Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1959-current, April 23, 1959, Image 2

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2 --SANDERS COUNTY LEDGER Thursday, April 23, 1959 SANDERS COUNTY LEDGER K. A. EGGENAPERGER Editor and Publisher THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA NATIONAL EDITORIAL I ASig)C5T1 Published every Thursday at Thompson Falls, Montana, county seat of Sanders county. Entered as second class matter March 3, 1906, under the Act of Congress, March 9, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION RATE One Year in Sanders County Six Months in Sanders County One Year Outside County $3.00 $1.75 $3.50 Six Months Outside County $2.0e I All subscriptions payable in advance) 1 ...•••••••••••••••••••••••••••• • A Tragic, Costly Lesson in Politics Last week's tragic prison riot at Deer Lodge has proved with- out a doubt that taking Montana's State prison \out of politics\ has been extremely costly in money, injuries and lives. As you will recall, soon after Forrest Anderson took office as attorney -general in January of 1957, he started to attack the former warden, F. 0. Burrell, and the prison operation. The prisoners were not oblivious to this sympathetic voice in a high state office and in June 1957 rioted. The riot was minor—no shots were fired—no one was killed, no blood was let. In fact the riot started over shelling some peas. However, as a result of further attacks on Burrell by Ander- son and other foes of Governor Aronson's administration, Burrell threw in the towel and resigned. Bowing to the demands of \do-gooders\ within and without the state—including Joseph Rowan of Spokane of the Montana Council on Corrections—Gov- ernor Aronson appointed Floyd Powell of Wisconsin as warden last August. Powell had ranked second in tests among more than 70 applicants for the position. By \appointing an experienced and qualified applicant, based on tests and interviews, the warden's job was being 'taken out of politics\—that's what the people of Montana were told. Now let's look at the record. Since Powell took over, the total number of prisoners escap- ing from Deer Lodge has increased 25 per cent for an eight -month period compared to the last full year that Burrell ran the pen. Powell has been expensive for Montana! During Burrell's last fiscal year in office, he returned to the state's general fund more than $16,000 and drew criticism from Anderson for this. For the period Jan. 1 to June 30, 1959 ,Powell asked and received from the legislature more than $400,000 in a deficiency appropriation—an amount over and above the budget Burrell would have had to run the prison. Admittedly some of the costs resulting in Powell's deficiency appropriation were necessitated by the minor riot in June 1957. But, that isn't all. Take a look at the prison's budget for the next biennium - 1959 -60, which constitutes the largest percentage increase of any office or department in the state government—a whopping 139.7 per cent hike. For the current biennum (July 1, 1957 - June 30, 1959), the legislature appropriated $1,251,014 for Burrell. The last legislature gave Powell $2,998,542 to operate the prison two years. Yes, Powell is an expensive warden. But, the biggest tax bite may be yet to come. In November 1960, Montana citizens are being asked to ap- prove a $5 million bond issue with which to construct a new prison outside the town of Deer Lodge. Montana needs a new prison . On that there is almost universal agreement. In fact, the present delapidated, outdated physical plant is one of the prime reasons for the continuing troubles at Deer Lodge. ILEIDCIEU ILINIES By K. A. E. • \Betcha My Bank Account Is Bigger Than Yours!\ Young people like to boast a bit at times, particularly to their chums — remember? However, this illustrates the pride many youngsters in this town take in their regular savings habits. Instilling the habit of saving early in life, makes good future citizens. Established In 1906 MRS. STILSON ELECTED NOXON PTA PRESIDENT By Mrs. Fred Goodwin NOXON—Mrs. Robert Stilsord was elected president of the Noxon PTA Thursday night. She succeeds Myron Dailey. Mrs. Helen Jenkins was elect- ed vice president, Mrs. Art Vanek, secretary, and Jim Fork- er, treasurer. Out -going officers are Mrs. P. L. Guthrie, vice president; Mrs. Fred Goodwin, secretary and Mrs. Stilson, treasurer. Plans for the annual school picnic May 24 were discussed. Bernie Henderson and Myron Dailey volunteered to make ar- rangements for the pop and ice cream. The picnic is a no host affair and is a family and community event with every one invited. The fifth grade class was judg- ed the winner of the $18 prize for having the. largest percent- age of parents present at PTA meetings this year. The fourth grade had the next highest per- centage. Last year Mrs. McAlair's four- th grade won the prize and stu- dents took a train ride to Thom- pson Falls. These same students won the prize again this year. The next PTA meeting will be May 14 and will include a pot- luck dinner at 6:30. Horticulturist to Speak Bob Warne, state horticul- turist, will meet with the Noxon Home Demonstration club Thursday, April 30 at the home of Mrs. Ralph Tyler at 2 p.m. The club met Tuesday this week and worked with shell craft. Mrs. Ed Gore demonstrat- ed. Noxon Briefs Noxon schools have had sever- al students absent with flu the past two weeks. Loran Heller left last week for Wenatchee. Mrs. Heller will re- main in Noxon a few days before joining him. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Weeks of Asotin, Wash, have returned to Noxon and re -opened the Mon- tana hotel, which they formerly ran. They will also open the re- staurant. Noxon Community Ladies Aid served coffee, cake and pie at the Dobravec store building Fri- day. In charge were Mrs. El- wood Collins, Mrs. Myron Dailey, Mrs. John Davies, Mrs. Doug Smith and Mrs. Lilly Cotton. Mrs. Art Noll has returned from a two-week trip to Ana- conda, where she visited her son and family. Mrs. Dorothy French and son, Bert Miner, visited in Portland with Mrs. French's son, Walt. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Goodwin and son, Gary, spent Saturday and Sunday in Libby visiting her sister, Mrs. William Haffer- man, and brother, Orin Brist. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bevans and son of Spokane arrived here Sunday and are staying with his folks, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Mc- Guigan. Paul Certain and sons, Timmy and Mike, spent the weekend visiting relatives and friends in Wenatchee and Brewster, Wash. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Smith and son, Freddie, have moved to Bigfork. Mr. and Mrs. Gus Fry of Coeur d'Alene visited last week at the George Huffs. Jeane Valdez spent Sunday night with Janet McGee. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar McGee have moved to Gainsville, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle McGee were Sunday visitors at the Wil- lis McGees. Mr. and Mrs. George Bunce are visiting her father in Cal- gary this - week. Melvin Green of Phoenix, Ariz. has returned to Noxon for the summer. Mrs. Green will join him when school is out. Mrs. Helen Jenkins and daughters visited Sunday at the Martin Pyatts at Trout Creek. Mrs. Les Wolfe and daughters and Mrs. Arthur Hampton were in Noxon Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Scott were in Spokane recently to attend funeral services for Mrs. Duffy, a former Noxon resident. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jenkins of Troy visited relatives in Nox- on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Merle Jenkins spent Monday this week in Spo- kane. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jamison of Spokane visited at the Earl Scotts. Jack Baier, Jim Forker and Henry Kraus Jr. attended a school meeting in Helena Mon- day. Mrs. Ray Collins and son and Gayle Eddy attended the wed- ding of Elnita Rae Hovvser and Gary Miller in Seattle Friday. Gayle, dressed in a pink dress lined with green, was flower girl for the wedding. Saturday and Sunday they visited the Ray Collins, former Noxon residents. They c t eturned to Noxon Monday by train. Mrs. Sylvia Wheeler of Port- land arrived Sunday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Hallie M. Jen- kins, for an indefinite period. Blank salesbooks—now in stock At the Ledger. tf But, the fact remains, that under Warden Burrell, Montana was slowly acquiring a new prison. Using prison labor—not so much with the idea of saving money but more to keep prisoners busy and out of trouble—Burrell had constructed a new slaught- erhouse, a minimum security barracks, a sewer lagoon and deve- loped a.water system for the new prison on ranch land owned by the state southwest of Deer Lodge. (He had plans approved for a maximum security compound also.) All this was done while still saving and returning money to the state's general fund. Under Powell's administration, a prison cattle herd has been dispersed and, , we understand, the new slaughterhouse stands empty and idle. There are now fewer prison jobs—jobs which ar the main way prisoners can earn time off for good behavior. Consequently, prisoners have more time to brood about their conditions—and time to plan more riots. For four years during Governor Aronson's first administra- tion, Warden Burrell ran the prison without a hint of trouble. Then six months after Anderson took office as attorney -general, a riot was fomented. That riot led to Burrell's resignation. We realize Montana needs a new prison and are ready to cast our vote for the $5 million bond issue—but, not until we are assured that a more efficient and economy -minded man than Floyd Powell is going to oversee its construction. As one pro- minent Deer Lodge citizen remarked to us last month, \Sure it would be nice to have a $5 million construction program in our area—but we're not sure Powell is the man to handle it.\ As we said, taking Montana's prison out of politics has been an expensive lesson. The only thing gained, so far as we can ascertain, is that Anderson has learned to keep his mouth shut and away from Deer Lodge during a riot. And that prisoners still can't vote. FOR WEED CONTROL DOWPON for Quack & other grass AMINO TRIAZOLE for Canada thistle. ESTERON 99 for farm . weed control. REDDON for -farm brush killer. MARLATE for rattle spray MARLATHION for aphid & mites CHLORDANE for cutworm & earwigs. We have a complete stock of above. B. B. OWEN I -H Dealer Plains, Montana er has been transferred by the Noxon Couple Move to Cheney Northern To Wed May 1 Mr. and Mrs. Randall Beem and Pacific Railway Co. NOXON—Miss Dora Lorada famil y Johnson and Pvt. Arthur D. Cheney, moved last week to Wash., where the form-' The Adams, both of Noxon, have chosen May 1 as their wedding date. The couple will be married at the Noxon Community Metho- dist church at 8 p.m. The Rev. George Lee officiating. This will be a public wedding and all friends of the couple are invited. A reception will follow in the church basement. Miss Johnson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson of Noxon and a graduate of Noxon High school. Private Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Adams of Noxon, is sta- tioned at Fort Ord, Calif. A public bridal shower will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Community church base- ment for Miss Johnson. Hostes- ses are Mrs. Art Noll, Mrs. Doro- thy French, Mrs. Ed Gore and Mrs. Earl Scott. All friends are invited to at- tend. Jenkins Grocery Closes at Noxon NOXON—Closing of the Jen- kins Grocery store, one of Nox- on's oldest and largest business establishments, has been an- nounced by Mrs. Hattie M. Jen- kins, owner. Mrs. Jenkins said only the grocery store would be closed and that she would continue to operate the locker plant and liquor store. Thompson River -- By Mrs. Duane Eitelberg Mrs. Grace Carson and grand- daughter of Missoula were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Goode Saturday night. Mrs. Floy Johnston of Thomp- son Falls visited Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Goode Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Burt Lofthus were in Missoula Saturday. They also visited the former's broth- ers in Dixon. Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Dooley were in Poison Friday on busi- ness. LEDGER an ideal gift! YOU CAN GET IT DONE AT. . . Nelson Electric 6 Machine LAWNMOWERS REPAIRED Having trouble with your grass cutter? Bring it in for a check-up. Our experienced personnel and equipment, including a new magneto analyzer, can quickly locate and correct the troubles. 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Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 23 April 1959, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn86075283/1959-04-23/ed-1/seq-2/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.