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The Western Nesé

Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County •
Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, January 20, 1949
Number 36
Report Doings
Of the Solons
Now in Session
by Burley Bowler
Commissioners Assoc. Asks
For State Sales Tax
The Montana association of coun
ty commissioners this week made
several recommendations to the
state lawmakers, most controversial
of which is the proposed enactment
of a sales tax which, the commis
sioners state, would replace other
taxes now becoming burdensome.
In a pre-inaugural talk Governor
Bonner stated he would veto a sales
tax if enacted by the legislature.
However, with much additional rev
enue to be raised to meet the costs
of state government, the sales tax
is winning many new friends among
those formerly on record as opposed
to it.
A change in the date of assess
ment on sheep from March 1st to
June 1st is another request. The
commissioners would also put liens
on property of old age recipients,
collectible only after death of the
Would Protect Motorists From
Careless Drivers
Notice was given in the House
this week that a bill to require
drivers and owners of motor ve
hicles to furnish proof of respon
sibility for damages incurred by
them to other motorists or their
property, would be introduced.
The proposed measure contains
provisions which caused home head
shaking by other legislators when
it was read. However, those whose
cars and property have been dam
aged by irresponsible drivers carry
ing no liability insurance or other
means of reimbursing the parties
injured, will lend aid to passage of
the bill in modified form if not
Senate Majority Generous
With Chairmanships
Although the Republicans have
a plurality of six in the Montana
Senate, their committee on com
mittees doled out nine committee
chairmanships to Democratic mem
bers and one to an Independent
Over in the House where the
Democrats hold of
<54-38), only one Republican
given a committee chairmanship.
Senator George Wilson of Toole,
an old timer in the upper house,
Monday rose and complimented
Republican majority for its fair
ness. Wilson is floor leader for
Policy Reversed In Matter Of
Comm. On Universities
In former years it has been cus
tomary, when naming the Approp
riation sub-committee on Univer
sities, for the Speaker to appoint
members of the House from non
university counties.
This year Speaker Graybill
versed that policy. The'sub-com
mittee now consists of Paige of Mis
soula, Dwyer of Butte, Hess
Havre and Bonner of Dillon, all
towns with university branches.
"And are we on the spot!" was
the general chorus. Besides the $5,
000,000 building fund voted for the
university and its branches last
fall, the University authorities are
asking approximately $2,500,000
more because of increased construc
tion costs since the original bond
issue was framed.
The 6-mill university levy for
maintenance and operation will
bring in about $2,500,000 which,
university authorities state, will
have to be augmented by another
million plus if the higher educa
tional institutions are to maintain
their present standards of efficiency.
The sub-committee is working
frantically with Chancellor Selke to
iron out the proposition and to make
it look reasonable to the lawmakers
who now are wondering where and
how the state can dig up the money
to meet even 80 per cent of the
(Continued on Page Eight)
The car-minded public is invited
to attend open house at Jaqueth's
Ins., next Saturday, and Sunday af
ternoon and evening at which
time that company gives a showing
of their new' lines of cars and
A $50 door prize will be given
to apply on any car or truck from
from the company. This prize is
non - transferable. Refreshments
will be served Saturday afternoon,
Sunday afternoon and evening.
The lines on display will consist
of the new 1949 Cadillacs, Oldso
railes, and both Chevrolet passen
ger cars, pick-ups and heavy duty
trucks. The new accessories for
these lines will also be on display.
Read announcements regarding
the new cars and open house on
other pages in this issue.
Rocky Starr and his Orchestra
are advertised in this issue to ap
pear the evening of Saturday, Jan
uary 22 at Lincoln's Gopher Inn.
The ad appears on page Six.
Libby Trounces
Whitefish Sat.
Two basketball
played here Saturday, January 15,
between city league teams of Libby
and Whitefish.
An exhibition of basketball well
worth the public's interest was put
Basketball fans attending the
games had a treat in seeing *he
high school stars of yesterday in
The first event of the
showed the Lumbermen topping the
Pastime Ramblers from Whitefish
by a score of 46 to 41. This was a
close game all the way with the
Lumbermen leading by a few points
until late in the game when the
Ramblers took the lead. With only
seconds to go, the Lumbermen
clamped down and came out the
The second game put the Libby
y. F. W. in competition with White
fish V. F. W. The local club
born i
, , . , over
whelmed the visitors by a score of
77 to 41. The beginning of this
game showed promise of a close
contest but the Whitefish club
proved to have no reserve strength.
Bob Chapman was high scorer
for the evening with 22 points.
Early Pioneer
Goes to Reward
Joseph A. Shaurette
June 9, 1871 in Michigan and passed
away the morning of January 16
at St. John's Lutheran Hospital, age
77 years, seven months and seven
He was united in marriage to
Lenora DeRosia Booth August 1895
at Stevens Point, Wis. The family
came to Libby in 1907 and have
mained here ever since. Mr. Shaur
ette was night watchman for the
J. Neils Company approximately
30 years but was retired a year be
fore the time of his decease. Death
was attributed to bronchial
monia resulting from a fall which
he suffered at his home Saturdav.
January 8.
He is survived by two sons, Lionel
and Darrell, four grandchildren
Lenora, Sharrell, and Dexter of Lib
by and Donald of Washington, D.
C., and one great grandchild. Dale
of Libby.
Rosary was Wednesday evening
at-8:00- o'clock.
services were held this
morning (January 20) at 10.00
clock from St. Joseph's Catholic
Church with the Rev. Father John
O'Malley singing High Requiem
Interment was made in the Lib
by Cemetery beside his wife who
preceded him in death September
16, 1947.
March of Dimes Bus
Service for Dance
Even if the "old bus" isn't run
ning. you won't need to miss the
March of Dimes dance Saturday
night, January 29, at Lincoln's
Gopher Inn. Busses will leave at
9:00 and 10:00 p. m. from the First
State Bank corner, which will take
you to and from the dance if
do not care to drive your car.
Everyone knows of course, that
the profits from this dance will go
to the infantile paralysis fund
which is doing so much good
throughout America, and almost
everyone is anxious to do every
thing in his or ,her power to assist
in this good work.
.. . . On account of
this good purpose, few people, re
gardless of whether or not they
care for dancing or are able to
attend this particular dance, are
buying tickets to help forward a
good project.
The dance this year is sponsored
again by the Libby Lions, and mu
sic will be furnished by Les Bloom
and His Six Hondoliers. Dancing
is scheduled to begin at 9:30 o'
clock. Tickets are now on sale at
$1.00 per couple. Don't fail to buy
« ticket?
I Troy Chapter of
W. O. T. M. Install
Installation ceremonies were held
for the Troy Chapter of the W. O.
T. M. at the Moose Hall Saturday
evening, January 8 at 8:00 o'clock
Members of the Libby Chapter
were present to install the follow
ing officers; Agnes Arnsmeyer
Graduate Regent; Pearl Langt
Senior Regent; June Higgins Jun
ior Regent; Nellie Mitchell, Chap
liân, Elizabeth Winslow, Recorder;
Dorothy Koistenin, Treasurer- Alice
Dolan, Guide; Elsie Kortte Assis
tant Guide; Helen Peterson, Sen
tinel; Lillian Webb, Argus and
Mary Anderson, Pianist.
Other members initiated the same
evening Jwere Zinie Dillon, Ada
Belle Bushnell, Betty Brown, Kath
rine Edwards, Ella Cole and Flos
sie Siebenforcher.
The Troy Chapter wishes to
thank the Libby Chapter for the
help they gave them in installing
officers and getting organized.
After the ceremonies lunch
served and enjoyed by all.
The next regular meeting will
be held Wednesday. January 27
Dimes Drive to
Second Week
As the 1949 March of Dimes cam
paign swung into its second week,
Mr. Anderson, local campaign chair
man, today issued an appeal to all
fund-raising volunteers and resi
dents of Libby to redouble their ef
forts during the remaining ten days
of the drive to assure a record suc
"So far," Mr. Anderson said, "Lin
coln County residents have re
sponded generously to the 1949
March of Dimes. Preliminary re
ports from our various committee
chairman show that every segment
of the public here is keenly aware
of the urgent need for polio fight
ing funds."
Mr. Anderson added, however,
that efforts must be redoubled by
every citizen of our community,
if the goal which Lincoln County
has set itself is to be met.
"We must remember that March
of Dimes funds are used, not only
to help those whom polio may
strike in the coming summer," Mr.
Anderson declared, "but part of
the funds will have to meet the
continuing cost and care and treat
ment of boys and girls stricken
in prior years, and finance scien
tific research to find a cure or pre
ventive of the disease."
The County March of Dimes
chairman suggested that all who
had received March of Dimes coin
car ds return them promptly.
Coin collectors, he added, wifi
continue on display in shops and
restaurants for the convenience of
shoppers. A dime change dropped
during a day's shopping tour will
add materially to the desperately
needed funds.
Libby Ski Club to
Zonolite Mt. Sun.
The large number of enthusiasts
on the Libby Ski Hill Sunday af
ternoon testified to the growing
popularity of that sport in this com
munity. The pleasant afternoon,
good snow conditions and the effi
ciency of the tow all contributed
to the pleasantness of the occasion.
The Ski Activities Committee of
the Libby Ski Club met at the home
of Chairmen John fmnfctnd ittt
Thursday evening and planned fu
ture ski activities. The first will I
be a trip to Zonolite Mountain next
Sunday, January 23. A bus will
leave the Lincoln County Library
at 12:30 and members are to bring
their own lunches. There are sev
eral good possible runs down from
the top of the mountain so with
halfway decent Weather conditions
it should be an exhilerating after
Another that is being planned is
a tournament. The few we have
had in previous years, have been
interesting and humorous but with
the use of the tow the events can
now be run off much faster. Skiers
are urged to get all the practicing
in they can so that the tournament
will be worth the spectators time
to view.
President Thomas Robertson and
his committees are also making
other interesting plans for the sea
Remember the tow runs Friday
evenings and Sunday afternoons
every week! _
On Page Two of this issue ap
pears the sale advertiseraenUof The
Kootenai Mercantile Co. The event
includes top quality furniture for
the entire home. The sale is now
underway and contains some out
standing offerings which will be of
interest to all furniture-minded
Be sure to read the advertise
ment and then look over the mer
chandise on display at the store. I
The P. T. A. is planning an apron
and overall dance to be held at
the Moose Hall, January 22.
They plan a floor show and prize
dances. There will also be a door
The P. T. A. held a similar dance
last year and it was enjoyed by so
many that they decided that it
would be a good idea to repeat it.
Mrs. Ted Kessel, Mrs. Harlow
Stordock and Mrs. Clarence Brown
are on the dance committee and
are now having an advance ticket,
sale - _
niT iiw 10 ?« TIMBER
^ .
Total timber cut on the Kootenai
sn a «c n nl forest for 1948 totalled
59,355,000 ft. board measure accord
mg to Supervisor W. G. Guernsey.
Of particular interest was the
volume of miscellaneous products
sold during the Year. 354,631 lin
ear ft. of poles and piling; 304,707
fence posts, 1200 fence rails, and
574 cords of fuel wood were in
cluded among the items sold.
The volume cut if or 1948
sents approximately 40% increase
over the 1947 cut with a correspond
ing increase in payrolls and pay
ments in lieu of taxes to Lincoln
In the 1890's the New York World
was the largest American
fire Destroys
Glosser Home
and was
owned by Bart Sullivan. The fur
mture was owned jointly by Mr.
Sullivan and Mr. and Mrs. Closser.
There was some insurance on the
The Closser's dog "Smokey" was
burned to death in the fire as he
could not get out. They had had
Smokey approximately eight years
and it is stated by the owners that
he was trained to play the piano.
..Mr- and Mrs. Closser are now
living m the cabin owned by Clar
ence Daggett. Neighbors have been!
âæ - —
Greater Libby Ass'n i
Elects Exec. Comm.
tor the benefit of thost attend
ing for the first time Chairman
Carlton Joughin gave a short talk
on the purpose and work of GLA,
Stressing the fact that it is not a
direct action group but a support
ing and consulting agency.
Election of Executive Committee
members for a 3-year term was an
important item of business. Nomi
Rations were made from the floor
Carlton Joughin, Len Brown
j The four room home of Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Closser west of the Ca
boose burned to the ground Bat
urday, leaving them with only the
clothes they
,. -, were wearing and
blanket which they were able to
get out and a few papers.
Mr. and Mrs. Closser were in
town buying groceries when the
fire started and were on the way
home when neighbors picked them
up in the car and told them their
home was burning. They were able
to get into one of the rear bed
rooms and get out a blanket and
some personal papers. Mrs. Clos
ser had a new accordion which was
lost in the flames and Mr. Closser
lost his guns.
The house was of log construc
tion with two bedrooms on the back
of frame construction
The Greater Libbv Association
met in the New Central Auditorium
January 12. 1949 at 8 p. m. In spite
of the cold weather there was a
good attendance of delegates and
other interested
William Shawl
Ounnar Larson acted as tell
ers. Ed Dutton, A. G. Role, Mrs.
Art Shelden and Carlton Joughin
were elected.
Art Shelden, a Grange member,
reported that the recent State
Grange Convention passed a reso
lution favoring the proposed Sus
tained Yield Cooperative Agree
ment with the qualification that
the Forest Service incorporate into
the Agreement a plan for setting
up a permanent public advisory
John Horn stated that the State
Wildlife Federation Convention
which was also held recently had
passed a resolution favoring the Co
operative Agreement.
A report was read from the Lib
by Woman's Club stating that it
had gone on record as favoring the
Cooperative Agreement.
The concensus seemed to be that
the people of this community should
be very much concerned about the
600 jobs involved in the proposed
Cooperative Agreement.
There was a short discussion on
the proposed Libby Dam and the
various problems that would arise
if the project were approved by
Congress. It was agreed that all
groups in the county should work
together to secure the needed im
provements resulting from such a
Married couples, who wish to
-■ecure the benefits of the Commun
ity Property or income splitting
provisions of the new law. must
file a joint income tax
signed by both husband and wife,
Thomas M. Robinson, Collector
Internal Revenue for the District
of Montana, said today.
Ordinarly it will be advantageous
for married couples to file joint
using the split income
method of computing the tax.
usually results in a lower tax than
would result from the use of separ
ate returns. A joint return
- ludes the income, exemptions and
deductions of both husband and
wife. The tax is computed on onlv
j one-half the combined net income.
" fter deducting exemptions. and
multiplied bv two
The income «nliftirxr nmviemne
, nay not be used P on a ^enarate re
turn. A joint return miv he filed
l Ven though one mouse had nn in
nlwever the loint return
Inust be si g ned ' b y b ^h spouses
Mr. Robinson explained
District supervisors for the To
bacco Valley Soil Conservation Dis
trict held their regular meeting in
December. The annual report was
prepared. Farm conservation plans
were approved for Glenn Buholz,
John Doble and Harold Butts, all
of Gateway.
The next regular meeting is sched
uled for January 20.
Co. Surveyor Miller
Flood Coordinator
The Board of Lincoln County
Commissioners have been notified
by Col. L. H. Hewitt of the U.
Army Engineers in Seattle that the
District Engineer is authorized
use Corps of Engineer personnel
and equipment for rescue and flood
fighting work during flood emer
gencies when humanitarian condi
tions require, and when the nor
mally responsible agencies are un
able to cope with the conditions.
In response to a request made
by Col. Hewitt for a responsible lo
cal respresentative whom the En
ginecrs could call on for informa
tion and coordination of flood fight
ing activities, the Board has ap
pointed County Surveyor Ira C
Miller as Flood Coordinator.
A resolution has been sent to the
State Railroad Commission request
ing that body to take up with the
Great Northern Railway the possi
bility of putting in a signaling S ys
tem at the crossing at Trego for
the presention of further loss of

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The Libby Methodist Church was
mony C af U 3 re 0 h 0 **
Miss Inez Ratckin played a pro
gram of music before the entrance
of the bridal party. She also played
the wedding march. Ralph Swim
ley sang "Because" and "Promise
The service was read before an
altar decorated with white candles
in two candelabra and baskets of
white mums.
Given in marriage by her father
the bride wore a white crepe street
length gown with hat to match,
She carried a bouquet of talisman
roses and white mums.
Miss Gloria Homan, bridesmaid
peg Sim
a bouquet of rosebuds and bronze
The best man was Russell Deist,
A reception followed the
mony in Ih. hor' of ,he Æ'
parent for members of the familir,
Coffee, cake and ice cream were
served with Mrs. Clifford Peterson
serving the cake.
Mr. and Mrs. Doyerle left Mon
day for a weeks' trip, stopping at
Spokane for a portion of that time.
Out of town guests were Mr. and
Mrs. P. V. Klinke of Eureka, Mr.
and Mrs. Tom Armstrong of White
fish and Mrs. Ben Deyerle of Yaak
Mrs. Deyerle is a graduate of the
Libby High School and has worked
for the Forest Service for the past
two years.
The couple expect to be at home
in an apartment at 27 E. 1st St after
the first of the week
Reserve to Meet in
-ibby Tonight
Regularly prescribed training for
reservists and prospective members
residing in Libby and vicinity, is
scheduled for Thursday evening
January 20. starting promptly at
7:30 o'clock in the Community
room (below the library) at the
County Court House in Libby.
Major John R. Milodragovich. MI
—Res., of the Forestry Service in
Troy, will bo in charge of the train
ing on "Military Intelligence." Ma
jor Milodragovich served in similar
lines during his assignment to the
Strategic Service during the past
Libby's own 702'd Engineer For
estry Company is now considering
applications of both officer and en
listed reservists for assignment to
the unit. Captain D. Griffith, com
manding the company, will inter
view those interested, during the
meeting. AUS officers desiring ap
pointment in the Organized Reserve
and- personnel with or without
prior service desiring to enlist in
It,,, r ,. . , D ~
the Enlisted Reserve Corps are re
dusted to be present to consult
^ ,tb Major Marion K Ratterman
Inst ™ ctor tor the Northwest
Montana Reserve, for possible av
s, gnmcnt or enlistment.
Reserve officers are reminded of
their personal responsibility to sub
mit thcir wri t*en statement of pre
icrencc regarding an Active Re-I
serve Status, in compliance with
totter: "Vitalization of the Organ
izod R'' serve -" forwarded from Fort
Missoula. Dec. 15. The "dead-line"
|s set for February 1. Those failing
to maintain a minimum of 30 hours
training credit during the calen
dar year, will lose their eligibility
to accrue time-in-gradc towmrd pro
motion, credit points for retirement
and qualification for authorized unit
drill pay.
Pursuant to the recent directive
of Sixth Army, reservists having
uniforms are encouraged to wear
them at training sessions.
By 1930 tabloid newspapers were
filling 40 per cent of their non
advertising space with pictures
Mercury Drops
To Minus 32
Lest Night
A „
on . r * r T * cm P« ratur «
°L to be,ow ° { past sever»*
ra *:£ ks th .j weel{ has
T ■ Wltb a minus 8 on t»#
-,Ja being the lowest readings,
tw P finding the -
n ^' ( above 2 «ro throughout the
f" . . . ,
r r lff n ' K w bowcver . Old Jack
„„if 1 ca me back with a vengeance
sent tbe thermometer drog
!Li?. g u ear dow . n t0 a minus 3X,
<_ .' ,a! . 8 .drop of 50 degree»
hlgh of yesterday, ami
a • , dcffr , e ^ s co,der than yester
A b , Iow 5 degrees above zero.
r 1 «° , * w, . nter has been in
cmln " Cou *">' there may be samt
U comfort in knowing we «re
tbe °. ny or >es With snow i»
Angeles and San Diego, Califs
anrt snow and ice m El Paso. Tex..
«£* r recent winters
j u^-Tt g SC Î, ', n l , h J' warm sunny soutb
htorm.^K^h bllZ u Zards and "*
Wv ™;. c i hav , c b ?T n sweeping
ra skT it Sffc P f do ' Neb *
win ur th . . Dak °t as al ? d all of the
** have brought death and
ho« 11 !* i 1 tbr south tornadoes
floods"f ny secti
, .T" ' lav bv "■ "Kzr ^
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Jan 13
Jan 14
Jan. 17
Jan 18
Jan 19
Jan 20
Snowbound Pipe Crk.
People Are Well
Last Tuesday, January 11. Don
and Mickey Mills flew
oyet th« ^

bora wi
. „ getting along dur
th ? **v«re winter weather.
.Circje«* over the home of
Mrs. Pat Carrigan for apprtun
!&""&,£" Mr h!7
»reaver „„ed they could se," ^
nlacc where the snow hid mal toA
from around the chimney !SÎ
,, u ld thev s*-e smnh miZ.' fJrZ
*he chimney * f
The men t : .en flew on to
Ernest Hartwell
see how
was making out.
circlm' once Mr. Hartwell
came out to let them know that
all was well.
The next day Wednesday. Jan
uary 12. Ste- V '"'i Ludvikson made
the trip up 1 i o Creek on skiis to
see what, if 1 t thing, was wrong
at th*- Card ■' home. Mr Lud
vikson report- i he could see no
;moke from the chimney until he
turned in the gate and then could
barely see vapor rising from the
chimney. Mrs. Carrigan was all
right and had not heard the plane
circling over her home the dav be
Barksdale AFB Jan. 19 -- Sgt
Richard G DeRosia. of the 1927th
AACS (Airways and Air Communi
cations Service) Squadron. USAT,
lias received orders promoting him
to the grade of Staff Sergeant The
orders originated from the Head
uarters of the 1803D AACS Group,
at Kellv Air Force Base. San An
tonio. Texas.
S/Sgt. DeRosia is on the |ob as
an Aircraft Control Tower
at Barksdale Air
Shreveport, La
S/Sgt. DeRosia is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. DeRosia of 610 Utah
Force Base.
W J.
Hmg.-' wiio was down
from Fairfax, Alaska, visiting h„
brother, Frank Hingley, claims that
the Montana weather is too severe
for him. so he returned to Alaska
last week.
Kootenai Valley
Grange Meets
The regular meeting of the Koo
tenai Valley Grange
the Fli
was held at
with Master Bert Gram
bauer presiding There was a small
attendance du
illness. Neve
d Bowen home,
cold weather and
ess the meeting
tinj, and several impor
s were taken care of.
rh was a donation to the
was mtere
tant matte
mong whi
March of Dimes.
Lecturer Arthur Sheldon had
interesting pr >grai
with questions and
At the close of the meeting a
delicious lunch was served by the
A. H, Sheldon and E, A. Rice fam
n of readings
Don't forget the officers school
to be held in Libby Sunday, Jan
uary 23 in the Community room.
Meetings will be from 2.00 till 4M
m. and 8:00 o'clock in the
Come and bring a fellow

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