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State Historical Society Helena, Montana STORtc;/\ L,C./CIETY OF MON TANA HELENA Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Nowspaper In Sanders County Vol. 54 No. 27 'fHOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursday Sept. 10, 1959 Single Copy 10c END SEASON—The Thompson Falls Lumber- men concluded their 1959 baseball season Mon- day in the Whitefish invitational tournament. The squad earned a record of nine victories against seven losses in regular season and Falls Nine Loses tournament play. Left to right, rear row, Jerry Selvig, Dick Browne, Jeff Wollaston, Bill Brown, second row, Richie Graham, Darrel Tor- grimson, Bob Clark, Roger Curran and Jim Graham. Pat Clark is the bat boy. Tourists Like Rock Souvenirs T wice in Tourney Rock drill core souvenirs , from the Noxon Rapids dam are proving popular with tourists who stop at the dam viewpoint, Mrs. C. H. Weismandel, secre- tary -manager of the Thompson Falls-Noxon Chamber of Com- merce, reports. U The Thompson Falls Lumber- men playing without the full- time services of three regulars suffered their most disastrous weekend of the 1959 season as they lost twice at the Whitefish invitational tournament last weekend. The Lumbermen dropped their opener 2 to 1 to Libby Sun- day and then fell before the Yaak-Troy All Stars II to 7 Monday in the consolation round. Bob Clark, manager, reported that the Kalispell -Missoula Timberjacks won the tourna- ment. The Lumbermen won the cov- eted sportsmanship award at the tourney however. A failure to produce hits when they were needed to drive men on base home cost the local squad its first game as Richie Graham went the route. Dick Browne and Roger Curran were absent from the lineup. Monday's game with the All Stars started out as a pitcher's duel until the sixth inning, when each team scored five runs. Ed Nicholson and Larry McKenny of Hamilton handled the mound duties for the Lumbermen with Richie Graham finishing. Bill Brown was unable to play in the contest because of an injured leg. Torgrimson hit a triple and Jerry Selvig banged out three doubles. Ranch to Fete Top Bowlers A team of the week for both men and women bowlers will be recognized by the Ranch Lanes and by publication in the week's bowling scores, Jim Dean has announced. The two teams will be made up of the five men and five women who have the top five series of the week. No re- cognition has been given these bowlers before. WANT ADS Bring Results! The drill core samples were placed on sale 10 days ago by Joe Dobravec. He put out 248 samples. Saturday Dobravec col- lected $12.52 from the strong- box left at the viewpoint. The souvenirs are being sold at 10 cents each. Noxon Receives $8635 to Plan School Building NOXON—An interest -free ad- vance of $8635 for preliminary planning of a combined new ele- mentary and high school at Nox- on has been approved by the Committee Facilities administra- tion in Washington, D. C., the agency has advised Senators James Murray and Mike Mans- field and Rep. Lee Metcalf. In its application for the ad- vance, School Dist. No. 10 at Noxon estimated that the build- ing program will cost $644,375 and that construction is expected to begin July 1, 1960. The present high school was built in 1922. In its application, district officials advised Mon- tana's congressional delegation that the building \is in poor structural condition while exist- ing elementary school is of wood frame construction. Both build- ings have inadequate space, lavatory and heating facilities.\ The frame elementary class- rooms were provided free to the district by the Washington Wat- er Power Co. to handle increas- ed enrollments during construc- tion of the Noxon Rapids dam. The advance money from the federal government is repayable on the start of construction. Notification of approval of the advance was made to the Ledger in a telegram from Congress- man Metcalf. The LEDGER — an ideal BLUE HAWKS FACE TROY Students Select Class Officers Students of Thompson Falls High school Tuesday elected class officers for the coming year. Gary Hanson was elected pre- sident of the senior class and Leon Bennett will head the juni- ors. Sophomores chose Lynda Moore as president while Phyllis Newell was elected by the freshmen. Other class officers chosen: Seniors—Dixie Reynolds, vice president; Lynne Powell, secre- tary; Susan Puphal, treasurer; Gale Brauer and George La- Friniere, student council repre- sentatives, and Robert Posey, class advisor. • • Juniors—Dale (Snitz) Dufre- 1 sne, vice president, Karan Wright, secretary - treasurer; Glenda Kendall and Hal Deni- son, student council, and N. W. Berge and LaVerne Gronewald, advisors. Sophomores—Bill Shear, vice president; Susan Duffield, sec- retary -treasurer; Cheryl Saint and David Holt, student council; Mrs. David Lawyer, advisor. Freshmen—Betty Meyer, vice president; Doris Gardner, secre- tary -treasurer; Sheila Gable and Mickey Clark, student council Hiring Continues Ahead of 1958 Hiring of job seekers through the Montana State Employment Service office at Thompson Falls continues ahead of last year, ac- cording to A. Koenen, manager. Seventy-nine non-agricultural jobs were filled during the mon- th of Aug. Forty-eight of these were in contract construc- tion, eight in lumber and woods production, nine in railroad tran- sportation, five in wholesale and retail trade, three service, ex- cept private households, two private households, one federal 'government, two state govern- ment, and one local government. I Nine jobs seekers were sent gift! to other areas on jobs, mostly in i the woods. Two farmhands were placed on jobs in Sanders coun- ty during August. New job seekers registered totaled 45 and at the end of the • IN OPENER SATURDAY Coach W. J. (Buck) Prueninger, Wednesday afternoon named 14 1 boys for possible starting as - 1 signments when the Blue Hawks clash with the Trojans at Troy Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. It will be the first game of the sea- son for each team. Possible backfield starters listed by the Hawk mentor are Arden Davis, Roger Curran, Jeff Wollaston, Ernest Schmoyer and Dave McKenzie. The seven start-i ing linemen will be drawn from these possibilities: Wally Page Ron Sands, John Long, Jim Crabtree, David Holt, George La- Friniere, Everett McKenzie Mike Marich and Gary Hanson. \All of the boys are in good physical condition and no In- juries had been reported up to Wednesday noon so the team should be in top physical shape for the game Saturday,\ Pruen- Inger said. 'month 58 persons were actively 'seeking work. Hiring is expected to remain steady through the month of September and possibly later in- to the fall, depending on weath- er conditions. ree uriages A Montana Highway Dept. survey crew has completed sur- veying 2.2 miles of the new Pros- pect creek secondary road George Heber, engineer in charge of the crew, reported Wednesday. The section being surveyed will be 5.5 miles and extend up Prospect creek from the south- west approach of the new Thom- pson Falls Highway 10A bridge. Heber said his crew has start- ed surveying the section at a point about one-half mile above Wilkes_ creek near the Hugh D. Pfeiffer home. The road will re- main on the northwest side of Prospect creek coming down stream and eliminate the need for two new bridges across Pro- spect creek and the Wilkes creek span. He emphasized that the present bridges across those streams would remain in use for residents on the southeast side of Prospect creek. The road is expected to cross Clear creek near the present route. Heber said the location of the road from the new river bridge will not be determined for several days yet. Enters Hospital A. W. Sorenson was rushed to St. Patrick hospital in Mis- soula Monday night by Sheriff ! Wally Britton, Franklin Soren- son and James (Corky) Wilhite !following a stroke the former I suffered. Marion Farmer Dies Saturday Of Heart Attack Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Com- munity Congregational church for Marion Farmer, 61, who died suddenly of a heart attack Sat- urday afternoon while working on a car at Heater and Heater, where he had been employed 21 years. The Rev. Olah Moore of- ficiated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Le- gion posts conducting graveside services at the city cemetery. The Shrider Funeral home of Plains was in charge of ar- rangements. Mr. Farmer was born March 13, 1898 at Belt and attended Belt schools. He was graduated also from the Adcox Engineer- ing school of Portland. He was a veteran of World War 1 and saw active service in France. He was united in mar- riage to Miss Florence Sander- son at Meriden, Conn., Feb. 8, 1921. He had been a resident of Thompson Falls for 34 years and had been employed at Heater and Heater since 1938. Survivors include his widow, Florence one daughter, Mrs, Lucille Manfred, Moscow, Ida; two brothers, Jeffery, Minnea- polis, and Lawrence, Ft. Peck; a sister, Effie Locke, Belt, and two grandchildren. Pallbearers were 0. J. Mur- ray, One Heater, Wally Britton, A. H. Cheney, Ernest Brauer and Perry Heater. Stobie to Stage Grand Opening Friday, Saturday Prospect Road The Dat Survey Eliminates I se: e 2 'Sept 3 Sept. 4 Sept. 5 Sept. 6 Sept. 7 Sept. 8 Weather = Max. Min. Prec. 80 34 73 40 61 48 59 49 65 44 60 49 62 40 0 .02 .02 .82 68. 0 .14 Church Auction Slated at T.C. TROUT CREEK—The Trout Creek Community church's third annual benefit auction will be held Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at the church. Lunch will be served at noon by the Willing Workers. Persons desiring to donate items for the auction are asked to contact a church member or leave their donations at the church. Proceeds from the auction go into the building fund. T. FALLS SCHOOLS NEED ONE MORE TEACHER The continued increase in ele- mentary students above the opening day enrollment total is ' I necessitating the addition of a second grade teacher, Supt. Everett W. Long said Wednes- day. Eleven more students have enrolled in the grades, but five other students moved last week to make the overall increase six students. The total elementary enrollment now is 364 compared to 358 the opening day. , One high school student tram sferred last week, dropping the total there from the opening day figure of 155 to 154. The second grade now has 37 students and although that is the smallest class in the elemen I tary grades it is too large for one teacher to instruct adequate- ly, Superintendent Long pointed out. Mrs. Dorothy Hunton is the only second grade teacher on the faculty at present. During the past week, the first and second grades acquired three new students each, the , fourth and fifth two new stu- dents and the seventh grade one. I however the latter grade lost ithree students who enrolled the !opening day. The third and six i th grades each, lost one student I The new enrollment totals by grades: first 55, second 37, third 46, fourth 45, fifth 44, sixth 46 seventh 51 and eighth 40. Grizzlies Capture Food Supply From FS Trio's Ridge Camp The Stobie Shopping Center will stage its grand opening Friday and Saturday under the new ownership of Victor Stobie and sons, Chris and Herbert. Features of the two-day event will include free baby orchids for the ladies and free ballpoint pens for the men. Coffee and cookies will be served free both days. In the hardware department factory representatives will be on hand to conduct demonstra- tions for customers. Bert Van Campen, general, manager of the firm, and Chris' Stobie, assistant manager, have' extended an invitation to all rel sidents of the county to visit their store and receive a free gift Friday and Saturday. Two grizzly bears—one de- scribed as a giant that stood about four feet tall on all four feet—robbed the food supply of three Forest Service per- sonnel while they were sleep- ing in their camp, but they succeeded in retrieving all their frozen meat. The attack occurred Mon- day night of last week. The three Forest Service person- nel were Frank Gummer, al- SILVERTIP—This young griz- zly was a frequent visitor to the lookout post on Mount Headley, where Larry Luke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Luke, spent the summer. Note the broad head and shoulder hump on the grizzly. (Luke foto) ternate ranger for the Thomp- son Falls ranger distict, and summer employes Gary Gre- gory and Bob Carlberg, both of Missoula and both students of Montana State university. Gummer said the trio was camped in the Marmot Saddle campground on Sundance ridge between Fishtrap creek and the West Fork of Thomp- son river north of Thompson Falls. Their camp was on the ridge which comprises the main mountain divide on which Priscilla peak and Mount Headley are located. Gummer said they heard their three mules and one horse stomping nervously during the night. About 4:30 a.m., one of the younger men punched Gum- mer and said, There's a bear out there.\ Frank said he turned on his flashlight and in its beam saw • hug. grizzly, 'so close, I could have almost touched him.\ The two silvertips had yanked the canvas cover off the trio's grub box, which con- tained several packages of frozen steaks. The larger bear then grabbed the box and loped off into woods. One was a huge brown bear and the other a smaller buck- skin colored bear. Gummer trailed the bears cautiously with his flashlight, to retrieve the frozen pack. ages of meat. He said he was keeping a sharp eye out for the bears with his flashlight down to pick up the meat with his other hand when Carlberg came up behind him and \nearly caused me to jump out of my skin, he scared me so!\ Carlberg and Gummer suc- ceeded in finding all the pack- ages of meat and then re- turned to their tent and crawl- ed back into their sleeping bags. The bears returned four or five more times before day light, but did no damage. As the three were eating breakfast about 7 a.m., the two grizzlies came up the trail to their camp again. Both stood up on their hind feet less than 20 feet from the camp, 'insolently looking us over,\ Gummer said. The larg- est bear on his hind feet was \taller than I am.\ The three men jumped up and down and hollered and succeeded in driving the bears away this time for good. The trio camped out the re- mainder of the week and did not return to Thompson Falls until Friday. But they did not see the grizzlies again. The previous week, Gum- mer saw another grizzly on Munson creek near Eddy. Ho said that he has been working in the woods ail his life and that he has seen more bears this summer than ever before. Last fall grizzly bears raid- ed the apple orchard at the Tex Denton ranch, the former Trueax place on Highway 10A near Munson creek and broke several large limbs. This spring the Denton's dog came home one day with his scalp torn off—apparently the re- sult of a scrape with the same grizzlies. Mountain ▪ Grouse Season Opens Sunday The 1959 grouse season in Sanders county opens Sunday at 6:19 a.m., one hour before sun- rise. The season on blue, ruffed and Franklin's grouse will con- tinue through Oct. 11, the Sun- day before the big game season opens here. The daily bag limit on grouse is five, but no more than three of one species may be included in the daily bag limit. Posses- sion limit 10 grouse and no more than six of one species may be include in the possession limit. Mountain grouse may be !taken by shotgun or rifle. I Shooting hours for grouse are one hour before sunrise to one ,hour after sunset. Reports locally indicate the grouse population is down this year. HITCHHIKER—This little porky went to town last week, hud- dled against the engine under the hood of Don The porcupine was discovered by Bob Rockwell when he raised Ph. hood at Motors Garage. The animal apparently climbed up into the motor while Gable was parked on Irv' creek logging. (Ledger photo) Gable's pickup.