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State Historical Society Helena, Montana IiISTORIOAL SOCIETY OF rio:J rAriTo— Vol. 54 No. 26 Sanders County Ledger Most Widely Circulated Newspaper in Sanders County THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA, Thursda), Sept 3, 1959 Single Copy 10( POOL POPULAR—Thompson Falls' new com- munity swimming pool, opened Thursday prov- ed to be a popular spot for youngsters last week- end and drew smiles from city officials in top photo, from left to right, Mayor M. C. Suther- land, Mrs. Lois Scott, city clerk, City Marshal Gerald Eldridge, and Kenny Haskell, civil -en- gineer. Pool is located in Hougland park pur- chased by the Lions club and donated to the city. (Ledger photos) NEW SWIMMING POOL GETS HEAVY USAGE During its first four full days of operation the new community swimming pool proved a popul- ar spot for youngsters despite the fact that temperatures were not particularly warm and that pools in most other cities of Montana had already closed for the year. According to statistics main- tained by Mrs. Lois Scott, 349 swimmers used the pool Thurs- day through Sunday. Sunday af- ternoon was the most popular session when 77 boys and girls swam. Friday afternoon 73 were in the pool. Jim Gary of Poison, sanitarian for Health Dist. II, inspected the pool Saturday and said he was \real pleased with it.\ He report- ed he could find nothing wrong with it from a sanitation stand- point. The pool schedule for the period Sept. 3-9 will be: Thursday and Friday — in- struction 1 to 3 p.m., general swimming 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday—general swimming 2 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday—instruction 1 to 3 p.m. and general swimming 4 to 6 p.m. Mayor M. C. Sutherland said he is pleased with the coopera- tion of the youngsters and the number of children who have used the pool during the past week. Park Commissioner Gerald Eldridge said he \wishes to im- press upon the swimmers the importance of checking out with the lifeguards on duty when they leave the pool so that a complete check can be maintained of the number of youngsters in the pool at any time. Due to the sea- son, it is impossible to know from one day to the next wheth- er weather conditions will per- mit the use of the pool. On stormy or cold days the pool will be closed without advance notice.\ City officials expressed their appreciation to the following people who donated their ser- vices as lifeguards: Ernest Franke, Gerald Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Eldridge, Mrs. Richie Graham, John Long, Harvey Brauer, Donna Hamann, John Duffield, Bill Guldseth, Mrs. Ermel Hanson, Gary Hanson, Eugene Risbon, Dale Dufresne and Mrs. Lois Scott. 28 Boys Seek Blue Hawk Grid Berths Twenty-eight boys are practic- ing daily for the 1959 Blue Hawk I football squad under Coach W. J. (Buck) Prueninger and they , comprise one of the largest Thompson Falls High school , squads in years. — This year's team will be a faster and heavier team than last year,\ Prueninger comment- ed. \It will still not be among the bigger teams in the North- west division and will have to rely on speed and ball handling to a large degree.\ Last year's backfield letter- men and numeral winners are Arden Davis, quarterback; Jeff Wollaston, fullback; Ernest Sch- moyer, Roger Curran and David McKenzie, halfback. Other back- field prospects are numeral win- ners Urcle Campbell and Mark Clark and Dick Knabe, Mickey Clark, Walter Frankie and Gary Announce Birth A son, Victor Lee, was born Monday at Hot Springs to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weldon of Thompson Falls. Victor weight- ed 8 lbs. 1 oz. at birth. Pritzkau. Returning lettermen in the line are George LaFriniere, cent- er; Everett McKenzie, guard: Mike Marich, tackle; Wally Page, end, and Harvey Brauer, end and place kicker. New lineman pros- pects are Alva Anderson, Jim Crabtree, Bill Guldseth, Gary Hanson, David Holt, Steve Jung- blom, Bob LaFriniere Mike Mahoney, Ronnie Sands and numeral winners John Long and Mike Rogers. The 195 -pound Gary Hanson has helped fill out the line at tackle, Prueninger said. The left end position is undecided with Long, Sands, Guldseth, Brauer and Mahoney among the top con- tenders. Right guard is open with Crab- tree and Holt among the best prospects. Other positions are more settled, but still open to change. The Hawks are pointing to- wards their first game Saturday, Sept. 12 against the Trojans at Troy. It is a non -conference game. Sept. 19, the Hawks will play Ronan on Ainsworth field to open conference competition. Firms to Observe Holiday Monday Monday—Labor day—will son falls ?xg-s03 psioPMo be a holiday for most Thomp- son Falls retail stores as well as federal, state, county and city offices. Thompson Falls schools will observe the day as a holiday, as will the Thompson Falls Lumber Co. Telephone Firm To Add Employe One additional employe will be assigned in the near future to the Thompson Falls office of the Montana States Telephone Co., Bob Clark, manager, has an- nounced. To be assigned here will be a combination repairman and installer to work under Louis Dufresne, sub -foreman, in maintaining and installing tele- phone facilities, Clark said. Clark said the adtitional man will enable the utility's person- nel here to better care for pre- sently_ installed telephones and handle the planned expansion of service in the Trout Creek and Whitepine areas and also pro- vide better contact between the Mountain States Telephone Co. and the public. All telephones in the Thomp- son Falls and Noxon areas are handled from the local office while Gordon Koenig, sub -fore- man, is in charge of mainten- ance and installation work at Plains. Clark said Thompson Falls now has 635 telephones. About 100 new phones are to be install- ed in the Whitepine and Trout Creek areas this fall. The ex- pansion program is expected to be completed about Jan. 1. Clark pointed out that the as- signment of a third maintenance man to Sanders county emp- hasizes the growth that has oc- curred in this area during the past decade and the increased use and need for telephone com- munications. He said that prior to 1950, all maintenance work and installations in Thompson Falls and Plains were handled by personnel coming out from Missoula. In 1950 Bill Brayman became the first combination man to be assigned permanently to Thompson Falls. The telephone firm now has a two -man splicing crew assign- ed here from Helena for the pur- pose of re -arranging cables at the local exchange office and do- ing other work that will tie in with the Trout Creek-Whitepine expansion program. The two . (Con't. on Back Page) Generator Work Continues at Noxon Rapids Dam Work on internal parts of the unit 2 and 3 turbine and gen- erators is continuing at the Nox- on Rapids dam with the first unit now producing power. Assembly of the unit 3 rotor was started and the unit 3 run- ner has been assembled. Installation of air, oil and water piping is continuing in the pow- erhouse, as well as electrical wir- ing and control panel installa- tions. The installation of the heating and ventilating system for the powerhouse is underway. Lay- ing of terazzo floors in various rooms in the electrical bay was completed. Conversion of water table con- trol wells along the left bank downstream of the powerhouse to siphon type wells was continu- ed. Concreting of the sluiceways in the spillway section was com- pleted. Forms are being fabri- cated for modification of the spillway baffles and damaged baffles are being removed. Con- struction of deflectors at the base of the piers below the spill- way crest was started. Erosion repairs along the re- located railroad were completed - Crushing of switchyard sur- facing gravel and gravel for road surfacing at Noxon town site was started. Koontz Purchases Inter -City Lines Bob Koontz of Thompson Falls Tuesday took over the owner- ship and operation of Inter -City Freight Lines of Missoula from Bill Creighton. Koontz said he will continue to offer Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday service from Missoula to Plains, Thompson Falls and intermediate points. The home - terminal, however, will be Thompson Falls instead of Mis- soula as in the past, he said. Koontz said he will drive his trucks into Missoula Monday, Wednesday and Friday after- noons to make freight pick-ups for delivery the following days to Sanders county points. The City Transfer will continue as the line's terminal in Missoula. For the past several months, Koontz has operated the Falls Standard Service for Fred (Bud) Moore. Previously he had been employed as a heavy equipment operator on construction jobs in the area and also operated the Noxon Conoco service for sev- eral years. Tower Topples, Slows Steelwork Steel erection work on the new Thompson Falls Highway 10A bridge will be delayed about 10 days because of the tower which toppled Monday about 8:45 a.m. In addition to the wrecked tower, the boom on a crane was damaged extensively. A broken u -bolt at the top of the tower, to which a guy wire was attached, broke, causing the accident. Steel beems and piers of the bridge suffered no damage. Tuesday the tower was cut up and hauled to Spokane for re- building. The repairs are ex- pected to be completed by Fri- day and the tower erected and back in use by the middle of next week. Porky Gets Long Ride in Pickup A full grown porcupine took a long ride Monday afternoon under the hood and next to the motor of the pickup truck driven by Don Gable. Bob Rockwell discovered the live porky, his quills brist- ling, when he raised the hood on the pickup at Motors Gar- age. According to Harold Vaught, he rushed into the cation exclaiming to Gable, \What do you think you got under your hood?\ Gable said the animal must have climbed up in the motor while the vehicle was parked on Irv: creek, while he was logging. Enrollments First Day Reach Record High An all-time first day enroll- ment record for Thompson Falls elementary and high schools was established Monday when 513 students reported for classes, Supt. Everett W. Long reported Wednesday. Monday's 513 total compares to 488 last year and 498 in 1957, the previous high. The increased enrollment came as a surprise to school of- ficials, who had expected a slight drop from last year, based on school census reports and a check of students who had mov- ed away. The increased enrollment in the high school has resulted in adding Mrs. A. H. Cheney to the faculty in the afternoons to teach girls physical education and as librarian, Superintendent Long said. Mrs. Cheney will teach girls P. E. two hours two afternoons a week and devote the remainder of her time as librarian under Mrs. David Law- yer, who is in charge of the high school library. The greater than anticipated enrollment in the second grade of the elementary school may necessitate additional arrange- ments for those students, Long said. The 1959 senior class with 45 students Monday is the largest of the four high school classes. The 45 students compare to 19 on the opening day of school last year. In the grades, the seventh with 53 pupils is the largest followed closely by the first grade with 52. A total of 155 students are enrolled in the high school and 358 in the grade school. On the opening day of school a year ago the high school had 137 and Greene to Open TV - Radio Shop the grades 351. The enrollments by grades for the opening day of 1959 and 1958 . Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total High School Freshmen Sophomores Juniors 29 49 Seniors 45 19 — — Total 155 137 1959 1958 The normal trend for enroll - 52 44 ments in Thompson Falls is for 34 47 them to increase slightly during 47 52 the first two weeks and drop 43 40 slightly as the school year pro - 42 49 gresses in the fall. 47 48 At the end of the first week 53 35 of school last year the grade 40 38 school enrollment climbed from — the opening day total of 351 to 358 351 367. In the high school, the en- rollment increased to 145 at the 43 37 end of the first week over the 38 32 opening day figure. LUMBERMEN FAVORITES IN WHITEFISH MEET The Thompson Falls Lumber- ticipate in the tourney are Ron - men with a season's record of an. Whitefish. Kalispell and nine wins against five losses will Troy-Yaak Air Force Base. be the favorities to win the The Lumbermen have split a Whitefish invitational baseball two -game series with Libby, los- tournament Saturday and Sun- ing at Libby 3 to 2 under the day. The Lumbermen face Libby arcs Saturday night. Libby's in their first game Sunday at 5 winning tally, an unearned run, p.m. crossed the plate in the last of The winner of the game will the ninth. Two of Libby's runs draw a second round bye and were on Thompson Falls errors. advance automatically in Mon-, Libby collected three hits off day afternoon's championship Rich Graham, while the Libby round. ; hurler held the Lumbermen to Other teams scheduled to par- , two hits. Both teams made two ; errors each. I Lumbermen scheduled to make the trip to Whitefish are ; Bob Clark, manager, Rich Gra- ham, Jim Graham, Dick Browne, , Bill Brown, Roger Curran, Jeff !Wollaston, Jerry Selvig, Max Approximately 4000 motor i J UIver and John Kelly. vehicles used the Sanders county ferry on the cut-off route be- tween Paradise and St. Regis during July and August, County Commissioner Jack Harwood re- ported Wednesday. Harwood said of the total. 60 per cent were out-of-state vehi- Preliminary ideas for a de - Purchase of the former Sec- cles or tourists. He said a survey dication ceremony next year for ond Hand Store building on east conducted by the ferry operator the Noxon Rapids dam were dis- Main street from G. C. Brock revealed that 85 per cent of the cussed Thursday with repre- has been announced by Clayton tourists traveling from St. Regis sentatives of the Thompson Greene, who plans to open a into Sanders county were head- ; Falls-Noxon Chamber of Corn - television and radio sales and ed for the Flathead via Plains merce and the Washington Wat- service shop in the building in and Hot Springs and only 15 per l er Power Co. in Spokane accord - the future. cent went by way of Ravalli. I ing to Mrs. C. H. Weismandel, ; Greene said he now is remod- The seal coat has been applied chamber secretary -manager. eling the interior of the building to the newly constructed sectionl One idea advanced, Mrs. Weis- andmandel said, was to hold the de- arounddication immediately after the hopes to open his shop of the secondary road in Mineral; Oct. 1 under the name, county and the plant mix surface , Greene's Electronics. He said Mrs. Don Smail will be in charge of the store during the daytime while he is working at the Flodin Lumber Co. and that he will handle service work in the late afternoons and evenings. Greene said he will handle Hoffman television sets, records, hi-fi and stereo phonographs and will offer service work on all electronics equipment. Ferry Traffic Reaches 4000 Dam Dedication Ideas Discussed will be applied this fall, weather; 1960 National Governors con - permitting. Harwood said. , ference with the idea of extend- ing invitations tob the nation's 50 !governors to attend the cere- mony. Max. Min. Prec.1 Discussing the dedication pos- 70 50 0 isibilities with Ken McCord of 67 56 .02 I WWP were Mrs. Weismandel. 70 51 .07 Don Saint, John Britt and Fred 75 36 0 (Bud i Moore. The Weather • Date Aug. 26 Aug. 27 Aug. 28 Aug. 29 Aug. 30 Aug. 31 Sept. 1 Twin Boys Born 30—Day Oul000k — The September temperature Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Scott of outlook for Montana calls for , ; Thompson Falls are the parents warmer than usual temperature of twin boys born Sunday at Hot laverages in the western third, 'much warmer in the eastern two - Springs. The babies were too ; thirds. Lighter than usual preci- small to weigh and have not yet pitat ion is anticipated at most been named. 'stations. 78 34 0 62 48 06 72 39 0 FIRM CHANGES HANDS—New owners of Macho Modern Store are Vic Stobie, right, and sons, Herbert, second from left, and Chris, second from right. Be -t Van Campen, left, son- in-law of Mr. Stobie, is the general manager and On Honor Roll Sanders county students mak- ing the spring quarter honor roll at Montana State college includ- ed Larry Watters, Thompson Falls; Lois F. Webber and Carol E. Helterline, Plains; Leonard 0. McRae, Dixon; Colleen H. Step- hens, Paradise; Mrs. Mary L. Guenzler, Trout Creek. Chris the assistant manager. The Stobiee also operate a logging business, cutting timber pri- marily for the Anaconda Co. mill at Bonner in the Thompson river country. (Ledger photo)