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December 30, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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December 30, 1971

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MOTHER NATURE delayed Mason County's White Christmas until December 28, when she delivered four to eight inches of the white stuff. Snow to depths of six to eight in many places blanketed County Tuesday, making slick and driving hazardous. The Sheriff's Office received reports of cars in the ditch county roads, but, the State reported no accidents Cause of the icy road The city Police reported some accidents caused by tbility to stop at slippery One weather-caused accident Monday evening when Byrne, 10, 228 Island Lake was struck by a car while on Island Lake Dr. The State Patrol said a car by Clyde Landsaw, 19, Lacey, crested a hill on the road where the boy was sliding and was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him. The boy and the sled were knocked about 40 feet and the boy was taken to Mason General Hospital with facial scrapes and a back injury. City and County road and street crews were out Tuesday after the snow began accumulating plowing and sanding where possible. City officials said about 4 to 5 inches of snow fell in the city, some of it compacting to ice on the streets. Crews were out sanding and plowing into Tuesday night. City officials said Highway 101 through the city, which the city crews clear, was in fairly good shape. There was ice packed on some streets which were being left alone since they could not be plowed. Warming temperatures Wednesday has started the ice breaking up by Wednesday afternoon. County crews were out Tuesday and until about 1 p.m. Tuesday night concentrating mostly on sanding, the county road dei-artment said. The snow which fell Tuesday mixed with ice on the roads from freezing temperatures Monday night. It was difficult to plow the roads where the ice had packed, so, most effort was concentrated on sanding. By Wednesday noon, with the thawing starting, work was concentrating more on plowing as it was possible to get the crust of snow and ice off the roads as it broke up. The snow was pretty general over the county with more in some of the areas which normally get more snow such as the Matlock area, Lake Cushman, the upper Skokomish Valley and the Belfair Peninsula. The snow started falling Tuesday morning after two days of clear weather which saw the temperatures drop well below freezing two nights in a row. .......~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MILDRED CONKLIN will be sworn in as Mason nty Clerk at 9 a.m. Monday at the court house. She was by the county commissioners last week to succeed Mrs. Lodga Fields. Christmas baskets were received by a total of 93 families, consisting of 144 adults, 126 girls and 149 boys by the 40 and 8-Journal Christmas fund this year. In addition, three large baskets of fruit were delivered to the three nursing homes in the county, Firlane Terrace, Shelton Manor and Allyn House. Contributions to the Christmas fund reached a total of $1,263.95 as the fund drive came to an end. Expenses for the project totaled $1,178.01 of which $1.05 for tags; grocery orders of $349.84; $300.08; $200.07 $310.75 and $16.22 for four meals served in a restaurant to four adults. In addition to the money donations which were collected at the Journal office, donations of food were received from Sarah Eckert Orthopedic Guild, Pioneer School and Shelton Junior High School Girls League; candy and toys from the Shelton Chamber of Commerce and candy from General Supply Co., Bremerton. The food and toys were delivered to the PUD 3 auditorium Dec. 23 and the baskets were assembled by Mel Dobson, Walt Nash, Milt and Ada Clothier and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Parr. The baskets were delivered the morning of Dec. 24 by volunteers from the PUD crews at Shelton, Hoodsport and Belfair; the American Legion and 40 and 8 Voiture 135 and a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 112 under the direction of assistant Scoutmaster Ron Fletcher. The boys were John Bennett, Ken Thomason, Steve Duchsherer, Doug Fletcher, Mike Fletcher, Dave Rasmussen and Bob McHaffie. Jay Umphenour, chairman of the project for the 40 and 8 commenting on the successful project this year, said "I would like to thank the many people who made this project a success by making the very generous donations and the many hours of work involved. Thanks also go to Jerry Samples for letting us use the PUD auditorium to assemble the baskets." Donations during the past week were from a friend from Hoodsport, $20; PUD No. 1 employees, $44; anonymous, $15 ; Mrs. Ed Faubert, $5; Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Hein, $15; Boy Scout Troop No. 112, $50; Shelton Kiwanis Club, $22; Olsen Furniture Co., $10; anonymous, $10; Shelton Duplicate Bridge Club, $25; Independent Order of Oddfellows, $25; Twentieth Century Thriftway, $25; anonymous, $10; anonymous, $1 ; Dave Turner, $10; anonymous, $5; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Ewart Jr., $5; anonymous, $10; PUD 3 employees, $51 ; Jarrell's Cove Marina, $10; anonymous, $25. l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~ The Mason County Sheriff's Office and the Prosecuting Attorney Byron McClanahan, in his capacity as coroner are continuing their investigation into the death of George W. Davidson, 57, Rt. 5, Box 602, Shelton. Davidson was found dead in the Grapeview area shortly after noon last Wednesday. Officers said he apparently died of a blast from a shot gun fired by Harry Kerr, Grapeview. No charges have been filed in the case, pending completion of the investigation. Officers were called to the scene by Kerr who reported to them by telephone he had brush poachers on his land and that he had fired a shct at one. Davidson's body was found by officers when they arrived at the scene. An autopsy showed death was caused by a shot from a 12 gauge shot gun. The blast, fired at close range, entered the body from the front. Officers are also investigating the possibility a second shot may have been fired after the discovery in the autopsy of one shot gun pellet which apparently could not have come from the fatal blast. An important part of the investigation is to determine for sure whether Davidson, a brush picker, was on Kerr's property or on adjoining property belonging to Emil Nicklaus. Davidson has a permit to pick brush on the Nicklaus property. The Sheriff's Office this week sent a letter to the county commission asking that the County Road Department survey crew make a survey to determine the property lines between the Kerr, Emil Nicklaus and Art Nicklaus property. County Engineer J. C. Bridget told the commission it would take about a week to do the requested survey. Kerr came into the Sheriff's Office voluntarily the day of the shooting incident officers said, but, contacted an attorney to be with him while he talked to officers. Officers said he did not make a formal statement to them. McClanahan said when the investigation is completed, he will take what action he believes the facts indicate. Davidson's body was taken to Batstone Funeral Home where the autopsy was performed. The body was sent to Raymond for burial. Officers said Davidson did not have any family living in this area. He has one son, who is serving in the Navy. Thu rsday, Dec. 30, 1971 Published in Shelton, Wa. Entered as second class matter at the post office at Shelton, Wa. 98584, 3 Sections -- 22 Pages under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving, at 85th Year -- Number 51 227w. cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. Ten Cents Per Copy For about a year and a half, residential construction has been the leading performer of the economy. In eight out of ten months in 1971, housing starts approached or surpassed a record 2 million unit annual rate level. Starts are now 46 per cent above the same period last year, and there is no doubt that housing starts will exceed 2 million units for the first time in history this year. As a result, lumber production will be up approximately 7 per ~cnt over 1970 in the Western Woods Products Association region of 12 Western states, according to Wendell B. Barnes, WWPA Executive Vice President. For 1970, when housing starts were 1 .462 million, approximately 32 billion board feet of softwood lumber were consumed in the U.S. It is expected that an additional 4 billion board feet, or 12.5 per cent more volume, will be consumed in 1971. In 1972, when housing starts are again expected to exceed the 2 million figure, an additional 5.5 billion board feet over the 1970 figure will be needed for the 17.3 per cent increase over the 1970 consumption figure. As far as the Western lumber industry is concerned, additional production from this region for 1971 over 1970 will amount to approximately 1 billion board feet, while the 1972 production figure will be 2.3 billion board feet over the 1970 figure. The largest single reason for the increase in housing starts and thus Damag By The Shelton Police Department is investigating an incident in which two pickups owned by the U. S. Forest Service were damaged in an explosion and fire, which apparently occured while someone was siphoning gasoline out of one of the vehicles. The Police Department was notified at 7:10 p.m. Monday night that an explosion and fire had occured in the parking lot at Kneeland Center. the increase in lumber consumption, was the increasing supply of money for mortgages and lower interest rates. Reduction in interest rates began in late 1970, and held low through most of the year, although the prime rate charged by commercial banks did jump in mid-year. Savings funds continued to flow into lending institutions at high levels, and at the end of Officers said someone was apparently siphoning gas at the time of the explosion. A five gallon gasoline can was found between the two damaged vehicles and a length of garden hose melted from the gas tank of one of the vehicles. Officers also found a glove in the back of one of the pickups. The fire department estimated the damage to the vehicles at $2,500. the first 10 months of 1971, flow of funds into savings and loan associations and mutual savings banks was 208 per cent above the same period of 1970. Figures were $31,403,000 into the two types of institutions at the end of September, 1971, compared to $10,189,000 at the end of the same period in 1970. Lumber prices did increase during 1971, beginning from basement levels reached during 1970. During December of 1970, extensive holiday shutdowns and outright closures for periods ranging from four to six weeks along with log shortages at some mills were common amon8 producers. These closures naturally brought mill inventories down, and at the same time inventories at the dealer or consumer level were at an all-time low. For the year the rapid increase in deposits at savings institutions and the abundance of mortgage money at lower interest rates turned builders optimistic and orders began to increase against lower mill inventories. Although the institution of (Please Turn to Page 2) BOY SCOUTS FROM Troop 103 and Cub Scouts from Pack 103 delivered Christmas baskets to two families Friday. The Scouts gathered the items for one family and the Cubs for the other. Here, part of the boys are shown delivering the baskets to one of the families.