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The Western News
Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County
Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, June 23, 1949
Number 6
Give Valuable
Prizes at Rod
and Gun Meet
Annual Club Picnic Will
Be Saturday, June 25;
at Libby Fish Hatchery
Saturday, June 25 is the date set
for the annual picnic of the Libby
Rod Sc Gun Clpb. The program will
begin promptly at 6:30 p. m. with
lunch and refreshments. Immed
iately after lunch Gale Weidner
toastmaster for the evening will
call on Game Commissioner Ed
Boyes who will
introduce the
guests and visitors from the State
Game Department.
After a short discourse on plans
for the fish program the awarding
of merchandise prizes for members
will begin.
It is suggested that all car owners
who have room for additional pas
sengers stop at the City Hall any
time between 6:00 and 6:30 p. m.
to pick up passengers needing
transportation. All members are
requested to bring their picnic stub
from the membership card. Tickets
will also be available at the gate
for those who have not had the
opportunity to purchase them dur
ing the membership drive.
The following merchants have
contributed prizes:
Miller's Clothing, B. P. O. K., Libby
Transfer, George Wood Hardware,
Jaqueth Inc., Hargreaves', Libby
Pharmacy, Kalispell Motor Supply,
Yaple's Barber Shop, Pival Electric,
Fashion Cleaners, Kootenai Merc.,
Western News, Libby Hotel, Risley
Machine Shop, Libby Creamery, Al's
Market, Kelly's Barber Shop, Paul
Stamschror Feed Store, Kennedy
Furniture, Turners Shoe Repair,
Hepner Office Supply, Libby Bak
ery. J. C. Penney, Don's Men's
Store, Kootenai Laundry, Delzers
Barber Shop, Adkin's Super Mar
ket, Standard Motors, The Gables,
Geringer Hardware, Gambles, At
kin's Meats, O. K. Rubber Welders,
Butch's Barber Shop, Wyatt Watch
Repair and Gift Shop, Libby Gro
cery, Parker's Studie, Libby 5c to
Î1.Q0 Store, Welch's Gift Shop,
Dean's Barber Shop, Sleizer's Gro
cery, Dome Theatre, H. Earl Clack
(Len Brown), Partlow Electric,
Buckingham Jewelry Store, First
State Bank, Bolyard's Grocery, Sur
prise Cafe, Libby Motors, Ted Kes
sel Insurance Agency, Lioby Elec
tric & Plumbing, Bowker Distri
butors, The Mint, Gopher Inn, Blue
Bear. Maurer Realty, Lincoln Ho
tel, Gotfredson's Meats, Libby. Sky
Ranch, Walt Kemp, Distributor,
Maytag Shop, Fountain Cafe, Wal
lace Trading Post, Montana Cafe,
Nicholas Motors, Taxi Service, Pas.
time, Libby Mobil Service, C Sc H
Service, The Hamburger Stand, The
Caboose, Libby Floral, Johnny
Hustuft, Harry Hartle, South Lib
by Store and Robertson Feed Store.
Each member who attends has
an equal chance with everyone else
in receiving any one of the valuable
prizes awarded. So be sure to see
that your membership is paid up
and come out for a pleasant and
instructive evening. Don't forget,
if you have not secured your mem
bership card, you can still get one
at the gate and be eligible for any
of the many prizes to be given
away. Some of the prizes are
valued up to $25. See you Satur
day evening!
Bill Shawl Heads
Sawmill Union for
Fourth Term
William Shawl was elected to his
fourth consecutive term as presi
dent of L. & S. Local No. 2581.
The election was held Friday and
Sunday with 295 votes cast.
Other officers are Lloyd Midyett,
vice president; John Nass, finan
cial secretary; Harry Moe, record
ing secretary; Ruben Hamann,
treasurer; Sid Escott, conductor;
Paul Armstrong, warden; A. G.
Role, 3-year trustee; Ted Acker
man, 2-year trustee. Role, Arm
strong, John Smith and Moe were
elected shop stewards.
Shawl, Midyett, Moe, Armstrong,
and Bill Williams, Jr., will attend
the District Council Session, July 9
10 in Hamilton.
The Merchants' Committee has
asked The Western News to an
nounce that Libby stores will be
closed Sunday, Monday and Tues
day, July 3, 4 & 5.
All Libby citizens are asked to
keep this in mind while buying
week end provisions next week,
and stock up heavily for the three
days the stores will be closed.
The following marriage license
was issued this week according to
the files of Fred Clark, clerk of
the court:
June 21—Maurice Hain and L.
Lorraine Brown, both of Thompson
Wins First Shut
Out of Season
in 13-0 Game
B. P. O. K. is preening its feath
ers after winning the first shutout
softball game of the present league
season. The game was played Fri
day evening with Merchants and
the final score was 13-0. Ahlskog
was on the mound with B. P.eck
behind 'the plate. Stanley and At
kins composed the Merchants bat
tery with Don Powell catching part
of the game.
The high climax of the game
came when B. P. O. K. completed
a double play, Siefke to Seifert io
Weidner, just missing the comple
tion of a triple play, the batter
only making first by a step.
Monday evening Union proved
"just too tough" for Zonolite de
feating that team 22-3. Union's
smooth work, and costly errors by
Zonolite were responsible for the
somewhat lopsided score.
Zonolite will have opportunity to
try tomorrow evening for solace
when they cross bats again with
B. P. 6. K. The latter defeated
Zonolite 29-3 June 3, but tomor
row's is another game, and maybe
Zonolite will be able to reverse the
Following is the league standing
to date:
Union .
B. P. O. K
W L Pet.
5 0 1,000
.3 2 600
..1 4
Find Body of Phil
Harris in Chair
A phone call from Troy sum
moned County Sheriff and Coroner
Livengood and Harold Gompf yes
terday noon to the home of Philip
Harris on the Bull Lake road,
Mr. Harris, apparently in his 70's
has made his home here for many
years and lived alone. His body
was found sitting in a rocking chair
where he had apparently died sev
cral days before.
He was brought *9. ,^ e Gompf
Funeral Home in Libby pending
funeral arrangements.
where his body was found about
noon by a neighbor, Mrs. Riedlin
Simchuk Plays
Here Sat.-Sun.
A baseball treat is being offered
the fans in Libby next Saturday
and Sunday when the Keglers base
ball team brings the well known
Simchuk Brothers Baseball team to
Libby for two games, Saturday
evening at 8:30 under the lights,
and Sunday at 2:00 p. m.
The Spokane team is well known
here, having played during the last
Labor Day Celebration, where it
made an excellent appearance. It
is in the first division of Spokane's
eight team league, and has as one
of its members, Dwight Aden, for
mer member of the Spokane In
The Libby team which will play
both games with the Simchuk ag
gregation has made an enviable
record for itself, winning every
game it has played this season.
Libby ball enthusiasts are proud
of the team and they have a right
to be, so Simchuk can look for
ward to seeing the bleachers packed
Saturday evening and again Sun
In a short time the East Mission
team, now topping the Independent
Spokane League is expecting to
meet the Libby team here on the
local grounds. Playing Manager
Levi "Chief" McCormick of the Mis
sion team is also a former member
of the Spokane "Indians."
The Kegler team, in addition to
the foregoing attractions, has been
asked by Levitch Jewelers, now
runners-up in the Spokane League,
for a game in Libby, so it looks
as though the local fans will see
plenty of fast baseball this sum
mer right here in Libby.
The Libby League game with
Eureka was forfeited to that team
but an independent team played
Eureka Sunday afternoon, winning
4 to 3.
One of the Libby pitchers, 'Dude'
Baldwin has gone to Spokane, to
try out with the Bremerton Blue
Jackets of the Northwestern Na
tional League.
Montano's Move in
Road Construction
Idaho has come through with
part of its promises made last
spring, and has oiled U. S. 2 from
the Montana Line to Moyie Springs,
giving traffic an all-oil highway
from Montana to Spokane.
Edward J. Pay of Spokane and
formerly of Libby, informed The
Western News that he was em
ployed in the oiling project which
included 13 miles, which, he says,
has now been completed.
Pay, who was employed during
the early '40s in Libby came last
Saturday for a visit of several days
with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Carlson.
He is Mrs. Carlson's brother.
When Montana gets part of the
highway west of Troy comjpleted,
travel over U. S. 2 will enjoy oil
surfacing from coast to coast.
On Wednesday evening, June 15
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bitterman enter
tained with a buffet dinner for
thirty guests in honor of Mr and
Mrs. E. M. Bitterman on their Gold
en Wedding Anniversary.
The evening was spent in remin
iscing, and colored pictures re
corded the happy event.
Many gifts and messages of con
gratulations were received. Their
long life together was attributed to
accepting the bad times along with
the good.
Five sons were present to help
the couple celebrate: Mr. and Mrs.
E. H. Bitterman, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
M. Bitterman, Mr. and Mrs. George
F. Bitterman and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold E. Bitterman and fam
ily, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert J.
Bitterman and family, all of Libby.
Others included Mr. and Mrs. James
Bowen and Mr. and Mrs. H. E.
Craig and family of Libby, Mr. and
Mrs. Victor Sather of Troy, and
Mrs. O. H. Shepherd of San Fran
Publishers Meet
Saturday in Poison
The Western Montana Press
Group met last Saturday in Poison
as the guests of The Flathead Cour
ier and its owner and publisher,
Mrs. Mildred H. Murphy. A good
ly percentage of the newspaper
folk were present to enjoy the
launch ride across Flathead Lake
to Derry's Marine, a new lodge in
Woods Bay.
Following the luncheon, a short
business program was held fol
lowed by an interesting discussion
of the recent meeting of. the legis
lature by Sen. G. M. Moss of
the Whitefish Pilot. The Whitefish
editor touched on matters of partic
ular interest to newspaper folk, and
then gave a discussion of the pres
ent tax load on the general public,
Fo n 0 wing the Senator's talk, sub
j ec kj touched on by him were dis
cussec j by the assembly. It was
the concensus of the group that
use Q f p U 5 ij c monies spent by
different municipal forms of
| ernment, from schools to city and
in some cases, county, should re
ceive .'more publicity than is com
monly given their expenditure. The
common apathy of the public in re
gard to this and other matters of
government was discussed.
The Western News editor and his
daughter attended thf meeting
(their first in Montana) and en
joyed meeting the newspaper fra
ternity of the district.
Congratulations are due the
Dome Theatre which will felebrate
its first anniversary June 29. In
its first year the Dome has given
the public top movie entertain
ment, and has been a credit both
to its management and the com
munity which it serves.
A special entertainment with lo
talent will be a feature of its
birthday night.
Mr. and Mrs. August Wichman
returned home Sunday from a va
cation trip which they spent visit
ing relatives and friends in Chip
pewa Falls, Merrill and Menomonie,
Wis., and Sauk Rapids and Rice,
Minn. They also spent a day with
the Woodburns, enjoying their love
ly new home and the beautiful city
of Minneapolis.
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Map of Proposed Rural Fire Dist.
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Bitterman
Many Deer Perish
Along the Highway
Deputy Game Warden Vernon
Friend informs The Western News
that some 30 deer have been killed
this spring between Libby and Kal
ispell, being struck by speeding
ears on the highway. Most of these
deer have been killed in the Fisher
River country of Lincoln County.
The deputy suggests that all car
drivers use caution, especially at
night, thus avoiding damage to their
cars, and what is of great impor
tance to this section, conserving the
supply of game. The death of 3t
deer results in the loss during two
or three summers of well over 100
deer, for many of the does an
nually have twin fawns. Does are
generally the deer struck by pass
ing cars.
Les Coffman of Troy, was ap
pointed Tuesday of last week, as a
deputy warden with territory in the
Troy and Yaak districts. Louis Hav
erlandt is the deputy warden at
Girl Scouts Near
Goal of $500
The Community Association of
Libby Girl Scouts is pleased to
announce the near-completion of its
$500 goal in its drive for funds,
and wishes to express its whole
hearted appreciation to all of those
whose names have already been
listed and to the following: The
Farm Women's Club, Standard Mot
ors, United Brotherhood of Carpen
ters Sc Joiners of America, Libby
Lodge No. 85 A. F. Sc A. M., Park
er's Studio, Libby 5c Sc 10c Store,
Libby Pharmacy, Geo. Wood Hdw.,
Don's Men's Store, Libby Bakery,
Jaqueth's Inc., Kootenai Mercantile,
Fashion Cleaners, Geringer Hard
ware, C. Sc H. Service Station, Ken
nedy Furniture Store, Gambles,
Stamschror Feed Store, Maytag
Shop, Partlow Electric, Geo. Smith,
Montana Cafe, Delzer's Barber Shop,
Kelley's Barber Shop, Al's Market,
Maurer Realty, Hamburger Stand,
Atkins Meats, Butch's Barber Shop,
Ted Kessel, O. K. Rubber Welders,
Gables, Olson Drive-In, Tinker's
Service Station, South Libby Store,
South Libby Meat Market, Robert
son's Feed Store, Libby Motors, the
Libby Floral & Gift Shop, and The
Western News.
Mrs. A. D. Morton returned home
last week from Minnesota, where
she and her mother, Mrs. J. A.
Swanson of Coeur d'Alene, Ida.,
enjoyed an extended visit with
various relatives. They stopped for
a day in Glacier Park en route
Issue Permits for
82 Moose and 3,265
Montana Antelope
At the recent meeting of the
State Game & Fish Commission,
special seasons were set on both
moose and antelope in specified
sections of Montana.
There will be four units open in
Park County on moose, the season
extending from September 15 to
November 15 with a total of 12
permits for bulls. A territory in
Madison and Gallatin counties will
be open from October 15 to Novem
ber 15 with permits for 20 bulls.
During the same season 40 permits
for lulls in two units of Beaver
head county will be issued, and 10
permits issued in Granite County.
Applications for bull moose must
be placed with the State Fish Sc
Game Warden, Helena, between
dates of July 17 and Jul> 23, in
clusive Applications postmarked
after July 23 will not be considered.
Applicant must give name, address,
1049 big game license number, the
unit in county in which he wishes
to hunt, and enclose a certified
check or monev order for $25. A
drawng will be held July 27 and
unsuccessful applicants will
have their fee returned.
Applications for antelope permits
must be placed similar to those for
moose except they must be mailed
between August 1 and 20, inclusive,
and the fee is $5. The drawing
will be held August 24.
There will be 3,265 antelope per
mits issued as follow: Portions of
Hill and Blaine counties, 150 bucks;
Valley, 50 bucks; Meagher, 25
bucks; portions of Wheatland and |
Golden Valley, 100 bucks; Southern I
Wheatland, 400 bucks and 150 does;
Sweetgrass and Southern Golden
Valley, each 100 bucks; Northern
Stillwater. 200 bucks; portions of
Musselshell, Petroleum and Fergus
450 bucks; Garfield, 150 bucks;
Risebud, 50 bucks: Prairie. 50 bucks;
Dawson, 25 bucks: Wibaux, 25
bucks; Custqr. 50 bucks: Powder
River-Tongue River, 150 bucks;
Powder River & Carter, 300 bucks;
other portions of Carter, 150 bucks;
Beaverhead & Madison, 90 either
For additional information re
garding unit boundaries and other
details. Jack Schmautz of the Wild
life Service may be contacted at
the office of the Kootenai Forest in
Libby, or the information may be
obtained by writing direct to the
State Game Warden in Helena.
Accident Takes
Man's life
Earl C. Pettis, 35, was instantly
killed in a sawmill accident Mon
day afternoon at Troy. His death
occurred about 3:00 p. m. while
Pettis was working at the J. A.
Thielen sawmill near the Highway
Ina at the east side of town. The
only witness of the accident was
Bert Overman, a brother-in-law.
At this time it is not known if the
accident was caused by a break or
whether Pettis fell into the saw.
The man was cut almost in two
from the left side of the neck to
the waist,
According to the sheriff and cor
oner's office, Pettis had recently
come to Troy from Aberdeen. Wn.
He is survived by a wife and child
ren, who are still living in Aber
deen, the family having been un
Death was instantan
able to secure a home in Troy.
The body has been shipped to
Aberdeen for funeral services and
Urge Citizens to
Vote June 25 and 29
For Fire Zone
Mrs. A. H. Sheldon, chairman of
the committee promoting the es
tablishment of the rural fire dis
trict in this area, announces that
new petitions properly describing
the area to be embraced within the
proposed district have been pre
pared, and that copies of such peti
tions will be available on Saturday,
June 25, and Wednesday, June 29,
at Kootenai Mercantile Company,
Hardware for signature by eligible
taxpayers living in the district.
Members of the committee will
be at the above named places June
25 and 29 to receive and assist
The committee will ap
preciate having all eligible persons
who do not have fire protection at
this time, turn out and help make
this p roject a success.
The Kennedy Furniture Mart is
advertising its Summer Sale of all
kinds of furniture for the home.
Mr. Kennedy states that past sales
have met with public appreciation,
and that this sale is bigger and the
values greater than ever.
Read the announcement on page
Three of this issue.
and Geringer
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Olson left Wed
nesday of last week for Kirkland,
Wash., to visit at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. W. C. Pellett for two
weeks. Mrs. Pellett is a daughter
of the Olson's.
To Receive The
Most Wedding
Gifts in Co.
Fair Board Meet Thurs.
Evening; Float Prizes to
Range from $15 to $95
Couples from all sections of Lin
coln county are eligible to be mar
ried at the public wedding which
will climax the Western Lincoln
County Fair and Labor Day cele
bration in Libby. The lucky couple
will receive hundreds of dollars
worth of presents from the coaa
munity. The bride may choose her
own officiating clergyman, if she
wishes, and the groom will be hap
py to know the fair board will re
lieve him of the usual ministerial
fees. Interested couples should
nake application at the Western
News office soon.
Ticket prices were set at the fa : r
board meeting last Thursday.
Seventy-five cents will be charged
for each of the four separate pro
grams. or $2.50 for a season ticket
good for Sunday noon at 1:00 o'
clock through Monday evening at
10:00 o'clock. Children under four
teen will be admitted free of charge.
There will be an advanced sale of
season tioxets.
All clubs wishing to participate
the baseball tournament are in
vited to come, and should contact
Ralph Roberts, chairman of this
committee. The fair hoard decided
charge a fifty dollar entrance fe
each club participating.
Sid Escott, chairman of the pai»
ade, reported on his plans to have
separate judges for the individual
sections of the parade as floats,
children's events, and so on. Five
over-all prizes for floats, ranging
from $15 to $95 will bo given this
year. Mr. Escott stated that the
float division will not be split as
previously. Any float is eligible
for a prize, he emphasized, whether
sponsored by an organization or an
individnal. The following prizes
will be awarded; 1st, $95; 2'd, $60;
3rd. $40; 4th, $25; 5th. $15.
A partial list of concessions and
their sponsorship was given by the
Concession Chairman, Mrs. Lois
Brown. They include; throwing base
balls at the "
Grange of Troy
The Pine Tree Grange; pop stand,
the SUr Auxiliary; fish pond. The
pie and coffee stand,
Club; hot dog stand.
nigger," the C. B.
hamburger stand.
Girl Scouts;
the Takima
the Woman's Club; bingo, the Altar
Society: ice cream stand, the Ski
Club; dart game, the Neighborettcs;
throwing baseballs at milk bottles.
Modern Arts Club. The American
Legion will also sponsor a conces
sion, but it has not yet been an
A Merry-Go-Round. Swing Chairs
and Shetland pony rides are to be
at the fair. It is probable that cot
ton candy and Ring the Bell con
cessions will also be on the grounds.
A complete sports competition
program for children has been plan
ned for youngsters ranging in age
from 10 to 15 years. Here's the
scoop, boys and girls, so start get
ting in form now! For boys and
girls up to six years—tricycle race,
foot race, and hopping race. For
girls 7 to 11 years—bike race, 50
yd. foot race, sack race, duck walk,
and balloon fight; for boys the same
age—bike race, 75-yd. foot race,
sack race, duck walk race, and
rooster fight. For girls 12 to 15
years—bike race, 75-yd. foot race,
and wheelbarrel race; for both boys
and girls "horses and knight," the
winning team will receive $4. Prizes
for the other events will be first—
$2, second—$1. and third—5©c.
There will be a surprise grand finale
with six fine prizes,
And don't forget, Fair Board
Chairman Lloyd Midyett said, the
public wedding, which is the grand
finale of the fair, will bring the
fortunate couple more wedding
gifts than probably any other couple
in Lincoln County's history.
Complete Fairways
On Golf Course
Tuesday evening, June 28. has
been designated by the Golf Course
committee of the Chamber of Com
merce as the date upon which an
attempt will be made to complete
the work on the three fairways
now under construction. All golf
enthusiasts, chamber of commerce
members or not, are requested to
meet at the course at 6:30 p. m.
(eat at home before coming out)
Trucks will be available at that
time to haul rocks from the fair
ways. Bring a rake or a rock
fork and be on hand on the above
date to speed the job along.
If the rocks can be removed at
this session all that will remain
to be done before some play can
be started is to get some tempor
ary greens in shape.
Remember to come out and help
the evening of June 28, if you are
a potential golf player.
Ninety men, volunteers from all
over the United States, are em
ployed this summer at the Blister
Rust Control camps at Spar Lake
and Fairway Creek, near Troy.

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