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“8' the year reveals. ‘ _Wlth election, census, conscription, national defense, alien regis—l “on. war, strikes, tragedy, falling (11111 periods in the conversation of Shelton and Mason County, annual perusual of headlines in tile 104 issues of The Journal (11 bridges, and what not, 1940 left Happened in 1940! raft, Census, Election, War, Alien Registration, Tragedy, All Play Part in Year’s News VOL. LV—NO. 1 SHELTON, WASHINGTONThursday, January 2, 194 lnde 1. pendent OFFICIAL COUNTY PAP l l 1 EB Angler Catches '1940 SBt Two New Weather lho year was marked by some outstanding event aliiiOst each .of its course, although the last four months supplied by far reatest concontration of headlines. 1 PER CARl'lA MANY CHANGES P. O. RECElPlSl ,) . I y families in some way. ’0 the year closed. .cast in the general election. . too. ,1 :Weeks in each case. 1d 1940 came in and departed on a note of tragedy for Shel- ' s for violent death paid something like 30 visits to this county 12 month stand, starting with the first week of its existence ontinuing to sprinkle sudden, unnatural deaths throughout the right up to the end. The greatest run of these tragedies oc- in the final three months, when 20 deaths from unnatural occurred either in Mason County proper or visited Mason Many Leaders Answer Final Summons x addition, the latter part of the year was marked by .1 of an unsual number of promient citizens and leaders in this .Unity from natural causes to deepen the note of sadness upon a more pleasant note, the year was marked by records in the .-" of seniors graduated from the high school here, in the county's crop. in the Christmas business volumes enjoyed by Shelton and by the number of game birds and fish planted in Mason i _ There were. also, records set in the number of automobile! sold during the year, in the number of voters registered for the primary and general state elections and in the number of Posal reocipts once more set a new the industrial front 1940 was reasonably good to this com-l y. Industrial wheels turned continuously at the Rayonier pulp3 and with only three brief shutdowns in the Simpson Logging ny’s operations, one delay being caused by fire hazard weather, them by strikes of employes which were settled within tWO or The McCleary Timber plant was dOWn for nths of the year, however, but is again operating in full force od prospects for the coming year. New Gym, Railroad Avenue Beautification Started the constructive side, the start of construction of the new the .l REACH RECORD $28,643.06 Business in Stamp Sales FlGURES llERE i l l l I i I l Done in 1940, Gain of $1,292 Over Previous Record Set During 1939 l l . l For the second successive year,l receipts at the Shelton postoffice were broken during the four quar- ters of 1940, Miss Jessie Knight, postmaster, reported today upon. completing her quarterly checkup.1 During the year receipts totalled: $28,643.06, she said, a gain of $1,-l 292.57 over the previous record set i in 1939. This new record was set? Idespite a loss shown in the third: quarter. However, the loss was but $19.38, while gains in the other‘ three quarters were of substantial! nature such as $237.56 in the first] quarter, $403.12 in the second quarter, and $731.23 during this last quarter. l 8-ft. Shark With 40-lb. Test Line For a real fishing thrill, try landing an eight-foot mud shark on a 40-pound test line. That’s what Carl Breitspech- er, 1119 Cota street, found him- self up against as he was fish- ing about 100 feet off shore op- posite the Blue Ox dance paw- lion in Hood Canal Tuesday. The Shelton angler had about 250 feet of line out with a live perch for bait as he sought to catch some rock cod. But in- stead of a cod, a hungry mud shark spotted the perch and made one gulp of it. An hour later the shark was quivering in his death agonies on the beach where Breitspeeher had finally succeeded in landing the eight-foot giant of the deep. Breitspechcr admitted he was about done in himself in the struggle to land the shark, which must have weighed somewhere near 200 pounds, on the 40-Ib. test line. Breitspecher was fishing With IOls OI REE EEOUOEO Elli, $1.88 Less Average Per Person' In Shelton During 1940; Damage Total Set At $6,981.42 Shelton residents paid an Il.V(‘l‘- age of $1.88 apiece for loss by fire during 1940, the annual summary of the city's volunteer fire depart- ment’s activities released today by; Fire Chief Dean Carmen reveals. This is a splendid improvementl over 1939, when the per capita fire loss was figured at $5.09 and a. total damage figure was set at $17,245.52. The 1940 loss was set, at $6,981.42, of which $3,423.26 was for loss on buildings and $3,- 558.06 for loss on contents. The fire department answeredi 37 alarms during the year, five more than the previous year, of I which 20 were siren alarms, 17! were telephone alarms. One was al i l l l l l l I l l Record Weather statistics for Shelton in 1940 were marked by near- extremes, one way or the other, iii six months out of the year, the annual compilation of the Rayon- ier weather bureau reveals. TWo new monthly records were set when this December, just closed, proved to be the driest December on the Rayonier wea- ther records with its 7.40 inches of precipitation. Last October was the wettest October on the books with 9.54 inches of rainfall recorded. Four other times during the year run- ner-up monthly figures were set. Back last January the second driest January was experienced when but 5.18 inches of rain fell, beaten only by the 3.96 inch total of 1937. Last February was sec- ond wettest for that month with 13.24 inches, topped only by the 13.90 inches of 1932. June and August of 1940 were respectively the second and third MONTHLY RECORD OF RAINFALL AT SHELTON s; Rain Normal driest in weather history here,‘l June's 0.08 inches running second! only to the 0.02 inches of 1938, while August's 0.55 inches was, only ahead of the 0.40 of 1933 and the. 0.45 of 1938. The year’s rainfall total was 61.34 inches. Normal annual raln- , fall for the Rayonier station In the nine years records have been kept is 67.07 inches. During the leap-year total num- ber of days, there were 138 days on which rain fell, 89 days record- ed as clear, 93 as partly cloudy, and 184 as cloudy, according to Weatherman Bernhard Winiecki's monthly records, Coldest temperature of the year was the 191/2 degree reading taken this past December 16, while the hottest mercury reading of the: entire year was the scorching 96, degrees on August 18. '; And there's the weather picture for 1940. Following is a table ofl the monthly rain record taken; from Rayonier station figures: 1 l l l 1940‘ IN BUSINESS AFFAIRS HERE Year Marked By Unusual Number Of Shifts In Firms, Either In Management, Location 01' Size Of Space One of 19405 more noticeable features was a large number of changes among Shelton busmess firms, the annual perusual of Jour- Epal headlines recalls. Changes in ownerships, location or size, the quitting of some old firms and the starting of several new ones involved at least 31 busi- nesses. large or small, during the year just past. Among the larger transactions were the sale of the Shelton Dairy to the Mason County Creamery and the subsequent opening of the Cooke Feed and Seed Store by George Cooke, former pro- prietor of the Shelton Dairy; sale ‘of the Shelton Lumber and Shin- ? ~ . e i A comparison Of total TECOSDtS‘ , . . i , M eh 1q32 1933 19 4 1 , _ gn gym, beginning of the Railroad Avenue beautification pro- _ 1 m5 father and OrVIIIe Smith. false alarm, Fourteen of the fires _ 0n. . 3 935 1936 1937 1938 1939 gle Company by the Chase Bro ,eration of the food'stamp plan, completion of the new unit 2°;tgggygaasi; ggxefgel gfigftgntggg‘f; } _..__-.—_._. ,nvo,.,cd losses to mommy, 23 were; in. 1.9.05 12.49 15.18 20.34 14.35 396 9.3g 10.09 5.18 thers to Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Law- Jomt powerhouse With a resulting reduction in west Coast om“ except for 1938 when a. {listed as without loss. Seventeen; mil. 1.1.90 6.89 2.70 5.21 9.60 11.35 5.0.. 8.57 13.24 tion and the renaming of the firm , company rates, establishment of Route 3 rural mail delivery. Might decrease was experienced N of the mes were chimney mazes’l Munch 13.03 8.59 6.83 9.56 5.12 4.48 7:10 4.21 8.20 as the-Lawtpn Lumber Company; tion of the postoffice mural after ‘eonmderable delay, were all Hg": am' the yearly totals: ltwo were brush and grass fires, April .l.6.) 0.46 1.54 2.23 1.19 11.96 5.21 0.69 4.65, expansmn on the Shelton .Gas | ments to which 1940 can pomt With pride. “ 94 one an auto fire' the rest miscellaml May .. 1.37 3.57 3.68 0.77 4.03 1.91 1.23 3.34 2.64 Company to include the busmess icatlon of the two big bridges—«the NarrOWs and Lake Wash. 32 ---------------- -- l eons conflagrafions, I June 0.21 1.78 0.31 1.07 3.42 5.97 0.02 1.50 0.08 of. tth l’ctlatch storage and d1:- ‘ —and of McChord Field. With the subsequent collapse of the 1 373.8? 1 On each Siren alarm an aver-‘ July 2.38 1.22 1.55 0.90 0.81 0.02 0.25 0.95 0.93 tribution plant of the standard A a Bridge were topics of conversation and events for attend-l 938 v- 5. 3~7i> I age of eight volunteer firemen anfl Aug. 1.40 0,40 0,94 0.61 0,81 2,05 0,45 0,98 0 0.5,)‘011 Company; and the flve-c0r- " a large portion of the population of this county. ' 133; 33323.38 swered while on temphone alarms! Sept. 0.54 6.31 2.74 3.58 2.19 1.38 1.22 0.32 2.13 ncrcd shuffling In which the res- .. re ten-year census showed substantial gains m population for 1 3 ---------------- u l A ‘an average of three firemen am: Oct. 4.53 7.65 9.32 2.64 0.96 5.57 6.24 3.64 9.54 taurant busmess of Mao's Corner ll (from 3091 to 3711) and Mason County (from 10.000 to A comparison by quarters dur- lswerca, the me chief’s reporti Nov. 15.68 5.24 13.99 4.43 1.03 18.00 5.74 5.19 6.79 ceased to CXlSt while Its propriet- I while the business and industrial part of the same federal ing the past four years also is rc- ,, . -. . states. Dec. 12.64 31.56 1.3.79 8.09 13.13 15.17 8.79 17.07 740 ors took over the former Korner Kmruiians Enjoy Another Talk I I l Totals 80.37 86.16 72.05 59.41 82.10 48.66 56.54 61.34 Kafc and renamed It the Chatter- ains for this area over ten years ago. vealing and interesting: 57.04 ' 7 Show“ further marked 5 Along Same Lines As I’nevious l box after renovating and enlarg- ‘ .‘ the line of heroics, how a l 3 i i l .l le home on Munson Point. ho was found trying to ' floc ral retrospect. Funeral services r_ Donald Keir, 10, fatally , December 31 by auto. 1 y 8——Mrs. Jack Groom, two months, dies in fire ermined origin in Shelton ..«-.~ building. Gordon Hen- chief census taker for unity. A ‘ file-Dr. Glenn W. Lan- 5 position of Shelton he Peace No. 1 and . named as his suc- l J county commissioners. Gme Martin named for year as chairman of y President’s Birth- , Capt. Falkland F. War- etlred Canadian Mountie, at home after long illness. 16—Dr. Eugene Brown- oted to position of Tum- Council commissioner, Danielson elected chair- ‘ kl had a record supply of Mia iin his quiver duringl '0?- all records for the is- . Of marriage licenses from ’° County auditor's office mattered into small pieces the year just closed. 6 l"ill of 326 wedding certi- Were issued during the 12 .l the first time the 300 has ever been closely ap— much less passed, in County. The previous record was set in 1937 235 licenses were tailed her efforts of young men "to 35 years of ageto beat ft by acquiring a depend- m the form of a wife was ' g factor to this rec- |_ ode to the wedding license 1‘ cannot be definitely es- »d. bent nevertheless a new .4 f: S! D ‘nres on 1940 construction ‘ “es in Shelton as represent- \ citbuilding permits issued by wire? are a bit misleading for 'Nmason that a. couple of ma.- ‘tolects now in the process of mctmn are not represented the permits issued, Gor- e“dry, city auditor, report- :53 permits issued by the '“rlng 1940 represent a rec- ~umber of permits, but the a total valuation placed up- -Work done on the projects “ted in the 53 permits is M of the $141,855 total of ,However, it is slightly 0f the 1939' total of $57,- ‘1 Would have easily topped .‘ 938 total had permits been .Out for such major con- 1°n jobs as the new gym- m and the addition to the bout the feat Mrs. H. B. Eagle pulled her two-year-old baby, Anita, board in the well mouth to rescue the tot. , Odd Events Numerous an ' 0 had its light moments, tOO, us of one of the Rayonier pu the web of wet pulp; or the Matlock stow his six-and-a-half foot fra L foot shack: or the belligerent pheasant w k at the F. F. Warren home near uthcd salmon caught by Char To the oddities of the year might ich twice saved the Wallace ing struck by automobiles w a so there you have a brief review of the year's news Following is an issue-by-issue resume ‘s as gleamed from The Journal’s files: man by ' January lS—All officers of Shel- 'ton General Hospital Association re-electcd from drowning in a. well at Mrs. Eagle hung by her knees d Humorous in 1940 such as when the seagull halted 1p making machines by falling “wildman,” MaI‘Shall me into hich “dictator-ed" the Island Lake; or the les Morkert in the silver salmon also be added the protective Kneeland home south of Shelton hich hurtled off the Olympic l eVents of the ....——-—-»~ Boy Scouts. at annual meeting; John Bennett elected president of Rayonier Federal Credit Union. John A. Abel of Marion, Ohio, na- tional Eagles president, pays visit to Shelton aeric, addresses large crowd. propriation of f u n d 5 brought against County January 25~Charges of misap! Auditor H a r r y Dcyette were dismissed lbr lack of eVldence.. as 1940 January 25~R. F. Eddy seated president of .Sheltol Cham- ber of Commerce at annual boost- er meeting. clos‘8d for week due to flu epi- demiC. l preSIdent of Mason County Tuber- l . l was broken four times duringl this coming year. January 30——Shelton s ch 0 o l 5 Mrs. Del Willey rll-elected (Continued on page Tho) l MARRIAGE LICENSES IN 1940 SHATTERSOLD RECORD The old record of 30 licenses ssued in June, 1937, greatest num- ber ever issued in a single month, 1940 With August establishing a new monthly record tOtIl of 37 licenses. May, Septemb‘ar and October respectively had 32, 32 was set by a wide margin. June and 35 licenses taken to top the old mark. The last license issued in 1940| Went to Ralph A. Kohler'ot Port Orchard and Mary Ann Loftus of Bremerton. while the first license of 1941 was issued yesmrdav)’ to face the Pantorium Pirates Shel- M'al‘ry Arthur Fletd‘er an“ Bertha ton town team, in Lincoln gym Overa Daniel, both of Auburn, The monthly marriage license 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter Oirc; Installation Jan. 7 1940 ....$6,995.40|1940 ....$6,470.24l 1939 6.757.84l1939 6,067.12l Further light on the moves ofE 1938 6,613.05l1938 5,159.20. federal bureaus on the subject of 1937 6,216.07l1937 5,867.67l monopoly, in which the justicedc- 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter partment is proceeding against 1940 ....$5,965.64|1940 ....$9,271.78,1nany line-9 01' business and in- 1939 5,935.0211939 8,54051 dustry for cooperation, while thcl 1938 537690 1938 8495.79 commerce departmentus demand- 1937 6,217.8911937 7,878.75 ing unity and combinamn to speed production, was given the Kiwanis Club Tuesday by Attor-. ney Doane Brodie, following a previous explanation of the action against the lumber associations, as outlined by Kiwanian Krcien- baum. In a. review of the many cases already brought against certain industries with the promise that later all would have to defend similar actions under the old sher- man Anti-trust law, which has gone far from the original pur- pose of protecting the public from unfair combination in restraint of trade into persecution of all busi- ness, big and little, until all are harassed and prevented from the exercise of initiative which with added labor troubles has serious- ly retarded all war preparation, Brodie explained. However. the department is also including some . labor groups in charges of re. straint of trade, he added. On the other hand the commerce and other departments are de— manding that industry speed up. and yield to every need and de- mand of government, maintain present prices in spite of increas- ing labor, costs and many forms of taxes imposed, Brodie pointed out. It was pointed out that many employee in government bureaus who pass out the orders are young and inexperienced in business or law, and that the main idea seems to trend to the sociali- ,. zation of all business under gov-l emmental control. E. J. Wright, Alden Bayley and others added some further views on the subject and it was sug-l gested in View of the importance of the subject and lack of knowl- edge on the part of the public generally that at least one meet- ing each month of the club would be devoted to a forum on the sub- jects of growing importance to the future of all people. KIWANIS INSTALLATION SCHEDULED NEXT TUESDAY Installation of its 1941 officers will be achieved by the Kiwanis Club at a ladies’ night program in the Shelton Hotel banquet room next Tuesday evening, with dinner Friday Holidays Most Numerous In Coming Year The year 1941, like its prede- cessor, will not be generous in its granting of weekend holidays, a survey of the new calendars re— veals. Thursday and Friday will be the most popular days for fes- tive activities during the period. Opening with the New Year’s Day holiday, 1941 presents its first vacation period on Wednesday. On February 12, Lincoln‘s birthday is also celebrated on Wednesday; but Ithose who observe Washing- ton’s birthday as a holiday get a break, for February 22 falls on Saturday. Easter is the next special event in 1941, falling on April 13th; Memorial Day May 30, comes on Friday, July 4th, Independence Day, is another Friday holiday, while La- bor Day, always on Monday, comes on September 1. Columbus Day, October 12, is on Wednesday. Armistice Day, November 11, is on Tuesday. Thanksgiving Day will be on a Thursday, but wheth- er it is November 20 or 27 de- pends on the President. Christ- mas Day, December 25, on Thurs- day, will conclude the 1941 holi- day schedule. Only one Friday falls on the 13th of any month in 1941, that coming in June, so the supersti- tious will get off on the easy side l Pirates Matched With Cams Here Friday Evening Another powerful opponent will l this Friday Cammarano evening when the Brothers quint of l’simply taken down his Christmas' tree and set fire to it in the alley 4 o’clock in the morning and the fire THREE ALARMS CALL FIREMEN JANUARY 1 Volunteer firemen with the City fire department received a stiff practice drill 'on answering alarms as a greeting to 1941 for three‘ alarms were sounded yesterday. The first occurred five minutesl after midnight while the first! shouting over the arrival of thel New Year was still at its height when a neighbor, seeing a blaze in the alloy at 7th and cota street: sent in an alarm. The respondingl fire fighters discovered a man had. to destroy it. The second alarm came at three, department doused a chimney blaze i at the John Kubik home on East, Pine street. Then at ten o‘clock New Year’s Day ‘the department was again' summoned to douse a fire of pa-. per wrappings and old newspapers which threatened to get out of con- ; trol in the fireplace at the A. Y.l Bennet home at Fifth and Final No damage was listed in either; the Kubik or Bennett alarms, Fire* Chief Dean Carmen said today. I l Schools Reopen Monday Morning; l Longest Vacation‘ After the longest Christmasl vacation in their history, Shelton] public schools will resume classesI next Monday at the regular start-1 ing times, with rural schools fol-1 lowing suit. I The Shelton schools were closed two weeks prior -to their regular- ly scheduled Christmas vacation. because of the flu epidemic which reduced attendance thus making almost a full month. of vacation. Some lural schools enjoyed ad- ditional time off over their reg- ularly scheduled Christmas vaca« tions, but not all rural schools did and the extra time varied in dif—' ferent districts. But all classrooms will reopen next Monday with teachers and students alike buckling down to catch up lost time in studies, Ac- tual time lost by the closings will not have to be made up, however. Sam Moffett Reported Stricken I'n Bellingham Friends of Sam Moffett of Lli- lieutenant governor, will act as liwaup have been informed of his seriouswli rated as Hoquiam's chief threat installing officer to induct HomerI sudden serious illness when afflict- record for 1940 was: Olympia comes here for an ex- opening the program at 6:30 Jan- -------------- --21;July --------------- ~21 hibition slated to get started at o'clock. Feb. .202Aug «37 eight o’clock, John Glann of Chehalis, Kiwanis Mar?" 261391“ ~32 The Cams have played together APT11 ~-21|0°t- for several years and annually May --32lN0V- ~27 have been one of the strongest Taylor,' new presldcnt: Bob Al- ---- --29lDe°~ teams in the Southwest with such Ian, new vice-president; ’M laces as Earl Lewthwaite, Ken Zintheo,re-clected secretary-treas- Whltaker, Bret Huntamer, and LTON 107'o AHEAD OF HOME BUILDING AVERAGE IN NATION at least $100,060 to the year's con- structiOn total, They will prob- ably appear on the 1941 records. however, so perhaps a new record for the coming year is in the making. Even at the present rate as represented in the 1940 building permitS. Shelton is 10% ahead of the national average in home con- struction, Hendry said 9. represents ative of the HA. informed him a. few days a Of the 53 pe nineteen reple ntod new home construetion, 3 teen represented renovations, improvements or ad- ditions to existing structures, ten represented new garageS. and seven represented new buildings. The largest valuation l‘epl‘esent. ed in any single permit in 1940 was the 36,500 new lgichfield ser- viCe station recently completed on Hillcrest, while the $6.000 Valua- mer experimental job, both tion placed on the new Hi-School 1 its issued in 1940, i other ex-Olympia. prep stars. strongest lineup for this game for: work shifts for some of the play-l ers fall just right this week for. all key men to be on hand for the l game. Homer Taylor is coaching and managing the Pirates this season. Stolen Car, Blood Arouse Officers Law officers request anyone seeing a car bearing .1941 license plates D-3132 to notify Sheriff Gene Martin or State Patrolman Cliff Aden immediately as the car. has been reported stolen froml its owner in Everett and was| seen passing through Mason Coun- i ty New Year’s Eve. The driver of the car drove off without paying for ten gallons of gas obtained at the Brockshink ed with a stroke in Bellingham M. C. Monday of this week. It is report- ed Mr. Moffett, former commis- urer; and Directors S. 8. Ander- sioner of Public Utility District No. son, Bud ,Daviscourt, Ed Faubert, Frank Travis into their new posi- tions. Quiet Observance Of New Year Here One of the quietest New Year’s celebrations in .Shelton’s recent history was experienced this week with peace officers making but one arrest and no accidents or tragedies of any description mar- ring the holiday. The one arrest was made by Deputy Fred Hickson when he jailed: Evar Jacobson of Lilliwaup on a drunk and disorderly charge New Year’s Eve. His hearing is scheduled for Sat- urday. Despigle fog and frost which made riving conditions excep- Jacobson laterv posted $50 bail and was released.‘ 1, is critically ill in a Bellingham The Pirates will field their Roy Kimbel, Dr. ,J. T. Shimck and hospital. LAST BABY OF 1940 A baby son born to Mr, and Mrs. Floyd Casto of Route 1 at Shelton Hospital last Monday was the last birth of 1940 in Mason County. TONIGHT——City council meeting. 8 .p, m., city hall. TONIGHT—City league basket- ball, 7 p. in., Lincoln gym, three games. ' FRIDAY—V.F.W. post and aux- iliary meetings, 8 p. m., Mem- orial Hall. _ FRIDAY—Moose Lodge meeting. 8 p, m., I.0.0.F. Hall. FRIDAY~Town team basketball, 8 p. m., Lincoln gym, Pantor- ium Cleaners, vs. Cammaranos of Olympia. , l service station five miles north tionally hazardous, there was not.SATURDAY—~Superior court. 10 l and pants. of Shelton on the Olympic hig-h- a single report of an automobile} ch _ way. Mr. Brockshink reported the accident at either the sherif”s of- ” _are now wellstarted. The SachIce quarters at Seventh and driven had' blood on his hands fice or the city ball over the holi- . “Nets together would add Alder 'runsla close second. day. a.,m., courthouse. SATURDAYw—Active Club instal- lation of officers, 7 p. m. dinner, Shelton Hotel, COMMUNITY CALENDAR GRAPEVIEW TOTAL 53.53 INCHES LAST YEAR Grapeview, Jan. 2 - At 53.53 .inches, 1940 rainfall was approxi- mately normal for this grape rais- ling'center, Weather Observer Wal- ter Eckert reported today. 1939 total was 44.56 inches. February was the heaviest month with 10.76 inches. The monthly totals follows: The Jan. ........ .. 3.92 l July .......... .. 1.02 Feb. .1076 l Aug. 0.46 March .... .. 7.38 1 Sept. ........ .. 1.41 April ...... .. 5.51 1 Oct. .......... .. 8.82 May 2.48 l Nov. 532 June . 0.04 l Dec, .......... .. 6.41 SHEEMRGOES T0 ABERDEEN FRIDAY FOR HOOP OPENER Oonfo’nenoc Shafts I940 PIavy This Week: Hoquiam Favored To (lop Pennant Again l Northern division teams of the Southwest prep basketball con- ference spring the lid on their 1940 season this Friday evening with three games which should give an inkling of where the, strength in the circuit lies. Shelton goes to Aberdeen, Mon- tesano to Elma and Raymond to; Olympia in the three openers to-l morrow evening, with the defend- ing champion Hoquiam, drawing the opening night bye. The Grizzlies once more enter the season favored to cop the title on the basis of pre-season| practice games. Aberdeen is Ito supremacy, but Olympia and Raymond have shown flashes of potential strength in their latest practice games which may turn either or both into stiff con- tenders. Elma, 1.00,. may prove to be a surprise package with a veteran, although somewhat un- dersized, club. Montesano and Shelton do not rate with the other‘five clubs of the league, Shelton even will be doing well to improve on its 1939 record of no victories in confer- ence competition this coming sea- son. . Shelton will not-appear at home in a conference game until Jan- uary 14, when Montesano comes here, for the Highclimbers draw the bye for the January 10 round of play. On that date, however, the Highclimbcrs will entertain Bellarmine of Tacoma, a. non-con- ference opponent. The big game. of opening round will be the clash at Olympia between Raymond and the Bears. Olympia. tied for the conference title with Hoquiam last year but lost the playoff struggle. However, loss of all but one mem- ber of that co-championship squad , makes the Bears a dark-horse en- try in this year's race. tomorrow's SATURDAY—«City league has- ketball, 7 p. m., Lincoln gym, three games. MONDAY—County commission- ers, 10 a. m., courthouse. MONDAY—Schools reopen after Christmas vacation. MONDAY—Special city meeting, 8 p. m., city hall, to seat new city officers. MONDAY~City league basket- ball, 9 p. m., Lincoln gym, two games; TUESDAY—Kiwanis club instal- lation and ladies night, 7 p. m. dinner, Shelton Hotel. _ TUESDAY—American Legion post and auxiliary, 8 p. ml. Memorial Hall. .52 counc“ vation project is in need of warm l 101.9] INCHES A'l‘ LAKE CUSHMAN NOT UP TO NORM. Lake Cushman, Jan. 2. Even ‘though 101.91 inches of rain was recorded at the weather observing station here, 1940 was below nor- mal, reported. A. S. Read today, At the present moment there is less snow on the surrounding hills than normal, he reported. 4 The year’s precipitation was‘ pretty well distributed with no exceptional deluges, in contrast to the previous year's record. Tile heaviest fall of the year was re. corded in February with 19.68 inches, while October was close behind with 19.67 inches. Against this sort of distribution 1930 had one month with 35 inches, another with 22 inches. then no more with over ten inches. The heaviest 24- hour rainfall was a mere 2.91 inches on March 1. On January 1, 1939 a 5.68 inch deluge was recorded. The year was pretty even throughout, for the warmest tem— perature reading of the 12 months was 92 on June 25th while the coldest was a 26 degree rea approached the extremes tered at the Shelton weat tion. The monthly Lake rain figures follow: Jan. .......... ..12.23.Juiy Feb. ...19.68;Au t March . ....12.04lSep. April 6.85‘Oct.» May 8.761Nov -‘ June C One of the most succes: ing alleys was brought t8 last midnight with Everett‘ 1 re and Charles Savage pickinlf 0m" first prize in a ragtime doul Off tournament which ran for £1“ weeks with their 1442 score. . ‘ That total barely withstood the challenge made by Shorty Aron‘ son and «Bill Smith. who rolled a' 1440 total thanks to the 703 act- ual pins Aronson hung up, one of the best individual scores of the current bowling season. During the six-week ragtime, 469 teams participated in the event to compile a $234.50 pot, of which the winners took 60%, the runnersup 40%. DcMolay Election Due At January 6 Meeting A special meeting is scheduled for Mark E. Reed Chapter of the DcMolay for next Monday eve- ning with election of officers, read— Ing of a. special petition, and plans for the coming chapter program to be the main business. The session will open at 7:30 o’clock in the Masonic Temple and all members of the Chapter are especially urged to be present. , Crutches For Needy Man With Broken Leg Asked ful bowl- close A call for a pair of crutches for loan to a public assistance re- l cipient who suffered a broken leg last week was sounded today by Miss Gore. Barber, social 'securit administrator for Mason County. She'also reported that the reno- clothing and coats to be made over and given to needy families dur- ing the winter weather. N0 VISITORS ALLOWED Mrs. Lew Wiley, active lodge woman here, was released. from Shelton hospital today but under doctor’s orders cannot receive visitors pending further recupera- tion from her illness. dino on De - new management. cember 15' nelther “f “1 ch \ Among the new busmesses stark led ‘ l ing, enlargement of the Wilcox Variety Store and its move into the former Mac’s Corner restau- rant. location, Robbins Electric Store enlargement and move into the former Wilcox location, and the enlargement of Tony’s Place to include the space vacated by Robbins Electric. Firms Change Hands Among changes in management of Shelton firms was the sale of Guy McKinney's interests in the Assnciated Service station to Tom Holt, sale of the Shelton Sand and Gravel company by John Mc- ‘Kinney to Burt Hurst, purchase by W_ A. Magoon of the real 5. tate and insurance bllni'eas of ,Earl F. Dickinson, s19 of Jess Barrett's! Richfield sevice sum-m t0 Cy ,Murphy on” Jack White- “tad, Em“? Lizctte’s purchase of El” Rogals .lELrber shop, Miss Dorothy Strlkwell’o purchase of the Hlllcr‘fit Beauty Salon from Thfilna Moore, sale of his G Wr o‘hop by Buford Rose to Lg) .J’Smith, and change of the Rig Cabin Service Station from ,nfield to Maxwell products un- ed during 1940 in Shelton are the Hillcrest Hardware, the new Richfield Service Station on Hill. crest, the Shelton Sporting Goods Store, the Cohn Auto 811 ply store, the H. R. Olson Sngcr Sewing Machine store, the Dick- inson Oil company with Al Dick- ins-on's appointment as Mobilgas distributor in this county. and Elliot B. Spring’s public account- office. Thqsc Gave Up Ghost A few businesses threw in the sponge, too, such as Jo—An’l ‘Wo' men‘s Apparel store, the son Fruit and Vegetabl the ~Pcerless Meat” 'fikel. and the Shelton Adith B“’e”“" The automobile Hales business was engaged mthconsnlcrable fluc-\_ nation durlnx 0 year with the ultim’w that three new agencies . “,9qu operating here. First we. old Mason county Motors was will. up when s. L. Pearson Went into business alone with the Plymouth-Chrysler agency and Glenn Smith taking on the Stude- baker agency. Smith later moved to the Shelton Garage and Bill Pearson, former Mell Chevrolet salesman, opened a Dodge-Ply- mouth agency of his own in the old Mason County Motors loca- tion. Also during the year, the Plgmon .Motors was established by Owen Plgmon with the Willys and Hudson agencies. Somewhere under the heading of changes should come the fine new quarters taken up by the Hi— School Service and Lunch follow— ing the May fire which destroyed the original building. ACTIVIANS INSTALL SATURDAY EVENING New officers of the Active Club will be seated at special installa- tion ceremonies to be conducted this Saturday evening in the ban- quetlroom at the Shelton Hotel. It will also be Ladies Night. A steak dinner will start off the l-program at seven o’clock, follow- ed by the installation ceremonies which will be conducted by Dis- trict Governor Art Fairchild of Raymond. Dancing will conclude the program. The new club officers going into, office are George Dunning, esi- dent; Chuck Rowe, vice-pres dent; Frances Eacrett, secretaryotreas- urer; Link Fraser, Hobart Hed- rick. Rocky Duckham and Walt Hakola, directors. ing l GLENN SMITH BETTER Glenn Smith. seriously injured automobile dealer in a. traffic sm-ashup December 16. was re- ported improviug so satisfactor- ily at Shelton Hospital today that he is able to sit up for short per- iods each day now.