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November 11, 1971

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The body of a 77-year-old Chehalis man was recovered from the Deckerville Swamp area Sunday after he failed to return during a hunting trip. The dead man was Carl D. Brush, 77, Rt. 5, Box 208, Chehalis. Coronor Byron McClanahan said death was apparently due to a heart attack. He was reported missing about 5:15 p.m. Saturday by his son. The son told the Mason County Sheriff's Office the older man was to have hunted near the campsite the hunting party had set up. He was last seen about 10 a.m. Saturday. A ground search was organized with the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff's Reserve, Timber Runners, Belfair Pack Rats and the Explorer Scout Post participating. Two helicopters from Gray Field at Ft. Lewis were called in Sunday to assist in the search effort. They were from the Air Cavalry group at Ft. Lewis. Sheriff John Robinson said one of the helicopters located the missing man about five minutes after going over the area where he was believed to be. Robinson and Deputy Brian Schoening were dropped in as close to the spot as possible by the helicopter, which then hovered over the spot where the body was in order to guide the officers to the location through the dense underbrush and trees. Robinson said after determining the man was dead, the officers signaled the helicopter a stretcher was needed and a stretcher and a blanket was dropped. He commented it took he and Schoening about 20 minutes to locate the stretcher and blanket which had snagged in separate trees on the way down. After getting the body into the stretcher, they began making their way out slowly, Robinson said, when a ground search party, in which some residents of the area who were familiar with it, neared their location and with the assistance of this group they were able to make their way to an old railroad grade and out to a road where the body was picked up. The sheriff said the man was probably about a mile or so from the camp he had left, but, that old logs, trees and dense underbrush made the going extremely difficult and that locating the man with a ground search could have taken a long time. Thursday, Nov. 11, 1971 Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, 4 Sections -- 32 Pages under act of Mar. a, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving, at 85th Year - Number 44 227 w. cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 10 Cents Per Copy om have at least a In their culture," La metta :hough often this through the the individual to Henry, born and Skokomish Indian Id dedicated to the development of a project begun the Shelton High been assigned for students; there ~nd Counselor's Aid deal with problems lrise. Tutoring is the study of Indian was the logical She was al high school in El after which she ~tnunity College in in such 'ice procedure, requirements in Neah Bay for then to Shelton County Aid. She worked with low-income them to better ion schools grade, and many to attend high the drop-out great, the Indian was organized Henry and Walt high school counselor, as a step toward the rise Wystrach LAMETTA HENRY, counselor, heads Shelton High School's endeavor to promote Indian Culture. Curt Peterson is the president of the United Tribes Club. ion ea In ion 0.01 UC gram ion obtaining of Johnson-O'Malley funds, which were established for the express purpose of furthering the education of Indians. Lametta Henry, relating to the students and acquainted with their family situations, welcomed the opportunity to work closely with her people. Under her guidance the "tlnited Tribes" Indian club has been formed with Curt Peterson as president and approximately 25 members participating. When the high school club is successfully underway a similar group will be organized within the junior high school, where 36 Indians are enrolled. The age variance is too great to incorporate the two clubs, according to Mrs. Henry. A window within the high school has been devoted to Indian artifacts. Books and posters have been donated, and additional books were purchased through the Johnson-O'Malley fund. It is Lametta Henry's dream to initiate training courses in Indian history and in Indian languages. "So much has been lost," she explains, "and we are all aware of !~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ll~~~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Both Mrs. JoAnn Davidson and Mrs. Julie Coleman were reported doing well after a kidney transplant operation at University Hospital in Seattle Tuesday, friends here said. Mrs. Coleman was the doner and Mrs. Davidson the recipient in the kidney transplant. The two women are sisters. Mrs. Davidson has suffered from a kidney ailment for a number of years and has been on a kidney machine, first taking treatments at a Seattle hospital and later on a home kidney machine. The Mason County Kidney Foundation lent financial support to the transplant operation. A luncheon sponsored by the Jayettes Friday raised $280 to assist with the transplant operation. The group expressed appreciation for the support given the effort and regret an unavoidable delay during the noon rush. Both Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Davidson are in University Hospital in Seattle. Their addresses are JoAnn Davidson, East 417 and Julie Coleman, East 413, University Hospital,Seattle, Wash. 98105. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~H~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the losing. Except for Bruce Miller, who learned while in school, only a few of the oldest tribal members now speak our language." Fading irrevocably into the dimness of the past are the arts of the Indian - the building of canoes, the tanning of hides, the fashioning of totem poles, the weaving of baskets and the creation of beadwork. "The students want to learn these things," Lametta Henry states, "It's simply a matter of obtaining instructors." Deer hides have been promised to the group, who will tan them for use in the making of costumes for Indian dancing planned as a club activity. If language teachers are not available, it is possible that classes may be taught by tape-recorded lessons. "There is literally no end to the culture and art to be studied," Lametta exclaimed. Funds for materials will be raised by a Salmon Barbecue to precede the appearance of the Harlem Clowns on November 19. Bruce Miller and Leona Visser will cook the fish to be served by the United Tribes Club at 5 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Angle Building, and the menu will include baked beans, potato salad, bread and beverage. Tickets are on sale at $1.75 for adults and $1.25 for children through the age of 12 years. Four Indians were graduated from Shelton High School last year. One student was from Shelton, one from Kamilche, and two from the Skokomish Indian Reservation. onor en The Shelton Rotary Club and the Local Chapter of the American Field Service will host an informal Coffee Hour at the Methodist Church Fireside Room Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. to honor the Foreign Exchange Students. This will be an opportunity for Shelton and Mason County residents to meet Marie-Luise Wystrach from Germany and Per Nolen from Sweden and to welcome Jim Cleveland back to Shelton after his year of study in France. The students will show some of their color slides with brief commentaries. Everyone is welcome to attend. Per Nolen Jim Cleveland Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. was set by the Shelton School Board as the date of the bid opening on the grandstands, track, football field and some other items for the new Shelton High School complex to be built on the site the district owns off Shelton Springs Road. The board at its Tuesday night meeting set a special board meeting for that time to open the bids. The action to call for bids came after final plans presented by Architect John Richards were approved. Richards said the estimated cost of the part of the project being bid was about $400,000. It also includes a graveled parking area with lighting for the parking area, he said. The grandstand is designed to seat 2,000, the architect said. Alternate bids on sodding and ~eedmg the football field will be taken in the bid opening. The work also includes electrical, water and sewer hook-ups which will be used when the main part of the school complex is constructed. The part of the project which is being bid at this time includes many of the items on which no state matching money will be received and on which state approval is not required. Richards told the board final plans for the buildings is progressing and discussed some questions with the board. The board set a special meeting next Tuesday evening to go over some of the plans for the buildings which Richards has almost completed. They will also discuss liability insurance for the district at the special meeting. Bids on the insurance were opened at the Tuesday night meeting, with bids received from the Shelton Agent's Association and from Arnold and Smith Insurance Agency. Representatives of the two insurance groups met with Assistant Supt. Bruce Jaros to discuss the bids, and, reported back to the board they would get together and prepare a set of specifications so that each bid was on the same thing. They will report back to the board next Tuesday with new bids on that basis. The board voted, on the recommendation of Bruce Moorehead, head of the music department, to purchase an organ and speaker from Yenney Music Co., Olympia, and two saxaphones from Northwest Music, Bellevue. The Bellevue firm was low on the bids for the saxaphones. Yenney Music was the only one No Dote No firm date has been set yet for the inquest into the death of Allen Strong, Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan said this week. McClanahan has indicated he plans to call an inquest in his capacity as coronor in the incident in which Strong was found in a parking lot at Hoodsport dead of a stab wound. The prosecutor said he has been busy working with the assessor and county board of equalization to get a final assessed valuation for the county before the budget hearing Monday to bid on the speakers. Moorhead recommended accepting their bid on both the organ and the speakers although the bid of Bob Dickinson Music Co., Olympia, was a little lower on the organ alone. Moorehead told the board service problems could result if the speaker and organ, which together, were purchased from two different companies. The board seated Dr. George Radich as a new member and re-elected Ernest Hamlin as chairman and Thomas Weston as vice-chairman. Both Hamlin and Weston began new terms on the board with the Tuesday night meeting. High School Principal Chet Dombroski told the board he had computed the drop out rate over the past three years as they had requested. The report, he said, was made up on the basis of individual cases without names. The rate, he said, was five per cent for the 1968-69 school year; 6.2 per cent for the 1969-70 school year and six per cent for the 1970-71 school year. Dombroski said these figures include several individuals who started school dropped out after a short time each fall. He commented that in checking the reasons for drop outs, he found that more boys drop out because they are disinterested in school while with the girls, the major reasons are pregnancy and marriage. He commented the school has tried and will continue to try different methods to reduce the drop out rate. ~~~~~~~~~~~ on- Ig, The five school boards from the non-high school districts which are participating in the construction of the new Shelton High School agreed at a meeting at Pioneer School last Thursday evening to all sell their bonds Dec. 14. The meeting had been called to discuss the bond sales with Forest Walls, an attorney representing a bond attorney firm in Seattle. II Representatives of the Grapeview, Southside, Kamilche, Hood Canal and Pioneer School District attended. The group was told the Shelton District had agreed to allow interest from money from the bond sales to be credited to the non-high districts between the time the bonds were sold and the time the money was needed by the Shelton district to meet state matching fund requirements. Shelton Supt. Louis Grinnell, who attended the meeting, told the group he had been told the state would require the non-high funds to be turned over to the Shelton district at the time the Shelton District certified the low bids on the project to the State. He stated the Shelton District hoped to get final plans to the state in January or February and to let bids on the project in late February or early March. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~ Parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled for Shelton Schools Nov. 18 and 19, it was announced this week. The High School will have its conferences Nov. 18 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. A letter will be sent to all parents of high school students giving them an opportunity to make appointments to see their student teachers by filling out the form which will be included with the letter. The school will telephone parents to confirm appointments, according to Principal Chet Dombroski. There will be no school for students in the Shelton District either of the two days. The Junior High will have parent-teacher conferences from 1-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Nov. 19. Parents are asked by Principal Floyd Jackson to call the Junior High at 426-4422 for appointments. Teachers are in the process of contacting parents of elementary school students to set up conferences. Conferences for elementary students will be held both days. Any parent who has a question about the conferences can call the school his child attends, according to Ken Gesche, director of elementary education. Je ga Mrs. Lodga Fields iel esl Mrs. Lodga Fields, Mason County Clerk since 1967, announced Wednesday she plans to retire effective Dec. 15. Mrs. Fields said she was sending a letter to the Mason County Commission informing them of her resignation from the position. She was elected to the position in 1966 after a primary victory over former Clerk Mrs. Laura Wagener and took office in January, 1967. She was re-elected without opposition in 1970. Mrs. Fields is a Republican. Mrs. Fields was a deputy in the clerk's office and at the time of her election to the position was a legal secretary. A successor to her will be selected by the Mason County Commission from a list of candidates submitted by the Mason County Republican Central Committee. Don Wiss, chairman of the Republican Central Committee, said the committee is asking persons interest~l in the position to contact the committee so the list can be compiled. He stated anyone interested can contact the secretary of the Central Committee at 426-2707 or the chairman at 426-4210. The appointment will be for the three years which Mrs. Fields' term has to run.