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State Historiva Society Helena, Montana • >rinAL SOOIETY ifIGi4I ANA HELENA Vol. 54 No. 5 Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County 'CHOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, April 9, 1959 NOXON RAPID—More than 90 per cent comp- lete, the $86 million Noxon Rapids Hydro- electric dam on the downstream side presented this appearance Sunday afternoon. When reservoir is filled, water will pour over spill- UPSTREAM—The Noxon Rapids dam with the reservoir filling behind it presented this picture from the viewpoint this week. Water is expected to rise to the spillway crest at ways at left. Powerhouse with generators is at right. Trestle, on which whirley crane in foreground is operating, is being removed now. (Ledger photo) right by the end of this week. Powerhouse section is seen at left. Noxon Rapids dam extends for more than a mile from the right wing to the tip of the left wing. (Ledger photo) WATER FUND 4 YEARS Blue Hawks Face T in roy Tra ta k turd ti ee a y t AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Resolution No. 177 formally annexing the new Silcox addi- tion to the town of Thompson Falls was adopted by the city council meeting in its regular April session Monday night. No protests to the annexation had been received by the city. In the near future the council will advertise for sale lots in the addition. In other action Mnoday night, the city dads granted permis- sion to Mrs. Lois Scott, city clerk, to place an additional $1000 on time deposit with the First State Bank as part of the city's reserve fund for the 1957 revenue water bond issue. Mrs. Scott Said the city's re- serve fund now totals $6000, the amount required by the bond issue to be established within six years. The reserve fund has been established to its minimum in only two years, whereas the bond issue agreement allowed • six years. Mrs. Scott pointed out that at the present rate that the re- serve fund has been building up. that the city water department will have approximately $10,000 on hand to retire the first bonds of the $60,000 issue when the first bonds become due in 1963. The $10,000 will be in addition to the $6000 that must be retain- ed as an emergency reserve. Under the present rate of water bond fund accumulations, this would allow the city to re- tire the issue much sooner than scheduled. In addition, the city will com- plete payments this year on its 1948 general obligation water bond issue and no taxes will be levied this year for that bond- ing program. No action was taken on a re- quest by the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. for a city water hookup at its mill. The council will postpone a decision until it Can meet with a representative of the lumber firm to discuss the request further. Likewise no action was taken by the dads on a request from school officials that speed zones be established on streets arbund the school. The council is ex- pected to meet with Supt. Everett W. Long regarding the matter. Firm to Establish Outlet in Iowa The Watters Brothers Lumb- er Co. is planning to expand its sales department by establish- ing a wholesale lumber yard at Newton, Ia., Billy and Jerry Wat- ters, owners of the firm, an- nounced Wednesday. Arrangements have been made, they said, for leasing a warehouse at Newton. The wholesale outlet will service the entire state of Nebraska and most of Iowa. The firm plans to stock both dimension and sheathing lumb- er at Newton. One of the two brothers plans to go to Newton in the near future to start the operation. Lumber shipments from their mill at Thompson Falls will be made both by truck and rail. Charlo to Face Check Charge Albert Charlo of the Flathead Indian reservation was bound over to district court Tuesday by Justice E. H. Davis on a charge of issuing fictious checks in the Hot Springs area. Charlo was arrested by Sheriff Wally Britton. Justice Davis set Charlo's bond at $1000. The LEDGER — an ideal gift! The Thompson Falls High school track squad will open its 1959 track season with a dual meet with the Troy Trojans at Ainsworth field at 2 p.m. Sat- urday, Coach W. M. (Buck) Pru- eninger announced Wednesday. Prueninger said the meet \was arranged on the spur of the moment and really will be a warm-up session for both squads.\ The Blue Hawks have five re- turning lettermen on the 1959 squad. The veterans are aug- umented, however, by one of the largest squads of thinclad aspirants in recent years. Election Attracts Record Vote By Ledger Correspondent HERON—Ninety-nine turned out to vote at the annual school election Saturday afternoon at the lunchroom. Voters gave Ed Singbeil 64 votes to 35 for Al- bert Lunnen, incumbent, for the three-year term as trustee. This is believed to be the largest number ever voting at an election for trustee. In fact, there are a number of times at the general elections when there are not that many voting. Judges were Mrs. J. C. Brooks, Mrs. Ernie Weber and Earl Clayton. The Heron Chat and Act club sold cake, pie and coffee at the school election. Zook Assumes Marshal Duties Walter Zook assumed duties last weekend as city marshal, succeeding Carl Wilson, who re- signed recently. Zook moyed with his family last year 'to Thompson Falls from Trout Creek, where he had been employed on construction projects in connection with the Noxon Rapids dam. The Weather - Date Max. April 1 53 April 2 59 April 3 63 April 4 57 April 5 72 April 6 61 April 7 59 Min. Prec. 53 .21 36 .22 27 0 41 0 31 0 36 tr. 24 0 30 -DAY OUTLOOK Montana April temperatures are expected to average about seasonal in the western third, but warmer than seasonal in the eastern twO-thirds. Precipitation should average heavy at most stations except in the northeast corner, where totals not far from normal should be the rule. Rosdahl Elected To Second Term Dr. C. E. Rosdahl was re-elect- ed to a three-year term on the board of trustees for school district No. 2 at the annual elec- tion held Saturday. Dr. Rosdahl received 172 votes compared to 90 for Mrs. Richard Wollaston, the only oth- er candidate on the ballot. A total of 263 votes were cast, with one ballot declared void. Hold over members of the five -member board are Mrs. Stephen D. Babcock, chairman, Lloyd Johnson, Paul K. Harlow and K. A. Eggensperger. The board will hold its annual reorganization meeting Satur- day, April 18. Single Copy 10c Noxon Rapids to Fill By End of This Week The water level in the Noxon Rapids reservoir is expected to reach the spillway crest by the end of this week following the closing of the sluice gates Fri- day at 1 p.m. The closing announcement, which broke in Thompson Falls early Friday morning lured sev- eral local residents to the dam to witness the event. Sunday, the reservoir filling drew a steady stream of viewers. When filled to its maximum level, the lake will extend 38 miles to the Thompson Falls dam of the Montana Power Co. plant. Construction of the log boom was completed last week at the dam and it has been floated into place and made ready for final assembly when the reservoir is filled. Salvage of the old Highway 10A bridge at Trout Creek has been completed with the float- ing of the two end spans off the piers as the water in the reser- voir rose. Construction forces on the project totaled 290 men this week—the same as last week. The concrete delivery trestle is being removed and miscellan- eous blockouts are being con - COMMISSIONERS HEAR BOOKMOBILE PROS, CONS About 50 Sanders county re- sidents, re p r ese nting the county's three incorporated towns and most rtiral areas argu- ed alternately for and against continuation of the bookmobile and other related library ser- vices at a public meeting with the board of county commission- ers Tuesday afternoon in the court house. The meeting lasted more than two hours. H. E. Smith, chairman of the board of commissioners, presid- ed at the meeting, which was at- tended also by Commissioners Jesse W. Lee and Jack Harwood. Near the end of the meeting, Mrs. Ruth Longworth, execu- tive secretary of the State Lib- rary Extension commission, pre- sented a proposed budget with several alternatives to the com- missioners for retention of the bookmobile and other related library services with county tax support. For the past two and a half years the bookmobile has been operated with federal and state funds, which no longer will be available after July 1. The maximum budget which Mrs. Longworth requested would cost Sanders county $10,500 per year and would include the fol- lowing: Bookmobile cost for 1 year . $1000 Bookmobile books 857 $1857 Missoula headquarters expense: Consultant 714 Supplies & travel 429 $1143 TOTAL FOR BOOKMOBILE $3000 Assistance to existing libraries to give service to residents re- siding outside of city limits: Books $6000 Personnel: Dixon 500 Plains 500 Thompson Falls 500 $7500 Grand total for book- mobile and services to existing libraries $10,500 Mrs. Longworth said that if the county did not feel it could afford to provide the maximum service requested that the as- sistance for existing libraries could be cut from $7500 to $3000, thereby making the county's grand total $6000. Of, it was also brought out, the bookmobile service could be retained along without any funds for existing libraries or vise versa, funds provided for existing libraries without the bookmobile service. The meeting was 'opened with an explanation • of the services provided to the libraries of Plains, district governor. Plains, Thompson Falls and Dix- on by Mrs. Frances Cone, Plains librarian, Mrs. Kathryn John- son, member of the Plains lib- rary board. Mrs. Lester Kem- merer, Thompson Falls librari- (Continued on Back Page) 19 Students View Science Exhibits Nineteen Thompson Falls junior and senior high school students with LaVerne Grone- wald, high school science in- structor as sponsor, attended the annual MSU science fair held in the university field house at Missoula Saturday. Students making the trip by bus either had exhibits in the recent local science fair, be- long to the newly formed sci- ence club or show a special in- terest in the science field, Supt Everett W. Long said. Purpose of the excursion was to acquaint students with the nature of the state science fair and the types of exhibits shown. Due to a technicality, Thomp- son Falls students were unable to enter exhibits in the MSU fair, Supt. Long explained. \Be- cause the science fair idea has mushroomed so fast, it is now necessary that students must place in a district fair to be eligible to participate in the state fair. We did not enter either fair because the idea was new to all of us and we felt it better that the students view one before participating on a higher level. The MSU fair has become quite 'professional',\ Long comment- ed. Students visiting the MSU fair included Joyce Rosdahl, John Muster, Lee Dykstra, Keith Kno- del, Bill Shear, Sandra Bowden, Donna Gill, Donald Lagge, Ross Duffel, Ann Larson of the high school and Mickey Clark, Walter Franke, Robert Gettman, Nils Rosdahl, John Duffield, Gary Heater, Richard Heater, Dale Mooney and Patsy Carter of the junior high. creted. Setting of the stator sections continued on units 1 and 2 and was started on unit 3. Installation of air, oil and wat- er piping is continuing as is in- stallation of the elevator from the powerhouse to the top of the dam. Drilling of additional observa- tion wells downstream of the dam and finish work on the operators' housing continued also. The first of four generating units at the dam is scheduled to go on the line Sept. 1. Each unit wil have a capacity of 100,000 kilowatts. Flow of the Clark Fork river Ladies Guests Of Lions Tonight The Thompson Falls Lions club will stage a ladies night dinner and program in the an- nex of the Community Congrega- tional church tonight at 6:45 p.m. State Sen. Eugene H. Mahoney will act as master of ceremonies, Art Turk, club president, has announced. The program will include musical numbers and a film on the last Lions Inter- national convention, which will be narrated by Tom Carter of is continuing to rise. Tuesday's flow at the site of the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge was 37,100 cubic feet per second compared to 35,000 cubic feet Friday. Sheriff Wally Britton and Undersheriff A. Ben Cox re- sumed the search for the body of Lewis Ostland, who drowned when he fell several months ago from scaffolding on the face of the dam. It was thought that when the gates were shut the water level in front of the dam would lower. Efforts of the sheriff's office to retrieve the body, believed lodged in the wreckage of the old construc- tion bridge, were unsuccessful. 5000 NEEDED TO PUT POOL IN OPERATION An estimated $5000 additional is needed to construct, com- pletely equip and place the pro- posed community swimming pool . operation, members of the swimming pool committee decid- ed at a meeting held Tuesday night at Ray's Barber Shop. May- or M. C. Sutherland, chairman of the pool committee, presided. Committee members decided to call a public meeting for Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. to compile a list of prospective donors and make final plans for conducting a fund raising drive. Meeting with the pool com- mittee were Art Turk and John N. Williams, general contractors. who provided estimates for con- struction costs. Mrs. Harvey Hotzel. commit- tee secretary -treasurer, report- ed that the fund now contains about $220 plus $500 which has been donated by the First State Bank for completion work. Costs of constructing the pool with the Esther Williams swim- ming pool pack purchased last fall are estimated to require $7200. This would include $3800 for concrete and plumbing work. $700 for sidewalks around the pool, $2000 for dressing rooms and filtration equipment space. $200 for a fence and $300 for an additional filter. and $200 for a septic tank. Ken Haskell was instructed by the committee to survey the boundaries of Ilougland park and to complete a drawing show- ing elevations, dressing rooms. fencing and other items in the pool plan. The pool is to be constructed on lots purchased from Dave Ilougland on Preston Ave. and donated to the city by the Thompson Falls Lions club at a cost of $1000. The deed given to the city specifies that the plot is to be known as Hougland park and is to be used for park and recreation purposes. The pool will be 20 by 40 feet and under State Board of Health regulations will accomodate 60 persons at, one time. The ,board of health has re- quired that additional filtration equipment be provided so that the water will be filtered and re- circulated every eight hours. The filter provided in the pool pack provided for filtration and re- circulation every 24 hours. It was suggested by Mayor Sutherland at Tuesday night's meeting that the, many wholesale distributors who do business with Thompson Falls business firms should be given an oppor- tunity to contribute to \this worthwhile community project.\ The purpose of next Tuesday night's public meeting will be primarily for the purpose of compiling a complete list of pro- -- Pre -School Party Planned Friday Pre-schoolers who will reach the age of six before Nov. 1 are reminded to accompany their mothers or fathers to the Thompson Falls elementary school Friday for the annual pre-school roundup, Principal K. W. Harvey said Tuesday. Mothers will gather for the meeting at 2 p.m. in the multi- purpose room while the pre- school children are guests of the first grade rooms. spective out-of-town donors who should be contacted. Especially desired Tuesday night, is a widespread representation of Thompson Falls businessmen. In addition, it was pointed out that numerous local residents have signified their intention of donating funds when they are assured that the pool will be constructed and completed. Donations to the pool fund can be made at any time to Mrs. Hotzel at the First State Bank. Total cost of building and equipping the pool complete will be around $10,000—a sum con- sidered by members of the pool committee as being \real reasonable\ when compared to costs of pools in other cities. The committee urges all par- ents and residents desiring to see the pool completed and placed in operation this sum- mer to attend the meeting Tues- day night. 3 Incumbents Win Terms in City Election Monday Thompson Falls voters retain- ed three incumbent councilmen and chose two new aldermen at the city election held Monday. Mayor M. C. Sutherland, running 'without opposition, was elected to his fourth two-year term. Based on unofficial tabula- tions, voters elected the follow- ing councilmen: Ward 1—Richard Heater and Orin P. Kendall. Ward 2—Kenneth Torgrim- son. Ward 3 --Ed Shear and James L. Taylor. New council members are Kendall and Taylor. In Ward 2, both Art Turk and Bill Gunther received three write-in votes for councilman. thereby throwing election of the ward's second alderman into the laps of the council Voting was light in all three wards with a total vote of 168 of a possible 556, about 30 per cent. The vote tabulation by wards . Ward 1—Mayor Sutherland 58; Heater 51, Kendall 45, Norm Lovhaug 44. Bob Millar 34. Ward 2—Mayor Sutherland 31; Torgrimson 35. Turk 3. Gunther 3. Ward 3—Mayor Sutherland 30: Shear 22: — Taylor 22, Mike Freed 17, Earl Oliver 17. The council will canvass the ballot returns Monday night. Howards, Wrights Purchase Homes The T. %V. Scott residence has been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Howard, according to Mr. Scott. Saturday the Scotts start- ed moving into the former Barn- hill home now owned by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Mooney so the Howards could occupy their house. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wright have moved into the former Billy Whitley house which they purchased from J. E. Mooney. They had formerly resided for several years in the Small Apts. on Main street.