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P • 'a. V' ÎW L\\ ••• ^•r' 4 * v.-. yu T» a S' Jr M m >'k !r' J, \f * ;» V \ } ä ,, ■Jk ,m m ï Flathead's most noticeable geographic change of 1954 likely was the Christmas week sinking of 150 to 200 feet of Lake McDonald's shoreline just south of Lake McDonald hotel. Here is John Fabian, Lake McDonald caretaker, looking down at boat house that once was on dry land. McDonald lake Is park's deepest, and off shore at this spot is down over 400 feet. Building has since drifted up lake. - '■ . f Jr « v ■;. 'à .jr. ■M fp J f ' i . ,1 > ai m ~ S IS* m "jyp m; ggSP '5U Drier In Valley, Wetter in Mtns. 1954 has been a somewhat drier, Use Mail to Order '55 License Plates KALISPELL — Most efficient way to obtain automobile plates in the Flathead is to order by mail. Nearly 300 orders have already been received by Flathead county treasurer's office for the 1955 plates, which go on sale at the window, Jan. 3. y Mts. Merlyn Emmert Taborsky commented that the mail orders seem to work out very well. She outlines the four steps as follows; (1) Send your 1954 regis tration card. (2) Make out a check to Flathead County Treasurer, leaving amount blank. (3) Or send a money order or bank money order of sufficient figure. A fund will be made promptly of amount not needed, and receipts are sent. Mrs. Taborsky asks that a sep arate remittance be sent for driv er's license, if there is one expir ing soon. Month, day and year of birth should be sent. The 1954 license sales in the Flathead are a record. Total tags sold during 1954 up until Monday were 11,409 cars with 4,450 trucks. 1953 total sales were 10,872 and 4,312 trucks. The new 1955 plates are red with white numbers. Paint job on this product of the State Prison looks patchy. Next year aluminum tags are to be used. Where the mill levy was higher this year, up 19 per cent in Col umbia Falls and 23 per cent in dis trict 6, property tax on cars will be higher. However assessed worth of a year older car is down and may about equal tax increases in many cases. re cars or a ■ WEST GLACIER Information of Last summer 145 members of the ' $5 club took the North Circle trip 1 of in the park from Many Glacier to Waterton lake and Brown's pass. I Weather Favors Elk Not Hunters WEST GLACIER—The extended open season on elk up the Flat head river's Middle Fork each Sat urday and Sunday continues to see few elk kills. The season opened Dec. 4 and 5 with 28 kills; next weekend Dec. 11 and 12 was a blank; Dec. 18 and 19 saw eight killed near Nyack; Dec. 25 and 26 so far are reported as blanks. Mild weather sees the animals continue to be high and scattered. Deep snow and cold would tend to drive some of the elk down out of the park where there is a sur plus. This is the reason for the extended open season. North boundary of the open season is the park boundary and south, U. S. No. 2. Sierra Club Plans '55 Park Outing has been received here that the Sierra club of California is plan ning a 10-day hiking trip through the southeastern part of Glacier National Park next summer. The group will enter the park near Fielding up the Flathead's Middle Fork and include .the up per Two Medicine drainage. Pack horses will transport camping equipment and supplies for the hikers. Tot A rriues While Parents Visiting MARTIN CITY—Alvirda Hartley, daughter of Mr. Mrs. Bill Hartley, Lake Five Martin City's Christmas baby 1954. Mr. and Mrs. Hartley with Gawaine, 2, arrived at Joe With row home in Martin City Christ mas morning at 10:15 to spend day and have dinner. Forty-five minutes later, Alvir da Irene Hartley was bom. Hartley and Mrs. Withrow assist ed in the absence of a physician, who arrived after baby was born. Mother and the Christmas-day youngster are doing fine. Jan. 3 to See New County Officers KALISPELL—New office hold ers in Flathead county court house Jan. 3 will include Harley Hous ton (D), Kalispell, and Henry win, (R), Whitefish, county com missioners succeeding Wallace Monk, (R), Kalispell, and Charles Luke (D), Whitefish. Holdover member of the commission is Reu Carr (R), Creston. Dick Knowles (D), deputy coun ty treasurer, will move down stairs to become county auditor succeeding Iver S. Iverson (R). Sol Catron (D), succeeds Harry Campbell (R), as county coroner with the office continuing at Wag gener and Campbell Funeral ... ... , Other new office holder doesn take over until 12 noon, March Mrs. Freda Shanahan (D), White lish, becomes county treasurer on that date succeeding Mrs. Merlyn Emmert Taborsky (R). Re-elected last November a two year term was Ed Schroeter (R), county attorney, while the law provides four year terms for others on the ballot that were re elected. They are Sheriff Dick Walsh (D); Lulu Barnard (R), county superintendent; A. J. Shaw (D), county clerk; T. A. Tascher eau (D), county engineer; Grant Campbell (R), county assessor, and W. T. Lavin (R), public adminis trator. That leaves Jacie Willis (D), clerk of court, and Judge Dean King who serves both the Flat head and Lincoln county district. These positions are filled during presidential years (in 1956). Representing the Flathead at Helena will be a new state senator, Charles Jellison (R), who succeeds veteran G. M. Moss (R). Return ing arç three Republican incum bents, Ory Armstrong, Fred Broe der and Clifford Haines with George Siderius (D) a newromer taking the place of Robert Sykes n0 * 3 candldate - . . The two new commissioners 1 r ^ elve $ t 12 X da ^ Holdover ; Reu Carr, gets the old wage of $1° a day, the rate when he was elected. The other county officers will get $3,820 a year, an increase from $3,520. This results from the coun ty's valuation and population in crease, according to law. The county engineer gets a per diem wage which together with cad supervisor results in a wage $12 a day plus mileage. The coroner is paid on a fee basis of a day when he serves. The clerk court salary remains at $3,520 since the office was filled for four years two years ago. cooler year in the Flathead valley itself, and in the mountains toward the continental divide it was wetter year than normal. The precipitation total at the airport up until late Dec. was 15.12 inches compared to normal 16.35 inches. At Hungry Horse 15 airmiles away precipita tion total was 34 inches, and at West Glacier the total for the year stood at 34.40 inches compared to 25.72 inches normal. Airport snow total for 1954 was 49.5 inches compared to a 67 inch normal. At Hungry Horse snow total for the calendar year was 109.25 inches. At the airport, Observer Ray Hall said that the year's average temperature stood at 42.6 degrees compared to a normal 43.2 de grees. This is an average of the highs and lows for the year. March, April, June, July, Aug ust, September and October were below normal for temperatures with other months normal or high and is of son, the At the airport the cooler than usual summer produced just two days with readings above 90. It was 91 July 6 and 91 again July 19. Normal is seven days 90 or above during a summer, The year produced eight days with zero or below readings. Nor m al is 12. Coldest reading of the yea r was 22 below, Jan. 20. Thc year had a late springi and a wet per i oc j during harvest which caused economic difficulties to t f armers an d loggers, ... , . , . M t °? ths wlth b l 1( ? w norm al Po «prtation were February March, ^P nl > " a y. June, September. Oc tober November and December August was wettest month with j 3 - 04 m . ches compared to 1.11 inches normal - The 1954 growing season saw last reading of 32 at the airport May 26, and then there were 125 days in the growing season with out freezing temperatures again until Sept. 29. Month's of the year with normal precipitation and what fell listed next in parentheses were as fol lows: Jan. 1.32 inches (2.74); Feb. .92 (.75); March 1.01 (.69); April 1.02 (.45); May 1.63 (1.05); June 2.43 (1.98); July 1.16 (2.09); Aug. 1.11 (3.04); Sept. 1.30 (.81); Oct. 1.36 (.50); Nov. 1.55 (.87); Dec. 1.54 (.15 up until 2 p.m. Dec. 29). Weather Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29 was blustry. Columbia F a lls had about an inch of snow on the ground; West Glacier has s j X inches, and Polebçidge Tues day morning had five inches. Un usually light for this time of year. West Glacier precipitation for December so far totals 1M inches compared to a 3.29 inch normal g now f a u up unt ji Dec. 29 was 9 inches compared to 26 inch norm a j November snowfall normal is 14 2 inches xhere was one inch Temperatures have been above nnr n ^ a1 was re-elected constable in Col umbia Falls, and will be joined by |Tony Hoerner (R). er. Re-elected justices of the peace include Floyd P. Jones (D) in Col umbia Falls and Jerry Baldwin (D) in Martin City. Newly elect ed and taking office next week are Justices Jack Forsythe (D), Cor am, and Burton Carlson (R), Col umbia Falls. Cliff Wolington (D) 10 cents a Copy Hungry Horse News COLUMBIA FALLS, MONTANA FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1954 VOL. 9 — NO. 23 Falls Carloadings Reflect Active Year McDonald Shore Sink Not Caused By Earthquake ■* < WEST GLACIER Shoreline sinking of a 150 to 200-foot sec tion of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park is believed to be the result of Snyder creek per colation through lakeshore gravel. M. E. Beatty, Glacier's chief na turalist, checked the seismograph film at the Hungry Horse station, and there is no indication of an earthquake cause. However there is a geologic fault that runs through the upper end of Lake McDonald and con tinues northerly on the west side of the park. At times the Hungry Horse seismograph has indicated slight tremors along this fault, but practically none have been severe enough to be noticed by residents. Mr. and Mrs. John Fabian, win ter caretakers at Lake McDonald hotel, Dec. 21 about 8:30 p.m., heard a sharp noise. They went outside, saw nothing and heard no more. Next morning, Fabian walking along the lakeshore noticed that the boat house was missing. He walked over and found that a 150 to 200-foot section of shore line had sunk mostly straight down. District Ranger Bud Estey was called, and he reported that the section was up to 20 feet wide and had sunk approximately 10 feet down into the water. Big cottonwood trees still erect were out in the lake with their branches up above water. Beaver were already at work stripping branches for food. McDonald is largest lake in Gla cier. It is ten miles long, up to three miles wide, and its deepest point offshore where the slide oc curred is down 400 feet. Mr. and Mrs. Fabian are former Great Falls residents. He worked for the Great Northern in the shops there, and last summer went to work for the Glacier Park Co., as engineer at the hotel. Their son, Lynn Fabian lives in Great Falls. 'Home 7 Asks Main Bldg. Remodeling a the 29 a at to Montana Soldiers' Home is ask ing the state legislature for $125, 000 to either remodel the "old main" building or erect a new structure. Commander Vem Kelly points out that there are 84 residents at the Home with a waiting list for admission. The Home is filled to capacity, and the old building is not suitable or safe to use. Soldiers' Home appropriations for 1953-54 was $77,143 and $57, 143 for 1954-55. Being asked for the next biennium is $75,715 a year plus $125,000 for new construction or remodeling. Repairs were made during the past two years to the heating plant and roofs. I It 1 m L m j Mayor Herman Benzien (right) officially received the new Columbia Falls ambulance from Cecil Hudson, Lions club president, this week. The Lions club purchased the ambulance for $500 In Great Falls, and will hold a drive for funds. Columbia Falls, not yet having a hospital, is expected to benefit from having transportation immediately available for injured and sick persons. Columbia Falls city council Dec. 20 voted to buy the ambulance for $1 and turn it over to Columbia Falls volunteer fire department for operation. Marriage Pace Continues Same March with 9 each, and April with 10. Of the first 221 licenses issued during 1954 there were 185 cou ples married by ministers and 36 by justices of the peace. Younger couples tend to have ministers. Marr. The Flathead showed little change in the number of mar riages and divorces this year com pared with 1953. Information obtained from the office of Jacie Willis, clerk of court, Dec. 29, shows 225 marriage licenses issued this year (so far) compared to 226 last. Divorces granted totaled 63 compared to 65 last. The county has 34,000 peo ple. Year Div. 1954 225 63 1953 234 67 1952 86 235 1951 292 81 1950 327 82 1949 316 103 Total civil cases in the county— and this includes divorces asked— were 310, an increase from last year's 298, and up just slightly from 309 in 1952. Criminal cases total 27 down from last year's 31 and 28 in 1952. A number of these are appeals from convictions for driving while intoxicated. There are 18 civil cases at issue waiting for a jury term. A num ber will be settled before court convenes likely in February. Months with the most marriage licenses granted this year were June with 25 and July with 32. Having the least were January and 1948 293 93 1947 383 87 1946 474 136 1945 248 83 A number of local marriage lic enses and divorces are obtained elsewhere. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho requires no blood tests or waiting periods. During the first 11 months of 1954, the court house there had issued 2,938 licenses. In contrast Spokane 32 miles further west with a population of 180,000 had issued 1,643. Spokane has a three day waiting period, and there are blood tests here. ] tS- X' J 0- 1* ( 0ff : ■* ; -t.v k, jfcZ mi j (*■ .. - '■4VV.-V ■ j* ■ß m fg| 55i I IVWr jl T I Anaconda Aluminum Co. will occupy its new office building at the plant two miles east of Col umbia Fails Jan. 10. Present offi ces for the operational staff are in the Bank of Columbia Fails building second floor, and were established in April, 1953. First production is scheduled for July, 1955. AAC Staff Moving to Plant Offices ■ ■ ■ ■ I Continued Cloudy WEATHER forecast: Cloudy with occasional snow Wednesday through Thursday. Predicted high Wednesday 35, low about 15, high Thursday near 30. Cold air that was expected is going down the east side of the divide, for the present. Highs and lows; Dec. 23, 38-18, Dec. 24, 40-31, Saturday 32-22, Sunday 29-19, Monday 29-12, Tuesday 31-16, Wednesday 35-25. Driest December Precipitation: for December's first 29 days up until noon totaled .15 of an inch compared to 1.54 inches at the airport. Observer Ray Hall commented that Decem ber so far is turning out to be the driest December since 1899. In 1943 December precipitation total was .28 of an inch, the driest on record until this year. Temperatures: December tem peratures were running about 5 above normal during early part of the week. Out with Columbia Falls fire truck putting the first water Monday evening were E. J. Lund strom, Dean Harrison and Sid Mi chels. A number of additional floodings are to take place. Lions Flooding Rink For Falls Skaters Columbia Falls youngsters sharpening their skates as Lions club this week started flood ing a rink on Second Avenue East at Second street where the old Columbus school was located. Post Office Shows Big 1954 Growth Columbia Falls post office for 1954 shows an increase of 30 per cent in postal receipts over 1953. Total receipts for 1954 are $26, 095.03 compared to $19,853.31 for 1953, according to Postmaster Dudley W. Greene. Columbia Falls post office has doubled in receipts since 1949 when the total revenue was $13, 548.49, and now has four times the volume it had during the early 1940s. Postmaster Greene and his crew during December took in $1,015 more than was taken in during December, 1953. This December's stamp sales and other revenue to taled $5,202.16. All the 750 boxes at Columbia Falls new post office are rented, and there are 200 families getting mail through general delivery. Greene believes the local popula tion . is at the 2,000 mark. Development of the lumber in dustry, Hungry Horse Dam con struction and now establishment of the new Anaconda Aluminum Co. plant reflect in more letters handled locally. Scouts Have Winter Camp in Glacier WEST GLACIER—There were at 155 boy scouts from Western Mon tana attending a winter camp Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Glacier National Park Head quarters. In charge of the 11 to 18 year olds assisted by eight leaders was Raleigh W. Smedley, Missoula, western Montana scout executive. He said the boys came from Ham ilton, Missoula, Bonner, Alberton, Charlo, Poison, Somers, Lakeside, St. Ignatius, Creston, Kalispell, Whitefish, West Glacier, Coram Columbia Falls and Libby. They arrived Monday afternoon and left Wednesday afternoon. Most of them were quartered in the park conference training hall with other buildings also used. The schedule included a wildlife and naturalist program with Don Robinson, park naturalist in charge. There was also tree and plant identification, mapping and compass reading and lessons in survival. Rangers assisted. Tuesday afternoon's recreation program included skating at Lake Five and skiing near West Glacier. The camp originally was plan ned for 100. Attendance was 155. Claire Story, Kalispell, field ex ecutive, was unable to attend. He is laid up with a broken pelvis bone received when a saddle turn ed while he was riding horseback. Park Has Fourth 'Boom' Travel Year GLACIER — fourth straight year, Glacier Na tional Park in northwestern Mon tana attracted more than a half million visitors. Supt. J. W. Emmert reports the 1954 travel total into Glacier as 608,230. Glacier's travel total for the year is nearly the same as the estimat ed population of Montana, 619,000. Travel to the alpine park has been virtually triple the best pre war years when 1936 set a record with 210,000. A major change in park tavel has been the increasing numbers of Canadians. The Canadian per centage of visitors to Glacier has increased from 12 to 20 per cent. The Aug. 1 to 7 count of cars by states and provinces in Glacier showed 1,196 Montana cars fol lowed by Alberta with 1,121, Cali fornia with 786, Washington 612, Illinois 461, Minnesota 388, Oregon 267, British Columbia 260, Sask achewan 200, Iowa 199 and neigh boring states Idaho 188 and North Dakota 184. The park no longer keeps total season travel records by states ex cept for the one week survey. Fig ures for travel are based on 3.251 passengers ,n each car. The 1953 and 1954 travel fig- ( ures are for calendar years. Before that it was Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 sea sons. Current year's travel figure of (Please turn to page 8) „ , Columbia Falls offices of the Anaconda Aluminum Co. will be moved to the new plant from the, Bank of Columbia Falls building j next weekend. Effective Jan. 10, H. G. Satter thwaite, plant manager, and his ( staff will be located in the new red, tapestry brick building with aluminum trim at the plant. The structure measures 183 feet by 57 feet with a 71 by 34-foot wing and 10 car attached garage. In the new offices in addition to Satterthwaite will be James F. Smith, production superintendent; Carl Lundborg, mechanical super intendent; Ed Woster, superintend ent of potlines; William Liddicoat, chief clerk; John Kerns, personnel manager in charge of safety, first aid and employment; Robert Vucasovich, metaiurgical clerk; Sylvan Eccleston, cost accounting clerk, and clerks, Car! Goble and Ed Jystad, with Mrs. Keith 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 and disposal super intendent; Warren Hook, chief chemist and Robert Mohr, assist ant chief chemist, and Edward M. Peterson, design cejtaftff. Already in offices at the plant in other buildings is Klaas DeWit, storekeeper at the warehouse, and electrical and mechanical depart ments. A more complete roster of staff members was used in the Hungry Horse News Dec. 17 issue. The former Larkin log home at the plant site had been enlarged into an office building for John W. Irvine, construction engineer, and his force. Temporary offices in the Bank of Columbia Falls building that are being vacated next week were occupied April 1953 by AAC. Aluminum production at the new plant is to start next July and there will be 450 men em ployed in the operation. This week saw a total of 1,156 men working at the plant with construction two-thirds completed. Employment is at the winter level and compares with 1,162 a week ago, and a figure of 1,600 that held for three months during the fall. Finishing up at the project is Layne-Minnesota Co., Billings, well drillers, whose crew has been down to four men for several weeks.' All water for the plant is coming from wells, and none of water from manufacturing processes is being returned to the Flathead river. Most of the construction in pro gress is inside buildings. Buildings the plant cover an area that would be approximately 12 city blocks under roof. A number of employees at the plant will be off Friday and Sat- | urday as well as Sunday for New ' Years just as was the case Christ- | rnas. J m* * ms 0*t > ^4 lyy C try. wtr.» ! *■' I A I 1 1 i ■ | it: » .4 V * j* > > ff •» #■ & M J^ 4T This is a Christmas week 1954 view of Garden Wall and Mc Donald creek in Glacier National Park. Snow depth here we» ju*t over a foot. Usually in late Dece mber this spot near the continental divide has three or four feet of snow and i* heart of winterland. Most active year in the history .of Columbia Falls is reflected in Great Northern incoming and out going shipments. The year's total outgoing freight cars of lumber have topped 2,800 or 26 100-car trains. Incoming car loads, mostly construction mater ials and equipment for the Ana conda Aluminum plant were at the 1,950 mark Thursday. Result is that Columbia Falls is considered the most active ship ping point on the Great Northern in the Kalispell division between Havre and the Spokane area. Record year of 1954 compare* with the previous record year of 1953 when total outgoing lumber shipments were 1,893 carloads, mostly lumber, and incoming car loads, 578, mostly for the alumi num plant. In 1947 Columbia Fails had rec ord lumber shipments up until that time with a total of 779 car loads. Incoming cars in a typical good year was 55 for 1952. Carloadings reflect themselves in jobs in and near Columbia Falls. Local mills are turning out a rec ord 85,000,000 to 90,000,000 board feet of lumber this year repre senting 225,000 man days of em payment and payrolls of $3,500» 000 for the year, including woods operations. At the Anaconda Aluminum Co. plant two miles east of Columbia Falls employment for three month* topped 1,600 and now is at a win ter level of 1,156. Construction payrolls this past fall reached $1,000,000 a month. Over half the lumber shipped from the Flathead this year was milled in Columbia Falls. The city 1,800 to 2,000 was also the cen ter of construction payrolls that exceeded $5,000,000 this year. At the same time the Martin City-Coram lumber industry has been growing. Mills there ship through Columbia Falls and Cor am. Rocky Mt. Opens Los Angeles Office Summit Lumber Co., local lum ber wholesalers affiliated with , . . . ...... Stanley London will be m charge ^ ,"* e °^ lce , ln ® ever ey Hills. In Caufomia helping set up the new °" lce f 5 ^ ames Mountain president. Rocky Mountain Lumber Co., Col umbia Falls, has opened a brok erage office in the Los Angeles area. There has been a developing market for lumber milled in Col umbia Falls in southern California and Arizona. This has been indi cated largely for 2x4x8s which is a Rocky Mountain specialty. Underway at the mill which was established in Columbia Falls in 1948 is erection of a 30-foot addi tion to the sawmill building which will include a new gang saw. A1 Reid, office manager, com mented that the whole sawmill is to be revamped this winter. Chris Lauman is yard foreman at Rocky Mountain which in sum mer employs up to 70 men. Logging contractor is Russell Warner who has four trucks bringing in logs from the Hallo watt creek purchase up the Flat head river's North Fork. This is a Flathead National Forest pur chase. Logging conditions are good though some snow has been plow ed. Move Dormitory From Blackfoot to EGP EAST GLACIER PARK—For mer dormitory building at Black foot is being moved for the Great Northern railroad to East Glacier Park. Getter Construction Co., Cut Bank has the moving contract. It is expected that the dormitory will be used in connection with ploye housing at Glacier Park bo etn tel.