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The Letters,Page. ______________ A holiday invitation from Kansas To: Haskell students from Flathead Reservation — With the holidays soon coming up and you being so far from home, my family and I wish to extend an invitation to you to come share the holidays with us. My husband was raised in Ronan and is a member of the Flathead Tribe. We live in Oskaloosa, Kansas, which is about 20 miles from Lawrence. We often go to Lawrence to shop. If transportation is a problem we will be happy to come for you. Our home is open any time to you, but especially on the holidays. Our phone number is 913- 863-2312. Feel free to call us any time. Sincerely, Betty and Elden White Oskaloosa, KS Housing workers commended (Editor’s note: The following letter was received recently by the Community Housing Program and is reprinted here at their request.) To Sam Barber, Members of Housing Services and construction workers involved — Perhaps at various times you no doubt feel that all your time-consuming, brain-wracking duties, the time spent at your desks, the field work (etc.), the constant striving to do the best to your ability to fulfill the needs and sometimes-impossible requests of us “cantankerous people” is all in vain. Well, this isn’t so! This note is long overdue to express our sincere gratitude, due to your very kind efforts [at getting us] a warm house, about which we are thrilled and appreciate so much! I can assure you that you’ve made these two people very happy, and it is all due to the aid which we have received from such a wonderful group of caring people. Never hang your heads in shame, for you’re doing a great job! Keep it up! Thanks ever so much! (Millie) Emma P. and John Beason Arlee C Obituaries COLUMBUS ‘SIBS’ Columbus “Sibs” Bourdon Jr., 65, died of heart disease Sunday, Nov. 8, at his home in St. Ignatius. He was born June 24, 1922, in St. Ignatius to Columbus and Ursula Bour don. A veteran of World War II, he re ceived his basic trianing at Camp Bowie in Texas. He served with Company A, 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, under Gen. George Patton at the Battle o f the Bulge, where he was captured by the German army. He later escaped and joined the 9th Army Air Force Com mand. He was honorably discharged in January 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wise. After leaving the service Mr. Bourdon worked in the lumber industry as an edger-operator for various mills at Seeley Lake and from Missoula to Poison. He was forced to retirefromthat profession because o f illness and a leg injury sustained while he was in the service. He then worked as a Christmas- BOURDON JR. tree cutter and auto mechanic. He served on the Arlee pow wow committee for the annual Fourth o f July Celebration for the past 20 years. He was active in Salish cultural affairs and activities. Mr. Bourdon loved taking rides in the mountains, hunting andfishing. He was well-known for his sense of humor and practical jokes. He also was known locally for his participation in community parades. He won sveral awards and trophies for the floats he entered on his “Who Cares\ truck. Every Christmas he decorated the truck with trees and lights and went caroling. Survivors include his wife, Frances Matt Bourdon (St. Ignatius); a son Marvin (St. Ignatius); five daughters, Marlene Mahseelah, Lorene Zackuse, Darlene Durgeloh, Maureen McElderry and Dorene Bourdon (all o f St. Igna tius); a stepdaughter, Rachel Bowers Long season sends fire crew east “There have been more [firefighting] dispatches here this year than there have been in a long time,” Fire Management Officer Ralph Goode said last week. Apparently, they’re not finished yet, either. A 20-man crew of Reservation fire fighters was dispatched to Tennessee Nov. 6, and to Goode’s recollection, this is the farthest east any Reservation fire fighter has been sent. There are currently nine states report ing “good-sized” fires, says Goode, all of them in eastern states. Those states are experiencing high-risk fire danger due to fallen leaves, he explained, but thanks to the recent rain they’ve had, things haven’t gotten as bad as they did in California this summer, so the Ten nessee MIFF crew wasn’t gone too long. 3 (Missoula); two stepsons, Joe “Sonny” Arlee (St. Ignatius), and Johnny Arlee (Arlee); three brothers, Leon Bourdon Sr. (St. Ignatius), Bill Bourdon (Pablo) and Francis Sheame (South Dakota); 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchil dren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Art Bourdon and Mark Schaeme, and two sisters, Irene “Nonie” Quequesah and Janie McClure. Traditional wake services were held at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. Mass of the Resurrection was cele brated Nov. 12 at the St. Ignatius Catho lic Church wiht the Rev. Joe Retzel as celebrant. Burial was in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery with military rites by American Legion McCarthy Post 106 and DuCharme Post 113. Pallbearers were Wesley Carpentier, Jake Carpentier, Archie Carpentier, Leon “Blue\ Bourdon Jr., Duane Bour don, Calvin Bourdon, Fred Parizeau and (Concludes on page four) N ovember 18, 1987 — CSKT's C har -K oosta N ews , P ablo , MT - PAGE 3