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State Historical Society Air Helena, Montana antlers mirky Led4v!r Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 54 No. 2 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, March 19, 1959 COUNTY I & I SCHOOL PAYMENTS REDUCED The sum of $39,876.35 in state income and interest money has been distributed to the 13 school districts in Sanders county for the school year 1958-59, Orin P. Kendall, county superintendent of schools, has announced. Dis- tribution to districts has been made on the basis of the num- ber of census persons in each district between the ages of 6 and 21 years. The amount distributed is ap- proximately $7600 short of the amount anticipated due to a de- crease in the number of census persons and a reduction in state funds available, Kendall said. The per capita amount received is $18.21 instead of $20, which had been anticipated. \The loss of anticipated in- come results in a reduction of the cash reserves, which in some districts has practically disap- peared due to the failure to re- ceive income as anticipated and to the fact that school funds are being held up by protested taxes. At the present time there is more than $223,000 in pro- tested taxes. More than 50 per cent of this amount is being withheld from our schools. The consequent result is that many of the school districts, in the county are paying interest on registered warrants, which amounts to several hundred dol - lars during the year. This is an item of expense which could be eliminated,\ Kendall said. The amount of income and interest money each district re- ceived: Dist. Name Amount 1. Plains $6,451.69 2. Thompson Falls 9,668.13 3. Heron 1,561.20 4. Whitepine 2,106.68 5. Lynch Creek 376.19 6. Trout Creek 3,329.30 8. Paradise 1,580.00 9. Dixon 3,160.01 Soil Conservation Day Program Planned March 26 The Green Mountain Soil Con- servation district will hold its annual Conservation day pro- gram at 1:30 p.m. March 26 in the multi -purpose room in Thompson Falls. Truman C. Anderson, ex- cutive secretary of the Montana Assn. of Soil Conservation Dis- tricts, will speak on \The Need for Soil Conservation in Western Montana.\ Anderson could be called \Mr. Conservation of Montana,\ as he has been active- ly associated with the soil con- servation movement in Montana since its start. He first came to Montana in 1939 as state coord- inator for the SCS. In 1942 he became state conservationist for the SCS and served in that cap- acity until 1957 when he assum - ed his present duties with the State Soil Conservation Assn. Don Baldwin, superintendent of the forest nursery in Mis- soula, will speak on \Tree Plant- ings for Timber and Christmas Tree Production in the Green Mountain District.\ State Rep. Henry Gill will ex- plain the new state regulations on fire control and slash dis- posal in western Montana timber land. Paul Harlow, chairman of the supervisors, will give a report of district activities. An election of a new supervisor and con- servation movies will complete the program. 10 Make Junior High Honor Roll 10. Noxon 11. Camas Prarie 12. Lonepine 14. Hot Springs 71. Oliver Gulch 4,119.30 921.67 1,561.20 4,928.12 112.86 First semester state transpor- tation money distributed: Dist. Name H.S. Elem. Ten Thompson Falls Junior High school students -three in the eighth grade and seven in the seventh -are on the fourth six weeks honor roll announced by K. William Havrey, principal. Laura Huffman, eighth grad- er, and John Duffield, seventh grader, earned perfect 3.0 grades. Others on the honor roll: Ray Babcock, Sheila Gable, eighth; Lenore Watters, Richard Heater, Eileen Smith, Marilyn Wake- field, Ronnie Burghard and Tim Campbell, seventh. WANT ADS provide extra cash! 1. Plains 578.68 2. T. Falls 1,146.32 3. Heron 4. Whitepine 5. Lynch Creek 6. Trout Creek 8. Paradise 9. Dixon 417.82 10. Noxon 781.98 11. Camas Prairie 12. Lonepine 14. H. Springs 926.08 71. Oliver Gulch 555.89 852.88 374.00 1,049.99 174.84 1,036.00 19.42 876.64 835.32 304.33 678.72 754.39 84.93 4 Students Top 4th Honor Roll Four students with perfect grades, one in each of the four classes of Thompson Falls High school lead the fourth six weeks honor roll released this week by N. W. Berge, principal. The four with straight A grade aver- ages are Nancy Malesich, fresh- man; Lorraine Thurman, soph- omore; Lynne Powell, junior, and Janice Repp, senior. Others making the honor roll include: Freshmen - Lynda Moore, Christine Urquhart; juni- ors -Bonnie Butte, Dave Eplin, Joyce Rosdahl, and seniors - Alice Dykstra, Frances Scott. Those receiving honorable mention were: Susan Duffield; freshman; Karen Wright, Janet Monk, sophomores; Linda Cun- ningham, Arden Davis, Bill Mea- dows, juniors; Harvey Curran, Lorraine Ebbett, seniors. MAHONEY, GILL GIVE LIONS SESSION REVIEW Accomplishments of the 1959 state legislature were reviewed for members of the Thompson Falls Lions club Thursday night by State Sen. Eugene H. Mah- oney and State Rep. Henry L. Gill. A record of 874 pieces of leg - islation were introduced during the session, which Mahoney de- scribed as one of the hardest working sessions in recent times. Concerning the budget for the next biennium, Mahoney, said re- quests totaled more than $100 million but were reduced by the legislature to $78 million includ- ing a deficit from the present biennium eStimated at around $5 1 / 2 million. and pay a fee of $10. Guests at the meeting includ- ed Gordon Koenig of Plains, Bob Kjos and K. Wyckman of Mis- soula. Richard Heater, presiding in the absence of President Art Turk, announced that the club's annual Easter egg hunt will be held Easter Sunday afternoon and that the club will honor Blue Hawk athletes at a banquet in the Community Congrega - tional church annex tonight. To obtain additional funds, the legislature increased personal income tax rates, estimated to raise between $7 1 / 2 and $10 mil- lion, increased the corporation license tax to raise $6 million more and passed legislation to tax non-resident property own- ers which will return from one - half to one million dollars. The tax on beer was increased also from $1 to $1.50 per barrel. Mahoney pointed out that the school foundation program was increased 3 1 / 2 per cent and that a feeling exists among many leg- islators that the state should take another look at the pro- gram and bring it up to date. In the realm of labor legis- lation, the solon pointed out that the occupational disease bill marks the first time that a social disease law has been passed in Montana. \Up to now the state has had to bear the burden of payments to silicotics. Now of- fending industry will pay.\ Revisions were made in the workmen's compensation law to change payments providing for some adjustments and increas- ed weekly benefits. Mahoney said the legislators feel there should be no increase in rates to employers because of increas - ed compensation to employes. He explained that the bill to authorize counties to license dog was introduced primarily by sheepmen, who have experienc- ed the problem of stray dogs do- ing damage to their flocks. Boats with motors of 10 horse- power or more will require a license which will be $3 for three years. Rep. Gill described the work of the special fish and game in- vestigating committee and said that most complaints from sport- smen indicated poor public re- lations, more than anything else. He also talked briefly on the governor's mansion, telling the Lions that $225,000 has been spent to -date and that an addi- tional $124,483 was appropriat- ed to complete the structure. He said the mansion indicates \there has been a lot of mis- handling of funds somewhere - contractors, architects, lack of supervision, etc.\ Concerning school funds, Gill said the legislature increased fees for leasing state grazing lands and pointed out that up to now cattlemen have had a \very favorable deal\ under the present grazing fee schedule. He said the increases should provide an extra $250,000 or more to the state school interest and income fund. He also pointed to the lobby- ist registration bill which will require all lobbyists at future legislative sessions to register Janice Pritzkau Passes; Rites Held Monday Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Com- munity Congregational church for Janice Elaine Pritzkau, 18, who died Friday morning at a Hot Springs hospital following a brief illness and surgery. The Rev. Olah Moore officiated and burial was in the new city cemetery under the direction of the Shrider Funeral home of Plains. Miss Pritzkau was born April 13, 1940 at Northwood, N. Dak. She attended Thompson Falls High school and for the past several months had been em- ployed at Melt's Snack Bar. She is survived by her par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Pritzkau, two brothers, John, San Diego Naval Training Center, Gary, Thompson Falls; six sisters, Mrs. Myrna Bybee, Kaye, Carol, Nancy, Laurie and Peggy, all of Thompson Falls, and mater- nal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schol of Northwood. Special music was provided by Miss Sue Thayer at the organ and Miss June Thayer, vocalist. Pallbearers were Teddy Mor- kert, Walt McCracken, Fred Wil- son of Missoula, Guy Hendren, Bob Rockwell and Danny Chlou- pek. Attending the funeral services from out of town were the de- ceased's aunts, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Goff, Missoula, Mrs. Oscar Prestbo, Chinook, Kathryn Gravdahl, Northwood, N. Dak., Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Streyle, Napoleon, N. Dak.; her uncles, Mr. and Mrs. William Pritzkau, Napoleon, Sam Pritzkau, Tooele, Utah, Francis Schol, Northwood; her cousins, Mrs. Donald Rucid, Northwood and Clifton Pritzkau, Tooele and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schol. North- wood. Cross and Butte Sell Husky Service Station Sale of the Husky Service sta- tion in Thompson Falls to Bud Derrickson and Dave Johnson by Cross and Butte, Inc. was an- nounced Wednesday by N. W. Cross and Hershel Butte. The new owners will take over op - eration of the station March 30. The transaction involve only the sale of the service station. Butte will purchase Cross' stock in the corporation. Cross and Butte. Inc. and continue to operate the Husky bulk plant, coal and Pres-to-Log business, transfer and garbage disposal service. Cross said his plans for the future are indefinite, but that he plans to assist Derrickson and Johnson for at least a month while they become established in their new business. Cross re- cently suffered a stroke, which effected the sight in his left eye, and necessitates a change in occupation for him. Cross came to Thompson Falls in 1948 to assist his father, Ray Cross, who was operating the service station. Soon after - wards the elder Mr. Cross died and his son purchased the busi- ness. In 1951, Butte, who had been employed by Gill -Adams, Inc. purchased an interest in the station and in 1957 the firm was incorporated. Cross served as mayor of Thompson Falls and also is a past president of the Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce. Butte has served on the city council and is a past commander of the Thompson Falls VFW post. Derrickson has been employ- ed by the firm since 1952. Johnson recently has been employed by Sharp Brothers, but previously was in charge of the lubrication department for a garage in Kalispell for a num- ber of years. His wife, Norma, is employed at Falls Electric. Under the new owners, the station will be known as Bud and Dave's Husky Service. Hiring Activity Up in County Hiring activity in Sanders county during January and Feb- ruary of this year continued to be better than the same period a year ago, acording to A. Koenen, manager of the Thompson Falls office of the Montana State Em- ployment service. Sixty-two job applicants were placed on jobs in the county dur- ing January. Two were sent to other areas on jobs and two were placed on farm jobs. Fifty- six new jobs seekers registered with the local office in Feb- ruary, as against 101 in January. Total number of job seekers on file at the end of February was 498. Job opportunities for men in construction skills continue good and are expected to improve as spring weather approaches; how- ever, the total number of job seekers is not expected to de- crease substantially during March as spring breakup will inactivate woods laborers in the area, Koenen said. _One Point Loss Stops Blue Hawks Lions to Honor Athletes Tonight The Thompson Falls Lions will honor Thompson Falls High school coaches and Blue Hawk athletes at the annual athletic banquet in the Community Cong- regational church annex toni- ght at 6:45 p.m. Principal speak- er will be member of the athletic department from Montana State university. Attending the banquet as guests of the club will be Coaches Steve Previs, W. J. (Buck) Phieninger, K. William Harvey and Norman Allen and students who have participated in interscholastic football, bas- ketball and track at the high sch,00l. Sanders County Post No. 44 of the American Legion will sponsor an exhibition basketball game between two eastern pro- fessional squads in the Thomp - son Falls High school gym Wed- nesday, April 22, L. A. Wilkes, commander. has announced. The two teams scheduled to appear here are the Harlem Magicians, a colored team, and the Boston Shamrocks, composed of college all-stars. The Magicians are led by Mar- ques Haynes, who performed 12 years with the famed Harlem Globetrotters and is labeled the world's greatest dribbler. The two teams will present half-time entertainment also and are tentatively scheduled to appear in Missoula. Libby and Columbia Falls while in western Montana. SOCIETY Or rilONTANA HELENA Single Copy 10c Legion to Sponsor STUDENTS TO Pro Cage Game SCIENCE FAIR Students - from the fifth grade on through the high school will have exhibits on display Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. in the multi -purpose room in connec- tion with the combined science fair, art handicraft exhibit and general open house to which the public is invited. The science exhibits mark the first venture by Thompson Falls students in science fair exhibits. Some of the science exhibits by high school students will be en- tered in the annual science fair to be held later at Montana State university in Missoula. Exhibits planned by senior high school students include: Preparation and use of hydro- gen, Abie Dykstra; osmosis, Sandra Bowden; photosynthesis, CITY VOTING CONTESTS DEVELOP IN TWO WARDS Contests in two of the three wards for the forthcoming city election Monday, April 6 deve- loped during the past week with One point stopped the Thom- pson Falls Blue Hawks from pos - sibly placing in the State Class B basketball tournament at Bozeman last weekend when they fell before the Fort Benton Longhorns 48 to 47 in a con- solation game Friday afternoon. The loss eliminated the Hawks, who lost their opener to Round- up 68 to 35. Against Roundup, the Hawks were never able to maintain their altitude after Roundup surged ahead from a 10-10 dead- lock late in the first period. Against Fort Benton, any one of several breaks could have changed the outcome. Jeff Wol- laston and Bruce Denison both fouled out early in the second half. The Hawks fared poorly at the charity shot line -sinking only 11 of 29 tosses. Fairfield won the class B title by defeating Powell of Deer Lodge 66 to 53 in the finals. Beaverhead of Dillon was third and Fort Benton fourth. Final Cleanup Now Underway At Noxon Rapids Final cleanup and checking is continuing on the upstream side of the Noxon Rapids dam in preparation for filling the 35 mile long reservoir during the spring run-off. Construction forces on the project continued steady at 300 men this week. Cleanup of excavation in the tail race has been completed until the downstream Cabinet reservoir is lowered while the Noxon Rapids reservoir is being filled. Concrete has been placed to elevation 2187 feet in the Unit 4 generator pedestal. Setting of stator sections and rotor Toles continued on Unit 1. The Unit 1 runner was set in place. Installatin of the 'elevator from the powerhouse to the top of the dam continued, as did drilling and curtain grouting from the main gallery in the dam. Construction of the log boom above the darn is continuing. Drilling of additional observa- tion wells downstream of the dam continued and also finish work on the operators' housing. Salvage of the old Highway 10A bridge at Trout Creek is underway also. Superintendent Chosen at Noxon By Ledger Correspcndent NOXON-The Noxon Board of trustees has announced the retention of Dane L. Hemmy as superintendent of schools for the year of 1959 - 60 to fill the vacancy created by the resigna- tion of Jack Baier, who has held the position for five years. Hemmy was selected freni several applicants interviewed and comes to Noxon after , being superintendent at Virgi- 1 nia City for the ast year. He , taught previously at Clyde Park , and Hingham. Hemmy will receive a salary of $7000 for the coming school, year and will probably assume, his duties about July 1. He plans to arrive in the community be- fore that time, however, and will live in one of the school teacherages. Hemmy is married and has four children, all school age He was graduated from Eau Claire State Teachers college in Wis- consin and received a master's degree from the Montana State college in Bozeman. The Weather - Date Max. Min Prec. March 11 50 25 tr. March 12 50 36 .28 March 13 49 29 .14 March 14 38 21 0 March 15 42 21 0 March 16 58 33 0 March 17 57 26 .03 the filing of nominating peti- tions with Mrs Lois Scott, city clerk. Filing for the two council posts in Ward 1 are incumbent aldermen Norm I,ovhaug and Richard heater as well as Orin I'. Kendall and Robert J. Millar. In Ward 3, three candidates have filed for the two positions They are Ed Shear, incumbent. Earl Oliver and James L. Taylor. Councilman Kenneth Torgrim- son is the only candidate to date for the two Ward 2 positions. A nominating petition for Mayor M. C. Sutherland to seek re-election was filed this week also. The deadline for filing nomi - nating petitions with the city clerk is Friday. Chamber Plans Spring Banquet Plans for the annual spring banquet of the Thompson Falls- Noxon Chamber of Commerce were made at the March meeting of directors at Trout Creek Monday night. The banquet will be held May 9 in the multi -pur- pose room. A trout dinner will be pre- pared and served by Mrs. Rus- sell Wright, and a social hour will precede the banquet. In other business. R. T. Au- clair, president, announced the following additional appoint- ments to committees: Retail trades committee, Ted Melling- er, chairman, Elmer Boyce. Industrial development, E. Edgar Taylor, Mark Holliday, Bob Clark, John Cernik. Outdoor recreation, A. H. Cheney, Bob McKee. State parks, John Brinkerhoff, Irwin Puphal. Membership, Duke Sallee and Carl Gibson, co-chairmen. Alternate director for the Sanders county chamber, John Britt. The directors agreed to spon- or an essay contest in connec - tion with the annual conserva- tion day program of the Green Mountain Soil Conservation district March 26. Prizes will be offered to high school students in Thompson Falls and Noxon and to elementary students in all schools in western Sanders county. C. H. Weismandel will be in charge of the contest. S. D. Babcock, chairman of the industrial development com- mittee, reported that samples of clay in the area will be analyzed by the Montana School of , Mines in Butte for commercial properties. He also said his committee planned to work closely with the outdoor recreation committee to aid in development of winter sports and summer recreational facilities. State Rep. Henry L. Gill. chair- man of the chamber's fish and game committee, said his com- mittee would study the possibili- ty of seeking an improved pro- gram of fish stocking in the area. He said a meeting with biologists to discuss the feasi- bility of additional planting will be held in the near future. The directors voted to again join the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Sanders county (Continued on Back Page) CONDUCT FRIDAY Donna Gill; miniature water cycle. Kaye Pritzkau; effect of gravity on root and stem growth; Mark Clark; collection of conif- ers, Rosalie Eichert and Camille Keister; a simple electric motor, Charlie Hopkins. Chemical properties of metals, Dave Eplin and Wally Page; es- timation of vitamin C in fruit juices, Joyce Rosdahl; conducti- city of solutions, Louis Dufresne and Ross Duffel; solubility of gases, Lorraine Ebbett, Joye Mahoney and Ruth Ann West; principle of the microphone, Keith Knodel; mounted bird skeleton. Lee Dykstra; diet ex- periment; Bill Shear; a solubility curve, Monson Young. In the Junior high division ex- hibits will include: Dinosaurs of the past, Patsy Carter; forma- tion of salt -coal crystals, David Lyght; a study of the factors in- fluencing hatching. Shiela Gable; growing plants with chemicals, Shaton Koontz, Kathleen Wrig- ht; the modern house, Don Lar- son; breadboard geiger counter, Ray Babcock; the effect of a high concentration of CO2 on plants, David Shepard; growing plants with chemicals, Larry Banister; rock collection, Walt- er Franke; use of a cadmium rod in a reactor, Thomas Kom- berec: how atomic energy pro- duces electricity and runs a sub- marine, Robert Gettmann; struc- ture of a grasshopper, Laura Huffman; relative position of the planets, Penny Miller; architec- tural designing, Nils Rosdahl. Exhibits will be judged Friday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. by a panel of local residents ac- cording to Laverne Gronewald, science instructor, who is in charge of arranging the exhibits with the aid 'of other faculty members. The 17A will serve coffee dur- ing the open house. In addition to the science ex- hibits, handicraft and art ex- hibits %ill be displayed for par- ents and patrons who may view them in the classrooms and hall- ways, Supt. Everett W. Long has announced. Supt. Long has extended an in- vitation to all parents and other interested persons to view the exhibits Friday night. Banquet to Note Legion's 40th Birthday Friday Sanders Post No. 44 of the American Legion will celebrate its 40th year at a no -host ban- quet for all veterans in the area to be served Friday evening at 6:30 p in in the annex of the Community Congregational church. The post's birthday banquet will be a part of a nationwide celebration by American Legion posts to observe the birth of the world's largest veteran or- ganization 40 years ago this month. The Sanders post received its charter Dec. 13, 1919 with 15 charter members, only two of whom -O. J. Murray and John Severson -still reside in the Thompson Falls area. Other charter members of the post were Ralph N. Timm. W. 0. Plummer. Willis Noland, Joseph W. John, Floyd Dotron, J. C. Davidson. J. H. Marksbury. M. D. McCurdy, R. M. Johnston, John W. Dotson. Conrad Gotzian, Hiram Larson and Charles M. Huolburt. The post this year boasts its largest membership in a num- ber of years with 37 members. The total already exceeds the post's quota for 1959. L. A. Wilkes, commander. said members of the VFW. VFW auxiliary as well as members of the Legion Auxiliary have been extended a special invitation to attend the birthday banquet. Gibson Resigns As City Marshal I Carl Gibson has resigned his Iposition as city marshal effec- tive Sunday, March 15. He said t health and the press of other business matters necessitated the action. I Gibson became city marshal last summer. The LEDGER - an ideal gift!