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Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County VOLUME XLIX Libby, Lincoln County, Montana Thursday, September 8, 1949 Number 17 Fair-Celebration Has Record Attendance; Good Programs The Labor Day Celebration and Fair for 1949 has passed into his tory, reaching a new high in suc cess for Western Lincoln County events. In spite of clouds and threatening weather during part of the celebration, record crowds were in attendance, with the last night's program showing before an aud ience estimated at 3,000 which filled grandstand and bleachers to over flowing and made good standing room difficult to obtain. The baseball tournament was played through without a hitch, Tekoa defeating Levitch Jewelers in the final game for first money. Libby and the Bonner Lumber Jacks battled for third and fourth place, Libby winning 5-3. Over 1900 spectators watched these last games with interest reaching a high pitch. A complete account of the baseball tournament appears under a separate heading written by a former overseas army baseball re porter. The parade which moved off at 1:00 o'clock Monday afternoon was all and more than was expected. Sidney Escott, chairman spared nothing in time and effort to secure many and varied entries for the event which went with clocklike precision, extending for nine blocks as it moved north from Lincoln Boulevard down Mineral Avenue, turning west at the Postoffice cor ner moving over to California Ave. and thence south past the Court House where it disbanded. Many beautifully decorated floats, decor ated cars, and late model auto mobiles took part in the spectacle, which was enlivened by boys and girls on bicytles and on foot, many beautifully costumed and others in comic entries or with pets. Members of the Libby Saddle Club and many other horseback riders, men, women and children I appeared in the parade, adding color and interest to the event. The (Continued on Page Seven) Four Car Wrecks Occur This Week Three car accidents happened in this section over the week-end La bor Day holidays according to State Patrolman Riddle. The first accident occurred Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock when Don Stevens of Libby, driving a '39 Plymouth and Joseph Acciacca of Cameron, Mich., driving an Oldsmobile sedan collided 10 miles south of Libby on U. S. 2. Both cars suffered severe injuries but nobody was injured and no arrests were made. A 1940 Plymouth driven H. McElmurry, Hungry Horse, left the road three miles south of Cliff side on U. S. 2 while coming Libby. The car rolled over several times, being badly wrecked. Me Elmurry was accompanied by his brother, Arlie McElmurry also Hungry Horse, who received ser ious injuries and was still in the hospital Tuesday, stated Riddle, The driver was treated at the hos pital and lodged in jail on a charge of drunken driving. He pleaded guilty in H. B. Wallace's court and was fined $100, together with a 30 days suspended jail sentence. About the same hour on the same day a '36 Plymouth driven by Harry E, Basham, Libby, left the road and overturned several times at the top of the Yaak Hill west of Troy U. S. 2. Basham was accompanied by Robert Gannon of Troy who received slight injuries. Basham suffered severe injuries to his head, neck and arms and was taken to the Bonners Ferry hospital. The car was badly wrecked. Yesterday afternoon about 3:00 p. m. a '36 Ford driven by Richard Voorhies of Shelby left the road about a quarter of a mile south of Rainy creek on State Highway 37. Others in the car beside the driver were Mrs. Voorhies and their infant daughter, Connie Louise, and Rich ard F. Marsh, also of Shelby. Mr. and Mrs. Voorhies received bruises and Marsh is in the Libby hospital with serious head injuries. The in fant escaped injury. The cause of the accident is attributed to a mech anical defect, states Patrolman Rid dle, who added, had the car gone 10 feet farther, it would have plunged into the river. on Yaple-Dutton Rites Sat., In Kalispell Jeannie Yaple became Mrs. Don ald Dutton Saturday, Sept. 3, at a double ring ceremony in Kalispell. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Yaple, and the groom, son of Mrs. Bertie Dutton, ex changed vows at the Epworth Methodist Church. Attendants for the bridal couple were Ida Jane Guinn and Arnold McGill. Mr. and Mrs. Dutton were tem porarily at home Tuesday at the Gable cabins, following a brief honeymoon on Flathead Lake. Mrs. Dutton is employed by the First State Bank. Mr. Dutton is an em ployee of Jaqueth's Inc . Mrs. Leo S. Welch and nephew, Elmer Stevens, visited over the holidays with relatives in Spokane, Pullman, Moscow and Seattle. Tragedy struck on a ranch home *2 miles south of Libby late Tues day afternoon when David Clinton, fjve-yeaf old son of Mr. and Mrs. Calton T. Smith, was drowned, The father of the little boy working in a field across Swamp creek which runs through the ranch. He supposed David was with his aaoffier and Mrs. Smith thought the o°y was with the father. As Mr. Smith was working he heard a n01 ? e ne ar the water. On investi gating he found the body of his son who had fallen into 'the pool and drowned. J tm Mr. and Mrs. Robert Speare. Mrs. Speare is the former Ferne Zoliars Small Boy Dies From Drowning was The small victim's grandfather, H. B. Wallace was immediately notified by telephone. He called Dr. Anderson, who drove immed lately to thé Smith home to ad minister first aid. The Libby Fire Department was also notified and Fire Chief George Wood, accom panied by four firemen rushed the department pulmotor to the ranch where they worked until it was seen that further efforts would be useless. David Clinton Smith was born at Libby, Montana, December 20, 1944, and passed away at his home near Libby, September 6, 1949, aged five eight months, and 16 days. Davis is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calton T. to Smith; one brother Tommy, age eight years; by his paternal grand mother, Mrs. Nancy Smith and by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and of Mrs. H. B. Wallace. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p. m. tomorrow (Friday) from' the Gompf Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Fr. O'Malley of St. Joseph's Catholic Church officiating. Inter ment will be made in the Libby cemetery, Grizzly Bites Man Who Takes to Tree EUREKA (Special)—Joe Johnson and Warren Hanson were attacked by a grizzly bear on their return from a fishing trip in the Wolver ines. They report that they were on the trail near Blacktail creek when they saw two cubs ahead. They decided to circle the cubs as they knew the mother would be near. In doing so the mother,bear saw them and made for the boys. They climbed a windfall, but were out of reach. She grabbed Joe by the leg and pulled him down. He fell on her back which startled her enough that she loos ened her hold on his leg. Warren shot the bear in the head several times, killing her, while Joe attempted to scramble out of her reach. Joe suffered a serious wound on his leg, but was able to get back to the car with the aid of his pal. Libby Grid Season Opens Sept. 17 Libby's first game of the football season will be September 17 when the Terrier's play Ronan there. A game with Kalispell this Saturday was cancelled. Coach Kenneth Card said, at the request of Kalispell. Three home games are scheduled this season. The home games will be evening games starting at 7:30 p. m. Single admission prices are 75c, 35c, and 14c including tax. Following is the football schedule for the 1949 season: Opponent Date Sept. 17— Ronan Sept. 23—Bonners Ferry Sept. 30—Columbia Falls Oct. 8—Eureka Oct. 15—Whitefish Oct. 21—Poison Nov. 4—Sandpoint Place Ronan Libby Libby Eureka Whitefish Libby San dpoint Esmond Switzer and daughter, Primmie, of Richland, Wish., visited Sunday with relatives in Libby. State Officials Promise Mahoney Rood-Bridge Work County Commissioner James Ma honey was in Kalispell last wreck to meet Tom Elliott, a member of the state highway board. The ob ject of the meeting, stated the com missioner, was to find a solution for preventing the overflowing and flooding of the Pleasant Valley Fisher east of the Manicke School House. Last spring the stream flooded U. S. 2, together with a county road, marooning three fam ilies. A cooperative agreement between the county and state was agreed upon by which the river bed will be widened and deepened to better carry high waters. Work is to be gin the latter part of this month, stated the commissioner. Mr. Mahoney also reports that plans for the construction of the Kootenai river bridge at Libby are being put in order as rapidly as possible. It is very likely, he adds, that project will be open for bids at a December letting. The com missioner has pleaded for this proj ect for quite a while and it is grati fying to know his efforts are get ting results. Award Many Contest Prizes for Sports A pleasing display of farm stock and agricultural products as well as sewing and other work shown during the Western Lincoln County Fair. The exhibits drew much favorable comment and Coun ty Agent Robinson states that in terest in this department of the Fair is growing rapidly. The list of prize winners has not been fur nished the Western Nows for pub lication this week but will doubt less appear in a near issue. Following are the prizes awarded during Monday morning's sports' program: Men's sawing (three prizes)— Bud Peck & Fuzzy Spencer, 25 sec onds; Payton & Hesner, 28.2 sec.; Carl Orr & Royce Olson, 28.8 sec. Bucking contest (three prizes)— Fuzz Spencer, Payton and Frank Sweet. Women's sawing—Pilnay & Hirsch, Payton & McCann and Os burn & Zajanc. Nail driving con test (three prizes)—Women's, Mrs. Preston; second prize, name not fur nished; Mrs. Harry Hartle. Men's, McGan; Leudecke; 3d prize, not furnished. Chopping (three prizes)—Bud Peck; Sweet; 3d prize, name not fur nished. In children's sports, the following received first awards: Judy Riddle, Dolores Davidson, Allen Lamey, Doug Smart, 3 prizes, Dick Wood, Charles Taylor, Louise Downing, Norma Green, Allen Lamey, Maur was name contest Frank een Beasley, Gloria Preston, (2), Gerald Wood, Ronny Wells, War ren Midyett, Della Orsborn, Arlene Gardner, George Tipman, Darlene Osborne, Louise Downing, Keith Wood, Del Stordock, Vera Russell, Del Drury, Wava Olson. Second awards went to the fol lowing: Marlene Sturm, 2 prizes, Betty Miller, 3 prizes. Birdie Beas ley, Carl Larson, Jim Switzer, Louis Schikora, Dickie McCallum, Gerald Wood, Donnie Beebe, Robert Har rison, Jerry Bowen, Barbara Per son, May McNair, Della Osborn, Gail Weidner, Rose McQueen, Ben Reedy, Terry Kyser, Joe Wood, Maurene Beasley, Della Osborn, Dianne Trowbridge. Third place awards: McNair, George Wood, 2 prizes Jack Dyson, Sue Welton, Flora Din woodie, Judy Riddle, Ben Reedy, Della Osborn, Gary Stordock, Bill Myrhang, Esther Decker, Marlene Sturm, Gloria Preston, Norma Greene, Helen Bentley, Naomi Ol son, Lorraine Davidson, Leona Ol son, Della Osborn, Allen Lamey, John Kingley, Dickie McCallum, Frankie Pival, Norman Adamson. The names of the four winners of Horses and Knights were not secured. Also the six boys who caught rabbits, were not caught in time to get their names. , Michael PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING OF GARDEN CLUB An all day meeting of the Gar den Club will be open to the pub lic Sept. 20. A tour in the morning under the direction of County Agent Frank Robinson and a horti culturist from Montana State Col lege at Bozeman will me made to any home or business house in terested in securing landscaping suggestions. In the afternoon a closed busi ness meeting of the garden club members will be held at the home of Mrs. F. C. Robertson, tosses at the meeting will be Mrs. Ray Bartness and Mrs. Harold Thomson. The day will be concluded by a speech in the community room that Both the Co-hos evening. evening pro gram and the morning tour open to the public and all inter ested persons are urged to The purpose of the meeting is to bring landscaping suggestions to members of the club and munity interested in landscaping their property. are come. com $117 STOLEN FROM GARAGE The Standard Motors was broken into Tuesday night and $117 was taken from a fireproof box in which the money was kept. En trance to the garage was through a back window. No clew to the robbery has been found. Death Claims Dr. Brown f r If On December 23, 1906, she was united in marriage with Ray Clar ence Frost, of Eureka, ion was born four children, Ruth Helene, who died at the age of seven months, Henrietta Louise. Benjamin Ray, and Grace Myrtelle Louiclle. Frances Myrtelle born in Maderville, 1878, and died at Spokane, Wash ington, September 2, 1949, at the age of 71 years. When she was three years old she moved with her parents to Newark, Illinois, where she attend ed grade and high schools. Later she was graduated from the Uni versity of Valparaiso at Valparaiso, Indiana. From there she went to the nation school of Osteopathy from which she received a Doctor of Osteopathy Decree. In 1901, she moved with her par ents to Tobacco Valley, Montana. From Kalispell she made the three day trip by stage coach to the town of Tobacco. "Doctor Brown," as she was called in the early days, was the only doctor between Kalispell and Libby, attending many of her cases by horseback. Brown was Indiana, To this un con time of her passing, she was a mem-1 ber of the Eureka Grange. She is survived by her husband and three children; two daughters, Mrs. Grace Pettus, of Blanche, New Mexico, and Mrs. Louise French of Spokane, Washington, and her Benjamin R. of Missoula, Montana. Granddaughters are Bonnie Lou and Darlene French. Two sisters Mrs. Florence McCannon and Cora G. Rhodes, both of Spokane and one brother Howard W. Brown of Flagstone, B. C. Eight nieces and two nephews also survive. Funeral services were held in Eureka Tuesday with the Rev. W. C. Stearns of Libby officiating. Members of the Eureka Grange assisted with the services both at the church and grave. Interment was made at the Eureka cemetery. The Gompf Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Since the pioneer days preceding the railroad, she has lived in the Tobacco Valley where she tinued to practice Osteopathy. An accomplished musican, she taught scores of young people both piano and violin. She was a life long member of the Presbyterian church, and for many years was a member of the Royal Neighbors. At the Libby Bowling Ass'n Elects Officers Officers for the coming year in the Libby Bowling Assoc, include pres., Harold Miller; 1st vice Ray Maness; 2nd vice pres., Petrusha; 3rd vice pres., Dr. Sei fert; 4th vice pres., Lloyd Burpee; secretary, Wm. Baeth; treasurer, Bud Adkins, executive board trus tees, Ralph Roberts, Howard Ahl skog and Clay Parker. According to the secretary Wil liam Baeth, there will be a final organization meeting Thursday evening, Sept. 15 at 8:00 p. the Kegler's meeting room at which time all teams will be lined up and ready to go on the following Mon day. pres., Mac m. in There will be an eight team lea gue with handicaps playing Monday and Friday nights. Wed nesday night will have a four team league with handicaps and a four team league-scratch. Open bowling is expected to start Thursday, Sept. 15, according to Ralph Roberts. DAY CAMP CRAMMED FULL OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Outdoor cooking, lashing, open air games, making moss gardens on rocks, and similar activities crammed a two-day Girl Scout Camp full of fun last week. Day Camp under the direction of Mrs. Rodney Peterson was held Tuesday and Wednesday at Pioneer Park. This was the final of the four day camp. 1 was postponed after the second day last July when rains drove the girls inside. session The camp The Strike Closes Local Telephones Local employees of the Interstate Telephone Co. are on strike this week following their union instruc tions to "walk off" at 6:00 a. m. Tuesday. Only emergency calls are being put through during the strike. Libby and Troy are the two Mon tana towns affected by the strike, but a total of 580 employees in 21 exchanges throughout Montana, Idaho, and Washington struck Tues day. Della A. McIntyre, San Francisco, representative of the international brotherhood of Electrical Workers (AFL), said the strike was a result of deadlocked contract negotiations. Proposed wage adjustments and the inclusion of a union shop clause in the contract were the main ob stacle to agreement, it was an nounced Saturday. The strike was called for "bet ter hours, wages, and conditions. Libby Chamber to Hold Important Meeting Sept. 15 President Harlow Stordock of the Libby Chamber of Commerce an nounces that the first and most portant meeting of the season will be held at 7:00 p. m. in the Swan son Lodge near Troy, Thursday, Sept. 15. This will be a dinner meeting, and all members who have not already done so, are urged to send back their reservations for the dinner. Committee chairmen will be chosen and committee plans for the year will be made. All who need transportation to meeting are urged to meet at 6:30 p. m. either in front of The Libby Pharmacy or Hargreaves. Plan to attend this important meeting and help the Chamber off to a good start for the ensuing year. im Youth Drowns In Kootenai REXFORD (Special) Keith Doble, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. I John Doble, lost his life in the Kootenai river Sunday morning. Keith and a friend, Orvel Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith had gone on a camping trip Sat urday, while hunting for horses Sunday morning on their return home they decided to ford the river at a point not far from the old Gateway bridge, which was washed out during the flood a year ago. The trip back to the boys' homes was a distance of twenty miles while by fording the river the dis tance could bo considerably short ened. Keith took the lead because his friend was dubious about the river. short distance when his stumbled, presumably stepping in a hole, and threw Keith into the water. He grabbed the horse but it kicked him possibly knocking the boy unconscious, because he never came up. Orvel, who was still on the bank, h0 , me of Mr. and Mrs Alfred Sûmes for help. In a iß. short time severa neighbors were 1 1 at the scene of the tragedy, and i, men with boats were searching for I the boy's body. Sam Leighty and Harold Butts located the body a short while later near White's landing, about a mile down stream from the place Keith had entered the river, the water at this place was about seven feet deep. Sam Doble dived for the body and was successful in his ef crossing He had only forded a horse in forts the first time. Everything possible was done to try to revive the boy, but it was of no avail. Keith Doble was fifteen years age at the time of his passing. is survived by his mother and fath er and two younger brothers. Funeral services were held the Baptist Church, Wednesday 2:30 p. m., with the Rev Wh Stearns, Libby, officiating. Keith Samuel Doble, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Doble Tooley Lake West Kootenai was born at Eureka, Montana, July 21, 1934. Keith attended grade school at Tooley Lake and would have been in his Sophomore year in Eur eka high Keith was an outdoor boy and loved horses. He took an active part in the Kootenai Young People's Assoc., and also belonged to the Border Trail Riders. He leaves to mo.urn his early passing, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Doble, his brothers, Dwain and Johnnie, all at the home; his grandmothers. Mrs. Emma Doble and Mrs. Bessie Butts and uncles, aunts, and cous ins besides a host of friends who will always keep his memory in their hearts. He is not away, just asleep. v CHARLIE BARNET TO GOPHER INN 11TH Charlie Barnet brings to Gopher Inn 17 artists and two vocal soloists the evening of Sept. 11. Barnet, states Manager Jerry Lincoln, rates one of the nation's top ten, featur ing "Sweet with a Beat" type of music. Jerry is leaving nothing undone furnish his patrons with the best obtainable in famous dance bands, and the response these bands re ceive in attendance shows the pub lie's appreciation of Mr. Lincoln's efforts. lekoa Wins The Labor Day Ball Tournament By Jimmie Roberta The Tekoa, Washington Smokers won 1st place in the 1949 Labor Day tournament last Monday after noon by defeating the Levitcb Jewelers of Spokane 4 to 1 befoae the largest crowd in the history of the tournament. Tekoa's ace pitcher, Jim Lyde*. held the Jeweler's to 5 scratch hBr as his mates took advantage at their 7 hits and 3 costly Levitcb errors to earn the decision. Spokane pitcher Jack Currm hurled shut out ball until the Ctb inning when Tekoa scored their first run on a walk, a single and aoi error. Curran was relieved in the 6th by big Gene Conley who gm up one more run before retins the side. He was touched for one hit and two more runs in the 7th inning to sew up the game for Tekoa. Bob Goldberg led the Smokers at bat with two timely singles, driving in 1 run and scoring another. Lev itch first baseman, Ray Parrot, wa the big gun for his team with o»ie of his three singles driving in their only run in the 4th inning. The box score: Tekoa P. Lyden, ss Henton, lb . 3 2 11 Goldberg, cf 4 I 2 g J. Lyden, p ... 4 0 1 1 Nelson, If Currier, c . 4 0 0 Bloxom, 3b Heinbeigner, rf 2 1 10 Tushaff, rf Riggs, 2b TOTALS 33 4 7 3 ab h r e 4 0 I » 4 I ! 4 0 0 I ' o » 3 0 'I I Levitch McDougall, ss 4 Taylor, 3b Roberts, cf Parrot, lb . Conley, If-p Ogle, 2b . Williams, c 4 Barton, rf Curran, p-lf TOTALS 12b—Henton; SO-Curran'5. Conley Lyden 12; BB—Curran 1. Conley Lyden 4; HO—Curran «, Conley Lyden 5; WP—Lyden; LP—Cm ran ab h r e 0 0 I 4 1 1 .... 3 0 0 1 - 4 0 3 » 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 » 0 I » 3 0 0 .2 0 0 » 32 1 5 3 The Libby Keglers captured 3rd place by squeezing out a 5 to 3 win over the Bonner Lumberjacks. Al though touched for 10 hits, Libby pitcher George Smith was effective the clutches. Libby clubbed Lefty Pleasant for 11 hits, includ a 2 run homer by Lee Gehring in the 3rd inning. Will Deschamps was the leading hitter for Bonner as he cracked out a double and two sir^les in 4 times at bat. Gehring with 3 hits and Fuzzy Spencer and Jim Roberts with 2 apiece led the Libby club. The box score: Libby G. Smith, p J. Roberts, 2b 4 J. Presley, c Gehring, lb Vignali, 3b F. Spencer, cf 5 Christianson, rf 5 Larson, ss Solem, If TOTALS of at at ab h r e :> 2 1 0 1 2 9 .5 0 1 4 .5 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 l 0 4 1 1 2 4 0 0 § 41 5 11 2 Bonner B. Nash, If Barclay, rf Eaheart, ss Sowrc, c Douchette. 2b Stewart, cf Nical, 3b Deschamps. 1 b Pleasant, p T. Nash ab h r e 2 4 I 0 5 0 1 0 0 4 2 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 9 4 1 1 I 4 0 1 3 4 0 3 0 3 0 1 .. 1 0 9 0 TOTALS 2b—Nash, Eaheart 2, Deschamps, Christianson; HR—Gehring; SO— Smith 4, Pleasant 7; BB—Pleasant 1; HO—Smith 10, Pleasant 11; WP 1—Smith; LP—Pleasant. Tekoa and Bonners Ferry opened the tournament Saturday afternoon with the game being called at the end of 5 innings of play due to tournament rules. Tekoa proved they would be tough to beat as they scored 18 runs in the five innings while hold ing Bonners Ferry to 3. 7 3 10 4 (Continued on Page Twelve) Schools Enroll 82 More Than in 1948 First day enrollment in the Lib by schools totaled 860 students, an increase of 82 over last year. Total enrollment in the grades was 501. in junior high 167, and in high school 192 Ninety-four first graders were divided between three classrooms. Highest enrollment was in the fourth and seventh grades with 103 students each. In high school the freshman class was the largest with 58 pupils. Then seniors were next on the enrollment list with 48 students. The instruction staff for Libby's record enrollment includes 36. Following is the enrollment ac cording to grade: first—94, second —84, third—81, fourth 103, fifth— 76, sixth—63. seventh—103; eighth —64, freshman—58, sophomore—45, junior—41, senior—48.