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State Historical Society Helena, Montana Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County Vol. 54 No. 41 THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA. Thursday, Dec. 17, 1959 HERE'S PROOF—J.1 (Bud) Gaffney offers con- crete proof of the excellent fishing available now in Noxon lake with these 18 Rainbow trout taken at the mouth of Graves creek last week. Gaffney is shown measuring the largest trout taken. It measured 15.1 inches and weighed 1 1-3 pounds. Of the fish taken in gill nets overnight, more than 85 per cent were rainbow with the remainder divided among whitefish, bull trout, brook trout and suckers. Quite a few of the rainbows were in the eight and nine - inch size class and represent the plants made this year. Numerous others measured from 10 to 14 inches in length and are from the trout planted in the fall of 1958. Growth rate of the rainbows has far exceeded expectations. (Ledger photo) Park, Boat Launching Points Assured on Lake Next Year The Washington Water Power Co. has informed R. T. Auclair, president of the Thompson Falls- Noxon Chamber of Commerce, that land for public access areas on the shores of the Noxon re- servoir will be made available for use during the coming year. Kinsey M. Robinson, WWP pre- sident, said that the company cannot at this early stage deter- mine what permanent state park sites will be available but \The company certainly has no objection to making temporary sites available for public use.\ \We feel sure,\ Robinson said, \that the Noxon reservoir, and the prospects of excellent fish- ing in that impoundment, are going to be a tremendous attrac- tion and we want to do every- thing we reasonably can to pro- mote its use by the public.\ The WWP president pointed out that the utility has invested thousands of dollars in a rehabi- litation and fish planting pro- gram in the reservoir area. \The dollars we have spent on this program are an investment,\ he said, \and to realize any return on that investment we want to see thousands of people enjoy- ing the fishing in the reservoir.\ Robinson said it was unfort- unate that there had been any misunderstanding of the com- pany's position regarding the access areas. \It is particularly unfortunate that someone used this mis- YULE CONCERT, MUSICALE SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK The Thompson Falls -High school band and chorus under ' the direction of A. 0. Berg will I present its annual Christmas ' concert Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the multi -purpose room. No admis- sion is charged. Soloists who will be featured with the chorus are Miss Joyce Rosdahl and Miss Susan Puphal. Included in the chorus' pro- gram are \Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel,\ \The Christ Child,\ \No Candle Was There and No Fire,\ \Wonderous Night,\ \A Christmas Cradle Song,\ \Sing of Mary Pure and Lowly,\ \You'll Never Walk Alone,\ \The Christmas Song,\ \Winter Wonderland\ and \White Christ- mas.\ Band numbers will include \Christmas Everence,\ \Frosty the Snowman.\ Members of the girls chorus are Patsy Carter, Linda Haskell, Judy Huffman, Sharon Koontz, Glenda Larson, Carol McKenzie, Sandra Meyer, Phyllis Newell, Susan Puphal, Joyce Rosdahl, Caroline Selvig, Karen Schadt, Mary Soule, Tina Soule, Lois Tobiska. Alana Rogers is ac- companist. The band is composed of Ray Babcock, Larry Banister, Carl Brauer Hal Denison, Susan Duf- field, Sheila Gable. Robert Get- tman, Donna Gill, Bill Guldseth, Henry Holmes, David Holt, Laura Huffman, Paul Lanz, Ann Larson, John Long, Alana Rog- ers, Nils Rosdahl, Duane Stone and Lynda Moore. The Weather Data Max. Min. Dec. 9 33 19 Dec. 10 33 20 Dec. 11 42 29 Dec. 12 43 32 Dec. 13 39 29 Dec. 14 38 28 Dec. 15 50 33 Prr. .03 .08 .09 .08 tr. .18 The seventh annual Christmas musicale will be presented by a community choir at the Congre- gational church at 8:15 p.m. Sunday evening. The concert is open to the public and will be under the direction of Mrs. Gerald J. Green. Mrs. P. B. Ban- ister is the organist. The program includes such favorites of the Christmas sea- son as \Gloria in Excelsis Deo,\ \Roun'de Glory Manger,\ \The Story of Christmas,\ \What Child Is This,\ \Go Tell It on the Mountains,\ \I Wonder as I Wander,\ \Gesu Bambino,\ \Ding Dong, Merrily on High,\ \Carol of the Bells,\ \Dear Santa, Have You Had the Meas- les?\ the \Hallelujah Chorus\ and traditional carols rendered by the choir. Soloists for this season's con- cert include Mrs. Lyle Smith and Mrs. Maynard Hoff, sop- ranos; Miss June Thayer, con- tralto; Elder Michael White- head and Don Campbell, bari- tone and tenor respectively, and the Rev. Olah Moore. Other members of the choir include Mesdames Robert Larson, George Rohwer, Maurice Shoe- maker, Richard Hensyel, Rich- ard Wilkinson, Don Naegeli, Robert Saint, Melt Sutherland, Don Campbell, Ed Shear, Jerry Puyear, Elvin Eldridge and Larry Eldridge, Misses Susan Puphal, Susan Duffield, Lynda Moore, Ann Larson, Inez Saint and Joyce Rosdahl and Messrs. Earl Friday, William K. Har- vey, Eugene Risbon, Larry Luke, Richard Wollaston, Jimme Wil- son, Lee Kingsford, Nels Berge, Ray Long and Hal Denison. \The concert is the choir's gift to the community and to the surrounding area, and the program includes selections for children as well as adults,\ Mrs. Green stated. understanding as a flimsy ex- cuse for attacking the company I and for promoting tax-exempt, all federal development of Mon- tana water resources,\ he std, `but it does indicate how weak their position is when they gets so desperate as to use something like this in the way they have.\ Robinson said WWP will acti- vely promote the use of the Nox- on reservoir and is also planning an impressive dedication cere- mony for the Noxon Rapids dam in 1960. \Rather than keep anyone away from Noxon,\ he said \we want as many people as possible to see it so r they will realize that private enterprise can build big hydro electric projects that benefit each and every re- sident of the Northwest at no cost to the nation's taxpayers.\ Robinson paid tribute to the Thompson Falls-Noxon Chamber of Commerce, its secretary -man- ager, Mrs. C. H. Weismandel, and its president, Rod Auclair, saying that the company was \fortunate in being able to work with such a livewire organization in publicizing Noxon Rapids.\ \Working as a team we should be able to make the area around Noxon Rapids. Trout Creek and Thompson Falls the most popul- ar tourist area in the North- west.\ In a statement issued yester- day morning, Auclair said the chamber welcomes with enthusi- asm the news from Robinson that park and boating access sites will be available on a tem- porary basis. He said Ashley C. Roberts. director of the State Parks division for Montana, had been informed of the news and that plans can now go ahead for providing some of the basic facilities that will be needed by boaters and campers on a tem- porary basis this summer. Auclair pointed out that act- ually having access facilities available on a temporary basis at first will be to the public's and chamber's advantage. \Until the Federal Power commission es tablishes and accepts the per- manent boundary of the reserv- oir no permanent sites can be set aside for park development. However this will be to the pub- lic's advantage since some areas will be more popular than oth- ers and we will then be able to do work of a permanent nature on the best and most desirable locations. \The people of Trout Creek, who are infinitely acquainted with the tremendous trout fish - Ow now available in the Noxon lake, particularly look forward to the development of a major recreational area in their vicini- ty,\ Auclair added. He pointed out that Trout Creek located in the center of the reservoir area and enhanced by the best boat landing spots will particularly benefit from the fishing. Needy Families Assured of Gifts Members of the sheriff's office and county welfare de- partment along with other volunteers will start wrap- ping toys and gifts and pre- paring baskets of food for needy families and boys and girls this weekend, Sheriff Welly Britton reported Wed- nesday. He said the response to requests for additional tcys and gifts has b. - !en \wonderful\ the past two weeks and all needy families will be provided for by Christ- mas. County boarders have been busy the past month repair- ing and repainting toys and the results of their efforts can be seen in the mountains of gifts in the jury and court rooms of the court house. Mrs. Winn I3errisford, wel- fare director, said that blankets are still needed for unfortunate people who have only their coats to use as bed covering during the night. \We know numerous people now are using electric blan- kets and no longer need some of the blankets they used for- merly. We would certainly ap- preciate receiving them for distribution in time for Chris- tmas.\ Sheriff Britton said distri- bution of the boxes and bas- kets of Christmas cheer to families all over the county will start early next week and that the pleasant task will be completed by Christmas eve. He reported that members of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers had contributed $117.50 to the Christmas fund. Yule Pageant Slated Sunday A pageant depicting the meaning of Christmas from the birth of Jesus and on to modern times will be e i t presented by stu- dents of the Community Con- gregational church Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Mrs. Forrest Dobson, superintendent, is directing the program which will take the place of the regul- ar worship service. The annual program will be held in the multi -purpose room of the elementary school in order to accommodate a larger crowd. Service Planned A brief Christmas Eve ser- vice featuring Christmas music and the story of the Nativity will be held at the Community Con- gregational church Thursday evening, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Stephen D. Babcock and Miss Susan Thayer will be in charge of the program in the absence of the Rev. Olah Moore. , Single Copy 104 anta Claus Is Comin' To Town Saturday. Santa Claus is comin' to town Saturday. And Mrs. Claus will be with him to help hand out a bag full of Christmas treats for all boys and girls of western Sand- ers county. Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will be personified by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hearing, are scheduled to arrive at the Rex theater about five minutes before the free show, being provided by Thomp- son Falls merchants, is over. The jolly old gentleman and Mrs. Claus will wait in the lobby and proceed to the stage after an an- nouncement has been made in- forming children how to come forward to greet Santa. The free show will begin at 2 p.m. Booked for the screen is Lou Costello in \Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock.\ Ted Mellinger, chairman of the retail trades committee which arranged Santa's visit, said that Santa will have a sack of candy for every child attend- ing the show. Any candy not giv- Lions to Sponsor Lighting Contest The Thompson Falls Lions club again will sponsor its an- nual home lighting contest for residents of Thompson Falls, Richard Heater, president, has announced. Three cash prizes will be awarded to winning displays. First prize will be $15, second $10 and third $5. A panel of three non -Lions club members will judge the entries between 6 and 10 p.m. Christmas night. The contest is open to all re- sidents of the city, including Lions. Residents who erect out- door Christmas displays at their homes are asked that their lights be turned on during the judg- ing hours Christmas night, in order that the judges do not miss viewing any display. Heater emphasized that it is not necessary for anyone to make a formal entry to partici- pate in the contest. The club's directors also voted Thursday night to contribute $50 to the sheriffs offices' Christ- mas program and also to con- tribute $5 to the TB Christmas seal sale. Leonard Lovhaug was appoint- ed assistant secretary to assist M. J. Sullivan, secretary of the organization. employees. 0, om shy toK s UT - TOO sett sot -a s, tokoor74t4 4 NEW LUTHERAN CHURCH—Ground was broken Sunday for the new Our Savior's Lutheran church scheduled for construc- tion here. Participating in the groundbreaking were the Rev. Donald L. Tigges, pastor, the Rev. H. C. Hjortholm of Missoula and the Rev. L. 0. Lassesson, Hot Springs Lutheran minister. en away will be given to Sheriff Wally Britton for distribution to needy children. Mellinger said Wednesday that his committee was extreme- ly pleased that they were able to again make arrangements through Mr. and Mrs. Hearing to have Santa and his wife make their annual visit to Thompson Falls. \Children in most towns have to be content with only a I visit from St. Nick, but here they also get to meet Mrs. Santa. We hope every youngster residing in Plains, Thompson Falls and I the rest of western Sanders county attends the free show and greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus !Saturday at the theater.\ NOXON SCHOOL BOND VOTE SET SATURDAY NOXON—Voters of the Heron, Noxon and Trout Creek elemen- tary school districts will decide Saturday - the fate of a proposed $698,000 bond issue to construct a new combined elementary and high school at Noxon. Eligible to vote in the bond election are all registered voters of the three districts whose names appear also on the last assessment rolls of the county. Voters will cast their ballots at the school located in their dis- trict. The polls will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Qualified electors of elemen- tary school Dist. No. 10 at Nox- on will receive two ballots—for approval or disapproval of the issuance of $412.000 in bonds for the high school portion of the proposed building program and Worker Demand Increases Locally Demand for workers in the local lumbering industry is in- creasing, Arthur Koenen, Thom- pson Falls Employment Service manager, disclosed this week. At the same time, he said, construc- tion activity in the area is large- ly curtailed. Koenen said the heavy snow- fall and soft roads hampered logging operations last month, but freezing weather without ex- cessive snow during December is making logging conditions ideal. To date in 1959, construction firms have hired 339 workers through the Thompson Falls ; employment office, while log- ging and lumbering operators have used the job office to re- cruit 142 sawmill and woods * ft ) ag q i its the other for $86,000 in bonds for the elementary portion. Vot- ers of the Heron and Trout Creek districts, who are also located in Noxon High School Dist. No. 10 will vote only on the $412,000 high portion of the bond issue. Forty per cent of the eligible electors in the three elementary districts must vote to validate the election. Only a simple ma- jority is required to pass the proposal if the election is vali- dated by sufficient voters cast- ing their ballots. Considerable interest in the election has been evident in all three districts during the past two weeks. Approximately 70 persons registered to vote be- fore registration closed Dec. 5. Several absentee ballots have been cast already with Clerk and Recorder Dorothy Dodson. Church Youth To Sing Carols Carol singing by members of the Community Congregation- al Bible study group and by the !Junior PF members will be held 'next Wednesday with all chil- dren meeting at the church at 6:30 p.m. \Any child in the third grade through the eighth, whet- her or not he belongs to one of the church groups, is welcome to carol with us,\ Mrs. Bob Lar- son said . Children should dress warmly and carry flashlights with which to see the songbooks, she added. Following the carol singing, hot chocolate and cookies will be served to the children by several mothers at the church. Any shut-in or older person wishing to have the carollers stop at their residence should call Mrs. Larson. The building committee composed of Koenen and Mrs. Jake Weigand hopes construction of the church within the tect's conception of the exterior of the William Oliver, Arthur to award a contract for next few days. Archi- church is shown above.