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Percy M Pio 6017 S.E. 86th Ave Portland, Ore o N.,. Co,,,,tv Bog00,, l 9uties At Court House Mo, duy ?7TH YEAR--NO. 3 Published in "Chrstmastown, U.S.A."' Shelton, Washington Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, TVashington, Thursday, January 17, 1963 under Act o] March 8. 1879. Published weekly at 227 West Cota. OATH OF OFFICED. S. (Sam) Clark, is sworn in as Sheriff and Mrs. Laura Wag- center, as court Clerk Monday. Administ- the oath of office is Harry Deyette, right, F:: new county officials were in and five old ones started :erms in office Monday. entire group was sworn in .tir.ing Court Clerk Hanw :rote in ceremonies in the corn- office at 9:30 a.m. Mon- new terms started at ing over as sheriff was D. Clark, who succeeds W. who he defeated in the crat primary last September. INTO the clerk's of- succeede Deyette is Mrs. retiring court Clerk. The two new county of- ficials, along with those in office who started new terms were sworn in at ceremonies Mon- Wagener. I In the court clerk's office also. e beginning new terms were [ only the top management changed, r C. Nolan Mason, Asses- with Mrs. Teckle Vermillion. depu- llis Burnett, Treasurer John] tv c:erk under Deyette. remaining Presecuting Attorney Byron [  to serve under Mrs. \\;agener. day morning. McClanahan and County Commis- sioner John Bariekman. I The political division remains the same, with two Republicans, Mason and Mrs. Wagener, in the predominently Democrat group. MOVING IN TO the sheriff's office along with Clark was Cla- rence Fordmeir as chief deputy. He filled a vacancy left by the resignation of Mel Robertson, chief deputy under Potter. All other personnel in the she- :iff's office remain the same. ' ! 000016,1$ O ltequested for lason County High ways ! Washington State Highway ject with the city commission and )ission has requested $816,150 receiged city approval. '!ighway projects in Mason Other projects on Highway 9 Y for" 3 include a treated timber sidewalk the period from July through June 30, 1965 ac- to the budget proposal to the Washington State today. items are listed in the pro- affecting four of the State in Mason County. The amount a total of $784,950 g0 6:Primary !gtate High- 9 with a single project, rading, surfacing and avin L miles from Cole RoP:d :go ROad; using up $675,000. included is $30,000 for con- Lion of location work on the of the four-land high- Cole Road toward Shel- for the Skokomish River bridge and channelization, signals, signs and illumination on the Highway from Mud Bay junction around the loop to Hoquiam, part of which is in Mason County. Request for Highway 9D is $3,- 100 for ehannelization, signals, sig.n .and ittmination from Whi- "tea tb Kamii}io.  Included. Tot Highway 14A is location and right-of-way work for one mile of highway in the Deer Creek vicinity and channeli- zation signals, signs and illumi- nation from the junction with Highway 14 at Purdy to Allyn and Belfair "md on 14-A to Shelton. Work on Highway 21C includes the Mission Creek Bridge and channelization, signals, signs ann illumination from the Junction with Highway 21 to Belfair State Park. in the request is $37,- channblization oi traffic Avenue and Highway The State Highway has discussed this pro- 00nstruction Due For 00Seasn In 1963 000000etboo,0000in Mason County oo0 addition to the Shelton Post . tt on:ti lPro]eetSplanned.to continueg' nowin 1963andUnder withseveralCon.tWo theOffice'federalA recent Generalannuncement Services Ad-bY e largest project, under ctiol now, 'iS the new '- on .Correction Center rylt ouilt west of here i:!tion of the fir.st phase, Cn:w ['ogress, is scheduled for com- bo in 1}te 1964 c 60. le othe.00 large ow  Works is the of iiIeway between nd |00Ln$ he ;Y for iIroject ministration said that an arch{- tect had been hired for the jab'and that construction would start this year. Aother project which will be done this year is the moving of the Mason County Fairgrounds from its present location in Shel- 1964 or early 1965. large project now Works is the extension of Shelton and State Highway let. a contract paving the section of on which grading and preparatory Work was done city aald county have Projects, but whether or are started depends on arrangements for mty. Commissmn this ne date for a Vote on a ndSSSUe to finance its e Island Bridge. ond issue is approved by ters, constrnction would :t spring or )v.,,:   summer. o'* O1,-SItELTO:N llas u}e feueral government f'p.00c,ng a sewer im- co rO3ect, Which is esti- a more than $100,000. Lication was made under s recent designation as a i:snedl area because of the :'ate :' v oyment. 'i the federal governemnt :) s the re  ap- i woven: qlest for funds, the di:."', ue sarted this ear :I fl:;;d"s tcLhe-.$52'500 inYed" .-, en. g,sted, the city u oa,000 from the sale bonds and $11,000 in ty budget for sewer project. for construction this new Mary M. Knight district has com- ns for the new and Will sell $130,000 of bonds authorized by the in the district last fall this ! 'S '! i?: THE BUILDING ,viii ',ii, . ebruar w' i.iig eon ..... .Y .th hopes of 1 wi- -ucczon m March or lOvemeCn:pletion in October i s .SCheduled for constr spring or - uction " Ummer is a $290,- MARTIN AUSTH was named chairman of the Mason County Commission at the group's re- organization meeting Monday. He succeeds Harry Elmlund as chairman. Starting a new four year term on the board Monday was Commmsioner John Bariek- man, ton Valley to a new spot near the Airport. The Work will involve the con- struction of new buildings for the new fair site. commercial project planned fo this year is the construction of a new Richfield Service Station at First St. and Railroad Ave. The buildings now occupied by Pauley Motors and the Shelton Feed and Garden Supply will be torn down to make room for the new station. Three File For School Board Three members of the Shelton School Board had filed for re-elec- tidn ,vifh Mrs. Laura Mnrphy, clerk of the board, at press time. Mrs. Virginia Martig, B. Frank- lin Heuston and Mrs. Betty McCla- nahan had filed for re-election. Dr. Douglas Larson had said previously he would seek re-elec- tion. hut, hadn't filed yet. This leaves only one board post, that of Dr. Q. Thonfas Ryan. with no candidate. Dr. Ryan cannot seek re-election because he has moved from the district. City h Looking For Dog Catcher The City of Shelton is looking for a dog" catcher. They thought they had one. but. he is no longer in the community. What the city would like to find is someone with a small farm close to the city who would be in- terested in lmndling the job on a part-time basis. The city had had a proposal from Dennis Morgan under which he was to set up a place to keep the dogs picked up and to take I care of picking up dogs which were running loose in Violation of the city ordinance. The citY commission told Mor- gan to return Jan. 1 with his pro- posal and they would accep it. Jan. 1 came, but Morgan had moved out of Mason County. So the city is looking for some- one to handle the dog ordinance enforcement on an agreement similar to that proposed by Mor- gan. Anyone interesied shOuld con- tact city hall. ADULT EDUCATION Adult education classes in sec- ond sen:ester bookkeeping and el- ementary typing are being organ- A NEW BUILDING will be ized for a January 28 commence- built for Pauley Motors across the ment, director Frank Willard an- airy from tle present location, nounced last week. mencduled for completion early All interested adult students are this year is the addition to Grant invited to call him at the Grant C Angle Sch el. _ Angle building for information. Ch b r M robe E)o:n't L'k- am e e rs ! e "Distre sse d A r ea" oDeslg na ti o n Shelton Chamber of Commerce it w . "% this meant that members don't like the recent fed- the city ann co.u},ty were down eral designatkm of Mason County and out ann unable to help them- as an area eligible for Acceler- seves wthout "'handouts', from ated Public ork Program funds the federal govermnent. because of the unemployment rate here. At the membership meeting last Thursday night, a show of hands was unanimously against accept- mg any funds under the program, commonly referred to as assist- ance to "distressed areas". Several Chamber members voiced strong opposition to accept- ing funds, maintaining that Shel- ton and Mason County is not a distressed area and that husiness during 1962 on the whole had been good and prospects for that trend to continue in 1963 were good. It was the "distressed area" term which the Chamber mem- bers did not like, contending that Several members stated that the city had pulled itself up "by its bootstraps" after Rayonier closed down in 1957 and had done a pret- ty good job of it and thai: no fed- eral handouts were necessary. In a letter to the Chamber from Sen. Henry M. Jackson the pro- gra];n was referred to as an am- celertted pubhc x%orks program, and not once did thc designation distressed area appear. The action at the n]embership meeting prompted the board of di- County Hires Bond Attorney ,r Bridge Vote The Mason County Commission took another step toward getting the proposed $720,000 bond issue for construction of a bridge to Harstine Island before the voters /hen they hired a Seattle firm as )onding attmeys. The commission accepted a pro- posal from Roberts, Shefelman, Lawrence. Gay and Moak to han- dle legal work in connection with the vote on the bonds and their issuance and sale if they are ap- proved. The bonding attorneys suggest- ed a 20-year bond issue with an estimated cost of between $50,000 and $55,000 a year for retirement of the bonds and interest pay- nents. The commission plans to set a date for a special election on the 9onds as soon as legal technicali- ties are taken care of. The commission also ,warded a contract to furnish a car for the juvenile probation officer to ?auley Motors at their Monday meeting. The Pauley bid was low of four eceived at a bid opening Monday. rhe bid was $1.786 on a Dodge. This included trade-in on a old ear now being used by the proba- hion officer Other bidders were Kimbel Mo- tors. Jim Pauley Inc." and Mell Chevrolet. New Apparel Store/n She/ton Is Announced Plans for opening a new appar- el store in Shelton were announc- ed this week by a former Shelton businessman. Vern Miller, now owner of Bettman's men's store L in Olymlm. Miller lhas leased the 72 x 34 foot store accommodations at 409 Railroad avenue owned by Roy McConkey and formerly occupied by Timber Appliance. The site is situited  between Dean'S StUdio" and Ivan Neuenschwander's jew- elry store. Gene Hanson. assistant manag- er of the Lumbermen's Mercan- Warning Sounds ) A steady blast of 3 to 5 minutes 1 . means probable attack Jl ( Short blasts for 3 minutes 10 Cents per Copy 16 Pages- 2 Sections New Study Group To Seek S00olution To itospital Problem Renewed hoped for a solution Rotary Club and Shelton-Mason boards of the Shelton General ana lial committee last year to look County Chamber of Commerce. pending expected approval of their boards of directors, agreed to act in concert to establish a new com- mittee to press for action which would: 1 seek a joint meeting of the to She}ton's critical hospital prob- lem took shape this week as three major 'civic bodies agreed to work jointly' on proposals made hy a special investigator who has been studying the situation. Presidents of the Kiwanis Club, Harry Deyette Retires After 32 Years As County Official the Clinic hospitals to renew a study of merger possibilities; 2 --set up a new, non-profit as- sociation as the governing body of a new community hospital board which would have absolute control of the operation of the hospital and hire a qualified hos- pitsl administrator to operate it: 3---allow any qualified doctor to use the facilities of the hospital. THESE THREE recommenda- tions were made by Jack L. Lyon, senior vice president of Burrill. Inc. a Kansas City firm specializing in studies of financial campaign fea- sibilities, who arrived here this week at the invitation of Dr. B. N. Collier. founder of the Clinic Hospital The three civic organization presidents--Olive - Ashiord (Ki- wanis). George Valley (Rotary), and John Bennett (Chamber) wi I1, upon approval of their boards, appoint representatives of their groups to confer with H. O. Puhn..Simpson Timber executive who acted as chairman of a spec- into the hospital situation. Lyon has spent this week soun- ding out public sentiment on the hospital situation and conferring with doctors and others intimate- ly concerned with it. He reports deep concern among all that a solution to the situation be wor!:d out and an encourag- irc: attiade for cooperation am- ong those with whom he confer- red. Shelton General Hospital is un- der strong pressure from the state health department to make costly improvements to meet present ho- spital standards set up by the de- partment. A MERGER of the Shelton General and the Clinic hospital facilities was proposed more than a year ago by the Clinic board, and recommended by two hospital architectural firms. How to meet the costs involved has been one of several factors which has kept the proposal in a state of suspen- sion for several months. Court 00ules Moore Had GENE HANSON To Manage New Store tile store here for the past 10 years or so, will manage the new store for Miller. He said it would feature both men's and women's he came to Shelton as clerk of the apparel and would open early in Shelton Hotel. Three months af- March. MILLER FOUNDED the appar- el store now known as Parker's Mr. and Mrs. Shop, which is go- ing out of busine at the con- clusion of a stock liquidation sale now in progress. Stan Parker pur- chased the business from Miller in 1951, when Miller moved to Olympia to pro'chase the Bettman store. Under Miller's ownership the store was knovn as Millers Men's Shop and was located in the Shelton Hotel building. Parker la- ter moved it to the present loca- tion at 123 Railroad. in the same block. Hanson and Miller are both graduates of Irene S. Reed high school and have been friends most of their lives. They were quarter- backs on the high school football team here when Miller was a sen- ior and Hanson a sophomore. Mil- ler graduated with the class at 1933, Hanson in 1935. Hanson has worked for the L.M. since Sep- tember of 1936 except during mil- itary service in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and 1946. HIS WIFE, Helen, is also a Shelton graduate, as are two or their sons. A third is in school no\\;v. Miller said the Shelton store would be operated in conjunction with his Olympia store, offering the same nmne brands of clothing. Remodeling of the quarters at 409 Railroad has been contracted to Cascade-Olympic Construction Company of Shelton. Miller said. FOUR ARRESTS Fore' persons were booked at ,ectors of the Cha  ...... the Mason County Sheriff's office " " . ' mer t, Drop this ,veel They were Edward T. plans for'investigation of pro%eta Grant. trespassing; Ernest O. for which the funds might be' oh- Knutson, trespassing; Mark H. So- tained. The board decided to drop wards, third degTee assault and any further action at its meeting [Robert R. Stratton, negligent dri- Friday morning, x, ing. PRETTY NICE  Retired Judge D. F. Wright admires the bar- ometer-thermometer farewell gift given veteran county official Harry Deyette (right) at a retirement party given for Deyette in the courthouse Friday by courtlouse employees. Judge Wright was on the superior court bench here when Deyette began his 32-year career as Mason County Auditor and Clerk. Judge Wright has been ng at his Uqn home since hi retirement a dozen years Monday saw the conclusion ot 32 years as a Mason County elec- ted official for Harry Deyette, who retired as court clerk when his successor was sworn in that day. Deyette, 80, was honored at an open house at the court house Thursday attended by about 150 well-wishers. He was presented with a gold-plated barometer- thermometer at the ceremonies. His first office in Mason Coun- ty was clerk-auditor to which he was elected h 1930 and took of- fice in 1931. At that time the two offices were combined with the title of clerk, but, taking care of the auditor's duties as well. At the conclusion of his second term, the two offices were divided and he was elected as auditor for two terms. AT THAT TIME there was a limit of two terms in one office for county elected officials. After serving his two terms as auditor, Deyette was elected clerk and londay completed his fourth term in that office. Deyette has lived in Mason County 52 years, coming here in 1910. He was born in upper New York State and went to Nome, Alaska, in 1906 and returned to Seattle in 1907. Three years later ter his arrival he was named man- ager and managed the hotel nine years. He then moved to a dairy farm in the Skokomish Valley which he operated 11 years until his election to the court house the first time. A daughter and son- in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Leith Camp- bell, operate the dairy farm now. DEYETTE COMMENTED thai: during his ),ears in the court- house, he had seen the population of Mason County raise from about 6,000 to the 17,500 it has now. Assessed valuation of the county went up from about $5 million when he was first in the court- house to more than $25 million in 1962. After retirement, he plans to look after his eight rental homes, which he says will keep him busy Fire Destroys Yard Last Week A fire last Thursday night de- stroyed the John's Prairie Pole Yard. Don Knudson, teesee of the pole yard estimated the damage at about $30,000. The yard was owned by H. J. Kraft, Olympia. and leased by Knudson. The installation was us- ed to process poles and pilings and included pole pealing equipment. The fire started some time be- tween 11 and 11:30 p.m. last Thurs- day. It was reported to the Shel- ton Fire Department by a neigh- bur, Barbara Boysen. A Shelton fire truck and a truck hom the Department of Natural Resources answered the call. It is believed that the fire start- ed from sparks from an incinera- tor fanned by the nortl:cast wind. during the summer. In winter, he said, he plans to do some walk- ing to keep in shape. Two of Deyette's children. Mrs. Campbell anct Bert Deyette. coun- ty road supervisor, live in Ma- son County. There are also two daughters in Olympia and two sons in Tacoma Succeeding Devette 'in the clerk's office is Mrs. Laura ag- ener. Immunity For Remarks Superior Court Judge Mitchell stand himself as a witness in an attempt to impeach the testimony of Shelton city attorney John Ra- gan, who was one of three law- yers representing Earl MOore. Leonnrd Kruse and Ray Green- -'], Bremerton. were also re- tained as counsel for the former mayor. G. Kalin ruled in favor of a de- fense motion for dismissal in the Hbel and slander case brought by Shelton Police Chief Paul Hin- ton against former Mayor Earl Moore. The motion for dismissal was made Wednesday morning in Ma- son County Superior Court on the grounds that the alleged libelous statements had absolute privilege and legal immunity as they were made bY an officer of a legislative body, the Shelton City Commis- sion. in the conduct of city bus- iness. '. THE MOTION br0ugbt LO a hlt the proceedings Which' begttn Monday morning, before the Grays Harbor judge. Tl{e plaintiff had concluded its case in which wit- nesses had testified to statements attributed to the mayor concern- ing the police chief particularly during a meeting of the Sheltom City Commission on December 12. 1961. A highlight of the session was an unusual procedure in which Don J. Horowitz of Olympia, at- torney for the plaintiff, took the Local Couple Leave For Alaska Missionary Post OFF TO ALASKA  All packed and ready to go, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Collins Jr., and daughter, Christine, set out bast week for a missionary assignment in Alaska. Not pictured is son Joel, two months old, who was sleeping when the picture was taken. A young Mason County couple looked at the chilly temperatures last weekend as perhaps just a little conditioning for what ties ahead of them. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Collins Jr'. and their two children left Sat- urday on the first leg of a jour- ney which will take then, to an Indian village ahove the Arctic Circle in Alaska. They will go there to work as missionmT linguists among the Indians. Their first stop will be They expect to' spend five year on their' assignment before re- turning to the nainland for a one- year furlough. In preparation for their duties, they have each take,* two sum- mer sessmns in linguistics. Al- though they do not know the dial- ect of the people with which they will be working, the training is designed to prepare them to learn any language. Collins spent two years with the Army in Alaska. but, for his wife Arctic work with another couple, present- ly the only white people in the village, for the rest of the winter. In the spring they will be as- signed to a village of their own. They went to Seattle from Shcl- ton Saturday and planned to leave by air for &laka today. Village where they will and the children. Christine, 2., and Joel. two months, it will be their first experience in the 49th State- Ttey are going through the licklisse Bible Translators, an interdenominational group. They are members of Faith Lutheran Clurch Sn Shelton, Rishel Drops Suit Against Earl Moore A motion of voluntat:y non-suSL wasenterel in Meson County SU- peri0 :: Court MonCay by Herbert RtsheY in his titt suit against Earl Moore and Opal Moore. Don J. Harowitz ttorney representing Rishel in the action stated that is client had recently suffered a heart attack and was not m physical condition to continue the. suit. The motion was accepted by Judge Mitchell Kalin. The lawsuit filed in JanumT, ]962 sought damages of $30,000. City Hans Repair Work On Angleside The She]ton City Con:mission voted Tuesday to start work on a permanent epair job on the slide axes on Angleside Way, which is now closed because of a slide. Following the recommendation of City Engi,mers Pat Byrne, the commission voted to go ahead with permanent repairs which will take longer, rather than another temporaLv repair job which might give way at any time. Part of the ,epair job will be let on contract. It wilt include re- moving the mmuitablc material now in the roadbed and replacing it was a compacted gTavel em- bankment with a 10-foot shoulder beyond the blacktop. Bn'ne said it would probably be the end of February or the first of March befoe the work was com- pleted and the road opened again, Also at their Tuesday meeting the commission received the an- nual report of the Civil Sevice Board, a letter from the County Commission supporting the city's application for federal aid in its sewer improvement p,oject md a letter froa the State Highway Department about the angle park- ing: a.t Ralph s Sc,-U along Iigh- way ]01: Temperature JDrops To l0 Saturday Mason County residents pushed their l, eating systems to the lim- it trjng to keep their homes warn: and battled' frozen water pipes and balky cars as the tem- peratures here dipped to well be- low freezing- over the weekend. For the ice skaters, it was an opportunity whict does not oc- cur often and they took to the frozen ponds in good numbers. The lowest temperature recorD- ed at the weather obser, ation-,,, sta- tion at Rayonier Inc. was 10 early Saturday morning. The low Fri- day was 13 and the low Sunday 15ITnofficial reports from other areas in the county included two at Kamilche, eight at Matlock ud .0 at IAlklwau aud Day'ton.