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With which is consolidated THE LIBBY TIMES and THE TROY TRIBUNE
H i slo rfaLLià ta»— ^
Libby, Lincoln Comity, Montana
rimrsday, August 24, 191
Number 12
Brother Of
Libby Nan Is
Vic Riley and Wife Meet
Death in Airplane
Mr. and Mrs. Vic Riley of Kalispell
were killed in an airplane crash Mon
day night at Great Falls, as was also
the aviator, Frank Buck, of Kalispell.
The fatal accident happened when the
pilot attempted to land during a rain
storm, at night, and with the light poor,
and struck a high-power wire.
Mr. and Mrs. Riley were married a
few weeks ago in Libby at the home
of Mr. Riley's brother, Mr. Jean Riley.
The two men. were associated in the
creamery business, with plants at Kal
ispell and Libby. Mr. Vic Riley had
visited Libby repeatedly on business
matters and to visit his brother, was
i well known here and was held in the
highest esteem.
E. B. Riley, a brother, arrived in Lib
by yesterday from Yakima, Wash., and
today be and Mrs, Jean Riley and Miss
Laura Riley drove to Kalispell to at
tend the funeral, which is to be held
there today. Jean Rilev 1
Kalispell since the aociaen
The Great Falls Tribune had the fol
lowing account of the accident;
Three persons were killed Monday
night when an airplane piloted by Fred
Buck of Kalispell, crashed on Gore
hill about 150 feet northeast of the
hangar at the municipal airport. The
pilot and Mrs. Victor Riley, also of
Kalispell, were killed almost instantly,
and Victor Riley, the second passenger,
died two hours later at the Columbus
The crash occurred about 8;30 when
Buck was circling the airport in an
effort to land While making a turn
the right wing of the four-place cabin
plane hooked on a power line throwing
the ship into a half roll. It nosed into
the ground about 50 yards from the
power line, completely wrecked.
Eyewitnesses were of the opinion that
the pilot became confused on account
of the rain when circling for a land
ing. Gasoïhte tOTch lights had been
placed at two points on the hill, one
showing the airport hill slope and the
other the landing area. Lights of two
automobiles were thrown over the field
in the correct direction for landing. The
single light on the airport also was di
rected on the field.
has been in
Raining Here
The airplane reached Great Falls
around 8 p. m. and circled the city sev
eral times. It was apparent to several
who watched the plane that the pilot
was attempting to locate the airport.
Rain was falling at the time, making
a low ceiling for flying.
Mrs. Buck was in Great Falls await
ing the arrival of her husband and his
two passengers.
Earl Vance, Great Falls pilot with
many years' experience, who now is a
pilot for the National Parks airways,
said he heard the plane flying over
town and suggested to W. G. Ferguson,
traffic manager for National Parks, that
they go to the field to give any needed
assistance in the landing of the plane.
Mr, Vance said he became apprehensive
when he failed to see landing lights
show on the plane. As the municipal
airport is not equipped for night flying,
flares have to be placed and these may
be augumented by motor car lights in
Before Mr. Vance and Mr. Fergu
son could reach the field the Buck
plane crashed. They found that Gene
Schacher, airport manager, had made
all possible emergency arrangements.
Mr. Schacher had placed two gasoline
torches and had the lights of two motor
cars turned on the field in the direc
tion the plane should land. One of the
flares was so placed as to reveal the
sharp slope of the hill below the muni
cipal airport.
Lands on Nose
As Mr. Vance reconstructed the
crash, Buck brought his plane toward
the municipal field from the east and
as he neared the field banked and
struck a power line, severing part of
the right wing. The impact threw the
plane upside down and it hit squarely
on its nose. The engine was tom from
its mountings and forced back into
the pilot's compartment.
Mrs. Riley was dead when rescuers
reached her. Buck died before he could
be started to a hospital. Riley was un
conscious when taken to the hospital.
The investigation by Mr. Ferguson
and Mr. Vance revealed that Buck tele
graphed from Kalispell that he was
leaving about 6:15 p. m. and to have
a light on the field to land by. There
fore, he was aware of the fact it would
be dark when he arrived. Flying time
for ships of the Buck type from Kal
ispell to Great Falls should average
about an hour and three-quarters in
good weather, Mr. Vance said,
investigation showed there
landing lights on the plane. '
Thus, the investigation revealed that
the Kalispell pilot was attempting to
land on a field not equipped for night
flying with a plane not equipped with
landing lights. Department of commerce
regulations specify planes flying at
night must be equipped with landing
were no
Prominent In Kalispell
Buck, a member of a prominent Kal
ispell family, and Mr. and Mrs. Riley
were coming to Great Falls for the
American Legion convention. Buck and
SPOKANE.—About 200 tons of sur
plus stock of lead has been shipped
by the Bunker Hill lately in response
to calls from customers.
The Bunker Hill is carrying a sur
plus of about 10,000 tons of lead, equal
to about two months' production ac
cording to Frank M. Smith, smelter di
rector who added that the surplus zinc
stock is about exhausted and that the
Bunker Hill is producing about 23 tons
of zinc a day and about 5000 tons of
lead per month.
Latest Regarding
Libby-Troy Project
Washington Has Apparently Wired
Decision to Montana State
Highway Commission.
E E. Jaqueth, president of the Lib
by Commercial club, on Tuesday re
ceived a telegram from H. A. Wallace,
secretary of agriculture, in Washington,
which said;
"MacDonald today wired State High
way Commission in connection with
Troy-Libby road Suggest you commu
nicate with Mr. Warden."
The MacDonald mentioned is repre
sentative of the bureau of public roads.
Mr. Jaqueth at once wired Mr. War
den, chairman of the State Highway
Commission, asking for any informa
tion he had regarding the MacDonald
wire. Up to time of going to press, no
reply had been received.
The Bonners Ferry ball team came
to Libby last Sunday and defeated the
locals with a 10 to 4 score. Judging
from the indication of the inning score
and the final result, Bonners apparent
ly had the best of it throughout the
entire game. The story is pretty well
told in the following score by innings;
.1 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 2—10
0 00310000—4
Johnson and Bonn were the battery
for the visitors and Patt and Racicot
for Libby, Dedric and Heathershaw,
SPOKANE—Jobs for thousands of
mer» In blister rust oontrol work were
authorized under the federal public
works program during the past week.
Approximately $1,152,000 will be spent
in five western states under the direc
tion of the blister rust control office
in Spokane.
"This authorization makes this money
available immediately,
Wyckoff, senior pahtologist of the
bureau of plant industry, in charge of
blister rust control. "The first crews
will be in the field next week. Consid
erable equipment will be purchased
said S. N.
Expect livestock
Prices To Go Up
Montana Economist Tells Why Better
Market For Fanners Is in
BOZEMAN, Aug. 22.—While prices of
cereal and textile crops have moved
rapidly upward during the improvement
period, livestock product prices have
shown little advance due to the fact
that increased purchasing power has
not yet been reflected in the demand
for these products, says the August
Montana Agriculture Outlook by Paul
Carpenter, extension economist.
The movement of meats in retail mar
kets rriore than any other major com
modities which originate on the farm,
reflect the buying power of the public,
and therefore the welfare of the live
stock producer is intimately tied up
with the success of the many employ
ment and wage stimulating activities
which form a part of the national re
covery program.
Signs multiply, says the^ee
that there is a decided umvar
in employment and a risirfe wage level
and this can only mean that an im
provement in livestock prices is in the
From the standpoint of numbers,
lambs should be in a particularly favor
able position to react to the first signs
of an increased demand for meats. Car
penter points out that this year an
average of only 80.1 lambs were docked
out for each 100 ewes on farms January
1. This compares with a percentage of
80.9 in 1932, and 89 in 1931. In the range
states the lambing averages for the
same years were 70.2, 71.3 and 82.4 re
his brother Harry, former state repre
sentative, were engaged in the grocery
business at Kalispell. During the World
war he responded to the call for vol
unteers and was trained as an aviator
at Kelley -field in Texas. Later he was
sent to France, where he was on duty
for 13 months. He received his dis
charge after the armistice and was with
one of the early contingents to return
home. Besides Mrs. Buck, he is sur
vived by three young children, two
boys and a girl. His unci
Buck, Is a county commission
ispell. Riley operated the Glacier dairy
at Kalispell,
Mr. and Mrs. Riley were married in
June. She formerly was Gleona Mich
aelson, a native of Kalispell, but until
her marriage was employed in Seattle.
at Kal
•ver :
Tropical Queen at Fair
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Alice Rooney, of Chicago, who won the content for Qumo of the
Tropical Gardens at A Century of Progress— the Chicago World's
Pair. She is shown being handed her prize by "Buddy" Rogers at
the Horticulture Building,
Now Working
Under New
Beginning Tuesday morning, the J.
Neils Lumber company of Libby started
operating under the lumber code,,**,
cently signed by President Ttooseveft 1
The minimum wage under the code is
42¥i cents an hour. This resulted in
somewhat of a wage increase at the
local plant although it had been oper
ating almost up to code provisions^or
vaSio"t KJ'EÄÄ* -Jy
Neils. In seasonal operations men Sn I
Lumber Code
Means Wage Increase to
Workers, Effective Last
some time, states Walter Neils, general
The local sawmill is working two 40
40 hours. The planing mill crews are
also working loTourlhS At^nt
Mr, Neils says there are about 450 men
w c -H.U
found special interest in the Sng
•cr'totf V hci ' ê
home town of Starbuck, Minn., the
Entertain at Two Parties.
Mrs. Chas. D. Rowe and daughter,
Mrs. A. E. Fry, were hostesses at two
enjoyable parties on Friday and Satur
day afternoons. Fourteen
spent the time with their sewing and
in pleasant visiting.
Saturday afternoon was devoted to
bridge, with three tables in play. Af
ter comparison of scores, prizes were
awarded to Mrs. W. F. Kienitz and Mrs.
Walter Neils while Mrs. Ned Joughin
won the traveling prize for the dis
tinction of holding not more than one
face card in her hand in the conclud
ing game of the afternoon.
Dainty refreshments were served by
the hostesses on both occasions. The
home was prettily decorated with ho
quets of flowers.
afternoon and
Mr. and Mrs. R.
Xugus a t PF ?7 ar M K rs m Smith P h d if PatCheS
August 17. Mrs. Smithberger is well
'.TmÄ i!L„ ^ h T lne , 0 f, ,hC '' t -
STARRTirï M ^ i
phone Ä'&ÄW
companion had robbed the First Na
tmnal bank of between $1000 and $1200.
The loot was recovered
A passe pursued the accomplice. Miss
Florence Buiman, telephone operator,
was passing the bank where two cm
ployees and two patrons were held at
bay b v one robber, while his compan
ion stood guard at the door The lat
ter flourishing a pistol, ordered Miss
Buiman to "Come in here."
Instead, she darted across hte street
warning Rudy Hanson, restaurant pro
prietor. When the two invaders left the
bank a few moments later Hanson shot
and killed one of the men.
,, . . _
Mr and Mrs. Walter Wolz left Satur
day to attend the state convention of
the American Legion held in Great
Falia this week. Russell Whitefield
attended as a delegate from the locals
Attend Convention.
The postmasters over the country
have been requested by General John
son of the Nat i on a l - Rec o v ery Admin
istration to call a meeting to organize
an N. R, A. campaign committee. A
meeting for this purpose has been
called for 7:30 this evening at the city
hall. It is the desire that représentât:
of all civic,
inrwc i «xrr* , iirP I
lake STAFF
Libby friends of F, N, McCarthy will
be interested in the following
item appearing in a late issue of the
"F N. McCarthy, a representative of
the 1 limber business of the Inland Em
Ii! re '° r „ 25 years > b »s returned from
the ? ld ? le . we ? t to h* 0 ?™ 6 Reneral sup
T ° f manufacture for the
**™* Lumber company. He took
*L bls du 1 tles yesterday. j
. Mr McCarthy entered the lumber
busmes f J»?th the Dawson Lumber com
at Libby, Mont, in 1909, later
]0inmg tbe Baird-Harper Lumber com
tîr "ï p£Ä to «Ä"rf"Ä;
commercial, educational,
I religious, later, professional and other
I organizations and anyone else inter
I ested in this work be present.
company. ..—
the Vermiculite company of Libby were
* the ^ during the week, looking
^ ° c " nd ' t, °^ at the mine in company
Wlth c - Bolyard and Frank Pival.
In the group were J. N. Camden, form
er U. S. senator, of Lexington, Ky,;
H. T. Myer, mining engineer of New
York City; A. T. Kearney and P. E.
Oscarson, both of Chicago. Oscarson
will be stationed at Libby much of the
sgâf Sù" s
east y-, at er day
Z.^l,e i„ New Product.
E. N. Alley is in receipt of a dis
Pjay case containing several samples
of a new slab material being manufac
tured by the Johns-Mansville com- i
pany and used for interior walls, the
slate being made from Zon
dite. They a ^ finished in the natural
Zonolite and various shades of color,
and are said to have great efficiency
in sound deadening.
-- . .
Enjoy Outing at Savage Ijike
, B. B. Withee and children. Mr. and
Mrs. J. Novack and children. Mrs. Chas. I
Morris, Mrs. Cora V. Davey and Miss
Staffij Srf tlXyit slvaue Uke
Mrs - ^ Ä'ÄJt:
ters of Mr. Withee and Mrs Davev is
hh mothw ' The felahves arrived here
two weeks ago and plan to leave the
«' this week. M,r Daley
r ,H remain here { or tb ® winter. The
from & >" th D » k »
Tacoma Pennt., vki*
1 Mr P ^ pl ! V ' S ' HerC '
I M T a " d Mrs - c - c - Parker and two
i J 0 ,"' b, and Ja mes, accompanied by
j T and m arnVed ™ L ' b ^ V 8St
Ju.. n y ° m - j 0 ?/ 03, Parker
acc ompamed Mr. and Mrs. Row
i if .u to attend the meetings
I S rand chapters of the Masonic
! ®" t d .? tar °r ders 171 e Pikers
returned to their home in Tacoma
W(?dne » da y- Lamar reports that he had
wonderf ul tune in Hollywood,
»« rc | ~ ■ ,
„ u°' T ' Chamters, who has been
visiting her mother, Mrs, Alice Farris,
the past* ten days, left Sunday, accorq
Panied by her son, Donald Roche. Tliey
were accompanied by Mrs. Farris and
her son. T. C. Farris and joined by J.
B, Farris of Bonners Ferry, and mot
ored into Spokane where Mrs. Cham
alsolbers and Donald took a bus for Seat-|
tie. The rest of the parly returned to
Libby that night
SPOKANE.—A tree which timber
I scalers say was 550 years old was cut
recently on the head waters of Hang
i man creek near Sanders, Idaho and
reached the McGoldrick Lumber mill in
Spokane as a record-sized log,
I rather logs—seven of them.
Those seven 16-foot logs from its
trunk showed a log scale of 16,870 feet,
or 20,246 board feet. The butt log is
just 72 inches in diameter inside
the bark, and it will make 4200 board
feet of lumber. The seven logs are esti
mated to contain enough lumber to
construct three* four-room cottages.
Named Manager
Of Local Company
E. J. Driear Will Have Charge of Libby
Plant of Mountain States Power
W. J. Mandley of Sandpoint, official
of the Mountain States Power company,
was in Libby the first of the week and
while here announced that E. J. Driear
had been appointed manager of the
local business of the company to suc
ceed R. E Russell who had resigned
to take up publicity work with the
Union Oil company.
This is a well deserved promotion for
Mr. Driear. He has been with the local
plant for 10 years, is well acquainted
with local conditions and will make
competent official.
25 Years Ago lo Libby
Wm. Criderman was in from his Lifc
by creek placers during the week and
gave out the information that M. S.
Lindholm, who is operating the prop
erty formerly owned by hte Bear Creek
Placer Mining company, has struck
gravel which goes $5.00 to the yard. This
is probably the richest gravel ever dis
covered on Libby creek.
Troy trimmed the Libby boys
Sunday last l <> the tune of 11 to 9.
"3 or G d »™ ""kwell h.v„
The brick kilns were fired Mon
° n_ I
E B, Newman left last Saturday for
his home in Seattle. Y
Mrs. Paine and Miss Paine returned :
from Butte last Friday
Mrs. A. H. Tanner left last Satur
day for Battle Creek, Mich. ' in which
city she will visit with her parents
Misa Grace Hundley, after spending
I» days in South Libby as the guest of
Mrs, and Miss Firestone, returned to
her home in Kalispell last Saturday.
Morris Brooks ha*s returned to Libbv
after an extended visit in Pennsv^
° ? Dawson has the ^^dation wall :
sEäti'as. onc ot ,ho ,inM
r* •
i the purchaser ' H ' H y Cn P pen was
one of the neatest barbershops in the
; .One of hte most striking fea
Jures of the place is the présence of
three big shade trees which have grown
0I \ the front end of his property and
r athe f than destroy these he has built
bls sbop h 00 * 1 the street, leav
îf 1 * 5 the building away from the street
!ule and back of these trees. '
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M R , . ur „ ,
VValler and Mrs, Eldon
. t , of
i d( ? e atdle Schuck home Thursday
ev ëning. The house was decorated with
C , Ut ^ter spend
several hours at cards, the guests
"«Tÿ a ^ tast y. luncb - P «fes
went to Mrs, Earl Welhver for high
score, Mrs, Jewel Thomas for the
average between highest and lowest
f,™ t0 MrS ' WaVe Brovvn for cons o Ia -
Mr. and Mrs Merlin Scott celebrated
wedding anniversary
Sunday at a reunion of the Brock fam
ily at the Wellington Brock home
across the Kootenai. The Guy, Arthur,
Roy and Albert Brock families
among those present.
Mrs. W. S. Gibbons and Mrs. John
Morgan left Saturday for Great Falls to
attend the American Legion and Auxil
iary convention. Patricia Gibbons ac
companied them on her way to Con
rad where she will visit Mr. and Mrs.
Tom Orcutt.
Mrs. Marie Burns, who has been Mrs
F. E. Sabin's guest, left Saturday for
Miss Mary Louise Ford stooped in
Eureka on her way to Great Falls from
Spokane Thursday. She was a guest
at the Fetterlv home until Sunday
when she went to the Pomeroy cabin
at Glen lake to camp for several days
with Louise and Grace Frost.
'Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hendrickson and
ehildren Jimmv and Dixie Ann were
here from Libhv Friday to Monday
visiting at the Hendrickson and Porter
Mrs. Vivian Naethe returned to Eu
(Continued on page 8)
Libby People
And Loan Co.
Many Have Investments in
Utah Corporation That
Is in Trouble.
The Western Loan and Building com
pany of Salt Lake City was placed in
the hands of the Utah bank
on August 18. Scores of people
in Libby and the entire Inland Empire
district will be seriously affected by
the collapse of this company. While
the total amount of investments in this
company by Libby people is not avail
able, it is known the sum will run into
several hundred thousand dollars.
Investments by libby people will
range all the way from a few hundred
dollars up to as high as $ 25,000 to $ 30 ,
000 by one individual. As is always the
case in the failure of similar financial
institutions, a certain number have
practically their entire life savings in
the company and the earning capacity
of some of these at this time is almost
nothing because of advanced
An audit of the company was started
on August 20 by John A. Malia, Utah
bank commissioner, assisted by R. W.
Bailey, chief examiner for the Mon
tana banking department, ani J. W,
Jones, Utah deputy commissioner.
Jones was placed in temporary charge
of the work by Malia and stated he
believed the work of appraising the
real estate on which the company had
made loans could be completed within
60,or 90 days through co-operative ef
forts of the supervising officials of the
eight western states in which the com
pany has conducted its business.
Servies 0[ the Fedml Hom0
S, nk T* 5 , pro * fered by Frank A.
< ^ lase > Washington, D. C.. field super
vlsor '„ af ter a meeting with Utah, Ore
p? n ' Wyoming and Montana officials,
S» 5 ® 831,1 tbe Federal Home Loan bank
Wl1 co-operate with directors, working
f°~ < ?P? ratlve, y w 1 " 1 shareholders in
t plan | or reorganuation.
aiSer^rtim STTR a ? d Bu * ldm g is
u JL ° f , "t depre ***? n , —
fÜÜi*? * ^ most w *J° u y confined to
slumo prevai,in *
>h? l Ues had serious -
J? weakened the company. The com
had , m8 , d f heav y loans in Cali
"ÄS Âî SST. te wm „
that^if ^
Federal Officials Will Help.
= pany is forcco into immccLiatc^ "liotjida-»
j tion, it is believed the loss will be
ää s
hands of the Utah w, an i, th
0 f 21,000 shareholders in eight western
states 8 western
Loans in real nstat» __ ,, e
the compTnv's S2fiOOfl^ 8 *° f
These are divided annmvimaM assets.
lows- $20 000 000 ir^Califrtvnia^"
ooo in Oregon- $500 (So
$.500,TO0 in MoAW ^000 S
ln government bonds and loans on real
Ä/ÄÄ?" "**
Liabilities to investors consist gener
ally of investment holdings by investors
in installment and savings stock per
manent reserve stock of $1.450000 sur
plus of approximately $500 000 '
other items ' '
Total liabilities on installment and
savings accounts
$24,000,000, divided
nnnnnn ■ approximately $5,
000.090 in accounts of California inves
«A l cÂft^?°?' 000 by Monta na investors;
3rt,OW,000 by Utah Investors; $1,000 000
by Wyoming investors; $400.000 by
Nevada investors; and $4,000,000 in
Washington and Oregon.
Miss Phyllis Boyes entertained at
bridge Tuesday afternoon in honor of
Miss Helen Blackford of Lewistown,
Montana. Miss Blackford was a guest
of County Attorney and Mrs. James
Blackford, while visiting here.
The Boyes home was prettily dec
orated in yellow and white, portraying
Uie Lmdenwood College colors, where
Phyllis and Helen were classmates.
Miss Betty Hargreaves was awarded
the high honors. Miss Frances Gompf
the travel prize and Miss Blackford
presented with the guest award.
Mrs. Jack Harris assisted Mrs, Boyes
serving delicious refreshments which
were also carried out in the yellow and
Forest Fire Still Burns.
{ 'The forest fire that came across the
international line from Canada last
week, near the Idaho line, is still
burning and men are being kept
fighting it. The fire is working east
ward and now and then runs down
creeks into Montana. It has burned
over about 200 acres.
A small fire broke out on Cripple
Horse creek, near Warland, during the
week but was put out after burning,
over two acres.

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