Valier High School - Northern Lights Yearbook (Valier, MT)
- Class of 1958
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Text from Pages 1 - 88 of the 1958 volume:
Girls' State 3g Student Council Vice
President 3g The Panther 1-4, Edi-
tor 3g Chorus 2g Plays 3,45 FHA 1-4,
Reporter 43 Pep Club 1-4, Vice Presi-
dent 4g Honor Society 2-4, Secretary
3g MIEA Delegate 43 Annual Editor 4,
FFA 1,23 IA Club 4.
Transfer from Willow Creek, Mont,g
Pep Club 2-4, Secretary 2g Student
Council 2g Honor Society 2-4, Presi-
dent 3g Band 2-4: Science Club 3g
Chorus 2,3g Valatones 3: Plays 3,43
Feature Band 2g State Music Meet
2-4g Heisey Award 2: American
Legion Essay 3, The Panther 2-4,
FHA 1-4, Secretary 2, Vice Presi-
dent 3g Pep Club 1-4, Treasurer 33
Queen Candidate lg Tumbling 1,
Cheerleader 4g Band 1-33 Chorus
1-3: Play 3: Girls' State Alt. 3g
FHA delegate 33 Honor Society 3,45
State Music Meet 2,3g Heisey Award 3.
Class Vice President lg FFA 1,23
The Panther 1-43 Pep Club 1,33
Basketball 2,4g Track 4: IA Club 4
FHA 1-4, Song Leader 4, Delegate
3: Pep Club 1-4: Class Secretary 1:
Peanut Queen 3: Camival Queen
Candidate 4: Plays 3,4: Girls' State
3: Chorus 1: Honor Society 2-4, Vice
President 3: The Panther 1-4,
FFA 1,2: Track 3,4: Football 4:
"V" Club 4: Play 4: IA Club 4:
I-Ieisey Award 3.
I AMES SHEBLE
Football 2-4, Captain 4: Basketball
2-4: Chorus 2: IA Club 4, President
4: "V" Club 4, Vice President 4:
Play 4: FFA 1,2, National Convention
3: Track 3,4,
Football 1-4: Basketball 1-4: Track
1-4: "V" Club 3,4: IA Club 4: Class
President 3: Chorus 2,3: Play 4:
State Track Meet 2.
Band 1-4: Chorus 1-3: Track 3,4:
"V" Club 3,4: Plays 3,4: Boys'
State 3: Football 1-4: Basketball
1-4: Feature Band 2: State Music
Meet 2-4: Science Club 3: Band
Club President 4: The Panther 1-
I ACQ UELINE T AY LOR
Transfer from Baker, Mont.: Class
Vice President 2g Chorus 2g Pep
Club 2-4, President 4g Science Club
3: The Panther 2-4, Editor 4, Plays
3,43 Girls' State Alt, 35 FHA 2-4,
Reporter 33 Annual Art Editor 4,
MIEA Delegate 4.
Class President 4, FFA 1,2, Reporter
23 Heisey Award 23 Band 3,4g Chorus
1-3g Boys' State 3g Honor Society 2-4,
Vice President 3, President 4g Annual
Co-Editor 4, The Panther 1-4,
Panther Paw 25 State Science Fair
3,4g Pep Club 2,3g Plays 3,4g
Science Club 3,4,
Panther Paw 1,2, Plays 3,4, The
Panther 1-4: FFA 1,23 Librarian 4,
NORA JOY OSTERM AN
FHA 1-4, Historian 3, Treasurer 4,
Class President 2g Panther Paw 1,2g
Carnival Queen Candidate 2, Chorus
1-3: Plays 3,45 Twirling 3: The
Panther 1-4, Pep Club 1-4,
ROBERT FO URST AR
Transfer from Frazer, Mont.:
Basketball 2-45 Football 2 35
State Alt. 3: IA Club 4,
FHA 1-4, Vice President 45 Pep
FFA 1,23 Football 3,4g Basketball
4: "V" Club 3,4g Track 2-4g Student
Council President 4g Boys' State Alt,
3g Plays 3,4g Class Vice President 3:
FFA 1,23 Football Manager 2, Track
3,45 The Panther l-4: Plays 3,45
Club 1-4g Chorus l,2g Twirlers 1-3g
Plays 3,4g Carnival Queen 35 The
Band and Chorus 2g Twirling 1-4,
Head Majorette 4g Panther Paw l,2,
President 2g Science Club 3,4,
Secretary 4, State Science Fair 3:
Plays 2-45 Pep Club 1-4, President
3: FHA 1-4, Chapter President 4,
District President 3, State Officer
3, State Convention 2,3, National
Convention Chicago 3: Honor Society
4g The Panther 1-43 Northern Lights
Business Manager 4,
LATE ARRIVING SOPHOMORES
GRET CHEN BENNETT
PA TTY BILLS
KA RON SPEER
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Back row, left to right: Bill Peterson, Tom Marcum, Pat Brophy, Charles Schneider
Jim Briden, Bill Kuka, Billy Stokes, Everet King, Douglas Hennemen. Front row Art
Widhalm, Bob McGrew, David Widhalm, Terry Ihnen, Jim Steven, Dennis Hammer
Bill Norsby, Manager, David Slezak.
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Back row, left to right: Jimmy Nelson, Mark Bennet, Bill Majerus, Lawrence Keeler, David Osterman,
Glenn Neyenhuis, Ed Wheeler, Sue Farrington, Marcia Otthouse, Jerry Parker, Ricky White, Peter Martin,
Allan Wheeler, Billy Christiaens, Marla Chausse, Doris Widhalm, Gail Wentworth, Janice Torske,
Genise Bonnet, Donna Wheeler.
Standing, left to right: Evelyn Monroe, Marurette Brophy, Marcia Johnson, Faye Hennemen, Judy
Gossard, Sharon Van Auken, Roxanne Van De Kop, Sherry Sheble, Betty Harris, Kathy Shepard, Carol
Chatline, La Loni Ingebrigtson, Diana Yeager. Kneeling: Marcia Ihnen, Agatha Christiaens, Patty
Boucher, Linn Bowman, Linda Leet, Trudy Sanson, Anita Burgess, Connie Hegdall, Lora Wheller, Linda
Parker, Anna Marcum.
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President Clarence Johnson, Carol Miller, Frank Wenzel, Superintendentg Dean Lindahl
Sponsorg and Judy Leet.
The Student Council successfully directed the Harvest Festival and made plans for
awarding the district sportsmanship trophy for basketball teams.
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Left to right: Tony Widhalm, Bill Jannusch, Phil Miller, Ronny Lindseth, Joe Widhalm,
Patty Yeager, Karen Speer, Clarence Johnson, Theresa Widhalrn, and Rita Widhalm.
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Left to right: Bernard Christiaens, Junior Kuka, Jack Urness, Janet Slezak, Nona Lauffer, Myrna
Bruner, and Mr. Wadsworth.
Biology Students Reconstruct a Cat Skeleton
Left to right: Bob Gillette, Ronny Jones, Joe Christiaens, Carol Miller, Becky Billips, Shirley Maus,
Marie King, Denise Powers, Helen Habets, Mr, Robertson, Bob Brophy, and Larry Lindseth,
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Left to rrght Charles Chrrstraens uses the power table saw whrle Scott Holden sands and Jerry
Joe Wrdhalm bores a hole Wllh the new drrll press whrle Jerry Peters cuts a board for hls table
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Instructor Ralph kroon dlrects Dean Glllerte rn the correct way of pourmg cement while Frank
Mr Wadsworth mstructs Iva Orr and Sharon Mandell how to change a flat ure whrle Judy Leer
"Get ready, get set, go!"
First row: Lloyd Wentworth, Karen Speer, Tony Widhalm, Wayne Agee. Second row: Lorraine
Ingebrigtson, Patty Yeager, Arla Krattiger, Maurice Trafelet. Third row: Jeanie Snortland,
Teacher, Mr. Kay.
Bob Brophy demonstrates tangents from an external point with the help of Mr. Wadsworth.
HOME ECONOMICS I MAKES ROLLS
Left to right: Janet Stokes, Mrs, Hammer, Patsy Kovatch, Linda Norsby, Francey Johnson,
Donna Orr, Crystal Van De Kop, Anita Barron, Bonnie Jo Robbins, Ruth Ann Van Den Bos, Rita
Morris, Sharron Agee, Janice Stoltz, and Permilla Karlsgodt.
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Left to right: Anita Barron, Yvonne DeSmet, Ellen Nivens, Nora Joy Osterman, Mrs. Henry Kuka, and
Mrs. Reed Ihnen, the directors.
The menu for today was homemade
buns, lima beans, carrot sticks, fruit, and
milk. Those enjoying this delicious meal
are, left to right: David Harris, Arthur
Widhalm, Donna Wheeler, Linda Swank,
and Cindy Swanson.
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First row: Wilmer Kennedy, Russell Hall, Student Director Julie Christiaens, Jim Stephen
Douglas Henneman. Second row: Carol Miller, Sylvia Johnson, Ann Kay, Bernard
Christiaens, Bonnie Joe Robbins, Donnie Speer, Janice Stoltz, Donnie Snortland, Billy
Peterson, Kenny Gillette. Third row: Clarice Swanson, Director Mr. Davidson, Party
Jo Morris, Darlene Swanson, Jim Christiaens, Laurie Nelson, Pat Brophy, Eva Trafelet,
Jim Briden, Bill Tidyman.
THE VA LATONES
Sylvia Johnson, Ann Kay, Pattie Bills, Patty
Jo Morris, Clarice Swanson, Jeanie Snorrland,
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Flashing baton and flag artists perform
Flag twirlers - left to right: Rita Morris, Gay Nivens, Sharon Mandell, Judy Leet, Permilla Karlsgodt
Baton Twirlers - left to right: Jackie Heimbigner, Gloria Moon, Marie King, Sandra Snortland, Patsy
Brophy, Peggy VariDeKop, Carol Miller.
Advisor and Instructor,
MRS. WAYNE DAVISON
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Back row, left to right: Gay Nivens, Jean Snortland, Patti Jo Morris, Patti Bills, Becky Billips Ruth
Vanden Bos, Permilla Karlsgodt, Gloria Moon. Second row: Shirley Mauws, Marie King, Clarice Swanson
Arla Krattiger, Lorraine Ingbrigtson, Janice Stoltz, Eva Trafelet, Rita Morris, Sharon Agee, Mary Wheeler
Third row: Anita Barron, Jackie Taylor, Peggy VanDe Kop, Alice Monroe, Donna Wenzel, Joyce Vanden
Bos, Myrna Bruner, Nona Lauffer, Pam Pheiffer. Bottom row: Yvonne DeSmet, Janet Slezak Nora
Osterman, Sandra I-Iabets, Sandy Snortland, Sylvia Johnson, Julie Christiaens, Patsy Brophy, Carol Miller
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In the bus, left to right: Peggy Van.DeKop, Nona Lauffer, Marie King, Lorraine Ingebrigtson, Gay Nivens
Ellen Nivens, Rita Holm, Mona Norsby, Gloria Moon, Patsy Brophy, Shirley Mauws, Alice Monroe, Eva
Trafelet, Carol Miller, Ruth VanDenBos, Permilla Karlsgodt, Clarice Swanson, Carol Miller, Arla
Krattiger. Standing: Mrs. Hammer QSponsorJ, Janice Stoltz, Sharon Agee, Linda Norsby, Patsy Kovatch,
Ann Kay, Crystal VanDeKop, Sandra Snortland, Nora Joy Osterman, Sharon Mandell, Yvonne DeSmet,
Judy Leet, Julie Christiaens, Sylvia Johnson, Mary Wheeler, Pamela Pfeiffer, Jackie Heimbigner, Joyce
VanDenBos, Jean Snortland, Jackie TaylorfPresidentJ, Janet Slezak. Kneeling: Mr. Lindahl, Frances
Johnson, Janet Stokes, Iva Orr, Anita Barron, Donna Orr.
Cheerleaders, left to right: Myrna Bruner, Patty Jo Morris, Jean Snortland, Nona Lauffer.
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Any member is on call to run the proJector for any class. Left to right: Lorraine lngebrigtson, Sylvia
Johnson, Julie Christiaens, Bob Brophy, Mr. WadsworthfAdvisorJ, Joe Christiaens, Rita Morris, Peggy
Van De Kop, Daryle Swanson, Marie King.
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Left to right: Mr. Kroon fAdvisorj, Jim Sheble, Jim Christiaens, Larry Christiaens, Kenny Gillette,
Lloyd Barron, Jerry Slezak, Scott Holden, Joe Widhalm, George Stoltz, Russoll Hall, Frank Wenzel,
Daryle Swanson, Jerry Brophy, Laurie Nelson, Tom Shepard, Don Speer, Warren Archdale, Jim
Christiaens, Roger Moon, Robert Fourstar, Bill Jannusch, Don Snortland, Jerry Peters, Billy Marcum,
Maurice Trafelet, Harlan Den Boer, Wayne Agee, Jesse Kibbee, Lester Graham, Jim Brown, and
Front row: Wayne Sands, John Hammer, Frank Wenzel, Bob Brophy, Bernard Chrisriaens, Charles
Christiaens, Second row: Roger Moon, Julie Christiaens, Marie King, Judy Leer, Sandra Snorrland,
Sylvia Johnson, Myrna Bruner, Mr, Wadsworth, Advisor,
Sandra Snortland and Frank Wenzel, two active
Science Club members, set up the new street signs,
which are a very worLh while project of the Science
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Left to right: Bob Brophy, Bill Tidyman,
Frank Wenzel, and Sandra Snortland.
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Sand. Third row: Sylvia Johnson, Sandy Snortland, Joyce Vanden Bos
Second row: Carol Miller, Janet Slezak, Ann Kay. Front row: Myrna
Bruner, Nona Lauffer, Yvonne De Smet.
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This year's seniors will be the first to wear the gold cords of the
society at commencement.
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Back row: Coach Robertson, Bill Tidyman, Wayne Sands, Daryle Swanson, Dean Gillette, Wayne
Agee, Frank Wenzel, Jim Sheble, Phil Miller, Jesse Kibbee, Clarence Johnson, Jerry Haynes,
Bob Gillette, Assistant Coach Don Crumpacker, Second row: Keith Gillette, George Stoltz,
Kenny Gillette, Bob Brophy, Laurie Nelson, Ed Monroe, Larry Christiaens, Jerry Peters, Lloyd
Wentworth, Jack Urness, Ron Jones, Larry Stoltz, Mickey Stephens, Front row: Tom Shepard,
Scott Holden, Joe Christiaens, Jim Christiaens, Don Snortland,
V. H, S, turned out thirty men for football this year under Coaches Robertson and Crumpacker,
more than any other year, Although the team was young and inexperienced, they fought hard
all the way to the end, The team had nine freshmen on the squad which holds promise for next
The team was heavy, the line weighing over a half a ton, The last two games were the
only ones that were lost by more than one touchdown, Loss of these by greater scores were
caused by illness and injuries which did not heal in time to play,
Valier 39 Sunburst 0 Valier 33 Browning 6
Valier '7 Harlem 20 Valier 7 Choteau 41
Valier 0 Fairfield '7 Valier 14 Cut Bank 30
Valier 14 Conrad 18
Left to right: Daryle Swanson, Frank Wenzel, Bob Gillette, Joe Christiaens, Jess Kibbee.
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Back row: Manager lr. Kuka, Jesse Kibbee, Phil Miller, Dean Gillette, Frank Wenzel, Clarence Johnson, Bob
Gillette, Coach Don Crumpacker. Front row: Larry Christiaens, lack Urness, Daryle Swanson, Bill Tidy-
man, Lloyd Wentworth, Bob Fourstar, Manager Bill Miller.
Manager Laurie Nelson, Allen lair? Ich, Ed Monroe, Jerry Brophy, Russell Hall, Jerry Slezak, Kenny
Gillette, Ron Jones, Coach Robertson.
Coach Norman Robertson, Jim Christiaens, Joe Christiaens, Joe Widhalm, Keith Gillette, Wayne Sands,
George Stoltz, Bill Jannusch, Bill Marcum, Scott Holden.
BOB FOURSTAR BILL TIDYMAN DARYLE SWANSON LARRY CHRISTIAENS
Guard Guard Forward Guard
JACK URNESS LLOYD WENTWORTH BOB GILLETTE CLARENCE JOHNSON
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Front row, left to right: Janice Stoltz, Peggy VanDe Kop, Yvonne DeSmet, Julie Christiaens, Permilla
Karlsgodt. Back row: Nora Joy Osterman, Becky Billips, Rita Morris, Queen Eva Trafelet, Mary Wheeler,
Queen Eva of the Harvest Festival
Clarence Johnson crowns Queen Eva Trafelet. Julie Christiaens, Patti Bills, Julie ChfiSIi3CHS. Sylvia Iohnson, Becky
Patti Bills, Nora Osterman, Mary Wheeler, Sylvia Johnson. Billips, Eva Trafelet, Janice Stoltz.
President of VHS crowns Queen Eva Arrival of the Queen's Escorts
Jess Kibbee congratulates Prom Queen
Anna Lee Sheble while Sandra Snortland
and Jackie Taylor watch.
The crowning of the peanuts for polio king
and queen, Ann Kay and Jimmy Sheble, was
done by R. nny Lindseth and Sandra Snortland.
Sandra Snortland, Clarence Johnson lead the annual
Sno Ball grand march.
Anna Lee Sheble crowns the 1957 peanuts for
polio queen, Yvonne DeSmet.
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- - ' - - RONNY LINDSETH
- - MARY WHEELER
- - TONY WIDHALM
- - BILL TIDYMAN
Rose ' ' - - YVONNE De SMET
By William Davidson
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Marcia - -
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Cindy - - -
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MRS. HAWKIN KARLSGODT and MRS. ORA LOHSE
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- - SANDRA HABETS
- - - ' - 'PHIL MILLER
- CLARENCE JOHNSON
- ' CAROL SCHNEIDER
- - -NONA LAUFFER
' - - JACKIE TAYLOR
Phil Miller, Sandy Snortland, Jackie Taylor, Ann Kay
"ONIONS IN THE STEW"
By Betty MacDonald
Joan - - - - JACKIE TAYLOR Joey - -
Ann - - ------- ANN KAY Bee Gee - -
Berry - - - SANDY SNORTLAND Salsie - - -
Don - - - ----- PHIL MILLER Kitsie - - -
Howard - - - - - BILL TIDYMAN Lesley - -
Claire - - ----- JANET SLEZAK Margo - -
Roger - - - -CLARENCE JOHNSON Phil - - -
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Mr. Curtis - -
Mrs. Curtis - -
Miss Garvey - -
Dotty - - - - GAIL WENTHWORTH
MRS. HAWKIN KARLSGODT and MRS. ORA LOHSE
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- - JACKIE HEIMBIGNER
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Sandra Habets, Ann Kay, Jackie Heirnbigner, Mrs- Lohse and Mrs- K2lrlSg0dI-
Yvonne De Smet, Jackie Taylor, Sandy Snortland.
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First row: Mrs. Tidyman, Karen Speer, Thersea Widhalm, Rita Widhalm, Carol Miller, Clarice
Swanson, Jean Snortland, Ann Kay, Bonnie Jo Robbins, Sharon Mandell, Permilla Karls-godt. Second
row: Phil Miller, Bob Gillette, Myrna Brimer, Joyce VandenBos, Peggy VanDeKop, Marie King, Donna
Wenzel, Carol Miller, Julie ChfiSfi-36115, Patsy Brophy. Third row: Warren Archdale, Charles Christiaens,
Frank Wenzel, Arla Krattiger, Larraine Ingebrigtson, Ellen Nivens, Rita Holm, Judy Leet. Fourth row:
John Hammer, Lloyd Wentworth, Jack Urness, Daryle Swanson, Bob Brophy, Wayne Sands, Larry Stoltz.
Fifth row: Bill Jannusch, Harlan Den Boer, Rodney Guy, Bob Fourstar, Ronny Lindseth, Junior Kuka.
Sixth row: Bill Tidyman, Jerry Haynes, Kenneth Gillette, Tony Widhalm. Top row: Jesse Kibbee, Clarence
Johnson, Bernard Christiaens.
The "Panther" rated superior in 1957, and the students are now striving for
all-state in 1958.
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Left to right: Sandra Habets, Left to right: Mary Wheeler, Nora
Daryle Swanson, Roger Moon. Joy Osterman, Jackie Heimbigner.
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Northern Lights Editors Girls' State
Co-Editor - BERNARD CHRISTIAENS YVONNE De SMET JANET SLEZAK
Editor - JANET SLEZAK
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ANN CAMILLE KAY
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Betty Crocker Award
JOYCE VAN DEN BOS SYLVIA JOHNSON
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NONA LAUFFER ANTOINETTE WIDHALM
Heisey Award Heisel' Award
Back row: Dewey Swank, Ernest Lauffer, Ivan Doig, Denis Bonnet,
Sam Stokes, Fay Stokes, Bill Rappold, Glenn Collins, Wayne Arnst,
Vern Monroe, Front row: Arleen Jacobson, Janice Christiaens, Antoinette
Widhalm, Barbara Bowman, Lucille Brophy, Ann Lee Sheble, Sandra
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We, the Class of '58, being of sound U7 mind and not so sound body due to the untold hard-
ships we have suffered in the past four years, leave our meager possessions to the underclassrrien
of V. H. S.
I Wayne Agee, give my hot-rod pickup with the double spotlight hook-up to Frankie Wenzel,
hoping he will have as much fun rabbit hunting as I have had.
I, Bernard Christiaens, bequeath my ability to get around the teachers to Tommy Shephard, know-
ing he will need it if he ever wants to make it through. V
I, Yvonne DeSmet, will my ability to cause a storm to Donna Wenzel.
I Bob Fourstar, leave my shyness and pleasant disposition to John Elings, who needs them more
than I do.
I Sandra Habets, give my chair in bookkeeping to anyone who is brave enough to take it and stay
in it for a whole year.
I, Jerry Haynes, leave for Conrad as soon as I can get away.
I, Jackie Heimbigner, leave my nickname of "floor boards" to Sylvia Johnson.
l, Bill Jannusch, bequeath all the times my last name has been misspelled to my little brother,
I, Clarence Johnson, leave with Sandy in hot pursuit.
I, Ann Kay, leave my high grades and good record to the underclassmen.
I, Jesse Kibbee, leave still looking for the belt I lost at the beginning of the year.
I Nona Lauffer, leave the school in better condition than when I came here as a Freshman.
I, Ronny Lindseth, venture out to seek the higher things in life.
I, Carol Miller, bequeath a package of gum to Arla Krattiger.
I, Phil Miller, will my muscle-building set to Larry Stoltz.
I, Nora Joy Osterman, depart in search of a black convertible.
I, Jim Sheble, will my platform shoes to Mickey Stephens, as I have outgrown them.
I, Janet Slezak, leave, but I don't know how I arn going to stand being away.
I Sandy Snortland, bequeath my ability to stay after school for no reason but talking to Pattie
I, Jackie Taylor, leave my better half here for another year to reap the benefits of V. H. S. , but
I'll be back for him, never fear.
I, Bill Tidyman, depart saying, "High school days were mighty nice, but they can't compare
with high school nights. "
I, Maurice Trafelet, leave wondering if it was worth the time.
I, Mary Wheeler, leave to see ifl can't get a job on the "Wild Bill McWilliams" program.
I, Tony Widhalm, will my ability to throw my weight a-round with Frankie to anyone else who gets
To the Juniors we leave thanks to you for the wonderful times we have had together hoping you
have as much fun next year.
To the Sophomores we leave our worldly manners.
To you, the Freshmen, we leave the hope that it won't be long till you are seniors, so make hay while
the sun shines.
This last will and testament signed and sealed in the year of our Lord 1958 by the Class of 1958.
May 29, 1978
Just thought I'd drop you a line and tell you that I'll be home the day after tomorrow. I have had such
a wonderful time and seen so many of our old friends I thought I'd tell you all about them and what they
have been doing for the past twenty years.
Do you remember Maurice Trafeletp He has opened a beauty salon in Hollywood and is doing very well.
They say he has beautiful women flocking to him. Maybe he'll marry now.
Phil Miller is here. Remember how interested he used to be in flying, especially during English? Well,
he is now the head of the Boeing Aircraft. You should have seen Jackie Heimbigner. Honestly, dear, her
furs and Jewels nearly made me turn green with envy. Phil and Jackie were married about fifteen years
ago and have lovely children.
I was so glad to see Clarence and Sandy Johnson here. They are so happy with their small family. They
brought their four girls along, but left their seven boys at home with the maid. Clarence was promoted. He
is now the president of Yale. Sandy is teaching home Ec in the high school. She says she would go mad if
she had to stay home all day, and I can see why!
Mary Wheeler McWilliams was there, but Bill was unable to come because of some troubles about the
rights on his television programs. We had a fine time talking about when we were roommates.
I understand Sandra and Ronny Lindseth have been having some trouble concerning Missouri, but they
appear to have it all settled now. incidentally, Ronny is in the car business. He custom-builds hot rods
and has made a mint of money.
Bernard Christiaens is doing quite well. He is the voice coach for Billy Tidyman, and they travel all
over the world together. It really is a shame we couldn't see them when Bill was singing at Carnegie Hall.
Yvonne DeSmet and Jim Sheble finally got married. Jim owns the old Seven Block Ranch and half of
Montana and Texas besidesg so I don't think they will have any financial problems.
Remember Nona Laufferz Well, she is now a lady hermit up at Swift Dam, where she is watching her
little rocks grow. She always did believe rocks grew.
Bob Fourstar and Jerry Haynes have gone into partnership and now have the biggest shipping line in the
Nora Joy Osterman is a model in New York. She really is quite sleek and sophisticated.
Jesse Kibbee just successfully ran for president of South America. They say he has his own harem, but
I find that hard to believe.
A marvelous discovery of uranium was made by Wayne Agee on one of his pack trips, and he now owns
the controlling stock in General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler corporations.
Janet Slezak is the head of Vassar. She has obtained every degree possible. I heard that the moment
she hears of something new she immediately sets out to obtain a degree in it.
Tony Widhalm finally drove Jerry Lewis out of business. l always did think Tony was much funnier.
Carol Miller is on her fourteenth trip around the world. She was left a good bit of money by her last
husband. She certainly has had bad luck with husbands. l believe this is the twelfth one. Maybe the next
one will have a better chance. Thirteen always was an unlucky number.
Billy Jannusch retired last week on the money he received for being the first man in outer space. He
has both feet on the ground now.
Remember when Ann Kay was Peanut Queen? She just bought the state of Georgia as a peanut plantation
in order to furnish the polio fund an endless supply of peanuts.
Keep the white House warm and don't forget to tuck the children in. Now that I've seen what all the
others are doing, don't you think you could find something more exciting than being President of the
Your loving wife,
Class Color - Silver and Lavender
Class Flower - Lilacs
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Oh, for the life ofa teacher!
Dig those crazy outfits!
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Phil Miller Nora Joy Osterman Sandra Snortlancl Bill Tidyman
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Left to right: Mary Wheeler Sandra Habets, Sandy Snortland
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First row: Bernard Christiaens, Joe Christiaens, Charles Christiaens, Larry Stoltz, Joe Widhalm, Roger
Moon, Eddie Monroe, Jerry Brophy, Allen Iannusch, Mike Stephen. Second row: Charlotte Widhalm,
Delores Jacobson, Patsy Brophy, Bonnie Jo Robbins, Rita Widhalm, Alice Monroe, Mona Norsby, Agnes
Monroe, Sandra Habets, Helen Habets, Donna Wenzel, Gloria Moon, Yvonne De Smet, Julie Christiaens.
Third row: Theresa Widhalm, Ronnie Jones, Jim Christiaens, Larry Christiaens, Linda Norsby, Rita Holm,
Phil Miller, Billy Jarmusch, Father Miron, Tony Widhalm, Bob Brophy, Janice Stoltz, Carol Miller.
The CYO has been having panel discus-
sions on such problems as juvenile delin-
quency. The attendance has been better
this year than ever before.
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Front row: Lloyd Barron, Jack Stokes, Kenny Brown, David Slezak, Jim Brown. Second
row: Jerry Slezak, Bill Miller, Iva Orr, Anita Barron, Carol Miller. Third row: Douglas
Reeder, Rev. Paul Reeder, Mrs. Reeder. The newly reorganized BYF is studying missions
in the United States.
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Front row: Myrna Bruner, Patti Bills, Marie King, Rita Morris, Jim Sheble, Mary
Wheeler. Second row: Joyce VandenBos, Daryle Swanson, Jackie Taylor, Jean Snortland,
Jesse Kibbee, Kenny Gillette, Patty Jo Morris. Third row: Jerry Peters, Bob Gillette,
Rev. Wilmer Kennedy, Keith Gillette, Russell Hall, Harry VandenBos.
Front row: Arla Krattiger, Permilla Karlsgodt, Peggy Van De Kop, Clarice Swanson, Sylvia Johnson, .lack
Urness, Dean Gillette. Second row: Roger Harwood, Marcia Johnson, Byran Ihnen, Marcia Ihnen, LaLonie
Ingebrigtson, Linda Erickson, Janice Torske, Patsy Van De Kop, Phyllis Ingebrigtson, Terry Ihnen, Linda
Hartsell, and Billy Norsby.
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BY BERNARD CHRISTIA ENS
It was a big open country, you could ride from the present location of Conrad to Fort
Benton and never see a fence.
The Seven Block Ranch, owned by W. G. Conrad and his brother Charles of Kalispell,
included 200, 000 acres. The Conrads took up eleven sections of land in 1886 leaving it
idle until 1889. Then, hearing about this wonderful cattle country from Joe Kipp of the
Old Agency, and desiring to leave Fort Benton, they began to amass the land which
would eventually make up their immense acreage.
The land which the Conrads acquired was obtained in various ways. Some of the land
was rented from the State Land Board. Between 30, OOO and, 40, 000 acres was deeded land
which they later purchased. This deeded land included the Evan Jones, the Dry Fork, the
Bill Jones, the Miller, and Steele ranches. Another method of obtaining land was by
homesteading. Young men who came to work for the Seven Block were promised a year
of work and filed for homesteads, which had been carefully chosen by the ranch surveyor
near the springs, water holes and along creeks. Because water was of supreme impor-
tance, whoever controlled the water controlled the land..Another means of acquisition
was by the Desert Act, which offered 640 acres of land at twenty-five cents an acre to
anyone who would irrigate it within three years.
Although they owned all they could buy, proved up on sheepherders' and cowboys'
claims, irrigated for desert claims, and rented all that could be rented, there was still
much that did not belong to them nor could they get control of it legally. Since they
controlled practically all of the water and fenced it away from other cattlemen, they
were the only ones who could use the land. Finally a fence was built, which according
to their claim, stood on land which they owned or rented. This fence started about four
miles east of Dupuyer and extended east to about where the city of Conrad is located,
north and across the Marias River, which it followed up stream to near the Ryan ranch
and south to the point of beginning. The first foreman of the ranch, where 25, OOO sheep
were raised, was Tom Curry. In 1903 the sheep were sold to a Mormon outfit for one
dollar a head. Then under the direction of Tom Chamberlin, Hereford cattle from
Texas were shipped in.
The Old Home Ranch was the headquarters for the crew of nine cowpunchers. The
buildings were good and the food excellent. Often W. G. Conrad visited the ranch. A
hail fellow well met, a U. S. Senator, he is remembered with affection and pride by
all his ranch hands. Also here, were good bunkhouses and a commissary where the
cowboys could purchase gloves, jackets, shirts, and overalls.
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The cooking was generally done by men. Always available was excellent beef,
dried fruit, and canned goodsg however, in spite of the fact that thousands of cattle
were raised, canned milk and oleomargarine were most generally used.
The Seven Block men were not hunters and did not take advantage of any of the
bountiful game with which the ranch abounded-antelope, prairie chicken, geese,
ducks, and curlews.
A constant menace, the kit fox, often gnawed saddles, boots and other possessions
which contained grease.
Abandoning the wasteful practices of cattlemen, they tried to avoid losses in every
possible way. Hay was cut in great quantities, and they fed some during the winter. In
August 2500 calves were cut out and sent to the Putter ranch at Willow Rounds on the
Marias, where they were fed and kept for a year.
If when making the rounds, a cowpuncher noticed an animal not doing well, he cut
it out and took it to a hospital herd where it was fed and given extra care. A sharp look-
out had to be kept over the swampy ground in the Bullhead, as the cattle were often
found bogged down.
While the main headquarters were maintained at the Home Ranch, there were several
line camps set out over the ranch.
A ten thousand dollar cement dipping vat was built for dipping cattle at the Hughes
Ranch. Because vaccination was not very widely used, a close lookout for disease was
kept by the cowpunchers. Most of the cattle were strong, but they lost some, mostly
from black leg.
In summer the cattle stayed close to the creeks and water holes, but as the weather
grew colder they gradually spread further from water. Great quantities of hay was cut
in the Big Meadow, 20, O00 acres, where Lake Francis is now located. This meadow, ex-
tending also to the west and north, originally had three lakes and was the first land irri-
gated by the Conrads by a canal system built from Dupuyer Creek. Under their surveyor,
M. S. Darling, they also built a canal from Birch Creek to supplement their water sup-
ply. Traces of these early canals can still be seen today. Nearby a shed shelter 150 feet
by 180 feet was erected.
All of the cowpunchers were the best of hands and were always having roping con-
tests with neighboring ranches. On Bullhead Creek in 1909 a roping contest was held
between the Seven Block and Big F outfits. The Seven Block was represented by Harry
Rideout and an Irishman by the name of Connolly. Louis Morgan and a man by the
name of McKay roped for the F outfit. The Seven Block won - 186 calves in an hour.
This roping is never seen nowadays. Without the help of the Rasslers, however, this
wouldn't have been possible.
During the winter of 1907, snow lay about two feet deep over most of the land and
on top a crust formed strong enough to hold a horse. Although plenty of hay was ready,
it was impossible to move. That year losses were great all over, and on the reservation
9, 000 were skinned.
Once sixteen hundred cattle strayed across the line into Canada and were left there
for two or three years, for at the annual rotuldup the ranch hands did not always cross
the line. On one roundup with the D-K ranch, they brought back the Seven Block
animals from Canada.
The animals were in excellent condition and although they had to be driven to Cut
Bank for loading and arrived a worn-out lot, when they reached Chicago, they topped
the market. They were so fat and well-filled that a bushel of corn could be poured on
their backs and not a kernel would roll off.
At this time ranchers did not sell by the head, but by the train load. Prices varied,
but the average price was S35 for a good cow. At one time before cattle could be ship-
ped they had to be treated with Beaumont oil. A camp wagon was converted into a
spraying shower bath, which the cattle were driven through. The cattle would come
running out wildly with tongues hanging. The cows would refuse to take their calves,
and wherever the oil dripped on the ground the grass was killed. This operation was
carried on where the Miami Hutterite Colony is now located.
Many familiar faces were found on the list of men who worked on the Seven Block -
Bill Derek, Harry Rideout, Pete Tavott, Chic Grimsly, Chris Ostren, Jake De Hart,
Tom and Joe McKay, Harry Chambers, Carl Sparks, Curley Boucher, O. K. Speer,
John Sullivan, Earl Minkler, Obe Harrison, Joe, Nick, and Tom Connolly, and Earl
Aiken, the last foreman.
We, the Class of 1958, wish to show our apprecia-
tion to Mr. A. H. Habets for giving so generously of
his time and skill in taking pictures for our annual.
We have called on him many times this year to take
special pictures when the photographer failed us.
This he did gladly, interrupting his busy day to
come over to the school at our call. Besides taking
special annual pictures, he again took, as in years
past, all the advertising and church pictures for the
He makes no charge for his work, and develops
and prints excellent pictures. We are not the only
class that has benefited from him, but we have re-
lied on him most.
Thank you, Mr. Habets.
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One hundred and twenty-five head of saddle horses and 150 head of work horses were
kept on the ranch.
One of the various projects carried on was the fencing of four sections of land with a
fence built of eight-foot posts with eight wires for a buffalo pasture. Charles Conrad had
been raising buffalo around Kalispell and intended to move part of his herd to this ranch.
The huge creatures were hard to handle and were likely to charge and kill any horse
in their way. At about this time Mr. Charles Conrad died and the project was abandoned
fMany parts of this fence can still be seen in the Bullhead.y
In 1909 the Cargills from La Crosse, Wisconsin, purchased the Seven Block together
with livestock for a reputed million dollars. Earl Aiken, in charge of the last roundup,
shipped 9, 000 head of cattle and sold the stragglers and brand to Morgan of Browning.
Application to the State of Montana to construct an irrigation project under the Carey
Act was requested by the Cargills. This complete area has been divided into smaller
units of irrigated and dry land farmed by the heads of some 500 families.
The W. G. Conrad home in Helena was later sold by Harfield Conrad to the state
of Montana and is presently the governor's mansion.
The present main canal system project parallels the old Conrad system outlined by
M. S. Darling, whose vision of irrigation has been carried out to its present form.
This information has been gathered from Earl Aiken, farming near Williamsg Mr.
John L. Sullivan, Great Fallsg from M. S. Darling in June 1929, from Eugene Leech
in June 1929, and from J. A . Tidyman, engineer of Pondera Canal and Reservoir Co. ,
which operates the present irrigation project.
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is a popular after-game snack place.
Engineer Bill Wentworth makes the round-trip to
Conrad and back every day but Sunday in the new
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For large dinners and
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Bert Geiger, runs films twice
weekly. Special student rates
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K. P. Munyon in business since 1935, is shown
above unloading a truck of lumber with his new
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Jake Arnst, Art Erickson, and Indor Nelson Q'Z4l
are at your service for International implements, parts
and overhauls at the Valier Implement.
Left to right: Mr. N. S. Swanson, Mrs. Ruth Hartsell l'39j,
and Kathleen Pauli f'56l. The Valier Farmers and Stockrnans
Bank has been serving Valier and the surrounding area since
October 1946 and has 55100, OOO of capital and surplus.
sells Jantzen and Pendleton clothing.
lj, owner of Wentworth's
Greetings to Valier
High School students
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Another satisfied customer, George Hennernan, leaves
L1oyd's - the style center for all V.H.S. men and boys,
LLOYD'S MEN AND BOYS
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SUPERINTENDENT DEAN LINDAHL
In a short while you, the Class of 1958, will venture forward into the world. No doubt some
of you may rise to great heights of leadership, perhaps in science, in government, or in ser-
vice . . . service to your God, to your community and to your country, A11 along the way you
will be confronted with obstacles. It will take courage of the lasting kind. Many start, Few
finish, Map out your life witha sense of direction, but with no thought ofobstacles. Let nothing
stand between you and your goal.
Our history has recorded the successes of men with objective and a sense of direction, Ob-
livion is for the small men overwhelmed by obstacles,
H. G. Wells once pointed out that "wealth, notoriety, place and power are no measure of
success whatever, The only true measure ofsuccess is the ratio between what we might have done
and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made of ourselves on the
DE VOE'S BUILDERS
Mr. and Mrs. Swank are always available to fill your
hardware, appliance, and lumber needs.
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Elmer Hotvedt at the Valier Drug gives the people of
Valier accurate prescription service. '
Mr, and Mrs, Vernon Urness along with Mrs. Lee Hale display their
fine chrome dinette sets to Clarence Connelley. Garnbles offer Valier
friendly, courteous service.
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Ready to supply your demands in their brand new
supply store are from left to right: Roy Dean Parker,
Pat Peterson, manager, and Dave Hill.
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Ernie F291 and Andy Hammer f'36j are ready to assist
in your plumbing and heating needs.
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School, bringing pop for
Buy a home on wheels from the
Hi-Way Trailer Sales and see the
world, Mr. Charles Donovan,
owner, has been in business since
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VALIER C LEANERS
Mrs. Billie Geiger takes in an overcoat of Mrs.
Tidyrnan's to be cleaned at the dependable Valier
Gary C575 and Mayor Jim Fitzpatrick can fix your car up
to look like new. Whether it is a paint job, a dented fender,
complete overhaul or just a check up, bring it to the Fitz
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THE FORD GARAGE
Proved and approved around the world, the new Ford for '58 is on dis
play at the Ford Garage. Shown above waiting to serve you are Mervin
Chausse, manager, and John Martin.
Mrs, Gordon Shepard checks groceries for Mrs, M. A.
Christiaens while Bill Pauli Sr. passes a bit of conversa-
tion with Mr, Christiaens at Cui-ry's friendly store.
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Always ready to serve with the utmost efficiency at
Dick's grocery are: Herb Kuka f'56j, Robert C455 and
Dick Kuka f'45J, and Betty I-Iabets l'55l.
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The GTA Elevator under the management of Ed
Erickson has erected this winter a new grain storage
bin with a capacity of 65,000 bushels.
The Cargill Elevator buys and sells grain, cleans
seeds, under management of Mr. Jesse Kibbee.
The Greely Elevator under the management of "Bud" Gillette
assists the community with capable and reliable service. See
your friendly Greely man today.
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vator with Sam Stokes as manager
takes care of a large quantity of our
We, the Senior Class, wish to
express our sincere thanks to the
merchants of Valier for their gen-
erous support of the annual and all
other student activities.
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B. S. , Chemistry B. S., Industrial Arts
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