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STHE LIBBY HERALD
VOL 2. NO. 52 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1912 $2.00 PER YEAR PRESBYTERIANS LAY CORNERSTONE On Tuesday evening June 4, 1912, a goodly number of the cit izens of Libby gathered at the cor ner of Lincoln Boulevard and Montana Ave. to witness the laying of the corner stone of the First Presbyterian church building. After the singing of a verse of "I love thy kingdom," and a brief invocation by the paster of the church, a letter from Rev. Geo. M. Fisher, in which he stated that the Sabbath school out of which the church grew was organized May 3, 1893, and had never been aban doned and that this was the first re ligious organization in this region, was read. Then followed the reading of a brief history of the church, the roll of communicants,the officers of the church, etc. Then Mr. Herbst read a list of subscribers to the building fund of the church. All these papers were placed in the vault prepared for them by Mrs. Swanson, one of the covenant members of the church, and Contractor Frank Pival placed the stone. Then the hymn "The Church's One Found ation Is Jesus Christ, Her Lord," was sang and the Divine benedic tion was invoked. W. E. Dawson, the merchant prince and mayor of Jennings, was in the city Tuesday on business. VIEW SHOWING BUSINESS SECTION OF LIBBY -Photo by V. Warwick Libby is growing today, There was no In the view given above one would scarce letup during the winter months. Nothing of ly recognize this as the same Libby which four the mushroom, either, but of the substantial or five years ago was a run-down-at-the-heel order. County seat of a little empire rich in a mining town, taking a spurt now and then to score of valuable assets, the metropolis of the encourage, the oldtimer to hang on. Handsome valley and the county, and a wideawake people business houses, modern residences, graded alert with the resolve to keep her in her present streets, water and light system, paved walks, proud position. 'all testify to the change. ARE REACTIONARIESBOOOST GOOD ROADS ALL THE TROY NEWS Somewhat less than a year ago the Libby Commercial club initiated a good roads movement, calculated to embrace all parts of our county, and afford for the people of the county some adequate means of transportation and inter-communi cation between the several towns of the county, and trunk line roads for the rural population to connect up with and so place them in touch with their local markets. And more. The question of good roads has for some years been grow ing into a national question. The Automobile clubs are especially ac tive in pressing the development of good roads reaching into all parts of the country-especially into all scenic spots and sections of the mountain regions. The live ones of the Libby Commercial club ap. preciated this and featured it as a substantial factor in the good roads campaign which was pushed in the couty. The people generally of the county responded to the call for good roads and bridges, and by a two to one vote authorized the issue of bonds by the county for roads and bridges in the sum of $125,ooo. The good work so started is now blocked by a dog in the manger at titude maintained by a few malcon tents of Eureka, who are identified with some harrassing and useless litigation which has stopped all work for the present that was started on road and bridge con struction. Two years ago five lives were lost in a ferry accident at Libby. The Kootenai is a death dealing torrent in high water time. The spirits of these five victims, Frantz, Loucks, Murray, Wall and Mnlli nuex, called aloud for a bridge to span this treacherou . stream at Libby, and the common sense and humanity of Lincoln county voters responded to the cry and voted the bonds to build the bridges neces sary to accommodate the county people in crossing the Kootenai. Those five lives were sacrificed to the necessities of pioneering-it had not been possible up till that time for the scant inhabitants here to build bridges across the Koote nai. But funds were available, the work had started, high water with its daily danger to life was coming on, the bridge at Libby was well under way-an absolute necessity to protect life, as well as to serve business. Then wholly by way of malicious spite,as far as we can see,or for some fanciod local or personal grievance, these people--Weil as sponsor and Reid as nominal plaintiff, residents of the north end of the county started injunction proceedings to stop, or at least to block, the work. They have temporarily blocked the bridge work and all contem plated road work. High water and dangerous boating are upon us. Already, as reported last week, an other life has been sacrificed at the Libby crossing of the Kootenai. But Tom Murphy was not a sacri-, fice to the necessities of pioneering, as were the five of two years ago. If this wicked litigation had not been started, the bridge here would have been completed before high water came, and Murphy's life had been spared. High water, and its attendant dangers, will be with us for Koine weeks yet. These malicious con testants have no occasion for cross ing the raging Kootenai in attend ing to their daily business. Those who have may be damned, as far as these litigants are concerned. BRIDGE BOND CASE TO BE HEARD IN SUPREME COURT JUNE 17. Counsel for the County Commissioners have secured a stipulation from plaintiff to have argdemnt on appeal heard in Supreme Court on June 17. This news comes just as we go to press. Good ! P!sl, it along ! On June 22 there will be a Good Roads meeting in Libby attended by county officials of Lincoln and Flathead counties of this state, Bonner county in Idaho and Pend Oreille anc Spokane counties in Washington. Representatives of various commercial clubs and automobile and good roads organization; will participate in the meeting. It will be an epoch-markint event in the matter of developing good roads through this sec tion of the United States. It is time such meeting were held. It deserves the sup port and assistance of every man and woman in this county Especially every taxpayer and property owner should give this meeting support and countenance. The economic advantages of good trunk line highways back and forth through our state and connecting up with simi lar roads in other states, can not be overstated or overestimat ed. The automobile has not made these advantages; it ha; merely called attention to a need that has been long felt, anc provision for which has been long neglected. It will be the part of our people here in Libby to give suci aid, support and encouragement to this meeting as will put u; on the road map as Live Ones. With good, modern highway; built east and west from Libby, we would be in close touci with Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Newport and Spokane, thence on to the coast to the west and all intervening country; Kalis pell, Missoula, Glacier Park, and all Montana and the worlc east of the mountains. This is the interstate road that i1 planned and is to be considered at the meeting of June 22. We are for it. The wondrous scenic beauties of almost every part of oul county will make ours the best advertised and most talked o section of the Northwest. Tourists, sightseers, and better thar all,,land-seeking settlers will have a way in, over such roads We can show them good reasons for staying and becoming part of our new county. Let nothing be left undone that will make for the suc cess of this meeting. Give all of our visitors good reason fo: wishing to come back. Support the Good Roads movemen not only at this meeting but in every way, both for our count) and for connections with the outside. REXFORD BOYS LIKED THEIR TREATMENT HERE AIjhIIlllI? 1jIj J IaLill) The Rexfoit l bo evidentl; found things to their liking when they vi ited Libby recently, as the following cord spondence to the W hiteislh Pilot Thows: Last Sntildv the l1utl boys c n ed bats with the. fast Ltbby tean f on the Libby grounds, and in ,pite of the few drops of rain that fell, played a good, fast and clean gnme of ball, holding the Libby team down to six runs while Rext id (-aptiliedl four. Rut we ate m tF than satisfied with the game. We are good loser, because of the fact that we were royally entertained and given a square deal hv the team and the people of ,iihhy. One feature of the game wa', that there w&a no wvringing it rag c'tewing as i., the history of .,omne ul the game:.. The battery for Rexford wa-; Calmes and Fewks who both did effc, tive wvo k. This wa:. the frst game of the :eat.on for Calme:, and he pit( hed a sI)1en did game. A teturned game has been arranged with Lihhy for Sun day on the Rexford grounds. Your pugnacious Troy reporter is in receipt of a signed statement from Prank Miller, our genial car inspector, who it was reported had entered the state of wedlock at Sandpoint, in which he re. pudiates the truth of the story in no un mistakable language. He also states that he is still running his ad in the want column, still looking for his soul mate, and we senture the assertion he will not have to run it long either, if good clothes, debonair manner and suave tongue have anything to do with it. J. A McTariaghai, U. S. postoffice inspector, was in town the latter part of last week checking up the accounts and inspecting the methods at the Federal building and went away leaving a very favorable report to the creditable ability of our accoinnodating postumistress, Miss Nellie Hlegarty Miss Kate Ketchum came up from Libby Saturday for a short visit with her many friends and relatives, returning the next day. The aged parents of Mr. A. McDowell arrived last part of the past week for a short visit. They are making their home for the present with Mr. McCowell on his ranch south of town. The Troy-Libby game of May 30th, which came to pass a day too late for a full 'rite-up in last week's issue, shows very clearly that the Troy "Jinx" is still very much alive and in the hands of the rightful owners, the Troy Tigers, while the Libby Jinx is 'adly in danger of cap ture for the balance of the season. Full particulars of the game should be cer" tainly forthcoming in another section of this isue, for no matter who wins we ought to have the full unvarnished de tails down in black and white for the ed ification of our future generations. Watch the honorable editor do himself proud doing the gaiiie but ample justice in flaring headlines if necessary. A perusal of the perfrniutice sheet of the TCor Tigers obtained, through the courtesy of Manager Mugay lake shona a very good record of this fast bush league team. Below i3 a synopsis of gamt- to date: Tircy q L.ihbb 0. 4 'o Naples 2. It ha; been very difficult of late to get any team to play the Tigers and the rea son is very obvious to any oue, by a glance at the above score list. The Eta Alpha Club held their first initiati"n of the hind in the spacious warehouse of P. 1. Callow Satuiday June ist, at 8:,o p.m. One of the very pecu. JINX GONE DOWN THE RIVER AGAIN The home boys and Troy boys reguý , Ines have the most Th:,ive jinn that "everwas." Like he Irishman's flea, now you see it id nov r c lon't.' The latest lisappearance was from the Libby ites and it is the general impression the Trojans captured it again. At any rate, the best game seen here. this season was played on Decora tion day. It was fast and sufflicient. ly close to be interesting. As otiu *rrov correspondent gives the game such an enthusiastic "touch up" It would be merely overdoing a good thing to go more into detail than to say the score was 4 to i in favor of Troy. Jurgens and Leary were battery for Libby and Roseburrough and Ryan for Troy. It looked like a shut out for Libby, when Captain Jones made the longest hit known here, the ball landing in the river, with two out and two strikes, and in the 9th at that. DIFFERENT WITH THE CUBS. The Libby Cubs played at Troy last Sunday with the Colts and scored a victory by t; to 4. The Cubs are getting to be some ball tossers, having won every game but the first played this season. They are also becoming ambi tions and are mapping out a trip cast to Kalispell. liar features of initiating young gentle men members into their auxiliary is the clipping of the foreloek of the candi date. This is necessary, they claim, be cause Samson was thus shorn hack in the Stone Age, and they retain the stone age customs of social activity as near as it is possible in conducting their club affairs. Notwithstanding the many hand icaps the initiation was a great success, and after it was over they all partook of a Bon-Bon Festival in honor of the aus picious occasion. The charming coterie was headed by Mrs. H. L. Baker, ably assisted by Mesdames C. H. Clay and H. C. Weidner and Misses I4zel Van Arts dale, Ruth Cl.y, Emma Von Weyhe and Helen Callow. Everybody reported a most enjoyable time. This club is a very progressive one and it is predicted that the social season will soon reach its zenith under their masterful espionage. The magnificent special train of the Northwestern business league, passed through Troy Tuesday. They stopped off here for 2o minutes. conversing with local business men and taking notes. Such prominent personages as L W'. Hill, Hoke Smith and others accompanied the large party of business men on their trip to Seattle, Ezra F. Enzor left Tuesday on No. 3 for Elk City, Ida, where he expects to find employment. Bud Wood, business director of the Troy Sen-i-or team, reports that they will play the fast Cranbrook team at Bonners Ferry Ju'y 4th. This ought to be a pretty good swatfest. as the Canad ian team is one of the fastest in North. western Canada. Stirl Thornton has accepted a position with the Great Northern at this point as night foreman at the local roundhoi se and shops. Rupert Clark came down from Red Deer. Alberta. the ,nd, to visit with his old friends Rupiert says that, after all. there is no place like Troy and that he is glad to once more plant his feet on Troy Sod. Miss Estella Milnor arrived in town the *rd, having cnmplsted her term at the Eureka public schoois. and is staying with her folks at the old homestead south of town. Monsieur Douglas Wood is reported, on authentic advice. to be making prep arations to ioin the world ovide Benedtt union. nr in plainer iatgoni. get piainei. flow slmt Ibis. Onu; Dug looks rua4b ral. W. k Smith, '.upt.: J. Delaney, mss ter no1' iso ani. .il J. E. I lills., Itsiniue ter, sarcomuianied the spacial as far as Troy, teturning the same night on 44.. The Tibbv (il l defeated the Tror Colts in an interesting game here Sun day by a score of .; to 4. The core was a tie up to the last half of the 6th, ; 410 Then the ljthh hitters began to get to Iartlett and helped along with mat.'r errors run in ten scores in the next three innings. Wood featured for Troy, get ting five hits in as many times at bat.