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December 16, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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December 16, 1971

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Hoodsport nclu By CARMEN YATES ttARSI INt- Jhe tlarstme (;range plan.~ Io hold its ('hristmas party and meeting Friday evening of this week. This party' marks the last ot the Island organizations to hold their annual festive get together at this time of the year. The (;rangers plan a pot luck dinner at t~:30 p.m. This is always an especially enjoyable evening so hope all the membership makes a real etlort to come Friday evening. The (ommunity Club held its Christmas dinner at the Ilall last Saturday evening. The table was laden with gorgeous looking food that tasted as good as it looked, maybe even a little better. The food committee included tielen Olson, Thora Seward and Ella McAuliffc. For the most part it was pot luck. ttowever, the gals made sure that the food would be in the right proportions to aw)ld having ten salads and no desserts or vica-versa or all fried chicken etc. Fveryone was delighted to see Beula Browning make the effort to j~nn the group. For following the surgery on both of her feet about two short weeks ago everyone knows it sure would have been easy to say 'the heck with (hrislrltas parries' and just stay home and take it easy. Walking, for Beula, was land still 2st sheer torture, but it was also her l)octor's best advice, tier fancy Christmas decorated special toolwear n2ade a real conversation p~ece lot everyone present. Alter tile delicious dinner and the kitchen was cleaned up there was an exchange ol gifts among the group. Part of the group then migrated to tile dining room tables to play the number game with beans. (In place ol beans, however, Audry Itinchcliff generously loaned out her button collection for the evening!} Fhursday ol las~ week many members ol the tlarstine Women's Club gathered at the Ilall tor their annual Christmas dinner. The good, tasty lood was the results ol the selection of the menu by the comnlfllee, Mary Baunsgard, ttilda Williams and Margaret Mc('ulloch. After such good eating I'm sure most of the Island husbands probably don't fare so well on Ibis day each year. For when the gals' tun|m2es arc full and ciHilenled, who wants to go hom~ and, ~prepare another delicious' meal. Orvaline Olds and Ilel't, fl Olson headed 'tile Ct)[n i122 [ tee for decoral ions. The warm glow was reduced to a dull chill and the season's shine was tarnished on Tuesday of last week, however, when the gals arrived to decorate the Itall and discovered il had been broken into and robbed. After the ('ommunity " ('lub dinner Glenn and 1 brought the small-lry home and gathered (;randma irom down the hill to keep the home fires burning while we headed for the Moose Ilall to loin Ihe ('ounly Christmas party already Jn progress. ()lhcr Islanders already there included Bud (;laser and the AI Nagels. It was an especially fun evening with a very congeniable group of nice people, lhe Country-Western mus2~, was enioyed very tnuch by everyone lhe conlnlit lee that planned the party really did an outstanding iob. The party sure came to a screeching halt at 2:30 p.m. when the P.U.I). flipped a switch and plunged the Ilall ahmg with many other places int~ pitch blackness, t{veryone present that nighl sorted out their partner by voice identification and headed home. A couple of weeks ago over the l'hanksgiving tloliday Carroll and I)orothy lmo with a little over a week oi free time decided to throw a few things in the family jalopy and head cast to Nebraska to spend the Ilolidays with his brother. Dell m l.incoln. Then they drove on to Sioux City, iowa for a brief but enjoyable visit with a nephew and also a brother-in-law and his wife. The trip east was delightful, weather-wise, but the return trip back home was something else again! In western Nebraska and on west the highways were a sheet of snow and compact ice. They passed cars lined up in the ditches like dominos. Driving was treacherous with nerves filed to a razor-edge sharpness. But they arrived home safe and sound, happy to be back and with memories of a very enjoyable visit with relatives and friends. Dorothy and Phil Chapman of the ttarstine Grange were the only members who traveled to Twanoh last Friday evening to take part in the installation of officers that had been scheduled for the two granges. Most of the officers trom Jwanoh were present, however. The installing officer was Martin Auseth, State Deputy for Mason County. Ella and Jim McAuliffe said they just received a delightful letter from their son, Mike and his wife, Betty. Enclosed was an especially adorable picture of their granddaughter, Gina. Betty also told ol what spring will bring for their family. Mike is scheduled to go to Japan. She and the two children will go to Pennsylvania Lake Limerick rls mas and stay ,with relatives during Mike's absence. Very warm and sincere thanks this week are being sent across the Pickering Pass to some kind folks who live between Philips and Spencer Lake. Mudd and Leona Clay upon hearing of our predicament at the tlall following the break-in generously called and offered a good supply of silverwareto the l]arstine Community.Thanks, folks, both for thinking of us and your very kind offer which we accept with our very sincere thanks! Friday evening Chuck and Mirja Bridges traveled to Montesano to attend the December Zone meeting of the tIorse Clubs. Then on Saturday the family headed for the annual Christmas Banquet. Awards for the year were presented and a wonderful evening was enjoyed by all present. The next day w~,:, also another feast day, with the trail club they Puts Area In By MARY HILL LAKE LIMERICK All of Lake Limerick, with the exception of Division 1 was literally "in the dark" Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday morning when the big wind that brought 12 calls for help throughout Mason County's P.U.I). District 3 sent high w)ltage wires dancing on the street on St. Andrews l)rive. The power outage occurred when a dead tree at the end of the ninth hole on the Limerick golf course fell across the main wires and let loose a 7,000 volt hazard. The loose wires extended from the clubhouse to beyond the Bob Smith summer home, a distance of nearly halt a block. Fire ('aptain Glen Robbins who is also a special deputy sheriff drove to the scene immediately where he found Ralph Bennett and Bob Wallace, club employees and also special deputy sheriffs guarding each end of the road to stop cars from driving through. Glenn blockaded the road with the fire truck and also used the truck's radio to send out calls for assistance from other volunteer firemen. Those answering the call for help were Patti Gronseth and her son, Pat, Roy J. Brown, Wade and Pat Paradise and Terry Brocha. They guarded the road in two-hour shifts from 7:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. when the P.U.D. truck arrived, ltowever it wasn't until nearly 4 a.m. before the P.U.D. tr,,uble-shooters were able to restore power to the community. A living fir tree on the A. H. Adams lot. Tacoma residents, blew down about 750 feet west on St. Andrews Drive, but it fell in lhe same northeast direction toward the lakeside. A change of wind would have caused it to strike a corner of the cabin roof o f theDick Spear family of Milton. Fern Latimer of Shelton who with her husband, linT, are lot owners on Ballantrae Drive and are expecting to build there next year, was the guest of honor at a party in honor of her retirement from the Simpson Lumber (7ompany on Wednesday night. Fifty employees and former employees of the company attended the "hen party" which began at Colonial House, Simpson's recreation hall, for a social hour and continued with a progressive dinner at three homes. Fern will retire Dec. 30 after 19//2 years with Simpson as a secretary. She and Jim, spend much of their weekend time at Lake Limerick where Jim is a member of the Board of Trustees. A large Christmas tree is now decorating the main hall of the Lake Limerick club house and shines a bright welcome to guests. Ralph Bennett and Bob Wallace .erected the tree on the orchestra platform and also strung the ligh Is, while Pat Wells, Patti Gronseth and Patsy Jones added the bulbs and other decorations. For the second year the. largest outside lighted Christmas tree (to date at least) on the lake is that of Rudy Boettsher and his son on Ballantrae Drive. Employees of the Shelton Branch, Seattle-First National Bank with their spouses or escorts held their pre-ChrLstmas din31r pah~, Satu~"daj on'}he main fl~r of Limerick inn. Mrs. Adele Devins of Auburn spent the past weekend with Mrs. Pat Wells of Ballantrae Drive. The two are old school friends and hadn't seen each other for 20 years when Pat visited her when she lived in California. Mrs. Arline Murphy of Seattle has nearly completed all arrangements to erect a modular home on Shamrock Drive in the spring. Her daughter, Nancy, Js one of the most active members of Lake Limerick's teen-age group. Mr. and Mrs. Ernie {Tish) Lasseson of Seattle and Balmoral Way told us in a Christmas note that Ernie began working for the Seattle Police Department the end of November. He formerly worked for the King County Sheriff's Department, where Tish is an employee. Now, they add, they will be well informed on crime in the city as well as in the county. Local Woman Honored At Birthday Celebration By VIVIEN OLSON LILLIWAUP - A birthday celebration honoring Mrs. Myrtle Swearingen was held in the coffee room of the tlamma Hamma Oyster ('o. last Friday. Coffee and birthday cake were served, following which Myrtle was the surprised and delighted recipiet,t of a canary and cage -- something she had long wanted. Guests included Bart Robbins and his daughter, Helena and Myrtle's co-workers, John and Alice Clark, Bud and Donna Green and their daughter, Jennie, John and Wanda Aaro and Kioka Everett. Ed Olson, who is working on an addition to the oyster house, enjoyed a piece of the birthday cake too. Bob and Margaret Richter, of Ayock Beach, spent last weekend in Puyallup, at the home of their son, George. The occasion was the birthday of their grandson Bill. Sunday they attended the wedding reception for the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Laing of Puyallup and Ayock Beach. 506 W. Franklin INSURANCE Page 20 - Shclton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, December 16, 1971 les annln belong to holding their annual Christmas Banquet. The McCleary Trail Riders all gathered at the Black Lake Evergreen Hall for this feed. 1 recently saw a former Islander, Florence Jerrells in town while shopping. Had a nice visit with her. She and her husband, Jack Powell had just returned from a trip to California to see her son, Nell and his family. The young family had just moved into a spacious lovely new home. Julie works at one of the big studios and they saw a scene for Gunsmoke being filmed. At the time she was employed by the CB.S. studios, however, as her boss was being laid off in an economy drive she had just been o ffered a position at Warner Brothers. Florence reports daughter, Joan and her husband and their two boys are doing well back east and they hope to see them again one of these days. Harlan and Patty have a mobile home on the back of the Powell property. But after the weather gets settled next spring they plan to move the mobile home on their own property just down the Arcadia road apiece. Harlan is employed with the P.U.D. in Shelton. If anyone out there in the reading audience and who lives in the Agate-Pioneer area or even here on the Island happens to be leaving Shelton around 6 p.m. on weekday eveningsthere is an Island lad that sure would appreciate locating a ride even part way home. He was selected for a regular on the basketball team, but transportation is creating a real hang-up! Call 426-8853 if you could be of assistance, please. Even pretty please. By DOLORES DRAKE HOODSPORT - The Hood Canal School's primary grades, kindergarten and pre-school children will have an informal Christmas sing-along in the multi-purpose room Dec. 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All parents and friends are invited to join the fun. The Johnston families gathered at Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Johnston's home last Sunday for their annual Christmas dinner party. Those present for the gift exchange and dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Johnston of Blyn, Snow By ANITA DUGGER SKOKOM1SH - It is a challenge to say the least, to write a column without a telephone in working order and a car without snow tires. More frustrating after getting six inches of snow, to learn by the grapevine, there is no snow in Shelton and along the Canal and Bay. The Skokomish Grange Christmas potluck dinner drew 40 members out to enjoy a good program Friday evening. Group singing, a tableau, songs by Sherry York and RaeAnn Calkins and an exchange of gifts were included in the program. A special gift was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Des Haines in honor of their 58th wedding anniversary. The Bert Deyettes and Frank Ragans attended the annual Christmas party of the county employees held in the Moose hall Saturday night. A large crowd danced to music provided by an Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnston of Brinnon, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnston of Hoodsport and Mrs. Jewell Carlson of Olympia. Traveling to Renton for the first all employees training conference for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission were Mr. and Mrs. George Carlson of Potlatch, Mr. and Mrs. Armon Tuberg of Twanoh and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mast and Leslie McKinzie of Cushman. The two day conference was highlighted with a banquet and dance on Wednesday evening. The group rally had something to celebrate as this year the Washington State Park Rangers received the National Gold Medal Award for being the best Park Rangers in the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gleason drove to Seattle for the weekend. While Carl attended a dinner party for retired ship purser's, Dorothy completed her Christmas shopping in the gaily decorated stores. P.U.D. No. 1 was relieved to see the snow conic in spurts over the weekend as long as it had to Iley Aberdeen band. Larry Barger and family have moved into the State Trout ffatchery where he takes the place of Doc McSweyne as Superintendent. Barger has been employed at the rearing ponds on the Bogachiel near Forks. McSweyne has retired. The First Aid course sponsored by the Fire department meets every Tuesday night in the Grange hall. More people are urged to come out to these very worthwhile meetings. They will continue to meet until February. Mr. and Mrs. Chet Valley called on Chester's niece Mrs. Allan Oster in Olympia and also visited with Chet's brother, Ed Ahern, Sunday. Mrs. Gendereau of Island Lake spent the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Johnson. The two Hunter Tree yards in Seattle are finding a good market for Christmas trees especially the rea sheared trees. Bill and Carol Hunter, Jim and Joan Hunter and Martin Smith are working in the yards. Skokomish Valley Community Church will have the Christmas program in the church Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship meeting. Everyone is welcome. The Hood Canal Woman's Club will meet in the Potlatch Clubhouse today. Christmas program will be furnished by the Exceptional Foresters. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. with the Program at 2 p.m. Curt Hunter is a member of Shelton High Ski team and will take part in the Jamboree on Crystal Mountain this weekend. ttis parents the Jim Hunters and sister Janie and brother Gregg will make up for lost time on the slopes as soon as the Christmas tree rush is over. The gift for the person, nothin A collection of the humorous writings of Jan Danford which you have enjoyed weekly in the Shelton-Mason County Journal. You can now throw away those scraps of verse you cut out of the Journal - they're all here in 80 pages of delightful reading. as the stv (o~d ~ .. ice as ~'~ ~ua,t COSt ~- Pick up a copy at the Journal office, Third & Cota, Shelton, for jUSt r ram come at all. Most power were able to shed the snow, ice loaded lines and falling in the outlying areas caused power outages that kept all crews busy over the weekend. Motorists traveling along canal also found the icy troublesome. A Port woman demolished her car it went over a bank north Hoodsport. Fortunately she not require hospitalization arm and leg injuries. About minutes later a Tacoma over the bank at Potlatch about $150 damage to his model zar. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Durand purchased Tom Mayte's Hoodsport and are busy moved into the larger before Christmas arrives. Tom a Anna Mayte have moved into new mobile home on property in the Kamilche Jack Frost has really busy in the area, but color to the Frosty scene week was Nina Challender. paint and brush in hand, seen decorating windoWS businesses and homes Canal. Every painting different and the scenes varied. One of Nina's creations showed a big cat had mistakenly receive~ package of cheese, but stan nearby was the little holding up the peace sign as attempted to exchange his of milk. To sum up the Hood News this week, it has snowing, raining and cold. local residents have been sti2 close to home, keeping the burning, baking Christmas and candies, and drying ou kids' wet socks and soggy