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The Libby herald. [volume] (Libby, Mont.) 1911-1913, November 02, 1911, Image 1

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Another big .hydraulic plant will
soon be added to the Libby placer
district. W. H. Graham last week
purchased the Criderman interests
on Libby creek and will work the
ground on an extensive scale. Mr.
Graham has also acquired the drill
ing machine which has beeu oper
ated there in test borings during
the past summer with such satis
factory results. The machine will
be moved to the lower part of the
Criderman ground for further bor
ings, and it is at this point where
the gravel will be worked by the
hydraulic plant.
On Monday last Mr. Graham,
Foreman Sanders and Engineer
Pratt went out with supplies to the
camp to begin the preliminary work
for putting the property in shape
for machinery. Levels will be run
and other engineering features at
tended to, so that the property may
be equipped upon a systematic plan
along modern lines.
Mr. Graham is from California,
where he is familiar with the work
ings of the great placer plants
which keep the golden state in the
front ranks today among the gold
producers. He is a man of con
siderable means and his acquisition
to the mining interests of the Lib
by district must be of decided ben
efit in giving us ;pining on a prac
tical, substantial scale.
Butte and California, two of the
greatest mining fields of America,
are now actively identified with the
Libby district, in both placer and
quartz mining, and the local out
look never looked as bright or has
ever been upon such a firm foot
With mining, lumbering and
acreage farming backing bhe town
-a trinity of resurces on the eve
of a wondertully active exploita
tion-it must be a confirmed pessi
mist indeed who cannot see that
here a city will grow up second to
none' in northwestern Montana.
The Ladies' Aid society of the
First M. E. church will again take
up their work for the winter this
Dr. Frye of Bonners Ferry was
down Saturday to attend the infant
son of Mr. and Mrs. .Bailey, who
has been quite sick the past week.
Winm. Rightbower and family re
turned Saturday, after a two weeks'
stay on their ranch. Chas. Drake
held down the deputy sheriffship
while Mr. Rightbower was absent.
The show given by the -Grace
Burgoyne company Friday night
was fairly well attended, but the
performance was a fizzle.
Mrs. Kate E. Cantine, who has
been visiting with Mr. and Mrs.
Geo. Allen the past month, re
turned to her home at Cherokee,
Ia., Sunday. % Mrs. Cantine is a
cousin of Lon Carle.
M. L. Dean, state horticulturist,
is endeavoring to secure a building
here for the purpose of establishing
a nursery stock inspection station.
This is to simplify the nursery stock
inspection by establishing one at
each end of the state line on all
railroads in the state.
The Iola club gave their third
tri-monthly dance Friday night,
only members of the club being
present. A good time is reported.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coff
man, a daughter, Sunday night.
Jack was up bright and early Mon
day with a sunny smile on.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Martin are in
Spokane for a few days' visit.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Doonan and
baby daughtet have gone to White
fish and Kalispell to. visit friends.
Members of the Eta Alpha club
were entertained at the home of
Mrs. A. F. Satran last week.
Miss Emma Van Weyke of Ev
erett, Wash., arrived Sunday to
take up a position as waitress at
the Windsor. Mi's Vau Weyke is
a niece of Mrs. N. W. Morri.,on.
Leo. Greenough, accompanied by 1
W. D. J. Strawberry and R.. E.
Walters, arrived from Spokane
Monday to inspect the B. & B.
Mrs. E. Roberts of Spokane ar
rived Monday to visit her daugh
ter, Mrs. Jack Coffman.
The young ladies of the Eta
Alpha club gave a very elaborate
Hallowe'en entertainment at the
city hall Tuesday night. The hall
was decorated with special care to
meet the occasion. The hours were
spent informally with witchcraft
and games. Late in the evening
refreshmepts were served. The ta
bles were ladened with pumpkin
pies and othe good things to eat.
Vegetables were carved out to serve
as dishes. The young ladies de
serve great credit for their enter
tainment, which was enjoyed by
all in attendance.
J. A. Rose ("Archie"), who is
well known in Eureka,where he was
formerly connected with the Brad
ley department store, and later be
came cashier of a bank at Gildford,
has been nominated for comity
treasurer of the proposed new coun.
ty of Hill. The convention was
held at Chester last week, was non
I partisan and attended by delegates
f- rom all over the county. Archie
s has many friends in Eureka and
other parts of Lincoln and Flat
head counties who will wish him
I every success, both at the polls and
Thousands of dollars worth of
timber in Montana forests is threat
ened with quick destruction by the 4
pine beetle, a larvae which bores a
just under the bark and sucks the
life from the tree, according to the
Helena Record, which quotes as
authority Sate Forester Jungberg. e
Mr. Jungberg has been on an in- 1
spection trip in the Swan river
valley in Flathead county.
The insect made its first appear
ahce in this district only last June. £
So rapidly has it multiplied that at
present fine timber on more than
three thousand five hundred acres
of land has been destroyed and
weekly the devastated area is grow
ing larger.
Mr. Jungberg brought with him
slabs sawn from trees killed by the
beetles. From one square foot of I
bark were extracted one hundred
and forty borers.
The larvae first made their ap
pearance .on the Tongue River In
dian reservation in southeastern
Montana. As the timber on this
reservation is an isolated tract, no
measures were taken to extermi
nate them. Then last June they
appeared in the Swan river valley
and began the work of destruction.
It is feared that unless prompt ac
tion be taken the borers will infest
t all the timbered lands in northwest
I ern Montana and destroy timber'
valued at millions of dollars.
The pine beetle was first discov
ered in this country in the Black
Hills about ten years ago. Mile
after mile of timber was destroyed.
All sorts of remedies were tried,
but the only one that proved effi
cient was to chop down the affected
trees apd burn them,
The special election on the ques- I
tion of the issuance of bonds for tl
road and bridge purposes is over tl
and by a vote of 2 to I the people el
of Lincoln county placed them- ft
selves in the first rank of the good is
roads movement. ti
Lincoln county is to have a sys- C
tem of highways and bridges see- a
ond to none in Montana. The ti
movement for good roads so strong- p
ly endorsed by the people at the li
polls is but the beginning of the r,
greater advancement and progress
of our county. A new era has ,
dawned and a greater development a
is now assured. b
Eqeryone should join in the pro- f
gressive movement that means so t
much for every citizen of the coun- t
ty. 'There must be no delay, no a
blocking the wheels of prosperity,' a
no failure. The slogan must be s
"Onward !" The citizenship of
Lincoln county must be prepared
to receive the great influx of new- t
- comers that will soon enter our
r community, and while the election
was so overwhelming in favor of
good roads and bridges there are a
few things we can learn from the
The Herald does not -believe that
s the voters of Eureka are in favor
of a "standstill policy." We be,
lieve that the great mass of voters
of Eureka were misled and voted
without giving the subject due
consideration. There are always
in every community those whg,
either for personal reasons or from
selfish motives, are opposed to any
advancement. But now that the
election is over let all join in the
movement that will open our coun
d ty to all newcomers and will devel
op our natural resources more than
any one method.
The Herald cherishes the hope
Sthat now that Representative
Bernard has so fully demonstrated
(Items Culled from Old Troy Times.)
J. M. Barr was appointed gen
eral superintendent of the Great
E. L. Preston and Alex Mullin
took a gold saving machine to their
placer claim on Callahan creek for
a test run.
Chas. S. Hartwell, assayer and
chemist, removed from Leonia to
Frank Leonard and the other
mineral land commfasioners were
in Pleasant valley and expected to
wind up the season early in Decem
ber, in Flathead valley.
Supervisor Moore had to quit
work on the C(allahan creek road
for lack of county funds, but the
B. & B. mine people continued at
their own expense, as they expect
ed to make some ore shipments to
the smelfer.
Ceo. Davis and Wm. Eaton
struck a vein of asbestos while do
ing assessment work on Rainy
Richard Knappka, commonly
known as "Knapp," lost his life
r' accidentally by being shot with a
trap gun he was setting, on an
island just below Troy, where he
was living with Joe Wendlich. The
bullet entered the right forearm
and was then buried in the hip.
He was brought to Troy and from
there was sent to a Spokane hospi
tal, where he died. He was about
his political supremacy in Eureka
that he will not continue to fight
that which the people so earn
estlv desire. Commissioner Garey
favored the boyd issue, but Repre
sentative Bernard demonstrated
that he could muster 156 votes to
Commissioner Garey's 6 votes. It
was a great victory for Representa
tive Bernard, even though at the
price of placing Eureka in the false
light of being opposed to good
roads and bridges.
The Herald. wants Rexford to
forget that Eureka was opposed to
a bridge at that point; it wonld
have the citizens of Troy bury the
fact that Eureka is trying to divert
the trade of the Yahk valley to
that point-let us all bury the past
and work only for a greater, better
and higher devdlopment of the re
sources of Lincoln county.
To those statistically inclined we
submit the vote in detail, as far as
they could be learned, pending the
official count next Monday by the
board of county commissioners
The returns are in from all pre
cincts but two, Volecour and Stry
ker, which probably held no elec
For Against
libby.............. 2a1 6
Troy .................. 86 2
Rexford............. 25 5
Warland .............. I8 o
Ural . ................. 13 o
Bull Lake ........ 8 o
Jennings ............... 8
Getner ............. 8 o
Snqowshoe .......... 6 o
Cabinet ............... I
Pleasant Valley..... 5 ' o
McCormick........... 5 3
V hlf Creek......... 3 3
Trego................ I 4
Fortine............ 5 13
Gateway........... o 19
Eureka............ 6 156
Totals............430 213
Not learned--Porter, Yakt and
I Glen Lake.
25 years old, had been in the sec
tion two weeks, was a painter by
trade, came from Leeds, No. Dak.,
and had relatives in New York.
E. J. Merrin of Troy received a
telegram that Abe Lemley, one of
the original discoverers of gold
quartz in the Yahk, had been shot
and killed while out hunting near
John Bowen rented the Libby
Good reports were coming down
from Big Cherry lodes, in which
J. W. Leigh, H G. Lougee, John
Johns and others were interested.
Jas. A. Howard located the
ground at the foot of Cleveland
lake and had cut a ditch over a
mile long to take water out of the
lake to his placer claims. Aside
from mining, it was predicted this
lake would become one of the finest
resorts of the country because of
the fish and ganie and beautiful
Libby creek was the lowest
known in years.
Howard brothers and Ross broth.
era, Libby creek placer miners,
were making good use of the low
stage of water by working the bed
of the creek, with encouraging re
The general land commissioner
said the worst stripping of public
t lands of forests was made by the
big mining-companies, and partic
ularly mentioned as an offender
Marcus Daly, manager of the Amal
gamated, as having cut 75,ooo,oco
feet of lumber. He recommended
that the forests of these regions be
put under a forestry system.
The Northern Pacific decided to
rebuild the car shops, destroyed by
fire at Sprague, in Spokane.
Weather item, which might just
as well fit in today: The west
bound passenger Monday evening
was eight hours late, caused by a
blizzard in the Rockies. The
weather here is still of the finest
fall variety, and the blizzard we
know of only by reading or hear
Postmaster General Hitchcock
has ordered that mail boxes be
placed on all depot platforms. This
rule has been observed by the Cain
adian government for years. The
boxes are painted a bright red and
are placed in a conspicuous place
for the convenience of passengers
on trains.
During a hunting trip last week
on Granite creek Senator Rossman
killed two mountain goat which he
will have mounted. He has re
turned to his home in Broadwater
county, but will return in a few
days to look up 4 mining proposi
After Jan. I all restaurants and
bakeries must have a state license.
Under the new pure food law all
restaurants and public kitchens will
be inspected at stated intervals and
a system of grading will be adopt
ed, When the place is graded at
"70o," recommendation will be
made by the inspector, and when a
grade of "6o" is reached the place
must be closed until conditions are
remedied and the license restored.
Other provisions call for proper pre
caution against flies, accumulation
of dirt and uncleanliness in general.
It is a pleasure for us to note the
number of voters who came miles
to vote for good roads and bridges.
They showed an unselfish devotion
to home interests and a progressive
spirit in the right direction that
counts for good citizenship and a
wideawake appreciation of the
needs of the community. Among
those whose voting place was at
Libby, but were at outside points,
we noticed last Saturday
From Cabinet : John Brannigan,
J. J. Hibbard and E. L. Bowman.
From Silver Crown : H. Brink,
A. W. Lounsbury and Aug. Brink.
From Snowshoe. M. A. Shana
han, Ed. S. Green and Chas. Hut
From Kootenai Falls: Woody
Williams and H. Burrell.
From Troy: John G. Van Dyke
and Henry Schriber.
From Fisher River: J. H. Geiger.
From Jennings: Frank Woods.
From Vahk Basin : W. A. Ray
mond and Roy Roderick.
From Sylvanite : J. I. Fox.
There may have been others,
and probably were, and we re
gret we were unable to secure
their names, as they were entitled
to equal credit and public praise.
But the list given will indicate the
spirit which prevailed and which
will make for a Greater Lincoln
The "Miracle Wheat," adver
I tised by a Boston outfit at one dol
lar a pound, or sixtv dollars a
bushel, is pronounced by the de
r partment of agriculture as being
: less valuable than several of the
Sordinary varieties,
The total assessed valuation of
all property in Lincoln county this
year, as corrected and accepted, is
$5,282,943. From the levies made
this will yield a revenue of $147,
956.59. The county and state levy
for the year is :
State, 2Y mills.
County, 18 mills.
There is also a bounty and stock
indemnity tax of 4 Mnills, which ap
plies only on live s.'k.
The special t:i1. bvy by school
districts atnd the valuation of each
district is given below :
No. i. Troy..........o...$ 302,098
" 2. Fall Creek.. 4... 224,392
3. Bull Lake...5... 33,400
4. Libby ........5... 1,049,600
5. Phillips Cr..o... 80,050
6. Jennings.....5... 251,122
7. Warland.....3... 601,x74
" 8. Rexford .....5... 228,632
9. Gateway.....o... 70,135
io. Glen Lake..7 . 87,495
" t. Cabinet......2... 215,833
12. Iowa Flats..o... 152.247
" 13. Eureka ......5... 349,153
S 14. Fortine ......2... 304,678
"15. M'Corm'k io... 165,928
" 16. Koln ....... o... 17,880
17. Therriault to... 74,640
" i8. Pinkham.. o0... 157,525
27. Joint ....... 0... 336,027
" 53. Joint....... 3... 324,046
o. Joint........ o... Ilo,6o1
I There are but two incorporated
.I towns in the county, Libby and Eu.
I reka, the rates dividing as follows,
,t County tax.... .............. mills
e State tax...................... 2 "
a School tax.... ................. 5
e City tax............ ....20..o "
Total...... .....42 "
n County tax.................. 15 mills
I. State tax .................... 23 "
School tax.......... .... 5
City tax................... 3
E Water tax .................. 6 "
'e Total...........................4I "
s Their assessed valuation is :
' Libby ................$1..........67,746
n Eureka ....................... 166,782
No one in Montana is more loyal
to the principles of government
than Adjt. Genl. Greenan. Last
week he, in company with Major
Ford and Lieut. Fravel, were hunt
ing at the Scott Anderson ranch
out of Libby.
It was agreed that all the party
should surround the deer and let
Gen. Greenau have a chance to
capture one. Ther party started
out early in the morning with tom
toms,beating through the timber
while Gen. Greenan mounted the
highest peak to await the coming
of the game.
Gen. Greenan had heard how
deer were enchanted by the sweet
strains of music. He sat beside a
large tamarack stump and began
whistling "The Wearing ot the
Green." The deer approached and
the general, seeing a fine, large
buck, gave the order : "Advance
and give the countersign !" The
deer halted. The general raised
his army rifle; he was unable to
fire. The deer scampered away
and Major Ford approached and
asked why he had not killed the
deer. Gen Greenan replied : "I
obey orders. The commander-in
chief, President Taft, has said we
must have universal peace and I
could not kill even the deer you
chased to me. An Irishman is
always a good soldier,"

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