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State Historical Society Heltn.s, Montana HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MONTANA f!Et 7^i A Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 54 No. 18 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, July 9, 1959 Single Copy 10c PHONE FIRM SEEKS INCREASE IN RATES Higher telephone rates, which would increase the annual re- venue of the Mountain States Telephone Co. an average of 18.5 per cent or a total of $3,480,000 yearly, have been re- quested by the company in a hearing before the State Public Service Commission. The proposed schedule, if al- lowed by the state commission, would increase present telep- hone service rates in Thompson Falls and Plains, in some cases, even higher than the rates re- quested in 1957 and rejected by the state commission. Both Thompson Falls and Plains would fall in proposed Group II while Noxon would be in Group I. Present rates, 1957 proposed and 1959 proposed rates for Thompson Falls telephone sub- scribers: Type of Present 1957 1959 Service Rate Pro. Pro. 1 -party res. $3.75 $5.00 $5.25 2 -party res. 3.00 4.00 4.00 4 -party res. 2.50 3.50 3.25 1 -party bus. 6.75 9.25 9.75 2 -party bus. 7.75 Rur. Res. 2.75 3.75 3.75 Rur. Bus. 600 The same 1959 schedule is proposed for Plains. The new rates proposed for Noxon telephone users would be: One -party business $8.75; two- party business $7.25; one -party residence $5; two-party resid- ence $3.75; four -party residence $3; rural business $5.75; rural residence $3.50. The proposed rate schedule was introduced at the first half of split hearings before the com- mission held last week in Helena. The second half of the hearing will be held Aug. 11 in Billings. In addition to the rate in- creases for individual subscrib- ers, K. P. Todd of Helena, Mon- tana general manager and vice president of the utility, said the company proposes a 6.1 per cent increase in intrastate toll charges. Another change would be a flat fee of 20 cents on each station -to -station collect call. Increases in intrastate rates would be confined to those cov- ering distances of 78 miles or less while charges for calls be- yond that distance would be re- duced. Todd testified the PSC in 1953 said the utility should have a rate of return of 5.8 per cent on its investment. Instead of get- ting that return, Todd said, the utility has fallen $9,291,000 short of that rate during 1954- 59, including $2,361,000 in 1958, and an estimated $2,640,000 in 1959. Todd said present earnings of about 3.5 per cent are actually less than it costs the company to borrow money, so an improve- ment of at least $130,000 per month after taxes is needed to Three Serving At Scout Camp H. R. Shepard, John Duffield and Bill Guldseth left Monday for Melita island, in Flathead lake, where they will be mem- bers of the staff for the annual summer Boy Scout camps of the Western Montana council. Shepard will be in charge of the barge operating between the island camp and shore. Guldseth will be bugler and assist on the water front. The camp, which opened this week, will be operated for vari- ous troops of western Montana through Aug. 8. Gerald Miller, Thompson Falls scoutmaster, said the dates for the Thompson Falls troop's camp at Melita island has been changed from July 19-25 to Aug. 2-8. The VFW post is making it possible for Miller to accom- pany the local troop to the camp without Miller losing his regul- ar vacation time at the mill. He said that because he will able to accompany the local scouts that the number of boys intending to attend the camp has been in- creased from 14 to 24 and may rise to 26. operate the utilitity in the best interests of the customer, while also protecting interests of em- ployes and investors. \Higher costs brought on by inflation have made it impossible for the company to reach the level of earnings approved by the commission in any year since 1953,\ Todd said. \Costs of mat- erials have remained high, and following collective bargaining each year, the company's wage costs have been increased.\ Six general wage increases have come since 1953, he said. The company has 2,600 employes and 4,400 stockholders in Montana, he added. Arnold H. Olsen, appearing as counsel for a protesting group, said the utility is trying to get a rehearing of a 1957 request, which was denied. Edmund G. Toomey, representing the utility, answered that circumstances change, and the company is still trying to get relief from 1953 rates which were set by the PSC. Todd said that Montana is not carrying its share of phone costs and is \riding on the coat-tails of earnings levels in other states.\ Eldridge Named City Marshal, Building Inspector Gerald Eldridge was appoint- ed city marshal and building in- spector at the regular July meet- ing of the town council Monday night. Eldridge will succeed Walter Zook, who resigned recently when he and his family moved to Wenatchee. Just what date Eldridge will assume his new duties is not known yet, Mayor M. C. Suther- land said. Eldridge currently is eipployed by the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. In other business, city dads held a lengthy iliscussion with John Patterson, David Johns and Jim Langley of the Montana Power Co. regarding street light improvements throughout the city. It was agreed that the utility should make a study of the pre- sent light and draw up recom- mendations and a pattern to in- crease the effectiveness of the lighting. Under the present arrange- ment some of the lights and poles are owned by the city while others are the property of Montana Power. LOCAL MILL TO INSTALL DEBARKER, CHIPPER Plans to install a debarker, chipper and chip loader at the Flodin Lumber Co. mill have been announced by Millar Bryce, partner in the firm. Bryce said the debarker will be installed first and should be in operation in November. The chipper installation will follow and should be operating by the end of the year. The debarker is scheduled to be delivered in September. The total installation will in- volve an outlay of upwards of $125,000 Bryce said. Chips will be loaded into rail- road cars with the pneumatic blower for delivery and sale to the Waldorf Paper Co. pulp mill in Missoula. The Flodin Lumber Co.'s in- stallation will be the second in Sanders county. Last year the Diehl Lumber Co. at Plains in - Work on Cabin Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Banister and son, Larry, spent the holiday weekend working on their Flat- head lake cabin. stalled a debarker and chipper. Bryce said the firm has placed an order for a Soderham de - barker and that it will probably be made in Sweden. The debark- er consists of a revolving ring with knives. Bark is ground off logs as they are fed through the ring. The chipper cuts mill ends and debarked waste sawmill slabs into chips up to the size of a silver dollar. Bryce said the installation may require the services of one additional man per shift. He said the firm would realize little profit from the sale of chips alone because of the high freight costs but that other ad- vantages gained by debarking logs before they reach the head - rig make the installation econ- omically feasible. RANGER STATION BIDS REQUESTED JULY 29 Bids will be opened July 29 at the Forest Service Region I office in Missoula for construc- tion projects at the new Trout Creek and present Plains ranger stations. Included in the Trout Creek bid requests are an office -ware- house, garage -shop, oil storage shed and extension of water ser- vice lines to the three buildings. At Plains the Forest Service -has requested bids for construction of a 12 -man barracks and a three -bedroom dwelling. John Brinkerhoff, Trout Creek district ranger, reported Tues- day that the garage -shop build- ing will be 30 by 93 feet and will contain space for six vehicles and a shop at one end. The office -warehouse will have a partial basement. The oil stor- age shed, he said, will be small in size and be equipped with a gasoline pump and storage tanks on the outside. The two buildings at Plains will be erected at the present ranger station at the north edge Schools Receive Defense Funds An application of the Thomp- son Falls school for $825 in National Defense Education act funds to be used for the pur- chase of science equipment has been approved, William L. Erick- son, coordinator for the State Dept. of Public Instruction, has infdrmed Supt. Everett Long. The federal funds will be matched with $825 of district money. Long said the money will be used to purchase 12 Bausch and Lomb microscopes at $125 each for the high school and a micro - projector for the elementary school. of town, where two residences, an office and garage are cur- rently located. All of the structures will be of frame construction. Most of the framework has been completed on two of the three dwellings being erected now at the new Trout Creek sta- tion, which is located on a 360 - acre tract on the north side of the newly relocated section of Highway 10A about 1 1 / 2 miles west of Trout Creek. In the future the Forest Ser- vice plans to erect two 12 -man barracks, a cookhouse and pos- sibly a 50 -foot steel lookout tow- er for tourists at the Trout Creek station. Hamann Rolls Game of 286 John Hamann rolled a 286 bowling score at the Ranch Lanes Friday night. Hamann spared the first Most schools frame, then rolled 10 straight strikes and got six pins on the final ball. He had only rolled games over 200 three times previously. Divers Launch Search in River For Green Auto A deep-sea diver with the Deer Lodge Search and Rescue unit of Anaconda yesterday be- gan searching for an automobile in the Clark Fork river about a half mile below the Harwood House on the Paradise -St. Regis cut-off road. The vehicle went into the river Sunday evening. Dragging operations conduct- ed under the direction of Sheriffs Wally Britton of Sand- ers and Francis Tamietti of Min- eral counties Monday and Tues- day proved unsuccessful due to the depth and terrific currents in the river. A skindiver from the Anaconda unit, arriving at the scene Monday night, made three attempts to reach the bot- tom of the river before giving up after reaching a depth of 40 feet. He told Sheriff Britton that the currents created by a large eddy at the point caused the water to boil up and that \It's just like being in a sandstorm down there.\ The search unit crew • with a 12 -foot barge, diving equipment and air compressors arrived at Paradise late Tuesday night. Although the car had not act- ually been seen in the river, Sheriff Britton said there could be no doubt that one was there. Oil slicks continued, to appear at the surface Tuesday. A passing motorist first called the sheriff's office Sunday even- ing after seeing tracks leading off the roadbed into the river. Scratch marks and flakes of bluish green paint were left on a huge boulder, about the size of an office desk, laying at the water's edge about eight feet below the roadbed's surface. Late Tuesday night Sheriff Britton expressed confidence that the car will be located and brought to the surface. He said he believes that it belongs to a resident of Mineral county. Undersheriff A. Ben Cox and Deputies Les jaombard and Earl Tennant havi been assisting with the search operations. Bear Blocks House Entrance EAST NOXON-One of two black bears roaming the Op- erators' village at the Noxon Rapids dam has provided an unfriendly welcome for Mrs. W. G. Wood, wife of one of the new operating engineers, assigned permanently to the facility by the Washington Water Power Co. The Woods with their three small children moved into one of the new company homes in the village Tuesday. Thursday the bear, brown in color, came calling at the kitchen door. Mrs. Wood ran to her neigh- bors for help in scaring it away, but found no one horne. Returning to her house, she found the bruin camped on her front door step, blocking her entrance back into the house. After waiting at a safe dis- tance for a while, she saw the bear amble off into the woods Personnel Listed For Noxon Rapids NOXON-The full comple- ment of 13 permanent operating personnel for the Noxon Rapids Hydo-electric plant has been as- signed and most of the men and their families now are residing in the operators' village, a spokesman for the Washington Water Power Co. told the Ledger yesterday. John Graham was assigned to the project last winter as sta- tion superintendent. Earlier this spring Frank L. Droz was assign- ed as journeyman mechanic. New personnel assigned with- in the past few days include: Herb R. Roehling, chief oper- ator; Earl L. Dean, journeyman operator; Fred H. Henry, jour- neyman operator; Harry F. Her- genreder, journeyman operator; Harry A. Knowlton, journeyman operator; Elvin R. Shaw, ap- prentice operator; Franklin S. Bowie, station utility man; L. Gordon Hall, apprentice operat- or; Kenneth J. Tackitt, appren- tice operator; William G. Wood, journeyman operator, and James D. Marx, apprentice op- erator. Droz, TaCkitt, Wood, Marx, Bowie and Shaw were assigned here from WWP's operations in Spokane. Hall comes here from Lewiston, Ida. while Dean, Henry and Knowlton were as- signed from the Little Falls Power station. Hergenreder has been employed at the Cabinet Gorge plant for the past two and one-half years. Some of the men and their families are residing temporari- ly in house trailers until corn - and she was permitted to re-, pany-built permanent homes enter her home, lbecome available. Despite recent taxable valua- tion cuts ordered by the State! Board of Equalization for four utilities. Sanders county's 1959 assessed and taxable valuations! continued their annual climbs this week according to figures released by lIarvey Brauer,: county assessor. The county's 1959 assessed valuation is $32,978,428 and the taxable value $9,930,698. This year's assessed valuation total compared with $32,336,689 last year and $28,407,676 in 1957. The 1958 taxable valuation was $9,784,825 and in 1957 it was $8,698,494. The new taxable valuation falls $69,302 short of the 10 mil- lion mark, which the county's valuation had been expected to reach this year for the first time. A $10 million total would have provided small salary in- creases for all county officials. Recent reductions ordered by the state board cut the taxable valuations of four utilities in Sanders county by $360,396. Among the county's three in- corporated towns, only Thomp- son Falls registered an increase in its taxable valuation, while both Plains and Hot Springs re- gistered decreases. However, Plains' 1959 assessed valuation is up slightly over 1958. The decrease marked the third consecutive one for Hot Springs. The 1959 taxable valuations followed by the 1958 figure for the three towns: Thompson Falls -$429,698, $428,881; Plains - $341,411, $352,096; hot Springs -$302,789, $304,532. The 1959 assessed valuations followed by the 1958 figure for the three towns: Thompson Falls -$1,639,354, $1,610,213; Plains -$1,350,090, $1,349,867; Hot Springs -$1,065,486, $1,088,051. Both Thompson Falls and Plains were affected by the re- cent state board reductions, but on the other hand do not bene- fit from increased valuations WHITEPINE PETITIONS REQUEST ANNEXATION A petition requesting that all of Whitepine School Dist. No. 4 be annexed to Thompson Falls School Dist. No. 2 was presented by Mrs. Roland Matthews and L. A. Branson to Orin P. Kendall, county superintendent of schools, Monday. The petition contained the names of 67 re- sidents of the Whitepine district. Montana school laws require that an election on the question be held not less than 20 days nor more than 30 days after pre- sentation of the petition. That would require that an annexa- tion election be held between July 26 and Aug. 5. Kendall said the first steps would be to secure approval of the annexation proposal from the board of trustees of School Dist. 2 and to check the petition to insure that it contains suf- Miss Rosdahl Senior Nominated For Press Trip ficient valid signatures. Eligible to vote in an annexa- tion would be all residents of School District No. 4 who are citizens of the United States, have resided in Montana for a year and in the district for 30 days immediately preceding the election. The result of the elec- tion would be decided by a sim- ple majority of those voting. In the event the vote for an- nexation would be favorable, the annexation would be effective 10 days following the election. The annexation proposal along with three other alternative plans for providing education for children of the Whitepine district were discussed at a meeting of interested parents at the Belknap school recently. Miss Joyce Rosdahl. a senior at Thompson Falls High school and daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Rosdahl, has been nominat- ed for an expense -paid trip to Detroit and a chance to compete for five college scholarships totaling $15,000 to be awarded by. the Ford Motor Co. at its third annual Teen -Age Press conference in October. Mon- tana's winning teen-ager will be chosen by the Montana State Press Assn. Miss Rosdahl's nomination was made by the Sanders County Ledger and Supt. Everett W. Long to MSPA. Montana's representative in 1958 was Larry Chester Bowler, nicknamed \Printer of Scobey. His grandfather, Burley Bowler. is publisher of the Daniels County Leader and president of the MSPA, and his father, Larry, is editor. Teen-agers from 25 states attended the press confer- ence in Detroit last year. All ex- penses of the trip are paid by Ford. Miss Rosdahl will be editor of the Cliffdweller, Thompson Falls high school paper, during the coming school year. District 2 Okays Whitepine Plan Trustees of School Dist. No. 2 voted Tuesday night at a special meeting to approve a proposed plan to annex Dist. No. 4 to dis- trict 2. The action was necessary before County Supt. Orin P. Kendall can authorize an elec- tion in district 4 on the proposal as requested in a petition sub- mitted to him Monday by re- sidents of the Whitepine district. In other action, board mem- bers disapproved extension of the Prospect creek -Cherry creek bus route and also a change in the Eddy bus route. K. C. Zimmerman, district clerk, was voted a $15 per mon- th increase, the.first in 5 years. Board members decided to call for bids for supplying milk for the school lunch program at its next meeting Aug. 10. Because of the special meet- ing, the board will not hold its regular meeting Monday night. The Weather - Date Max. Min. 'rec -July 1 88 44 0 July 2 75 51 0 July 3 63 44 .10 July 4 72 40 .14 July 5 72 43 .01 July 6 67 42 0 July 7 64 40 tr. 30 -Day Outlook Temperatures are expected to average below July normals everywhere except in a small area around Yellowstone Nation- al park where near normal aver- ages should prevail. Precipita- tion totals should average heavy for July over the area east of the Continental divide, but moder- ate for the season on the west side. County Valuation Up; Down Arrives Home Supt. Everett W. Long and eldest son, Raymond, returned home Monday night from Havre, where the latter attended North- ern Montana College of Educa- tion last year. Later this week Raymond will go to Hartline, Wash. to work in the wheat harvest. He will reside with an aunt and his grandmother. placed on the Washington Water Power Co.'s Noxon Rapids plant, which provided most of the county -wide valuation increase. Of the 13 elementary school districts in the county, only four -three in the western end of the county -show increased valuations. Districts with in- creases are Heron, Noxon, Trout Creek and Lonepine. Thompson Falls continues as the county's largest elementary district, taxwise, with Noxon sec- ond followed by Trout Creek and Plains. Among the county's five high school districts, Noxon mov- ed into first place ahead of Thompson Falls due to increas- ed valuations resulting from Noxon Rapids dam. Plains is third followed by Hot Springs and Dixon. The decreased valuations for most districts is in sharp con- trast to last year when every dis- trict, with the exception of Whitepine, recorded increases. The 1959 assessed and taxable valuations and 1958 taxable val- uations by districts: Dist. '59 Ass. '59 Tax. '58 Tax 1. 3,947,001 1,185,086 1,248,956 2. 8,342,130 2,487,035 2,583,039 3. 822,423 259,913 258,457 4. 1,104,899 363,201 400,500 5. 579,059 189,284 201,941 6. 4,504.336 1.320,935 1,294,576 8. 1,283,781 429,579 438,971 9. 1,531,124 513.237 525,136 10. 6,602,133 1,877,946 1,476,204 11. 1,423,137 491.813 525,136 12. 743,872 214.110 207,623 14. 1,878,208 529,384 545,722 71. 216,325 69.175 78,156 The 1959 assessed and tax- able valuations for high school districts: Dist. 1959 Ass. 1959 Tax 1. $ 5,810,521 $1,803,949 2. 9,446,859 2,850,236 9. 1.531,124 513.237 10. 11,928,892 3,458,794 14. 4,261,542 1,304,482 The county's overall taxable valuation can be expected to in- crease during the next two years until the entire Noxon Rapids project is on the tax rolls. Generally, the lowered tax- able valuations in most school districts can be expected to re- sult in slightly increased mill levies. Noxon Rapids Proving Major Tourist Sight NOXON-Noxon Rapids dam, although still under construc- tion, already is proving to be a major tourist attraction for western Sanders county. During the month of May 1675 visitors from 14 different states signed the guest register at the Noxon Rapids viewpoint. Two additional viewpoints are being planned for the future. One now under construction three miles upstream from the dam on Highway 10A is being built by the Montana State Highway Dept. and the BPR with the Washington Water Power Co. cooperating. \The highway viewpoint will afford visitors a magnificent view of the lake with the gate structures of the dam showing in the dis- tance,\ reports Fred (Bud) Moore, chairman of the Thomp- son Falls-Noxon Chamber of Commerce highway committee. \A pictorial sign at this point showing the dam and power- house and listing pertinent in- formation regarding the project is to be erected by WWP. In ad- dition, the area highway depart- ment sign map now located west of Noxon will be moved lb the viewpoint.\ WWP officials have announc- ed also that they plan to make use of the thousands of drill -core samples left over from the initial geological exploration. These rock samples will be labeled and offered as souvenirs to visitors at the viewpoint. The third viewpoint will be established eventually down- stream from the dam on the north side of the river where the aggregate for the con- crete mixing plant is stored now. This will be a more advan- tageous location in that it will (Continued on Back Page) •••-•