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The Wesïekn News
Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, August 4, 1949 Number 12 VOLUME XLIX Libby Chamber) Sponsors Many Good Projects During the past year activities of the local Chamber of Commerce showed a great increase over pre vious years. This increase was made possible chiefly by the membership fees being made larger. The ad ditional amount received from dues made the revenue available for projects müch greater during the year. That increased activity makes additional costs may be found in the fact that the amount spent dur ing the past year is slightly in ex cess of the income. The desire expressed by some people for further activity by the Chamber could have been carried only by having additional in come. Additional income can only be obtained in two ways, by a fur ther increase in membership fees to those who are members, or by a greater percent of community mem bership, particularly that of busi ness men. Last year as in previous years only a little over fifty per cent of the business establishments in the community were members. If the Chamber is worth while and its activities are of benefit to the community, particularly to business establishments, it seems that a lar ger percentage of this group should become members. Because benefits, such as they are, are shared alike by members and non-members. For the year 1948-1949 member ship was in three classifications, $5.00 for individuals, $10.00 for pro fessional men and small .business and $25.00 for large business places or for those of a type benefitting from Chamber of Commerce work. For the coming year an additional classification has been created, that of the medium sized business at a membership fee of S17.50. This ad ditional group it is felt will make a much better distribution of bene fits and costs than the plan used last year. For the drive this year each business has been placed in a classification by the board of di rectors. Those soliciting member-, on , . , . ...... , , ship will not be authorized to col lect a fee different than that desig nated by the directors. Activities For Year Activities carried on by the Cham ber this year and which it is hoped may be increased next year by ad ditional membership are as follows: Meetings with other groups, com m unities or Organizations— 1. Highway meeting in Kalispell to help set up Governor's Highway Advisory Committee. 2. Delegate to Helena meeting of the Governor's Highway Advisory Committee. (Continued on Page Four) Military Services For Joe Siefke Sunday Afternoon Johannes E. (Joe) Siefke was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the Lib by cemetery with full military hon ors. The Rev. B. H. Applegate The Church of God, officiated at the services held at 2:00 p. m. in the Gompf Funeral Home. Mrs. Paul Moody and Mrs. August Johnson sang two numbers, "In the Garden" and "Face to Face," with Mrs. Johnson at the piano. The full military service was conducted at the cemetery with Harper Erdman Post No. 1548 the V. F. W. and Austin Reedv Post No. 97 of The American Legion in charge. The pallbearers consisted of six ex-navy men, Joe having served during the war in the U. S. Navy. The pallbearers were, May nard Carlson, Gçorge Cawlkins, Hal Shrewsberry, Floyd Peterson, Allen Van Horn and Mervin Dallwanz. Out of town relatives present for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Paul O. Siefke, Jr. and family, of Crescent, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Pete Borup and family, Puyallup, Wn., and Wm. Walter Hawn, Kettle Falls, Wn., Paul O. Siefke and Mrs. Borup are brother and sister of the de ceased,andMrHawnisan uncle. No Fires In Forest Over 10-Day Period The fire situation on the Koo tenai Forest has been very quiet for the past ten days with no new fires starting since July 23. There are no fires burning at the present time. Generally fair weather over the past week-end and during this week has been ideal for fishing and camp ing trips. Forest areas are drying rapidly again and will present greater hazard from smokes and campfires if fair weather continues. A fire started from one cigarette or one camp fire can start a con flagration that would cost the people of Lincoln County great losses in resources, opportunities for earning a livelihood, needed expansion of home building and general com munity welfare. The Forest Service urges that particular care be given camp fires and cigarettes to be sure that they are ou t when left. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Carter spent a couple of days visiting at the A* T. Thompson home in Rexfordj Mr. Thompson is Mrs. Carter's son. Will Ask For Doe Season in Fisher River Drainage A recommendation for the taking of 500 antlerless deer during the regular big game season in a section of the Fisher River drainage will be made for this coming deer sea son. Sportsmen hunting in this sec tion would be allowed either one antlerless deer (doe or fawn) or one buck. The foregoing decision was made at a meeting of sportsmen, mem bers of the Rod & Gun Club and of the Libby Chamber of Com merce, called for Tuesday evening by E. M. Boyes, State Game Com missioner from this section. A study of the Fisher River Herd has been made by Jack Schmautz and Ade Zajanc of the State's Game Restor ation Department, who recommend ed the son and the number to be taken. The state men have made check ups of the herd and brouse condi tions as reported in the last issue of The Western summarized, they found an approx imate 7,215 to 7,250 deer in the herd. During the 1948 season o0 whitetail bucks were checked out of the area, the estimate of the total legal kill being placed at 100. This spring in a check-up of deer car casses in a small locality, 116 dead deer were found. About 78% of the winter kill were fawns, and the winter kill for the area is estimated by the men at 2,400. Lack of suit able food is credited for the most of this loss, that also making it easier for coyotes to run down and kill the undernourished deer. Game studies indicate that a take of 20% to 25% of a deer herd dur ing the hunting season is about the perfect take for a maximum harvest without reducing the herd's average size. All these angles of the situa antlerless deer sea News. Briefly (Continued on Page Five) Eight Baseball Teams on Prog. Advance tickets for the Western Lincoln County Fair and Labor Day celebration scheduled for September 3 , 4, and 5 will be on sale August 15, Chairman Lloyd Midyett an nounced this week. Season tickets which include Sunday and Monday events, will be sold for $2.50. Single tickets for each afternoon and even ing program can be purchased for 75c - Baseball fans will have a busy week-end starting Saturday after noon, Sept. 3rd, when the first of the eight competing teams contend for the grand cash prize. Double headers are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons with the final play-off Monday afternoon. Single games will be played Satur day and Sunday evenings. Plans for the final evening, Mon day, Sept. 5, include a two hour home talent show. Grand climax of the fair will be the public wed ding immediately after the talent show. And here are the latest plans which are being made for the lucky couple. The bride's gown will be a gift from the fair board. Local 2581, L & S. W., plan to present the couple with a $25 cash gift, and Local 2662, Loggers, will give $10, Chairman Midyett said. More an nouncements regarding gifts for the couple will be given next week. Other big events will include the children's sports program sched uled for Sunday morning and the Loggers' Sports which will be the main event Monday morning. County Agent B. F. Robinson is in charge of the stock and produce exhibits. terested in contributing to these ex hibits to contact him as soon as pos sible. Premium books will be out for general distribution next week. Another feature of the fair which will appeal to the younger citizens is the carnival rides especially pro vided for the children. He urges all who are in AL UITHOF COMPLETES LARGE BULK PLANT Another new bulk plant has just been completed in Libby to add to the progress of the community. The new plant which belongs to Al's Carter Service is just west of the Great Northern Overpass and is completely modern in every re spect. The distributor, A1 Uithof states that the station with seven tanks and a capacity of 118,000 gallons, will haxe sufficient storage room devoted to No. 1 fuel oil to supply the town's demand's through an en tire winter—even the kind exper ienced last season. Mr. Uithof has been engaged in business in the community for the past three years, and has confi dence in the area's future. The an nouncement of the new station ap pears on another page in this issue. LET CONTRACTS FOR NEW SCHOOL BLDG. SUPPLIES At a school board meeting which was held Monday evening and was continued on Tuesday evening, con tracts were awarded for the grade school addition and for the new auditorium. The largest supplying companies are The Northern School Supply Co., Hon Bros., John W. Graham, and Colborn School Supply. It is hoped that the buildings will be ready for occupancy by the new year or soon thereafter. MAN TREES BEAR CUB; OLD BEAR TREES MAN; FISHERMAN BREAKS ROD OVER BRUIN'S BACK • 4 - One of the college lads working during vacation for the J. Neils Lumber Co., has decided that "he ain't lost no bears and ain't look ing for more bears!" This particular young man was cruising timber on Bobtail Creek Thursday of last week when he heard a crash in the nearby timber, followed by several succeeding crashes. He paid little attention to the noise for in spite of much spot; lighting and illegal hunting, it is quite common to see or hear deer in the woods. As the woodsman took several steps forward a small black bear cub raised up on its hind legs and after inspecting the student, decided he didn't like the smell of man, so let out a miniature but sturdy bawl and started up a nearby tree. This would have only amused the young man had not the cub's mother hur ried back to see what was wrong. The old lady evidently decided that this stranger had mistreated her young son, so voicing her in dignation, she headed for the of fending timber cruiser. The lad quickly gained a nearby tree and with the she-bear too close for com fort, went up the trunk in close to nothing flat. His pursuer reared up to her full length on the tree, claw ing it while she snapped her teeth and swore in approved bear lan gauge at the treed human. It was over an hour before the three bears (a second cub also show ing up and taking to a tree) de. cided to leave the scene and allow the young man to come down. Our young friend will have an interest ing story to tell the gals next winter at school, and best of all, it needs but little "blowing up" to furnish I 1 plenty of thrills. I And speaking of bear stories, G. F. Hallstein had an experience last Friday which he prefaces by stating no one will believe his tale but it is true, never-the-less. The Libby man had gone afishing up Parmenter Creek and about 4:30 was returning home. He was on the trail above the gorge below the old bridge when to his surprise a large black bear stepped out into the trail about eight feet ahead of him, having come up out of the gorge. The bear stepped sideways in the path and turned his head to look the man over. "He sure gave me a mean look," said Hallstein, who added, he was so scared, he never stopped to think, but yelled, "Git out of here you blankity-blank such and such!" as he raised his fishing rod and hit the bruin across the back. The bear decided he had seen enough and without further formalities, dashed down the trail like a scared rabbit, each jump being a little faster than the one before. The fisherman regrets striking bruin so hard—he broke his pole! Strive to Have Golf Greens Ready By September 1 Another work session at the golf course will be held Tuesday, Aug ust 9 at 6:30 p. m. It is hoped there will be another good attendance present to help get the grounds in shape for building the greens. Those who cannot be present at that time, but can get out some other evening, are urged to do so, and pick rocks which will be hauled away later by a truck. At last Tuesday evening's work session a small group picked rocks and another crew did preliminary work on the greens. It is hoped that the balance of the rocks will be removed in time so that the greens may be made ready for use by September 1. GAMBLE STORE TO HAVE LARGER QUARTERS F. J. Simurdak of ' the local Gamble Store has leased the build ing belonging to Harry Bevins and formerly occupied by the Hambur ger Stand. The building which joins the Gamble Store is being en larged and remodeled. When com pleted the building will be 25 x 102 feet in dimensions. The building is being done with cement blocks manufactured by Leo Kyser & As sociates. Mr. Simurdak new building for furniture. This will give him op portunity to enlarge this depart ment and devote additional space in the present building to the hard ware and other merchandise. The two rooms will be connected by a door midway of the buildings. plans to use the floor covering and Girl Scouts Now Only $16 To Go The Girl Scouts are now only 16 dollars from their 500 dollar goal. These funds give Libby girls opportunities for character and knowledge building activities which are a part of the Girl Scout pro gram. It includes good times out doors and in. Moreover the Girl Scout program promotes citizenship and service to the community. Should there be some who have not yet contributed but want to see Scouts meet every cent of their goal, this is the time to contribute. The Girl Scouts wish to thank John Myers for his contribution. the Miss Nancv Lee Nixon spent Sat urday in Kalispell. ti \7sJIaw I HG I ODOCCO Valley r* « f . i 3 |-Q|r ^eptemDer ZO ' Plans are rounding out for the Tobacco Valley Fair, which this year will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3. The Fair books are about completed and show an attractive list of prizes for exhibitors. Horace Hudson, Fair secretary urges the exhibitors to select and prepare their exhibits as they be come mature and ready for harvest. The amusement program for the Eighth Annual Tobacco Valley Fair has not been completed, but Hud son states it will prove of unusual interest. Each year sees a steady growth in interest and attendance at the event. Further announcements regarding the big event will be published dur ing the month preceding the Fair. Watch for them._ Suggests Memorial To Libby Gold Star Vets of Late War The following letter was written by one of the boys from Libby who "came home'' from the last war, with almost three years of service with the U. S. Navy in the Mediter ranian Ocean and the Far Pacific. He is working his way through col lege and plans to practice medicine as a profession. This summer he is working with a crew at the J. Neils Mill in Libby. Dear Mr. Editor: World War II was over four long years ago. Most of us have tried to rid our thoughts of the peril and anguish which fell upon us during that time. Some of us have suc ceeded. I do not. indeed, condone that heartbreak and misery should be resurrected from their respective graves—No—. on the other hand, I urge these things to be forgotten, that we may gaze ahead and look to our future. But there are memories of the past which we may cherish, there are memories of the past which we may use as a guide into the future. The brain, the mind is not the only essentially necessary thing in the process of remembrance, there is an aesthetic sense called the heart, a place where memory can rest with out fear of displacement. In my heart there is placed a memory of men raised in this com munity, men or boys, as the mem ory permits, who will never see the snow on our mountains or gaze at the color of our Kootenai, or hear the whisper of the wind through the trees which surround this, their old haunt.. This memory, for me, of these lads persists because I know they will never again see or hear these things—vou see—they were buried on foreign soil or were lost at sea. This memory for them ner mits me no rest until I lay before tht people of this community the Question—shall they be forgotten? Shall their sufferings, their hard ships and finally their deaths be oassed off and forgotten as an un fortunate occurance of the past war? In the interests of those men of Libby who have given their lives in the past war, I should like to propose a plan This plan will cost the people of Libby very little, for the edifice has already been de cided upon and the building has begun. I refer to the gymnasium being constructed on Libbv school property. The name of this gvm could very easily be called the Lib by Memorial Gymnasium complete with a gold placque dedicated to and containing the names of our war heroes. Simple, not costly, and our conscience would be at ease. Think it over friends of Libby, it is really not too much of an effort and the satisfaction reaped from such a venture would be great, im measurably great. Sincerely yours, Norman Cormier Mrs. Robertson Will Serve as Co. Supt. The Board of County Commis sioners announce the appointment of Mrs. F. C. Robertson as superin tendent of public schools effective September 1, to fill the vacancy which will be left by the resigna tion of Mrs. Jessie Fagerberg. who will teach again in the Libby schools. Mrs. Robertson has had manv years experience in educational work. After completing high school she completed a two-year normal course, graduating from the Wis consin State Normal School. She also holds credits from the social science department of Montana State University. She has life cer tificates for teaching in Wisconsin North Dakota and Montana. In addition to teaching in the State Vocational School for girls in Helena, she has served as county superintendent of schools in Con rad, Pondera County. In addition to much other experience Mrs. Rob ertson has done substitute teaching in the Libby schools from the First grade on through the high s chool. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Partlow and daughter, Merrill, drove to Spo kane Sunday, returning Monday af ternoon. May Receive Mail Delivery to Homes Twice Each Day Libby will have two deliveries a day of first class mail and papers, Postmaster Forest DeRosia said yes terday, if Jess M. Donaldson, Post master General, approved the rec ommendation of P. O. Inspector John H. Ray for postal delivery. These deliveries will be made every morning and afternoon Mon day through Friday, DeRosia add ed, with one delivery on Saturday. A parcel post delivery will he made every day except Sunday and holi days. Business deliveries are sched uled to go out each day before the residential delivery. . Parts of town will be out of bounds for delivery, DeRosia said, due to lack of improvements such as sidewalks and house numbers. Plans include four letter droj throughout the city. One will 1 located at the depot, one at Lincoln Boulevard and Mineral, one south of 9th on Louisiana, and one north of 9th on either Minnesota or Da kota. If Postmaster General Donaldson approves Ray's recommendation, postal delivery will be established by October 1st. Otherwise delivery will come to Libby early spring, subject of course to D son's approval. The recommendation for postal delivery, DeRosia said, is based on the agreement of the city to name the streets, and have the houses numbered. Before putting numbers on their house, DeRosia cautioned, house owners should consult city or county officials to be sure of getting the right number. Approved mail boxes and door slots must also be installed, he added. next onald Mrs. E. Nyblom Dies July 23 Eugenia Antoinette Nyblom (nee O'Donnell) was born in Saginaw, Michigan. The family moved to Midland, Mich- when she was very young. After teaching school in Michigan, she came to Montana and taught at Anaconda and Butte. She was principal of the Garfield School in Butte, resigning on her marriage to A. W. Nyblom July 15th, 1915. The family resided on a ranch on Pipe Creek since 1916 although had Jived in California, Washington and Butte from time to time. Death occurred July 23, 1949 at Rochester, Minn., from a blood clot of long standing. A month previous she was in an automobile accident and had been in the St. Cloud, Minnesota Sanitarium but was re covering nicely. Being close to Rochester, it was decided to go there for a general checkup but on ar rival she passed away suddenly. An autopsy revealed the nature of the death which had no relation to the automobile accident. Burial was from St. Brigid's Catholic Church at Midland, Mich., at 9.00 a. m. July 27th. High Mass was celebrated and six nephews acted as pall-bearers. Interment was in the O'Donnel family plot where five generations are buried. Besides her husband and his daughter, Dorothy, she leaves three brothers in Billings, a sister, Teresa O'Donnell, in Butte, and three sis ters in Michigan. Troy Pioneer Dies Tuesday, August 2 Mrs. Edwina E. Stanley, pioneer of the Troy vicinity passed away Tuesday morning at the home of her son, Harry Talmadge at Bull Lake Mrs. Stanley was born June 27, 1852 and died at the age of 97 years, one month and five days. The deceased has lived in and near Troy for the past 47 years. She is survived by two sons, LeRoy Talmadge, Libby, and Harry Tal madge, of Troy. Twelve grand children and seven great grand children also survive. Funeral services will be held Fri day, August 5, at 2:00 p. m. at the Gompf Funeral Home in Libby, with the Rev. W. C. Stearns of ficiating. Interment will take place in the Milner Cemetery. Coeur d'Alene Will Play Kegers Here One of Idaho's fastest baseball teams is scheduled to cross bats this week-end with the Libby Keglers. wh«i the hard hitting Coeur d' Alene club plays here Saturday evening at 8:00 p. m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. These games will furnish plenty of in terest, for the visitors have the reputation of always being good and The Keglers will be back in form again after their reverse Sunday at Thompson Falls. The Libby Jr. Keglers will play in Eureka this coming Saturday at 1:00 p. m. and Eureka will return the game here at Libby the follow ing Satifrday. The Keglers took an unex setback last Sunday when son Falls batters took the measure of Libby pitchers knocking Vignali, George Smith, Don Thomp son and F. Spencer from the box In a 13-8 game. Thompson Falls re quired two pitchers to hold Libby batters down to the score of eight. xpected Thomp Frit* Bro. Van Tells About Lincoln Co. in Letter A copy of the Sylvanite Miner published May 14, 1898 or approxi mately fifty years ago when this all Flathead County, was hand was ed to us a few weeks ago by Mrs. George Pike. The whole paper is of interest because of its time of publication but one article in particular will in trigue the attention of those who knew Presiding Elder Van Orsdel (Brother Van). It contains a reprint from an article which he had writ ten for the Christian Advocate con cerning a trip he had made into this section in April of 1898. (The article): Presiding Elder Van Orsdel. of Butte, who visited this section early in April with Rev. Eastland of Troy, has written an interesting ac count of his trip for the Montana Christian Advocate, from which we take the following. Taking a freight train at Bonners Ferry about 11 o'clock p. m., we arrived at Troy at 4:00 a. m. Bro. J. T. Lewis had made arrangements for two saddle horses, on which we were to go to Sylvanite, a new min ing camp about twenty miles north. The horses were the property of Messrs. More and Swesey, and proved to be the finest riding horses we had used in the mountains in an experience of twenty-five years. The road goes through a moun tainous country, part of the way heavily timbered Ten miles out we came to Lake Kilbrennan, where we were hospitably entertained by Messers. Johnson That morning they had caught a large number of mountain trout, which were pre pared and relished at the noon hour. About two miles of the way the snow was from two to three feet deep, and rapidly thawing, which made it quite difficult traveling. The new bridge over the Yaak, which was just completed, is a fine structure. The river is a source of great curiosity, because of its swift ness and continuous rapids. We ar rived at Sylvanite about 6 o'clock and were very much surprised to find that a great majority of the buildings were frame in place of logs, which had greeted our eyes so often at mining camps on the fron tier. There are two quartz mills in op eration. One is the Goldflint, hav ing twenty stamps, and the Key stone, which has ten stamps. There is a sawmill in operation, which turns out an abundance of fine lum ber. We consider it a good outlook for a new town. We w'ere royally entertained at hotel. Mrs. Doran kindly the Doran (Continued on Page Four) Miss Inez Ratekin Presents Pupils In Piano Recital Eight students of Miss Inez Rate kin appeared in a recital Thursday night of last week at the home of their teacher. The playing of all the pupils showed the ability of their instructor to inspire in them the. determination to do hard work. Those taking part in the recital were Andrea Agather. Gail Guern sey, Bruce Switzer, Eleanor Jewell, Alice May Martin. Barbara Rice, Barbara Rawlings and Merrill Part low. Merrill Partlow was given the honor of playing the last three num bers. Miss Ratekin appeared in piano duets with Andrea Agather, Gail Guernsey, Eleanor Jewell, and Alice May Martin. Following the recital refresh ments were served the young play ers and the guests._ Five Hundred See Ghosts Friday Eve Five hundred baseball lovers turned out to watch the Colored Ghosts in action last Friday even ing when that noted team played the Libby All-Stars softball team here. The black and tan team seemed to have pretty good control throughout the game, the score be ing 3 to 0. The Ghosts put on a show which pleased the big crowd. A big kick was gotten out of Red Strickland trick ball pitcher whose wind-ups and delivery were unpredictable. The inning of shadow ball again in trigued the grandstand, highly a musing the spectators. The Libby Battery and Don Stanley, consisted of Popeye Smith and Red Strickland, while Two Ton Pom Pom Favor furnished the heckling on the sidelines and was the catch er for the shadow ball. The visitors carried 11 men on their team. was Bud Peck Ghost batte rv MR. AND MRS. F. BATEMAN CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Bateman will celebrate their Golden Wed ding Anniversary this Sunday, Aug ust 7 th. Open house will be held for Mr. and Mrs. Bateman at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Knudson from five p. m. until nine. They will be happy to greet their friends at this time.