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Snow Temporarily Closes Logan Pass
i ip.- WH#** \ * i WÈ » . A m : mr-i m mm |*P|j r, k, s ' 4 'WE II 'SS Äs ... fjsm ■, ' As snow crowns Glacier Natio nal Park peaks, McLaughlin Inc., Great Falls, is winding up $286,373.5 0 contract that completed asphalt paving 9.7 miles of Sun highway—favored by dry summer—up Garden Wall. Now finishing touches include quarrying, shaping and placing rock guard walls. This series of pictures taken Monday. Mel Ruder photos. ■ :••• I * •••.. >• ä » & X Mm. ■ C. J. Sigmond and his son, Barry, both Edmonton, were shaping and placing rock along road. Dry type mortar is used. Others in highway crew are Don Arps, Augusta; Ben Groot, Choteau, and S. D. Max well, Spokane. Flathead lacks stonemasons for this large project. ■ ;V m "j 1 i * m I«. .§■1 ml J Ä j . '■f ? . * :• .?s "V| ■ Quarry is just above Garden Wall road camp and is in dolomite reck, an impure blue-black limestone similar to rock found along up per access road to Hungry Horse Dam. Working at quarry are Robert McAulay, Edmonton, recently of Glasgow, Scotland; Rudolph Kehnen, Spokane; Jack Gaines, Bigfork; E. E. Sands, Columbia Falls; Con Sullivan, Spokane; Jim Orchard, Missoula, quarry foreman. Rod Jelleff, Bigfork, is general foreman for McLaughlin of rock work. f ■;-v •/ \ X.-- i \ i i ivooe't McAulay came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland, 4 Va years ago. Scotland uses stone for much construction, just asr England does brick. McAulay, however, said "it's a dying craft back in Scotland. Other photos in this series, page Slate Campground Work in Glacier WEST GLACIER—Improvement of Glacier National Park campgrounds at Bowman and Kintla lakes up the North Fork and along Cut Bank creek on the park's east side are scheduled for this fall. Monday saw Frank Neubauer, the park's landscape architect, and Clar ence Bengtson, general road super intendent, up the North Fork plan ning the parking spur and additional campsites improvements. In charge of a crew of about six men will be Foreman Stuart Swan berg. School Meetings Nyack-West Glacier bus route. District 6 school board will hold its October meeting Tuesday at 8 p. m. at Columbia Falls grade school. A special Oct. 14 meeting is sched uled for opening of bids for the Si WEST GLACIER—Glacier Nation al Park's Going-to-the-Sun high way was closed to through traffic Thursday as a result of a six inch snowfall, and "still snowing." Closure was a safety measure in view of the Logan pass section being slick and in the clouds, stated Stan ley Joseph, assistant superintendent. The snow covered section ranges from Garden Wall road camp on the Glacier viewpoint on the east, and was termed up to six inches deep. Sun highway usually remains open to traffic until about Oct. 20, and plan after the present "not unexpect ed" brief closure is to have the highway open on a day shift. The Garden Wall road camp to Jackson Glacier viewpoint section—as in years past—will be closed at 4 p. m. each day unless there is a dry period. Friday marked the last day for seasonal rangers on duty at the West Glacier and St. Mary checking stations. At the west entrance were Laurel Dale, Center City, Minn., and Richard Person, Cut Bank, and at St. Mary, Robert Sievers, Chenoa, Ill. and Marvin Hershey, Conrad. No entrance fee will be charged for the rest of the year. Glacier's visitor total for the year is nearly 660,000, and compares with 608,230 visitors for all of last year; the record, 633,480 for 1953. This is the fifth year that Glacier has more than 500,000 visitors. G N Consolidates I Western Divisions Extension of the Kalispell division to include Spokane was announced Thursday by the Great Northern Railway. Division headquarters will be at Spokane—and not Whitefish as pres ent. An assistant superintendent will be named to direct operations in what the Great Northern announces as "the increasingly important Kal ispell, Columbia Falls and White fish area." Unofficial information is that H M. Shapleigh, present superinten dent for the division at Whitefish will transfer to Spokane as super intendent. Confirmation was not av ailable this week, and Shapleigh was not in the Flathead. T. A. Jerrow, western general man ager for the railway, said in Seattle that the consolidation also includes changes in the boundaries of the Cascade division to the west and Butte division to the east of the Kal ispell division in order to better bal ance mileage of each operating seg ment. He also stated: "Establishment of the district accounting office at Whitefish ( for lines west of Willis ton) will maintain and increase the number of Great Northern personnel (in Whitefish)." Consolidation of divisions is to be completed by Feb. 1. The Kalispell division will have its new western boundary at Fort Wright, just west of Spokane, and its eastern limit at Cut Bank. The Butte division will extend from Cut Bank to Bainville on the North Dak ota line with headquarters at Great Falls. Presently the Kalispell division ex tends from just this side of Havre to Troy, and then the Spokane di vision extends westward to the Wen atchee area; next the Cascade div ision goes to the coast. The new change eliminates one division trans ferring the Kalispell division super intendent to Spokane. An assistant superintendent with headquarters at Wenatchee will also be named on the Cascade division corresponding to the new assistant superintendent for Whitefish. The Cascade division will extend from Fort Wright to Seattle. Park Lost Articles Reach Owners WEST GLACIER—Glacier Nation al Park has had a reasonably suc cessful year in seeing that lost ar ticles were returned to owners, re ports Chief Ranger Elmer Fladmark. Procedure is for finders to return articles to the nearest ranger, nat uralist, camp tender or to park headquarters. Most frequently returned articles in Glacier are sunglasses, cameras, fishing gear and wallets. Fladmark complimented visitors for their help in seeing that lost articles were re turned. There was a Spokane college pro fessor who received an aluminum ladder he had lost in the park. Lost and found records show that Lauren D. Swenson, Dutton lost a billfold with $95 that was found and turned in by Charles A. Snedeker of Medina, Ohio. Kathlyn Broadwat er, Havre, found a purse with $52 on Sun highway switchback that be longed to Mrs. Clare Klink of Adrian, Mich. Canadians seem to appear fre quently among the names of those who found articles and turned them in. Lorraine Byers, Edmonton, Al berta found wallet that belonged to a Eugene, Ore. lady; and Ray Summerville of Montmartre,* Sask., turned in one cowboy boot that was claimed by its owner. Where a claim is not filed for a lost article, and the owner cannot be traced, practice is to send the item, if it has any value, to the fi nc j er , I - c . c . i three feet from the property me. for five foot wide sidewalks and then the wider streets. Eliminated will xe the eight foot boulevard pro- City Council Columbia Falls city council will hold its October meeting Monday at 8 p. m. at the city hall. Scheduled for the meeting is adop tion of the ordinance providing for Columbia Falls sidewalks to be vision. Also likely is resignation of G. W. Fleming as a Ward 3 councilman, le has sold his home, and is moving from the city. A special Oct. 10 meeting is sched uled for opening of bids to purchase a police car. HISTORICAL society OF MONTANA HELENA 10 cents a Copy Hungry Horse News . COLUMBIA FALLS, MONTANA _ FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 1*55 Boeing Plant Option Not in Flathead VOL. 10, NO. 10 LaSalle Route Proposed As Alternate Ho. 2 Efforts to have the LaSalle road from Kalispell to Columbia Falls de clared "alternate U. S. No. 2" are underway. Objectives include the need to have a well maintained road through the center of the Flathead valley to the Anaconda Aluminum Co. plant. Pre sently there is not a definite pattern f winter maintenance for the LaSalle road. Columbia Falls has long been in terested in the U. S. No. 2 proposal and now there is indications of wid er support. Charles Jellison, Flathead state senator and LaSalle resident, has contacted highway department and other officials in behalf of the pro ject. This would entail transfer of 11.1 miles from the secondary to the pri mary highway system. Community Chorus Draws 65 Singers About 65 singers have joined the to present Handel's "The Messiah" at Christmas time. Donald Hayes, director, expressed satisfaction at the enthusiastic response shown by the group of about 30 who attended the first meeting, Tuesday evening, representing the total who will be participating. Auditions for solos were heard the meeting, which was held at chorus room at the new grade school. Hayes was pleased at the fine voices which are available and said that the parts are apparently well balanced. About 25 men are included in the chorus. He urged anyone interested in joining to get in touch with him or attend the next meeting, Thursday. Members present Tuesday decided to hold practice every Thursday in the chorus room at 8 p. m. West Glacier, Martin City, Hungry Horse and Whitefish, as well as Col umbia Falls, are represented in the group. Mrs. Clark Grady is accom Plans are to present "The Messiah" Dec. 18 in the school multi-purpose room. Moose Has Look At Park Entrance ■ ä|: WEST GLACIER—Late season vis itors to Glacier National Park were inspected for nearly a full day at the west entrance checking station this past week. Seasonal Ranger Laurel Dale, Center City, Minn., reported that the curious moose stood around for a time watching cars being checked in, and then would move back in the nearby forest. Picture-taking motorists would back to their cars. Dale re lated, when the big bull gave them an intense stare when they got too close. Moose are not uncommon in the area near the foot of .Lake McDonald during winter months, but visit by a moose at this time is considered unusual. Fleming to Resign As Falls Councilman Resignation of G. W. Fleming as a Kennedy addition city council mem ber is to be submitted at the Oct. 3 meeting of the council. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming have sold their home to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yost, and plan to leave next month for the West Coast and Arizona. The Flemings first came here in 1946 and have lived in the Kennedy addit ion for the past three years. His successor on the council is appointed by Mayor Herman Ben zien with approval of the council. Suggested as the new Ward 3 coun cil man is Pastor Ralph Werner. Other council members are LaMar "Bud" Orndorff, ward 3; Fred Kro na and G. W. Ridpath, ward 2; L. A. Schoenberg and James Clark, ward 1. Fleming, former Blaine county sheriff with a number of years ex perience with the Army Corps of Engineers in police work, including Fort Peck Dam, has been a respect ed member of the community. He was a candidate for sheriff in the Flathead two years ago. Preparing Big Mt. Communications WHITEFISH—Underway is digging the shallow trench for the power cable that will serve the seven Flat head short wave radio transmitters scheduled for Big Mountain. Participating in having Big Moun taui the antenna center for short wave radio communications in tbe Flathead are: State highway mam tenance, Flathead Electric Co-op, Stoltze Land and Lumber Co., Park way Truck stop, Flathead county sheriff, Kalispell Propane Co. and Flathead National Forest. Each will have a transmitter. Charles Jellison co-ordinated the development. Operating out of Parkway Truck stop for communications are 37 log- ging trucks with short wave radios. Jellison, a member of the national board for Forest Industries Rad io Communications, pioneered the dev elopment in the Flathead. He is a logging contractor. Equipment is to arrive about Oct. 18, and installations may be com pleted this fall. There will be separ ate small transmitter houses on top of Big Mountain a mile from the top of the ski lift. A rough access road up the moun tain has been completed. ; : m K ' - '.7&A . [ • v.v\ Four hour drive from Flathead on spectacular 90-mile long Kooten ay lake 1 in British Columbia is "House of Bottles." Here from edge of asphalt paved highway, the house has look of glass brick castle. Actually it is home of D. H. Brown, former Red Deer (Alberta) mortician. Recovering from a serious ill ness, Brown built his glass house by using 100,000 "undertaker" fluid bottles as the glass bricks. The bot tles are placed bottom end out, and he's still bringing in loads of bottles, adding to his home. Most rooms in the "castle" are round. Brown doesn't like corners in his rooms. Attractive place is open for visitors. - ■>: v Ä: . . V ' £ . ' y. Ÿ. Ä * ' ;■ % "V ÉÉI ; Ä, ■•/-I L> V - T r- mg L.« L 4 : >J4m m B ■ U U Last of paddle wheel steamers on interior British Columbia lakes is Canadian Pacific's "Moyie." It runs from Nelson, B. C. to the north end of 90-mile long Kootenay lake picking up fruit and ether products from area without roads or rails. Kootenay lake offers fine fishing and scenery. Trip includes Kalispell to Bonners Ferry for 143 miles, then 26 miles to Canadian border, and the only gravel—7 miles from Rykerts to Creston, B. C., fruit and grain center. Highway north—all paved—follows shore of mountain hemmed lake for 39 miles, and then two large automobile ferries ply across lake in 45 minute trips to Balfour. Twenty miles further on arm of lake is Nelson, B. C., city of about 7,000. Lake is 1,200 feet lower than Flathead area with longer growing season. Yards have English heritage of flowers. Mel Ruder photos. To Establish Library in Columbia Falls Establishment of the first branch J. W. Merz Starts West Side Road Underway this weeic was first con struction of the J. W. Merz contract fdr $248,401.91 to widen and gravel 43 miles of the west side road along Hungry Horse lake. The Columbia Falls contractor started moving equipment on the job Monday. It was a Forest Ser vice project. If weather permits, Merz hopes to complete the 15 acres of right-of way clearing and most of the earth moving this fall will gravelling next summer. Superintendent on the job will be Joe Leahy with Sam Bullesci, fore man in charge of earth work. Only a small crew of about a half dozen men is indicated for the time being. Rain resulted in little construct ion this week. The improvement is to be from Hungry Horse Dam to Clark creek, and provides 220 days for comple tion. In addition to the clearing there will be 11,000 yards rock excavation, 121,000 yards common excavation, 96,500 yards crushed gravel, about 1,000 feet of culvert pipe and 200 cubic yards of rip-rap. This major contract is to improve the West side of Hungry Horse lake road that proved too narrow and un safe for log hauling and is seeing heavy use by fishermen and hunters. West side of the Flathead's South Fork is capable of a sustained tim ber yield of about 20,000,000 board feet a year, or about one-third of Flathead National Forest's total. Presently there is a problem of removing spruce bark beetle infested timber, though it is much less acute than was the case up the North Fork. West side of the reservoir sales include: Rocky Mountain Lumber Co. purchase of 14,900,000 board feet on Quintonken creek, Plum Creek Lum ber Co., also of Columbia Falls, pur chase of 17,780,000 board feet on Sullivan creek, and Rex Brown of Coram purchase of 8,000,000 board feet 10 miles above the dam on Lost Johnny creek. The west side road was built under two Bureau of Reclamation con tracts during 1952 and 1953. Miller and Strong, Inc., Eugene, Ore., had the lower 24.5 miles for a $1,179,410 contract and Hoops Construction Co., Twin Falls, Idaho, had the upper 22.5 miles for $963,512. Hanson-Parr, Spokane, had $136,235 worth of bridge contracts. Curtailed Hauling September rains result in Flat head logging roads becoming muddy and soft. Some curtailment in log hauling is reported. September precipitation includes: airport 1.55 inches; Hungry Horse, 3 inches; Spotted Bear .95 of inch; Coram 2.41 inches until Thursday. Park Retiring Four Veteran Horses WEST GLACIER—Four Glacier National Park veterans, Dizzy, age 26; Rock and Rawhide, each 20, and Blaze, 17, are to be sold Oct. 13. Oldest of the horses, Dizzy has been in the park for 22 years. The anim als were used for pack and saddle purposes, and are no longer con sidered fit for use on mountain trails. Hope is the sale will result in the horses finding good homes, or be dispatched quickly. Meanwhile award is pending on the Tuesday opening to pasture the 30 National Park Service mules and 25 horses. Fred Stone, Browning, who had the contract last year, bid the same price, $2.15 per head per month. Arthur Douglas, Browning, bid $2.50 per head per month. Range inspection will determine the award. Glacier is also interested in pur chasing five or six more saddle and pack horses to augment its herd used to pack supplies to lookouts and trail crews as well as for trail in spections. WEATHER forecast: Mostly cloudy Thursday afternoon and night; few widely scattered showers; partly cloudy to cloudy with few showers Friday. Predicted high 50 Thursday, low 40, high Friday 55. Highs and lows of week and month: Sept. 22, 54-38, Friday 59-32, Satur day 57-35, Sunday 62-32, Monday 52 27, Tuesday 53-40, Wednesday 48-39, Thursday 50-40. High for month; 90, Sept. 3 and 4; low 27, Sept. 26. First local killing frost Sept. 18. Septem ber's first 12 days were above nor mal, the below, for about a 2 degree below average normal. Precipitation: September so far, 1.55 inches. Normal for whole month, 1.30 inches. Precipitation for whole year so far, 10.55; normal for these nine months is 11.90. Wet months were February, late June, July and ïî, te ™ r ^° t n!;Lri e Bl 0W I ï a 0 .V P PtZ cf,r vvio y nr ax!' J ' J lth0 , ut ^ ^ itation was driest August since re cords hero started in 1899 There coras nere siariea in inere Wa AvetaÄt^ n d M s a u y m a m n e d r JU h n a e s seven days with readings 90 or above. Past summer showed follow ing; June 21 and 22 with 92 and 96; July 15, 16 and 17 with 92, 94 and 95; Aug. 6, 30 and 31 with 91, 91, and 90; Sept 3 and 4 with 90 and 90, Columbia Falls growing season this year: 32 degrees, May 31, and then killing frost, Sept. 22. . _ Visitors iTOin Jasper WEST GLACIER—Wednesday and Thursday visitors in Glacier Nation al Park were Sunt, and Mrs. G. H. IL. Dempster of Jasper National Park, Canada. building of Flathead county library is scheduled for Columbia Falls this fall, according to Mrs. Cornelia Sherman, county librarian. Anaconda Aluminum Co. is donat ing a 70 by 16-foot insulated building that was two-thirds of the Foley Constructors office. "Problems include finding a site for the building. It has been suggest ed that if located near the schools more people including students will be served. Foundations are needed, also clos ing the open end, digging waterlines and obtaining tables and chairs. Volunteer workers are to be ask ed to help keep the library open day and evening hours, and have the building'gerfe as a reading and study room, commented Mrs. Carl Lund borg, who heads the local library committee. Working with her have been Mrs. Fay Loveall, local mem ber of the county library board; Supt. Dulane Fulton and Mrs. Em elia Cook. Mayor Herman Benzien is being asked to serve on the commit tee, which is still incomplete. Mrs. Corliss Rasmussen is branch librarian. The library presently is located in the Talbott school, and open Thursday and Friday after noons from 12 noon until 4:30 p. m. Flathead county library has over 23,000 books, reports Mrs. Sherman. The local branch will have 3,000 to 4,000 books depending on use and demand. Any one of the county's 23,000 books would be available to with few branch library building would be come the property of the community. at the local library. Mrs. Sherman added that the WEST GLACIER—Major expan Mackm Building McDonald Chalets sion of visitor accomodations in Gla cier National Park this winter is un . with construction of the <3€rwa y wun consirucuon oi inv new $100,000 24-umt rustic type dial - « "" *«* - Donald for W. R. Mackin. Montana Builders, Kalispell, have the general contract for $77,300. Architect is Richard L. Taylor, Kal ispell. Plumbing and electrical con tracts are to be awarded. Mackin's Village Inn has doubled in size since World War II and now has 50 units. Five cottages at the foot of Lake McDonald are being moved to make way for the new two-story chalets. This is the largest single improve ment on Glacier's west side to be made since the construction of Lake McDonald hotel about 1914. Boeing Airplane Company does not plan to erect a guided missile plant or any other installation in north western Montana. They have options on land near Denver and Salt Lake City. Rumors that Boeing had taken op tions on Flathead valley land have been recurring this summer and fall just as they have in years past. A previous Boeing report gave a Wal ter Winchell broadcast as the source. This was denied by Winchell's of fice. Carl M. Cleveland, acting director of public relations for Boeing at Se attle, replied to a Hungry Horse News query with the following par agraphs: "We are at a loss to account for the constantly recurring rumors that Boeing is going to buUd a plant à various cities. So far these rumors have located us in practically every state west of the Mississippi and even a few east." The Boeing spokes man continued; "Here briefly are the facts regard ing our proposed guided missile plant. We have surveyed several potential sites. After careful consid eration of all the factors that enter into the selection of such a site, we have narrowed our choice to two lo cations—Denver and Salt Lake City. We have taken options on the nec essary land at both locations. As of this date final made between the two locations. We cannot say at this time specifically when the choice will be made." Other previous information is to the effect that Boeing in selecting a location for a plant picks a site where the company will not employ more than 6 per cent of the avail able work force. Effort has been made through the years to find out identity of men starting the rumors about Boeing located in the Flathead. Flathead county airport member, Sol Catron and others, last summer expressed interest in contacting Boe ing to see if the company was inter ested in what this area had to of fer. These men in no way inferred that Boeing was going to locate in the Flathead. The rumors as before had other sources. The Hungry Horse News wrote Boeing: "We would be pleased to have Boeing here, and have just seen the local aluminum plant start production," and then asked for specific information about Boeing plans for western Montana, if any. Bake-Out of Last Pots Underway Bake-out of the remaining 120 pots at the Anaconda Aluminum Co. plant started this week, with the result that electricity is now flowing to al 240 pots at the plant. Bake-out of the first potline start ed July 20, with first aluminum pro duction Aug. 12. The plant is now approaching 50 per cent of capacity. Capacity is 60,000 tons a year. The bake-out process involves transition of pitch and coke in the pots into solid carbon. After the inum production is underway. There are now nearly 500 men em ployed in operations at the plant. Construction was officially com pleted Sept. 16. Walter G. Sattler, project manager for Foley Con structors, the plant's general con tractor, is leaving Columbia Fall« for New York Friday. He has been here since July, 1953. H. H. Reservoir Continues Full HUNGRY HORSE—Hungry Horse reservoir continues full. The 3,468,000 acre foot 34-mile long man-made lake filled to capacity last June 28. Operation of the powerhouse for past weeks, according to Charles Simmons, supervisor, has been to use water that would otherwise go through the spillway, to generate power. Two of the 71,250 kilowatt generators are in use, and peak from 70,000 to 140,000 kilowatts dur ing the twilight load periods. Last year Hungry Horse Reser voir was full from July 9 until Dec. 8, and then drawdown increased as downstream reservoirs became de pleted during winter. Hungry Horse power production is at maximum capacity during winter months. September rains have somewhat increased the flow of the Flathead'« South Fork into the reservoir. Weather Readings Weather readings are scheduled to be taken at the Anaconda Alum inum Co. plant starting this fall. Ob server will be Robert Bush of tbe chemistry force. There is a wind gauge on the will include thermometers, baro meter and precipitation gauge. Ren frew Cabinet Works, Columbia FaLs, built the thermometer shelter. 60 Muleloads to Sperry Chalets WEST GLACIER - Sixty loads of sand cement, nails and floor ing have been transported six mile« by trail from Lake McDonald to Sperry chalets. Eighteen more mule loads are to be sent to the mountain hotel, away from roads and highways. Underway is replacement of wont floors and building maintenance with John Cook, foreman, and a crew of Mike Baumann, Jake Baumberger, Calvin Gilham, Dwight Grist, Don McLean and Maynard Williams. William Yenne, the park's general trail foreman, with Ron Sherman and Jack Ray did the packing.