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State Historical Society Helena, Montana L, r.\ \' (JF mOri r A:•A HELENA Sanders County Ledger Vol. 54 No. 24 Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday, August 20, 1959 Single Copy 10c PREPARING ENTRIES -Lloyd Stonehocker, center, and Jack Stonehocker of Trout Creek receive instructions on preparing their entries for the Sanders County fair from Bob Hanson, county agent -at -large. Here Lloyd prepares to clip the neck and face of his Guernsey heifer. Jack will enter a pen of three Austra White chickens. Boys are sons of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Stonehocker of Trout Creek and are active in 4-H club work. (Ledger photo) HAMPSHIRE EWE -Garry Keirn of Trout Creek gets some pointers on showing his Hampshire ewe from Bob Hanson, county agent -at -large. Hanson and County Agent J. H. Mik- kelson made the round last week and early this week giving all 4-H club members pointers in preparing their entries for show- ing at the fair. Young Keirn, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Keirn, moved to Trout Creek last year with his parents from Lonepine. Mrs. Keirn is active as a 4-H club leader. (Ledger photo) ENTRIES DUE FRIDAY FOR FAIR AT PLAINS Tomorrow -Friday -is elitrY1 day for the 1959 Sanders Countyl fair which will run through Sat- urday and Sunday at the fair- grounds in Plains. The deadline for entries is 81ty P.m. All 'judging is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the fair's entertainment pro- gram Saturday. \This will make it possible for everyone to wit- ness the judging work and also to attend the entertainment features of the fair,\ J. H. Mik- kelson, county agent comment- ed. The Inland Empire shows mid- way and carnival will be in op- eration Friday afternoon and evening and a dance will con- clude the day's program at the fairgrounds pavilion. Saturday's entertainment pro- gram will get underway at 1 p.m. with the annual 4-H parade in front of the grandstand pre- ceding the rodeo and horse races. The 4-H dress revue will be held at 7:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand preceding the Clarence Smith Agency nite show production. A dance at the pavilion will conclude Satur- day's program. A parade through the business district of Plains and out to the fairgrounds at noon Sunday will open the final day's entertain- ment program. The annual 4-H Fat Stock auction will preceded the Sunday afternoon rodeo per- formance and horse races. Sun- day night the final nite show performance will conclude the fair's program. A total of $340 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries in the Sunday parade. Prizes will be: First prize, best float, $75; second, best float, $50; third, best float, $25; best novelty entry, $35; second, novel- entry, $20; third, novelty en- try, $15; best dressed and mounted cowboy and cowgirl, $15 each; runnerup, each $10. In the young organization cate- gory a $35 first prize will be awarded to the best youth club entry, $20 for second and $15 for third. In addition, if the three first place floats in the open division are re-entered in the Kalispell fair parade a $10 transportation fee will be paid to each. Superintendents of the vari- ous fair divisions are: Livestock, Frank Sweeney; agriculture and horticulture, Carl Pilgeram; floriculture, Mrs. A. L. Libra; home economics, Blanche Rich- ardson, and 4-H club depart- ment, J. H. Mikkelson. The 4-H clubs of the county again will serve meals during the fair in the 4-H dining room starting with the Friday even- ing meal. One of the most popular fea- tures of the fair again this year is expected to be the education- al, agricultural and youth booths arranged by various 4-H and home demonstration clubs and grange units. First prizes of $50 are awarded in each of the three division with $25 for second place in each and a $10 merit prize to be given to any entry deemed worthy of such merit by the judges. A first prize of $20 will be awarded for the best floral (Cont. on Page 2) Exploding Auto Causes Fires Near Whitepine An exploding automobile en- gine is believed to have started a grass fire one and one-half miles east of Whitepine simul- taneously on both sides of High- way 10A Monday. District 'Ranger Irwin Puphal said Tuesday, \We have no proof that the exploding car en- gine caused the fire, however pieces of metal from an motor were found on both sides of the highway and a car was reported to have broken down a short distance from the scene of the fires.\ He said prompt action by Alva Anderson, Nick Marich, Lyle Haase, Derry Conklin and Fred (Bud) Moore prevented the fire from spreading. A Forest Service tanker and personnel were called to the scene and finishing supressing the blaze. Conklin was the first to discover the fires. Puphal expressed his appreci- ation to the men for theiz excel- lent cooperation and fast action in quelling the blazes. \It is extremely important that persons seeing a fire start take action to extinguish it im- mediately. The first licks are the ones that count.\ He said Forest Service personnel always answer a call as quickly as pos- sibly, but 'that in the meantime valuable time is lost. A recent grass fire along the Blue Slide road apparently was caused by a motorist throwing a burning book of matches from his vehicle. Puphal said the re- mains of the book were picked up at the edge of the road where the fire started. The fire was seen by four railroad employees working on the Belknap bridge and by Jim Dean, who was launching his boat nearby. Puphal said quick action by the four men prevent- ed the fire from spreading while Dean notified Forest Ser- vice officials of the blaze. Fourth Grade Teacher Hired Earthquake Results in Minor Damage to T. Falls Homes The earthquakes which rock- ed the upper Madison river valley in southwestern Montana Monday night and early Tuesday morning were felt with varying degrees of intensity by residents of Thompson Falls. One report of damage oc- curred at the newly completed residence of State Rp. and Mrs. Henry Gill, where at least 10 cracks were found in the re- cently finished sheet rocked walls. George Green reported the quake caused a slight leak in the basement of his home which was not visible, but was noticed when water from a sprinkler seeped into the cellar Tuesday. John Pyatt said he was asleep when the main tremor occurred and woke up just as he was about to fall out of bed. Sliding closet doors in the Pyatt room rolled back and forth, banging against their stops. The Pyatts residence suffered a crack in the concrete base- ment. A crack also occurred in the foundation of the home. Residents reacted in various ways to the shock. One little girl called out when she felt the tremor, \Daddy there's a burglar under my bed!\ Several residents reported a similar feel- ing. Some residents residing on Maiden lane reported they did not feel the tremor, while re- sidents east and west of town said it rocked their homes. Calvin Wilson timed the quiv- ering movement of the earth for period of at least 70 seconds. The quake hit at 11:40 p.m. A second tremor was felt a few minutes la Still a third trem- or was felt by some residents about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sheriff Wally Britton said he barely noticed the tremor on the main floor of the Sanders county jail, but overhead De- puty Sheriff Les Lombard, who was on duty at the time, say he \got quite a ride.\ The shock caused some loose plaster to drop from the ceiling in the cellblock at the jail. Representative Gill said that when the main tremor occurred a four legged stool in their liv- ing room \danced across the floor.\ Miss . Blanche Brumley has been hired to teach the fourth grade in Thompson Falls ele- mentary schools this year, Supt. Everett Long announced Wed- nesday. Miss Brumley, original- ly of Malta, holds a bachelor of education degree from WMCE in Dillon, a bachelor of arts de- gree from EWCE in Cheney. Wash, and has taught for 19 years in California and Wash- ington schools. Miss Brumley was in Thomp- son Falls Monday to see the school and to find a residence here. She returned to Spokane to visit relatives until next Thursday when all teachers will hold the first meeting of the year. Miss Brumley replaces Mrs. Leslie Lambert who retired from the teaching profession last spring. First Steel Laid On New Bridge The first steel girders for the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge were set into place Tuesday by the J. A. Park Mach- inery Co. of Pueblo, Colo., sub- contractors for the steel work. Whitey Elliott is superintendent for the Pueblo firm. The first approach beams to go into place were 75 -foot gird- ers which extend from -Bent 1 to Bent 2 on the south side of the river. Elliott said the first haunch girder may be placed today on pier 3. The longer girders will be dropped into place on the piers by using the high line, the overhead cable, erected last month. The remainder of the steel required for the bridge is sche- duled to be shipped this week from the foundry in Texas. A total of 14 ,men, including three by Peter Kiewit Sons' Co. prime contractors, were at work Tuesday on the project. Elliott said his present crew of 11 men will_ be increased to 14 or 15 as steel work progresses. Chet Leeson of Trout Creek has the contract for hauling the steel from the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. railroad siding to the bridge site. Contract Awarded For N. P. House Allen Building Contractors of Spokane have been awarded a contract by the Washington Wat- erer Co. for construction of a new house for the depot agent at Noxon. Meanwhile the unit 1 turbine and generator at the Noxon Rapids dam continues to under- go tests and is producing power between necessary shut downs. The LEDGER - an ideal gift! Don Smail said he had been digging in the basement of his apartment house earlier in the evening and when he felt the tremor, his first thought was that he had dug \too much\ and that the building was caving in on him. He thought at first the rumbling noise heard by some was a train passing through. Don Saint said the under- ground disturbance was quite pronounced at his residence near Belknap. County Agent and Mrs. J. H. Mikkelson, Dr. and C. E. Ros- dahl and Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Weismandel, whose homes are located on Maiden lane adjacent to the Thompson Falls reservoir. all reported they did not notice the tremors. Neither did Clar- ence- Helman, who was on duty at the Montana Power Co. plant. Dr. and Mrs. Rosdahl, Nils and Lynne, were camped only last Friday night in the Madison river valley in the vicinity of the mountain slide that claimed at least 8 lives Tuesday morning. Firm to Remodel, Enlarge Grocery Section of Store Work was started yesterday on a major interior remodeling program for the grocery and dry goods departments of Larsons and Greens, Inc. According to plans announced by George Green the grocery and meat department will move into the present dry goods space and the dry goods moved to the present grocery space. The space for the grocery and meat de- partments will be almost doubl- ed by extending the area 40 feet into the present warehouse. The grocery and meat depart- ments will occupy 3100 square feet, nearly double the present space and will extend 100 feet from the front of the building Green said. The firm's office will be locat- ed where the present walk-in meat cooler is. The cooler will be moved to the rear of the warehouse. Entrances to the office will be available from both the hardware and dry goods and the grocery sides. John Williams has been given the contract for the remodeling. He began work yesterday tear- ing out the brick wall at the rear of the present dry* goods A logger for Rusjell Oliver returned home froth work in Mineral county Tuesday evening unaware that a tragedy had oc- curred or that a tremor had been felt locally. Deputy Sheriff Lombard re- ported he received a number of telephone calls immediately fol- lowing the earthquake by worried residents. Watchmaker John. Gallaher said he was working on his bench in his home on the Blue Slide at the time. He said he noticed inhe watches he had hanging on the wall started swinging back and forth. His first thought was that his wife was mad at him and \trying to shake the house down.\ 0. J. Murray said this was the first earthquake felt here since 1935 when severe damage oc- curred in Helena. Avy McCracken said men on duty at the Flodin Lumber Co. mill said the earthquake was so severe there that it almost suc- ceeded in knocking a mounted logging trailer off its truck. Dick Carter, •Plains district ranger, and two others all re- ported feeling the main tremor at 11:20 p.m., 20 minutes before it was felt here. MOST SCHOOL LEVIES IN COUNTY INCREASE Property owners generally will pay higher school taxes this year than last with eight of San- ders county's 12 elementary dis- tricts paying higher levies and the remaining four getting tax reductions. The four districts with de- creased levies this year are Dix- on. Noxon, Lonepine and Hot Springs. Districts with increased levies, are Plains, Thompson Falls, Heron, Lynch Creek, Trout Creek, Paradise, Camas Prairie and Oliver Gulch. The mill levy for elementary distrid No. 2, Thompson Falls, will be 32.14 mills compared to 28.02 last year and 29.99 in 1957. The. hic,h school district No. 2 levy will be 6.34 mills com- pared to 6.19 in 1958 and 6.67 in 1957. Largest increase will be for property owners in the Oliver Gulch district No. 71 where the levy has soared from 8.65 mills last year to 23.87 this year. Hot Springs residents will re- ceive the biggest decrease, slightly more than 11 mills. This year Dist. No. 14 taxpayers will pay 23.34 mills compared to 34.41 last year. County Supt. Orin P. Kendall said most of the mill levy re- ductions for the Lonepine, Dix- on and Hot Springs districts is attributable to increased federal aid being received by the schools this year, The total mill levy for all 12 elementary districts in the county is 324.89 compared to a total of 324.11 mills last year and 308.59 two years ago. The total levy for the five high department. school districts will be 45.19 Green said he hoped the ,re- mills compared to 43.41 last modeling program can be corn- year and 50.93 in 1957. pleted by late September. In addition to the individual New flourescent lights and district levies, county -wide a tiled floor will be installed in levies of 10 mills for elementary, the grocery department. Some 10 mills for high school, 1.46 new fixtures including a new...mills for high school transporta- beverage case, new frozen food tion and .74 mills for teachers' cases and additional meat count- and employees' retirement will ers will be added in the expan- be levied. The total county -wide sion of the grocery and meat sec- levy is 22.2 mills compared to tions. 22.161 last year and 22.479 two NEXT WEEK-Thom • pson Falls' new communi- ty swimming pool is expected to be placed into use towards the end of next week was the word late Wednesday. The above photo was taken 10 days ago and scheduled for publication last week but was late in arriving. Here Archie Tobiska, foreground, Art Turk, Bob Turk, Rex years ago. Mill levies for elementary dis- tricts for 1959-60 and the past two years: Dist - 1959 1958 1957 1. Plains 29.01 22.52 23.94 2. T. Falls 32.14 28.02 29.99 3. Heron 46.72 42.81 39.52 5. Lynch Ck. 15.41 12.39 11.84 6. T. Creek 24.23 22.72 27.81 8. Paradise 23.87 19.15 22.96 9. Dixon 23.69 31.06 34.52 10. Noxon 22.58 24.41 25.82 11. C. Prairie 26.40 17.36 20.51 12. Lonepine 33.63 43.16 26.32 14. II. Springs 23.34 34.41 33.50 71. Oliver Gh. 23.87 8.65 6.80 While the mill levy for ele- mentary district No. 2 is 32.14 mills for the current year, pro- perty owners in the former Whitepine Dist. No. 4 will pay only 22.37 mills. The other 9.77 mills is levied for a sinking fund to retire bonded indebtedness on the new Thompson Falls ele- mentary school. Since White - pine -Belknap residents joined the district this year they do not pay any tax levy towards bond retirement incurred prior to the district's annexation. Mill levies for high school dis- tricts for 1959-60: 1. Plains 11.82 2. Thompson Falls 9. Dixon 10. Noxon 14. Hot Springs 6 34 11.05 6.26 8 88 The Weather • Date Max. Min. Prec. Aug. 12 76 58 0 Aug. 13 78 44 .01 Aug. 14 84 42 0 Aug. 15 82 51 0 Aug. 16 85 44 0 Aug. 17 82 50 0 Aug. 18 81 41 0 During the 30 days, mid -August to mid -September 1959. temper- atures in Montana are expected to average well below normal for the season. During the same period the persistent dry weath- er of the last two months over most of the State should grad- ually give way to precipitation averaging heavy for the season. Denison and an unidentified youngster, pre- pare to pour the final concrete. The Turk Cabinet Shop, which has the contract for the pool, is expected to complete its work this week. Completion was delayed somewhat while waiting arrival of large drains and other parts.