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State Historical Society Helena, Montana HI8TORIOA1 [yOCIET yc OF MONTANA HELENA • Vol. 54 No. 8 Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper In Sanders County THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, April 30, 1959 Single Copy 10c THE EARLY DAYS—Back in 1938 members of the Thompson Falls Fire Dept. posed for this picture soon after the department acquired its first fire truck. In the front row, left to right are, Ivan Gross, Berlin Luke, Charles Hiner, Roy Hanson, Gerald Green, Wiley Gerrard, Art Turk, Claude Friel and Chief E. H. Davis. Standing or seated in the fire truck are Fred Irwin, Irwin Luke, Bert Macho, Conrad Preston and Bert Glidden. THE REINS CHANGED—Fire Chief E. H. Davis (left) hands over the symbol of his office to new Fire Chief Charles Apple- gate. Davis retired last week after 25 years of service as the first and only chief of the Thompson Falls Fire Dept. (Ledger photo) COUNTY, NP TO BUILD NEW CROSSING SITE Authorization to establish a fourth railroad crossing for Thompson Falls has been obtain- ed from the Northern Pacific Railway Co. by the Sanders county board of county com- missioners. The commissioners Thursday formally approved and accepted plans presented by the railroad to County Attorney Alex C. Morrison. The crossing will be located across Highway 10A from the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. mill and just west of the city dump. In addition to shortening the distance for Thompson river and Highway 10A residents traveling to the dump, the cross- ing is expected to draw traffic of mill personnel who reside in the northeast party of the city. First action for the crossing was initiated by George Green about two years ago when it was hoped that the National Guard would erect an equipment main- tenance building on ground owned by the city east of the dump. Under the agreement between the railroad and county, the car- rier will install the crossing, warning signs and raise over - Six Make Junior High Honor Roll Six students are listed on the fifth six weeks honor roll for the Thompson Falls Junior High school released this week by K. William Harvey, grade school principal. John Duffield, seventh grader, topped the list with a straight A, 3.0 grade average. Othela on the honor roll are Tim Campbell, Marilyn Wake- field, seventh grade Laura Huff- man, Ray Babcock and Micky Clark, eighth grade. head communications wires, but will be reimbursed by the county. The county will build the few feet of roadway neces- sary for the crossing to city land and the city is expected to con- nect with present road to the dump. Commissioners H. E. Smith, Jesse W. Lee and Jack Harwood with Sheriff Wally Britton in- spected the proposed site for the crossing Thursday morning. Mill Completing Storage Sheds Roofing work on additional shed space being constructed at the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. mill is expected to be completed next week, Arden Davis, gener- al manager, reported this week. When the work is completed, the mill will have 80,000 square feet of shed space and it is an- ticipated that all planed lumber will be kept under roof to pro- tect it from sun, rain and dust, Davis said. The lumber firm also is in the midst of a program to gravel and provide drainage for much of the storage and roadway areas around the mill. The project is being undertaken to eliminate mud and hold down the dust in the dry periods, Davis said. Infant Baptized Jeffrey Wayne Vaught, infant son of A -3c and Mrs. Wayne Vaught, was baptized in services conducted during the regular worship hour Sunday at the Community Congregational church by the Rev. Olah Moore. God parents for the baby were his maternal aunt, Mrs. All Hoff and maternal uncle, Robert Rockwell. Tuesday the little boy and his parents returned to Yaak AFB after spending about ten days here visiting. Solons Expected To Legalize TV Boosters Congress is expected to ap- prove the Federal Communica- tions commission's proposal to legalize TV booster stations ac- cording to an article appearing in the current issue of Business Week. The magazine article states: 'Congressmen from the moun- tainous western states forced the FCC to reverse itself on its earlier ruling, which would have required the VHF boosters to translate their signals to UHF in order to avoid interference be- tween VHF stations. The new proposal requires only that the VHF signal be switched to a different channel by the boost- er and that it be limited to a five -mile range.\ Game Browse Studies Started Transects were established on Dry and Fishtrap creeks last week as the first long-range studies of winter range condi- tions for big game animals, Irwin Puphal, district ranger, reported Monday. The cooperative browse studies are being undertaken by the Forest Service and Montana Fish and Game Dept. Puphal said other transects are to be established on Clear, Prospect and Cherry creeks this spring. In conducting the range studies, Puphal said a team sur- veys 50 plants of one species in a specific area and classifies the results. Each area will be re- classified annually to determine the browsing trend. Puphal said the transects last week revealed that winter brow- sing in the old game preserve on Dry creek was \very light,\ while heavy browsing was found on Fishtrap creek. Making the first transects last week were Puphal, Clyde Blake, Charles Waterman, A. H. Cheney, Fay Couey, Ross Leavitt and Dick Weckwerth of Kalis- pell. Puphal said that by studying the same plot of ground each year, it can be determined whet- her winter big game ranges are being over browsed, under browsed or are handling a bal- anced big game population. ldahoans Get Painting Jobs Contracts for painting the new Highway 10A ridge at Trout Creek and for painting the spiral casings in the powerhouse at the Noxon Rapids dam have been awarded to Hunter and Tate of Sandpoint. Construction forces on the Noxon project totaled 250 men this week—a figure that has been consistent for the past several weeks. 'Flow of the river is being passed over the spillway section and the reservoir is holding near elevation 2308 feet. Clay blanketing of the old river channel above the dam is continuing. Goslings Taken For First Swim A proud pair of Canadian geese took their four downy goslings for an outing and a swim Wednesday noon at the Thompson Falls reservoir. The goslings, so small they were barely visible from the road, were carefully watched by their parents. Mated Canadian geese, seen almost daily early in the spr- ing, have been missing the past few weeks while the eggs were being hatched. Honor Roll Lists 15, Third With Perfect Grades One third of the 15 students making the fifth six weeks hon- or roll for Thompson Falls High school earned perfect straight A grade point averages during the period, N. W. Berge, principal, has announced. The five students with perfect grades are Nancy Malesich, freshman; Lorraine Thurman, sophomore; Lynne Powell, juni- or, and Janice Repp and Frances Scott, seniors. Other on the honor roll with grade averages of 2.5 or better out of a possible 3.0 are: Freshmen—Susan Duffield, Lynda Moore. Juniors—Bonnie Butte, Arden Davis, Dave Eplin, Joyce Ros- dahl, Carolyn Selvig, Jeff Wol- laston. Seniors—Alice Dykstra, Lor- raine Ebbett. Students receiving honorable mention are: Freshman — Cheryl Saint, Christine Urquhart. Juniors—Linda Cunningham, Ernest Schmoyer. Senior—Harvey Curran. June Thayer Installed as BPW Club President Miss June Thayer was for- mally installed as the 1959-60 president of the Thompson Falls BPW club at the annual installa- tion banquet Tuesday evening in the Masonic temple. Others in- stalled were Mrs. Eaton Knees - kern, president-elect; Mrs. Leon- ard Lovhaug, first vice presi- dent; Mrs. Donald Campbell, re- cording secretary; Miss Susan L. Thayer, corresponding secretary and Mrs. Duke Sallee, treasurer. Installing officer was Miss Ethel Trenary of Helena, past presi- dent of the Montana Federation of BPW Clubs. Mrs. Norm Lovhaug, past state treasurer, acted as toastmistress and the Rev. Olah Moore gave the invocation. The new presi- dent, who served as membership chairman last year, presented rosebuds to new members Ruby Sheffer, Mrs. Mildred Monk and Mrs. Dorothy Hunton. A musical interlude during the dinner hour was presented by the girls' chorus of Thomp- son Falls High school under the direction of Larry Coloff. Larry Luke, Manson Young and Hal Denison sang with the chorus for two numbers. Mrs. Harvey Hotzel, outgoing president, presented gifts to her officers and Mrs. Lovhaug pre- sented a gift to her on behalf of the club. Miss Thayer accept- ed the presidency with a brief speech. Also introduced were the Rev. Moore, chosen woman of the year by the state federation; Mrs. C. H. Weismandel, local wo- man of the week, and past fed- eration presidents, Mrs. Rhoda Cook, Hot Springs, and Mrs. Marie Leslie, Helena. Other out-of-town guests in- cluded Mrs. Rae Thomas and Mrs. Myrtle Myler, Hot Springs, and Dr. Olive Meany, Mrs. Fran- ces Cone and Mrs. Elizabeth Lombard, Plains. Local guests were Mrs. Stephen D. Babcock and Mrs. C. E. Rosdahl. The banquet committee mem- bers included the Rev. Olah Moore, Mrs. Mildred Monk and Mrs. Glenn Larson. The Weather - Date Max. Min. Prec. April 22 52 40 .24 April 23 64 38 0 April 24 58 38 0 April 25 54 37 0 April 26 51 36 .13 April 27 51 37 .19 April 28 58 39 .13 Lake Unit Asks Health District Disbandment A movement to urge the county commissioners of Lake and Sanders counties to disband Health District 11 at tte end of' the current fiscal year (June 30, 1959) and let both counties re- turn to the former county nurse plan has been launched by the Lake County Taxpayers Assn. The association at a recent meeting passed a resolution op- posing the maintenance of the health district \for the reason that the expense of maintaining the same is not justified by the results obtained.\ The health district, which has its headquarters at Poison had a budget of $37,170 for the cur- rent year. Of this amount, Sand- ers county's share amounted to $6193. The remainder of the budget moneys was provided by Lake county, the State Board of Health and the Indian Service. On a percentage basis, Sand- ers county provided 23.6 per cent of the budget, and the state board of health 37.9 per cent with the balance being provided by the Indian Service and Lake county. In a statement issued for the Lake County Taxpayers Assn. by Lions Club Honors 13 Top Students \The greatest single threat to civilization today is immaturity,\ Dr. Linus Carleton, dean of the school of education at Montana State university, told 13 honor students of Thompson Falls High school and members of the Thompson Falls Lions club Thursday night. The students were special guests of the Lions at the meeting. Speaking directly to the stud- ents while the Lions listened from the \sidelines Dean Car- leton said, \The only way the world can be saved is to have en- ough people rendering a real service to society.\ He went on to explain that service to society can best be achieved through more educa- tion. \You never have enough education—you've got to keep learning, learning and learning. \Brute strength didn't crack the atom. Brainpower did. And society needs more brainpower.\ Dr. Carleton also pointed out that education will mean greater financial security to individuals also. He said in the years to come factory and clerical jobs will become fewer and fewer, while skilled jobs in electronics, chemistry, physics, education, medicine, social work, market- ing and other fields will in- crease. \College graduates aver- age at the peak of their earning power wages that are 70 per cent higher than when they started compared to only a 14 per cent increase for high school graduates,\ the speaker stated. He also urged students to achieve the highest scholastic record possible in high school. \The college door is closing. By 1970 college enrollments will double and college intructors and college facilities will not be available for all those who would like to attend.\ Also as a part of the program, Janice Repp represented a piano solo and Joyce Rosdahl, accom- panied by Miss Repp, sang two vocal solos. Other students who were guests of the Lions were Frances Scott, Frances Reber, Alice Dy- kstra, seniors; Arden Davis, Ross Duffel, Jeff Wollaston, Dave Ep- lin, Carolyn Selvig, Lynn Powell, juniors; and Lorraine Thurman and Leon Bennett, sophomores. The students were introduced by N. W. Berge, high school principal, who explained that these students were among the top students in the upper three grades. He complimented the Lions for honoring students for scholastic achievement and hoped the club would continue the practice. Induction Set Raymond Wakefield, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wakefield, will report to Butte May 5 for induction into the army, accord- ing to Mrs Wally Britton, clerk of the Sanders County Selective Service board. J. L. Bacus of Charlo, secretary - treasurer, it was reported that \After consulting with county officials of Sanders county we find that they feel it desirable to break away from the present health program.\ A. L Libra, chairman of the Sanders County Taxpayers Assn., said yesterday that \the continuation of the health dis- trict will be discussed at the annual meeting of the associa- tion tentatively set for Saturday night, May 16 at Plains.\ The resolution adopted by the Lake County Taxpayers Assn. follows: \That whereas, city, county, and state taxes have for the past years been steadily on the in- crease, and now the present leg- islature has made additional in- creases which will as a matter of course be reflected in every city, and county, as additional levies, And \Whereas: it appears expedi- ent and wise that we use our influence, particularly upon the board of county commissioners of Lake county, with the hope of reducing certain tax levies: Now therefore: be it resolved that the Lake county taxpayers organization go on record as be- ing opposed to the maintenance of the local health District, com- posed of Lake and Sanders counties, for the reason that the expense of maintaining the same is not justified by the results obtained. \It appears that the annual ex- pense is $37,178.00 and that the work done could be equally ac- complished by the former county nurse plan.\ FIRE DESTROYS GARAGE, BAR AT TROUT CREEK TROUT CREEK—Fire of un- determined origin destroyed the Pinedale Tavern and Stoney's Garage here early Monday morn- ing. The two adjoining buildings were burned to the ground in about an hour and a half as a crowd of local residents watched helplessly. Smoke was first noticed about 7 a.m. by Johnny Olson pouring from the rear of the bar. Olson called Stoney who was milking the cows at the time. Entering his garage, Mr. Stonehocker could see the flames at the rear of his garage pouring from a rear room of the tavern. Virtually none of the contents of the garage were saved, and the entire contents of the bar, owned by Clayton Smith, were destroyed. Lost by Stonehocker were all his garage equipment, small tools and welding equipment. Fortunately Stoney's car, cat and school bus were on the out- side and were not damaged. Included in the tavern's loss were the weekend's bar re- ceipts, which had been hidden in a soft drink dispensing machine. However when an attempt was made to retrieve the receipts, the machine was too hot to touch. Mrs. R. Wright To Head PTA Mrs. Russell Wright was elect- ed and installed president of the Thompson Falls PTA Mon- day evening at the final meet- ing of the year. Others elected and installed were Mrs. Walter Zook, vice-president: Mrs. Ray- mond Craft, secretary, and Mrs. Clarence Riffle, treasurer. In- stalling officer was Mrs. Richard Wollaston. The intermediate band, under the direction of Larry Coloff, music supervisor, played two selections at the beginning of the meeting. Due to a mix-up in time, a number of parents ar- rived too late to see their chil- dren perform. PTA notices an- nounced the time as 8 p.m. and the band played at 7:45. Re- cordings were made by Coloff who played them later in the evening. During the coffee hour, the sick room of the grade school was opened so members could see the venetian blinds, bed spreads and other items pur- chased by the PTA under a com- mittee headed by Mrs. Zook for the improvement of the room. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shepard have donated a picture to be used in the room. 4 Juniors Attend High School Week Harvey Curran: Ross Duffel, Dave Eplin and Arden Davis Jr., all members of the junior class at Thompson Falls High school, left early this morning with Mrs. Arden Davis Sr. for Bozeman where they will take part in the annual High School week activities at Montana State col- lege. One report stated that only a few worthless checks were stored in the safe at the bar. At the heighth of the fire, nei- ghbors turned on their garden hoses to wet down adjacent buildings to keep the flames from spreading. It is believed the fire first started in a rear room of the tavern, where a hot Water heat- er is located. Stonehocker reported that he did not notice anything when he went out to milk his cows. Flames Damage Watters Mill Fire believed to have been started by sparks from the burn- er caused from $2000 to $3000 damage at the Watters Brothers Lumber Co. mill early Friday morning. The flames were dis- covered by two employes of the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. go- ing home about 2:30 a.m. after getting off the late shift. Forest Service personnel with their fire truck answered the ,call along with several firemen 'from the Thompson Falls Fire Dept. and put out the blaze be- fore it consumed the entire mill. Lost in the fire, according to Billy Watters, were several stacks of lumber, the gear motor of the green chain and the chain, which is 260 feet long. Watters said about two-thirds of the loss resulted from destroyed lumber and the remaining loss was dam- age to the green chain. The fire damage also has caused the mill to shut down for about 10 days for repairs. Watters said he hopes produc- tion can be resumed next week. The firm plans to install an overhead sprinkler system over the green chain and to turn on the sprinklers every night in the future to prevent a recurrence. Watters said none of the loss was covered by insurance. He expressed appreciation to the Forest Service and Thomp- son Falls firemen for their work in saving the mill. \If they hadn't been on the ball, we would have lost the whole thing again,\ he said. Spring Roundup Gains Impetus Plans for the Spring Roundup for the benefit of the communi- ty swimming pool gained im- petus Monday evening when of- ficers of the committee met at the home of Fred Moore, presi- dent. Wally Britton announced he would donate a yearling beef to be raffled at the dance May 23 which will wind up the day's festivities. Other prizes to be drawn for at midnight at the Vet's club will be a ham and a turkey. Members of the Lions club will handle the sale of the tickets. All local organizations will participate in the event and as- signments will be announced in the near future. •