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Interior Secretary Julius A. Krug
plans to visit the Territory next
month. While here, the Secretary
hopes to visit various communities,
meeting its people anti getting ac
quainted with America's “la^t fron
tier.’’ An oficial reception will he
given by Governor Gruening during
the Secretary’s stay in Juneau.
Tlie so-called Russian “Iron cur
tain” about which so much is writ
ten from the European theater also
extends to Alaska. The Little Dio
mede Island off the Seward Penin
sula in Bering Straits i.^ American.
It’s adjoining island, the Big Dio
mede, is Russian. The people of the
two islands through the years have
enjoyed free intercourse. Friends and
telatives reside on both sjdes of the
international line and they have
traveled freely from one island to
the other—on ice in winter, with
kayak in summer. Recently the edict
came out of the Soviet Union that
there was to be no more traffic to
the Big Diomede. Persons on the
American Little Diomede can no
longer travel back and forth to see
their, friends on Russian Big Dio
mede, a distance of approximately
eight miles. The “iron curtain” is
A five-day truce voted by long
shoremen at Ketchikan and Juneau
permitted unloading of vessels in
(hose ports this week despite the
fact that still no approval has been
given by War Shipping Administra
tion and the Wage Stabilization
Board to authorize ship operators
to pay the agreed wage increase t.i
$1.62 an hour straight time and
$1.98 overtime. Ships were loaded
with foodstuffs which were running
low in both towns. Due to the work
stoppage previous week much of the
perishables were spoiled, having to
be thrown overboarrd. Merchants
were taking the rap. Longshoremen
said that three times they had been
promised the pay increase would be
forthcoming as agreed to last spring
but nothing had happened. Ship op
erators as agents of War Shiping
had to await word from that agency
before meeting the increase. Truce
was to end today and work would
stop again unless authorization was
forthcoming from Washington to the
steamship companies to pay the
wage increase. It was rank injustice
so far as Alaska is concerned as the
increase was being paid down the
coast. Gov. Gruening, other officials
and representatives of the commun
ities effected were putting on every
pressure to try to get action but as
this was written it hadn’t been
forthcoming. It was only after ap
peal by the Governor that the long
shoremen finally voted the truce so
that ships in ports could be unload
* * * * *
Canadian vessels were still hav
ing their troubles in Juneau. Water
front worker^ had asked for a con
tract, the same as with American
lines. CPR doesn’t sign contracts in
foreign ports, buf pays the scale of
whatever port where its vessels!
call. Longshoremen were refusing to
handle anything but mail. Passen- j
gers could only take hand baggage, j
Meanwhile, Steve Glumaz, CIO head
in Seattle, and CPR officials in Vic
toria were fighting it out. There
was real danger that Juneau might
ultimately be by-passed by CPR
(Continued on Page Four!
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* The Wrangell Sentinel
(and Nore's Dairy cows)
came in for national recog
* nition through the columns
* of. Collier’s National Weekly
this week (July 13) because
’• of an ad carried recently.
J Frank Dufresne, former
head, Alaska Game Com
mission in Juneau and now a
writer for Collier’s besides
I “ring chief of information
* f<?r the Fish and Wildlife Ser
Y106- is the responsible party. *
... the famed column "Any
* weu' ^"tten by brilliant «
r Walter Davenport of Collier’s *
■ appears the following contri- “
, bution from our friend ’
Frank: -
* _ "The Argus-eyed Mr. Frank 8
' Dufresne of Chicago. Illinois, •
was reading his favorite “
* newspaper. t h e WrangeH ,
(Alaska) Sentinel, published *
. py his friend Mr. Lew Wil- *
” , Therein he saw the *
~ following ad. sending it to us *
immediately: ‘Fertilizer$3.50 *
per load. Shoveling over *
fence $2.00 extra.’ *
* The Sentinel and Nore’s *
Dairy take a collective bow_ *
* Chinky Nore gets national *
recognition for "slinging the
bull:” we get national re- *
cognition for printing it (and *
Walter Davenport makes the *
columns of The Sentinel.) *
v *:■ ■*. ... v
Mr. Calder Bressler heads^ a party
from the U. S. Geological Survey Of
fice now on the river surveying and
studyihg the garnet ledge there. As
sisting him are William Holser and
Wayne Swift, also of the U. S. Geo
logical Survey.
Purpose of the party is to map
the area and determine the extent
of the field as there is now no def
inite record of this world famous^
ledge in the Survey files.
Mr. Bressler stated that the gar
nets located in this partTfuler re
gion of the world have no"value as
gems as all the stones are fractured
but such stoneq as are found here
are used commercially to make
sand-paper of a better grade than
the common quartz sandpaper.
The party expects to be here until
at least August to complete their
Mrs. Holser, who accompanied her
husband here with their small child,
have taken the George Sumption
house while Mr. and Mrs. Sumption
are in the south.
Just like “old times” the Far
west cannery whistle blew Thursday
morning at 7 o’clock to call its
crews to work after the previous
day’q opening of the fishing season
at Anan Creek.
Many boats from town, carrying
fishermen, fish buyers and sight
seers made the trip Wednesday and
on returning reported Anan fishing
as the best in several years past.
Estimates put the fish at 100,000 in
the creek and Wrangell’s Farwest
Cannery brought in 6,000 the first
day with about the same number
being brought in each day since.
Total figure of the fish take from
Anan was not available today but
it was reported there were twenty
three buyers on the ground the op
ening day.
Those who walked up the creek
said the creek was thick with fish
which boded a good escapement.
at the
Sat. July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Pertaining to n new
SAT. July 13,
... j Main topic of discussion yesterdai
ns i at the regular meeting of tin
t Chamber of Commerce was Shake:
is Island — Wrangell's main tourisi
, attraction. „
A few' years ago approximate!;
,f $40,000 was expended in restoring
, Shakes community house and ereet
. ing totems to make the island as
. nearly as possible what it was when
, the mighty chief of the Thlingets
. resided there. It is one of the first
places tourists head for when a
boat docks. It is tile only thing of
its bind in southeast Alaska acces
sible to tourists.
Yet. what the Chamber w'ants to
know, what can be done to keep i*
sightly and ail interesting place for
tourists to visit? It is owned by the
Native Service who have no funds
| to keep the grass cut or maintain
i itq general appearance.
A short time ago. Mayor Doris
I Barnes. after watching toruists
wade through the almost knee-high
wet grass, ordered a city crew to
cut tlie grass. The improvement was
magical. Now the Wrangell Wo
men's Civic Club has voted tw'o dol
lars a week from their treasury to
keep the grasp cut. Both the Mayor
and the Civic Club should be com
mended for their accomplishment.
But the Civic Club’s gesture is but
a temporary one. It can hardly be
expected that they should take on
the burden of keeping the place up.
Catch in it all is that the island
is in the custody of the Native Ser
vice who say they have no funds
with w'hich to keep the place in
shape. Key to the cortynunity house
ts kept out at Wrangell Institute
so tourists who tramp down to the
island with the expectation of see
ing the house find it locked. It
seems shameful that after the ex
penditure put into the place, and
the interesting history behind it,
that means cannot be found to make
its interior accessible to people from
the Outside.
Chamber President James Noinn
suggested that steps be taken to
try and have the island turned over
to the city as a city park. This, it
seems to us, would be a wonderful
solution. It was pointed out that if
this were done a guide could be
hired to show tourists around and:
a small admission could be charged
to pay the guide and keep the place
in order. As it is now admission can
not be charged to a government
owned property and yet, as was
pointed out before, the Native Serv
ice which controls it. has no funds
with which to maintain it. It seems
strange that after putting so much
money, time and trouble into build
ing such places bureau budgets do
not look farther toward maintain
ance, but that’s how’ it is.
Motion was made yesterday that:
the Chamber write a Jetter to the
City Council asking them to contact
the Native Service to have it turned
ever to the city. We hope this will I
be done speedily. It probably is tool
late for this year, and it will take
an act of Congress to put it through,
but as long as the Native Service
hasn’t th» money to keep the place
in the fitting order which it de
serves, it probably will he glad to
relinquish its rights in it.
1 In the meantime, as was suggest
ed at the Chamber, the Native Serv
ice might be induced to consent to
allow the key to be left in the
hands £>f Chamber President James
Nolan at, the Den O’Sweets where it
would be handy and Walter Sliad
desty, who formerly acted as guide,
could be hired to open the commun
ity housje and show tourists around,
returning the key after each visit,
so Wrangell’s, in fact Southeast Al
aska's outstanding tourist site,
could take its place, as it was
meant to, as a mecca for tourists.
Another place of interest Which
Wrangell has overloked and which
was mentioned by Chamber Secre
tary and Mayor of Wrangell Doris
Barnes and which, to our notion,
ranks almost with Shakes Island,
was the site of the petroglyphs on
the beach near the garbage dump
It doesn’t sound inviting, but never
theless it is true that out on the
beach north of town are what are
probably some of the oldest rock
writings on the north American
continent. They were carved by long
since forgotten tribes which, au
thorities tell us, came down the
Stikine ages ago and marked the
sites of good salmon fishing for
tribes which might follow. We sel
dom hear them mentioned in Alaska
publicity, yet the rock writings ol
Colorado and New Mexico are fam
Wrangell Chamber of Common
at its regular meeting yesterdu;
noon at Civic Center passed a mo
tion that a letter be written to tin
City Council asking that the citj
take steps to have Shakes Islam
turned over to the city for a citj
park. As it is now, it was pointet
out. the property is in the hands o!
the Native Service, which burear
does nothing to maintain it and tht
key to the community house is nol
available when tourists are in town
Mrs. Howard Baltzo. who was
present and who is the President of
the Wrangell Women’s Civic Club,
announced that that club had voted
$2 per week from its treasury to
keep the gruss cut. Leo McCormack
suggested that the Chamber match
these funds until something can be
done to provide a permanent main
tenance fund.
Another topic of discussion was
completion of the road to Pat's
Lake. The four miles, which ex
tends beyond the end of the road
south of town has for ten .years
been cleared for a roadway but
nothing further liaq been done. It
was decided to contact the road
commission to see if grading and
surfacing could not be completed
thereby giving people of Wrangell
access to Wrangell’s only nearby
lake by automobile for a picnic and
camping spot.
A letter was read from John Mc
Crary, Jr., of Anchorage, President
of the Alaska Statehood Association,
asking that any funds collected by
the Wrangell branch be immediately
sent in to Anchorage headquarters
in order to help defray the expenses
of the statistical research being
made by George Sundborg on the
pros and cons of statehood for Al
aska. President James Nolan invited
anyone interested to contact Fred
Hanford, head of the Wrangell unit,
with donations). Vote on the mea
sure will come up in the fall and
the statistics gathered by Sundborg
are expected to help people in their
decisions on how to vote.
ieiier was read to Bee Ellis
from Pan American Airways, the
Chamber having received a similar
letter some time ago, asking full
information on tourist attraction?
and accommodations in the Wran
r&sdi vicinity. The letter explained
that PAA was receiving many in
quiries as to what a tourist might
expect here in the way of hunting,
fishing, sight-seeing and accommo
NEW YORK — Charles E.
Broughton, editor and publisher of
the Sheboygan. Wis. Press, July 9th
was elected Grand Exalted Ruler of
the Benevolent and Protective Or
der of Elks.
Broughton, a member of the Or
der for 43 years and Chairman of
the Board of Grand Trustees be
fore election to the new post, sue-'
ceeded Wade H. Kepner of Wheel
ing, W. Va., as leader of 800,000
Elks affiliated with 1,500 lodges.
Mrs. Ted Hethcock returned home
on the North Sea after several days
in Ketchikan. Mrs|. Hethcock went
to the First City to take in the
Fourth of July celebration there and
to visit her husband who is engaged
in the fishing industry there for the
summer. She is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel Cunningham of
Wrangell and is visiting them for
the summer with her small daugh
j ter, Sandra.
Jack Hays, FBI agent from the
Juneau headquarters, was in town
this week. He returned to Juneau
Wednesday by plane.
ous and tourists flock there to seee
j and photograph them. .It is to be re
j gretted that those of Wrangell are
not better known and it is to be re
| gretted that the background for
1 these ancient and irreplacable land
I marks is — the garbage dump.
Wrangell is the only town in
| Southeastern Alaska, on the regular
| steamer run, which has such valu
able and interesting Native arts
and, after all, besides scenery, these
are what tourists to the Territory
are most interested in. Wrangell is
the leading tourist-appeal town. No
means should be spared to capital
ize on and preserve its Native at
_ig:;er salmon freight
WA TTINGTON—Alaska this week
Irformed the Maritime Commission
that freight rates on canned salmon
i! should be Increased but Alaska
steamship lines ought to be refused
! a general rate increase.
David E. Scoli, counsel for the Al
aska Development Board and Ralph
Rivers, Attorney General of the Ter
ritory, filed a brief following re
cent hearings here on proposals of
I War Shipping Administration to in
crease Alaskan rates.
The steamship lines presented tes
timony that an increase of about 'IS
per cent would be needed to give
them a profit under present condi
They said they did not want the
WSA to return their steamers until
the rate question was settled. If
they were returned before that,
they said, they would not operate
the lines at present rates.
Seoll and Rivers say in their brief
that the canned salmon rate should
he equalled with rates on other
freight and said the southbound
rate on salmon is too low.
Industry Can Pay
"The record proves that canned I
salmon can and should bear some of
the extra cost of serving ports,
which is higher than the cost of!
serving the principal Alaska ports,’’ j
the brief says}. "There is no question
of- ability to pay more,"
The brief contends that if axtra!
revenue has to be raised it should
be raised on salmon rather than on :
a general rate increase.
Scoli and Rivers argue the Coro- j
mission should define the nature of j
Alaska’s} shipping need, which will
enable Congress and the Alaska
Legislature to approve remedial
earners nave easn
They contend that vessels now op
erated on the Alaska run should be
replaced, saying 10 vessels operated
by three lines average from 19 year*
to 76 years old and new vessels
would permit more economical oper
They further contend that not
withstanding the claim of the car
riers that they cannot and will not
r.qume op ration under existing
rates, their balance sheets showed a
capital surplus at the end of 1945.
“The concensus of the parties i • a
the caset is that special legislation
is required to provide Alaska with
adequate water transportation
reasonable rates and charges, in oi
der to secure a permanent soluti ’
of this problem,’’ the brief con’ini'
“However, before any such pro
gram for a permanent solution of
Alaskan shipping needs can be rea'
iy effective, a more careful analysts
of the rates applicable to various
commodities aful classes of traftic
I 'ltst he made than was in this pro
ceeding. Otherwise government os
sistance will merely perpetuate o.
inequalities) and inequities of the
existing tariff structure.”
Hearings Scheduled . .
While the Maritime Commission
is considering its decision, Repre
sentative Jacksor (D-Wash.) an
nounced his subcommittee of the
House Maritime Commission would
begin hearings in Seattle and Alas- ;
ka on the Alaskan steamship prob
lem as soon as Congress) adjourns. i
Wrangell friends are receiving
announcements this week of the
forthcoming marriage Monday, July
15, of Trygve Hansen, pilot for the
Wrangell-Petersburg Air Service, to
Miss Esther Grace Horton, Peters
burg school teacher and daughter
of Mrs. Mary Horton. The marriage
will take place at 8:30 p. m. at the
Petersburg Lutheran church and a
reception at Legion hall will im
mediately follow the ceremony.
Mr. Hansen was born in Wrangell
and ha$ many friends here who
plan to fly over for the nuptials.
He was recently discharged from
the Navy Air Corps where he served
as a lieutenant.
__ I
Uonna Shangin, infant daughteV
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shangin. died
Wednesday night at Bishop Rowe
hospital of pneumonia. She would
have been nine months old on July
30. Funeral was held today with in
terment at Wrangell Memorial Cem
Surviving, beside the parents are
a brother and two siqter, Evanaly,
Mary and Catherine Shangin.
H. C. McKowan, wounded by a
-22 i'll I hot fired by his wife on
May 27, returned here by plane
Saturday afternoon and was
Immediately lodged in the Federal
jail on a charge of simple assault
filed by his wife. Assault waq al
leged to have been a threat on her
life previous to the shooting. He re
mained in jail until Saturday even
ing when, the assault charge dis
missed, he was freed under a *2000
peace bond. Following the May
shooting McKowan was flow-n to
Seattle where his left eye was re
Interviewed here, McKowan claim
ed that the rifle with which he was
shot w-as empty and that his wife
loaded it and shot him while he
slept. She previously alleged he kept
the gun in the kitchen, fully loaded
at all times, to kill cats. McKowan
said he had come hark to Wrangell
to take care of his business, but
Mrs. McKowan a short time ago
filed ft suit asking the telephone
company income be given her for
her support and that of her daugh
ter and a child due to arrive soon
McKowan was accompanied here
by his mother, Mrs Olive Ilechtol of
Seattle. *
WASHINGTON —.Undaunted by
open talk of another veto. Demo
cratic Leader Barkley pressed the
Senate this week for final action on
a new OPA bill.
• Cheerful desvite rapid setbacks in
the form of hands-off amendments,
covering moats, milk, hotter, salad
oils and gasoline, the Kentuckian
told reporters he still is hopeful of
getting a price control revival mea
sure that t.he President could sign.
"We got a better bill than either
the Senate or House vassed last
time from a conference,’ Barkley
said. “Maybe we ran still improve
on that this time.”
But another administration lieu
tenant who may not be identified
further said President Truman
would balk again unless some wav
i found to overturn Senate actions
barring future price ceilings on
many items important in tlie cost
of living.
Following uv its 49 to 20 vote
Tuesday to keep meat free of OPA
ceilings under any revival, the
chamber voted these additional
toueh-not provisions this week:
1. Milk and all other dairy pro
ducts, an amendment sponsored by
Senator W’herry (R-Neb.) and ap
proved 51 to 27.
2. Cottonseed, soy beans and their
products, by Senator Eastland (D
Miss.) 42 to 34.
3. Petroleum and its products as
long as supply exceeds domestic de
mand, by Senator Moore (R-Okla)
40 to 39.
The only administration victory
during the two days of OPA maul
ing came when the chamber rejected
32 to 40 an amendment offered by
Senator Reed (R-Kas.) to exempt
grains and their by-products.
Wrangell receives a $3,300 liquor
license refund this year, it is an
nounced this week by the office of
the Treasurer of the Territory. Os
car G. Olson, Treasurer, said that
refunds to incorporated towns in
the Territory, which have all been
paid for 19 16, total $1G0,412.51.
Eleven communities in the First
Division received checks; seven in
the Third; one in the second aud
three in the Fourth.
Biggest check of $39,916.67 wn-t
to the city of Anchorage; second
largest to Fairbanks, 'wi.th Juneau
and Ketchikan neck and neck for
the tljird and fourth larges1 respec
tively. Amounts refunded in l ho
First Division were:
Craig, $2,850; Douglas. 81,rut;
Haines, $1,600; Juneau, $18,250;
Ketchikan, $17,800; Petersburg,
$3,500; Port Alexander, $1,350,
Pelican City, $1,300; Skagway, $2,
900; Sitka, $7,450'; Wrangell, $3,
A brief, flash to The Sentinel this
afternoon announced that Mrs. Pat
Devenney, wife of a well known lo
cal fisherman, had passed away in
Petersburg this afternoon. No de
tails were available up to press
Miss Dorothy Engleman and Mr.
Jack Tfirrish were married last Sat
urday, July 8, by U. S. Commission
er R. J. Suratt.
All Welcome
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