Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1959-current, November 24, 1977, Image 1

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STATE 1:ISTOR1CAL SOCIETY HELENA. flONTANA 59601 _ 40- •• *kw THE GEESE ARE BACK! As suddenly as they dis- appeared a few weeks ago, the flock of Canadians were back in the yard at the Thompson Falls Lum- ber Co. office last week. Geese taking flight here are wild birds. More docile locally grown geese PATROLMAN HAROLD SAVIK points to spot where truck driver Gordon Hirschi was pinned in his overturned cab east of Swamp Creek Wednes- day. Roy Howard used the log loader on his logging • 4*. r 410111. remain on the lawn. Thirty-four birds are in this flock. Clark Fork Logging Co. has cans to accept donations to help purchase grain to feed the Canadians in the winter months. (Ledger photo) truck to raise the cab so Hirschi could be pulled free. Truck and trailer, owned by Pack River, were carrying 25 tons of barley. (Ledger photo) TRAILER of Pack River truck rolled an additional spilling its load of barley in the borrow pit. 225 feet down the highway before it overturned, SECOND TRUCK ACCIDENT in western Sanders County occurred Wednesday evening when this log- ging truck driven by Mark Reeser collided with a pickup operated by Frank Holt. Neither driver was hurt. Load of logs was unloaded in the rear of Bill Alexander's yard. Sanders County David Thompson THON1PSON Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County FALLS, MONTANA 59873 Thursday, November 24, 1977 The weather Nov. 15 45 31 Nov. 16 44 32 Nov. 17 38 28 Nov. 18 34 17 Nov. 19 29 13 Nov. 20 20 6 Nov. 21 21 2 Noxon weather Single Copy 20c T. River road 1 future studied Nov. 15 34 29 .12 Nov. 16 31 29 0 Nov. 17 34 31 .07 Nov. 18 31 22 .11 Nov. 19 22 13 0 Nov. 20 16 2 0 Nov. 21 14 -2 0 The future status and maintenance of the Thompson River road was discussed with the Sanders County commis- sioners by officials of the Forest Service, Montana Dept. of Highways and Federal Highway Administra- tion last week. The county now is responsi- ble for maintenance of the four -mile oiled section of the Trucks involved in two crashes Two trucks and a pickup were involved in two acci- dents in western Sanders County Wednesday. Most seriously injured was Gordon Hirschi, 51, of Huson, whose truck and full trailer. loaded with 25 tons of barley, overturned into the borrow pit just east of Swamp Creek on highway 200 Wednesday morning. Highway Patrclman Harold Savik said poor highway conditions caused by snow and slush caused the accident. The truck overturned after skidding 225 feet and pinned Hirschi under the cab. The trailer continued another 230 feet before it overturned. Roy Howard driving a logging truck loaded with logs arrived on the scene shortly after the accident. He used the self -loader on his truck to lift the cab, so Hirschi could be pulled out from under it. He was taken by the Noxon Ambulance to the Clark Fork Valley Hospital at Plains and later transferred to Missoula. He was reported to have suffered a hairline fracture of his lower back. Wednesday evening a load ed logging truck driven by Mark Reeser collided with a pickup driven by Frank Holt as the latter's vehicle entered Highway 200 from Woodlin Lane east of Thompson Falls. The impact sent both vehicles into the backyard of the Bill Alexander residence, knock- ing over a fir tree. Neither driver was injured. Holt had just taken George West home from their work at the Murray Ranch and was re entering on to the highway Sheriff seeks Yule funds The Sanders County sher- iffs office again has made an appeal for funds to help provide Christmas gifts and food baskets for needy fami- lies in Sanders County. Deputy Sheriff Marcus Marich, who is in charge of the funds, said contributions may be made to any member of the sheriffs office force. Sheriff A. H. Cheney noted that each Christmas gifts and food are distributed to fami- lies in all areas of Sandei s County. ilium n i pax ready al Ledger All local Thompson Falls alumni who have not yet picked up their class photos are asked to pick them up at the Ledger. when the collision occurred. Both vehicles sustained major damage. road to Copper King. North of Copper King, the county has a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service to main- tain the section up to the intersection with the Little Thompson River. Paralleling the road on the opposite side of the river is the Champion Timberlands long -haul logging road, built by the Anaconda Co. in the 1950s. The road is known locally as the ACM road. Meeting with the commis- sioners were Jack R. Beckert, Dept. of Highways; Bill Dunbar, Federal Highway Administration; Bud Morti- mer. Larry Larson, Fred Burnell, Tom Squire, U. S. Forest Service. Commissioner Henry L. Gill assessed the meeting as an \exploi-atory session to see what thoughts the commis- sioners and other highway agencies had concerning the future of the road.\ In the past, the Forest Service and high way officials have been reported to be interested in acquiring the ACM road and upgrading it to make a log hauling road usable by all timber harvest- ers. In other business last week, the commissioners interview- ed Jeanette Olson for the position of secretary for the Board of County Commission- ers. The commissioners also updated a report of the various county gravel pits and mailed the report to the Dept. of State Lands in Helena. Two to spend winter in teepee While most Sanders County residents will spend the winter months huddled by their fireplaces, wood stoves or near the furnace vents in their homes, two young Thompson Falls men plan to spend the winter in a teepee. Last week end Mel Bolen and Jerry Smith were busy erecting their teepee in the corner of the lot at the Town Pump trailer court. Occupying the teepee with them will be a cat and a dog. Bolen explained that for centuries, Indians survived the winter in comparative comfort in teepees, and that there's no reason why he and Smith and their pets can't do the same. The teepee has a diameter of 20 feet at the base. Seventeen lodgepole pine poles are used in building the teepee --15 on the curve and two for smoke flaps. The teepee will be lined to a heighth of about six feet with the dead air space between the outer canvas and lining providing insulation. If the weather becomes severly cold, a second lining can be installed. In addition to helping retain heat from the fire in the ERECTING the winter teepee. center of the teepee, the lining also had another advan tage for early Indians. It protected them from their enemies since before the lining was in use, one brave, so legend goes, was shot by an enemy when the light from the center fire cast his shadow on the unprotected teepee wall. The teepee Bolan and Smith are using was manufactured by Blue Star Teepees of Missoula. The smoke flaps can be adjusted to reduce or create more draft at the center apex of the teepee. (Ledger photo)

Sanders County Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 24 Nov. 1977, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.