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Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County
Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, April 28, 1949
Number 50
Work on Libby
Golf Course
This Week
Tuesday evening about 40 golf
enthusiasts turned out at the site
of the Libby Golf course and by
their labors brought the course a
bit nearer completion. The course
is located seven miles south of Lib
by on highway No. 2 on land do
nated last year by the J. Neils Lbr.
Co. A start was made a year ago
by Bob Rubier who donated two
dozers for a days work and con
siderable clearing was started.
This year the golf committee has
had several turn-outs and done
quite a bit more clearing. Tuesday
evening considerable work
done in gathering up and burning
fallen trees, stumps, etc.
Leo Kyser donated a tractor shovel,
a weed burner and a crew of men
earlier this spring to get the work
started. The Libby Transfer do
nated gravel for a' turn off, and
Tuesday, furnished two trucks with
drivers for hauling debris. The
City of Libby furnished its patrol,
driven by John Baggs, with fuel
donated by the C & H Service
Station and a start was made in
leveling off the three fairways
which it is hoped will be ready
for use by this summer. Libby
Motors brought out their wrecker
for pulling stumps and furnished
three barrels of waste oil for start
ing fires. J. Noils furnished two
trucks to haul trash and the tables
which were used for serving an
enjoyable lunch prepared by Dr.
Roy Sherman and his civic im
provement committee.
With the aid of the above
tioned equipment and the willing
hands of the forty persons present
a good start was made and much
accomplished. All burning must be
done by May 1, so it is planned to
have another turnout Friday
ing beginning at 5:30 p. m. fol
lowed by another shift commencing
at 1:30 o'clock. The presence of
all interested is requested at either
or both of these gatherings. The
committee is trying to line up a
dozer before this time to get out
the stumps which at present are
the major items remaining to be
gotten out of the way. The com
mittee would also like to point out
that while this golf course is being
sponsored by the Chamber of Com
merce it is by ho means restricted
to members of this organization. It
a undertaking which when
completed will be a credit to the
community and membership will be
open to all citizens of Libby. Any
one interested is urged to start tak
ing an active part now. It will
take a considerable amount of work
to complete the course and the
more help which can be obtained
the sooner it will be ready for
The Libby Mobile
Service Opens Sat.
Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 a.
is the opening date,for the Libby
Mobile Service which will
open in
the former Johnson Motors estab
lishment across the street from the
Libby Motors on Mineral Avenue.
The Libby Motors has leased the
entire property and have subleased
the station to Edward Johnson, who
will handle a full line of Mobile
gas and oil products. Mr. Johnson
has had eight years experience in
the oil business and is installing the
very latest modern equipment both
inside and out. The building is
also being repainted and redecor
ated. In addition to washing, greas
ing, vacuum cleaning and tire
pair the new service will call for
and deliver cars. It will also retail
tires, batteries, and accessories, and
will be open from 7:30 a. m. to 9:00
p. m. daily and Sundays.
The Libby Motors, who are dis
tributors for the Mobile products
in Libby, will use the lots belong
ing to the property for displaying
trucks and used cars. Advertise
ments appear in this issue telling
of the service and announcing the
opening date of Saturday, April 30.
Austin Reedy Post No. 97 of the
American Legion held a regular
meeting in their new club room in
the Legion building Wednesday
evening, April 27._
This Is Official
Clean-Up Week
By an order of the city council
and the city health officer the week
of April 25-30 inclusive has been
designated as the official clean-up
week. During this week all pro
perty owners are urged to put all
debris into boxes or containers and
place them in the alleys where it
will be removed at the expense of
the city on May 3-4-5. Alleys should
be completely cleared of all debris
any obstruction to allow passage
ways for fire trucks.
Full cooperation by everyone will
insure the success of the clean-up
campaign and improve the appear
ance of the city.
The health officer wishes to re
mind the population that all live
stock such as horses, cows, sheep,
goats and pigs may not be housed
within the city limits.
Softball Meeting
Tues. Eve, May 3
Only three teams were repre
sented at the softball meeting the
evening of April 19, stated Bill
Nelson of the Keglers. Those pres
ent were Union, Merchants, and
Keglers. Representatives were ex
pected from Zonolite but were un
able to be present.
It is hoped to be able to open
the softball season here in May,
stated Nelson, who added there will
be another meeting held at 8:00
p. m. Tuesday, May 3 in the Keg
lers lodge room. All who are in
terested in the game are urged to
attend this meeting.
Nelson reports the softball field
came through the winter in good
condition, though, he adds, it will
need a bit of scraping before play
ing begins. Practice is expected to
begin after this next meeting.
All who like softball are re
quested to keep the evening of
Tuesday, May 3, open for the meet
ing in the Keglers lodge room.
land Camp, and a team picked from
the players in Libby s last summer s
softball league. *
According to W. J. Ne^on there
will be a softball game at 2:30
p. m. Sunday afternoon between
members of the University of Mon
tana Forestry senior class which is
taking field work at the Neils War
The game will be played at the
athletic field in Libby and will be
of interest to all the fans.
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Thomas James Brewer shipped
in from Spokane Friday, April 22
to Darnell to work on the extra
gang, Saturday evening stole a 1947
Plymouth 4-door sedan belonging
to Forrest McDowell. Brewer drove
the car around quite a lot then
to the Yarnell gravel pit and hid it
in the woods nearby. Clothing be
longing to Claude Hamlin which
was in the car was also found hid
den in the woods.
Brewer was arraigned before Jus
tice of the Peace, H. B. Wallace
Tuesday, April 26 where he plead
ed guilty and was bound over to
District Court under $500 bond
which he was unable to furnish.
The charge was filed by Forrest
Ray Wollaston
Passes Apr. 11
Raymond Joseph Wollaston was
born November 17, 1899 at Ewen,
Mich., and passed away in Pro
vidence Hospital, Seattle, Washing
ton, April 11, 1949. age 49 years,
four months and 24 days. Death
was caused from an abcess on the
He married Amelia Pival in Lib
by and to this union were born two
sons, Raymond Gary and Raymond
Joseph Jr.
Mr. Wollaston was employed by
the firm of Jerry George, Real Es
tate in Seattle, where the family
had resided for the past 24 years.
He was an active member of the
Knights of Columbus, American
Legion Post No. 160, West Seattle
Chamber of Commerce, the Lions
Club and Holy Name Society.
Surviving are his wife, Amelia
P. Wollaston; two sons, Raymond
Gary and Raymond Joseph Jr., all
of Seattle. Five brothers: Guy Earl
Libby; Emmett, Troy; Francis
Owen, Seattle: Phillip Michael and
Lieut. Jack Wollaston both of Fort
Lewis, Wash., and one sister, Mrs.
Paul Clark of Spokane.
Rosary was held at 8:00 p. m.
Tuesday, April 12 and funeral ser
vices were conducted at 8:00 a.
Wednesday, April 13 from the Holy
Rosary Church, Seattle. Interment
was made in Calvert's Cemetery
with the Catholic service assisted
by the American Legion.
Will You Help The
Cancer Quota Go
Over The Top?
The importance of meeting, and
if possible exceeding, the county's
quota ($700) in the annual Amer
ican Cancer society April fund
drive was stressed today by County
Commander Mrs. E. J. Driear, Lin
coln County unit.
"We must achieve our goal if the
Montana division of the American
Cancer society is to carry out its
1949 program of education and if
the national organization is to have
sufficient funds to properly conduct
research, the commander declared.
She reminded those who have not
already made contributions to the
American Cancer society to do so
as soon as possible.
"There is a certain amount of
pride in knowing that the people
of our county will meet and exceed
their goal in this necessary work
of the American Cancer society,"
she said.
"If you have not already given
to the American Cancer society,
please do so. Contributions may
be left at the home of Commander
Driear's or sent by mail to her c/o
Box 153, Libby. The Commander
asks that checks be made payable
to The American Cancer Society.
J. T. Brindley
Heads Pioneers
The Libby Pioneer Society held
its annual business meeting and
dance last Saturday night at the
Moose Hall. Although there were
fewer members present than usual
.hose that did attend had a tin.
■President W. E. Dexter ™ndueted
a short business meeting in whic
the most important item was the
election of officers for the coming
year. J. T Brindley was elected
to succeed W. E. Dexter who h
successfully held that office for the
KofteS-Si À hlartv i"
of thanks was given Mr Dexter
for his good work. The other of
ficers were unanimously re-elected
as follows: vice-president, W.
Harris: secretary Mrs. James J.
Reedy; treasurer. Mrs. W. W. Blew;
board member. Max Sturm.
Shortly after ten o'clock the
srand march started the evening's
dancing. It was led bv Mr. and
Mrs. Brindley. Following that were
waltzes, schottisches, square dances.
two-steps, a three-step and other
old and new time dances. Peppy
music was furnished by Fred Vig
nali and "Soup" Parker. Bert
Erickson acted as floor manager
and was assisted in some of the
calling by J. T. Brindley.
H. Taylor, a former resident of
western Lincoln County near Bull
Lake, was a visitor of the society.
Mr. Taylor is an artist and made
several sketches during the even
Lunch was served at midnight
and everyone had plenty of good
sandwiches, cake, pickles and cof
fee. The tables were lovely with
oretty linen cloths and bouquets of
daffodils on them. They were dec
orated by Mrs. J. T. Brindley, Mrs.
Carl Rawlings, Mrs. George Rouse,
Mrs. Bert Erickson and Mrs. Floyd
Bowen. Mr. Dexter made his usual
excellent brand of coffee.
Other committees for this jovial
affair were: cards and publicity,
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Reédy an«
Inez Ratekin; music. Inez Ratekia
and Mrs. E. M. Davidson; hall, W.
ISezter. ' -
The collection of pictures from
.j ie Society's cabinet in the Lincoln
rounty * Labraray was brought to
th e dance and members enjoyed
looking a t them again as well as
a num {jer that Margaret Redfield
k, ad t a ken at the annual picnic last
St. Paul, Minn.—Gross revenues
of Great Northern Railway ? reached
an all-time high'* in 1948—21616
million dollars compared with 193
millions in 1947— F. J. Gavin, presi
dent, advises in the company's 60th
annual report to stockholders.
Mr. Gavin attributed the rail
way's largest gross income to the
record peacetime volume of freight,
moving under higher rates neces
sitated by continually increasing
wage and materials costs.
While last year's net income of
slightly more than 27M: millions
was 5 millions greater than in 1947,
Mr. Gavin emphasized the neces
sity for substantially increased
working capital because of higher
payrolls and greater costs of ma
terials, replacements and improve
The report says the 1948 dollar
bought 80 per cent as much Great
Northern freight service and 65 per
cent as much passenger service as
in 1938, although the same dollar
bought only 36 per cent as much
wheat and even smaller quantities
of beef cattle, hogs and butter as
it did ten years ago.
The railway's fixed charges of
IVz millions, in 1948 were the low
est in 50 years. Operating expenses
of slightly more than 162 millions
were nearly 19 millions above 1947,
due chiefly to higher wage and ma
terials costs.
The railway's directors last year
authorized expenditure of 37 mil
lion dollars for additional locomo
tives and freight and passenger cars,
including a fleet of new Empire
Builder passenger trains .
Following is the weather report
furnished through the courtesy of
the Libby Ranger Station:
April 21
April 22 .
April 23
April 25
April 26 .
April 27
An advertisement appears in this
issue of The Western News telling
of the Anniversary Canned Fond
Sale April 29 through May 5 at
the Adkins Food Market.
The advertisement appears on
Page Seven.
The Libby Saddle Club will have
a pot luck lunch at the Gopher Inn
Sunday, May 1. A car will pick
up the lunch of the riders at the city
limits, south edge of town.
Bowker Distributors have begun
work on the foundation of a 30 x 34
foot addition on the north of their
present building which will be used
for a show room when completed.
• j
Army Writes About
Flood Control
County Surveyor Ira Miller, who
was appointed flood coordinator by
the board of county commissioners,
has received no instructions nor
definite word from the Army Corps
of Engineers until several days ago
when he received a letter from
Col. L. H. Hewitt of the Seattle
Wh ,, ,* „ . . , ., .
,h "
jÿ,,* 1 Ta* '"car' ago* the army is
prepared for any unexpected cli
matic upsets and ^ colonel states
that year-around maintenance of
flood protective structures and in
itial planning prior to flood season
are considered important.
,*"» »Hier writes, that in case
° hfc'h'Ä "> , ,UpP , ly ot sandl) *£,
^ ^ interests are expected
to "lamtam m suffi
'™i S Ä for a , ny ™ er ß en 5 y ' ^
s p tand i r ^ dy su .PP ly
? b ° r * age v Sandbags furnished by
e ™ K . 1 bave , t0 , be ? ald * or
?L r ?£ laced bv 1 R c . al interests using
He adds that except in
f^ erge " c -V ( cases when humamtar
•»"' ty reqmres t he army to
PP ■ efforts of local
«a^ 0 *° cope l* 10
"W?"* , A11 co * ts ' n f cu L rcd by lo '
' n «oodfighting oper
. . „ st he born by local in
serious con
Distributes $29,200
To County Schools
County Superintendent W. J. An
derson reports the sum of $29,200
Teacher Unit money has been ap
portioned Lincoln County for dis
tribution among its 73 classroom
Distribution of funds to districts
Dist. 1—Trov
2^ S *' n —t'^by
J'! 5 *- '—Warland
° —Rexford
"f 8 ;- —iv en . Lake
Dist. 11—Manicke
Jÿ 8 *- J*] — Eureka
*'î st - ^— Fortine
2. ,st ~ £9—Tooley lake
S** 4 — Sylvanite
Vist. 53— -Trego
Troy "igh School
H^by High School
kCHS (Eureka) .
iJ r>L
$ 3200.00
..-X.!.. $»900.00
TOTAL .....
Western Montana
Baseball League
In Play May 29
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Fnday evening at 8 o clock p. m.
the Junior High Sçhoo will present
a Guild play Young Mr
, ®* A specially chosen cast
is prepared to provide three acts
' ,f it . h ® art Rapping drama packed
, love, loyalty, couiage, excite
t and humor.
Play will open in the Western
Montana Baseball League May 29
when Libby plays Hungry Horse,
Eureka crosses bats with Whitefish
and Kalispell meets Columbia Falls.
It was not decided at the organi
zation meeting in Kalispell last
Sunday, in which of the six cities
the opening games will be played.
The six above mentioned teams
will complete the league, Hungry*
Horse-Coram coming in new, whUe
Ronan which was a member last
year drops out to play in the nearby
Missoula circuit.
Larry Weingartner, Kalispell, has
been chosen to serve as president
of the League; Matt Matkea, Col
umbia Falls, vice-president, and
Don Elder, Whitefish, secretary
Junior High To
Present Play
This play, which has become the
theatre, is particularly adaptable to
Libby. The setting is a town of
about the same size. "Young Dr.
Young," a local boy finishes medi
cal school with top honors. Upon
liis return home he is torn between
loyalty to his family, friends, and
those needing his services so badly
-.and a more glamorous profession
the large city can provide. The un
expected events which follow, not
only "try mens souls" but produce
men like Joel Harvey, M. D , coun
try doctor and veteran of many
Young Dr. Young,
mately learns that "If you write
a better book, preach a better ser
mon or build a better mousetrap
than your neighbor, the world will
make a beaten path to vour door. '
This is a human, practical and
loveable drama, a story of "Aver
age America," its people and its
hit of the
season in
of unselfish sacrifice and
who ulti
The Richards Sheet Metal Works
of Kalispell expect to open a branch
shop this summer in Libby. In ad
dition to doing all types of sheet
metal work the company carries
the Lennox furnace.
They are caring for the heating
work in the new construction now
under way at the schools. An ad
vertisement appears on Page 11 of
this issue.
Sheriff Livengood
Brings Three-Co.
Chase to End
James L. Whalen, 20, wanted on
counts of grand larceny at Wallace,
Ida., strong arm robbery and pass
ing worthless checks at Bonners
Ferry and grand larceny for auto
theft at Missoula was arrested bv
Sheriff Roy Livengood and Special
Great Northern Agent, William
Smith at Talmadge Cabins on Bull
Lake about 10:00 p. m. April 20.
This ended a manhunt which cov
ered three Montana counties, Lin
coln. Sanders, and Flathead.
Whalen described as armed and
dangerous, had two automatics,
.22 and a .32 in the car which he
had obtained by fraud. The guns
he had obtained by trading stolen
guns for them. All roads of Lin
coln County were blockaded after
Whalen was seen and recognized
by a service station operator at
Thompson Falls.
The criminal was turned over to
Sheriff Roy Bean of Bonners Ferry
and Deputy Sheriff L. Gardner of
Wallace April 21. The prisoner had
only recently been released from
the federal industrial school for
boys at Golden, Colo.
Range Inspection
Trip in Fisher
The inspection trip of the deer
winter range in the lower Fisher
country will be held this Sunday.
May 1. All sportsmen in Lincoln
County interested in big game are
urged to attend.
The group will assemble in front
of Geringer's Hardware Store and
will leave at 10:00 a. m. in the
morning. Transportation will be
furnished by the Forest Service.
All those going should bring their
own lunch but coffee will be pro
vided by the Fish and Gfime De
partment and the Forest Service.
Purpose of the trip is to observe
at first hand the brouse conditions
on the winter range and the re
sults of insufficient forage.
There will be little hiking as
most of the observations can be
made from the road.
The group will be back in Libby
by approximately 4:00 o'clock in the
Put Oui Wrong
In discussing the tourist trade
with Myron Tinker a few days ago,
Mr. vTinker told a representative
from The Western News tourists
vie^e coming through steadily and
in feöod numbers for the time of
the season until a few weeks ago
when this travel practically stop
ped without warning.
The tourist trade being highly
valued by service stations. Tinker
did a bit of checking, and two ex
amples of what he discovered
should prove enlightening to Libby
business organizations that wish to
oromote travel across U. S. No. 2
between Kalispell and Sandpoint.
Duahe Delzer before coming
home for Easter called for road
information in Sookanc. asking the
condition of U. S. 2 between Bon
ners Ferry and Troy. He was in
formed the road was impassable.
Doubting the accuracy of this in
formation Delzer called home,
I learned the road was open and
came through Bonners Ferry and
Troy. He reported the highwav in
as good condition as he had ever
seen it.
A Great Falls salesman was in
Libbv a few davs ago. Before leav
, nR Great Falls in thp
morning he
j asked for hichwav information and
,, as mformod that u. S . 2 was
r j osed between Kalispell and Sand
i poml
The two afore mentioned reports
arp j n keeping with accounts which'
came in all during the earlv days
of the summer season of 1948. The'
writer, himself drove over good
roads to Kalispell one day last sum
mer and was informed that high
wav authorities in that town had
reported U. S, 2 in bad condition
between Kalispell and Libby, and
impassable between Troy and Bon- !
Travel was coming
ners Ferry,
through Libby from Bonners Ferry
at the time, and reporting good con
The J. Noils Lumber Company
has a crew* of 10 men piling brush
and planting 10,000 small Ponder
osa Pine trees in the old 1945 burn
southeast of Libby, near Lincoln's
Gopher Inn.
The company Monday evening
started the night shift at the pole
peeler plant. This gives employ
ment to nine more men.
The Doris Dodson Junior dresses
are being introduced this week in
Libby by The Kootenai Mercantile
Co. This new line of dresses will
be added to from time to time as
the st yles become available.
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Delzer were
over from Spokane to spent Easter
with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Gus Delzer and Mr. and Mrs. John
Whitefish Club
Wins 5-Team
Rifle Match
Thirty-four riflemen competed
Sunday afternoon in shoulder to
shoulder shooting competition at
the Libby Rifle & Pistol Club's
new indoor range,
here from Eureka, Whitefish. Kalis
pell and Lakeside to enjoy the com
petitive shoot and inspect the new
High honors for the match were
taken by Whitefish with Libby
placing second. Lakeside third, Kal
ispell fourth and Eureka fifth. The
match was fired in three positions,
offhand, sitting and prone,
highest individual score was shot
by D. Tibbits, Whitefish who shot
a 294 out of a possible 300. Second
high went to A. Dunagan, White
fish and B. Walker of Lakeside, the
men tying each other for a good
score of 284. Libby's high man was
Ted Polette, who shot a 282 score.
Owing to the fact Kalispell only
had four men shooting, the com
petitive shooting was limited to an
equal number of men from each
team. While the range has 10 tar
gets, the firing was done in groups
of nine, it taking from 1:30 till 4:00
o'clock p. m. for each of the 34
men to shoot their 30 rounds. Many
favorable comments were made by
the visitors who were unanimous
in declaring the Libby range the
best indoor range in Northwest
The Libby club has asked The
Western News to express its ap
preciation to the ones who took part
and helped in various ways to
make the shoot a success.
It is not probable there will be
any more shoulder to shoulder
matches held in this section again
before fall but the club hopes to
hold many more matches here in
the future.
Following are the scores of the
various teams and others who shot
Tibbits, D.
Dunagan, A.
Scott, L.
Quam, A .100 96 87 283
Teams were
Pr S OH Tot
100 97 97 294
100 94 90 284
99 94 90 283
Team Total
V V litre»
Polette. T. . 98 94 90 383
Nichols, A.
Conn, C.
M 87
.100 94 87 281
9« 94 «9 281
Enders, J .
Team Total
* Doxtater, L
* Rose. A,
• Schmeidel, C.
• Starry. F.
. 99 91 88 278
^ arnl, urger Stand
Br,, "' ns H, * PwWcr
99 97 80 276
99 92 84 27S
97 94 84 275
97 96 81 274
(Continued on Page 6)
Bowling Scores of
The Past Week
Monday Nicht
Honor Roll:—R. Roberts 609; Baker
1593; D. Sleizer 591; Brist 569; W
Sleizer 567.
Miller's Clothing
American Legion
Blatz Beer
Silver Loaf
Forest Service
Hotel Libby
Rcxall Drug
Gamble's Store
Women's Leagu

Honor Roll: Norma Konen 489, Ei
len Nelson 414: Lillian Larson 393:
Connie Burpee 370; Gvnell Jacobs
Miller's Clothing
Sleizer's Grocery
The Ad-News
Wood's Transfer
Wednesday Night
Honor Roll:— Amber Roberts 529
Verna Siebenforcher 475; B'llie
McGraw* 453; Dorothy Flesher 431:
Inga Riddle 428
Lincoln's Inn
V. F. W. Cooties
Legionnaires Meet
Sunday in Ronan
Legionnaires from Libby will be
in attendance at the annual spring
meeting of district No. 4 of the
American Legion at Ronan Sunday,
May 1.
District Commander Donald Bos
laugh of Eureka will preside at the
meeting, at which new' officers wili
be elected and resolutions will be
approved for presentation to the
state department at thé annual con
vention this summer.
The Legion's state department
will be officially represented by
Harry Koch of Kalispell, depart
ment vice commander, but E. F.
Neagle of Helena, state commander,
and John L. Hoffman of, Helena,
assistant state adjutant, also wdll
be in attendance.
In addition to Legionnaires from
Libby, others will be present from
Columbia Falls, Poison, Ronan, St.
Ignati us. Whitefish and Kal ispell.
—The nightengale sings day or
night, according to the Encyclo
paedia Britannica.

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