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State Historical Society Helena, Montana or-riOAL SOCIETr OF MOi'l riti NA 14F; Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 54 No. 23 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, August 13, 1959 Single Copy 10c POPULAR DOCK—A popular spot for launch- ing boats in the Noxon Rapids reservoir is the old Highway 10A bridge approach at Trout Creek. The spot is a popular place for water skiers. It was used last week for fish planting operations also. Trout Creek residents hope to improve dock facilities and provide parking space in the future. (Ledger photo) Falls Schools to Open Monday, August 31st Thompson Falls schools, both elementary and high school, will start the new school year with a half -day session Monday morning, Aug. 31, Supt. Everett W. Long has announced. Buses will make the home re- turn trip at noon. The first hot lunch will be served Tuesday noon, Sept. 1. No change has been made in the prices of stu- dents meal tickets, which are 20 meals for $5. As was estab- lished last year, ticket holders, when absent will be charged for the missed meal. If a student is absent for five consecutive days, he may apply for and get a five- day extension on the meal ticket. This regulation is necessary be- cause the lunch program oper- ates on an extremely close bud- get. Junior and senior high stu- dents may purchase the tickets 10A Surfacing Jobs Completed Surfacing of newly relocated sections of Highway 10A be- tween Trout Creek and Noxon was scheduled to be completed by last night according to Paul Heidelman, resident engineer for the Bureau of Public Road. The BPR contract covers 6.1 miles. Traffic was cut over last week- end on to the new section be- tween the new Trout Creek high- way bridge and Swamp creek. The first night the new road was opened, an unidentified driver in a new car with only 700 miles on it hit a deer to become the first casaulty. The Bud Construction Co. held the contract for the surfac- ing with the Union Construction Co. of Missoula doing the work under a sub contract. Heidelman said he has receiv- ed no information as to when the contractor intends to start work on the Bull river road. The latest contract, awarded last month, extends to the base of the lake slightly inside of Lincoln county. at the school office while ele- mentary students may get theirs from their room teacher. High school students will re- gister for the year at the high Carl C. Mead Dies Monday; Rites Saturday Carl C. Mead, 75, and a resi- dent of the community for more than 40 years, passed away Mon- day evening at the home of Mrs. Loretta Gable, where he had re- sided for the past two years. Mr. Mead never married and is believed survived by only a brother, Lyle and a sister, Ber- niece Strickler, both of San Diego. He was a veteran of World War I. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Community Congregational church with the Rev. Olah Moore officiating. Lumbermen Face Whitefish Here The Thompson Falls Lumber- men behind the steady hurling of Richie Graham continue to trample western Montana op- position. Sunday the team down- ed Whitefish 11 to 5 in a game played there. Whitefish will come here for a return game Sunday afternoon. Graham said Tuesday that the Lumbermen will enter an eight - team tournament to be sponsor- ed at Whitefish Sunday and Monday, Sept. 6-7, over the Lab- or Day holiday weekend. The Lumbermen are importing an additional pitcher from Hamil- ton for the tourney. First place in the tourney will pay $200. Any winnings the local team receives will be plac- ed in a fund for lighting Ains- worth field. FINAL BUDGET CALLS FOR LEVY OF 45 MILLS Final budget figures for the 1959-60 fiscal year were adopted Monday by the board of county commissioners. The final budget calls for a total county levy of 45 mills, a slight reduction from the 45.6875 mills computed for the preli- Fund EXPENDITURES Last Estimate year this year General 149.765.40 188,985.00 Road 173,854.32 199.214.00 Bridge 17.060.69 36,390.0(4 Poor . 211.509.52 226,404.00 Weed 18.219.98 19.035.00 Claw & Ap. 6.265.82 50,210.00 Insect , 2.015.25 1,489.00 Fair 23,913.66 25,225 00 Airport 924.66 1.458.00 Bonds 14,994.13 14,800.00 TOTALS 6t7,063 43 763.210 00 minary budget last month. Slight reductions from the preliminary budget were made for the general, road and insect funds. The summary of requirements for tax revenues: Estimated Receipts and Cash 23.724.00 113.711.00 22,907.04) 122.059.00 1,877.00 30,335.00 248.00 14.783.00 2,421.00 Len.00 Amount to be raised Levy by Tax 166,456.00 86.396.00 14,905.00 104.345.00 17,389.00 19,875.00 1.241 00. 11,172.00 16.750 9.750 1.500 10.500 1.760 2.000 .125 1.125 12,961.00 1.500 333,904.00 434,739.00 45.000 school building Thursday after- noon and Friday, Aug. 27-28. Faculty members will be at the school on the two days to assist pupils in making out their sche- dules. This year the school is inau- gurating a $5 book and equip- ment deposit fee in grades 7-12. At the end of the school when books have been turned in, the money will be refunded less any charges for lost books, etc. No early registration is neces- sary for elementary pupils. Chil- dren will be enrolled in their grade rooms du4ing Monday's first day session. Beginning first grades must reach the age of six on or before the last day of October. Judgments Given In 4 Tax Suits Settlement of four protested tax suits brought by the Mon- tana Power Co. against Sanders county was ordered Tuesday by Judge E. Gardner Brownlee in the jurist's first appearance at a law and motion day here. Under the judgments awarded Montana Power, the utility will received refunds of $13,014.33 in protested taxes covering the years 1955 through 1958. Set- tlement of the suits also releases to the county $40,909.16 in taxes paid under protest for distribu- tion to the various funds of the county and school districts. In its complaints the Montana Power Co. had charged that the State Board of Equalization had assessed its inter -county pro- perty excessively. In 1955, MPC paid $24,227.90 of its tax bill under protest, in 1956 $20,206.50, r in 1957 $4,167.- 26 and in 1958 $5,321.83. The amounts ordered refunded to the utility for each year: 1955. $2,819.46; 1956, $2,852.68; 1957, $3,126.03 and 1958, $4,216.16. Cabin City Road Open to Travel The road from Thompson Falls to Cabin City is now open for travel without restrictions, Forrest Dobson, general man- ager of the Clark Fork Logging Co., reports. Earlier this summer the road had been closed during the day- time while construction was un- derway on the \Burma\ road. 4th Cheerleader Mr. and Mrs. William (Buck) Prueninger are the parents of a daughter born Saturday at St. Patrick hospital in Missoula. The little girl joins three sisters, Maureen, Kathleen and Colleen, and weighed 7 lbs. 12 ozs. The Prueningers are ex- pected to return to Thompson Falls this weekend and will move into the house recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Macho. The little girl has been named Eileen Kay. Scottish Rite Picnic Planned A pot -luck picnic for all Scot- tish Rite members and their families will be held Friday evening at 7 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Norman 1.4.)v- haug. Coffee will be furnished, but guests are asked to bring their own utensils. Firm Speeding Electrical Work At Noxon Rapids The Morgan Electric Co. is now operating on a three -shift per day basis in an effort to complete installation of the first three power units by Dec. 15 at the Noxon Rapids dam. Proposals now are to complete unit two by Oct. 1 and unit three by Dec. 15. The unit 1 turbine and gener- ator continues to undergo tests. Installation of air, oil and water piping is continuing in the powerhouse as well as electrical wiring and control panel installa- tions. Laying of terazzo floors in various rooms in the electrical bay was started. Conversion of water table con- trol wells along the left bank downstream of the powerhouse to siphon type was continued. Back filling of the sluiceways in the spillway section with con- crete is continuing with plugs placed in all sluiceways and con- crete fill proceeding in sluice - ways 1 and 2. Repairs to the baffles in the spillway apron continued with removal of damaged sections. Erosion repairs along the re- located railroad are underway. Scouts Capture Top Honors At Lake Camp Thompson Falls Boy Scouts won a major share of camping honors and contests at the West- ern Montana council camp at Melita island last week. The Flaming Arrow patrol lead by Ronnie Burghard won first in camping among the 12 patrols and 85 boys at the camp last week. The local patrol scor- ed 31 out of a possible 32 points, the highest total reached by any patrol at the Scout camp all sum- mer. Members of the patrol are Jay Miller, Douglas Riffle, Dwayne Vaught, Paul Williams and Mike Duffield. The Raccoon and Beaver Pat- rols were only slightly behind the Flaming Arrow patrol in points earned for camping. Canoeing merit badges at the camp were earned by Walter Franke, Gary Heater, Jay Miller and David Shepard while De - lance Wiegele received his merit badge in first aid. The Panther patrol with Gary Heater as leader won first place in the adventure trail competi- tion with Post 64 second and the Flaming Arrow patrol third. Post 64's team of Walter Franke and Mike Mahoney won the canoe fight competition while Jay Miller and Paul Willi- ams were second. Scoutmaster Jerry Miller said the adventure trail competition was based on mental activity and scouting knowledge while the water competitions are bas- ed on water skills and the size of the boys. In the NRA marksmanship in- struction, the camp's five staff members, including Bill Guld- seth, and Dave Scranton and Jay Miller earned the pro marksman award. • Miller said the Thompson Falls troop was the only troop camping out and cooking two of their meals each day and deserv- ed the praise of their parents and scoutmasters for their achi- vements. Hiway Fund Shortage Affects Local Projects Sanders county roads—pri- mary and secondary—came up for a thorough discussion Thurs- day night at the August meeting of the Sanders County Chamber of Commerce at the Harwood house, when Oscar Ostenson, Missoula, district highway en- gineer, and the board of com,nty commissioners were special guests. The Montana Highway com- mission's order last week can- celing all future lettings of highway construction contracts for the remainder of this fiscal year, unless congress provides additional financing, will effect the proposed 5.5-mile Prospect creek route and new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge ap- proach projects. Unless congress provides additional financing, Ostenson said contracts for the two projects, originally sche- duled for letting this year, would not be awarded until after July 1, 1960. Last week's action by the highway commission will not ef- fect highway jobs already under contract, Ostenson said. Suf- ficient money is available to permit completion of all road projects now underway. Thus, the ruling will have no effect on construction work on the new bridge here itself—only the ap- proach roads. Survey work, started last week, will continue as scheduled on the Prospect creek project. The ruling will not effect the Highway 28 at Hot Springs, or the Bull river secondary pro- jects. Ostenson said the federal gov- ernment had informed the state highway department that it can't guarantee money will be avail- able for any road contracts let after Aug. 1 of this year. Concerning the status of the Prospect creek secondary route between Coopers gulch and the state line, Ostenson said the BPR now is awaiting approval of a similar extension from En- aville to the state line by Idaho highway officials. He said that currently both Shoshone county and the Idaho Highway Dept. are holding up approval. The Montana Highway Dept. has approved extension of the secondary route from Cooper gulch via Murray pass to the Montana -Idaho line. Ostenson said he believes the BPR will concur if Idaho officials approve the extension from the state line to Enaville. Concerning a bridge across the Clark Fork river on the Paradise -St. Regis cutoff road, he said the Forest Service is making plans to build one but doubts that construction would be started until the question of whether Knowles or Paradise dam would flood the present cutoff road and any current bridge site. Of the current Highway 28 reconstruction project at Hot Springs, the district engineer said the state has requested BPR approval to put an oil dust coat New Instructor Of Music Signed Anders 0. Berg has been sign- ed to teach band and .music in the Thompson Falls schools, ac- cording to Supt. Everett W. Long. Berg is a graduate of Montana State university with a B. A. in music with minors in history and French. He has had several years experience most recently in Dutton and Hobson. The LEDGER — an ideal gift! County Road Surfacing Slated By Ledger Correspondent NOXON—According to infor- mation received by Doug Smith. county road foreman in the Noxon area, the county road from Pilgrim creek to the main arterial road into Noxon will be blacktopped as soon as time and equipment permits. The Washington Water Power Co. will furnish the oil and the county road crew will do the work. Future plans, according to Smith, will include surfacing of the county road from High- way 10A through the business district in Noxon. The Weather - Date Max. Min. Aug. 5 81 48 Aug. 6 88 41 Aug. 7 91 45 Aug. 8 88 49 Aug. 9 89 46 Aug. 10 89 46 Aug. 11 86 49 on the highway this fall and then let the road set one or two years before applying more base course and a final plant mix surface. ' Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of dropping the \A\ from Highway 10A de- signation after the new inter- state highway is completed along present Highway 10. The inter- state highway will be designated Powell counties. as Highway 90 and no longer John Britt, L. 0. Thomas, Jack will be known as Highway 10. Harwood and Don Saint present - Discussing highway finances, ed brief reports on their recent Ostenson said federal aid money visit with Gov. J. Hugo Aronson when the group presented him with $500 to help finance the 1960 National Governors con- ference at Glacier National park. Olin Ashcraft of Hot Springs, Sanders county chamber presi- federal aid highway funds. Sec -dent, presided at the meeting. is allocated to states on the basis of one-third population, one- third area and one-third mile- age. Under this formula Montana receives about two per cent of the federal government's total ondary money is allocated on the basis of one-fourth rural area, one-fourth rural milage, one- fourth valuation and one-fourth rural population. Within the state, highway funds, both federal and state, are allocated among the 12 fin- ancial districts. District 8 is com- prised of Sanders. Missoula, Mineral„ Granite, Ravalli and DISCUSS LEASE PLAN FOR BELKNAP SCHOOL A policy advocating leasing of the Belknap school and the teacherage at Whitepine to a community center organization to be formed among Whitepine and Belknap citizens was adopt- ed by members of the board of trustees of School Dist. No. 2 Monday night. The trustees also voted to hon- or the present bus contracts held by Milton Butte and Charles Gardner for the remainder of contract periods. The two buses will meet at the Little Beaver creek road and Highway 10A junction, where Butte will pick up children transported by Gar- dner and bring them into Thompson Falls. In a discussion with Joe Gar- rison, Andy Marich, Kenneth Larson, Walter Johnson, Butte and Gardner, the trustees agreed upon a policy of leasing the Whitepine teacherage and Belk- nap school to a non-profit com- munity corporation which citi- zens would form for the purpose of operating the buildings as community centers. Under the proposal, the cor- poration would be formed with- in 60 days and a lease form pre- sented for the board's approval. The corporation would assume responsibility for maintenance of the buildings. In other business, the trustees Judge Appoints Land Appraisers Judge E. Gardner Brownlee Tuesday appointed George West, William A. Munson and 0. J. Murray as appraisal commis- sioners in condemnation pro- ceedings being brought by the State Highway commission against Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hildebrant and Mrs. Susan M. Thayer, Miss June M. Thayer and Miss Susan L. Thayer. The condemnation case in- volves land which the state re- quires for approach roads to the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge. An order of condemnation was made by the court and the three commissioners appointed. They are to appear Aug. 25 to be sworn in, receive instructions and will then proceed with their appraisal duties. Prec. awarded a contract to supply milk for the school lunch pro- gram to Richard J. Wilkinson with a bid of .0595 cents per half-pint of milk and 24 cents per pound for cottage cheese. Only other bidder was Ilarlow's Guernsey dairy which bid .06 cents per half-pint of milk and 22 cents per pound for cottage cheese. A -bid of .07553 cents per gal- lon for No. 6 heavy fuel oil by the Union Oil Co. was accepted. The bid was the lowest of five received. Last year's price was .066 cents per gallon. The price includes delivery to Thompson Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh D. Pfieffer appeared before the board re- garding extension of bus trans- portation up Prospect creek to their home. The board took no action on the proposal. Union Rejects Wage Offer Members of Local 2719 of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers union at a special meeting Sun- day rejected an offer of 7'2 cents per hour wage increase made recently by the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. i At the same meeting, accord- ing to Duane Eitelberg, local Ipresident ,union members \pass- ed a very strong strike vote.\ A second meeting of union and mill officials has been sche- duled for Thursday. Aug. 20 ac- cording to Melvin by, a mem- ber of the union's negotiating committee. Little Leaguers To End Season The Little Leaguers ended their 1959 summer season by dropping a 13 to 8 victory to Wallace at Ainsworth field Tues- day evening. The game was the third of the season with out-of- town competition for the Little Leaguers. Bob Clark, manager, said the baseball program would be dis- banded for summer following a !practice session this evening. 1The boys have been practicing each Tuesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer. 'DIFFICULTIES' BLOCK APPLICATION FOR DAM A number of difficulties will have to be resolved before the Montana Power Co.'s application for renewal of its license on its Thompson Falls power plant can be considered, Sen. Mike Mans- field has informed the LEDGER. Senator Mansfield did not el- aborate or explain what the dif- ficulties were. He said the untility's applica- tion for renewal of its license on the power plant, as well as the permit to remodel and double the capacity of the plant \is still pending an&is in a more or less inactive status\ be- fore the Federal Power commis- sion. The application for a new 50 - year license and remodeling per- mit for the Thompson Falls plant was filed by the Montana Power Co. last year at the time it filed for a 50 -year extension of its license on the Kerr dam in Lake county, south of Poison. Senator Mansfield's letter was in reply to a query made to him by the LEDGER concerning the status of the local project.