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Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County
VOLUME XLIX Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, June 30, 1949 Number 7 Libby to Have Npw non * y rvi i"v a « I )U Ann Ü |/Jm r III II IP fill 111 I I I \J I IV/ UlUUi ^ Construction Now Under Way; Concrete Brick and Face Brick Structure IS LOCATED ACROSS ALLEY FROM BANK The Interstate Telephone Com pany has awarded a contract for the erection of*a new telephone build ing in Libby to Walter H. Varnum of Coeur d'Alene, according to an announcement made by C. E. Hoy, General Superintendent, Spokane, today. "We have, for some time, been watching the remarkable develop ment at Libby and have been acutely conscious of the fact that our present quarters were very in adequate for the rapid growth. "Our plans call for a concrete brick and face brick structure to house the commercial and traffic departments and the attendant switching and protective equip ment of the latest, most efficient type available. "The building is to be placed the lot, across the alley from present quarters, which we recently acquired for this purpose. We know every citizen of Libby will be proud to tell folks "This is our new tele phone building." The building itself ■will cost us in excess of $39,000 in addition to the on our necessary ex penditures for a lot, new equipment and the cost of moving, estimated at about $20,000 more, which will bring the estimated cost to $75, «00. including labor costs. "Mr. McDevitt. our local wire chief, has charge of a general conditioning program which will not only improve service but will also make our service available to a greater number of people. By the time the new building is re for occupancy, we will have spent $85 to $100,000 on this improve ment. "December 31, 1942 there wer» But 420 telephones connected Libby. There are now 912 tele phones connected. The residents and organizations of Libby should be very proud of this growth which has been steady over the years and all indications are that it is per manent and will justify the amount of money we are spending." Merchants Defeat Winning Union Team 6-2 Monday Merchants upset the dope bucket completely Monday evening when they handed the Union team a 6-2 defeat, the first setback Union has received this season. It was a good game throughout and kept the large crowd in at tendance on their feet much of the time. Union heads the city league, and had annexed five consecutive wins with no reverses. Merchants had tied with Zonolite for cellar position, their standing prior to Monday's game being one win and four defeats. B. P. O. K. which is runner-up in the league defeated Zonolite again last Friday in a 7-4 game. Tight fielding featured the entire game. in use for the first time in this game. They were enjoyed by a large crowd. Monday evening's game saw the Merchants team out in its forms. I— white, and each of the 13 uniforms has the name of the firm which paid for it displayed across the back of the shoulders. Tomorrow night will be the last game until after the Fourth of July. Union and B. P, O. K. will bats again, with B. P. O. K. attempt ing to tie Union for stellar position in the league. This will be a good game and will enjoy a large at tendance. The League standings to date follows: Team Union B. P. O. K. Merchants Zonolite The new bleachers were new um The uniforms are red and W L 5 1 2 ,4 .2 4 1 5 THIEVES CLEAN OUT CABINS AT MTDAS MINE Doors, windows, window sashs, furniture—everything that could be moved, were stolen from the cabins at the Midas Mine, V. A. Harpole, watchman, announced. A fifty dollar reward will be given, Mr. Harpole said, for the arrest and conviction of the thieves. UBBY STORES ijJJ July y y Be BE SURE TO BUY SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES THIS WEEK END TO LAST TILL NEXT WEDNESDAY.—MERCHANTS COMMITTEE. Yesterda v Eve j Mrs. Lee S. Dalton, citizen [Libby for the past 12 years, passed 'away last Sunday evening at her home in Libby. She has suffered for some time from high blood pressure but was apparently in her usual health Saturday. That even ing after retiring she felt indisposed and said that the food she had eaten did not agree with her. She awakened Mr. Dalton about 5:00 o'clock Sunday morning, hav ing become very ill. A doctor was summoned but nothing could be done to help her and she passed away that evening. Laura Mae Dalton was born July 9, 1892 in Stuart, Va. She was married to Lee S. Dalton in Decem ber of 1913. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. L. D. Myhr and Mrs. Robert Lampton, both of Libby. There are also four grandchildren, and four sisters living in Virginia. Funeral services were held yes terday evening from the Gompf Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. C. Stearns, pastor of The Libby Methodist Church officiating. In terment was made in the Libby cemetery. A more complete obituary will be published in next week's issue. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dalton Zonolife Has 48.4% Rise A 48.4 per cent increase in sales in the year ended March 31, 1949, is revealed in the annual report of the Zonolite Company, Chicago, is sued today (Wednesday, June 22.) Zonolite is the world's leading miner and processor of Vermiculite, the lightweight building aggregate that has made possible less expen sive construction tnrough the appli cation of new building techniques. In the report A. T. Kearney, presi at dent and Philip D. Armour, chair man of the board, said that sales totalled $4,182,092.98, as compared with last year's $2,818,211.46. The dollar increase is the largest for any one year in Zonolite's his tory. Earnings for the year were $520, 942.94, or $.5294 per share. The pre vious year's earnings were $356, 100.29, or $.3618 per share. Increased volume in sale of both ore and manufactured products is credited for the advance. Greater acceptance of Vermiculite because it is light, fireproof, and has ex ceptional insulation characteristics, is reported throughout the building industry. In addition, Terra-Lite, a grade of vermiculite used for horticultural purposes, has gained great interest among both home gardners and commercial growers. Terra-Lite's growth in the three-year period since it was introduced has con tributed much to company prog ress, it was said. Zonolite also anticipates entering fields of use that have not yet been commercialized, according to the re port. This will permit expansion of heretofore limited markets, and utilization of existing grades of ver miculite for new applications. Ore produced by Zonolite is used in six plants maintained by the company and by 34 manufacturing distributors in the United States and abroad. The company's own plants are in Libby, Mont., Chi cago, Dearborn, Mich., Pittsburgh, Albany, N. Y., and Travelers Rest, S. C. Processing plants outside the United States which Zonolite sup plies with ore are located in Can ada, Hawaii, Puerto Rica, India and Pakistan, Switzerland, Brazil, Mex ico, Venezuela. Chile and Italy. Zonolite furnishes approximately 20 per cent of the aggregate used in plaster in this country. Crete aggregate sales involved the use of more than one and one-hal f million bags of portland cement. Production and sale of crude ore. the company said, increased from 105,000 to 155,000 tons in the past year. Introduction of new mining techniques has increased ore re serves by millions of tons. In addition to Kearney, officers of the Zonolite Company are Robert C. Shields, executive dent; John B. Myers, dent; Walter J. Bein, vice-presi vice-presi vice-presi dent-treasurer, and John H. Bishop, secretary. Members of the board are Philip D. Armour, chairman, Lester Armour, Bishop, J. C. Cummings, Charles T. Fisher, Kearney, Myers, ! Shields, and John D. Farrington. - Its con Mrs. McDougald of Spokane is visiting here for a few days. SMOKEY" SPEAKS TO LINCOLN CO. CITIZENS WHO PLAN TO VACATION IN THE NATIONAL FORESTS n A large brown bear with blue jeans and a straw hat stopped by this office yesterday and told the editor: •'Be sure and remind people to be careful with fire on the Fourth when they take to the woods. And say, Mr. Editor, don't forget to men tion that fire works are prohibited in the forest." t Before we could speak—not that we weren't a little dumb with amazement either, who wouldn't be if a 300 pound bear walked into your office and started speaking to you—well, we were saying, before we could speak the bear left his calling card and disappeared. Yep, it was Smokey the poster bear you've seen on so many fire pre vention posters. His calling card and the close resemblance to the Smokey on our poster bore this out. Well, folks, do be cautious with your fires this Fourth. It is one of the driest seasons in the history Md h a severe to'year^exo^ted'l Alread^there Ä.-Ä in the woods and the fire season has j not begun yet. So make sure that campfire is out which means not leaving it un til you can put your hand on the spot where it has lain. Also re meihber to spit on the cigarette and crush it between your fingers be fere tossing it away. And don't throw the match aside until you have broken it in two and squeezed the live half between your fingers. O' course, we know you will re member Smokey's warning about fireworks, because you're as proud of our green forest as he is. So, as the Smokey poster says: "Mr. Sportsman helping prevent forest fires." Thanks for Rod and Gun Club Gives Many Gifts Saturday Eve. It was a great picnic and every one enjoyed it to the full from the start of the "dutch lunch" until the last prize was awarded to the last lucky winner. An approximate 150 club members were present for the Annual Rod & Gun spring picnic, which as usual was at the Libby Fish Hatchery, this years event be ing held last Saturday evening. President John Horn introduced Gail Weidner as master of cere monies. Ed M. Boyes, member the state fish & game commission, was called to the microphone, and after a few appropriate remarks, introduced "Chuck" Pheneice, fish biologist. Ken Thompson, assistant director of the State Wildlife Re storation commission was next in troduced, who was followed by Ross Wilson, Kalispell, district game w'arden. Following the introductions, the awards for the opening day's fish contests were given. Marvin Car ter received the Grand Prize of the engraved loving cup, which he will be allowed to retain in his posses sion until it is won by next years winner. He also received the first grand prize for lake fishing, which was a casting reel from the BPOK. Howard Blanchard, who won sec ond prize in this entry, received a casting rod from Jaqueth's Inc. The third prize of a tackle box from Gamble's went to Frank George. Robert Hileman won fourth prize of a first aid kit from The Libby Pharmacy, L. W. LeDuc also win (Continued on Page Six) Edw. Syverson Weds Lorene Carter One of Spokane's popular young couples, Lorene Carter, formerly of Kalispell and Edward Syverson, formerly of Libby, were married May 14 at 2 o'clock. The ceremony was held at the Parsonage of the Rev. Cecil T. Ax worthy at No. 1211 Hollis in Spo kane and was attended by many of their friends. Mrs. Robert E, Munk was ma tron of honor and Mr. Robert E. Munk acted as best man. The bride wore a gabardine suit °f soft blue accentuated by a beau tiful corsage of Talisman roses, Following the wedding, a recep h°n was held for the young couple at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nor ma n Anderson. Mrs. Syverson is the daughter of Mr -, and Mrs. Emmett Roberts of Kalispell and Mr. Syverson is the son of Mrs. J. C. McCallum of Libby. Mr. and Mrs. Syverson plan to make their home in Spokane. J REV. WM. STEARNS ATTENDS METHODIST CONFERENCE Rev. Wm. C. Stearns, pastor of the Methodist Churches at Libby and Troy, returned last Mondavi evening on No. 3 from Sidney, where he had been attending the annual Methodist Conference of Montana. He reports a very in spirational conference, with excel» ient reports of progress over the entire state. At the conference, he served as chairman of the Audit Committee, and w r as elected Assis tant Statistician, and appointed to serve on the Commission on World Service and Finance and the In vestigating Committee for the next three years. At the closing session on Sunday nights, the appointments for the year were read by Bishop Glenn R. Phillips. Rev. Stearns was reas signed to the Libby-Troy work, and his predecessor here, the Rev. E. Roy Fort, was returned to Poison. l>ISCHARG,NO OF FIREWORKS ON NATIONAL FORESTS STRICTLY PROHIBITED The discharging of fireworks i materially increases the danger of forest fires on public properties within the national forests. Therefore, under authority . I Regulation T-l (L) of the Secretary of Agriculture, the discharging of fireworks of any kind is prohibited upon the national forest of Mon tana, northern Idaho and north eastern Washington, described Region Number One of the United States Forest Service. of Snow Falls In The High Country Wednesday I t i<Tht .-line !.. tim .•niin.-e snow on ' the mountain' tops fel Tuesday night and yesterday fore noon. practically no precipitation since the snow storms of late winter, and forest officials and others welcome even the .21-in. rainfall which came the oast few davs i ,17 n , Last Friday afternoon a Palouse dust storm came over the Cabinet Range to cast a weird light through out he valley This was foUowed by cloudy weather and a few scat tered showers Sunday. Tuesday night snow fell in War land, sufficient falling in the upper country to cause logging operations to be suspended on Five-Mile. Sev eral inches of snow is reported have fallen on Blue Mountain, Mt. Lead, and the high hills of the Cab inets were liberally sprinkled with snow yesterday morning. During the past week Libby had no warm days, the highest temperatures being 75, while two nights have seen a low of 32 degrees. Following is the weather report given through the courtesy of the Libby Ranger Station: Date June 23 June 24 June 25 June 26 June 27 June 28 June 29 McGinnis Meadows weather re port given through the courtesy of Bert B. Davis for the week of June 19 to June 25. Date June 19 June 20 June 21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 of H L 75 40 .00 75 49 ,00 74 32 .02 .72 40 .00 75 32 .00 . 75 39 .00 .72 45 .19 Pr, H L 71 29 .01 69 37 .00 75 37 .02 71 45 .03 71 39 .01 .71 39 .01 69 38 .00 Pr. j I ' V I» 1i ■ ét Mr. and Mrs. Edward Syverson | Interest in City Citizens Show an Zoning Plans The City Zoning material on dis play and available at Don's Men's Store and Miller's Clothing Store has been the center of much in terest according to Don Roberts and Fred Clark. Jr. The maps show the different proposed district.; [which would help protect present f property owners from having less desirable building done in their blocks. Copies of the proposed or dinance are receiving a good share of attention and workers are pleased there is such a degree of interest shown by citizens of the community, If you haven't looked over the or dinance there is still a small num ber left at the two stores but the supply is low. The hearing which will bo held ' n the Community Room by the city officials July 13 is important to property owners for a discussion |°f the proposed ordinance will be held and there will be opportunity to express opinions. Simchuk Gives Libby Setback Simchuk Brothers of Spokane, took two games from the Libby Keglers, playing Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon on the Libby field. Saturday evening's game saw Simchuk pour seven runs across the plate during the last half of the ninth inning to break up a pitching duel between Gehring of Libby and McCrow of Spokane. Up to that time Spokane had two un earned runs. In a game played in mud and rain Sunday afternoon, Simchuk came from behind to again defeat the Keglers, 11 to 7, Vignali was on the hill for Libby and Jones and 7' adella Simchuk sc T nrPd f . ,ve the K th,rd ' smokin ß dones n ' nx The left handed , ~ „ . , . T wu s , ant ,f , 0 ^ Z rade l a Libby in <k £u k ^ or i - There will be no game this week fo F everybody « going fishing. The schedule of July and August games is: July 9 & 10—East Mission. (Spo kane). here; 16 & 17-Thompson Fal i s . here; 23 & 24-Bonners, here; 3 i_Thompson Falls, there; August fi & 7 —Couer d'Alene, here; 13 & i4_Couer d'Alene, there; 20 & 21 Bonners there Box s ' core for Saturday evening: Simchuk Huntar If Weisse' cf to c-mdel' « Qimcrh'nk If Ludwic lb Lappano 2b c ' has(K ue M i If Totals ab r h po a 5 2 0 0 0 4 1110 .5 1 I 1 1 . 4 110 0 . . 5 0 0 13 1 3 1112 . 2 10 9 2 . 4 1115 4 110 0 _36 9 7 27 12 ab r h po a 4 0 0 1 4 4 0 0 0 1 4 0 13 6 .3 0 0 1 4 200140 4 0 2 0 0 . 3 0 0 1 0 . 3 0 0 2 0 .3 0 15 1 .30 0 4 27 16 Errors: Sandel. Kuehl, Collins 2, Spencer, Miller, Roberts, Christen sen. RBI—Lappano, Kuehl 2, Mc Crow, Simchuk. 2-base hits; Sim chuk, Kuehl, Spencer. Christensen, Three-base hits. Sandel. Lappano, McCrow. DP; Ludwic unassisted, Kuehl to Ludwic. Left on bases; Simchuk 5. Base on balle: McCrow 1, Gehring 5. SO: McCrow 8, Geh ring 5. Hit by pitcher: McCrow. 3b Libby Collins, ss Vignali, 3b Spencer, 2b . Gehring. p Miller, lb Larson, If Thompson, rf Roberts, cf Christensen, c Totals (Continued on Page Eleven) Death Calls Early Settler Last Week Word was received Thursday of the death of Harris W. Redfield, who died the evening before in Oklahoma. Mr. and Mrs. Redfield have spent the past six months at Oktaha, Okla., where he has been in poor health for several months. Funeral services were held Friday in Muskogee, where interment w-as made. RedÄeld is one of the early settlers in the Libby country, com ing here in 1897 and making his home here since that time. He is survived by his widow, and their daughter, Margaret of New York City. Ä more complete obituary will be published in :i near future issue i ol The Western News. ' 11 Mrs. Mary Pival went to Kalis pell Thursday and returned home Mr. I i Saturday. Organize Libby Council of the K.ofC.Sunday 3'd Degree Work Under Mont. State Dep. Roman Losleben of Malta ELECT DR. SEIFERT HEAD OF COUNCIL The First Libby Council of the Knights of Columbus was initiated Sunday, June 26th, at the Moose Hall, under the auspices of the Kalis pell Council No, 1328. The officers present from the sponsor ing council were Grand Knight James Burke. Warden Joe Winters, Acting Secretary Roy Gibney »nJ Grand Knight Elect Moncore Cock rill. The First and Second Degree work was in charge of the drill team from the Spokane Council, composed of Grand Knight Clar ence Dostert. Deputy Grand Knight Don Loder, Chancellor Carrol Mar tell. Warden Charles Scanlon and Financial Secretary Dennis Healy. The Third Degree work was un der the supervision of Montana's State Deputy Roman Losleben of Malta, assisted by the District Deputy from Spokane, Clarence George. Following are the charter mem bers for Libby's First Knights of Columbus council James Enders, Raymond Enders, A. C. Blackwell, Pierce Hughes, Theodore Acker man. W. Deane Courtright. Arthur W. Pearce, James L. Brown. Ray mond Croy, Norman H Risley, Thomas Fennessv, Loren Kujawa Joseph F. Fennessy, Jr. Ravmond Kujawa, Robert L Switzer, Elmer T. Switzer Jr,, Leo J Cloutier. Wil liam I.annon. Ernest A Wood, Ern est Roberts, Raymond F. Pival, John R. Crotteau. James Crotteau George T. Wood. P Swit zer, Lenard J. Brown. Frank Wood Albert H. Uithof, Frank Simurdak' Robert Petrusha. William Nelson.' Dr. Paul J. Seifert, Jr., Bernhard Sehlumm, Irvin B. Fleshcr John Sheehan, John Horn and George Enders. Newly elected officers for the Libby Council are: Grand Knight. Dr. Paul J. Seifert Jr.; Deputy Grand Knight, Irvin Flcsher; Chan cellor, Joseph F. Fennessy, Jr.; Wgrden, Ernest A. Wood; Treasurer, Leb J. Cloutier: Recording Secre tary, Norman H. Risley: Advocate. Lenard J. Brown; Inside Guard John Sheehan; Outside Guard, Ray mond Enders: Trustees. Elmer T Switzer. Jr. Frank Wood A H Uithof. Rev. John O'Malley was ap pointed Chaplain of the new Coun cil and William P. Switzer, Finan cial Secretary. Field work for the formation of the Libby Council was under the direction of C L. Bates, Kalispeil After the ceremonies were over a delicious dutch lunch was served to the Knichts and their ladies m the Moose Hall. J. Neils Starts Tree Nursery for Restocking Use J. Neils Lumber Co. has started a small forest tree nursery this spring to produce planting stock for restocking company forest lands. In an area 50 feet square located across the tracks from J Neils office are planted enough Yellow Pine seed to produce 80,000 seed lings. The small trees are now a bout one inch high and the seed beds appear somewhat like a new lawn. It is necessary to water the young trees daily during the 6 weeks germination period that they need only be watered about twice a week. The weeding must be done by hand because the seedlings are broadcast in the beds and are too close together to al low other means of cultivation. After the forest year in the seed beds the small trees are trans planted in rows with a spacing of 2 inches between trees. The trees grow here for two years before they are large enough to re-plant out in the woods to restock some burn or other non-productive area. The company intends to produce enough little seedlings to enable them to plant 40.000 per year out in the woods. After Week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Mitchell were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kair and family of Kalis pell and Miss Lorraine Forswith of Sommers.