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M • * : \ vt» Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County VOLUME XLVIII Libby, Lincoln County, Montana,Thursday, July 8, 1948 T—Î5 Number Large Crowd Attends The Dam Hearing Yesterday in Libby 4 TwJ ♦ Was P resent at i^ome theatre yesterday afternoon to hear proposals of the review tne report to be presented to Con gress on the proposed Libby Dam which will be constructed, if proved, at a site near Jennings the Kootenai River. Presenting plans for the proposed dam before nearly 600 persons were Col. L. H. Hewitt of the U. S. Army Engineers, Seattle and B. P. Thomas tive engineer from Seattle, who were present at the initial presen-1 tation given local people at the Libby courthouse April 17 1947 With plans expressed on a much more definite basis at this time than a year ago. Col. Hewitt stated the sue chosen as the most practical, both from the physical feasibility econom * ca l standpoint, is about 1?^ miles east of Libby and one and one half miles west of Jen nings. He continued that the pri mary need was for flood control with hydroelectric power taking second place. Other advantages to be realized but of lesser importance are recreation, farm development, and transportation of logs. Con servation of wildlife and other de tails have also been studied in de termining location of the best site. The Colonel brought out that flood conditions such as were suffered this year make some measure neces sary to avoid a flood repetition, which engineers contend will not be possible if the proposed dam and levee project is carried through. Mr. Thomas gave statistics show ing that the dam will be 212.8 miles from the mouth of the Kootenai and the reservoir will extend about 35.34 miles above the Canadian boundary. The dam will be 2440 feet above sea level with a top crest of 2330 feet in length and 1330 feet at the base with the ."lam itself being 400 feet in heighth With flood forecasts determined within ! about .30 per cent of accuracy, it would be possible to draw the water from the reservoir before any dan ger was imminent. Following the high water period the reservoir could'again be filled and used lor power facilities, which the Army engineers contend will benefit this as well as the Columbia Basin and its tributary sections. Many details brought out at the last session were stressed at this time in regard to the benefits to be derived by this locality, as well as a few damaging effects. Relocation of the Great Northern railway as well as Highway No. discussed drawing much Brsrument during the meeting. Those favoring the proposed proj ect included many from the flooded areas of Bonners Ferry; also a Mr Constable of Creston,' B. C., who stressed the fact that the proposals appear to be very much in order and that although Canada has not gone nearly as far ahead with ad vancing such needed precautions sure she will favor such a pro gram. Constable stated that would be harder for the Canadi Government to get the necessary appropriations as the states "are more in the habit of getting propriations through." Irrigation would be one of the greatest bene fits, together with help received i: levee control, he said. Those favoring the project urged a hurry-up job. Flood control their main interest with power secondary, other benefits being little discussed. On the list hoping the project will soon go under con struction were many clubs civic organizations of the lower valley, the Governor's representation and Federal Agencies. Strong opposition was expressed by Senator Wallace of Lake County at the disorderly control of the head waters of the Columbia Basin, stat ing it will destroy substantial values in Montana. More definite possibilities of the comprehensive plan were asked for by the Libby Chamber of Com merce and the Libby Lions. They contend that most of the present plans have been hearsay and not substantiated, transportation facilities and pensation for such, as well as for properties destroyed by the pro 37 was ap an Relocation of corn (Continued on Page Four) Fungus Attacks Forest Timber If you have wondered what has made the needles ori the larch trees turn yellow, you will be interested to know that its Meria Laricis. This fungus, which attacks the needles of the larch, is caused by extremely wet spring weather, Forest Super visor W. G. Guernsey announced. The fungus has been noticeable on the larches in the Inland Em pire region for several years as suming epidemic proportions this year. It is possible that we might have several years of these epi demics until we enter another dr circle, Mr. Guernsey added. The fungus will probably kill the more seriously infected très, he said, and parts of those trees that are less se riously affected. _ Walter R. Talsma came in from Seattle last Saturday. He was hon orably discharged from the Navy, having served three years on the U.S.S. Osbourn, as a radar man. He plans to stay at home for some time. ry SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE COMING ! j Cecil Cook, Field Representative, Social Security Administration, will in Libby on Tuesday, July 13, 1948. at the office of the Dept, of | Public Welfare from 1:00 to 4:00 m -> ancl in Eureka on Wednesday, i 1948 at the office of the I Dept. of Public Welfare from 1:00 to 3:00 p. m. He will take applica tions for benefits under the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance * aw and conduct other business con nected with the federal insurance system, NEWS NOTES FROM THE COUNTY AGENTS OFFICE Miss Harriette Cuchman, poultry specialist for the Montana Exten sion Service, will be in Lincoln Co. next Monday and Tuesday. She will discuss feeds and feeding, poultry housing and diseases and parasites of poultry and their con trol. Meetings will be held as follows and the public is invited to attend: Libby, July 12, 8:00 p. m., at the Library. Eureka, July 13, 8:00 p. m. at the High School._ REPORT OF THE KOOTENAI VALLEY 4-H CLUB The Kootenai Valley 4-H Club met at the home of M. O. Stark June 25. Five girls and ten boys were present. The older girls demonstrated mak ing a centerpiece, while the young er girls demonstrated with" eggs. For their recreation, they played games and sang songs. Mr. Robinson was present and took charge of the boys, due to the absence of their leaders. For their recreation, they played baseball. The next meeting will be held at the Ray Cole home July 9, at 2 p. m. A lovely lunch was served to members and visitors before go ing home. — Substitute reporter, Betty Clarke. INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS The Mill Workers Union, No. 2581, will hold their installation of officers next Tuesday evening. Those being installed are—William Shawl, president; Buben Hamann, vice president; John Nass, financial retary; and Harry Moe, recording secretary. sec he it Writes of 1894 Libby Flood Following is a letter from T. L. McCullough, 3033 Cedar St. River side. California. Mr. McCullough visited Libby about a year ago newing old acquaintances and viewing landmarks. He writes as follows under date of June 1; Mr, W. R. Littell Libby, Montana Dear Editor; Today—Primary, 1 am busy taking voters to the polls in my car. You'll find inclosed some editorials, mining news weather reports. When I went to Libby in '98 they were talking about the big flood that vyashed away Old Town in 1894; in which Andy Swanson'a log hotel went down the river. Andy's safe (they told) hole" w'here he banked his $20 gold pieces. That part of the wall also carried away. He built a nev/ hotel down town. However his afternoons were generally spent trying to unearth that treasure. present rampage of the Kootenai now causing such havoc along lower reaches of the Colum bia, cause me to wonder which floods were the greatest. Perhaps Frank Wagner may know. Please enter me for a short sub scription to The Western News, dating back a couple of weeks or so. Very truly, T. L. McCullough. An interesting article written by Mr. McCullough and published in the Riverside Daily Press, May 26, is reprinted below; Gold Mines of the Incas Editor Press and Enterprise: The Mining Association of the Southwest had a treat in store for members who attended its luncheon meeting on May 21 in the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Building, where Clarence Woods showed motion pictures taken in that fabulous region, Peru. President Woods of the Santo Domingo gold mine in the Inam bara district, east of Cuzo on Ama zon slope, took us along from his landing at Mollendo, where and cargo were lowered by from ship to shore boats. The 326-mile rail climb „„ through miles and miles of terraced farms. Crucero Alto was crossed at 14,666 feet on the way to the inland basin that surrounds Lake Titicaca where a great civilization flour ished even before that of the Incas. Wagons, then pack trains, were used to complete the journey. Llamas, mules and burros are de pendable means of transportation. Another 15,000-foot pass was cross ed, then the trail led down the In re and our "augur was an The southeast men crane led (Continued on Page Four) Troy & Libby Ball Teams To Play at Libby, Wed., July 14 » Another interesting baseball game is in store for local baseball fans when the Libby Vets meet the Troy Vets on the Libby diamond next Wednesday, July 14, in a twilight game, starting at 6:30 p. m. Each team has taken the measure of the other in the two games played ear lier in the season. Two weeks ago the Libby boys squeezed out a to 3 win on the Libby diamond. Troy turned the tables in Troy last week and broke a tie game in the sixth inning to walk off the field with a 3 to 2 victory. This third game of the current series should be an interesting struggle between two hustling ball clubs. Each team is giving a good account of itself in league play. Libby is tied with Ronan for the leadership of the Western Montana League, neither team having suffered a defeat in league play. Troy is up among the leaders and last week beat Sagle, one of the best in the league. lob by's only loss of the season was administered by Troy last week. Baseball fans indicated that they are very favorable to twilight base ball at the last twilight game and a good crowd is expected for the game next Wednesday. The balance of the Libby Vets baseball schedule for the season is as follows. Games marked with an asterisk are non-league games: July: 11—Libby at Eureka 18—Kalispell at Libby 25—Eureka at Libby* August: I— Ronan at Libby 8 —Open 15—Whitefish at Libby 22—Libbv at Columbia Falls 29—Eureka at Libby Other twilight games will be scheduled where possible. Eleven Lookouts Go Into Kootenai forest This Week • • Eleven look-outs went up in the Kootenai Forest this week. Forest Supervisor W. G. Guernsey ced yesterday. Two of them, Cas per Troe and George Lang, have served as lookouts for over twenty consecutive years. Çasper TV©e has served 22 seasons and Geo. Laig 28 seasons. In the Libby district, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rice of Berkeley, Calif., stationed on Swede Mountain. Three look-outs are up in the Fisher River announ arc district, Pat O'Rourke of Brooklyn on Kenelty mountain, Mathew Resch of McGinnis Meadows on Horse Hill and Robert Griffiths of Ber wyn, HI., on Calx. On Keeler in the Trov district Casper Troe of Troy, and Fred Jans of Washington. D. C., is on Yaak mountain also located in the Troy district. In the Rexford district is Stanley Hanson of Eureka Black Butte,. Three look-outs went up in the Yaak district—Malcolm Campbell of Ypsilanti, Mich., Baldy, Tennent McDonald on Rod erick, and George Lang of Yaak on Henry. In the Warland district, Ernie Provost of Idaho will be sta tioned on Ziegler mountain TO RESUME GRAIN DOOR PRODUCTION NEXT WEEK According to Elmer Switzer, Sr., personnel director, the J. Neils Lumber Mill expects to resume pro duction next week of grain doors which they have not been making s, nce the 18th of last November. About 40 men are employed on maintenance work during the vaca tion shut-down. The mill will open on schedule next Monday morning, SEALED PROPOSALS ASKED Sealed Proposals for carrying the United States Mails (including par cel-post mails) on Mail Mesesngcr Route between the Post Office at Libby. Montana, and G. N. Rv will be accepted at the Libbv Post of " ce until closing hour, July 1948.— F . L. DeRosia. Postmaster. Libby took an easy game last Sunday from Columbia Falls, win mng the long end of a 15 to 2 score, The game was played at Libbv with Gehring on the mound for Libby and Christianson catching. Burpee umpired. LIBBY DEFEATS COLUMBIA FALLS TWO FINED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT Henry Herps and Herb B. ich of Jennings were arrested for drunken disorderly conduct bv Chief of Police George Bryant and fined $10 each in Police Court con ducted by Police Magistrate Tom Brindley. ATTENTION:— ALL GIRL SCOUTS All Girl Scouts who plan to at tend Scout Camp this special meeting is being called for you and your mothers Friday night at 7:30 in the community room If you want to go to camp remember to co me to the meeting. HOSPITAL NOTES man summer: A Births:—July 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beaulieu, a boy. Admitted:—June 30. Betty Webb, Rexford, surgical; July 7. William Wallace, medical. Will Complete Highway When Idaho Decides 4 » Governor Sam C. Ford is naming a non-partisan, non-political com mittee to study the whole highway situation in Montana, and to de a method for increasing high way revenues. This committee will submit its findings to the 1949 sion of the legislature. Governor Ford has asked that the names of six men be submitted to him from each highway district, and from those men he will select three from each district to on a state-wide committee. Complying with the Governor's request, a meeting was held in Kal ispell last week of representatives from Flathead, Lincoln and Lake counties, which comprise the 12 th highway district. vise ses serve In attendance from Lincoln county were Paul Church, president of the Libby Chamber of Commerce; O. S. Gil lespie, city school superintendent' Dexter Shaurette, secretary Cham ber of Commerce, and State Repre sentative Charles D. Rowe, all of Libby: and H. H. McCullough and Mr. Davis of Eureka. A number were also present from both Flat head and Lake counties. It was agreed that each county should select two names to com prise the committee of six. The Lincoln county delegation named Representative Rowe and Mr. Mc Cullough and they were elected to the six-man committee. "Chairman Winkler of the state highway commission was present and spoke at length regarding the serious condition of Montana high ; wavs and the need for additional revenue." said Representative Rowe when interviewed on his return. "I asked Mr. Winkler to suggest to the meeting sources from which he thought additional funds could be raised for highway purposes," continued Mr. Rowe. "He mentioned several, among which sible increase were a pos in the gas tax, change in the Deisel oil tax, a re vamping of the refund feature of the gas tax on gas not used on the highways, a ton-per-mile tax, and also a change in the present law whereby çensè» l%y a nev from the auto 11 - ould go into the high way department instead of the gen eral fund as it does now. The chair man said the auto license tax, if j the law is changed, would bring in to the highway department about no TO is at on 4 , . , . , Montana highway department is prepared to go ahead with com pletion of No, 2 to the Idaho line iust as soon as Idaho decides on its proposed new location of No. 2 to the Montana line. Everything pos sible should be done to induce pletion of that work by Idaho, said Mr. Winkler. It is understood the relocating of No. 2 so as to follow the Kootenai river from approxi mately the Yaak hill into Bonners Ferry has been given up as too expensive. The route now favored will cross the Movie canyon in Idaho a short distance above the 1 present Movie bridge. Winkler also j said the highway department ex- ' pects to resurface the six miles of new construction west of Troy, the surface of which was badly broken up soon after being laid down. two million dollars annually," stated Mr. Rowe. "Chairman Winkler advanced other suggestions in an informal disussion, but it was not for the Kalispell meeting to take any action along those lines. That will be for the state-wide committee to do after it has completed its studies, The state-wide committee is to take up a comprehensive study of all problems touching on Montana highways and submit its recom mendations in time for the next legislature," concluded Rowe. Later in conversation with Mr. r hurch. Chairman Winkler said the j ! 1 j Mrs. Robert F, Griffith, nee An- j nie Stuhlreiter, now of Seattle, sent , j com FORMER RESIDENT SENDS N 18,/ S ITEMS us the following items: J "Bob was graduated on Juno 12 from the University of Washing 1 ton with a bachelor of science de gree in mining engineering. He is now in the Cascade Mountains for the summer on a University of Washington geological field trip. "My sister. Ellen, is with me for the summer and is attending the summer session at the University. We are both enjoying a visit from our mother, Mrs. M. Stuhlreiter, who plans to be with us for a short time." NATIVE OF PERU AT LOCAL METHODIST CHURCH Miss Ella Velasquez, a native of Lima. Peru, will be the guest of the Libby Methodist Sunday School next Sunday morning, July 11th. at 9:45 a. m. She will also speak at the morning worship at 11:00 a. m. She is a student at Ohio Wesleyan University on a Methodist "Crusade for Christ" Scholarship. Miss Velasquez is currently attend ing Methodist Youth Camps at Rol lins on Flathead Lake._ Miss Bette Rubard who is em ployed by the Retail Credit Co. of Spokane came Sunday to spend the week visiting her mother. Mrs. John Rubard. She also visited at the home of her brother, Raymond Ru bard, in Seattle. Limit Parking to Hour in Certain Down Town Areas I The Libby Council voted Tues j day night at their regular meet I mg to limit parking to one hour jon Mineral Avenue from 1 st street to 5th street. The same time limit will also apply on California from 2'd to 4th streets; and on 2'd, 3'd and 4th streets between Mineral and California. The governing body discussed the placing of two fire hydrants in Ri val's Addition for added fire tection. The Park Committee reported that "91 persons have used the swim ming pool this season between its opening date and July 6 th. A petition was presented to the Council requesting the repeal of the City ordinance requiring pasteuri zation of milk. 1710 petition was rejected on the grounds that there arc no certified dairies in this area and that the danger of contamina tion is too great, and that by re pealing the ordinance the health suituation would revert back to the same condition prevailing prior to the adoption of the pasteuriza tion law. pro The Fair Board met July 1 for the organization of committees Dex ter Shaurette, Secretary, announced. The Western Lincoln County La bor Day Fair Association has ap pointed county agent Frank Robin son as over-all chairman of the La bor Day festivities. Other committees are: parade, Sid Escott. baseball. Bud Peck; Ad vertising and publication for the La bor Day festivities. Ed Dutton, un jion: Advertising for fair and ex Ihibitions, Tom Robertson. Lions Club; Construction of display stands, carpenters union; logging sports, Frank Sweet, loggers union: child ren's carnival rides, Morris Walker, Zonolite Union: Street Dance, John Ledum, V. F. W. Club: carnival equipment for the fair, Mrs. Bert Grambauer. grange: concessions. Mrs. Hugh Slauson, Mrs. Clarence Brown, and Mrs. A1 Morton; soli citation committees—Ralph Roberts, Mrs. Hugh Slauson, Howard Ahl skog, Mrs. Clarence Brown, Allen Campbell, and Mrs. Harold Thomp son; admissions committee chair man, Dextot Shaurette; lay out of plans for ball park, Howard Ahl -1 skog, Clayton Youngs, and Art ! Sheldon. Admissions will be, Mr. Shaur ette added, $1.50 day or $2.50 I Frank Robinson to Head Fair Board I for the season. lee Richardson I « a I 111 !», J russes July j Urev Lee Richardson was bornj December 21. 1887 in Hancock County, Ky., and passed away July 3. 1948 in St. John's Lutheran hos pital, Libby, Montana, aged 60 years. six months and 12 days. Mr. Richardson worked for four vears in the Studcbaker factory at South Bend. Ind., coming from there to Libby in the early '20s. Since that time he has been employed at the J, Neils Lumber Company mill where he has served for years as head mechanic for carriers and lift saws He has not been well for some time and recently went through the Rockwood Clinic in Spokane. He took a turn for the worse while in that city, and returned home to Libby last Saturday, passing away iust an hour after his admission to thc hospital. Mr. Richardson, an expert in his line, held the sincere respect of the mill management, his fellow' workmen and a large circle of friends. He is survived by his three daughters Mrs. John R. Hen Inessev. Libbv. Mrs. Jovre Hickman, Portland Mrs. Jean Palmer, Port ,and - an( i one granddaughter. Betty Jean Hickman. Portland, in addi tion to other relatives in Kentucky. Funeral services w'ere held Wed- j « nesdav morning at 10:30 from the Gompf Funeral Home Chapel, the Re\- \ P asto £. . . * hc Libby Methodist Church officiating Interment was made in the Libby cemetery, D. A. Bollinger Opens Office D. A. Bollinger has opened his office as consulting forester in this area. Mr. Bollinger is a graduate the University of Minnesota school of forestry, taking two quar ters of graduate work. He received degree in 1946. The only consulting forester in this district, Mr. Bollinger has ser ved with the United States Forest Service and is a member of the So ciety of American Foresters. He was superintendent of a rubber plantation in Liberia, west Africa a year and a half and has work as timber estimator for the J. Neils Lumber Co.. His professional card is now ap pearin g in The Western Ne ws. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dale and Kenneth Binion of Fort Benton spent a couple days visiting at the Fred Carter home this week. Million Dollar Building Now UnderWay Many New Residences Going Up in and Aroumi Libby; All are Modem BUSINESS BUILDING ADDS MUCH TO CITY are Earl Switzer, manager of the J. Neils Lumber Company's Libby tail division, and a representative from The Western News recently looked in on part of the building in Libby and around its immediate outskirts. Time permitted only a partial inspection of the building which is going on all over town, but what was seen on the trip, coupled with available statistics, shows said Mr. Switzer, that when the new business buildings recent ly finished and the other new build ings now begun are completed, to gether with the many new rest donees and other buildings under construction, the Libby community will have very close to a million dollars worth of construction work either just completed or now under way The first building visited on the trip belongs to Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Brunette, and is located about a mile west of Libby on U. S. 2. The Brunettes have 114 acres of land there and arc putting up a frame residence with outside dimensions of 694 ft x 294 ft. The new build ing which is attractively designed will have four large! pleasant rooms in addition to a modern bath room and plenty of closets. Oil in a hot air furnace will provide ample heat for winter time. Across on the east side of the road a few hundred yards nearer town from the Brunette building i.i th«? new home that is being built t >v Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Hamann. This home when completed will have five rooms and bath down stairs, and a large 12 x 14 upstairs. It will have rally controlled oil heat section the attractive new residence which Mr. and Mrs. Paul Evans are building was inspected. A 24 x 30 frame building will give the Evans family a home with four rooms and re room automat. - A garage will also be attached to the house. The Hamanns are building on a 1 9 • acre tract. Driving over into the Parmenter j bath. Built-in cupboards and shel ves, plenty of them, in addition to a commodious storage pit will arid to the convenience of the new is well under wa This is "The ; House of 1.948', designed from the house of the year shown in that " ,d va " s i Loo are j done in knotty pine, while the ceil I ing is of insulation tile. Front and I back porches will complete the out s ' dl> *he building, which has a ' na |'ng, tumbling mountain stream u , R °, od fishing in it, rushing by ' 10 back door. Oil heat will warm t' ,e house and butane gas will be used for cooking. The garage, sev '' ra steps from the house, is also , inside in knotty pine, and I , r the time being is serving as a ■ tractive living quarters for the ■ va P.?, * am, ly while the new home ls . s **'l under construction, A number of other new buildings were visited where neither the owners nor workmen were present. acc nratc details are impossible, , "■ Potter has apparently com Pl°ted the basement of his new bouse between Main and Idaho, on me nor th side of 10th street. Roy Ihiwson is building a new home 'f n California and 12th. This resi dence will be approximately 26x34 and }vdl have four rooms and bath addition to a full basement. Dr. 'rockway. Miles City dentist, who 1S moving 1° Libby, is busy re modeling his home on California 1 , vnuc in the 900 block. George «' asdey across from The Gables is pudding a J u Plex apartment with ; . , l , 1 ßaiaßt ' Rjrh apartment A n i . a tuli basement. Lewis building a -3x30 four room home with bath. This new residence is on Minnesota Avenue on the west side of the highway between 10 th and 11th streets. It will have a full basement, and will be heated with fuel oil in a hot air furnace. Other new houses started in the South Libbv section include homes being built for Don Olson. Bud Caine and Warren Brow n. William Hafferman is completing the re- _ modeling the old American Le gion home into three modern apart ments which are completely fur nished. including electric refrigera tors. Four new houses have been approximately 24x24 with Blair is <Continued on Page Four) AND THE BIG 'UN GOT AWAY AGAIN "The bigeest -utthroat I ever tied into." is the way Gus Delzer re ported losing a fight with a big trout in lower Libby Creek. When the fisherman saw what a "walloper" he had hooked, his usual expert technique deserted him and he made a break for the bank, pull ing the trout behind him. Delzer succeeded in landing the cutthroat on a sand bar and then his dog rushed in to help. By the time the fight was over the big fish had gotten off the hook and was at liberty again in the creek.