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,near-old Martin City held first services in its new log church
Tr"Sunday. The 28 by 40-foot squared log building, a project oj
Presbyterian board of missions, was built by John O'Connell, Co
,, p a iis contractor. From its windows can he seen Glacier na
, rk peaks, and five miles away is site of Hungry Horse dam.
is Rev. James B. Schofield, six-foot, former army chaplain.
ùister is
llate Water Improvements
»veral prospective buyers have
about Columbia Falls
12 sale of $100,000 worth of
bonds to re
neral obligation
ud and extend the water sup
r system. . . , . .
loday the town is advertising
o alternate bids for opening
iril 15. One provides for sup
labor and materials to build
system, and the other
be fumish
that labor only
Required will be excavation of
|20 feet for the supply line, and
|050 feet for the distribution
Inches in the town itself. Also
led are 6,000 feet of 12-inch
te, and 5.400 feet of 8-inch pipe;
■000 of 6 inch and 4,650 of 4 inch,
■tings, valves and hydrants
Eke up the rest of the bid.
[Columbia Falls water source
[e the ample Cedar creek springs
L miles distant and 158 feet
love the town. The present eight
ph supply line is inadequate. On
tbruary 27, the town approved
Be of the $100,000 worth of bonds
[ 137 to 1.
The water bonds may not be
Light by the state land board.
isk Martin City
itar Route Bids
A permanent contract for two |
ars effective June 30 is being
ered for carrying mail from j
blumbia Falls to
bights, Hungry Horse and Mar
li City.
The contract over the eight-mile
lute calls for six days a week
irvice, once a day, with bids to
ose April 22 in Washington.
Mrs. L. R. Smith, Hungry Horse
Mage, was low bidder on a tem
irary contract that started the
resent route last January 16.
er bid of $1,175 per anum is
msidered "below a reasonable
Previously the Martin
[ity mail was dispatched from
pram by messenger with Hun
ky Horse and Columbia Heights
Bving no service.
[The contract now being adver
ted calls for no change, though
events have forwarded peti
ts asking for seven day a week
ervice with better train connect
■ark Rangers Take
■* as t Snow Measure
Returning from the last snow
'easurement trip to Cattle Queen
1 Glacier national park probablv
fflday will be District Ranger
^°yd Henderson, Ranger Paul
>ebb, Fred Bussey, and M. E.
ac y, Whitefish photographer.
The men left Wednesday for the
" to the center of the park
- 1 the continental divide between
hdson bay, Missouri and Col
fobia river drainages. A month
P> snow depth at Cattle Queen
inches, 3% inches under
year ago.
Henderson with District Ran
Hugh Buchanan and Ranger
Berger measuerd snow at
■'shenehn near the Canadian line
Monday. It was 24.6 inches
ee P w >th a water content of 5.5
"hes. On March 30, 1947 snow
8 27.2 inches deep with a wa
°ontent of 8.7 inches.
Jalls Post Office Shows
' Per Cent Mail Gain
r r ce ht mail volume increase du
_ ? January, February and March
the same period of 1947, ac
Cfeen^ Postmaster Dudley
jj* n 'Hie two i
o°, rse däm preconstruction, the
*** P a Hs post office mail
has nearly doubled.
Falls showed a 27
years of Hungry
It Back or Else
. by 3^ tire and rim stolen
Woo< i saw on street. Owners
hrt 6 t0 move saw or saw wood.
y is known who took tire
ntn ' Mrs. Joe Hula.
Hufflne's Mountain
Goat Not Expected
To Make the Grade
The Rocky Mountain goat that
had winter refuge at the Dan Huf
fine home near Essex won't pull
The nanny was found in mid
February too feeble to walk, and
possibly the victim of a snowslide.
! For nearly six weeks, the animal
has been caredj'or by the Huffines
who live just across the Flathead's
middle fork from Glacier national
Last report is "she won't make
the grade." Rocky Mountain goats,
there are an estimated 866 in Gla
cier, seldom go far from the ab
ove-the-tree- line alpine areas ev
en in winter. They are rare in
Half Moon to Build
Swimming Pool
Plans are underway to build a
community swimming pool at
Half Moon. In charge of arrange
ments is Curtis Chagun, who sta
ted it would be a free pool for use 1
the public,
Dimensions of the pool will be
66 by 30 feet with a six inch ce
ment wall. Water depths will
range from two to nine feet.
Starting the donations were the
Stoltze Land and Lumber com
pany, who promised use of their
bulldozer and a man to bulldoze
the site. The Home Lumber com
pany, Whitefish, have donated the
board. Material, money, and
labor will be donated for the pro
ject. Assisting will be the Half
Moon home demonstration club.
Tickets will be sold to help
raise funds. Seven lucky ticket
holders will be given five free
swimming lessons for any mem
be for the afmily. Also awarded
will be $5.00 worth of Watkins
products to four other holders.
Clear Way for Purchase
Of State Land in Park 1
Action by the Montana state
legislature is necessary before the
remaining 10,000 acres of state
owned land in Glacier national
park can be turned over to the
park service.
President Truman has signed
House Resolution 4980 introduced
by Congressman
resolution provides for the nation
al park service to acquire the
state-owned land.
Money from the sale of this pro
will be turned over to the
D'Ewart. The
state school fund; however, a fe
deral appropriation and Montana
agreement to the sale Is necessary
before it can become completed.
Spring Training Program
Slated for Park Rangers
Glacier national park rangers
hold their annual spring
April 12 through 16.
will be Chief Ran
N. Fladmark with as
In charge
ger Elmer
sistant chief rangers, Jack Alton,
Cannavina and Elmer Ness.
Glacier's 20 rangers,
ready for the vacationers'
son, will take part in discussions
that range from accounting
trails and trail signs to checking
stations, new developments m
fire fighting and communications.
There are 27 topics in all.
To Discuss Telephones
Representatives .
and Martin City have been mvit
the next Monday at 8 p. —
of the Hungry Horse
the teleph
one situation.
Meeting is in the Log Cabm
cafe, and wUl also mclude a dis
cussion of water problems.
ed to
Builders to talk over
All Set for Wednesday Bid Opening
Hungry Horse News
10 cents a copy
Friday, April 2, 194S
Vol. 2, No. 35
Columbia Falls, Montana
Big Vote Expected for School Election
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Grass and dry land on the west side of Columbia mount ain at Barnards was found Sun
day for Martin City's Easter egg hunt. Sponsored by the Boo mtown Builders, the affair in
volved a scurrying after S23 eggs. Tickets ,fo the. Royal thea tre went to special egg finders,
^ean Graham and Carol Probert, both 5; David Culver, 7; Fred McMurdo, 12, and Deila Probert, V t .
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Before the Easter egg rou m ram y ^ ^ and /rom leJt t0 right are
the T ™e V me ™ bers of the cast; Edythe Humiston, Nancy Biss ell, Lynn Douglas, Elaine Holl
ingsworth, James Baines with Lloyd Mason and Lanny Lading, kneeling. Photos by Mel Rude ^
Northwest Airlines
Seek Route Change
Flathead county's airport board
Tuesday meeting objected to
by Northwest Airlines that
put the county airport on
at a
a move
feeder run.
Civil Aeronautics
When the
board in Washington tast Novem
ber authorized the Northwest stop
at the local port, six miles from
Columbia Falls, they specified
direct Spokane to
that it be on a . ,
Great Falls run, and definitely
include Missoula Butte or any
circuitous route.
The Flathead has been expect
ing air passenger and mail ser
vice by Northwest sometime this
summer. A $70,000 administration
building is now being built at the
which already has
hard-surfaced runways.
made by
county port
The present
Northwest last Friday may be an
attempt to substitute a feeder ser
vice into Missoula.
President of the airport board
is g. A. Miller, Kalispell. Mem
bers are Chet Seymer, Columbia
Fails; H. B. Markus, Whitefish;
Fred Brinkman, Kalispell, and E.
j. O'Brien, Bigfork. County clerk,
A. J. Shaw is secretary.
S. H. Larson Takes Over
Flathead Timber Sales
in charge
Stanford H. Larson
management and sales
Flathead national forest
1945 returned to his
of timber
for the
from 1942 to
old job Monday.
He succeeds District Ranger
John Castles, who held the job
temporarily after the transfer of
j L Emerson, who left January
1 to become supervisor of St.
national forest, St. Maries,
state university,
Assistant Supervisor
_ joined the forest service
1923 After leaving the Flat
head he was assistant supervisor
Kaniksu national forest,
regigning in May>
^ enter the pole busmess,
A Montana
Nein Club Offers Free
Show Each Month for
All Eligible Members
Every youngster between the
of 6 and 12 residing in the
area is eligible for membership
in the town's newest club and a
free show once a month at the
Park theatre.
Organization meeting of the new
club has been called by Ernie
Massman for 2:30 this Saturday
«.fternoon at the theatre.
Dues are 5 cents a year, and
all members in good standing may
select one free show a month, ex
cepting on Sundays.
To be in good standing, mem
bers must refrain from whistling
and talking while the picture is
on; keep their feet off seats and
dispose of gum
Ernie believes the new club will
result in a quieter showhouse. and
he's throwing in
free, show as a birthday present
with care.
an additional
to each member in good standing.
Strawberry Lake Snow
Measures 136 Inches
Snow measurements taken at
Strawberry lake, just over the
top of the Swan range and south
of Columbia mountain show 136
inches of snow. Making the trip
Flathead national forest ran
Art Whitney and Walter Pe
On a snowmobile trip to Spott
ed Bear .Desert mountain and Lo
gan creek in the Tally lake dist
rict this week were Ted Paullin
and Les Darling. Their reports
were not in at Flathead national
forest offices Friday morning.
Columbia Heights Gets
New Commercial Club
Homer Carter, Tuesday, was el
ected president of the newly or
ganized Columbia Heights Com
mercial club. Archie Steele was
named vice president, and Joe
Cada, secretary-treasurer.
Two miles from Columbia Falls,
the new community is at the junc
tion of highways No. 2 and No.
Announce District
Ranger Forest Posts
District ranger assignments for
and summer have been
completed for the Flathead nat
ional forest, fourth largest in the
United States.
Supervisor F. J. Neitzling an
nounced the promotion of Ray
Gardner to become district ranger
at Big Prairie, 40 miles from
road's end at Spotted Bear, and
in the heart of a size-of-Rhode
Island primitive area. He will re
port to his station as soon as tra
vel permits in mid-May. Former
Big Prairie ranger, Russell Clon
inger has been promoted to the
Yakt district of the Kootenai.
Arthurs, Deer Lodge,
will succeed Clarence Stillwell,
transferred to the Couer d'Alene
national forest, as district ranger
for Upper Swan lake, also a re
mote station.
Other Flathead national forest
district rangers are: B. A. Beal
ey, Coram: Harley Hartson, Tally
lake: Virgil Eastman. Bigfork, all
at their stations year around.
Castles will open the
North Fork district station at
Big Creek by mid-April. Charlie
Shaw will report to Spotted Bear
in May, and Earl McConnell will
the Schaefer station about
the same time.
State Fire Marshal
Inspects and Teaches
On inspection and holding clas
ses in the Columbia Falls Hun
gry Horse and Martin City area
Monday and Tuesday were State
Fire Marshal Jack Camey and
Frank Hollenbeck, Smith Hughes
representative on the fire training
A fire school was held in Colum
bia Falls Monday evening; a fire
drill held at the high school was
Inspected were the veterans'
housing project, the school build
ings and several downtown struc
tures in Columbia Falls as well
fire fighting equipment here
and up-the-line.
excellent" by the mar
Folks aren't agreeing about
questions on tomorrow's school
ballots, but fair and square it
will be decided between the hours
of 12 and 8 p. m. Saturday.
Martin City bursting with town
enthusiasm and proud of a new
church want their own school.
Their present class is in a rent
ed store building, and the rest
ride the bus through busy Bad
Rock canyon to overcrowded class
rooms in Columbia Falls.
Coram also asks for a school
building. The present building is
inadequate, and the church base
ment being used is the poorest
classroom in the district.
Columbia Falls present grade
school building this week was
termed hazardous by Jack Car
ney, state fire marshal.
Most opposition to the $55,000
buildings at Coram and Marr.in
City is in the Falls, nor is their
much support in the other new
In addition to deciding bond iss
ues to build and completly equip
the Martin City and Co ram sch
ools, voters will be asked to appr
ove a special grade school levy of
25 mils as compared with last ye
ar's 13. This is in addition to the
10 mil levy that the board can
make without the voter approval,
and will result in grade school
taxes being 34 percent higher
than a year ago.
Most school boards have found
the mil maxium as provided by
state lawi completely inadequate.
This district needs more funds to
provide for expansion and increas
ed operating expenses.
District 6 grade school enroll
ments have increased from 214 in
1944 to 588 last fall.
One mil in the district raises
The high school asks 12 mils
with approximately 5 to be used
to purchase, erect and equip a
40 by 60-foot quonset structure
for manual training and shop in
struction. The remaining 7 mils
will be used to help operate the
high school.
Five candidates have also filed
for the two vacancies on the school
board: Chairman Otto Fehlberg,
Coram, up for re-election; Herman
Byrd, Martin City; Attorney Ja
mes Gumming and Lee Dickey,
both of Columbia Falls, and Comp
ton Corbett, Coram.
Holdover members of the board
are: Dwight Henry
chings, Belton, and Ted Rogers,
Columbia Falls rural.
For the first time, Columbia
Falls does not have a majority
of the district 6 voters. Of the ap
parent 517 registered, taxpaying
voters in the district, about 225
are residents of Columbia Falls.
While only registered, taxpay
ing voters will decide the issue of
bonding for new schools and the
mil levies, any qualified voter can
cast a ballot for school board
A qualified elector is generally
any citizen who has resided in the
district for six months and in the
state for a year.
Saturday's election will deter
mine what communities are most
interested in schools. There's a
much abused word, "Democracy,"
but in the matter of the public
schools you're the boss.
Polling will be at Columbia Falls
grade school; Co ram and Belton
schools and at the Izaac Walton
hotel, Essex.
Saturday's vote on school ques
tions may equal the last general
election in November, 1946 when
about 500 persons in the district
voted. After all the 500 can run
the schools, but they only help
run the county, state and nation.
Effective with this issue the
Hungry Horse News will not have
news stand sales in Columbia
Falls. Extra copies may be ob
tained at the newspaper office
which lis open Monday morning
through Saturday noon.
March Chalks Up Snowy, Cold
March snowfall at Kalispell to
taled 19.3 inches compared to a
normal of 6.3 inches making it
the second snowiest March, in 50
years. Worse was 1929 with 19.5
inches, reports E. S. Mark, obser
The month saw winter's coldest
day of 9 below at Kalispell on
March 10, and it was the fifth
coldest March in 50 years. Pre
cipitation totaled 1.24 inches com
pared to a normal of .95.
At Hungry Horse cooperative
observer, N. H. Olson recorded
Bids to build Hungry Horse,
the world's fourth largest con
crete dam. are still scheduled for
opening next Wednesday morning
at 10.
The public opening by Clyde H.
Spencer, Hungry Horse project
engineer, is expected to be witness
ed by more than 200 contractor
representatives, equipment and
supply salesmen and other inter
ested persons.
Largest bureau of reclamation
project since before the war, Hun
Horse will be 2,115 feet ac
and 520 feet high, backing
up 3,500,000 acre feet. Its con
struction will take six or seven
years and peak employment is
expected to be 4,000 men in 1951.
Hearings in Washingtfon before
a house subcommittee are believed
to be in progress. President Tru
man in his budget address recom
mended $9,850,000 for Hungry
Horse during the next fiscal year.
No definite information as to
how the request for funds is far
ing is available. Some word is ex
pected this coming week. Don Tre
loar of the Flathead Citizen's
committee is in Washington.
While the bid opening is Wed
nesday, the contract will not be
awarded before May.
In circulation Wednesday and
Thursday loos a spring crop of
rumors about Hungry Horse. This
story contains the latest authentic
information available by Friday
11 a. m. There will be both good
and bad news in the next two
months; ithe complete score will
not be known perhaps until June,
just as it was last year.
At the Wednesday morning op
ening on the prime contract to
build the dam itself, groups of
contractors are expected to sub
mit two bids. Meanwhile there is
interest in the Denver opening to
day of bids to furnish the 2,900,
000 barrels of cement needed to
build the dam. Specifications call
for delivery of 500,000 barrels in
Allis Chalmers offered the low
bid Wednesday of $2,285,000 to
furnish four 105,000 horsepower
turbines and governors for the
dam. Bids for installation of four
75,000 kva generators have been
delayed from April 8 to April 22.
Specifications have been re
leased for the construction and
furnishing 24 two bedroom and 22
three bedroom prefabricated hou*
ses at Hungry Horse village with
opening in Denver April 20.
Hungry Horse village now has
25 duplexes and 50 prefabricated
houses completed. Copies of spe
cifications for the new residences
will be available at the local bu
reau of reclamation offices by
Meanwhile Guy F. Atkinson
company employing 136 men this
week have completed 850 feet of
the 1,180 foot long 36-foot In di
ameter diversion tunnel at Him
gry Horse damsite. This Is a
$643,400 contract.
Total cost of the dam and pow
erplant is set at $100,000,000.
Schedule Planting
96,000 Pine Trees
Planting 96,000 small ponderosa
pine trees is scheduled for the
Flathead national forest late this
District Ranger John Castles
will have charge of planting 48,
000 of the little trees on 55 acres
one section on Fool Hen ridge and
the other on Teakettle mountain
both up the Flathead river's north
District Ranger B. A. Bealey
at Coram will supervise planting
another 48,000 of the pines on a
60 acre tract on Desert mountain.
This will be the first Flathead
national forest artificial planting
since 1946 when 68,630 small Dou
glas fir trees were started on
Crystal creek above Columbia
Falls and near Teakettle mount
Last year the Crystal creek
trees showed 97 per cent surviv
al and the Teakettle planting, 77
per cent.
Three new business places are
in prospect for Columbia Heights
as the result of lot purchases. Carl
D. Evans, Bayview, Idaho, bought
two lots from Rex Worrall for a
shower house; the Pauline family
of Kalispell have a self-service
laundry in mind, and B. B. Kelly,
San Francisco, a recreation hall.
snowfall of 31.5 inches with 5
inches remaining on the ground
at the station. The year's first
hearing of thunder was Monday
At Belton, Assistant Chief Ran
ger Dave Cannavina measured
March snowfall totaling 24.7 inch
es compared to a normal of 13.5
There is still 15 inches of snow
on the level at Belton.
Spring work in the fields is not
expected to start generally for
two weeks. The season is about
two weeks late. Ground is bare at
Columbia Falls.

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