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October 14, 1971

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IT WAS A MAD, MAD sailboat race held on Tiger Lake Sunday, October 3, according to the account in the Old Belfair Highway column. Busy at the event were the above North Mason School students. Back row, left to right, Mike Amacher, a sponsor; Shirley Taylor, Queen for the day; and Kevin Turner, the other sponsor. Kneeling in front are the winners of the racing event, with the trophy they will have to share because they tied for first. place, Vanessa Hoppe and Rick Anderson. Kathy Washburn practiced the old saying of "try, try again" by taking a spill when water was spilled on the floor at Grandmother Bland's, and then taking another spill the next day while riding her bicycle on a steep hill near home. As these things go, the next happening for Kathy was a cast on the arm for a green stick fracture. A bouquet of roses, a special dinner, and a happy birthday wish were carried by Mrs. Bettie Dimmen and her niece, Mrs. Caroline McAmis in a surprise visit to Mrs. Caroline Ghidossi for her 85th birthday. Joining in the surprise visit to Nevada City was 6-weeks old Bradley McAmis. Seeing the baby for the first time was the gift Mrs. Ghidossi enjoyed. The visitors drove along with beautiful weather for what was planned as a one week stay but extended into several more for a visit with all of the Dimmen relatives and friends in Fresno. Mrs. McAmis also saw her twin sister in Long Beach. In a trip to the Los Angeles County Fair, Bradley's Uncle Sam won him a huge Snoopy dog. The dog, plus the many souvenirs and ceramics purchased along the way, made it necessary to put a carrier on top of the car when they ran out of room. This was a great trip for doing just what was fun. The trip home was made by way of Nevada. A hint to those using the obstinate green tomatoes that refused to ripen: slice or chop the tomatoes for desired use, scald with boiling water, drain off the liquid. Do this three times to remove the bitter tang. A green tomato vegetable stew dish can be made by cooking one sliced onion in 3 tbsp. of margarine for three minutes; do not brown. Add 4 large greeen tomatoes sliced, 4 green peppers sliced or diced. Cover, cook slowly stirring until the peppers are tender (about 20 minutes). Salt and pepper to taste. Sunday's wish is for a Happy Anniversary, Lester and Wilma Just. Dinner at the home of mother and dad, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilbur, was the birthday celebration for Mrs. Mary Paschke. Have a happy birthday, Mary. This isn't late, it's just an early wish for the next time around. The two days of beautiful scenery, viewing historical sight markers, and the 9,000 to 12,000 ft. mountain passes were appreciated by Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Dewey while driving by way of Salt Lake City to Aurora, Colorado. Eight days were spent meeting the three grandchildren, with the youngest born last July to Mr. and Mrs. John Dewey. John is working for Western Electric as a computer specialist. Tours were made through the capital city, museums, and the home of the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" now being restored. While viewing coins at the federal mint, they purchased a Ben Franklin silver half dollar as a souvenir. The return home to Mission Lake took four days of travel by way of Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone Park. Their arrival was in time to welcome their son Tom home from Korea. After a visit, Tom will report for duty at Fort Knox. A fun event was held Sunday, October 3. That was the first annual (and hopefully not the last) Tiger Lake Releasing of the Kevin Turner-Mike Amacher Tiger Lake Sailboat Race. Queen Shirley Taylor, with her court of Kathy Baldy and Princess Elaine Robinson, presided over the racing event and the presentation of a perpetual trophy to the winners. As there was a tie for first place, and only one trophy, the winners, Vanessa Hoppe and Rick Anderson, will share the joint award ona monthly basis. Page 4 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - October 14, 1971 B~/ F~,ob Ma~ After trailing practically the entire game, the Sequim Wolves took advantage of two costly North Mason errors to post an 18-16 win last Friday night on the North Mason field. Leading 16-6 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs had a handoff in their own backfield stolen by Bob Sparks, who proceeded to take it 35 yards into the endzone to make the score 16-12. After the following kickoff, the Bulldogs fumbled in their first series of downs to give the Wolves the ball on North Mason's 35 yard line. Sequim scored again with only 1:30 left in the game, not enough time for the Bulldogs to score again. A fumble early in the first quarter caused Sequim's opening touchdown, a 1 yard dive by wingback Dickinson. The extra point was blocked to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Wolves. But the Bulldogs came right back as Jeff Werdall fell on a Sequlm fumble on his own two yard line. Quarterback Bruce Landram tied the score at 6-6, and then ran the extra point try over the goal line himself to put the Bulldogs in a lead they wouldn't give up until the last minute of the game. Landram also scored North Mason's other tOuchdown, on a 7 yard end sweep in the third quarter. He passed to Rick Krueger for the two-point conversion. Earl Sande was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs as he gained 25 yards, followed by Don Havens who collected 15. The Bulldogs completed three passes for 28 yards, to make their total offense of 88 yards, compared to 136 for the Wolves. Next week the Bulldogs travel to Forks, to play the Spartans who were demolished by the Bainbridge Spartans 35-12. The game will be played on Thursday night because of no school on Friday for North Mason students. League Results Sequim 18, North Mason 16 Bainbridge 35, Forks 12 Vashon 13, Lakeside 13 Port Townsend 29, Chimacum 0 VANDALISM Vandalism at a logging show on Razor Road was reported to the local Sheriff's office Oct. 8. A log skidder was reported run aground with a blade broken and damage to the machinery. A fire extinguisher and wrenches were missing from the site. EMERGENCY TRAINING Eleven members of Belfair's search and rescue group, the Pack Rats, attended a one-day class at Gray Field, Fort Lewis, to learn helicopter emergency evacuation procedure. The class, held on a recent Saturday, was sponsored by Civil Defense. CITY: where works of man are clustered close around, and works of God are hardly to be found. William Cowper he got wet in a sinking situation. The rescue team and referees, Dave and Jeff Dimmen, were kept busy with the strong prevailing wind on the lake. Steve Davies of the Tiger Lake Yacht Club set a record in having his boat sink twice during the race, but with the help of the rescue boat, was able to finish the race in third place. Adding a tropical island aspect to the race was the entry by Mike Campbell of a canoe converted to an outrigger, complete with a sail. The boats in the winner's circle were the "Luv Bug" with captain Vanessa Hoppe and first mate, Sheila Cory for the North Shore Yacht Racing Association. The other winner was captain Rick Anderson and first mate, David Turner in the "Electrophus" for the Lakeland Village Racers. "Miss Zappa" representing the South Shore Sinking Society with captain Paul Wing and first mate Mike Amacher, became a casualty early in the race when the anxious crew damaged the sail and had to use a bed sheet as a Substitute. Other entries were "Nuptial Nardsac," Mark Harder, Captain and Mike Van Buskirk, first mate, Belfair Yacht Club; "Mach 5" of the Tiger Lake Racing Club with the crew of Kevin Turner and Scott Butler; "Slide Arrow", a North Shore Yacht Racing Association entry with captain Diane Shirk and first mate Mike Shirk. About 40 guests were at the Turner home for the race and a potluck lunch featuring pizzas, hot dogs, and live music. Driver's sympathy is given to those eating the dust as the road is being improved with deeper and wider ditches. It is almost a possibility that the road crew will soon strike oil or an old Indian burial ground. The use of the shoulder of the road for emergencies may be a thing of the past as there isn't much left. Well, if you have a balky car or a tired horse, you can just push either one into those deep, deep ditches and no one will ever know about it. CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for the sympathy, kindness and assistance,also the beautiful floral offerings given us during the loss of our loved one. The Family of Della Albert -- A _ _ i == - -- , ,, !,! STORE Union Oil REG. GAS 35.9 PREM. 39.9 Open 10 to 10 Daily (Mon. 10 - 6) _ _ _ when a canning kettle of boiling water spilled on her. Mike Morgan is on crutches because of a severe cut on his foot. Jimmy Hill broke his arm and Steve Speer broke two fingers the same day. The busiest gal in town, Pattie Pettitt, has been really slowed down by trouble with her back. Ed Okonek is on his way to Pullman to be the guest of his son Les for Dad's weekend at Washington State University. Mr. Don Query has returned from a hunting trip to Cody, Wy. and brought back an antelope. Russ Wells will be home from his annual hunting trip when you read this and I will have the results of his trip in the next issue. Fred Lutz drove the school bus whild Russ was gone. Speaking of wild game, we had some delicious bear chops for dinner the other night but my timing was bad for just as I served dinner, "Gentle Ben" was on T.V. Nancy and A1 Meyer and children have returned from a fall vacation in New York, back to their little farm - chickens, anyone?... The Sarah Eckert Guild will hold its regular meeting 11 a.m. October 21 at the Grapeview Firehall. Members should bring a sandwich. This is a work party and final plans will be made for the Country Store which will be held November 6. This event is always looked forward to for the delicious baked goods, plants, snack bar and gift items. November 2 is the date to remember to vote for the school board vacancy, Port commissioner and fire commissioners. Shelton High School's Drama Department will present "The Little Princess" and "Jack and the Bean Stalk" at the Reed Auditorium of Shelton High School October 14 at 7:30 p.m. The admission will be 25 cents. Nancy Ewart and Kim Nicklaus are in the cast of "The Little The Grapeview School Mother's Club held its first meeting of the school year October 6 in the school lunchroom with its new president, Sue Fulmer, presiding. There was a record number of sixteen members present. Plans were made for the Community Halloween Party which will be held Saturday evening, October 30th, at seven o'clock. All pre-school children are invited to dress up in a costume and try for a prize. There will be a parade to show the outfits and a prize will be given the winner of each room as well as the pre-schoolers. Games and refreshments will add to the fun. lone Wood and Brenda Surprenant are co-chairmen and will need a lot of help for this one. If you would like to help please call Mrs. Wood at 426-2363 to offer help or cookies. The monthly birthday party was held in the three rooms of the Grapeview School last week and the birthday children were; Kathleen Russell and Sheila G azlay in Mrs. Olson's room, Sheri Pearson in Mrs. Watson's room and Mr. Zehe's big room birthday children were Vincent Pettitt, Jim Marks, Chris Read, and Brian Hardie. Mr. Zehe announced there are 63 children in the school now. We also had the word of a new addition which will be started right away and will be built adjoining the play she& A school office and storage room is planned and a multi-purpose room will be for record storage, health services, school library and a place for the school board to meet. Plans call for the new addition to be completed in December. Melba Hanson is back at her job as the school cook and Louise Okonek is assistant for the year. We extend our sincere sympathy to Fred Van Horn and family, his mother passed away in California last Sunday. Services Princess". were held in Washington on There will be no school Wednesday. October 15. This is for the With the start of school came teachers' professional statewide a rash of injuries and illnesses, conference. October 25 will also Margaret Kochansky suffered be a school holiday to celebrate second degree burns on her legs Veteran's Day. D & G TREE SERVICE TOPPED, TRIMMED OR REMOVED FULLY INSURED Griffey CR S-2117 Lou Dobbs TR 6-4783 BELFAIR SERVICES SEPTIC TANKS -- DRAIN FIELDS TOP SOIL -- SAND -- GRAVEL -- FILL DIRT INSURED -- LICENSED FRANK DeMIERO CR 5-6155 Belfair, Wash. l-x_e's xaot tile o%6est ~e~idertt o~ the ge~fakr area but Oscar Michelson is the oldest resident who was born and raised in this area and he has seen a lot of changes since his birth June 28, 1903 on the family homestead in the present-day Camp Oak Patch site. In 1880 his grar~dfather had come to this area, then known as Clifton, and was convinced this was where his family's future lay; so in 1890 his wife, their married sons and their wives came to Hood Canal to join him. Michelson relates that he was told it was a rainy day when the newcomers arrived and that his mother's first look at her new home caused her to burst into tears. She had come from a well-to-do Norwegian home and the small log cabin with muddy dirt floor on property her husband had bought near the present-day cemetery on Sandhill Road was a big dissappointment after the long trip. But her pioneer spirit-- prevailed and Michelson's parents sold that property, homesteaded 160 acres on a 40-acre marsh in Camp Oak Patch area and became farmers. She delivered her children without aid from a doctor and even learned to serve as a midwife for other women in the isolated area. Michelson recalls early day mail delivery as either coming by horse and buggy over an old road from Port Orchard or by launch from Union City, where it was delivered from Seattle. He said the few residents of waterfront lots had their own docks because they depended on the water for their transportation. His earliest memories are of logging camps down South Shore, but no good roadway. By 1915 or 1916 the Old Belfair Highway was completed and bus service operating between Bremerton and the Sunset Beach area on South Shore and a few miles down North Shore was inaugurated. By the time Oscar and his twin sister, Lilly, were ready to attend the one-room school house near the Union River on North Shore, the family was living on the Old Belfair Highway so there was less than a mile for the couple to walk. He, and none of his classmates, finished high school. He said there was only one teacher, Paul Hitchcock, to teach all twelve grades and that the upper classes got so bored waiting for some attention by the overloaded teacher that gradually, one by one, the students lost interest in high school. There were seven students in high school when he and Lilly reached that level, besides the Michelson twins there were Mary Larson (who -- I ...... r VILLAGE BATH... OSCAR MICHELSON, shown above with his wife, Alice, has seen a lot of changes in Belfair since he was born here in 1903. As far as is known, he is the oldest Belfair resident who was born in this area. became Mrs. Sam Theler), a colored girl, Pearl Harding, Louise Larson, and Frank and Martha Blair. Most of Michelson's working years were spent as a self-employed logger in the Belfair-Shelton-Olympia area. In 1949 he moved to Whidbey Island and logged there and around Sequim for fifteen years before moving back to Belfair where he had retained their property. He and his wife, the former Alice'*Ro~ssel who had moved to Belfair with her family from Enumclaw in 1922, have two children. Their daughter Betty (Mrs. Les Krueger) lives on South Shore; their son, Gene, on Whidbey Island. There are six grandchildren. Michelson. keeps busy with odd jobs. He worked three days a week this past summer at a resthome in Bremerton owned by his son-in-law. He also does maintenance work for Port District property on North Shore. "I think things are better today than in the "old days," he said, seated in his modern home on the Old Belfair Highway, "because in those days you were stuck here and couldn't get out." Then he thought a little and added "But we did have lots of fun in those days and more freedom." He had remembered how much fun it had been, as a boy, to take some salt along and go fishing with a friend, then build a fire on the edge of the river to cook the day's catch, delicious with a little salt added. In those days, too, anyone could shoot a deer anytime without a license. Yes, times have changed some since Oscar Michelson was a boy in Belfair. ZuilE Color/B & W TV-Radios-I -Fi's CHANNEL MASTER ANTENNAS SERVICE ON ALL MAKES Have Tubes - Will Travel CR 5-6244 HOURS: 10 - 6:30 DALLY -- SAT. ONLY: 10 " 1:30 Handmade SOAP The genuine and original complexion bar. Good for blackheads, sallowness, pimples, wrinkles and other Imperfections! So says the manufacturer. Also... bubble bath oil --shampoo and mineral bath salts.., all in scents of Lilac, Orange, Lemon, Strawberry and Mint!!! (Surely you've ALWAYS wanted to smell like a STRAWBERRY!) Expert Prescription Service 9 - 7 Weekdays -- I0 - 4 Sundays 9 - 8 Fridays October 14, 1971 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 5