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August 12, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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August 12, 1971

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namite blast claimed Co. the Camp anson, 25, ~. lie was at St. IPia where route to a o Mason the ~ergency sported way. said as ermined, amite in tilled in ~s.truction ve Went [cial said .Years of Work Past. Operator. :! ; i : TIME OUT TO REST and partake of a luncheon, served on the patio by Mrs. Fred McFeely, afforded men from the Mason County Sheriff's department a chance to discuss the search operation for missing boater Richard Seeger. Sgt. Jim Sisson, in uniform, was in charge of the investigation. Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 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. 4 Sections -- 28 Pages l 0 Cents Per Copy ill There is no indication as to what might have caused the fatal blast, the Simpson official said. There were no caps in the dynamite, he said. Mr. ttanson was born Jan. 3, 1946 in Shelton. lie had lived in this area all of his life, and was a U. S. Navy veteran of service in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Carol, a son, Erik and a daughter, Paula, at the family home; his mother, Mrs. Alice Spaulding, lloodsport, and two brothers, Fred, Shelton, and Mark, serving with the U. S. Navy in Connecticutt. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Batstone Funeral home with Rev. William Andrews officiating. Burial will be in Shelton Memorial Park. A one-year-old Matlock area boy, Richard Walker, died in a fire which swept the family home in the early morning hours Friday. He was the son'of Mr. and Mrs. l)an Walker, Rt. 1, Box 133 Elm], The family home was located on the Matlock-Brady Road. The Mason County Sheriff's Office received the call about the fire at 5:24 a.m. Friday. The Matlock Fire Department answered the call to the fire which did extensive damage to the home. Mason County Coronor Byron McClanahan said investigation by his office and the State Fire Marshall's Office had concluded the blaze started in a closet in the bedroom where the child was sleeping. The fire was probably caused by an electrical short, the investigation indicated, McClanahan said. The boy died from the heat and suffocation. Survivors include his parents, one brother, David, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walker, Matlock, and Mr. and Mrs. Neal David, Tacoma. ~ii:i ~ : i,;( ..... I'ER registered 100 degrees at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday when attempted to fry an egg on the street at the corner of 3rd After ten minutes on the well-buttered concrete, the egg had slightly coagulate. "A person who likes 'em sunny-side-up could eaten it," Bariekman maintained. The architect for the new Shelton High School was instructed by the School Board at its meeting Tuesday night to go ahead with final plans for the grandstand and athletic facilities at the new facility in preparation for calling for bids on this part ahead of the rest of the school complex. The architect stated he would try to have plans for that part of the structure completed within a couple of months or so and that bids could then be let and construction started as soon as weather permits in the spring. The board stated the state does not provide matching money for this part of the building complex, and, therefore, it does not have to wait for state approval before it can be constructed. The rest of the facility, on which state matching money is anticipated, must be approved by the state after final plans are completed and state money allocated for it. The architect recommended that gas heating be used in the swimming pool and field house and electric heat pumps on the rest of the buildings. The recommendation was accepted by the school board. The Mason County Sheriff's Office continued its efforts Wednesday to recover the body of Richard Seeger, 28, 6313 Military Rd. E., Puyallup, who fell into Case Inlet in the Allyn area after a boating accident Sunday evening. Dragging operations were started Wednesday after divers who had been down Monday and Tuesday were unable to turn up any trace of the body. Mason County Sheriff's divers were assisted by divers from Kitsap County in the search. The sheriff's office said Tuesday the divers were working in murky water from 30 to 50 feet off shore in the efforts Io find the missing man. Barges. loaned by the Keyport Oyster Co. were being used to dive from. Sheriff's officers were laotified of the accident about 8 p.m. Monday and divers started searching for Seeger that evening, quitting when it became dark. They resumed their efforts Monday morning and were out again Tuesday, Seeger and Robert ltarmon, Tacoma, were ill the boat in Case Inlet when it was struck fiom behind by another hoar, causing it to flip over. Seeger disappeared after being dumped into the waler and was not found. tlarmon got out of the water. Two teenagers, who were passengers in the boat which struck the Seeger boat, were injured in the accident. Dale Van Slyke, 16, sol] c)l" Mr. and Mrs. llarmon Van Slyke, suffered cuts on the backs of his legs. l)iann Wright, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wright, suffered a deep cut on her arm. The operator of the boat was not injured. The Wrights took the two teenagers to Mary Bridges ttospital m ]acoma for treatment. Mrs. Wright told a reporter Dale had kept hold of Diann all the while they were in the water or she would have drowned. None of the three were wearing life belts. The search for the body was being directed by Sgt. James Sisson of the Mason ('ounty Sheriff's Office. Limit A: A delegation of residents of Benson Lake appeared at the Mason County Commission meeting Monday morning to ask that an eight mile an hour speed limit be placed on the lake to eliminate water skiing. The lake is too small and not properly shaped to permit water skiing without creating a hazard to swimmers and other boaters, the group contended. The commissmners said the county boating ordinance was being reviewed with the intent to up date it, but, that it was not completed as yet. The con]missioners stated if incidents which were described by the lake shore residents were true, the skiiers responsible were probably in violation of the existing ordinance. ven The architect also asked permission to lower the pitch on the roofs of the buildings in order to reduce the unused attic space. This permission was granted also, although, it will rule out the use of wood shakes on the roofs. The board, on the recommendation of Supt. Louis Grinnell, voted to hire Mary Velesky as an elementary librarian and George Shramm as a social studies teacher at Garrett Heyns High School. Bids were opened on dairy products and bakery products for the school hot lunch program and for fuel oil for heating. The board voted to accept the only bid on the dairy products, that of Darigold, and voted to direct the administration to accept the lowest bid on bakery products. One of the three companies bidding did not bid on all of the products listed in the bid call. This firm had the lowest bid on the main items used, and if the other products are not used or used only in small quantities, it will be awarded the bid. Olympia Oil and Wood and Aeme Fuel, Olympia, were each awarded the contract on one type of fuel oil, the one on which it was low bidder. READY TO RESUME their underwater search for the body of Richard Seeger after a break for lunch on Monday are Detective Mike Snyder and Deputy Jack Hauge of the Belfair Sheriff's substation. INSPECTING THE REAR-END damage of the Harmon boat, which was pulled to shore on to the McFeely property, were Troy and Todd Hauge and Buzz McFeely. WAITING FOR NEWS that his friend's body had been found was Bob Harmon, driver of the boat from which Richard Seeger was lost.