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September 16, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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Seney's journey took him across Washington, Idaho, and Montana to North Dakota, from which state he rode into Canada. He next went south across both North and South Dakota and on through Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and back through Washington. "Each horse went through about 14 sets of shoes, Seney stated. "A set won't last more than 30 days on the road, but I stayed over in several places for two' or three weeks at a time." He shoes his own horses, cooks his own food, and chooses his camp sites with an eye for pasture and water, allowing his geldings to graze at night. 'il eat an occasional meal in a .. ° Five Size nnexa ion The original Fire District Five was in the Allyn and Victor areas and had expanded to include the Mason and Benson Lake areas and last year the area including Lake Limerick was annexed to the area by petition of the voters there• Commissioners of District Five said this week they plan to An anonymous bomb scare telephone call emptied North Mason High School shortly after noon Monday, according to Deputy Marvin Snyder. The call was received at the Belfair Sheriff's Substation. The caller said a bomb had been planted in the school and was going to explode. School authorities were notified and the school evacuated. The Belfair and Allyn Fire Departments were called and authorities and teachers made a search of the school and gymnasium but found nothing. Snyder asked that anyone having information which might be of use in tracing the caller contact the Sheriff's Office at Belfair or Shelton. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation of the incident, Snyder said. ask for a one-year special levy to raise $160,000 to purchase trucks and additional equipment for the entire district. Voters in the newly-annexed area will vote on the proposed special levy along with voters in the old district. Commissioners said they chose the one-year special levy method of raising money rather than a bond issue to eliminate the need for paying interest. All of the money collected can go toward improving fire protection in the entire district. The commissioners said they anticipated a fire truck at Timberlakes will be turned over to the district. At the present time, it is not equipped with hoses and other necessary equipment. Part of the funds raised by the special levy would be used to PUt this truck into use. Money from the proposed special levy will be collected with 1973 taxes, and by that time, the newly-annexed area will be paying taxes into the district. The Lake Limerick area, which was annexed earlier, will pay taxes to the district in 1972. The county commission, on the recommendation of the commissioners from Fire District Five, agreed the resolution for the annexation would include a provision that the newly annexed area would pay its proportionate share of the present bonded indebtedness of the district. restaurant, ne aamlttea, "'and 1 call home often". In 1966 his wife accompanied him on a ride along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to the Columbia River, but she now prefers to keep the home fires burning. From 1929 until 1942 Seney served in the Cavalry, and his trip was planned to include visits to men with whom he had soldiered. "! was graduated in 1939 from the Cavalry School in Fort Riley, Kansas," Bob Seney reminisced; "I had spent four years there and it was a real 'sentimental journey' for me to ride into those old corrals and to see once again those old stables and stone buildings." Many of the structures in Fort Riley, now a museum, were built in 1873. They cannot, by law, be altered or destroyed• Throughout the midwest Seney enjoyed meetings with old-time farmers, horsemen in their day, who once tilled their fields with teams. Along the Mexican border he met ranchers including a 91-year-old man, still riding, who once broke horses for J ohn Slaughter, mayor of Tombstone. In Tombstone he became friends with Nino Cochise, grandson of the famous Apache, Chief Cochise. "I've met hundreds of people," he declared, "and they've been one hundred per cent friendly - interested, curious, helpful, and very, very nice." For many years Bob Seney, now 60, taught riding, and he was a trainer of hunters and jumpers. "I wonder how many Shelton people know," he mused, "that in 1912 a group of Shelton loggers began the longest trail ride in history visiting every state in the Union and exhibiting their horses m the San~Francisco World Fair." Seney, exposed to all kinds of weather, hasn't had a day of sickness• In the mountains of California near Arrowhead and Big Bear Lakes and through the area south of them he took his worst beating from the elements, encountering three snow storms. After leaving Big Bear in May his rain-suit was required only once until he reached Washington. 'Tll be glad to get home," he smiled, "but in a few months I'll get restless and start planning another trip." George Albert Braedlein Jr., 44, 1115 Park Ave., Bremerton, apparently fell from his boat and drowned, the Mason County Sheriff's Office reported. His body was found in Hood Canal Friday morning after being spotted by a clam digger who reported it to the Sheriff's Office. Kim Wilson, Seattle, spotted the body on the beach and called officers to the scene. Sgt. Dan McNair and Deputies C. R. Mustain and M. D. Snyder from the Mason County Sheriff's Office recovered the body in about six feet of water. Investigation indicates Braedlein fell from his boat in the vicinity of Belfair State Park some time Thursday evening, officers said. He had been staying alone in a cabin on the North Shore owned by his parents. His boat with someone in it was seen by some people in Belfair State Park Thursday evening. Friday morning, the boat was found on the beach by the park by Park Ranger Ben Hemstreet, who reported it to the Sheriff's Office. Officers were unable to trace the owner of the boat since there were no numbers on it. They had no reports or: anyone missing at the time the boat was found. Officers concluded Braedlein fell from the boat while he was operating it in the canal Thursday evening and the boat drifted ashore. His parents told officers they had come to the cabin Friday, but, finding the boat and their son not there had concluded he had gone fishing. Thursday, Sept. 16, 1971 Pub~ishedinShe~t~n'Wa~Enterec~assec~nd~~assrnatteratthep~st~~~i~eatShe~t~n°wa~98584~ 24 Pages--3 Sections 85th Year -- Number 37 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. 10 Cents Per Copy iF Fil" Contests for positions on the Allyn Port Commission, Pioneer School Board, North Mason School Board and Hood Canal School Board have developed as filings enter their final week. Filings for school, port, fire, cemetary, water and hospital districts close at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the County Auditor's Office. Contests have developed for both of the positions which are open on the Allyn Port Commission this year. Harold Hillman, P. O. Box 3, Allyn, is opposed in his bid for election to a four-year unexpired term in the position to which he was appointed• His opponent is Delmer Griffey, P. O. Box 72, Allyn. Roy Mitchell, St. Rt. 2, Box 285, Belfair, is opposed in his bid for re-election by Leo Livingston, St. Rt. 2, Box 310, Belfair. On the Pioneer School Board, Geraldine C. Brooks Rt. 2, Box 183, is opposed in her bid for re-election by Carole Meacham, Rt. 2, Box 188. For the other Pioneer Board position, John Cook, Rt. 2, Box 679, is opposed in his bid for re-election by Reid Mitchell, Rt. 4, Box 140. Three candidates have filed for one position on the North Mason School Board. Opposing incumbent Kenneth Leatherman, St. Rt. 2, Box 669, Bremerton, in his bid for re-election are Anthony Hannan, St. Rt. 2, Box 737, Bremerton and J. E. "Gene" Foster, P. O. Box 63, Belfair. As of Wednesday noon, the only candidate filing for the Director District 4 position was Carol Wentlandt, St. Rt. 1, Box 254, Belfair. There had been no filing for the Director District One position. In the Hood Canal School District, Wilbur J. Bolender, Rt. 5, Box 443, is opposed in his bid for re-election by Charlotte Celestine, St. Rt. 1, Box 210, Hoodsport, Unopposed for re-election were Charles Linder, Rt. 5, Box 265, and John Hawk, Rt. 5, Box 443. Other filings include Alice Pope, P. O. Box 257, Belfair; William DeMiero, P. O. Box 175, Belfair, and Homer Stewart, Rt. 2, Box 446, Belfair, incumbent Belfair Cemetery District Commissioners seeking re-election. Phillip Hardie, St. Rt. 1, Box 84, Grapeview, Grapeview School Baord, incumbent. Stuart Marks, Rt. 1, Box 99, Grapeview, Grapeview School Board. Paul Sharpe, St. RL 2, Box 704, Bremerton, Belfair Fire District, incumbent• Carl Emsley, Rt. 3, Box 71, Shelton, Arcadia Fire District, incumbent. Edward Bartolat, Rt. 1, Box 10, • Grapeview, Grapeview Fire District, incumbent. Beulah Muller, Rt. 1, Box 298, Elma, Mary M. Knight School District. Randall Morris. Rt. 1, Box 201A, Lima; Clifford Harto, Rt. 1, Box 174, Lima, and Thomas Crawford, Rt. 1, Box 201B, Lima, Cloquallum Fire District. Charles Swenson, 2224 Walker Park Rd., Southside School District incumbent. Lawrence Hanson, Rt. 10, Box 290, Matlock Fire District. Bruce Whitman, Rt. 1, Box 28A, Belfair, Belfair Water District. W. Lee Hunter, Rt. 10, Box 265, Mary, M. Knight School District. Ray Schwietering, Shelton Springs Rd., Fire District 11, incumbent. Henry Bruemmer Jr., St. Rt. 1, Box 460, Bremerton, Port of DeWatto. Edward Nolden, Rt. 5, Box 220, Skokomish Fire District. Charles Kovacl