaston seeking the position. Dr. Rosdahl's term is the only one expiring this year. He was elected to the board in 1956 for a regular three-year term. Mrs. Wollaston also has serv- ed as trustee previously. She was appointed several years ago to fill an unexpired term. Nominating petitions may be , filed up to five days preceding' the election. Returns to Office Co. Supt. Orin P. Kendall was released from the hospital in Hot Springs Saturday after major surgery and returned home. He returned to work in the court- house Monday. To Have Surgery Mrs. John Pyatt entered St. Patrick hospital in Missoula to- day where she will undergo sur- gery tomorrow. Stylianos Noves cause his illness was not recogni- zed as caused by his military ser- vice. They have only three stremma of land, which due to the lack of work animals, is cultivated in partnership with a co -villager. The produce from the land gave the mother a mon- thly income of $2. Mrs. Noyes is unable to work and alleviate their poverty because she suffers from rheumatism and heart trouble. Sylianos is described as a clever little boy with brown hair and brown eyes. Trustees Discuss Budget, Faculty Salary Requests Discussions of the preliminary budget for the 1959-60 school year and a request by teachers for salary increases by trustees of School Dist. No. 2 Monday night occupied more than two hours, but no action was taken on either matter. W. M. (Buck) Prueninger, pre- sident of the local MEA unit. Mrs. Lillian Beamish and K. William Harvey. elementary principal, appeared before the board to ask that it consider some plan that would lead, over a two or three-year program, to the adoption of the full 1957 MEA teacher salary schedule. At present, Thompson Falls teacher salaries range from $85 below the 1957 MEA schedule in the lower pay brackets to around $600 below in the highest brackets. Major budget difficulties of the local district center in the high school, where a reduced en- rollment this year, down about 40 students from last year, cor- respondingly reduces the am- ount of money that will be avai- lable for the coming year. The allowable high school budget for 1959-60 is estimated to be $61,088 compared to $67,198 for the current year and prelimin- ary estimated need of $68,875 for the coming year. Next year's elementary school budget appears adequate with the district permitted to increase its budget approximately $5000. Next year's allowable budget is estimated to be $105,267 com- pared to $100,362 this year. In other business, the board received a letter of resignation from Mrs. Leslie Lambert, four- th grade teacher, who said she did not expect to teach next year and expressed appreciation for the opportunity of serving in the local system eight years and to the many wonderful people in Thompson Falls. Mrs. Lambert's resignation will be effective at the end of the current school year. The board passed a formal re- solution to hold the annual school trustee election Saturday, April 4. A resolution was passed to re- quest bids for the Prospect and Cherry creek bus route to be opened at the board's annual re- organization meeting Saturday, April 18. The route will extend up Prospect creek to the Jerry Miller residence (the former Harry Kemmerer ranch on Clear creek) to Grant's gate (Con't on Back Page) BPR Asked to Approve Thompson Pass Road Montana a officials have Thompson pass for a short-cut between Highway 10A at Thom- pson Falls to Highway 10 in Idaho, L. Walker Brown, secon- dary roads engineer, has inform- ed Don &int, chairman of the Thompson Pass Road committee. Brown said the Montana State Highway commission now has an application before the Bureau of Public Roads requesting exten- sion of Secondary Route 471 in Sanders county from Coopers gulch to the Montana -Idaho line at the top of Murray pass and extension of Idaho FAS Route No. 5752 from a point near Ena- vile through Prichard and Murray to Thompson pass. In his letter to Saint, Brown stated: \After my field trip over this road with you there was consid erable correspondence with the secondary roads en- gineer in the State of Idaho, after which it seemed to be es- tablished that the cotinty com- missioners of Shoshone county and the State of Idaho approved the Thompson pass over the Glidden pass. Flloi,ving our peri- od of correspondence on Oct. 17, 1958, I requested our planning survey manager to process the application for the extension of the route. Nov. 18, the Montana State Highway Commission ap- proved the extension and Nov. 20 the application was made to the Bureau of Public Roads for the extension . . . We have not heard from the Bureau of Public Roads concerning this applica- tion, presumably because they are negotiating with the State of Idaho for an extension in that state. It seems that there is noth- ing further that we can do at the present time to hasten the approval of this route extension as some of these cases just re- guire certain amount of time to get all the details ironed out .. . 'In the meantime, we are go- ing ahead with plans for the construction of 5'2 miles at the north end of the route connect- ing with the primary at the south side of the new Birdland bridge. It is tentatively schedul- ed to be let to contract in NoV- ember, 1959.\ _ In the Montana State Highway Commission's request for in- clusion of the short-cut on the secondary system, Fred Quinnell Jr. state highway engineer, wrote: \An investigation has been made and it is found that the Glidden pass, with an eleva- tion of 6000 feet, requires steep grades and expensive construe - Idaho highway approved the the best route econdary road Church to Show Schweitzer Film An 80 -minute feature film on the life of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, world famous doctor, musician and missionary, will be shown Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Congregational church annex. The film received .an award as the best documentary film of 1958 and is being brought here through the auspices of the dressed members concerning church. , 1 his work with the special fish All local residents are invited I and game department investi- to the showing and there will gating committee, on which he be no admission charge, only a served in the past legislative free will offering taken. - tion and a very difficult loca- tion to maintain, both in Mon- tana and Idaho. The Thompson pass, with an elevation of about 4850 feet, while of expensive ; construction, will be much cheaper to build than the Glid- den pass route. Better grade can be obtained and a much easier route to maintain. The county commissioners of Shos- hone county in the State of Idaho, were contacted and they professed a preference for the Thompson pass route over the Glidden pass route. Taking everything into consideration it was the unanimous decision of everyone who has traveled over the two passes that the Thomp- son pass should be the one chos- en for inclusion in the second- ary system . . \No traffic counts are avai- lable on the proposed extension of this route. The present road is lightly traveled because of its condition, but if it were to be improved to adequate stan- dards, it could be expected that there would he a substantial vol- ume of traffic moving via this route between U. S. 10 and U. S. 10A.\ The short-cut route would re- duce the mileage between Spok- ane and Glacier National park by approximately 50 miles. PROSPECT CREEK ROAD SURVEY DUE IN SPRING The Montana Highway Dept. of the work will be in Mineral is planning to assign an en-county with the project starting gineering survey crew to begin in St. Regis. surveying 52 miles of the new The March bid letting will be Prospect creek secondary route ,the first contract awards to be as soon as the weather breaks made this calendar year by the this spring, the Ledger has highway commission. learned from reliable sources in Helena. The project, which will in- clude the construction of two bridges, is scheduled to be let out on contract in November. Work on the road will include grading and gravel surfacing the new section of secondary high- way starting at the south ap- proach of the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge. Meanwhile, the highway com- mission last week formally an- nounced that a contract to grade, surface and seal 3.4 miles Of the Paradise -St. Regis cut-off road is to be let March 18. All Green Elected Rod and Gun Club President BPW to Conduct Traffic Survey Mesdames Vernon Vavrick, Wayne Moore and L. A. Wilkes were appointed to a committee for a traffic survey concerning the uniformity of traffic signs Tuesday evening when Thomp- son Falls BPW members met at the home of Mrs. Vavrick. The committee will cover the im- mediate Thompson Falls area and report its 'findings to a na- tional committee by April 15. The project is being sponsor- ed nationally by the Federation of BPW clubs and will survey more than 3300 communities in the United States. Findings be condensed and given to the American Assn. of National Traffic Laws, who with other (Con't on Back Page) The LEDGER - an ideal gift! Big game hunting season opening dates and areas sug- gested by the Fish and Game Dept. were approved by mem- bers of the Thompson Falls Rod pnd Gun club Monday night. closing dates and bag limits are to be set later by the state de- partment. Kelly Green was elected pre- sident of the club for 1959 to succeed Lyle Smith. Richard Heater was chosen vice presi- dent to succeed P. E. Hunger - ford and Carl Holmes succeeds Vernon Vavrick as secretary - treasurer. Duke Sallee and Ernest Brau- er were appointed to the memb- ership committee and Mrs. C. H. Weismandel was named to head the club's observance of nation- al wildlife week. The club also discussed plans to conduct another hunter safety training course in the near future for youths who will be 12 years old before the fall hunting season. State Rep. Henry L. Gill ad - session. Gill said most of the criticism heard by the committee was directed at members of the com- mission and not the department personnel. He cited instances of commissioners using influence on department personnel to ob- tain fish and game plantings in areas in which they would bene- fit personally. Legion to Note 40th Birthday The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary will note the Legion's 40th anniversary Fri- day, March 20 with a turkey dinner in the annex of the Com- munity Congregational church, L. A. Wilkes, post commander, has announced. Wilkes said members of the VFW and VFW auxiliary have been invited to attend the din- ner also. County to Retain Two Old Bridges The board of Sanders county commissioners plans to leave in- tact the two county bridges near the Montana Power Co. plant af- ter the new Highway 10A bridge has been completed further downstream, Commissioner Jesse W. Lee said Monday. Several individuals, particul- arly those residing along the road to Cherry creek X had ex- pressed concern that the spans might be dismantled upon com- pletion of the new bridge which will serve both Highway 10A and the county secondary route up Prospect creek. Lee said the old bridges will be limited to automobile and light pickup traffic and that a five-ton load limit probably will be placed on the spans. Funeral Services Today for Mrs. Minnie Trueax Funeral services will be con- ducted this morning at 11 o'clock in the Community Congregation- al church for Mrs. Minnie Alice Trueax. 75. who died at her home in Thompson Falls late Monday night. The Rev. Olah Moore will officiate and burial will be in the city cemetery und- er the direction of the Shrider Funeral Home of Plains. She was born Aug. 12, 1883 in Parsons. Kans. She was married to David Ilalbert in 1926. He died in 1936. In 1937 she came to Montana and was married to James True - ax July 31, of that year in Thom- pson Falls. She is survived by the widow- er at the family home; three daughters, Mrs. Esther Baker, Missoula: Mrs. Clara Chilcott, Atlanta. Kan., and Mrs. Albert Turnabull. Manhattan, Kan.; a sister, Mrs. Olive Boone, Clint- on, Okla., 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Peabody Report Sessions Planned Three meetings will be held this month in Sanders county by$ the Sanders County Schools Planning committee to acquaint the public with proposals con- tained in the Peabody report on public schools in Montana. The Sanders county meetings are a part of a series of similar meetings being cosponsored throughout the state by the Mon- tana Citizens Committee for the Schools with the Montana State PTA and the Montana School Board Assn. The meetings will be held at Hot Springs March 18, at Thom - (Continued on Back Page)