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Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County VOLUME XLIX Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, June 2, 1949 Number 3 Libby Observes! Memorial Day Monday Morn Vet Organizations Hold Appropriate Services at Cemetery; Band Plays THE REV. STEARNS DELIVERS ADDRESS Go to Philadelphia and read the inscription on. the historic Liberty Bell. It reads: "Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land." The above words were spoken by the Rev. W. C. Stearns, pastor of the Libby Methodist Church, who gave the Memorial address Monday morning at the Libby cemetery. The line of march Monday morn ing formed at 9:30 by the war monu ment on Lincoln and Mineral, and led by the High School Band marched to the cemetery. William Lannon served as officer of the day. The color guard and firing detail appeared to advantage in their new ceremonial equipment, which con sists of white helmets, gloves and leggins worn with their service uni forms. Commander Joe Archer of Har per-Erdman Post No. 1548 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was in charge of the service. He intro duced the speaker of the day, who spoke on the subject, "The Crack in the Bell." The speaker stressed the fact that the old Liberty Bell is symbolic of our national freedom. The use of the bell has caused it to become cracked. The speaker spok,e on the difficulty in estab lishing a liberty which will not crack under the pressure of life, and exhorted all to stand watch on the liberty of our fathers, recasting it when necessary to repair the cracks which may appear, but ever Keeping it alive and holy in the lives of Americans. | Three threats to liberty were men tioned. They are; 1. a tendency to forget God, without whom this na tion could never have prospered, The second threat is a growing ten dency to be concerned only with our own personal liberties. Without an interest in the liberties of all peoples in this great nation and the world, we will surely allow our own liberty to be torn down and perish. A third and grave danger especially present at this time is that of false doctrines. Among these the speaker mentioned Com munism as an outstanding evil doc trine to be feared and overcome. In conclusion the speaker referred to our nation and liberties in com parison with the making of an apple pie. Into the pie goes a bit of this and a bit of that, and somewhat of something else. What goes into the pie and how they are put together and completed is what determines the quality of the finished product. Just so, what goes into our national life, how these factors are handled and blended together, determines the future of the nation and our liberty—and what we as individuals and communities put into this na tional l>fe are the ingredients that will make or break this country. Following a prayer given by Post Commander Johri T. Appelgren, of Austin Reedy Post No. 47 of The American Legion; also chaplain of Harper-Erdman Post and music by the band, the salute to the dead was fired and Dickie Riddle sounded taps, which concluded the day's pro gram. Funeral Services For Verne Hovey Verne T. Hovey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Hovey was born March 9, 1894 in Goodell, Iowa, and passed away at 4:45 p. m. Tuesday, May 24 at St. John's Lutheran Hos pital, age 55 years, two months and 15 days. In 1901 he moved with the family from Iowa to Minnesota traveling by wagon train. From Minnesota they took the train to North Da kota. In the fall of 1904 they moved to eastern Montana where Verne grew to manhood learning the printer's trade in Culbertson. In 1906 he was married to Grace Gregory. They homesteaded southwest of Culbertson. Later he went back to printing, working in shops in Glasgow, Malta, Big Sandy, and Ryegate. He went into the printing business for himself in Ringling, then Sidney and Savage. They moved from Savage to Arne gard, N. Dak. In 1930 Mr. and Mrs. Hovey moved from Arnegard to Libby and established their home in Troy, where Mr. Hovey ran a newspaper for a time and later es tablished a plumbing shop. During the war Verne worked at the Western News office and in the fall of 1946 ill health forced him to give up his job, sell his home, and move to California where his daughter Mrs. Georgè Evangelinos lives. He moved to Everett, Wash., for three months this spring, and came back to visit relatives and friends in Libby and Troy having come to join his wife who was visit ing in Troy. They were at the home of his sister, Mrs. Gleason Pilcher in Libby when be became worse and was taken to St. John's Luth eran hospital where he passed away Tuesday afternoon. I. Plan Program For Summer Recreation Through the cooperation of the City of Libby and the Libby Pub lic Schools the community will make a greater effort to care for activities and interest of the young sters this summer than has been done since the beginning qf the war. In addition the adults will not be forgotten and instruction and rec reation will also be arranged for them. This summer for the first time a supervised recreation pro gram will be provided and for the first time in a number of years a summer music program will be or ganized. Kenneth Card, local high school coach and physical education in structor, will be* in charge of the recreation program. Mr. Card is a certified aquatic instructor and in addition to group and team games, league organization and free play for which equipment will be fur nished, he will conduct classes in swimming and life saving at var ious times during the summer for both children and adults. The music activity will be in charge of Geo. E. Bowding, Jr., local music instructor, who is plan ning on conducting classes for all levels of instrumental work. For the adults and older students a city band is planned, which it is hoped will be able to give a number of appearances at concerts during the summer. In addition arrangements can be made with Mr. Bowring for private lessons if they are desired. A more complete explanation of the activities planned will be given by the instructors later. Next Saturday evening Austin Reedy Post No. 97 of the American Legion will realize a long cherished dream when its new clubroom in the Power Building opens in the room formerly occupied by the old state liquor store. The completion and opening of this club has been made possible through the efforts of legionnaires and others who have either donated labor, loaned money to the organization or given equip Legion Opens Dub Room ment to make the project a reality. The American Legion color de sign of blue and gold has been adapted to the clubroom by F. V. Leigh, decorating specialist of Spo kane. The painting and decorating was done by Trueman & Hamlin. The refrigeration was designed and constructed by K. J. "Tux" Bolles, and is ample for all needs. Electric installations were made Archer Sc Son and the plumbing was installed by Baker Sc Son. Ray Pival installed the sink and hot water tank. The bar is at the right hand one enters the club, while the back of the room is filled with chairs and tables. The front of the room is lighted with fluorescent lights from the ceiling and over the bar. Floor lamps light up the lounge the rear. Rest rooms open on the right as one enters the lounge. Blue curtains are in the front the room while American Legion insignias are found on the windows and inside the room, which has temporary hard finished floor. W. D. (Dean) Courtright will be in charge of the club room, serving as steward. Other installations are being made and will be mentioned in a later story. Meanwhile legion officers and members alike are happy with the completion of the project, and all unite in urging the membership and club guests to be be present at the opening next Sat urday evening. An official announcement appears on another page in this issue. LOUIS W. BAKER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF I. M. S. A. Friday's edition of the Spokes man-Review brought news to his many relatives and friends in Lib by of the election of Louis W. Baker of Spokane to the presidency of the northwest section of the Inter national Municipal Signal Associa tion. The northwest section includes British Columbia, Alberta and Sas katchewan as well as the four Paci fic Northwest states. Mr. Baker is the eldest son of Louis H. Baker of this city and is the superintendent of the Spokane city a larm division. _ William Shawl of the Sawmill Workers' local was in Kalispell yes terday to confer with the District Council. He is survived by his wife, Grace, his mother, Mrs. Charles B. Hovey; two sons, R. J. of Spokane and W. C. of Peoria, Ill ; a daughter, Mrs. Geo. Evangelinos, Eureka, Calif.; two sis ters, Mrs. Gleason Pilcher, Libby; Mrs. T. D. Wolf, Lake Stevens, Wash.; two brothers, Alvin S., Sno homish, Wash., and R. G. of Everett. Wash; also an uncle W. R. Smith of Libby and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sat urday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Gompf Funeral Home with the Rev. W. C. Steams, pastor of the Libby Methodist Church officiating. Pall bearers at the services were Donald Thornton, R. J. Hovey, W. C. Hovey, Don Bill, Byron Pilcher, and R. G. Hovey. Interment was made in the Lib by cemetery. Senior Class of 1949 Marches From Stage; Gerald J. Skibbins Delivers Graduation Address Break loose from traditional lines of occupation which may not fit your talents, and seek the many new fields awaiting development throughout this great state of Mon tana. This was advice given mem bers of the graduating class of '49 by Gerald J. Skibbins, who de livered the address at the Com mencement exercises held Friday evening in the Junior High audi torium. A capacity house greeted the graduates as they entered the audi torium to the strains of Gounod's Marche, played by Miss Inez Rate kin at the piano. Following the in vocation by the Rev. James David son, pastor of the Libby Presby terian Church, an instrumental trio. Trio in D Minor, op. 49 by Mendel ssohn, introducing the Molto allegro and agitato movement was played by Geo. Bowring, violin. Miss Ger mairte Schlumm, 'cello, and Mrs. Hallie Jenkins piano. Superintendent O. Lloyd Gillespie introduced the speaker of the even ing, Gerald J. Skibbins, consultant for the Industrial Development De partment of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Speaking on the subject, "Montana's Challenge to Youth," the speaker told of the op portunities Montana industry offers to the young who are ready to as sume life's responsibilities. He urged his listeners to avail them selves of these opportunities, there by insuring success for themselves and helping develop potential in dustries of value to their native state. The address was short, but packed with thought provoking ideas, practical and to the point. Following the address ( the girls high school chorus appeared in an excellent number which was fol lowed by the presentation of the class by Principal W. J. Erickson. W. C. Zollars, chairman of the board of trustees, awarded the diplomas to the graduates after which another number was given by the girls' chorus. Following the benediction by the Rev. James Davidson, Miss Ine^ Ratekin played the recessional, EL j gar's "Pomp and Circumstance' as the Class of '49 marched from the auditorium, leaving their high schoo* , j Kathryn Sich ting Harvey Peeso Wed Miss Kathryn E. Sichting, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sich ting and Mr. Harvey E. Peeso. son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Peeso were united in marriage at 11:00 a. m. Saturday, May '28. The ceremony took place in the home of Rev. James Davidson who performed the double ring ceremony in the pres ence of a few close relatives. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hagerty, brother in-law and sister of the bridegroom. Following the ceremony a recep tion was held at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Peeso plan to re side here in Libby. MONTANA INCREASE 1948 MINERAL PRODUCTION Butte, May 25—Mantana's total mineral production for 1948 showed a gain of more than $13,000,000 over 1947. The grand totals are $120, 361,000 for 1948 compared with $106,955,000 for 1947. Metals and metallic ores were valued at $59,476,000 compared with $53,044,000 for each of those years respectively. Mineral fuels—coal, oil, and gas —showed an increase from $44, 348,000 to $51,285,000 in spite of a falling off in coal of over 1 *■> mil lion dollars. Miscellaneous non-metals, ex cluding a few minor metallic pro ducts, held just about even at ap proximately $9,600,000 for each of the two years. The figures are compiled from various sources by U. M. Sabinen of the State Bureau of Mines and Geology staff. They are derived from the U. S. Bureau of Mines, the State Board of Equalization, and the State Oil Conservation Board. The 1948 figures are in some cases only those approximations being es timated from the figures for the first nine months of the year. The 1947 figures are practically final. PAGING ALL BRIDES FOR NEXT SEPTEMBER Since The Western News announ ced the public wedding to be held the last evening of the Fair and Labor Day Celebration, several prospective brides have been dis cussing the possibility of taking ad vantage of this opportunity to en joy the biggest wedding ever seen in Lincoln County. No selections have been made as yet, and if you are planning to be come a bride hext fall, you are eligible for this big wedding. Couples from other parts of the county will have equal considera tion with Libby couples. Just come in or write The Western News and the committee will be glad to con sider your name. 3 The Rev. Werfelmann Addresses Libby's Junior High Grads "The biggest task ever given to any person is the privilege and re sponsibility of living his life . . . Ot what avail or benefit are read ing. writing and arithmetic, if they have not helped you to find the meaning of life and to prepare for it?" These are the words of Rev. Arthur O. Werfelmann of St. John's Lutheran Church when he spoke to the Junior High graduating class Tuesday evening. Miss Inez Ratekin played "Aida" bv Verdi for the Processional. Rev. Werfelmann gave the Invocation. A "Minuet" by Hochstein was pro sented by George Bowring, violin ist with Mrs. Hallie Jenkins at the niano. After the address by Rev. Werfelmann the high school chorus directed by George Bowring and accomnanied by Miss Leone Harris sang "Children's Prayer." Charles Cozad presented t he class after which O. Lloyd Gillespie presented diplomas to the graduates. A trio of girls: Etta Garren, Pat Pederson, and Ardyce Gillespie accompanied bv Leone Harris at the oiano sang "Trees." After the Benediction Miss Ratekin plaved the "Corona tion March" by Meyerbeer. In closing his address Rev. Wer felmann stated: "You have the privilege of giving your class motto its greatest meaning if vou add the words of the 121st Psalm to it, so it reads: 'I have crossed the plains, the mountains lie ahead; but I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My heln cometh from the T,ord which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved.' " J. W. NINNEMAN DISCUSSES OPENING ALVORD LAKE The Western News is in receipt of a letter from J. W. Ninneman, oroprietor of Tillacum Ranch near Troy. In discussing the opening of Alvbrd Lake, Ninneman requests the Western News to mention the lake originally much smaller than now. He states it supported but few fish there being little tural food and inadequate spawn ing grounds. A dam was put during 1931 and raised in which doubled the lake's waters provided good fish habitat. many years previous some coopera tive operations had been conducted by the state and property owners. On completion of the dam, eastern brook spawn was taken by state in cooperation with the pro perty owner, and pond licenses were issued specifically covering Alvord Lake in Sec. 36, Twp. 32 N., 34W. Ninneman states the income dur ing '47-'48 was so small it became necessary to operate the lake dependently and he so advised State. "We offered to furnish green eggs to the Libby Hatchery and eyed eggs, to be shipped as directed at prices well below the market," he states. Following correspondence with State Fish & Game Warden Claire. Ninneman received the fol lowing telegram from O'Claire: "Portion of Alvord Lake not con trolled by you will be open to fish ing for the public May 22. Would suggest you post your property gainst trespass, ' The owner adds: "Of course we consider that our license gives exclusive rights to Alvord Lake . . Furthermore the fish & game com mission. in opening the lake, fails to advise the public that the 'Por tion of Alvord Lake not controlled by you will be open to the public' and that only a small portion shore line is not controlled by Till acum Ranch. ... It is pointed out also that opening these waters dur ing the fall spawning season wull mean that there will be no Brook eggs taken in Alvord Lake this fall, which will reduce by three million or more the fry available for plant ing in Montana and other states." EUREKA POULTRY TOP STATE FLOCKS The poultry flock owned by Mrs. E. W. Lundeen of Eureka topped the rest of the state in the exten jsion poultry demonstration farm project for April, according to Har riette E. Cushman, extension spec ialist at Montana State college. Mrs. Lundeen's flock of 199 Single Comb White Leghorns and White Plymouth Rocks laid a total of 4. 776 eggs for an average of 24 eggs per hen to lead the Class A group, flocks over 100 birds. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEET JUNE 8 The next meeting of the Cham ber of Commerce will be held June at 6:30 p. m. at the Zonolite Mine. A Dutch Lunch will be served. Transportation will be furnished. The Libby Market installed new refrigerated milk, cream, but ter and cheese display shelf this week. Union Defeats Zonolite Friday University Forestry Class's softball team crossed bats Tuesday evening with the Libby All-Stars. The game was quickly summarized in the remark, "Too much pitching for us!" The All-Stars got one hit and no runs, while the University loped around the bases for a score of 22. The local team remarked however, that the University lads are a nice crowd. May 27, the Union team enjoyed a slugging fest when it met Zono lite, winning the long end of a 18 to 11 score. Union held Zonolite scoreless during the first five in nings, while they annexed a total of 13 runs. Zonolite tightened up its hitting belts in the sixth and ran in nine scores. Two home runs were made by Zonolite batters, Buck Nelson and Ahrenkiel. The next game will be played tomorrow night, June 3, bc Keglers and Zonolite. Zon olite is planning to begin scoring earlier in the game Friday even ing. The . tween GRUDGE GAME PITS LIBBY V. F. W. VS TROY V. F. W. The public is promised a circus of fun with the veterans taking the spills to give the public a thrill when Jack Moore's original don keys appear on the local diamond. These are not the same donkeys which appeared on the field last week. This group of donkeys have appeared in motion pictures and are circus trained. This is good clean fun for all the family and full of thrills, chills and spills. Come and sec it! You will laugh until your sides ache. The Place: Libby Baseball Park; the date: Tuesday. June 7; the time: 7:30 p. m. Admission: Adults 76c; Children 40. Make Awards Senior Day On the evening of May 26 the Libby Seniors heard the reading of the class will, the case history and the class prophecy. The senior class day program also consisted of the presentation of the gift to the jun ior class and the class gift to the school. The following awards were also made: Joughin Pioneer award, Bill Luscher, Kate Church; Bausch Sc Lamb science awards, Bill Luscher; music award, Kate Church, Peggy Damon, Dixie Hendrickson, Bill Luscher. Mary Maurer: speech awards, Mary Maurer, Thelma Rol seth, Bob DeRosia; civic club plaque, Leonard Darsow (8th grade), Phyl lis Bellmore (senior); "Honor Five" scholarship award, Shirley Bauer, Kate Church, Phyllis Bellmore, Hugh Swimley, Bill Luscher; University of Montana scholarship award, Phyllis Bellmore; Montana boys' state award, Bill Smart. Dar rell Basham: BPOK scholarship a ward, Bill Luscher: athletic awards. A1 Ayers, Darrell Basham, Bob Conn Don Darsow, Ray Dedic, Bob De Rosia, Don Dolezal, Harold Gompf, Eugene Hamann, Lamoine Krig baum. Bill Luscher, D. Madison. Lloyd Midyett, Art Polette, Bob Potter, Harry Reed, Don Shea, Bill Smart, Hugh Swimley. Roger Swit zer, Dale Thompson, Bob Volken and and Keith Walsh. na in 1936 and For the R. in the or Under the dateline of May 26 Miss Shirley Bauer received the a- following letter from Walter W Isle, president of the Eastern Wash j n gton College of Education at us Cheney, Washington, . of MISS SHIRLEY BAUER RECEIVES VALEDICTORIAN SCHOLARSHIP "It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been awarded one of our Valedictorian Scholarships. The amount is for $200, which shall be paid in three installments, $75 at the beginning of the fall and win ter quarters and $50 at the begin ning of the spring quarter, continuance of your scholarship de pends upon your achievement each quarter. From your previous rec ord. we anticipate no difficulty in that respect. . "We shall be very pleased to wel come you into our college group next fall." The HOSPITAL NOTES Admitted:—Art Neils and two daughters, Susan and Mella, May 24, surgical. Released;—Mrs. Ray Siefke, May 18; Miss"Betty Talmadge, May IP; Mrs. Fred J. Hammonds. May 20; Jack West, May 21: Mrs. Don Stan ley and infant. May 24, and Mrs. Robert Knoff. May 31. POSTOFFICE MEASURE PASSED BY HOUSE According to a U. P. report pub lished last week in the Great Falls Tribune, the house of representa tives has passed a bill authorizing expenditure of $70,000,000 for plan ning new postoffices, buying sites for new federal buildings and reno vating old buildings. While the money is still to be appropriated before it can be spent, possibly the long hoped for federal building in Libby may become a reality as the result of this bill. a Libby Defeats Mountain View Twelve to One Baldwin and Gehring are on the Mound for Libby; Christensen Behind Plate WHITEFISH PLAYS IN LIBBY TOMORROW EVE In the first league baseball game of the year the Libby Vets defeated Mountain View Tavern 12 to 1 Sun day afternoon. Baldwin started on the mound for Libby, allowing one hit in five innings. Gehring pitched the remaining four innings allow ing three hits and one run. Chris tensen was behind the plate dur ing the whole game. Nutter pitched a good game for Mountain View, but did not have the support in the field. The Moun tain View team is made up mostly of young men who have not played together as a team before this year and they were nervous and jittery in the field. They will have a lot better ball club with each game they play during the season. The next league game will be at Libby Friday evening, June 3 at 9:00 p. m. between the Whitefish V. F. W. and the Libby V. F. W. The Box Score: Mountain View Howell, c Wagner,, rf Johnston, If Nutter, p Weaver, 3b Anderson, cf Lauderback, lb Peters, 2b Flatt, ss Radabah, rf Billeadcw, If Warner, cf Ray, rf H. Johnston Totals ab r h po a 4 0 14 1 2 0 0 *0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 2 2 4 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 2 1 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 fl 10 0 0 10 0 3 0 32 1 4 24 5 i Libby Collins, ss Vignali. 3b Spencer, 2b Larson, If Christensen, c D. Thompson, rf Miller, lb . Solem, cf Baldwin, p .... L. Thompson, rf Welch. If ali r h po a 5 3 2 4 2 110 5 12 3 2 2 2 10 0 4 0 0 13 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 0 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 3 10 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 Eggert, cf . Gehring, p Totals . 2 110 0 12 10 1 40 12 10 27 10 Errors: Billeadew, Nutter 2, Wea ver, Lauderback, Flatt 5, Collins, Vignali. 2b—Collins, Larson. 3b— Nutter. Gehring. SO—Nutter 4. Baldwin 7, Gehring 4. Left on base —Mountain View 3, Libby 9. Following is the schedule of the Northwestern Montana League for 1949: June 5—Kalispell at Mountain View; Whitefish at Libby: Eureka at Columbia Falls. June 12:—Whitefish at Columbia Falls ,' Mountain View at Eureka, Libby* at Kalisrell. June 19;—Eureka at Libbv; Kal ispell at Whitefish, Columbia Falls at Mountain View. June 26—Mountain View at Whitefish, Libby at Columbia Falls, Eureka at Kalispell. July 3—Columbia Falls at Eur eka. Mountain View at Kalispell, Libby at Whitefish. July 10;—Libby at Mountain View Whitefish at Eureka, Kalispell at Columbia Falls. July 17:—Whitefish at Kalispell, Mountain View at Columbia Falls, Libby at Eureka Julv 24—Columbia Falls at Ub b.v, Kalispell at Eureka, Whitefish at Mountain View. July 31 Eureka at Mountain view, Columbia Falls at Whitefish. Kalispell at Libby. Some of Libbv's home games will be plaved during the week prior to the Sunday that thev are sched uled. Watch the local paper for the night that those games will be plaved Admission for the season will be 60c for adults and 30c for children for day and evening games and 75c and 35c for all games play ed under the lights unless other wise specified in the advertising.— Reporter. LIBBY CANINE FEATURED IN DAILY PRESS The dog playing the piano pic tured on the back page of the Snokcsman-Review belongs to the H. P. Reinshagen family, who live about 10 miles up the river on highway 37. H. P, Reinshagen, Sr., who taught music for 50 years says Zip com pares favorably with most students He adds that Zip likes to practice just as much as the average boy. MRS. FAGERBURG TEMPORARY SUPT. OF SCHOOLS Mrs, Jessie Fagerburg was ap pointed to replace W. J. Andersen as County Superintendent o' School-; for the summer months. Mr. An derson jjesignedaboutamonth ago. GIRL SCOUT NEWS The Wild Rose Troop No. 4 me 1 May 31. This meeting is the last meeting we will have until next fall. Refreshments were served bv our leader, Mrs. Shaurette.—Scribe, Joy Beccari.