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V» VO* \V* The Western News Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County Libby, Lincoln County» Montana Thursday, January 27, 1949 Number 3 C VOLUME XLVIII Mercury Hangs Near Minus 30 the Past Week Yesterday with a high of 18 degrees above zero had the highest reading of the past week in Libby. The lowest "high" during the per iod was Thursday of last week with only 7 above, which reading was duplicated again January 23. Tues day was only a degree higher climbing from a minus 28 to an 8 above. The Power Company and plumb ers throughout the town have been working night and day thawing water mains and various residents' plumbing equipment. Many build ings which hpve never been troubled in past years have suffered frozen pipes in the house and under ground as frost goes down below the surface. During the week low temper atures have hung rather consis tante in the lower twenties, Tues day night being the only above zero low for the period with a read ing of a plus 5. The 25th saw a fall of five tenths of an inch of snow, with a precipi tation of .01-in. Some snow fell yes terday afternoon. Severe blizzards continue t o sweep over most of the West threatening starvation and death to hundreds of thousands of head of cattle and sheep in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. Nebraska, and the Da kotas. Attempts are being made to fly in feed and supplies to ex posed stock camps, but it is ex pected the loss will be felt next fall and winter in a shortage of meat supply, up travel and communications in Kansas and parts of Nebraska and Missouri, and more freezes are add ing to the fruit and vegetable dam age in California. Following is the report furnished for this vicinity through courtesy of the Libby Ranger Station: Date January 20 January 21 January 23 January 24 January 25 JaauanC 26 » .te— Ice continues to tie L H -181 -26 5 -31 7 9 7 -30 17 -28 . 8 18 Rife ond Pistol Club Plans Season On Monday evening, January 24, members of the Libby Rifle and Pistol Club assembled at the new indoor range on First street to dis cuss plans for a shortened shooting season and to outline a plan for op eration and management of the ex panded facilities now available for use. The range is rapidly approaching readiness for match shooting, and schedule is being drawn for match es between teams sponsored by local firms, to begin next week. It is expected that most, if not all the teams participating last year, will again be entered in competition, and that in addition the larger range will make possible the ac commodation of several others, in cluding two or more women's teams. The Junior Club sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars will also have a much better op portunity for training and compet itive shooting. A tentative schedule of charges for use of range facilities was adopted both for regular shooters and for occasional and transient visitors. Donations from local organiza tions and individuals to assist in completion and equipment of the range, which will be one of the best in any town the size of Libby in the northwest, are still being re ceived; and at the meeting, Mr. Harlow Stordock of Libby Motors presented the club with the firm's check for $60.00. When the schedule of matches between local teams gets under way, other nearby towns will be contacted and postal, telegraphic shoulder-to-shoulder will be arranged between Libby's best riflemen and teams represent ing those towns. matches or Ski Club Visits Zonoiite Mountain Last Sunday thirty-one hardy members of the Libby Ski Club and guests enjoyed an exhilirating time on Zonoiite Mountain. The group made two runs from the top of the mountain, the first one on an old road that started around the back of the mountain, came around the west side and down to the Rainy Creek road. The second run was made down the regular auto road. There were no serious ac cidents although there were a num ber of sitzmarks made. One minor sprain, a few stiff muscles and the finish from the bottom of the skiis were the only pseudo-casualties. Everyone making the trip was enthusiastic and anticipates another such jaunt. The Libby Ski Hill was not en tirely deserted Sunday afternoon there being several people enjoying the hill and tow including two groups from Troy. Receive Columbia Development Plan e Librarian Inez Ratekin of the Lincoln County Free Library today announced the library had received from the Bureau j>t Reclamation in Boise, Idaho, a copy of the Depart ment of Interior's plan for the com prehensive development of land, water, and other resources of the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Department plans call for the construction of 238 irrigation and multiple-purpose projects in the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washing ton, and Western Montana These would bring under irrigation 3, 800,000 acres of new land, supply supplemental water for 1% million acres of land, make available 10, 000,000 kilowatts of additional gen erating capacity, and provide major benefits in flood control, naviga tion, fish and wildlife conservation, recreation, and pollution abatement. RADIO STAB PLANS FISH FARM; GIVES "BING" THE BUG John McIntyre, former Kalispell man who tried his fortunes in the entertainment world* and found suc cess, is about to enter into a second business, that of owning and oper ating a trout farm. McIntyre owns a 500-acre ranch in the Yakt country north of Libby and is building a 135-acre artificial lake which he will stock with 1, 000,000 small trout. He anticipates harvesting four tons of trout a sea son and also marketing fingerlings and eggs. McIntyre plays a lead with Bing Crosby in the musical production, "Top o' the Morning" and as a re sult of McIntyre's fish-farm plans, Crosby is contemplating similar ac tion on his Elko, Nevada ranch.— Weekly Interlake. Death Claims i Schaffner Henry Schaffner was born at Fountain City, Wis., April II, 1883 and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Trow bridge. at 11:45 p. in. January 20. 1940. age 66 years, nine months and days. «. * 4 -- - • t He married Louise Schroder in 1907 and moved to Salmon, Id*., the same year. Four children were born to this union, Karletta, Henry Jr., Demoin, and Esther. Mr. Schaffner came to Lincoln County in 1944 where he has made his home, being employed at the J. Neils Lumber Co. until about month before his decease. He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away in 1922, and one daughter, Karletta Richardson, and one son Demoin Schaffner. Surviving are one son Henry Jr., of Goshen, Ore., and one daughter Esther Trowbride of Libby, four sisters and three brothers and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Gompf Funeral home Tuesday, Jan-' uary 25 at 2:30 with the Rev. James Davidson of the Libby Presbyterian Church officiating. Fred Maurer sang two solos, "In The Garden' and "Rock of Ages" with Miss Inez Ratekin accompany ing on the piano. Pall bearers were William Price, Bart Sullivan. William Baeth, Geo. Baeth, J. C. Quien and William Ol son. Interment was made in Libby cemetery. One grandson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Richardson of Salmon, Ida., came for the funeral. Terriers Win One; Lose To Lions Saturday night, January 22, th'e Eureka Lions beat Libby Terriers 31-23. The Lions were ahead all through the game, being only three points ahead at the end of the first quarter. A1 Ayers -was high point man on the Libby team and Purdy was high point man on the Eureka team. In the preliminaries, the Eureka Junior High won over the Libby Junior High with a score of 12-9. Tuesday evening, January 25, « basketball game was played be tween the Libby Terriers and the Troy Trojans with the Terriers win ning 47-25. Madison and Ayers tied for high point man, each hav ing 10 points. Price was high point man on the Trojan team with nine points, while Lindsay wasn't far behind with seven points. The preliminaries were played between Libby Junior High and Libby Freshmen with the Junior High coming out on top with a score of 22-13. The Terriers play Eureka there Friday and go to Columbia Falls Saturday. The Junior team will play Troy here Saturday and will go to Eureka Friday. GIVE DRIVERS' LICENSE EXAMS FEBRUARY 16-17 George Mourar is scheduled to be at the Community Room in the Court House in Libby, Wednesday and Thursday, February 16-17 to give drivers' license examinations. The hours will be from 9:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. Furnish Data About River * de All persons or organizations siring to testify before the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors either for or in opposition to the Columbia River Review Report as recommended by the Corps 01 Engineers were reminded today .by Colonel L. H. Hewitt, District Engineer, Seattle District, Corps of Engineers, that his office and staff stand ready to give all possible* 5 sistance in supplying desired data, Colonel Hewitt pointed out th at op - ponents will have ample opportan ity to present their testimony he and the members of his engine ering staff will cooperate to thgir fullest extent in aiding this group correlate their supporting data. The Board of Engineers Rivers and Harbors is an impartial body interested in securing all per tinerft data concerning the Review Report prepared by the Corps of Engineers for the Columbia River and its Tributaries. All are welcome to attend the hearings. Testimony, either for or against the report às a whole or any single phase, is in vited. The Board's recommendation on the report will depend to a con siderable degree on the views which may be presented at the hearings by the residents of thje Columbia Basin and adjoining areas. Before the Board of Engine ers can determine whether or not the Corps of Engineers report is tb be recommended to Congress, they must know the true feeling of th£ people to be affected, Coiondl Hewitt stated. If any organization either recommends or opposes the project but does not make them selves heard, the Board of Enginé ers is deprived of that information. The report, as recommended by the Corps of Engineers, embraces a tremendous construction program and every person living west of the Rocky Mountains and north of thö California border will be affected. < The Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors will open their hearings on the Columbia Riveri Review Report at Spokane, January 31 in the Davenport Hotel. Febru ary 1 they will meet in Seattle at the Chamber of Commerce Build* for frig. All hearings will begin at 9:34 a. m. All imerested persons urged to attend. ■ Hold March of Dimes a Dance Sat. Night « Have you gotten your ticket for The March of Dimes . Dance? If not, better get them at once for this event is scheduled for next Satur day night at Lincoln's Gopher Inn. The Lions Club which is again sponsoring this annual entertain ment for raising funds for use in the fight against polio is disap pointed in learning it will be im possible to furnish the bus service announced last week to and from the dance. Chairman D. A. Bollin ger states that, while it was in tended to give this service, the fact that it will be impossible to obtain passenger insurance for the even ing, makes the furnishing of busses too hazardous. This dance is a continuation of the annual Warm Springs benefit dances which were held on Presi dent Roosevelt's birthday. It is a cause that is popular with all Amer icans, holding a warm place in their hearts. Music this year will be furnished by Les Bloom and His Six Rondo liers. Dancing is scheduled to be gin at 9:00 o'clock. Tickets are on sale at $1.00 per couple, and regard less of whether or not you care to dance, you can help a good cause by the purchase of a ticket. MISCELLANEOUS SHOWER GIVEN DESHAZERS A miscellaneous shower was given in the basement of the Moose Hall by a group of Libby ladies for Mr. and Mrs. Jack Deshazer who lost all their belongings in the fire at the Rexford Inn December 28. Many beautiful gifts were pre sented to the couple. Bingo and pinochle games were played with high prizes going to Mrs. Alice Preston, and Norman Fuller. After ward a brought-in lunch was ser ved and enjoyed by all. 1c , NOTICE H. P. Weydemeyer will handle the assessing of Motor Vehicles in the east end of the County for the Assessor and the Treasurer. He will be at P. V. Klinke's office in the County Warehouse in Eureka on Mondays, Wednesdays and Satur days between the hours of 9 a. m and 5 p. m. beginning January 10 ANNUAL MASONIC BIRTHDAY BALL TO BE HELD FEB. 19 The Annual Masonic Washington Birthday Ball will be held Satur day- February 19 i n the Moose Hall in Libby. This is a semi-formal affair with dancing from 9:00 p. m. to 1:00 a m Refreshments will be served under the au spices of the Ra inbow Girls. Wiliam Delzer, Wenatchee, Wa, came Friday to spend a few days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sheffield. Mr. Delzer is Mrs. Shef field's brother. Forest Timber Cut Increases in spite of adverse weather con ditions this past year, the cut for national forest timber w'as large during 1948 Supervisor W. Guernsey stated. The total cut for all products 59,355,000 feet board which 56,108,060 board feet sawlogs. 354,631 linear feet of poles, 297,853 split posts, 33 car stakes. 573 cords of wood. 584 round posts and 338,476 Christmas trees. These forest products were cut from 144 separate sawlog, pole, post, and wood sales and 117 Christmas tree sales. The cut by ranger districts were as follows: ÂÂÂÏÏIÎ StolS^areS.de^N? 1 ? and Distnet I 2 3 y aak 20 i gjo.140 32,345 Fortine 20 12,685.290 2,540 Troy 41 5 700 800 102 640 Libby 29 9.958:370 17.266 Fisher River 4 3,111.350 8,780 Warland 9 20,336.900 191,060 Rexford 21 2,705.210 Totals 144 56,108.060 354,631 Below col. 1 is split posts (each); col. 2 is No. cords fuel wood; 3 is No. Christmas tree sales, and No. 4 is No. Christmas trees. District Yaak Fortinc Troy Libby Fisher River 330 Warland Rexford Totals G. was measure of were 1 I 7 *2,715 ; 36 107,087 j 3 4,597 4 11,218 ~l . 50,092 j 297,853 573.55 117 338,476 j Troy also produced 33 car stakes and 584 round posts. 1 3 4 158,063 350 46 152,767 108,528 150 >30,932 63.55 10 Need is Desperate For Polio Funds The desperate need for a record 1949 March of Dimes campaign was stressed today by Mr. Anderson, county chairman of the March of Dimes drive which now is in full swing throughout the nation. Mr. Anderson pointed out that polio care during the last 11 year« has ÜiÄöecome more 'complex and ex 'pensive. "Before the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was organ polio patients were treated by a general physician and a nurse. But research has discover ed the complexity of this crippling disease. Instead of the old team-of two, today's victim is aided by a medical group with as many as eight members." These scientific experts, Mr. An derson said, are the pediatrician, orthopedist, doctor of physical Rjgdlcine, nurse, physical therapist, pccupational therapist, medical so cial worker and psychological con sultant. "The scientific know-how behind this polio fighting team has been gained at great cost, and care is ex pensive," the March of Dimes chair man stated. "Few families even those with high earning power, can meet the expense of polio treat ment. The Open House Saturday and Sunday at Jaqueth's, Inc., proved to be a great success with over 1, 000 persons being in to see the new Chevrolet, Oldsmobilc and Cadillac lines. This was the biggest indoor crowd we ever had to inspect new lines, remarked Mr. Jaqueth. Ray Bitterman of Libby, was the I fortunate winner of the door prize, a $50 credit to be applied on any car or truck purchased from the company. The large crowds attending the open house enjoyed refreshments served both days by the firm. Bal loons were given the kids. Especial interest was shown in the new Chevrolet which was the stream lined model in a new and attractive color, cumulative green. The three lines of cars gives the j company a car for practically every taste and pocketbook. "It is therefore comforting for all of us to know that our local chap ters stand ready to underwrite all or any part of this expense." OVER A THOUSAND SEE NEW CARS AT JAQUETH'S C & H STATION TO DISTRIBUTE UNION OIL COMPANY PRODUCTS The C & H Service Station owned and operated by F. L. Cloutier and James Harris have received a 15 Year Plaque for 15 years of depen dable merchandising of Shell pro ducts. A 10-Year Plaque will also be presented to Harry Weylett south of Libby for 10 years of service. Last week an announcement ap peared by the Union Oil Co., tolling of the appointment by that com pany of Cloutier & Harris as dis tributors for Union Oil Co. products in- the Libby area. Thsee products include 76 and 7600 gasoline, stove oil, and diesel fuel, Triton Motor Oil and T5X Heavy Duty Oil. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Berry and son Neil, former Libby residents are moving to Orofino, Ida., where they are taking over a laundry and dry cleaning plant. They have been living in Kalispell for a short time. Announce Red Cross First Aid Plans Mr. Arthur Shirtz, American Red Cross Field Representative for First Aid, Water Safety and Acci dent Prevention spent a few days here this week conferring with Miss Isabel McGrade, Chapter Chair man; Inez Ratekin, First Aid Chair man; Mrs. Jessie Fagerberg, Acci dent Prevention Chairman, and other members of the South Lincoln County Chapter. Monday evening there was a meeting of the First Aid Committee and First Aid Instructors at the Library. Plans were made for con ducting first aid classes in the school and other places in the Chap ter. Mr. Shirtz advised them on prospective plans and commended the work of the local Chapter. t Tuesday morning Mr. Shirtz an nounced the proposed plans for the first aid classes in the high school f rectors ,„r 1«« <•' ifuôjï are Mary Elizabeth Hennessy, Mi J* nett Inez î? orr V^l bert Cly<i e Austin, and Sichting. who will be available tcach First Aid courses ary CHAMBER TO MEET FEBRUARY THIRD As The Western News goes to press, information is received that thé Libby Chamber of Commerce will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p. m. Thursday, February 3, at the Surprise Cafe. The legislative committee, R. R. Veldman chairman, and the edu cational committee. O. L. Gillespie chairmen will be in charge of the nieeting.Tickets for the dinner may bg secured from either of the com niittee chairmen, and from Earl Ixi v j ck or the president, Joe Fennessey jr. Pioneer Passes To His Reward John Gilden was born Marqh 29, 1870 at Rogers City, Michigan, ed away at the home of his daughter »„hie M Drury. LWaug January 24, 1949, age 7a years, nine months and 26 days. He was united in marriage with Mary McArthur May 9, 1900 at Rog* ers City. Tb this union were born and five children, four sons. Harold, Jack, Fred, and Donald; and one daughter Fannie M. The family moved from Michigan to Kalispell in December 1906 and later to Eureka in 1919. After the death of his wife May 9, 1936 Mr. Giden lived with his son Jack in Spokane and had made his home for the past three years with his daughter Mrs. Drury in Libby. When in Eureka he lived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amel Swing. in World War II in Luxembourg. February 27, 1945. He is survived by one daughter Fannie M. Drury, Libby, and three sons Harold of Eureka. Jack. Spo kane, and Fred of El Monte, Calif., and eight grandchildren. The remains were taken to Eur eka by the Gompf Funeral Home where services were held in their Funeral Home at 2:00 p. m. Wed nesday with the Rev. F. L. Lewno of the Eureka Baptist Church offi ciating. Interment was made beside his wife in the Eureka Cemetery A son Donald was killed 1 1 Wnmoil'c TniimPV tt UiiiCii j • w 1 7 D _ I 30 DegillS JCmUUry JU « This week The Keglers announce the Women's City Tournament which begins at 1:00 p. m next Sunday, January 30, and will be finished a week later. Sunday. Feb ruary 6. Team play will be this next Sunday, while th<* singles and! doubles will bowl February H As formerly announced m this publication. Blatz and Jaqueth's Inc., placed first and second in the men's tournament, their respective. scores being 3,040 and 2,989. Clay Parker won the high single game during this contest with a score 0 255. L. Sleizcr and Adkins won the [double event with a score of 1.314 D. Sleizer and Solem were runners up, scoring 1,279. Hagerty took the all-event prize with a score of 1. 915. Bollman won the singles with a score of 700, Roth scoring 675 to place second. With the men's tournament past, attention is now focused on the women's tourney; and they do say. the gals are making some rather fine scores this year, so watch them bowl and pick the winners! ROBIN BRAVES COLD TO SPEND HINTER IN LIBBY Monday afternoon Harry Moe brought a robin into The Western News office to prove that there were still robins in Libby, even though its been 30' or so below zero. The robin had survived the cold weather, so far, but unfortunately a cat got it. _ Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Wuest who have been residing at Sunnyside. Wash., have returned to Libby to make their home. I • Reports Libby Dam Status at Present Time By Leon Starmont in The Spokes man-R view. Kootenai river, like three other major branches and the Columba« itself, is an international stream. Any project for its full develop ment must have the consent of' British Columbia and the domini««-. of Canada, as Well as Idaho, Mon tana and the live federal depaffe ments or agencies wjth equities tm the American quart«-' of its 19,3M* square miles. Discussions for Ik control in such a manner as to pr » vide international blessings hove been going on for 22 years, the firat; official hearing haying in November, 1927, at N After eight hearings on control, power and other benefH* five by the international joint eonv mission and three by the army's corps of engineers, the army's Port land office has reached the conclus ion that a major dam at Jenninp, Mont., II miles upstream (root Libby, is necessary The interna tional joint commission has concur red in this decision, with some res ervations as to payments to com pensate for damages caused in oae nation by projects in the other. One of Seven Recommended Libby dam therefore takes its place among the seven major pro jects recommended for immediate authorization in the nnw-famoua "308" report the corps of engine«« review report on Columbia river and its tributaries, first ordered ta 1927, the review being directed by the United States senate in 1943. The 20-page subchapter on Koot enai basin with eight large map« or charts and two thick appendices. "A" and "B", deals primarily with flood control, drainage and power. Return of commercial navigation, which once flourished below Boa ners Ferry, Idaho, and above Jen nings, Mont., is not considered likely. Addi been beM elson, B. C. flood tions to the 7400 irrigated acres south of the boundary are .''aMjhflBftSt station project along the Rpcky Mountain fr *n Fk—lw would involve no drain on Ameri can waters. Flood damages in the 1948 flood are given as $5,792.000, 10 times tie average. This damage wSs mostly below Bonners Ferry, in the area know« as Kootenai Flats, but there was minor damage along Libby, Par menter and Flower creeks, nedr Libby, (Continued on Page Two) Pfenning Board to Set Up Advisory Citizen's Comm. The Lin County Planning Board met in Lie Community room of the Courthouse last week to dis cuss the forn ation of an Advisory Committee or a Citizen s Committee to work with the Forest Service in developing programs that will ef fect the people in the county. Suck a committee would also be useful in working with the Forest Service on the proposed Cooperative Sus tained Yield Agreement. The com mittce would be made up of repre tentatives elected from stockmen, • sportsmen, far.n ers, business men. labor - sawn ill operators, mining m terests ; du ranchers. Christmas Tree ( utters etc This committee °ulT act in an advisory capacity t0 t!n For« " Service in regulating grazing on tin National Forests, : netting aside recreational areas, managing the wild life on the for Manning Board decided to .take action in setting up such a j committee. At the present time the i bounty Planning Board represents j on *- v rural Organizations and the commercial clubs of our towns. ( * is * tors at our meetings have made 1 statements that to be a truly County I>lannm g Board, all interests in the 1 county should be represented. A | motion was made and carried to |expand the Flanning Board to in c * uc * e all county interests provid ' n S they wish to take part. When organizations of the expanded Planning Board is completed, it W 'H lake steps toward organizing an Advisory Committee or a Citi zt> ns Committee, either within itself or outside of the Planning Board, ROD AND GUN CLUB MEET JANUARY 18 The Rod and Gun Club held a regular meeting at which the club voted unanimously to keep the hunting and fishing dates the same as last year, Ross Wilson. District Game War den and Lawrence Diest were pres ent and gave interesting comments and discussion on game laws. John Horn reported on the State meet ing held in December of the Fed eral Game and Wild Life Commis sion at Helena. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Finch and daughter Jo Ann and Mrs. David Curtiss and little daughter Sue spent Friday with Mrs. Larry Cur tiss and Diane.