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February 11, 1971

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/ / f \ LEARNING TO KNIT are Shelton's Valentine triplets. The daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Trotzer will be ten years old on February 14. Jean is on the left, Joan is in the center, and Jane is on the right. r~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HI~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ioneer Police reported this a second fire bomb had found at Clinton's Bike and said they received an emous telephone call about .m. Monday that the fire was next to the front door Clinton shop. fficers who went to found a bottle of aable liquid with a wick against the door. The wick 3ne out, officers said. week, a window in the was broken ou~ with a rock similar device tossed inside. said the bottle in that not break so only minor d. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiili The Pioneer School Board, at its meeting Tuesday night, accepted the resignation of Principal Robert Hartley effective March 1. The Board received a letter from Fred lsaacson, sixth grade teacher, that he would not be renewing his contract. An evaluation team from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's office was at the school this week making an evaluation of the operation. Its finds will be presented in a public meeting later when they have been compiled and printed. The Pioneer Board was informed that the Shelton School Board had accepted the Pioneer request to send seventh grade students from the district to Shelton Junior High starting with the 1971-72 school year. A xepresentative of the Pioneer Board said the district had seen a steady increase in s Department Patrol Coverage operation of the Mason Sheriff's Office has been to provide for one deputy field in the North Mason one in the south part of at all times, Sheriff said this week. iobinson said the added was made possible by of two men to the artrnent Jan. 1. He the increased number in the county has it necessary to attempt to coverage. Robinson also announced that the Sheriff's Office on the second floor of the court house would be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The office has been closed Saturdays for some time. Those wanting to transact business with the department had to go to the dispatcher's office on the third floor. The dispatchers also serve as jailors. The third floor is accessable only by using the elevator. Monday To Be and city government in Mason County will be Friday and Monday in 'Vance of Lincoln's and , tys. ashington s birthday this been moved to the third of the month rather than Feb. 22. Schools in the county will be out Monday for Washington's birthday, but, not Friday for Lincoln's birthday. The Post Office will be closed Monday for Washington's birthday, with regular holiday service that day. ool ley "ncipal esl ns enrollment since the beginning of this school year which, at present, the enrollment increase has been 30 students. Sending the seventh grade to Junior High in Shelton will provide a needed extra classroom, and, will give the children the advantage of services which can be provided by the junior high which would not be available at the Pioneer Elementary School. Voters in the North Mason School District Tuesday turned down two special levies, one for maintenance and operation and one for the purchase of busses, at a vote Tuesday. At the same time, voters in the Belfair Fire District, which takes in much of the same area, voted to approve a $100,000 bond issue for the construction of a new fire station. The vote was on the $354,103 maintenance and Operation special levy. The vote was 593 yes and 407 no, a percentage of 59.3 per cent. The issue needed 60 per cent to be approved. The special levy would have required a mill levy of an estimated 15.94 mills. The vote on the school bus levy, which Would have raised The Mason County Superior Court jury term will resume Tuesday with the case of Mr. and Mrs. James Dailey against Walter Goodat scheduled to start that day. The case involves a traffic accident damage claim. There were no cases before the jury this week. Two justice court conviction appeals were set over to the jury term next year. The case of Bob Selby, charged with possession of dangerous drugs was set later in the jury calendar .this year as was one of the civil cases scheduled during the week. The other civil case was taken off the jury calendar to be heard as a non-jury case. $51000 from an estimated 2.03 mills, was 596 yes to 401 no, a percentage in favor of 59.7 per cent. The issue needed 60 per cent to pass. The vote on the fire district bonds was 454 yes and 271 no, a percentage in favor of 62.6 per .... cent. :lam Digger The Mason County Superior Court jury which heard the case of Leo Birdsall, Snohomish, against Oliver Gray, Lilliwaup, awarded Birdsall $2,655.87 for medical expenses and lost wages in its decision last week. Birdsall brought the suit against Gray as the result of an incident in which he (Birdsall) received a broken jaw when Gray hit him during an altercation over digging clams on privately owned tidelands used to grow oysters. Testimony in the case indicated that Birdsall had gone onto Gray's property adjoining the Eagle Creek Public Beach a~: while digging clams wire ,~" family. An altercation followed when Gray told him he would have to was on private leave because he in the altercation, property and " Birdsall was hit and his jaw broken. Birdsall testified he was in a Seattle hospital six days and t~;~ he lost 47 days of work I~teau of the injury. In addition to meal!ca! expenses and lost wage~, Btrd~ad~ had asked general damageS pain and suffering. The Shelton School Board, at its meeting Tuesday night, set 11 a.m. March 11 for the sale of $1,800.000 worth of bonds to provide funds for the new high school building. The bond issue was approved in November, 1969. and the board has held up on the sale of the bonds to a time when interest rates appear to be most favorable. The board earlier had sold $400,000 worth of the bonds to pay for the construction of the new handicapped school building which is now being built at the Mt. View site. The board also voted to retain the firm of Marshall and Meyer as financial consultants for the bond sale. Supt. Louis Grinnell told the board the firm would prepare a prospectus on the bonds which would be distributed to prospective buyers. The boagd voted to retain Grinnell. He will be given a three-year contract renewable annually. His salary was slet at $20.000 annually for t/he cd?ming school year. This is ar~ increase of $500 a year over his present salary. Dean Palmer appeared at the meeting to ask the school board to set a policy on school pictures, stating that the arrangement which was used this year had brought some complaints, particularily in the high school and junior high. The contract for the school pictures was awarded to an out-of-town firm this year after bids were submitted by several photographers. The Shelton board approved a request from the Pioneer School District Board to send seventh graders from the Pioneer District to Shelton Junior High starting with the next school year. Seventh graders in the Pioneer District presently attend the Pioneer Elementary School. The resignations of Reta Loudermilk, high school chemistry teacher, and Gladys Martin, elementary librarian, were received. Both teachers will retire at the end of the present school year. Leaves of absence were approved for Pat Lisoski and Janet Miller. Thursday, February 11, 1971 85th Year -- Number 6 POblished in Shelton, Wash. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wash. 98584, under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving, at 227 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 3 Sections -- 24 Pages 10 Cents Per Copy Officials here are still awaiting the results of laboratory tests which will tell them what caused the death of'Robert C. Johnson. 21, last Friday. Johnson was found dead on a couch in the living room of an apartment at 121 Cedar St., Shetton, about noon Friday. Mason County Coroner Byron McClanahan said this week an autopsy held Friday evening turned up no organic cause for Johnson's death. Samples from the body were taken to the University of Washington Toxicology Laboratory in Seat.tie by Shelton Police Monday Morning. Samples were also taken by the pathologist who performed the autopsy, McClanahan said. The coroner said Wednesday morning the final results of the tests will not be known for a few days yet and that a finding on the cause of death cannot be made until the tests are all complete and the report made. Johnson's body was found by Laurie Kellogg 19, 121 Cedar St., when she went home for lunch at noon Friday. In a statement to Shelton Police, she said Johnson had arrived at the home late Thursday night and went to sleep on the living room couch. Miss Kellogg told officers when she came home for lunch the next day she thought Johnson was still asleep and attempted to awaken him. When she was unable to awaken him, an ambula~lcc was called, and Shelton Fireman Dan Ward, who accompanied the ambulance, called police and the The Shelton City Commission was told at its meeting this week that the street improvement program for this year was getting started. County Engineer Howard Godat told the commission several petitions are already being circulated and that petitions for others interested are available at the city hall. The city, Godat said, will participate for about 20 per cent of the cost of the work, with the remainder being financed through coroner after checking Johnson for signs of life and finding none. The youth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Johnson, 1724 Northcliff Rd. He was born Nov. 11, 1949 in Shelton and had lived here all of his life. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Axel Johnson, Shelton; three sisters, Mrs. Lois LIDs paid by the property owners. The program, the engineer said, will be similar to that conducted two years ago. Asphalt surfacing will be put down on the streets. The cost of the work to the property owners will be about $3 a front foot, Godat said. He stated the city has money to participate in about seven miles of street program, and, that the streets to be included will be selected on a first come, first serve basis from those for which Avery, Hoopa, Calif.;Mrs. Bonnie Lamp, Kelso, and Mrs. Betty Ann Roberts, Shelton, and his grandmother. Mrs. Pauline Joki, Zim, Minn. Graveside services were held at I p.m. Wednesday in Shelton Memorial Park with Rev. Kenneth Robinson officiating. Batstone Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. petitions are received. He urged residents of any area which is interested in participating in the program get a petition to circulate as soon as possible so the program can be set up and the work done as early as possible. Godat commented that about 15 miles of street in the city are in need of resurfacing. The fire department reported that it now has a total paid and volunteer strengtla of 22 men. A long-time landmark in the downtown area of Shelton is being torn down this week with the demolition of the old First Baptist Church parsonage. A group of men from the church are doing the demolition work. The building was started in 1895 and completed in 1896, according to minutes of the church dating back to those years. The house was used as a parsonage until 1957. From 1957 to the time when the demolition was started, it has served as an educational unit. According to the minutes of MEN AND MACHINES are taking down the old Baptist Church Parsonage on Cota St. the church for Oct. 19,1895, "a motion was made and seconded that the church undel~ake to build a parsonage and th'~t two committees consisting of three members each, be appointed, a soliciting committee and a building committee, the building committee to go ahead and build and not to have a debt of over $ 5 0 when the building is completed." The motion was carried unanimously. Members of the building committee were W. B. Eaton, Frank Willey and A. W. Fredson. According to the minutes of Feb. 15, 1896, "the report of the building committee was read and approved and the committee discharged and a vote of thanks was extended to them. A committee of one was appointed to settle the debts contracted in building the parsonage. A motion that the trustees be authorized to insure the parsonage for $200 was carried." Rev. T. H. Webster was pastor at the time, serving until Aug. 9, 1896. According to the minutes of Oct. 11, 1896, a call was extended to Brother T. O. Lamoreux at $625 a year and the use of the parsonage. Members of the congregation who are helping with the demolition of the old building are Byron Deffinbaugh, Bill Butler, Bill Greenfield, Bill O'Neill, Jerry Richert, Ray Johnson, Ed Cole and Herb Baze. There are no immediate plans for use of the site of the old parsonage when the demolition is completed, according to Rev. James Luckman, pastor of the church. The old building, he said, was not worth repairing and it was felt it would be best to take it down. 'a,millili,,.._