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>■: f# tm 1 ■ .. « mm T *: r ms > KIACS v Â55EN8LV G0£ ^ If t -1 "üäl j Jr] ... . 11 r ' ^ mW Wm Hungry Horse Assembly of God church attracts more members to its Sunday services today than it did during peak days of Hungry Horse Dam construction when Hungry Horse community had two and three times its present population. This is the group that attended Sunday school last Sunday. i àg MR £ V' > « * - t M ■: JM; Mfi Cedar boughs from the nearby forests decorate the Hungry Horse Assembly of God pulpit as Pastor Hinton leads in hymn singing. e* ÿna; m „ . I £i % m ,4 bjù • * V> % % Men in the Flathead go out into the nearby forests to bring back the family Christmas tree. Here Rev. Leo B. Hinton, Hungry Horse, with his youngest son, Larry, 9 brings back a tree. In the background is Hungry Horse Village, Bad Rock canyon and Teakettle mountain. Carolers to Welcome Santa Columbia Falls will observe Santa Claus' arrival in the city Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with a com munity bonfire and singing of Christmas carols at the Communi ty Christmas tree. Arranging the evening are mem bers of Columbia Falls Lions club. Cecil Hudson, club president, is chairman of the Santa Claus com mittee. Santa is to be met at Col umbia Falls depot by the city's fire truck and police patrol car, and es corted down Nucleus avenue to the tree. Park Deer Prefer Trees for Parlors WEST GLACIER—Problem at Glacier National Park headquar ters village is that deer in the area seem to prefer the taste of Christmas trees and wreaths to evergreens still standing. Result finds rangers and other park personnel having their Christmas trees inside garages or raised up on a porch beyond the reach of lunching defer, until they are placed in the living rooms. Christmas tree cutting isn't al lowed in Glacier, so the evergreens are brought in from outside. The deer seem to like the somewhat drier needles of a cut tree. A chemical that has an offensive odor for deer has been tried on the trees. Result is the deer tend to stay away, and even the people are discouraged. Mostly Fair WEATHER forecast: Mostly fair except for high cloudiness; chance of ground fog Friday morning. Continued quite cold. Predicted high Thursday 33, low 10 to 15, high Friday 30 to 35. High and lows of week: Dec. 10, 35-21, Saturday 32-16, Sunday 25 13, Monday 41-24, Tuesday 39-32, Wednesday 40-28, Thursday 33-17. Lowest December reading so far was 6 above, Dec. 2, according to Observer Ray Hall at the airport. Temperatures this week are some what above normal. Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse and Martin City post office win dows are to be open all day Satur day. Singing of Christmas carols is to start at 7 p.m., with Leonard Whitney in charge. Church choirs, scouts and other group« are asked to assist in this annual community sing. Lawrence Rude is chairman of the bonfire committee, while H. H. Davall and E. J. Marantette are co-chairmen of the treats commit tee. The candy treats are for all children under 12. Bill Knapton, Bob Sanders and Ed Woster are arranging to build a fence to be used in connection with Tuesday evening festivities. Other holiday events in Colum bia Falls include the free show at the Park theatre, Friday, Dec. 24 for all area youngsters. Precipitation: Total for month so far is .09 of an inch at the air port. December normal precipita tion is 1.54 inches. Total precipita tion for 1954 so far at airport is 15.06 compared to 16.35 inches nor mal for whole year. At West Gla cier 20 air miles from airport, total '54 precipitation near 34 inches compared to full year normal of 25.72. Thursday there was an inch of snow on the ground at Columbia Falls and four inches at West Gla cier. Hungry Horse Church Continues to Grou) Though Dam Is Done Once or twice a year the Hun gry Horse News presents a series of pictures on one of the area churches. This is a brief story and picture series on the Assemby of God church in Hungry Horse. The late Rev. E. H. Davis, As sembly of God pastor from Great Falls, bought land at the junction of the Flathead river and its South Fork. . When Hungry Horse Dam con struction loomed, he subdivided his South Fork tract into lots, reason ably priced, and stipulated "no taverns" allowed. The preacher who didn't ask a "king's ransom" for his land pros pered. Gravel to build Hungry Horse Dam came from land that General-Shea-Morrison, the prime contractor, purchased from the Reverend Davis. The price was more than he had paid for the entire river ranch. South Fork developed as the beerless boomtown, whose grocery store, operated by Mrs. Ruth Nash didn't even sell cigar ettes. She's the Sunday School su perintendent. In 1947 Assembly of God chur ches from all over Montana located (Please turn to page 4) Plan Improvements Of Park Facilities Specifications are being prepar ed for improved water and sewage ■facilities at Lake McDonald hotel area in Glacier to accommodate 1,000 people, and improved sew age disposal and parking facilities at Swiftcurrent cabin camp. These developments result from signing of the 20-year contract in November between the federal government and the Glacier Park Co., Great Northern subsidiary, for operation of hotel, cabin camp and store facilities in Glacier Na tional Park. Jan. 15 will see Max Edgar, Gla cier park engineer and Frank Neu bauer, park landscape architect, at San Francisco Park Service engi neering offices for a month on con templated $300,000 worth of im provements. Supt. J. W. Emmert the San Francisco offices. Other construction scheduled for the park includes extending the Glacier Electric Co-op REA line from Babb to Many Glacier, and the Flathead Electric Co-op line from West Glacier to the head of Lake McDonald. The Great Northern has been operating on a series of three one year contracts in Glacier since their 20-year contract expired in 1951. Secretary of Interior Douglas McKay announced in November that the Glacier Park Co. had in dicated willingness to undertake additional improvements including three multi-unit cabins at Lake McDonald; additional store and dining room space at Swiftcurrent cabin camp, and at Rising Sun camp, and modernization and new dormitories for employes. Roads, parking areas, water and sewer improvements are responsibilities of the federal government. Extensive improvements of Mc Donald hotel, only hotel in Glacier owned by the government, are planned for 1956. Other hotels are owned and have been improved by the Glacier Park Co. *' II a* . 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Co., East Chicago, Ind., is returning to the plant this week to start erecting four 84-foot high alumina storage tanks. The J. A. McNeil Co., Inc., force that once totaled 860 including subcontractors and had payrolls exceeding $90,000 a week, Thurs day was down to 14, and next week will be down to 1. He'll be C. S. Schmeltzer, office engineer, who will stay here until the end of the month. The Alhambra, Calif., firm had the excavations and foundations contract at the plant with official ground breaking taking place June 9, 1953. Construction of the plant was favored by a dry fall and compar atively mild winter. Work stoppage came April 5, 1954 and lasted until June 14 for McNeil and July 20 for Foley Constructors. Cause was a strike with unions asking 15 cents an hour wage increases. Settlements were for 10 to 15 cents an hour increases. New car penter wage was $2.65 an hour; laborers, $1.95; cement finishers, $2.70; rodmen, $2.70 and structural steel workers, $2.85. Most crafts increased. J. W. Cullen, McNeil vice presi dent, headed their operation here and enjoyed fine relationship with the community. Ed Ogle was pro ject superintendent this year, and Floyd Sims, area superintendent. John Christensen was paymaster. Final cleanup and salvage on the McNeil contract is being done by Vincent Hoerner, Columbia Falls. Foley Constructors, affiliate of Foley Brothers, Pleasantville, N. Y., is the plant's general contrac tors, and this week was employing 890 men including Donovan Con struction Co., St. Paul, the princi pal subcontractor with 210 on electrical work. Walter Sattler is Foley's general superintendent. Both Foley and AAC field force men are scheduled to have three day holidays Christmas and New Years. This includes Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31. Other employers on the job this week were; Midwest Piping Co., St. Louis with 30; Fischbach and Moore, Brown-Johnston and Casey Electric, on the switchyard and rectifier building installations with 65; Jamar-Olmen Co., Chicago, enclosing buildings, 33; B and L Paint Co., Missoula, 9; A. T. Klem ens, Great Falls, roofing, 5; Great (Please turn to page 4) ifll * I k \ Treat for Jezebel, 2!/2 year-old skunk, who is a pet at the home of Ranger and Mrs. Bruce Miller at Glacier National Park head quarters, is a chance to sniff in the ice box. The Millers obtained Jezebel from a taxidermist in eastern Montana. She's a clean pet that makes her home under the kitchen sink living on one fourth can of dog food a day and chocolate. Nope, Jezebel can't. To Occupy AAC Plant Offices Anaconda Aluminum Co. opera-' tions staff will move into their new office building at the plant early in January. Being vacated are temporary of fices in the Bank of Columbia Falls building that have been occupied since April, 1953. The new red tapestry brick with aluminum trim building at the plant measures 183 by ,57-feet with a 71 by 34-foot wide wing and a small second story section to be used as a lunch room. In addition there is a 10-car attached garage. THE STAFF Moving early in January will be H. G. Satterthwaite, plant manag er; James F. Smith, production su perintendent; Carl Lundborg, me chanical superintendent, and Ed Woster, superintendent of potlines. In the new offices will also be John Kems, personnel manager in charge of safety, first aid and em ployment; William Liddicoat, chief clerk; Robert Vucasovich, metal lurgical clerk; Sylvan Eccleston, cost accounting clerk, and clerks, Carl Goble and Ed Jystad, with Mrs. Edith Kates, Ruth Amiot and Vella Galbraith, the secretarial staff. Also in the new building will be Don McMasters, casting superin tendent; George Hanson, gas col lection and waste disposal super intendent; Warren Hook, chief chemist and Robert Mohr, assist ant chief chemist, and Edward M. Peterson, design engineer. Positions in process of being filled include chief time keeper. TO EMPLOY 450 Anaconda Aluminum Co. will employ 450 men when the plant is completed late in 1955. First aluminum production is scheduled for next July, and an nual production is now set for 60,000 tons of metal a year. Number of men in the plant op erations force is expected to in crease next April and May as preparations for production get underway. There have been 1,500 applica tions for employment already sub mitted with most applicants hav ing had interviews here. Key men for the new plant for merly worked for Anaconda at Great Falls as did Satterthwaite, Smith and Lundborg, or at Ana conda, Butte and Bonner. Woster was formerly with Reynolds at Longview as was Kems, and some of the key men in the organization include men who were employed by other metal producers. LOCAL EMPLOYMENT Of the 450 job total, about 375 are expected to be filled by Flat head men. The plant is to have a job training program. Construc tion of Hungry Horse Dam devel oped cement finisher, carpentry and similar skills that have little association with aluminum produc tion. Other operations personnel with offices in other buildings include Klaas DeWit, storekeeper, and Don Feeney, assistant storekeeper at the warehouse; Hal Kanzler, su perintendent of the electrical de partment with Kenneth Frazier, assistant, superintendent and Frank Conners, foreman of recti fier substation; Kent Newman, mechanical shop superintendent, with Robert Sneddon, assistant superintendent. Assistant potline superintendents are Bill Alderman, James Clem mens, Vern Johnson and Roy Lind sey, and potline shift foremen are Ben Bowerman, Dwight Kimzey, Joseph Slobojan and Dean Tusing. CONSTRUCTION FORCE In charge of actual building of the plant is John W. Irvine, con struction engineer, who reports to Wilbur Jurden, ACM's chief en gineer in New York City. Working with Irvine are Roy Rickey, assistant construction engi neer; Quinton Barnes, field co-ordinator; N. P. Addabbo, office engineer; Howard Harvey, mater ials engineer; Roy Salyer, office manager; Ted Ozanne, assistant of fice manager; area engineers, S. W. Curl, M. D. Cowan, W. I. Lane and (Please turn to page 4) / [•V Sn < ' : 'flv » ■y>. •U. i-—Nl j hi |j9 Hm ■■■ » J »î-iJ JB1'000 ■■ Ï^T! r ."I j LÀ, - , 4© Structural steel is rising at Anaconda Aluminum Co. for paste plant at north end of area. This structure will be 110 feet high, and contain different bins of coke, coal and pitch for making paste used to line pot shells in potline buildings. Vlnnell Inc. is furnishing and erecting steel. For picture story of plant, please see the blue section. Snow Water Is Power Source Bobcat Appears to Be 'Mouser' at St M ary WEST GLACIER—Winter mouse catcher at St. Mary ranger sta tion in Glacier National Park ap pears to be a 25-pound bobcat. The bobcat has visited the sta tion each winter for five years. He walks around the ranger station area, and doesn't seem to be in terested in garbage cans. Winter-time residents of the station are Ranger and Mrs. Don Barnum and Ranger and Mrs. Hugh Buchanan. The "mouser" is twice the size of an ordinary tomcat, and doesn't get too close. He hasn't been pet ted. Weekend Appears Blank for Hunters WEST GLACIER—Last Satur day and Sunday is viewed here as having been a blank .as far as hun ters getting elk during the spec ial open season along the Flat head river's Middle Fork to the continental divide. The season was opened Dec. 11 from West Glacier to Summit be tween U. S. highway No. 2 on the south and Glacier's boundary on the north. Each Saturday and Sunday is open season with Monday through Friday closed to encourage elk to cross the river and leave the park. The opening weekend saw the elk kill tally at 28. The Flathead's regular elk sea son which covered the whole county saw 295 elk brought out of the Flathead river's South Fork. Of these 98 were adult males, 126 adult females, 18 young males and 25 young females with 28 spike bulls. Total elk kill during the regular season for the whole Flat head is estimated at 800 to 900, as compared to last year's 1,200. resource of the Flit head reflects itself in power produced at Hun gry Horse Dam that is worth near ly $2,000,000 for 1954. ' In addition water held back at Hungry Horse to be released dur ing the fall and winter produces another $2,000,000 in downstream 1 generators. C. E, Cartwright, Kalispell, Bon neville Power Administration western Montana manager, says that the power is valued at 2.36 i I mills per kilowatt hour with a 10 per cent deduction for losses. Bonneville is the selling agent for the power. Hungry Horse during the Dec. 1, 1953 to Dec. 1, 1954 period pro duced 819,509,000 kilowatt hours at its powerhouse. One kilowatt hour is enough electricity to light ten 100 watt bulbs. A result of Hungry Horse which was completed in 1953 is the lo cation of the Anaconda Aluminum Co. reduction works in Flathead. to its capacity of 3,468,000 acre feet July 9, and remained full until Dec. 8. Charles Simmons, Hungry Horse powerplant supervisor, says that round-the-clock 280,000 kilowatt power generation resumed Dec. 10. The reservoir behind the 564-foot high dam has been dropping at the rate of a half foot a day. Aver age daily inflow is 2,500 cubic feet per second and outflow 8,000 cu bic feet per second. Below is photo that shows a tre mendous transition at foot of Tea kettle mountain two miles from Columbia Falls. In 1952 this was benchland covered by second growth timber with a few open fields. Land did not provide a liv ing for a single family. Electric power and America is creating an industry that will provide 450 steady jobs. This is view of office building in foreground that will be occupied next month, electric shop, machine shop and black top of first of the four potlines. Growing lumber mills and _ aluminum plant under constructto« results in Columbia Falls being Ike top shipping point on the Great Northern railroad between Hair« and the Spokane area for 1954. The Great Northern depot i» this Flathead city of 1,800 reside»** dispatched 2,540 carloads of lum ber during the first 11% montto* of 1954 compared to 1,893 freigfct carloads outbound during 1953, the previous record year. Preacmt figures compare with the year 1947 which was a record with 779 cars. FOR ALUMINUM PLANT Building the Anaconda Alumi» um Co. plant resulted in 1954 in coming freight cars totaling 1,909 for the year through Dec. 15. This compares with last year's total of 578, and the 1952 figure of 55. Most of the 1953 and 1954 car* brought materials and equinment to build the new AAC plant. These figures on carloadings were obtained from A. E. McKane, Columbia Falls Great Northern agent by way of H. M. Shapleigk, Whitefish, division superintendent for the railroad. Columbia Fails present lumber manufacture is viewed as about 85,000,000 board feet including rail and truck shipments. This is suf ficient to build 8,500 average sized American homes. JOBS AND PAYROLLS Logging, hauling and milliag lumber shipped through Columbia Falls provided over 200,000 ma» days of employment, and payrolls exceeding $3,000,000 a year. The new aluminum plant payroll dur mg construction peaked at $1,000, a month with over 1,600 en* ployed. During operations it is lo be about $2,000,000 a year with 450 employed. Columbia Falls is presently challenging Missoula as Montana's second largest lumber shipping point. First is Libby. The post-war years have see« the growing Flathead lumber in dustry shift to the northern por tion of the county closer to un tapped forest reserves. Columbia Falls, Martin City and Coram have more than tripled as lumber cen ters. Whitefish likewise reflect* ( lumber growth. I * In terms of jobs it requires about * a day in the woodsana 1% ™ n da ^f f i £LQer J® 1 ' 00 « bosud feet <rf lura £er into a product for shipping. 85,000,000 board feet is indicated as Pf ovidm « 200 1 ™° man dajj o< ^ ment or 800 men working 1 250 days a year. EXPANDING MILLS Each of the local mills has ex panded during 1954, and reflect* ... . . , .. developing markets, and the age of trucks and improved timber ac cess roads. Largest mill in Flathead county is Plum Creek, which operate* year around, and employs 125 *t the mill with another 100 in log ging, hauling and supply opera tions. Plum Creek was established in Columbia Falls in 1945. Expan sion this year included two planer additions and a new office build ing. Rocky Mountain Lumber Co., was located in Columbia Falls ia 1948, and is presently completing a double unit dry kiln, and pre paring to start complete remodel ing of the sawmill. Employment has been up to 70. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. *t nearby Half Moon has 105 men at the mill, and through the year* was largest mill in the upper Flat head. Superior Buildings Co. expan sion this year included a new burner, new sawmill and sawmill building. Fifty men are employed. Largest new mill expansion 1« the Flathead this year is consid ered to be Rex Brown at Coram erecting a completely new sawmiB, burner and heated pond. Among other mills in the Coram-Martin City area include F, K and L Lum ber Co., the Martin City Lumber Co. planer, and Glacier-Coram Lumber Co. These operations that employ over 125 men have had a growing year represented by new buildin», new machinery and larger opera tions. Shipments are made throuf^t Coram and Columbia Falls.