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State Historical Society Helena, Montana aoL,.4 a ANA HEIPLENA Vol. 54 No. 12 Sanders county Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, May 28, 1959 Single Copy 10c SHEEP ON THE LOOSE—The three -year -old ram, monarch of the herd of 13 Big Horn sheep planted on the Fred Mass ranch at Eddy earlier this month, leads the way in a hurry after being released from the Fish and Game Dept. truck. Note, goat falling from truck while others await their turn at freedom and a new home. Catching the action in the background or looking on are Lyle Smith, past president of the Thompson Falls Rod and Gun club, Timmy Smith, Fred Mass, A. H. Cheney, and a Fish and Game Dept. employe. (Ledger photos) INTO THE HILLS—The herd of Big Horn sheep quickly headed for the hills as this photo shows. That's the back of Clyde Blake's head in the foreground. DEER, ELK KILLS HIGH IN SANDERS COUNTY The number of deer killed in Sanders county declined in 1958 below both the hunter harvests for 1957 and 1956, but last year's elk harvest exceeded both of the previous years, statistics provided by Faye M. Couey of Kalispell, district game manag- er, reveal. A total of 3285 deer were kill- ed in the county in 1958 compar- ed to 3836 in 1957 and 3451 in 1956. Elk kills last Year totaled 612 compared to 583 in 1957 and 592 in 1956. Data was obtained from an analysis of hunter question- naires for the entire Northwest Montana game district. For the district as a whole, 11,752 deer were taken last year compared to 14,579 in 1957 and 10,856 in 1956. Elk kills in 1958 totaled 2391 compared to 2632 in 1957 and 2063 in 1956. \The trend in kill for both deer and elk is holding up under the general type of season which has been in effect for these years,\ Couey said. \We only hope the winter ranges will hold up as well and current studies indicate some of them are not making it.\ Harvest figures show that for the Northwest Montana district, hunter success for the first deer was 66 per cent and for the sec- ond deer 24 per cent, making a total harvest of 90 deer for each 100 hunters. The elk hunter suc- cess was 29 for each 100 hunt- ers. This was similar to 1957. Fifty-one per cent of the deer harvest was bucks and 45 per cent of the elk was bulls. $20 non-resident deer permit sale amounted to 159 permits in the district with 111 of them in Sanders county. The rest were scattered throughout the rest of the district with none sold in Lincoln county. Hunter success was 57 per cent with 78 per cent of the kill from Sanders county. \There was a 42 per cent suc- cess on mountain goats and of the 271 killed, 125 were taken in the upper south and middle fork areas, 70 in area 14, 11 in the south end of the Cabinet mountains and 28 in the north end of the Cabinets, including a few from west of Bull lake. Seven and one-half days were spent per goat killed,\ Couey said. \We have proposed a season similar to 1958, with a few ex- ceptions, for the coming year based on this kill information and other biological facts per- tinent to the district game herds,\ Couey said. The Weather - Date Max. Min. Prec May 20 55 40 .06 May 21 65 41 0 May 22 70 33 0 May 23 77 32 0 May 24 73 37 0 May 25 70 45 0 May 26 61 41 0 Blank salesbooks—now In stock At the Ledger. ti Only 4 Teachers Not to Return To Falls Schools Only four members of the Thompson Falls elementary and high school faculties do not plan to return to teach in the system next fall, Supt. Everett W. Long reported yesterday. The four teachers who do not plan to return are Mrs. Leslie Lambert, fourth grade; Miss Bonnie Hampton, second grade; Miss Geraldine Pratt, high school English and library, and Larry Coloff, music. Superintendent Long said that Miss Hampton was attending col- lege when she agreed to replace Mrs. LaVerne Gronewald at mid- term when the latter resigned. Miss Hampton at that time an- nounced her plans to return to college this fall. Mrs. Lambert submitted her resignation last winter and stat- ed that she does not plan to teach the coming year. Teachers who have signed con- tracts to return in the fall are: High school—N. W. Berge, principal and commercial; La - Verne Gronewald, science; Mrs. David Lawyer, English; Mrs. J. H. Mikkelson, home economics; Robert Posey, social science and Spanish; W. J. (Buck) Pruening- er, social science and football coach; Steve Previs, shop, driv- er training and basketball coach, and H. R. Shepard, mathematics. Elementary—K. William Har- vey, principal; Norman Allen, Maurice Hurd, Mrs. Mary John- son, grades 7 and 8; Mrs. Elsie Anderson and Mrs. N. W. Berge, grade 6; Miss Lorene Shogren, grade 5; Mrs. Lillian Beamish, grades 4 and 5; Mrs. Rita Selvig and Mrs. Richard Thiegs, grade 3; Mrs. Dorothy Hlinton, grade 2, and Mrs. C. D. Chester and Mrs. Mildred Monk, grade 1. Haase, Davis Top 84 Bowling Tourney Entries Arrangements for the annual vacation Bible school of the Community Congregational church were announced this week by Mrs. Forrest Dobson. Sunday school superintendent. Students wishing to attend will register June 8, the first day of the school at the place listed below for the various age groups. A registration fee of 50c is paid upon registration to cover costs of materials. \Even though the boys and girls have been promoted in re- gular school this week, they will remain in the same classes they were in this winter for Bible school,\ Mrs. Dobson said. The kindergarten class made up of four and five -year -olds will meet in the annex. Teachers will be Mrs. Ernest Franke, Mrs. George Stipe, Joyce Rosdahl, Nils Rosdahl and Mary Soule. All other classes will meet in the elementary school. First and second grade teach- ers are Mrs. Richard Heater, Mrs. Hank Laws and Linda Has- kell. Third and fourth grade teachers are Mrs. Ed Larson, Mrs. Robert Larson and Susan Puphal. Fifth and sixth grade teachers are Mrs. Harold Shep- ard, Mrs. John Oliver, Mrs. Gail- len Boyse and Carolyn Selvig. There will be no class for seven- th and eighth grade .students. Regular Sunday school classes will meet this Sunday and June 6, Mrs. Dobson reminded. Bible school classes will terminate June 19. Bridge Steel To Arrive Here Next Week Structural steel for the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A I bridge is scheduled to start ar- riving by rail next week, Bud Real, superintendent for the Peter Kiewit Sons' Co., said Tuesday. W. J. Parks Construc- tion Co. of Pueblo, Colo, will erect the steel. The Colorado firm also has the contract for erecting the steel on a new Highway 2 bridge now under construction near Libby. Real Steel said a steel high - line cable being used on the Libby project is to be brought here next week and will be used initially to complete pier 4, which still needs the top con- crete wing. Real said that concrete work on piers 3, 5 and 6 and bent 7 has been completed. Abutment 8 is to be poured this week on the north bank. On the south bank, abutment 1 and bent 2 will be poured later this sum- mer. A drilling crew for the Mon- tana Highway Dept. now is en- gaged in core drilling on the south approach to determine the thickness of the clay under- ground. Kiewit has eight men employ- ed on the project now. Dorothy Haase and Del Davis toppled 2395 pins in the second annual Thompson Falls Mixed Doubles Bowling tournament to capture first place. The meet, extending over two weekends, was concluded Sunday night. A total of 84 couples bowled in the tournament, described as the most successful ever held at the Ranch Lanes. It was spon- sored by the men's and women's city associations. For their first prize, Miss Haase and Davis will receive $85. Others placing in the money: 2. Mrs. Ken Haskell, Darrel Tor- grimson, 2375, $70; 3. Alice Coffman, Troy, Harry Dodson, 2368, $45; 4. (tie) Alice Coffman, Oliver Decker, Troy, Mr. and (Continued on Back Page) Davis to Head Student Council Arden Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arden Davis, was elected president of the Thompson Falls High school student council at the annual election recently. Also elected were Bill Meadows, vice-president, and Joyce Ros- dahl, secretary -treasurer. Meadows is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Meadows of Belknap and Miss Rosdahl is the daugh- ter of Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Ros- dahl. These officers are the only officers elected in the spring for the next year. Class officers are elected in the fall. Cheerleaders were elected and include Karen Schadt, Linda Haskell and Carolyn Selvig, all of whom were cheerleaders last year and Susan Puphal, who re- places Frances Scott, who was graduated. Church rch s rsored Bible School Spring Festival Earns To Start June 8 $1370 for Pool Fund Approximately $1370 was net- ted after expenses by the Spring Roundup carnival, pancake feed and Go Western dance sponsor- ed jointly by numerous Thomp- son Falls organizations Saturday evening and night for the bene- fit of the community swimming pool project, Mrs. Harvey Hotzel, treasurer, reported Tuesday. A warm, sunny day contribut- ed to the success of the event, which exceeded even the most optimistic hopes of members of the fund raising committee, Fred (Bud) Moore, general chairman, said. With the addition of the funds raised Saturday, plus other don- ations, about $2375 is still need- ed to completely build and equip the pool, Mrs. Ilotzel said. The amount still needed is about equal to the amount required for construction of dressing rooms and concrete walks. Largest single fund raising event at , Saturday's Spring Roundup was the beef drawing, which raised $570. The beef was donated by Sheriff Wally Brit- ton. The various carnival booths, pancake feed- and dance raised $947.07, making a gross of $1517.07. Expenses dropped :the net to approximately $1370. Bob Clark, publicity chairman, said that the committee would like to express its appreciation to the members of the various organizations who made the event such a success, to those who attended and generously I patronized the fund raising acti- vities and to the firms that don- ated food and other materials. Clark pointed out that much of the food and dairy products for the pancake supper were donated by wholesale firms thr- ough contacts made by Larsons and Greens, Inc. Miss Glenda Kendall. daugh- ter of County Supt. and Mrs. Orin P. Kendall. was crowned queen of the Go Western dance at midnight. Other queen candi- dates were Cheryl Saint. Sandra Miller and Judy Huffman. Saturday's activities got und- erway with a parade down Main street at 5:30 p.m. Participating in the parade were members of the Thompson Falls Saddle club, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls, Bluebirds, high schol baton twirlers and boys and girls on decorated bicycles. Linda Gee and Ruthie Cheney won first prize in the girls divi- sion for the best decorated bi- cycle. They rode a tandem model. Sheila Johnson was sec- ond. In the boys division, Ricky Heater won the only prize award- ed. The yearling beef was won by Harold Chappell, the turkey by Mrs. Philip Malesich and the ham by T. J. Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Sullivan. The pancake supper was pre- pared and served by members of the American Legion and auxiliary, VFW and auxiliary and the woman's club. Carnival booths and the organizations operating them were: cookbook and food sale, Woman's club; rat -in -hole game, Wagon Wheel- ers Square Dance club; fishpond and duck ring, PTA; ring toss, MNO club. During the dance the Lions club, which was responsible for the beef drawing, operated games in the basement of the vet's club building, the Thomp- son Falls Grange operated a hot dog and cake booth, the Boys Scouts, the pop booth, the St. Williams Altar society the cof- fee booth, while Mrs. Forrest Dobson and Mrs. Al Williams were in charge of the jail. The hall was decorated by the Rebekah lodge. The Masons were responsible for moving and setting up the tables used for the pancake supper and for the games in the basement. Members of the BPW club were in charge of ticket sales for the dance. All of the booths and the jail were built by members of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers ' union. Preceding and during the dance, entertainment was pro- vided by the high school twirl- ers, members of the square dance club and elementary stu- dents, who performed several square dances. Clark said some criticism of the pool project has been voic- ed because of the pool's size. \We realize the pool is not as large as is needed or desired. Clark said, \however a larger size appears out of the question from a standpoint of financing. In addition, it is the committee's idea that the pool should serve primarily as a facility to teach youngsters to swim. The com- mittee has established no rules nor regulations for the operation of the pool and no groups have been promised certain days or times as some false rumors have stated.\ MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE SCHEDULED SATURDAY Joint Memorial day services will be conducted Saturday mor- ning at both the Wild Rose cem- etery in Thompson Falls and at the Whitepine cemetery, George Green, general chairman in charge of arrangements for the services, has announced. The services are being spon- sored jointly by the American Legion and Legion auxiliary and VFW and VFW auxiliary. A Memorial day parade from the Thompson Falls school to the cemetery will precede the observance here. Also partici- pating in the parade will be the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp- fire Girls and Bluebirds. Green said all members of the parade should report at the high school at 9:45 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and march to the cemetery, where brief services will be conducted by the Rev. Olah Moore. Following the service, the group will march back to the high school from where they will drive to Whitepine. Green said the service at the White - pine cemetery will be held at 11:30 a.m. Any individual or other or- ganization desiring to partici- pate in the observance is wel- come, Green said. Memorial day will be observ- ed as a general holiday by most Thompson Falls retail establish - organizations participating in the ments. SEEPAGE SITUATION IMPROVED AT NOXON Most phases of the switchyard tabilization and seepage control work at the Noxon Rapids pro-' ect is complete and heavy equipment is being moved out of the area, Karl Strenge, chief civil engineer for the Washing - on Water Power Co., told the Ledger Wednesday. \Crews have finished work on the movement of new fill into Publisher Buys H. 0. Newby Whitepine Ranch Harry E. Polk, Montana and North Dakota newspaper pub- lisher, has purchased the 900 - acre H. 0. Newby ranch at Whitepine. Mr. and Mrs. Newby purchased the ranch several months ago from Mr. and Mrs. Clair Grow. Polk's son-in-law and daugh- ter, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Wilson of Kennewick. Wash. will oper- ate the ranch and plan to move here next week. Mr. Wilson is a teacher in the Kennewick school system. Mr. and Mrs. Newby retained a second residence located across Highway 10A from the Whitepine store and after re- modeling it plan to reside there. They came here from the Havre area, where they still have ranching interests. Mr. Polk and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson said they had been look- ing for a ranch for the past two months and that the Newby place was the first ranch that they found that they really liked. The sale included cattle and farm machinery used—on the ran p c o h l k . owns a daily newspaper in Williston, N. Dak. and the Plentywood Herald. The sale was handled by the McAllister Realty Co. of Thomp- son Falls and represents one of the largest land transactions in the county this year. -mug, the switchyard area and that work is concluded,\ Strenge said. \Most recent readings in- dicate stabilization in this entire area. Work on the switchyard area was an entirely separate project from that of the normal seepage control program which we have been carrying out.\ Strenge said that of the heavy earthmoving equipment brought into the project early in May, all but six scrapers have now been returned. \Land blanketing on the sou- thwest embankment, part of the seepage control program, has also been completed,'' Strenge said. \Relief well work will be completed within a week.\ He said there has been a mea- surable seepage decrease beyond that which was first noted when the Noxon Rapids forebay was being filled late in April. He re- emphasized that the seepage was not unexpected at the earth -fill dam structure. Strenge said contractors will continue to install observation wells in order to ascertain bey- ond any question of doubt that there is no possibility of future adverse effects from seepage, but that it is contemplated that this phase of work will be com- pleted within two weeks. Last week as a result of the successful seepage control work, raising of the reservoir level was resumed. The water in the reservoir is being raised one foot per day and it should be filled within three weeks. Construction forces on the project this week totaled 270 men, down from a high of 290 the past three weeks. Turbine and generator instal- lation work is continuing in the powerhouse. Electrical installations contin- ued also in the switchyard and towers for the transmission line from the dam to switchyard are being erected. Relocation of the railroad spur has been completed. Construction of a tap line from the switchyard to the Bon- neville power line is underway.