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State Historical Society Helena, Montana HISTORICAL SOCIETY, OF MON FANA 1 - 1FLFIV I Vol. 54 No. 19 Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders COunty THOMPSON FALLS. MONTANA, Thursday July 16, 1959 Single Copy 10c CAMPERS -Returning last weekend from a week of fun at Camp Wemocona on Seeley lake were these nine boys and their two counselors. The camp is conducted by the Congregational churches of Montana. Shown left to right are David Scranton, Don Larson, Jim Eggensperger, Ricky Heater, Joyce Rosdahl, Mrs. Don Scran- ton, Donald (Skip) Scranton, Nils Resdahl, Ray Babcock, Terry Hendren and David Shepard. A 10th member, Tommy Gummer, was unable to attend because of illness. (Ledger photo) Construction Started On Swimming Pool The Community Swimming Pool committee this week award- ed a contract to the Turk Cabi- net Shop to construct the pool on lots deeded to the city by the Lions club on Preston avenue. Fred (Bud) Moore, chairman of the pool committee, said the pool should be completed and ready for operation by Aug. 15. Turk's bid of $4575 was the lowest of two bids received. Small alterations made by the committee boosted the bid by $35 to $4610. This will include installation of the pool itself, laying of concrete walks around the pool, erection of a cyclone fence and installation of the pro- pane heating plant and filter units in a concrete pit storage room at one end of the pool. The pool committee has been given the option by Turk of ob- taining donated labor to help erect the fence, which would re- duce the total cost $200. Mrs. Harvey Hotzel, secretary - treasurer of the committee, said Tuesday the pool fund now con- tains $4739.97 with recent don- ations from firms and individu- als and memorials to Lloyd Oertli and John Reber. The State Board of Health has approved construction plans for the pool and also use of the pool this summer without dress- ing rooms. However, the state board will require completion of dressing rooms by next sum- mer, Mrs. Hotzel said. About $1500 more will be needed to erect dressing rooms. A second filter, in addition to the one supplied with the pool kit purchased last year, has been ordered and will be installed. The two filters will meet state requirements that filters have sufficient capacity to completely filter all water every eight hours. Moore said the pool will meet the highest standards establish- ed by the state. \Though it may be of a small size, it meets the same requirements and stand- ards that any pool in any town in Montana meets.\ The . committeee hopes that money can be raised this fall or next spring for the dressing rooms. Mrs. Hotzel announced that the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. is contributing $500 in lumb- er this year for the pool and will donate another $500 in lum- ber next year for the dressing rooms, bringing to $1000, the firm's total donation. She also announced that a $100 donation had been receiv- ed from the Flodin Lumber Co. The value of the lumber used will be deducted from payments made to Art Turk, she said. The Weather - Date July 8 July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13 July 14 Max. 76 86 87 89 92 91 89 Min. Prec. 39 0 48 0 44 0 48 0 51 0 51 0 46 0 \The swimming pool commit- tee and the entire community sincerely appreciate the gener- ous donations from the major industrial firms of the area,\ Moore commented. \More funds are desperately needed for con- struction of the dressing rooms. The committee would greatly ap- preciate receiving donations from individuals and firms who in the past have promised assis- tance but have not contributed as yet.\ In addition to the contracted price of $4610, the remaining money currently in the pool fund will be required for some additional pipe and plumbing work. In addition to Moore and Mrs. Hotzel other officers of the pool committee are Bob Clark, vice chairman, and Mrs. Al Wil- liams, assistant secretary -trea- surer. 1959 RESERVOIR FISH PLANTINGS UNDERWAY Noxon Rapids reservoir's quota of 860,000 Rainbow trout for 1959 were being planted this week at various points along the reservoir shoreline. Actual planting operations got under- way Wednesday of last week when the first two loads arrived from the Arlee hatchery. A third load arrived Thursday and two more Friday. This week two or three loads of fish are being planted daily. The Rainbows are ranging up to four inches in size. The fish being planted in the reservoir as part of a three-year rehabilitation program which got underway last September have been hatched at various hatcheries around the state. Ten thousand pounds of fish were transported to Arlee from the Bluewater hatchery near Bil- lings and the Lewistown hatch- ery. Some were hatched at Boze- man also. Most of the fish are being planted in the reservoir from tank trucks, however some in- accessible points are being planted by air, according to J. J. (Bud) Gaffney, project biolo- Tony Milovich Ends NP Career Tony Milovich of Thompson Falls Wednesday retired after 37 years of employment on sec- tion crews of the Northern Paci- fic Railway Co. In the near future Mr. and Mrs. Milovich\ plan to move to Custer, Wash. to make their home. Mr. and Mrs. Milovich came here from northern Idaho in 1932 and have resided here since, working 27 of his 32 years with the NP while living in Thompson Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Milovich have not decided what date they will move to Washington. Two Draw Fines For No Licenses Bernt Allestad of Plains and Miss Solvoig Townsend of Big Timber have been fined $27.50 for fishing without a license. The two pleaded guilty before Just- ice of the Peace P. V. Bender after being arrested by Game Warden A. H. Cheney. Miss Townsend is the sister of the sheriff of Sweetgrass county. gist. He said an effort is being made to achieve as wide distri- bution of the planted fish as possible. An agreement signed in Febr- uary 1958 between the Montana Fish and Game Dept. and the Washington Water Power Co. as the basis for the rehabilitation program provides that 2,580,000 fish shall be planted over a per- iod of three years. Search Continues For River Victim Curtailed patrolling opera- tions were continuing yesterday in the Clark Fork river for the body of Robert Godin of St. Re- gis, who is believed to have drowned when his car went into the river about a half mile below the Harwood House on the Para- dise -St. Regis cutoff road. A Deer Lodge Search and Re- scue unit crew from Anaconda aided Sheriff Wally Britton and others in locating Godin's 1956 Pontiac and bringing it to the surface Wednesday afternoon of last week. The following day -Thurs- day -Sheriff Britton began pat- rolling the river in a boat with Dick Cole of Paradise. A watch- man was assigned also to the Highway 10A bridge east of Paradise to watch for the body. Sheriff Britton yesterday said the search would continue but on a reduced scale. County's Preliminary Budget Calls for Sharp Hike in Levy Increased mill levies for four. county funds have shoved the county -wide mill levy for 1959- 60 up to 45.6875 compared to 31.81 mills last year. according to the preliminary budget figures adopted by the board of Sanders county commissioners last week. ' The increase is almost 14 m Hist above last year's levy. Major increase for the 1958-' 59 budget occurs in the road fund, where the levy was raised from 1.250 mills last year to 10 mills this year. The general fund levy is up to 17.0625 mills from 13.750 last year. Other increases are in the poor fund, up 2.315 mills to 10.5 from last year's 8.185 mills and a V8 mill increase for the fair fund. This year's fair levy will be 1.!/8 mill compared to 1 mill last year. This year 'A mill will be levied for an insect fund -a levy not made last year. The bride fund levy was re- duced to 1% mills for the cur- rent year from last year's 2.125 Announce Birth Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor have announced the birth of a son, Clinton Paul( born at the family home at 11:45 Wednes- day morning. The baby joins two sisters and three brothers. Although he had not yet been weighed at press time, the at- tending physician estimated his weight to be about seven pounds. Both mother and baby are \wonderful\ according to Jim. Mrs. Don Smail spent several days in Helena recently looking for living accommodations for the Smail family when they move there next month mills. Hospital and Heron bridge bonded indebtedness is reduced 'A mills. Weed and classification and appraisal levies remained the same as last year. No airport levy is being made this year. County Clerk and Recorder Dorothy Dodson said the in- creases result from increased costs of the county governmen- tal functions and supplies it pur- chases in general. The new bud- get provides for a full year of Increased salaries, voted by the 1957 legislature, for county em- ployes. In many of the county offices, the entire budget in- crease for next year can be at- tributed to the salary increases, she said. The increases became effective Jan. 1 of this year for all officials except Clerk of Court James H. Smith, who will not be eligible for an increase until a new term begins Jan. 1, 1961. The road fund increase is attributed to the fact that the extremely small levy last year Successful Garden Club Rose Show Gets 123 Entries; Winners Listed Mrs. Robert Brotherton, Mrs.' Winnifred Berrisford and Mrs.j Perry Heater won first prizesj in the highly successful first annual rose show sponsored by the Thompson Falls Garden club at the First State Bank Wedne- day of last week. The show at- tracted 123 entries with 81 com- peting for the cash prizes donat- ed by the First State Bank. County Commissioner Jack Harwood of Plains judged the; entries. Winners were selected in three classes: Arrangements -1. Mrs. Brotherton, $7.50; 2. Mrs. K. C. Zimmerman, $5; 3. Mrs. Hugh Hearing, $2.50. Cluster rose -1. Mrs. Berris- ford, $3; 2. Mrs. Harry Kemmer- er, $2; 3. Mrs. Wayne Garrison, $1. Single rose -1. Mrs. Heater, $3; 2. Mrs. Berrisford, $2; 3. Mrs. B. D. Fridley, $1. Mrs. Clarence Heiman receiv- ed honorable mention for her entry in the arrangements divi- sion. Garden club members in charge of arrangements for the show were Mrs. 0. R. Hill, Mrs. R. H. Cornett, Mrs. R. L. Larson, Mrs. Irwin Puphal, Mrs. Henry Larson, Mrs. A. L. Libra, Mrs. Glenn H. Larson and Mrs. J. H. Mikkelson. Officers of the club are Mrs. Puphal, president, Mrs. Gerald Green, vice presi- dent and Mrs. Mikkelson, secre- tary -treasurer. Members have expressed the hopes of conducting another; show later in the fall and that' these events can become annual affairs. They also expressed ap- preciation to those who partici- pated and helped to make this show a success. Moores Escape Injuries in Mishap The Rev. Olah Moore and her husband, Wayne, were involved in a minor car accident on their way to California to visit their son, according to word received last week. Neither was injured, although they will be delayed in returning here until the last of July. They are presently in Merced, Calif. enjoying their vacation and their great grand- daughter. MPC to Replace Boards Soon The Montana Power Co. plans to start replacing steel and boards in the Thompson Falls dam the first of next week if the flow of the Clark Fork river drops sufficiently, C. R. Duf- field, plant foreman, stated Tuesday. Flow of the river Tuesday was 40,000 cubic feet per second but must drop to 35,000 cubic feet or lower before work to refill the reservoir can begin. The number and quality of en- tries exceeded expectations of members for this first show. The lobby of the bank was filled with the floral exhibits and members expressed the opinion that a larger location will be necessary in future years. Garden club members, while exhibiting flowers, did not com- pete for cash prizes. Only entries of non-members were included in the judging. Caution in Woods Urged as Fire Danger Increases Extreme caution with fire in the woods was urged this week by Forest Ranger Irwin Puphal as a result of the increasing fire danger accompanying the hot days in the past week. Wednesday the fire danger reading was 10 points higher than for the corresponding peri- od last year. \The forests are dry and the danger of a major fire is very real,\ Puphal said. The Thompson Falls area act- ually had less rainfall during June than normal despite the cool temperatures according to Forest Service weather records. Puphal also reminded fisher- men, woods workers and picnick- ers of the regulation that re- quires that a shovel, bucket and axe be carried in any vehicle traveling in forested areas. The sixth and final lookout in the Thompson Falls district was assigned to Headley peak Wed- nesday. In addition to manning the six lookout stations, three fire guards have been assigned to district headquarters at Thomp- son Falls and remain ready to answer immediately any reports of fires. Rose Bush Boasts 264 Blossoms A single rose bush with 264 blossoms. That is the achievement of a rose bush being raised by Mrs. R. Brotherton and she believes it may be a record for number of blooms on a single bush. The rose bush, a Japanese variety, starts blooming in June and continues intermittently until frost. reduced the cash reserves in the fund at the end of year to a point that requires the substan- tially increased levy this year. Last year's county -wide mill levy of 31.810 mills was reduced 9.065 below the 1957 levy of 40.875 mills. Total amounts budgeted for the various funds: General $192,946; road $201,- 614; bridge $36,390; poor $226,- 332; bond sinking hospital $8150 (includes $6000 on princi- pal); bond sinking Heron bridge $6800 (includes $5500 on princi- pal); airport $1458; weed $19,- Tot. WHITEPINE - Miss Linda Cunningham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Cunningham, returned Tuesday noon by train after spending six weeks visiting friends and relatives in Seattle, Portland, Olympia and other points on the coast. 035; classification and appraisal $50,196; insect $2200. and fair $25,225. The levies by funds for 1957, 1958 and 1959. Fund '57 '58 '59 Gen. Road Bridge Poor Bonds Airport Weed C & A Fair Insect 16.000 13.750 17.0625 4.250 1,250 10.000 3.750 2,125 1.500 10.000 8.185 10.500 1.750 1.750 1.500 .125 .250 2.000 1.750 1.750 2.000 2.000 2.000 1 000 1 000 1.125 .250 40.875 31.810 45.6875 PROSPECT ROAD SURVEY TO START IN AUGUST \We hope to have a crew as- signed and working on the Pros- pect creek secondary route in 30 days,\ Oscar Ostenson of Mis- soula, district one highway en- gineer, told the Ledger Wednes- day. Ostenson said delay in com- pleting road construction pro- jects in the district this sum- mer has tied up the two survey crews assigned to the district and as a result delayed survey- ing of the Prospect creek route. He said as far as he knows the Montana Highway commis- sion still plans to let contracts in November to grade and gravel surface the first 5 1 / 2 miles of the route and to construct two bridges. However, he stated the November date \would crowd us.\ After the survey crew com- pletes its work, the design for the road would be made in Helena, after which right-of-way must be secured. Then comes advertising for construction bids. One of the district's two sur- vey crews currently is assigned to the Waldorf Paper Co. road Whitepine Vote Slated August 1 WHITEPINF,-A special elec- tion has been called for Satur- day, Aug. 1 in Whitepine School Dist. No. 4 for determination of the question \Shall elementary School Dist. No. 4 be annexed to elementary School Dist. No. 2 (Thompson Falls).\ Voting will be at the Belknap school from 2 to 6 p.m. Eligible to vote in the election will be all residents of the dis- trict who are Unted States citi- zens, have resided in the state for a year and in the district for 30 days. Bull River Road Bids Opened HELENA - Dillsworth Cons- truction Co. of Helena was ap- parent low bidder Tuesday for construction of 9.112 miles on Bull river road between Troy and Noxon. The Bureau of Public Roads said the firm bid $414,621, low of 20 bids received. A contract will be awarded in Portland after review of the bids. Meadows Gets Extra Training BELKNAP-Bill Meadows re- turned Saturday evening from the Montana State university summer forestry training camp. Bill was one of eight selected from the total enrollment at the camp to stay 10 extra days on the MSU campus at Missoula. He received special instruc- tion there on fire control under the leadership of Asst. Prof. Robert Steele and Dave Blake- ly, a veteran paratroper. project and work on city streets in Missoula. The Waldorf road is scheduled for completion this week and the city street work Aug. 6. The other crew is work- ing on the Garrison -Avon road project, which is scheduled for completion July 31. The Prospect creek secondary project will connect with the south approach to the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge and extend 5'2 miles up Prospect creek. Mechanical Tests Made on Unit 1 At Noxon Rapids The mechanical. test run for the turbine and generator in Unit 1 at the Noxon Rapids darn was completed successfuly over the weekend and the heat test run has been started. Water in the reservoir was raised to an elevation of 2331 feet Monday bringing the pond to its full heighth for the first time. Setting and winding of stator sections was continued on Unit 3 and started on Unit 4. The Unit 2 runner assembly was completed and assembly of the Unit 2 rotor was started. Installation of air, oil and water piping is continuing in the powerhouse, as well as elec- trical wiring and control panel installations. Placing of finish tile . , in the electrical bay was completed and acoustic tile is being placed in the control room. Pumping continued from the water table control wells at the toe of the southwest embank - men as well as drilling of addi- tional water table control wells along the left bank downstream of the powerhouse. Some of the pumped wells are being convert- ed to siphon type wells. Back filling of the sluiceways in the spillway section with con- crete was started. Slide repairs were completed on the Martin creek section of the relocated county road. Landscaping is continuing in the operators' village. Trio Attending Fellowship Camp Miss Lynda Moore. Miss Joyce Rosdahl and John Muster left yesterday to attend the Senior Pilgrim Fellowship summer camp at Camp Mirnanagish near Big Timber July 15-23. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Muster drove them to the camp. CUTS MISSING Four engravings scheduled for publication in this issue fail- ed to arrive in the mail Wednes- day noon as scheduled and will be used next week. The engrav- ings were of pictures taken of the rose show and fish planting operations in the reservoir. 1;4e LEDGER