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./ THE OLDEN VALLEY BEACH, GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17,19~ NUMBER 21 ! VOLUME NUMBER 8 Arnold Thoemke, Former Resident Dies At Forsyth Arnold Thoemke, brother of H. -C. Thoemke of Beach, and well known railroader, died suddenly last Wednesday, as a result of heart trouble. Death came just as he had come into Forsyth from his regular run to L~urel on the Nor- them Pacific. Arnold C. Thoemke was born at Winona, Minnesota April 29, 1898 and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thoemke. He was united in marriage to Miss Rose Helbling, at Mandan, October 18, 1923. The deceased is survived by his wife and daughter, Donna Mae; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Moore, Forsyth; Mrs. Harriet Adams, LOS o Angeles; Mrs. Della Miner, Bothel, Washington and three brothers or- to of Arlington, Washington; Hen- ry of Beach, N. Dakota and Harold of Bremerten, Washington. Mr. Thoemke, prior to his res- idence in Forsyt~, spent his boy- hood days in Golden Valley coun- ty, near Trotters. In 1910, together with his parents, he came from Wlnona, Minnesota and resided on a homestead east of Trotters Where he grew to manhoo& In 1937 he resided, with h~ fam- ily, at Marysvflle, Washington for aL~ years ~md had been employed by the Nor~ern Pacific since 1918. Relatives a~endtng funeral ser- sloes were: Otto Thoemke ot Ar- w~on; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thownke m~d son of Brem- Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Hem7 Thoemke of Beach, North Dakota; Mrs. Della Miner, Bothel, W~; and Mrs. Hattie Jas- mer, an aunt, of Winona, Minne- .sota. FUneral ~ervices were held 'at Booth's M0rtuazT Saturday aft- ernoon at 2:30 in Forsyth with the Ray. Leo Tormvehlom in charge. Honorary pallbearers were: H. C. Bravold, H. L, Heath, M. D. Mogle, Andy swarmon, N. L. McPhee, E. W. Oonn, Lou DePeel and E. L. Clarkin, all railroad co-workers. The body was taken to Everett, Sunday night and in- '~rment was made in Cypress Cemetery. The ladles of the Degree of Hon- or lodge of which Mrs. Theemke is a member, served a dinner at her home after the services and ~n Sunday before departure a din- ~er was given by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore at the Commercial Hotel. Deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved family. ~'V'-- Former Pastor Be Honored At Special Services Capt. F. N. Richert, Chaplain in the United States Army, will be honored at a special service in the United Brethern Church here next Sunday morning at 10:15. RaY. O. K. Bergland, of Glendive, Montana, will be the principal speaker at this time, and a certificate of award :from the War Department will be lmveiled and hung in the church ! during the service. Capt. Richert was the pastor of the local chUrch at the time of his enlistment in July, 1942. He also served the Ollie Circuit ()f the United Brethern church for two years before coming to Beach. During the North African cam- Dalgn, he was wlth an airplane Troop Carrier Group there, and W~ in Sicily during the conquest of that island. He was still sta- tioned in Sicily when last heard b~t reports that he has made several trips to the battle front in Italy. He has also been in Egypt ~mt Palestine on several occasions. Although serving in Boach for one year, Rev. Richert made friends here. He was well in local athletic circles, ~- on the basketl~ll court. in his I~ will be public; and all are ! FORMER BEACH RESIDENT MARRIED IN CALIFORNIA Miss Mabel Haugen of Oregon City, Oregon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Haugen of Alamo, North Dakota and Joe D. Kukowski, AMM2-c, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Kukowski of Beach were mar- ried at the Alemeda Naval Air station Chapel, Saturday, January 22nd, with Chaplain Father O. ]3. Cook, officiating. Attendents were Miss Hortense E. Scott of Oakland, California and Lambert Frank Kuhr, Jr., a shipmate of Mr. Ku- kowskL The bride was attired in a pow- der blue suit with cocoa brown ac- cessories and wore a corsage of gardenias, wMis~ith" Scott wore a navy blue suit brown accessories. The bridegroom is a former res- ident of Beach. and a graduate of the Beach high school. He is now with the Naval Reserve at Alemeda California. Mr. and Mrs. Kukowski will be al home to their many friends at 404-D Singleton Ave., Alemeda, California. V~ Funeral Services Held Last Friday For Henry Geyer Funeral services were held last Friday afternoon from St. Paul's Lutheran church for Henry John Geyer, 88, Pioneer resident of this. cc~tmuni~/Who passed away Mon- day, Fe~ 7, with Rev. V. H. Dlssen ~i~flng. Death came to tl~ old ,~lC~r in the morning following & he~t attack, shortly after he had arisen and dressed as had been his usual daily custom. Despite his age he seldom missed a day that he did nOt come down town for a few hours visit. Mr. Geyer farmed for many years. Following the death of his wife on September 8, 1929, he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Andrew Helm. He was born in Germany, June 7, 1885, coming to this country at the age of 17. On June 9, 1881 he was united in~ marriage with Mary Birkholz at Red Wing, Minnesota where he had made his home. Mr. and Mrs. Geyer were the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters, two of the sons, Henry and Fred preceding their parents in death. Children surviving are: Mrs. Lyd- ia Helm, Beach; Mrs. Helen Brock- meyer, Beach; Mrs. Emma Kettner, ,Dexter, Oregon; Mrs. Elsie Farst- vest, Beach; Herman of Seattle; William of Minor; Ernest of Far- go; 45 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Ten of Mr. Geyer's grandchildren are serving with the United States armed forces. V~ The Beach Lions' Ladies' Night, Was A Huge Success A record breaking attendance made the annual ladies' night ban- quet and party sponsored by the members of the Beach Lions Club, an outstanding Social event of the year. In addition to the wives and friends of the local Lion members, fellow Lion members of the newly instituted Wibgux club and their ladies were honored guests, making the largest assemblage ever enter- mined by the Beach Lions Club. With Lion Robert courts as toast master and master of cei-emonics, the evening festivities started with every one Seated at the banquet tables taking part in a number of "pep" songs. This jovial gesture was timely in that every one be- came almOSt instantly imbued with the spirit of good fellowship, bet- ter enabling them to partake of a ,overy appetizing baked ham dinner which was served by the Doerner 'care of this clty. Following Che sumptuous dinner, the toastmaster called on various members and guests for responses which were very timely and fittlmg ~for the occasion. A number o~ musical selections were also nlce- ly given and the c~, Butte and Mr. of at the Frank the oc- bL~hday. spent To Have War.Time Farm Institute 1 In Beach City Hall, Friday, Mar. 3 Plans for the War-Time Farm Institute which will be held at Beach on Friday, March 3rd, in the City 1:15 P. M., received the finishing touch recently when the four men shown in the picture got together to discuss the short, snappy talks they will give on the program. The men in the picture, are left to right, F. Gray Butcher, en- tomologist of the North Dakota Agricultural Extension service; J. Clayton Russell, North Dakota county agent at large; H. O. Put- ham, secretary, Northwest Crop Improvement Association; and Win. Leary, agronomist, North Dakota Agricultural Extension Service. The institutions these men repre- sent, along with the Northern Pac- ific Railway, the local county agent and a committee of local business men and farmers, are sponsoring the meetings. Mr. Butcher will speak on seed treatment and control of. grass- hoppers and plant diseases . Mr. Russell, choosing the topic, "Did You Ever Stack Hay with an Auto- mobile?" will discuss farm labor- saving and time-saving devices. MesSrs. Putnam and Leary will cover what is new in- farm crops. A. R. Miesen. North Pacific Rail- way Agricultural Agent, not shown in ~,he picture, is scheduled to talk on present and post=war farm pro- duction. Our local county agent, O. E. Orenler, will discuss the coun- ty production program for 1944. Two motion ~aictures, one With sound, will be shown. The afternoon program is to close promptly at 4:30 o'clock. In the evening of the same day a similar meetl~ will be held for local town people who will be unable to leave their places of business dur- ing the day, On the eve~In~ pro- gram an added feature will be a short discussion on "The Devel- opment of the Missouri PAver Bas- in--A Post War Program." Governor Moses Opposes 9.Ft. River Channel Plan Governor Moses last week pro. tested "piece-meal' 'appropriations for development projects on the Missouri River and suggested that the states in the Missouri PAver Basin Join in an effort to obtain congressional eonsideration of an overall plan of development. The governor s~id he does not object to navigation development on the lower river but that some engineers contend that there is not enough water for.a nine-foot chan- nel and irrigation. In telegram to M. Q. Sharps, governor of South Dakota and chairman of the eight-state Mis- souri basin committee, to the gov- ernors of Montana, Wyoming, Ne- braska, Iowa and Missouri and to the North Dakota delegation in Congress, Moses asserted that all hopes of a basin-wide approach to the problems of the Missouri, Valley will vanish if special interests are to push their projects forward without reference to th$~bmsin-wide plans. Moses' action followed receipt of information that a committee of Congress had approved a proposal to authorize the expenditure of $6,000,000 toprovide for a nine foot channel in the Missouri River from Sioux City, Ia. to the mouth, In his telegram to Sharpe, he said: "I earnestly urge you, as governor of South Dakota and chairman of the eight states com- mittee, to protest this hasty action by the navigation interests. We would prefer not to have to fight this proposal, since this would JeO- pardize whatever chance we have of obtaining a harmonious agree- ment among the states in the Mis- souri Valley. But obvicuslY we must oppose it to the utmost unless it can be delayed until such time as Congress can consider basin- wide development schemes as pro- posed by Army engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. '~his pressure by the navigation interests represents double-dealWg in comparison with hopes outlined by the eight states committee and will effectively defeat our purpose in attempting to establish a har- monious agreement. "I earnestly request that you: "1. Ask the rivers and harbors committees of the House and Sen- ate to delay action on this appro- priation for the lower Missouri river a~ this time. "2. Ask that the rivers and har- bors flood control and irrigation committees of both the House and Senate enter a joint agreement to consider the basin-wide plans of the Army engineers and Bureau of Reclamation when they become available. "3. That you use your influence, as chairman of the eight states committee, to have these plans pre- sented for discussion at the earliest poss|ble date. "Unless some such arrangement is made, our hopes of harmonious action among the states in the basin are clearly unwarranted." The crux of the whole matter was outlined in telegrams to mem- bers of the North Dakota congres- sional delegation. Addressing them Moses said: "If this (lower river authorization) goes through, it means the lover river will have established a claim to water which we may need in the upper river for irrigation and diversion purposes," Members 5f the congressional delegation were asked to adopt the same policy which Governor Sharpe was asked to support in an "effort to avoid piece-meal projects and consider the basin as a whole." In the event it proves impossible to obtain an agreement for a basin wide approach, Moses asked the North Dakota delegation to "do everything possible to block this proposal, even thought it may up- set our hopes for a harmonious agreement among the stat~s in the Missouri valley for the ~ted development of this regina" T;SGT K. E. SCHOEN BACK fIN ACTIV~ COMBAT ZONE [ With Army Troops at Bougain- ~vine: ~ Ser~ean~,Kerm/~. ~ I~, 1501 West ~ Ave., promoted from the ~ of atsff sergeant with the infant. He fo,4-merl~ lived at ~entinel Butte. A m~ of footbal~ basketball, and track temz~ of Senth~ Butte ~l.~ s~u~n ~ted ta has ~e~zed in New Caleo and ehe l~i now ~back in the set,re oo~bat zone where he has upon another campaisn V - - Ervin Schallcok arrived home from Billings, Montana, Friday, to visit his brother, Bob, who is home from Farragut, Idaho on ~eave. S-SGT. DELTON ERDMAN Staff Sergeant Delton Erdman, the son of Mr. and Mrs. AI. Erd- man of Bremerton, Washington and former residents of Beach. who was reported missing in action ov- er Germany. Sgt. Erdman joined the armed forces in October, 1942 and had been stationed in England. Very little is known only from the mes- sage received by his parents that he was reported missing. He was a gunner and it is possible that he might be alive but a prisoner, even though his plane was shot down. V~ Will Feature Big Free Movie Show For The Farmers Mrs. L R. Menke, Prominent Beach Lady Passes Away The Beach eonununlty was great- ly shocked last Saturday to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. L. R~ Menke, 43, one of the well known women of this community and former county superintendent of schools of Golden Valley county. Mrs. Menke had not been in the best of health for the past year, but her condition was not consid- ered serious until a few days before her death when she entered the hospital for diabetic treatment but to no avail 'Mra Menke was a lady greatly admired by all who knew her. Her activities in the social life of the community, her associations with county school work and various forms of welfare work, made her many friends who were all very sorry to hear of her untimely death. Faith Nichols was born July 24, 1901 at Heaton. North Dakota, the daughter of Frank and Armina Nichols. She spent her early life at Heaton, graduating from the h~gh school at that place and lat- er from the Valley City teachers' college. She came to Beach in 1927 as a member of the school faculty, teaching music and art until 1930. She was married on August 12, 1930 to L. R. Menke and tO this union one daughter was born, Mary Louise. age I0 years. Mrs. Menke was a member and ~ecretary of the Eastern Star lodge,, also a member of the Royal Neigh- bors, Beach Music Club, Congrega- tional Church. SUl~erintendent of the Congregational Sunday School and had been director of the church choir since 1927. Her will- ingness to give her time and talent to any community movement made her loved and admired by every one. Her death has brought forth many profound expressions of sym- pathy for her husband, daughter and other relatives. dFuneral services will be conduet- e from the Congregational church on Thursday afternoon by the Rev. John Roberts preceded by the rit- ualistle work of the Order of the Eastern Star. Besides her husband and daught- er, Mrs. Menke is survived by her mother, Mrs. Frank Nichols of Mi- laca, Minnesota, here for the fun- eral, four brothers, Dr. T. Earl Nichols of Columbus, Ohio here for the funeral; Lester Nichols of Farlbaulto Minnesota; Allen Nich- ols of Sykestc~, North Dakota here for the funeral, and Thos Nichols of Mllaca, Minnesota, besides~ a number of other relatives. Her fa- ther and only sister preceded her in death: Other relatives here for theduneral are: M~ Wade, a niece from Faribault, :Minn.; and MI~: Thos. Nichols of Milaca. -V OV]~TAD8 RETURN HOH~ AFTER V~fitlT IN REACH : '"I~e Bureau will be prepared defend its prol~s~l," Sloa~ Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Overstad. reclamation leaders who have been spending the , "as being a real few months in Beach visitin~ and plan ~ov;, looking after their not o/~ly~' est~ home at Hancock, Minnesota. ~ey were accom~ by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Overstad who ~ spend a few days in HanCock e~ to tlw Twin Cities where attend a convention and where Overstad expects to attemp~ hag new me~chandl~. How to keep farm machinery in fighting trim is the keynote of the special free motion picture pro- gram sponsored by the Dakota Implement Company of Beach which will .be shown Monday, Feb. 21st. "Every farmer, farm boy, or farm helper who works with tractors or other farm machinery, regardless of its make, is especially invited to attend this motion picture show," says Frank Haigh, manager,. He ts assured of getting much worth- while information on the care, re- pair, and servicing of farm equip, ment. There will be two shows if nec- essary, first show starting at 1:30 P. M. "Featured on the program is 'Wartime Care of Your Tractor' a talking picture which covers every angle of tractor servicing and care," says Mr. Haigh. "It has plenty of worth-while point- ers for every farmer, no matter what make of tractor he owns." Talking pictures on adjusting and servicing mowers, combines, and planters, plus a picture on hltch- i ing and belting of farm ~i~, are also on the program. An in- teresting newsreel ,shc~rl~ actl~a on the battlefronts of the wor.ld and on ~he productio~ ~ at home is included. "We feel that this ~ is of direct benefit to the war effort/' ~i says Mr. Halgh. "With a severe ~* manpower shortage and a lack of sufficient new equipment: for 1944, ~ the farmers of America have a real lob ahead ff they are to meet production goals. Every piece of farm equipment must be kept in tip-top condition to prevent delays and crop losses. This show help every farmer with his equip- ment problems. "Be sure to 'share the ride' with your friends and neighbors to save gasoline and rubber, but be sure to come to this instructional proo gram," says Mr. Halgh. While this show is ~argely a man's show, women who are in- terested are cordially invited to attend, Every farmer who registers at this show will be given a special book on the care and proper oper- ation of farming equipment. This book has been prepared by experts and regardless of the kind of equipment the farmer operates, is very valuable. It covers tractors, grain drills, plows, planters, har- vesting equipment, etc. The title of this book is "How to Keep Your Implements in the Fight." V.-- Will Reclaim Much State Land By Irrigation Plan Revised Missouri River diversion plans to combine irrigation of a million and a half acres of land with diversion of water to Devils Lake and the James and Sheyenne Rivers are being prepared by W. G, Sloan, director of the sixth regioll of the U. S. Bureau of Reelamation, according to engineer Chas. T, Hinze of the Bismarck district. One important change in the bureau's present plant, he said, - will add a considerable block of land for irrigation in the James River Valley. Mr. Sloan is now at his office in Billings, Mont., preparing the new plan which is to be submitted to the Bureau of budget in Washing- ton within the next three months. Mr. Sloan, who has ,been chief in- vestigating engineer in the Bureau's Denver office, is largely responsible for preparing the Bureau's original plan for ~flssouri diversion. Dean H. L. Walster of NDAC at Fargo is on a leave of absence from his Fargo duties and exp~ts to spend the next two months working with Sloan in Billings. Whether the Bureau plan or the Army' Engineers' plan for Missouri dive4~lOn is adopted, Sloan says, the "eaStern Part of North Dakota Is assured diversion water from the Mi~m~