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State Historical Library X HELENA, MONTANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. OF MONTANA HELENA VOLUME NO. 28. be it tbtab aouri Poison -the Power City, the Commercial, Recreation and -Scenic Center of the Garden of the Rockies! POISON, LAKE COUNTY, MONTANA, JULY 22,1937. Robbery at Smoke House Is Unsolved, Robbers Get $1500 Two unmasked thugs, early yester- day morning, forced Hans Jorgenson, co -proprietor of the Smokehouse to re -open his place of business and the safe, then bound and gagged him and left him lying on the floor while they looted the place and vanished into the night with $1,500. Of this amount there was approximately $450 of the state liquor store funds which had been place:, there for safe keeping. Mr. Jorgenson was on his way home about three o'clock in the morning and had just reached the front entrance to his residence when the two men jumped up out of the tall grass, with revolvers in their hands, and informed him that it was a \stick-up\. He at tint thought they were joking but the men assumed a menacing attitude and he was forced at the point of their \gate\ to return to the business sec- tion. They first made him walk to the back door of the Smokehouse but their en- trance that way was evidently frus- trated when the early morning N. P. freight truck drove into the alley at the rear of the depot. They then forced him to go to the front door and open R. Locking it from the inside they went to the rear of the building and after making him unlock the safe, forced him to lie on the floor while they tied his hands and feet with fish line and taped his eyes and mouth with adhesive. They took about $70 from Mr. Jorgenson and then looted the safe, taking all currency and silver but leaving a group of checks which had been indorsed and listed. In their haste they overlooked two envelopes containing some $90 which had been left there by individuals, but took two valuable watches which were In the safe. The watch which Mr Jorgenson was wearing was untouched After frisking the place they return- ed. Mr. Jorgenson said, and kept in- sisting that there must be more money than that in the place and Hans in- sisted there wasn't, and pleaded with them not to beat him. Although their actions were surly they did not attempt any brutality except for tying his hands and feet so tightly that the firth line made deep cuts into his flesh. As nearly as Mr. Jorgenson could describe the men, one was tall and one of short stature. Both had large noses and thin faces and were wearing over- alls and jackets. He said that the smaller one stood guard over him and appeared to be the boas. Completing their job they departed by the back door and their victim was left lying face downward on the floor. Mr. Jorgenson managed to get his feet uncrossed and in this way could sit up and inch his way painfully across the floor to the corner of the bar. He then rubbed his face against the bar hard enough to tear away a part of the tape on his mouth and although his eyes were still taped. succeeded in finding the telephone and knocked the receiver from the hook with his head. This opened the connection to the telephone office and he kept repeating a call for help, telling the operator what had happened and asking her to notify the sheriff. He had no way of knowing whether his call for help wss being heard or not but the operator received it and notified Sheriff J. L. Taulbee and Deputy Chas. Buell who arrived short- ly after and rescued him. It is believed that the men made their escape in an automobile and although within a half hour or so after the rob- bery. every sheriff in western Mon- tana had been warned to keep a watch for the pair no reports have been made. Both men wore gloves so no finger prints were found. Surf Riders and Air Circus, Fireworks, Rollers for Regatta Regatta fans will not sit on the bank and wonder who is entered in the races this year as the committee has ar- ranged to have a large bulletin board erected which will give the driver's names, their numbers and the boats entered in each race. The board will be 5 feet wide. 6 feet high and the letters will be four. nches high. It will be placed on th judges' stand. At last night's meeting It was def- initely reported that Vera Bradley and Howard Eghans of Couer d'Alene, Ida., surf board riders who gave such splen- did exhibitions last year, will be here again for this year's affair. A group of expert log rollers from Proctor and Somers have also been ob- tained for the log rolling contests and Carl Ross, swimming instructor will give diving and swimming exhibitions. The fireworks will be spectacular to say the :east. They have arrived and cost plenty of money. One of the new features will be the Flying Circus --band concerts as for- merly and all the other attractions , Programs will be printed in the near future. BIGARM PIONEER CLUB PLANS PARK IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The Bigarm Poneers' club held a re- union picnic at Waistead park near Bigarm Sunday at which time plans were discussed for improving the park and further beautifying it. The club is composed of families who settled in the Bigarm section previous to 1915. At this time there are approx- imately 30 members in the club. The officers state that there are still several woo are eligible for membership who have not joined and urge them to do so. John WaLstead, president of the club recently purchased the old picnic grounds on the lake shore near Bigans. and presented it to the club for their use as a park and meeting place. A small club clue is assessed each member for the purpose of improving the park and erection of an entrance sign. SCHOOL PUPILS OF DISTRICT 40 TO ATTEND LONEPINE SCHOOL Schaal board members of District 40 held a meeting last Saturday evening at the Flathead mine camp, for the purpose of diseussing transportation problems. Ethel Terry, county super- intendent of Lake county and John McCoy, principal of the Lonepine school attended the meeting at which time it was decided to transport all high school studenis in the district and the elementary pupils from the lower Battle Butte school, to Lonepine to attend school during the corning year. One bus will be used to transport the students. There will be one high school student and three elementary pupils from the Garcon Gulch district who will also be taken to Lonepine. After Right -Of -Way The board of county commissioners made a trip to Thompson Falls Thurs- day to secure right of way to a piece of land for the new east lake shore road Local News Notes Mrs. H. S. Harper and two daughters of Payette. Ida., and Mrs. Norman Menzies of San Francisco, are visiting here at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Graves. Mrs. Menzies plans to leave next Friday. Wm. Scott, Geo. S. Wright, Joe Ir- vine, (Ieo, Farrell, Howard Jones and Paul Carney were among those of the local baseball fans who attended the game at Ronan Sunday. Mrs J. E. Broom returned Saturday from Seattle where she has been visit- ing at the home of a daughter. Mrs. Roy Cross of Kalispell is em- ployed this week in the bookkeeping department at the Helmer garage. Miss Birch who has been lll was unable to return to work this week. Miss Catherine McDonnell of Mis- soula is spending a two weeks vacation visiting relatives and friends here and at Kalispell. Proceedings Of The Co. Commissioners July 6. 1937. The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session July 6. 1937. Members element: G. A. Leruonan, chairman. L. J. Marion and P. F. Hero. Members absent: None. George Uninger et al Road Petition The road petition of George Linin- ger et al was presented by George E. Sipes. The board appointed themselves a committee of the whole together with Surveyor Faucett to view the road on July 7, 1937. George Fortier at al Road Petition In reconsideration of the \Geo. For- tier et al\ road petition the Board re- solved that if the interested parties pro- cure the right-of-way. the County will grant the road as provided for in the said petition. Viewers Report. Arthur H. Rost Road Petition The Viewers report of the Arthur H. Boat et al road petition was approved by the Board and reads as follows: We recommend that the alignment of this road be altered to follow the sec- tion line from the South i s of Section 20. to a point approximately 500 feet West of the S, E. corner of the SW'. SW's of said section 20, thence in a northwesterly direction to a point ap- proximately 200 feet north of the S. W. corner of said section 20. P. F. Bern. County Commissioner Frank Faucett. County Surveyor. Poison. Montana. June 28. 1937. Viewers Report of Wilson Owen et al Road The viewers report of the Wilson Owen et at road was approved by the Board and reads as follows: We recommend that a revocable per- mit be granted C. D. Small for the con- struction and maintenance of a cattle guard and gate across the county road at the corner common to sections 27. 28. 33 and 34. And, that also a revocable Permit be granted to said Small for the construction and maintenance of wing fences and a gate across the county road at the corner common to Sections 15. 16. 21 and 22. all in Township 23 N.. Range 22 West. L. J. Marion, County Commis- sioner. Frank Faucett, County Surveyor. Poison. Montana. July 3. 1937 Bob Johnsen Road Mr. Sandford. engineer at the Indian Agency. Dixon. Montana, appeared be- fore the Board relative to the county obtaining additional right-of-way need- ed to make the necessary fill in the \Bob Johnson\ road. The Board instructed Surveyor Fau- cett to proceed to try and obtain the needed right-of-way. Construction of New Roads Discontinued The Board resolved that the constru- ction of new roads shall net be started until such a time that the roads now already started are completed. Sale of Caterpillar Tractor The sale of the County Tractor was 'called as per advertisement, no bidders beligg resent. there was no sale made. Opened for the Purchase of (Continued on page 6) Ill Health Said to be 1Court's Decision In:GO FOUND ITT I E N N ROLL O T F \ BUNTING Cause of St.Ignatius Favor School Dist. Man Hanging Self! In Election Case Coroner Dr. John Dimon and Sheriff J. L. Taulbee were called to St. Ig- natius last Saturday morning by the death of William (Bill) Hayes, 72, an old time resident of that section whia ended his life by hanging sometime Friday night. Mr. Hayes had been in ill health far sometime and despondency over this was given as the cause for him ending his life. Hayes left his home sometime during the night, Friday, but no alarm wag felt by members of his family as it wits his habit to walk alone at night. When he did not re -appear the next morning however, they started searching • for him and his wife found his body hang- ing from one of the rafters in the barn nearby. Mr. Hayes, a member of a prominent pioneer family of Missoula, had made his home in St. Ignatius for a number of years. Fire Guards Are Stationed at 13 Different Points The Indian forestry department is well prepared for this years fire sea- son. Under the direction of C. D. Faunce, supervisor, a number of looks outs and fire guards have been estab- lished in the various parts of the res- ervation. The crews this year are divided into two classes, regular fire guards and ens rollees. There are also two state fire guards on the job this summer. The In- dian department crews total 42 enrol- lees and 7 regular guards. Guards and enrollees are stationed at Hot Springs, Schmitz lookout. Poison, Ninepipe, Evaro, Pablo, the Agency, Saddle lookout, St. Ignatius, Jocko, Big Arm, Arlee. Revels and Perma. Boiled Down Items For Busy Readers In a hearing before Judge Albert Besancon here last Thursday the re- straining order instituted by R. E. Mc- Call of Pablo, against the school board of District 28, was denied and the costs of the ease, more than $150.00 was assessed against the plaintiff. Mr. McCall filed the restraining order in June against the school district to invalidate the five mill levy voted in April and the 15 mill levy voted in May for the completion of the school build- ings at St. Ignatius, Arlee and Ronan and other improvements in the district. His complaints were that insufficient notice was given; that the two pro- positions should have been voted upon at the same time and that the board did not authorize the election. The judge rendered his verdict Friday morning rejecting the order on every count and vacating the case. Monday evening the school board members of that district met in Ronan and proceeded with the building and improvement plans. Land Transfers Land transfers filed this week in the clerk and recorder's office were: John W. Port and Wife of Mankato, Minn. to Andrew Rudberg, the SES, of the NW', and the SW\. of the sec. 25, T. 23, R. 21. T. C. Taylor of Bigfork to A. M. Brown and wife, 2.9 acres in the ...aue Grade Villa site. Gunnar Norclquist of Missoula to Elizabeth Kinney of Ronan, lots 5 and 7. sec. 11. T. 19, R. 20. Mary E. Stanley and Clara W. Clin- gam of Denver, Colo. to Blanche B. Walchli of Kalispell, N a of the SW S. ; S'2 of the SW's, sec. 23, T. 19, R. 20. Maine Russell and husband to Chris- tian C. Lunstad of Kalispell the north 12 rods of the SW's, of the SW's, sec. 28. T. 25, R. 19. G. R. Reed and wife of Ronan to M. H. Maarstad and wife, north 65 feet of lots 9 and 10 and the north 65 feet of the W's of lot 11. block 6, Stanley a/rarer addition to Ronan. ri. W. - phone and wife of Bigfork to Sails For China Geo. E. Birmingham. lot 11, block I. * Miss Alice Jarmer sailed July 10 for Shore Acres, Shanghai. China, on the \President M. M. Twichel and wife of St. Igna- Taft\ where she will be married to Mr. tius to Thos. N. Marlowe of Missoula. George Parker and where they w ill lots 5 and 8, block 5 townsite of Arlee. make their home. -St. Ignatius cor. Births At St. Ignatius Babies born at the Holy Family hos- pital at the last report were: a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wheeler, July 6, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Matt July 7, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Noel of Poison, July 8, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Beauvias of Pol- soo, July 12, a boy to Mr. and Mrs. A H. Frey, July 12, a girl to Mr. and Mrs Jones, July 13, a boy to Mr. and Mrs Dupree of Bonen. July 7. Going To Ireland Miss Pearl Murphy left Thursday for an extended visit with relatives going by motor to Wisconsin, thence by train to Brooklyn_ 'Later she will embark for Ireland to spend several weeks. -North Crow Creek our. 'Hoppers Bad Grasshoppers in this section have be- come a real menance as they are leav- ing the pastures and alfalfa fields bare of forage and coming in the gardens. The poisoned bran kills many but others seem to tome to take their place. -Dayton Correspondent. Attend Golden Wedding F. J. McConnell returned last Thurs- day from Palouse. Wash., where he and Mrs. McConnell went last week to at- tend her parents golden wedding an- niversary which was observed last I Wednesday evening at the family hornel with a dinner attended by some 80 rel- atives and guests. Relatives at the din-, ner and family reunion numbered 40, , and represented five states. The couple were re -married in a Quaker ceremony.I An aunt of Mrs. McConnell who was bridesmaid at the first wedding also attended the bride during her golden wedding. One other relative was also present who had attended the original wedding, Mr. McConnell said. Mrs. McConnell remained in Palouse to spend sometime visiting. Hiway Patrolmen I nvited to Visit her home at Charlo Lake Occasionally Bonita Hiatt of Arlee to Florence Gendron St. Germaine, lot 6. block 2, townsite of Arlee. I R. E. Mc Call of Poison to Tena Mc Call, lot 3 and the se', of the nwi.. and the net, of the sw , . of section 6. T. 21 R. 19, Besale L. Kerns of Poison to T. C Taylor of Bigfork, lot 5, block 5, Blue Grade Villa, Recent Weddings McCoy -Ehnen A marriage of hitters/ to Poison friends took place Thursday. July 8. at Missoula, when Miss Iola McCoy, daughter of E. C. McCoy of Bainyille, became the bride of Frank Fan of this place. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Burgstrom of the Lutheran church. Mrs. Ruth Stevens and L. S. Butler, jr.. of Poison, attended the couple. Both bride and groom are well known here. Mrs. Fiman taught in the Poi- son schools two years and for the past six years has been teaching at White- fish and spending the summer vacations here. Mr Mum has been a resident here for several years. The couple will make their barna in the Snyder residence Marriage Licenses Marriage licenses were issued Wed- nesday from the clerk of court's office to Irvin Chas. Porter and Carrie Es- telle Benjamin, both of Salmon. Ida.. and Norman Wood of Poison and Mar- tha Georgia Howlett of St. Ignatius. Saturday a license was secured by Nor- man Paul Emminger and Ellen Let - singer, of Poison. Complete Assessment Rolls Mrs Ethel Mason Geo Wright arid Miss Bee Upham. deputies in the • A number of people, citizens as well as law enforcement officers have asked us the question, \Why doesn't the High- way Patrol Ever Visit Lake County?\ These people have suggested that The Remelt and The Courier \agitate\ the ,prowsiticin a little. They claim that additional patrolmen have been added to the state force and that it looks to them as if some of the extra men could be assigned Lake county. They further assert that if patrolmen at least visited this section of Montana occasionally and checked up on traffic violations in the various towns of the county that it would have a salutary effect • • • for 1937. Mrs. Mason has returned to county assessor's office have complet- ed their work on the assessment rolls Music Compulsory Subject County Superintendent Ethel Terry, has received a notice from the state superintendent's office to the effect that music will be included as a com- pulsory subject in the course of study for public schools this year Large Crowd at League Grounds Rollins: To the Courier -Dinner was served to 315 at the Methodist Epworth League dining room Sunday. Picnic din- ner was enjoyed on the grounds and other places nearby by many others. Each season has an increase of those visiting the League grounds. Church services Sunday evening were attended by the twenty guests of the Shining Mountain Camp and some local resi- dents. After almost thirty years, a note written at Kalispell and signed by E. M. Simmons of this place, came to light this week when it was found by Mrs. R. C. Redeker in the center of a roll of red, white and blue bunting. According to Mr. Simmons, who at that time was a clerk in the Old West hotel in Kalispell, the note was written shortly after a Fourth of July celebra- tion and carnival at Kalispell in 1908. While helping to take down the decora- tions in the hotel Mr. Simmons thought it would be a good idea to write the note anti pin it to the bunting and see how long it would be before it was dis- covered. Penning in ink his best wishes to who ever found the note he rolled it up with the bunting and there it re- mained until discovered 29 years later by Mrs. Redeker. The old West hotel at that time be- longed to Mr. Recieker's father and about ten years ago when the build- ing was wrecked a part of the furnish- ings were brought to Poison and left here in the care of his son included among which was the roll of bunting. Deaths Reported During Past Week Mrs. Bruno Fisher, Sr. Mrs. Brun Fisher of Poison, died at her home Thursday, July 22. after a long illness. Mrs. Fisher, whose maiden name was Minnie Peters, was born n Neubrandenberg. Germany, June 29 1877. Her mother was a relative of Wagner the famous composer of music, and her father also a composer worked with him. One of Mrs. Fisher's earliest rec- ollections was of her father at the win- dow tapping out on the pane with his fingers the melodies that were trying to take form. In 1896 when she was nineteen, Minnie Peters came to America. At aramburg before sailing, she met Bruno Fisher who was about to sail for New York, their friendship ripened into courtship on board the boat. After landing Mr. Fisher went to to Iowa and she stayed in New York. After return- ing from the Spanish-American war. Mr. Fisher sent for his bride for whom he had waited four years and they were married in Oskaloosa. Iowa, on Febru- ary 9, 1900. Pour children were born to them. Gertrude, the eldest, is Mrs. Walter Boettcher of Richfield. Wisconsin, Ben Fisher, a son, is manager of a theatre at Cortez. Col., Bruno Fisher junior lives in Poison as does Mrs. Minnie Armen who lives with her father at the family home on F street. Mrs. Asher leaves two brothers, one in Berlin and one in Morn Goetz. Ar- gentine. She was a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge here, also of the Auxiliaries of the V F. W. end Span- ish American War Veterans. The neighbors will miss her from among her flowers. Hers were always first to bloom in the spring and the last in the fall and were a source of great pleasure to all 'who passed, as was the kindly greeting of the friendly lady who tendered them with so much care and understanding that they seemed to bloom under her hand as they did for no one else. --Mrs. Chas. Buell, Robert E. Trainer Funeral services for Robert E. Trai- nor. 16 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Tratnor of Pablo, were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Retz chapel and burial was Made in the Ronan cemetery. The boy was taken suddenly ill while playing at his home last Thursday evening. He was taken to the Ronan hospital the following morning and passed away there shortly after noon Attention, Gal Semis All those who wish to attend Scout Camp must be registered and pay their fees in by Friday. July 30th. A health certificate from your doctor is absolute- ly necessary Please report to Mrs. Buell, scout commissioner. FORMER MINT BUILDING IS RENTED TO 3 BUSINESS FIRMS The building formerly occupied by the Mint has been rented the past week. The south part has been leased to A. B. Levisee and Ray Chapman. The former will continue his insurance business and Mr. Chapman, we under- stand. will buy livestock. The north half has been rented by Mr and Mrs. Hufford of Oregon. They are busy remodeling, etc., preparatory to opening a ladies ready-to-wear soon Comm issipners Will Meet Next Week to Budget & Equalize The county commissioners were in session Wednesday of this week to con- sider the preliminary budget, which is divided into two classifications, salar- ies and operating expense. They will meet next Monday to con- sider the budgets of the school dis- tricts and on the following two days, the 27th and 28th. will meet aa a board of equalization Any taxpayer who is not satisfied with his assessment may appear before the board and present his case for con- sideration. A notice is published else- where calling attention to this meeting. NUMBER 16 Telephone Service Must Be Improved, Opinion of Board The Board of directors of the Cham- ber of Commerce met Monday night and debated and discussed a number of matters of extreme importance to the community. Many complaints against the tele- phone company have been placed with the various directors and an attempt will be made to rectify at least a pest of the troubles. Patience has been used. it is claimed, with the hope that the Mountain States Power company would have an improved service after they had been given sufficient time after making the change. However, the con - census of opinion was to the effect that the Chamber would have to take action of some kind. Apparently an agreement was made with the company last year at the time they were cited to appear before the Railway commission and certain defin- ite stipulations were made. This mat- ter is one of several which will be dis- cussed at the regular meeting next Wednesday, July 28th. Frank Emory, H. S. Hanson and W. A. Alexander were appointed by vice- president Orinde. acting in the absence of the president, H. E. Bixby, to act as additional members on the special road committee. Leo Brooks asked to be relieved from this committee due to lack of time to give it attention. A live stock scales is needed for Poi- son and H. S. Hanson, H. Jorgenson, Ray Chapman and Lou Butler are the members of the new committee. The directors agreed to pay the labor bill for erecting the kitchen in the city hall and instructed Secretary Redman to confer with the City Council as to them paying for the lumber and leaving the kitchen as a permanent part of the city hall. Topics for discussion at the next meeting will be: telephone situation, progress of Regatta, stock scales, and report on recreation park by Mr. Crogan, if possible. Cases Disposed of In District Court District Court was held at Poison on Tuesday. with Judge Ralph L. Arnold presiding, at which time the following business was transacted: In the matter of the estate of Mar- garet E. Rathbone, deceased, the court made an order finding that payment of inheritance tax had been made and or- dered final discharge. In the matter of the estate of Frank L. Mast. deceased, the Petition for an order of sale of real estate was heard and granted. In the matter of the estate of An- thony C. Gilham, deceased, the court ordered decree of final discharge. In the matter of the estate of Monett Gillette. deceased, the court signed de- cree of final discharge. Sig Johnson as administrator vs. L. E. Johnson. Demurrer to answer was eubmitted without argument, by the court overruled, and plaintiff given 20 days within which to reply. Otto A. Behrens et al vs. R. L. Pei - ley et al. Motion for stay of proceed- ings set for hearing July 27 at ten o'clock a to. Harriet Woid vs Harris Wold. Order to show cause set for hearing August 3 at ten o'clock a. m. S. C. Hart vs E. Franks, a suit on open account. This matter came on for hearing and upon motion of plain- tiff the default of defendant was en- tered. Proof submitted in behalf of implaint and judgment ordered in favor of plaintiff in amount of $72.00. principal. interest and costs. Norman L. Walsh vs Edward Raunig• This matter came on for hearing and on motion of plaintiff the default ol defendant entered. Proof submitted in support of complaint and judgment or- dered in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $74.25, principal. interest anti costs. Harry Lyle Owen etc vs W R. Foster et al. an action on promissory note; case set for trial July 27, at ten o'clock a. M. W. 0. Boettcher vs Sig Johnson as administrator. In this case the default of all defendants entered on motion of plaintiff; proof submitted in support. of complaint and judgment ordered in favor of plaintiff in amount of $2311.91 principal and interest, costs, abstract. taxes, and attorney's fees. Edna Wilma Simons. as executrix vs M. I. Stowe et al, an action for foreclosure of mortgage. This case came on for trial. and upon motion or plaintiff the default of the defendants was entered. Proof submitted in sup- port of complaint and judgment order- ed in favor of plaintiff in amount of $2527.30, principal and interest, attor- ney's fees and costs. . Upon motion the court ordered that the resolutions made by the Western Montana Bar Association at Missoula. upon the death of the late Asa L. Dun- can, Judge, be also spread upon' the minutes of the court. And there being no further business to come before the court at this time adjournment was had until Tuesday. July 27, at ten o'clock a. in. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Whiteside of Cor- vallis, Ore.. visited here a short time Monday at the W. C. Stimson home. Mrs. Lyle Hall and Miss Betty derson are visiting here at the West and Marvin Dobbins homes An - Del