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: \ 7 : Vy ; N / . 'S - ■ \ / \ I '» t , T3 4 > I % f IM! V / Ü îf * I f . > \ ' > • t c > : > ' î ■ ■ „i r i A , ml > A lV f 1 : à -• Mit Columbia Falls high school Wildcats open their 1954-55 conference schedule against Poison there Friday. Saturday, the Wildcats play Anaconda Central here. Last Friday in the season's opener, they defeated Bigfork 52-29. From left to right front row are Vern Byrd, Bob Baumann, Jim Kruse, Jack Brownson, Larry Crandall and M ike Driscoll. Back row has Doug Smith, manager, and letternien, LeRoy Byrd, Dick Knapton, Darryl Patterson, Webb Garey, Allan Hamilton, Roger Christensen and Coach Bud Beagle. Hamilton and Garey are co-captains. The team has 17 game schedule this winter. Fails Plays Poison; Anaconda Central Saturday Sees Elk Kill at Least 28 WEST GLACIER—Last Satur day. first day of the extended open se_ on on elk of both sexes up the Flathead river's Middle Fork saw a kill of 22 elk on Autumn creek between Bear creek and the continental divide. Another six elk were also known to have been killed. Few if any elk were taken Sun day. The two days saw an estimat ed 300 hunters. The winter open season lies along the south boundary of Gla cier National Park between West Glacier and the continental divide. The season is open each Saturday and Sunday between U. S. high way No. 2 on the south and the park boundary on the north. The park boundary is the Flathead river's Middle Fork to Java sta tion underpass, and then the Great Northern mainline to the contin ental divide. There isn't any open area between Essex and Java where U. S. No. 2 runs in the park. Two days notice will be given before the open season is to be closed. Idea of the two days open and five days closed is to encourage elk to leave Glacier where there are too many animals for avail able range. A continuous open sea son would create a rifle barrage discouraging animals.to leave the park. Seek Applicants For Soldiers' Home Post Applications are being received for the position of commander of the State Soldiers Home a mile from Columbia Falls. The position pays $4,000 a year and housing, and all applicants are required by law to be veter ans of the Spanish American War or of World War I. Applications should be submit ted to ThomasJ. Fleming, Bonner, chairman of the Montana Soldiers Home Board of Managers. A new commander will be picked at the March meeting of the board in Columbia Falls. Fleming commented to the Hun gry Horse News that relationships between the board and Vem R. Kèlly, Kalispell and Lake Mc Donald, who resigned as com mander at the Nov. 9 board meet ing, had been cordial. He added that there had been no unusual differences. Kelly's resignation was effect ive July 1, 1955, but he told the Hungry Horse News that he was ready to give up the position as soon as a successor was picked next spring. Kelly succeeded William Wedgewood of Missoula as commander July 15, 1953. Kelly is a lifelong resident of the Flathead, and he remarked that he wanted to be able to spend more time operating his cabin camp business at the head of Lake Mc Donald in Glacier National Park. The camp was founded by his father, the late Frank Kelly on land he homesteaded in 1892. This is one of the oldest cabin camps in Montana still in operation, and had its first regular guests in 1910. Kelly, a World War I veteran, was Montana Department Com mander of the VFW. He was also a Flathead county deputy sheriff from 1949 until 1953. The Soldiers Home is full with 85 residents, old soldiers or their widows. In addition there are 20 applications on the waiting list. The Home wants funds from the legislature to enlarge facilities. Members of the State Soldiers Home board are Thomas Fleming, Bonner, chairman; Dr. James Me Cabe, Helena; Ben Muzzey, Hing ham; Hans S. Hanson, Great Falls, and Bert Berland, Conrad, state commander of the Spanish Ameri can War veterans. The law pro vides for the state head of the Spanish war veterans to automat ically be a member of the board. In the state of Washington, an nouncement was made Wednesday of a new superintendent for the Washington state Soldiers Home at Orting. He is Joseph A. Reeves, former Everett superintendent of schools, who takes over Dec. 13, and will receive $426 a month. Ap pointment was made by Fred R. Dickson, state superintendent of public institutions. WEST GLACIER — About 100 ] western Montana boy scouts are scheduled to hold a winter camp, Dec 27 28 and 29 at Glacier Na- ( tional ' Park headquarters. In will be Raleigh W. Smed 1 ( Scouts to Hold Outing charge ley, Missoula, area scout execu-| tive, assisted by Claire Story, Kal-j isoell field executive. The boys will headquarter at the park conference hall. 1 Wildcats of '54-55 Are 15 to 18 Years Postwar developments of Hun gry Horse Dam and the expanding lumber industry brought families of most Columbia Falls high school basketball players to Flathead. Al uminum plant has helped keep a number here. Only two of the 12 are 18 year-olds with five, 17, four 16 and one 15. The boys were born in 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939, just before World War II. Here's lineup; Webb Garey, center. 16 last Ap ril 2, 6'5", ' '5, junior, born Kalis pell, came to Columbia Falls fall of 1953. Dick Knapton, forward, 17 last Aug. 3, 6', 175, senior, born Bem idji, Minn., came to Columbia Falls in 1945. Roger Christensen, forward, 17 last July 10, 6', 175, senior, born Bismarck, N. Dak., came to Col umbia Falls seven years ago. Allan Hamilton, guard, 17 last Aug. 19, 6'1", 175, senior, Flathead native, lived in Columbia Falls except for eight years in Cut Bank. Mike Driscoll, guard, 15 last March 28, 5'10, 147, sophomore, born Moab, Utah, moved to Flat head in 1949 and Columbia Falls two years ago. Jack Brownson, forward, 16 last March 29, S'il, 160, junior, born Mason City, Wash., moved to Hun gry Horse seven years ago. Larry Crandall, forward, 16 last July 26, 5'9, 140, junior, born Bis hop, Calif., moved to Hungry Horse two years ago. Darryl Patterson, forward, 17 last March 9, 6'2, 165, senior, bom Moorpark, Calif., moved to Hun gry Horse six years ago. Vern Byrd, guard, 18 last Feb. 20, 5'9, 158, senior, born in Poi son, moved to Martin City nine pass vere . tion cease in November and snow drifts up to 15 feet deep were plowed in,f e l* 1 }? „5 shovel off the pass section and down to St. Mary. This week was seeing the con ti actor compete installation of the last of 12 culverts between I^g an creek and the pass, and this finishes construction until next spring. Stockpiled and ready for crush ing are 19,500 cubic yards of gra vel from McDonald creek, The Great Falls firm isexpect ed to complete its $125,300 con tract that rock along the Garden Wall next summer. years ago. LeRoy Byrd, guard, 17 last Sept. 4, 6', 185, junior, bom in Ronan, moved to Martin City nine years ago. Bob Baumann, guard, 16 last March 30, 5'9, 165, junior, born and lives in Columbia Heights. Jim Kruse, guard, 18 last March 21, 5'9, 150, senior, born in Havre, lived at Bigfork for six years where he starred in basketball, moved to Columbia Falls this year. Doug Smith, team manager, 16 last Feb. 4, 5'7, 120, senior, born Tacoma, Columbia Falls for past seven years. Gate at McDonald , Birch Done 't/I Spring WEST GLACIER—The 50 miles of Glacier National Park's Going to-the-Sun highway from the foot of Lake McDonald to the foot of St. Mary lake has been closed by winter weather until next April. Lower sections of the highway open for traffic in the spring, while the Logan pass section itself has a shorter four to five month season This fall saw S. Birch and Sons, Great Falls, widening the Logan section during October. Se weather saw the construe Continued Cloudy WEATHER forecast Increasing cloudiness Thursday, some snow and wind Thursday night. Friday decreasing cloudiness. Predicted high Thursday 35, low 25; high Friday near 35. Highs and lows; Dec. 3, 32-25; Saturday 37-28; Sunday 43-27, Monday 45-26, Tuesday 40-32, Wednesday 43-24, Thursday 35 19. Temperatures have been av eraging about 6 degrees above nor mal according to Observer Ray Hall at the airport. Late Novem ber temperatures and Dec. 1 and 2 were below normal. Roads in logging areas softened Monday Tuesday and Wednesday, but froze hard again Thursday, and now are considered in goon shape p >am. Precipitation: So far in Decem ber at the airport a trace of snow , . „ and .05 of an inch ram. December normal for month is 1.54 inches. Columbia Falls Wildcats open 1954-55 conference play when they meet the Poison Pirates on the Poison floor Friday at 8 p. m. The two schools B teams will play the preliminary. In season openers Poison lost to Missoula high school 62-39, while Columbia Falls defeated Bigfork in a ragged game 52-29. Eureka defeated Bigfork the next even ing 47-46. Measure of the Columbia Falls team will be further demonstra ted this weekend as Columbia Falls plays Anaconda Central (Catholic high) here Saturday at 8 p. m. Coach Beagle presently is thinking in terms of his starting lineup being Christensen and Brownson, forwards; guards, Ham ilton and Crandall, and Garey at center. The first team is down to 11 as LeRoy Byrd is out again with a knee injured in football. The other Columbia Falls possible starters are Dick Knapton, Bob Baumann, Jim Kruse, Mike Dris coll, Darryl Patterson and Vern Byrd. Ten of them saw play against Bigfork last Friday. Columbia Falls with Poison and Ronan tied for second place in conference play last season. Whitefish was first. There are indications of a good team here this year. Results of the Bigfork game were as follows: FG FT PF TP ..2 5 _ i.2 3 ,_0 0 1 0 ..._.0 6 5 6 .1 1 1 3 _0 1 5 1 _ 0 2 . 0 1 0 1 .5 19 17 29 BIGFORK (29) f ? Pierce _ Burchard . Rawlings .— Reese . Lee — -T.-... Tesky - Seidel _ Johnson . — Totals COL. FALLS (52) Christensen _0 4 4 4 ... Garey - Crandall _ Hamilton — Baumann ... Knapton — Patterson Kruse - Driscoll - _6 2 3 14 _3 0 4 6 _7 6 5 20 _ 0 0 2 0 _0 0 3 0 . 0 1 1 1 _ 1 0 2 2 .0 1 3 1 .19 14 32 52 Totals Score by quarters; Bigfcrk — Col. Falls ... 4 12 25 29 .....10 30 36 52 Joseph to Succeed Miller in Glacier WEST GLACIER — Stanley C. Joseph has been named assistant superintendent for Glacier Nation al Park, and will succeed George W. Miller, who is leaving about Jan. 1 to become superintendent of Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande in Texas. . _■ Service at the regional office m j Omaha. He started working wi the park service m the early 1930s in Yosemite. J. W. Emmert, sup erintendent of Glacier National Park was then assistant superm tendent in Yosemite. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph have two daughters, one a college freshman, and the other a high school fresh man. Joseph is now administrative officer with the National Park List Honor Roll At Falls Junior High Eleven eighth graders and 23 seventh graders out of the 200 students in Columbia Falls junior high school were on the honor roll for the second six weeks period, according to Principal Phil Nel son. The eighth grade honor roll in cludes; Marjorie and Myra Robin* son .West Glacier; Francis Ride nour, Lake Rive; Clarence Bertiho, Linda Daniels, Sharon Garlough, John Lundborg, Ann Rasmussen, George Settera, Stuart Smith and Gary Walsh, Columbia Falls. On the seventh grade honor roll were; Carol Thompson, West Gla cier; Richard Field, Patricia Mor ris and Eugene Rockman, Martin City; Lois Gochnauer, Marcia Hil den and Ronald Stratton, Hungry Horse; Janice Harney and Susan Mace, Columbia Heights; Barbara Buck, Bad Rock and the following from Columbia Falls— Rita An ders, Marjorie Bakshas, Richard Bishop, Janice Corrigeux, Janice Christensen, Sue Davis, Diane Ec cleston, Patricia Hamer, Jackie Kearns, Martin Leeman, Leon Walsh, Margaret Winegar and Carol Woster. Columbia Falls junior high stu dents live in Columbia Falls, Col umbia Heights, Hungry Horse, Martin City, West Glacier, Apgar and Lake Five. 10 cents a Copy Hungry H orse News COLUMBIA FALLS, MONTANA VOL. 9 — NO. 20 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10. County Farm Income Shows Increa McNeil Places Last Concrete of Contract Gross farm income for th Flat head during 1954 is es in :ed at $7,249,551 by Walt V oritson, Flathead county agent. This represents an inc ease over Thursday saw J. A. McNeil Co. Inc., excavations and foundations contractor at the Anaconda Alum inum Co. plant place the last con crete in their contract. It was wall for a trench. It was the McNeil company, an Alhairibra, Calif, concern, that started construction of the alum inum plant June 9, 1953 when of ficial ground breaking ceremonies took place. McNeil employment that two weeks ago was 500 was down to 215 last Thursday and then to 91 Friday. This weekend is to see further layoff to about a dozen Monday. Cleanup and equipment moving is underway. J. W. Cullen, McNeil vice presi dent, expects cleanup to be fin ished this coming week. Baker - Mitchell - Thwing, San Bernardino, Calif., is presently completing dismantling of the batch plant that has turned out tota lof 82,000 cubic yards of con crete .McElroy and Wilken, Kalis pell and Columbia Falls batch plant operators, will supply con crete needs of Foley Constructors, the plant's general contractors, in completing the sidewalks, curbs and other features during 1955. About 1,500 more yards of con crete will be placed. Total employment at the plant down from 1,432 a week ago to 1, 306 Thursday. The figure stayed near and above 1,600 for nearly three months this fall. Anticipated winter total is 1,000 to 1,200 com pared to 500 to 600 during the winters of Hungry Horse Dam peak construction. Half of these were federal employes. Foley Constructors with Dono van Construction Co., principal subcontractors, Thursday had 879 men working up from 869 last week. No major increase is indi cated. Foleys this week are to drop back from the six to the five day week in most cases. It is a matter of material delivery. Walter Sat tler, Foleys general superintend ent, added there was the desire to keep as many men as possible busy this winter. Next Week's Paper Is Xmas Edition ' Next week's Hungry Horse News will be the annual Christmas edi tion with approximately 100 pic tures. Cost will be 20 cents a copy. Winter scenes of the Flathead, aluminum plant construction and other scenery and wildlife will be featured. A total of 7,200 copies are be ing printed. Forty pounds of co balt blue ink is being used to pro duce the eight-page pictorial sec tion which requires over a third of a ton of book paper. Cost of the special blue ink itself is $92 or more than a penny for each eight page section. This weekend is deadline for all orders for more than six copies. As in previous years, for orders of 25 or more copies of the Christ mas edition, the press is stopped, and name of the person or persons who send the paper is printed on top of page 1. Wrappers may be obtained at the Hungry Horse News office, and the newspaper will take care of mailing. Special edition orders should be accom panied by check, money order or cash. The Hungry Horse News does not employ a bookkeeper. Last year's Christmas edition won an honorable mention at the National Editorial Association Bet ter Newspapers contest in Balti more, and the 1948 edition won a national award at the association meeting in Salt Lake City. Feeder Line May Serve Flathead Chet Seymer and Ernie Mass man represented Columbia Falls Tuesday at a hearing in Great Falls on the subject of feeder air line service in Montana. Also at the meeting from the Flathead were Sol Catron, chair man of the Flathead county air port board,- and Harold Butts, Whitefish who with Massman, are board members. Seymer is a for mer board member. It is felt that Northwest Airlines along with other large airlines will have faster and faster planes with the result that Montana will have fewer and fewer stops. Airline ^eryice then becomes the develop ment of feeder line service such as Frontier Airlines is providing eastern Montana. They are inter ested in the Flathead. Pending is the Northwest appli cation to discontinue flights to this section. O'Connor Finishes New Water Lines The O'Connor Construction Co. contract for $15,128 to furnish and install 2,815 feet of six-inch cast iron waterline in Columbia Falls Rutherford addition has been com pleted. There are also four new hydrants. John Morrison, Helena, of the consulting engineering firm of Morrison and Maierle, said that the line successfully passed a test using 100 pounds of air pressure per square inch. The new waterlines are west and south of Columbia Falls high school. m&m * J S|s5r m New office building at Anaconda Aluminum Co. plant is scheduled to be occupied in another month. H. G. Satterthwaite, plant manager, and staff will move from Bank of Columbia Falls build ing. New office is brick structure Falls Considers New Garbage Disposal Principal topic at the December meeting of Columbia Falls city council was an improved garbage disposal system. George Fielding, Kalispell, Flat head county sanitarian, met with Mayor Herman Benzien and the council Monday. He pointed out the advantages of the sanitary landfill system which involves digging a trench for disposal pur poses. In this way the offending smoke, smell, appearance as well as danger of disease spreading by rodents and flies can be curbed. BLOCKS WESTWARD GROWTH Columbia Falls' present dump ground, one of the better in the county, is considered to be block ing city growth westward. A more distant dump in the timber area presents fire hazards and is arous ing neighbors of potential sites. In addition length of haul pro vides an expense factor. Fielding said that a sanitary landfill sys tem could even be used within city limits. The council members ap peared to favor this solution to the garbage problem, and a committee of councilmen, O. S. Kronkright, A1 Shay and Bill Schmidt was ap pointed. RENEW LIQUOR LICENSES Renewed at the meeting were hard liquor and beer licenses for 1955. Cost is $100 each. Getting new permits for hard liquor and beer are Canyon Bar, Columbia Bar, Martin's Inn, Paul Bunyan, Sportsmen's club and VFW club. A $100 beer license was issued to the Mint Bar and $100 packaged beer sale license to B & B and Caley markets. TO BUY TRUCK The council voted to spend $700 for purchase of a used dump truck, and to make arrangements for renting a V-plow attachment from the state highway department for added This will augment the city grader with plow attachment. The council was informed that the Pacific Power and Light Co. would move about 30 telephone and light poles out of alley right of-ways. The poles were located before accurate lot surveys were availablfe, and now are found be up to four feet in the alleys themselves. There is another pole near Cedar Lodge Motel found be 20 feet inside a new street. BALL PARK TRADE The council also discussed trad ing of the present town ball park of one block for three blocks in the Hoerner addition. Plum Creek mill has offered to buy the three blocks for a new ball park as trade for the one block. A new ordir^ance is being drawn up on the $10 a year plumber's li cense. Henceforth it is to be pay able Jan. 2. The city is also to rent a book keeping machine. The council directed James Gumming, city attorney, to proceed with a legal suit against Western Montana Asphalt Co., Missoula, regarding the unsatisfactory con dition of Nucleus avenue hard sur facing. Mrs. Harry Higson appeared be fore the council regarding water from Nucleus avenue draining into her yard, and the continued need for a guard rail down Nucleus ave hill. The council decided to nue place logs as a curbing down the hill. RIDPATH FIRE Howard Greene, water commis sioner and fire chief, and Cecil Hudson were called from the meeting by 13-year-old Gene Dar ling. Gene saw George Ridpath's chimney shooting flames when he at the post office. He went to Ridpath's, and Mr. Ridpath sent him next door to the city hall to get a fireman. Salt was used to control the fire. The siren was not sounded. A vote of thanks was passed to the Seventh Day Adventist church group who use the city hall for services. The Seventh Day Adven tists had presented the city clerk's office an electric clock. Earlier this year they gave an electric clock for the town meeting room. The council discussed the prob lem of the waterline to Superior mill having major leaks, and the possibility of abandoning the line which passes under the Great Nor thern mainline. A total of $637 in fines was list ed on the November police court report. This does not include jus tice court fines which are turned over to the county directly. Mayor Herman Benzien presid ed at the meeting. Councilmen are Fred Krona, Al Shay, O. S. Kronk right, George Settera, Bill Sch midt and G. W. Fleming. Present were James Gumming, city attor ney; Mrs. Ruby Guillaume-Berg, city clerk; Howard Greene, water commissioner, and Troy Thacker, street commissioner. wa aluminum trim. Building square 1 . \ V \ i % \ X II t ; V $ ,r i -, .'0 pS i fi Wi ipi », ! ,v SK -, v""*' ' J à Final stages of completing new AAC office building has been laying of floor tile part of Foley Constructors contract. Here Is Jack Veach of Columbia Floor Covering Co. finishing one of the tile floors. Schools to Buy Hoerner Land to to a The district 6 school board plans to sign an option with Hoerner Brothers for purchase of 18.14 ac res of land just outside Columbia Falls city limits for future school expansion. The option provides for $816 down and total payment of $16, 326 by July 1, 1955. The option can be renewed until Nov. 1. Land purchase will be financed by ask ing voters for approval of an ex tra mill levy fo t one year or by a bond issue. Conferring with the board on the land purchase at the December meeting Tuesday was Jack Hoer ner. Ownership of the land is list ed in the names of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hoerner, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hoerner and Mr. and Mrs. Ronie Hoerner. The eight block tract lies be tween 13th and 16th streets south and from Fifth to Eighth avenues West. It measures 915 by 960 feet except for one 250-foot block be ing taken out and reserved by the Hoerners as their gift for a new community hospital. The property is viewed as large enough to provide school build ings, playgrounds and an athletic field. Lot prices up to $1,000 each have blocked further land purchase for playground use and future expan sion at the present school location. I Construction of the new school is viewed as some years off. Land purchase is being contemplated now before expanding schools face extra expense of buying land and moving buildings. MARTIN CITY ADDITION Mayor Vem Greene and Jerry Baldwin, Martin City's fire chief and justice of the peace, led a I delegation of seven Martin City ! residents, who met with the board j requesting a four-room addition to overcrowded Martin City school. | At the November board meeting, the Martin City delegation arrang- I ed to inspect the surplus men's J dormitory at Hungry Horse Pro- I ject to see if it could be moved and I used for school purposes. | Architect Gehres Weed submit- I ted a report estimating the cost of | moving and remodeling the build- J ing into classrooms as $19,099.31. I Martin City representatives and | the school board did not feel that I the dormitory remodeling was I practical. I Baldwin read a letter from Mary f Condon, Helena, state superinten- i dent of public instruction. He had | written her regarding the $130,- 1 207 grant coming from the fed er- I al government to district 6 for building purposes. Martin City delegation felt i that the 're-imbursable" $42,000 of The the grant could be spent for a new! addition to Martin City's four-jerson room school by the board without! submitting the question to the vo ters. of They were informed that Miss Condon's letter stated that the money was money due for comple (Please turn to page 4) Fish Hooks Make Colorful Earrings The fisherman can now bring home a set of flies that will have more appeal for his wife. Otto Schultz at the Mountain View Fly Shop in Deer Park is making fish flies for ladies ear rings. The delicate and colorful flies make an attractive earring. A s/nall bead is placed on the end of the hook so as to protect the good lady. Schultz started making earring flies four years ago, and believes he is the first manufacturer in the field. His earrings have the safety factor of the small bead to protect ears. i tree was erected early this week; on Nucleus avenue by Howard ; Greene, Troy Thacker and Don ; Lundsford. Bill Slifer donated tbe| tree, These gifts for the angler's wife are available at Schultz' shop on highway No. 2, and are to be avail able at various shops. Schultz is a retired sawmill worker, who started tying flies for a living 12 i years ago. Columbia Falls 1954 Christmas I |P * \ , | t < r v. ik* m. » fß ki î,.* Busy spot in the Flathead these days is Holiday Ranch, mid between Columbia Falls and Whitefish, where Mrs, John Pet is one of the local ladles packing "Campfire Memories," that finds favor as a Christmas gift. The product is made of cedar, —j balsam and fir needles, and burns like incense bringing the scent a mountain campfire. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wheelock started the local industry two years ago, and now there are markets from coast to coast. Largest outlets are in California and New York. "Campfire Memories" have increased sales at Christmas when they are used for gifts, and sales peak again during summer vacation time years of 1950-51-52. The 1954 figure inc> ides farm produced Christmas trees of $418, 500. The 1954 figure without Christmas trees is $6,831,051 and compares with $6,185,765 for 1953; $7,888,690 for 1952, $8,593,938 for 1951 and $8,620,005 back in 1950. DAIRY CORRECTION Mauritson commented that part of the reason for tb i 1954 gross income increase is that dairy pro duction for 1954 is based on actual cash paid farmers by dairies. Pre viously this was estimated, and it was 20 per cent low for 1953. The county agent's report con tinues with information that poul try production is up in numbers. Beef prices for feeder calves has increased from last year. Cash grain crops are likewise up in dol lar income even with acreage re strictions on wheat. 1954 was a good year though the fall found ripe grain in the fields and wea ther wet. 1953 was dry with July of that summer the driest in 54 years, hence a reduced yield. Mauritson's report on Flathead farm income does not include the cherry crop which is largely pro duced in Lake county though mar keted mostly through Kali spell. This is at least a $500,000 factor. The 400 square mile Flathead valley has 1,450 farms. A farm is considered 3 or more acres. The average Flathead farm in the 1950 census contained 236 acres. How ever one-third the farms are under 40 acres in size. About 1,200 of the 1,450 farmers depend on their land for most of their income. Many augment in come by work in the woods and sawmills and in construction such as building Hungry Horse Dam and the Anaconda Aluminum Co. plant. CROPS AND LIVESTOCK Estimated 1954 income for Flat head farmers totals $4,062,059 from crop sources and $2,767,362 from livestock and poultry sources. Dairy farmer receipts, actual figures and not an estimate, shows $914,275.84 received. In addition, there was sale of cull cows and vealers for a total income of $1, 084,775. Dairying has been increas ing in the Flathead with over 5,000 cows. The Flathead beef h' prtM duced $763,245. There wete 11.500 cows, 3,000 cull cows, 3,575 steer calves and 2,257 heifer calves. Of considerable consequence is the swine production valued at $445,600 and poultry at $452,500. Relatively small factor is lamb and wool production valued at $21, 871. IMPORTANT CROPS Most important crops in the Flathead are wheat, barley and hay. Winter wheat acreage was. down this year to 18,000 acres compared to an estimated 36,000 last and 43,000 in 1952. Half the winter wheat is considered as grain for sale and half as feed. Average yield is pegged at 31 bushels per acre compared to 28 last year. (Please turn to page 4) Falls Mail Volume Shows Big Increase Volume of mail shipments from Columbia Falls is up over 50 per cent compared to a year ago, ac cording to Postmaster Dudley W. Greene. Reasons are the larger commu nity, and a large number of local residents mailing their Christmas packages earlier this year. Local outgoing mail includes about eight Christmas trees a day. Generally these are wrapped in burlap and sent folks out on the prairies. Sometimes a pair of old jeans serves as a tree wrapper. Size of tree that can be shipped is lim ited to six feet. The eastbound mail. No. 28 is arriving in Columbia Falls over an hour late. It is due at 4:25 pun. So far No. 27, the morning west bound mail has been on time, as have the other trains.