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October 7, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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October 7, 1971

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ByJULi PRESTON cR 5.6ess " D00000000 These last weeks have seen many shares of family heartaches. Could the parents know how that exciting bubble bursts when young people leave the school bus, and a running freedom of the road is exercised? One car took to the ditch when this happiness took over and a student ran onto the highway after the bus had left. Damages, expense, and a lost pet resulted for the concerned driver. There is important news for the bike rider, pedal or motorized. You are requested to obey all the vehicular laws of the state, to stay on the right of the road in your lane of travel, and to ride on the SHOULDER of the road whenever possible or necessary. Lack of courtesy in observing the law is showing and could be a factor in a serious accident. Giving a ride to a person walking on the highway can often be a great assist - if the family is called and told of the place of arrival. Many anxious moments can be avoided if a phone call is made home regarding the safe arrival. This is also true for youngsters taste-testing the friendly, habit of visiting the neighbors. This can be a coffeebreak for mother IF she knows her young one is paying a call and not being a bother. Let's climb a bit higher on this soapbox. There are 15 more peppy youngsters catching the school bus at the Bear Creek intersection. With the Friday Night Gang still on a rampage against signs, the aU-important "stop" sign is often missing. A school bus sign placed there, as in other traffic areas, could be a warning to those drivers of logging and Christmas tree trucks, and even for the little old ladies in tenny runners. Congratulations to Blanche and Fay Caldwell on reaching that ever-loving fifty years of wedded bliss. To add to the festive planning of the golden day have been many phone calls, letters, cards, and even early visits. A stop was made by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burlingame of Chehalis before going on to Spokane and then south for the winter. A very special letter from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benson was enjoyed although these first friends of the O l d ' B el fair Highway will not be able to attend the festivities. (For those who remember the Bensons, their home is in the Grey Apartments on Fawcett Street near the downtown business district of Tacoma.) Mrs. Josephine DeForrest of Olympia is also among the best friends sending best wishes. This dates back to memories of the two families being shipmates in the navy. Mrs. Mary Kieszling has been staying at the home of her daughter while recovering from surgery, and is still undergoing treatment. She has been happy with the many calls, and also appreciates the many cards and letters. During this recovery period, it has been difficult for her to answer phone calls. However, Mary knows we are all thinking of her and wish her the very best. Our very best singing voice is showing in wishing a happy birthday to Mrs. Clara Schubert celebrating the octogenarian 85th year on October 1. With her love of cooking, it has been difficult for daughter Betty Leatherman to arrange a family dinrier for the special occasion. Invitations have been sent to Mrs. Virginia Greene, Dick and Phyllis Schubert, and grandchildren Mike and Susan, to gather for dinner at the home of Ken and Betty Leatherman on Sunday to honor the birthday. Mrs. Schubert had that special twinkle in her eye as she told of her mother living to be a hundred and of her own plans to do the same. If gambling were legal in this state, there would be many of us making bets that she is just the one to do so. The Union River Homemakers concluded a short business meeting with a potluck lunch and an auction. The fun event was held at the home of Mrs. Lee Serls with the auction as a means to raise money for operating expenses of the group for the coming year. Plans are to entertain another homemaker group at a luncheon. A selection of gifts to make were shown with one chosen that will be a secret until presented to the guests. Homemade bread, jellies, butter, and whip cream were featured along with the white FD|NNI$ ! elephant items for quick selling. R|A[ |$TAT| I This meeting was held later than . | the regular scheduled third | Specializing in I Waterfront and View I Wednesday of the month. Mrs. I Cedric Addy will be hostess for I Belfair Across From | the October meeting. ] CR 5-2254 Belfair State Park I Watch it! Mailboxes are disappearing like_ a snowball in COUPON SPECIAL BELFAIR ONLY DeLuxe BEEFY BURGERS -OR - $1O0 And copy of this Ad MILK SHAKES FOR July. The latest to "get lost" is the K. W. Spangler box. This box was mounted on a metal support inbedded in a wheel bracing, and estimated to weigh about 100 lbs. or more. It took a tremendous effort to lift and transport the whole thing, so this was no incident by a souvenir hunter. Then to add insult to injury, the next day a pickup truck stopped and took the two remaining cement blocks that had been a part of the base. When Mrs. Spangler called out to the two men loading the blocks, they just drove away - blocks and alL We do have a mystery, this is just one of a number of mailboxes taken recently Along The Old Belfair Highway. An unpredictable ladder turned and spilled Jim Rollins to the ground while he was picking prunes from the tree in his yard. Now the prunes left on the tree are on their own as he waits for the swelling to go down so a cast may be put on the injured ankle. Let's hope it is a hiking cast so the enjoyed hunting trips won't be cancelled. The Everett Motorcycle Club sponsored race for September was held at Mattawa this year. This small community just south of Vantage, Wash. was impressive with the influx of campers, trailers, bikes, and people. The two mile course of sand duneg and sagebrush was marked with small ribbons tied to the bushes. There were close to 1,000 entries lined up through the sand and sagebrush, side by side, for two miles. The starting signal was a smoke bomb visible on a nearby hill followed by a cannon shot that could be clearly heard. Following the source of the smoke gave entrance to the race course, with the 250 cc class to do 3 laps and the 125 cc class to do 2 laps. Each lap was for 35 miles. Six checkpoints were set up for a specified time lapse on each lap. Many were forced to drop out because of flat tires, backward falls riding the steep hills, and the 85 degree heat. Don Carstenson was one to complete the required 3 laps placing 68 in the over-all classes but 46th place in the trophy award in his class. His son Mark assisted as pit boy during the race. Harley Davis had completed about 60 of the required 70 miles and would have placed but for a flat tire putting him out of action. Chris Davis was hit by another bike as they came down a steep hill together. Chris was thrown with his bike landing on top of him. He was going on his second lap, and thinking he had missed one checkpoint, dropped out of the race. Bill Spangler was doing well but had to discontinue when told at his checkpoint that time would run out before the finish line would be reached. Others in the racing group were Bruce Christopherson, Mike Schubert, Dick Christopherson, and Roy Christopherson. Having a run of bad luck during the race were Bob Newsom with engine trouble, Lowell Daugherty at 1 laps when his cycle quit and A1 Saunders with one completed lap when his cycle motor froze. There was only one casualty during the big race and that was caused by poor visibility from the dust and sand of the rough desert course. ! For Delivery i Seattle Frees Phone CR 5-2402 | ........ Ervin Furchert Dace 8 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - October 7, 1971 Jeff Allen returned two weeks ago from his nationwide travels. He put a good many miles on his VW taking in the sights from here to the East Coast where he traveled from Niagara Falls, New York to Savannah, Georgia. Traveling through Boston, Mass. with a hitch-hiker he'd picked up, Jeff learned that he was driving through one of the most dangerous parts of the city, the Rocksbury District. The hitch-hiker lived there so he left Jeff to figure out how to get out of the area by himself, but he advised him to lock the doors and not to stop for anyone else! Jeff spent a little more time in the city to visit the Harvard Square. Then he headed for Buzzard Bay to visit relatives for a week. With another hitch-hiker who had been traveling around the country for several years, Jeff made it through the rush hour traffic of New York City taking a long slow six hours to do it! He stayed overnight and got up early the next morning and took the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty. Jeff toured Washington D.C. before going to Atlantic City, New Jersey which turned out to be his favorite city of all that he'd visited. This is the city of the famous Board Walk and Jeff made it there on the last day of the summer season when all of the quaint little shops along the walk were having end of the season sales. The most beautiful state Jeff traveled through was Tennessee with the Blue Ridge Mountains. He recommends this area for people who prefer to travel for scenic pleasure. According to Jeff the most difficult part of traveling in the East was getting caught on a rotary which is where the freeway forms a circle with a lot of exits leading off of the circle. One can go around and around for hours trying to locate and decide on the right exit ! After meeting a lot of people and seeing a lot of country and getting a little low on funds, Jeff gave his former employer in Seattle a call and got his old job back. So he high-tailed it home driving through sun, rain and snow in five days. That's a lot of driving! Well, when Jeff is a grandpa and his grandson is sitting on his knee the story will begin, "when l was a youngun' back in 1971..." Mrs. Butch Holm is the lady in charge of the Harvest Festival Bazaar sponsored by the Belfair Community Baptist Church: Ladies who have a bit of talent in the area of sewing or arts and crafts are invited to contribute some of their projects for sale at the Bazaar to be held Saturday, November 13th. The Belfair Youth Center is in need of a name before it opens in about a month. Any suggestions are welcome and can be sent or given to Rev. Harder. Harvest Bazaar set for November 13 at church The annual Harvest Bazaar, sponsored by the American Baptist Women of the Belfair Community Baptist Church, will be held November 13, it was announced last week by Mrs. Ivan Holm, chairman of the event this year. Local residents are urged to set aside this date to visit the church and browse among the many items for sale to do some early Christmas shopping. Gift items for all occasions will be available. Along with the regular booths SWIMMING CLASSES Evening and Saturday swimming lessons at the Peninsula Swimming Pool began Tuesday, October 51 All levels of swimming are being offered. For further information and registration, please call the Peninsula Pool, at 857-2119. offering unique items for sale will be holiday foods, to enjoy immediately or take home to freeze until the busy holiday season. A snack bar will be operating all day long. Announcement of Committee Chairmen will be made soon. BELFAIR FIRE AUX. The October meeting of the Belfair Fire Department Aux. will be held October 6 at the home of President Nellie DeMiero. Plans for an upcoming fund raising dinner will be talked over, so all members are urged to attend. NEEDED Women Volunteers For Girl Scout Program CR 5-6259 ~_~_- - --.-.-_-.-..--.-._.-..._... For a "like new again" exterior of Mobile Homes Campers Travel Trailers Also Engine Steam Cleaning 7 Days a Week 6:30 a.m. -- 10 p.m. ~~~~~~~u~ By LOU DONNELL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~l~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~r Today's column is sympathetically dedicated to all Herald readers who read last week's paper which mistakenly announced opening day of hunting as being last Sunday and are now sitting in jail after being arrested for shooting a deer out of season. Next time someone says his neighbor told him something is going to happen on a certain date, I'll double-check with the proper authorities before takin~ his word for it. Meanwhile, if you need some reading material to keep you busy while locked behind bars, let me know and I'll see that a copy of the paper is sent to you each week. Lennia Cates, my Tahuya correspondent, was the first to call and point out the mistake. She had double-checked with her printed schedule of opening day events and made sure it was supposed to be October 16 before she called. So I believed her. It spoiled my whole day. I started worrying about what would happen if someone got mixed up on the date because of what he'd read in the paper and went out last Sunday looking for a deer. In trying to cheer me up when I expressed my concern to Marie Korski at the coffee shop she pointed out that at least the Herald had scooped all the other papers in the State by being the first to announce that opening day of hunting was "next Sunday." Which is one way to look at it, I guess. Wouldn't you know that Wildlife Agent Armon Koeneman would be in the local Sheriff's office talking to dispatcher Onie Sande and detective Mike Snyder when I went in on Friday morning to get the news? Almost simultaneously as I opened the door, the three chanted "Oh boy, are YOU in trouble!" "What happens if someone read the date in the paper and goes hunting next Sunday?" I asked Koeneman. "We'll arrest him," he replied matter-of-factly. If it's any consolation to those of you confined to a cell in the Mason County Jail, I did try to help out by asking "Would it help any if they could prove they were subscribers to the Huckleberry Herald?" He didn't think that would carry too much weight with the judge. So now I'm faced with a "long, hot weekend" hoping that when I check into the Sheriff's office on Monday there will be no news of the arrest of anyone for jumping the gun on hunting season. If anyone does go out, I will be praying that his luck is all bad and he doesn't even see a deer all day. For those who didn't make it out last weekend but were planning to go hunting this next weekend, DON'T. GENERAL BUCK SEASON IN MASON COUNTY 1S OCTOBER 16 to 30 AND NOVEMBER 10 to 14. It says so, in black and white, right here on a pamphlet issued by the Game Department, which Ernie Aries of Belfair Hardware delivered in person a few minutes ago. He and his brother, Harold, have been busy the past two days answering the phone calls made by persons double-checking the correct date, so they've kept a few readers from going out early. One small bright side to the picture for those arrested is the fact that the jail, I understand, is one of the main recipients of confiscated deer so there's a good chance you'll get to enjoy a few of those venison steaks from YOUR deer before your release. Local man to appear at October 14 PTA meeting Residents of the North Mason area will have a chance to meet the candidates of the local taxing districts who are running for election on the November 2 ballot at this month's regular PTA meeting. All voters are invited to attend, whether they have children in school or not. Invitations have been sent to candidates and to a representative of Fire District 5 which has a special levy on the ballot. One of the three School Board positions up for election is being contested by three candidates, four persons are running for the three positions as commissioner of Belfair Cemetery district. Of special interest to residents of Tahuya is re-establishment of the Tahuya Port district. Two men are running for each of the two commission posts open for the Allyn Port district. A spokesman for the PTA says she hopes the meeting has a good turnout, for although these are all local issues, they are important to people in this area. Date of the meeting is Thursday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., in the multi-purpose room of the new elementary school in Belfair. SPAGHETTI DINNER The annual PTA-sponsored Spaghetti dinner will be held in the high school cafetorium on October 22. Tickets will be sold by students in the sixth grade. Funds will go toward support of the North Mason PTA. Section of the Shelton- Mason County Journal Thursday, October 7, 1971 LES RICE of Grapeview looks at some of the concrete slabs dumped by the County on his property adjacent to the approach to the Stretch Island bridge. He calls it garbage but says the County calls it rip-rap. He and the County disagree on other points, as well, which is holding up plans for replacement of the bridge. el up "There are two sides to every question," the old saying goes, and when it comes to the delay in acquiring the needed right-of-way for the roadway approaching the Stretch Island Bridge before the bridge can be rebuilt, there definitely are two sides to "the question." One side is held by property-owner Les Rice of Grapeview; the other side by the County Engineer's office, whose offer for purchase of additional footage along the. present roadway to bring the right-of-way to sixty feet has been rejected by Rice. To acquire federal aid in the road-widening and bridge-rebuilding project, the County must own sixty feet of right-of-way. Rice gives as his reason for rejecting the County's offer the facts that the price offered is- unreasonably low and that the County's plan is taking up too much of his property for such a little job, leaving him with a small piece of waterfront south of the bridge too small to do anything with. According to Rice's figuring, the offer made by the County of $615 for 80 feet of prime waterfront values it at $20 a foot. He says he paid $25 a foot for the property in 1944 and his taxes have gone up 4000 per cent since then so he knows the County Assessor's office isn't placing the value so low. Jim Lynch of the County Engineer's office, who has been doing most of the negotiating with Rice, explains the controversy as a difference of opinion between Rice and the County over who owns the land presently being used by the road and bridge approach. According to the Islan ri ge open,on County, it acquired the beach property on which the bridge rests from the State many years ago and has a deed proving ownership of the sixty-foot width of waterfront. He admitted the County had no deed for the road running through Rice's property but that statutes covering usage for so many years gives the County ownership without buying it from Rice. So th~ County's offer, according to Lynch, is not for waterfront property, since they maintain they already own the sixty feet they need at the beach; the offer covers only the ten feet along each side of the present road to give them the needed pro rence sixty foot right-of-way, except for a small section of the road near the Grapeview intersection where they are offering to buy an extra ten feet because otherwise it would leave Rice with a piece of property only ten feet wide which would be useless to him. Rice, however, says he has a deed proving ownership of the entire waterfront property, including the sixty feet tb- County says it already owns. '.: says the sixty feet were turned over to the county at one time before he bought the land but that the county returned the deed to the previous property owner according to papers he has. (Please turn to page 4) heart attar Richard W. King, 65, of DeWatto, was found dead in the woods near Cady Lake on October 2, the victim of an apparent heart attack. He had been missing overnight after having left his home about 2:30 p.m. the previous afternoon to pick up some bark. When he was found, by his wife and Robert Lawrence of Tahuya, early the next morning, he was near his pickup truck which was half-filed with bark. Neighbors of the Kings had searched until midnight October 1 after being called by Mrs. King that her husband had not returned. The Belfair Sheriff's office was notified early the morning of October 2 and when a deputy arrived in DeWatto around 8 a.m. he learned that the body had been found. The body was taken to Shelton by Batstone Funeral Home. Memorial services were scheduled to be held Wednesday morning, October 6, at St. Nicholas Episcopalian Church in Tahuya with Father Donald Maddux officiating. Mr. King, a rancher, had moved to the DeWatto area in 1936 where he had been a long-time Port Commissioner. He was born in Topeka, Kansas on April 24, 1906. Survivors include his wife, Anne, of the family home and a brother, Jack King, of Concord, Calif. The family suggests donations to St. Nicholas Church or the Heart Fund in lieu of flowers.