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March 11, 1971

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i 2@)i~ii~;~ RON KUNKLE holds the hefty son he delivered in his Shelton home when the stork refused to wait for an eight-block trip to the hospital. DANFORD takes a mighty foxy stork to overtake a mother during, her mad dash for a near-by but that's exactly what happened in the wee hours of Monday morning. big bird that had been silently hovering over the household fluttered tentatively down upon top at approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday. Since her three previous confinements Barbara Kunkle arrived at the hospital with hours to spare, lightly the insignificant little pains with she was warned. hours later the stork made swift descent upon at 1718 Washington, a mere eight blocks from hospital, and announced his presence in no manner. Ron Kunkle phoned Dr. Covert to race that Barbara was on her way to the hospital. his mother, Mrs. Ralph Kunkle, and asked her over to baby-sit .with the children. before Ron and his wife could leave the !,they were forced to concede the race. lifted my wife in my arms," said Ron, "and her on the bed. The next thing I knew 1 was there with a kid in my hands." do I do now?" he asked his wife. instructions, he held his eight and a half son upside down and upon his little bottom the loving blow that caused the intake of his first and the issuing of his first cry. was the most wonderful experience of my entire Ron declared, "It was a beautiful thing to be and to actually assist at the very beginning of a being." Kunkle agrees with her spouse. Although at for the safety of her baby, she soon under the capable care of her husband, who remained calm and efficient under the strain of the unusual responsibility so unexpectedly thrust upon him. "The whole family," says Barbara Kunkle, "shared in this birth. The children saw their little brother just two hours after his arrival." The other Kunkle children are Ralph Terry, Donald Glenn, and Ronaid Lee, who are 1 1,10, and two years old respectively. Ron wrapped his crying son in a blanketbrought to him by the baby's grandmother. He gave the child into the mother's arms as they made her comfortable and awaited the arrival of Dr. and Mrs. Covert, who had been notified of the Sudden change of plans. Little newborn Douglas Duane will boast a birth certificate signed by his father. "The certificates are prepared for the signature of either the mid-wife or the attending physician," Ron explained, "and I don't know just which category applies to me." "I'm glad it happened this way," Mrs. Kunkle insists. "'It was a truly great experience. I've often thought of having a baby at home, but never quite had the courage." The new mother is in excellent spirits and in fine physical condition. According to Dr. Covert, the delivery was normal and perfect, with the baby's birth occuring sometime between 1:45 a.m. and 2 a.m. "I wasn't watching the clock," Ron admitted. The Kunkle family can keep a sense of humor in a crisis. When the excitement had subsided and mother and babe were resting peacefully, Ron suddenly snapped his fingers in exasperation. "I clean forgot," he said with a big, broad smile, "to tell anybody to boil water!" : ,: { \ BARBARA KUNKLE takes delivery of her new son from her do-it-yourself husband. John A. Monger, 41, 221 N. First, Shelton, was found dead in Shelton Creek about 10:30 a.m. Monday, the Shelton Police Department reported. Coroner Byron McClanahan stated the cause of death had been listed as drowning. The body was first discovered by Bud Earl, a member of the Shelton Fire Department, when he looked out of the window and saw something in the creek. Investigation discovered the body in about two feet of water, hung up on a log which is across the creek. Officers believe Monger fell into the creek some time Friday night while walking home from up town. Mr. Monger was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Alamo, N.D. and came to Shelton about eight years ago. He was owner and operator of the Shelton Dairy Queen. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Marlis, three sons, Robert, Bruce and Donald, and two daughters, Cynthia and Linda, all of the home; his mother, Mrs. Monsine Monger, Williston, N.D.; three brothers, Orvin, Alamo, N.D.; Raymond, Portland, Ore., and Wallace, Minot, N.D.; four sisters, Mrs. Olga Brakken, Bremerton; Mrs. Minnie Stolls, Bremerton; Mrs. Clara Vamme, Billings, Mon,t., and Mrs. Ella Hoeffel, Minot, N.D. Funeral services were held at 1 1 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Kenneth Robinson officiating. Burial was in Shelton Memorial Park with Batstone Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Thursday, March 11, 1971 Published in Shelton, Wash. Entered as second class matter at the post ofiice at Shelton, 20 Pages -- 2 Sections Wash. 98584, under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during 85th Yea r -- N u m ber 10 week of Thanksgiving, at 227 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 10 Cents Per Copy A delegation of students from Shelton High School appeared at the meeting of the Shelton School Board Tuesday night with two problems - the failure to come up with a proposed dress code by the target date of March 1, and, the change in the method of selecting the class speakers for graduation. Dan Bolender, vice-president of the high school student body, asked why the decision on the dress code had not been arrived at by March 1 as it was supposed to have been. The school board explained that it had asked Supt. Louis Grinnell to present a proposed dress code, after studying information gathered in various surveys among students, faculty members and other school employees and the community, They stated some of the information had just been received this week, and, there had not been time to study all of it. Walter Parsons, chairman of the Citizen's Advisory Committee, presented the results of a ,::ommunity survey vAxich his group had done. The group conducted its survey in the evenings and contacted 339 persons. Bolender commented that when the student-faculty committee had originally proposed suspension of the dress code except for three items last Dec. 1, it had been the understanding that the three months w ould be used to investigate various opinions and come up with a proposed code by March I. He stated the students had agreed to take on the responsibility of trying to enforce the limited code which had been in effect during the three months, but, that it was becoming time consuming and the students had other things which needed their attention. On the recommendation of the school board, the high school administration will take over enforcement of the limited code until a proposed new code is arrived at. Bolender commented the two things which had been responsible for most of the violations were the blue jeans on girls and beards on boys, particularly the blue jeans. Frank Guyer, a teacher in Olympia who lives in the Shelton School District and who has two children attending school in the Shelton system, commented the Olympia School District had recently dropped its dress code entirely, and, that he had not noticed any way in which hair and clothing made a difference in how students did in school. The school board commented the state law gives the board the responsibility of establishing reasonable rules and regulations for the school, and, that the work and study which has gone on Tideland property owners hope to get some answers to what they are going to do about tourists who get on private tidelands and pick oysters and clams at a meeting March 13 at 8 p.m. in Hood Canal Junior High School. Representatives of local and state agencies will be on hand to try to provide some of the answers to the questions which have come up on the tidelands. One of the speakers will be Mal Murphy, assistant attorney general, who prepared an attorney general's opinion which has contributed to some of the confusion. The ruline, which applied only to ocean beaches, said the public had the right to use the ocean beaches. Many people think the l-'ood Canal and Puget Sound tidela.,ds are the same as ocean beaches but they are not, being mostly privately owned. during the past three months is an effort to arrive at some type of compromise which would be acceptable. It is impossible to satisfy every one, the board commented. The students, in the second item they brought to the schoo' Also on hand will be representatives of the State Parks l)epartment and Patrol Division of the State Fisheries Department. Questions which will be directed to the Park people, according to Harry W. Hays Jr., Lilliwaup, who is arranging the meeting, will concern marking public beaches. A major question to the Fisheries people will concern the jurisdiction of that department o~c~ oysters on pri'~ate land~ as far as the limit of the number of oysters in a person's possession is concerned. Sheriff John Robinson and Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan will also be at the meeting to answer questions from the tideland owners. Hays has been receiving written questions from those interested which will be put to the officials who are present. board, questioned why the method of selecting the class speakers for graduation this year had been changed in the student hand book without consulting the students. For the past 15 years, they said, the students had selected three speakers and the faculty one. This year, the regulations in the hand book had been changed to include the valedictorian, salutatorian, one speaker selected by the students and one selected by the faculty. They stated they had contacted Chet Dombroski, high school principal, and Louis Grinnell, superintendent, but had been unable to arrive at a solution as yet. Dombroski said he had contacted the salutatorian and the valedictorian, and asked if they wanted to speak. He stated one wanted to speak and one did not. Dombroski said he had suggested the students still be allowed to select three speakers and the faculty one, and that five speakers instead of four be used. It was suggested this proposal be taken before the student .~snate for approval. The board voted to call for bids on remedial reading material to be purchased with Title One federal funds and to call for bids on a 79-passenger diesel school bus. A 1971-72 school year calendar which would start school Sept. l and have it dismissed June 7 was approved. Southside School was evacuated and the students sent home about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday after a telephone bomb threat was received at the school. The Mason County Sheriff's Office searched the building but was unable to find anything, Sheriff John Robinson said. The call was received by a secretary at the school in which the caller stated a bomb was set to go off in the school in 10 minutes. The students were evacuated and taken to another area of the SChool grounds where they boarded buses to go home early. Robinson said investigation of the incident would continue. WENDY ERHART as Mrs. Lincoln pleads with her son, Robert, played by Mike Connolly to be freed from the insane asylum at Batavia, I11. in 1875, in this scene from "Mrs. Lincoln" by Thomas Cullinan which will be presented by the Shelton High Drama Department Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. in the Reed Auditorium.