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Have a Winter Check-up Is Your Fire Insurance Up - to - Date? CHAPMAN A GEN0000Y s. Us About Our New Budget Life Insurance D I a I 3 6 5 2 2 Savings Plan WALSH COUNTY PRESS VOLUME 72 PARK RIVER, WALSH COUNTY, N. D. THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 1955 NUMBER 45 ies Drop 2 On Road Trip; Will Face in Christmas Tourney Dec. 29 Up two losses in a week end l now ante1-2 in league actio.', having i trip. Friday night they played defeated Wahpeton here D:.c. 9. Valley City Hi-]Liners at Val- In the Valley City gme the City, losing by a score of 57 to i Aggies led at the first sto:. 18-12, The following night at Fargo.I but the Hi-Liners led the rest of Shanley High Deacons downed the way with quarter marks of 32- Aggies 66 to 39. I 25 and 45-35. Both were Eastern Division Class Allen Knutson and Wally Larvick ; hit double figures for the Hi-Liners with 20 and 10, respectively. Rod- ,n Meeting nay Busch and Gone Troftgruben paced the Aggies with the same Monday totals, 20 for Bosch and 10 for Troft- gruben. Fifty-four Walsh County Home- The Shanley Deacons used their and farmers met in Park superior height to dominate the Monday afternoon, Dec. 19 to play in defeating the Aggies. Ed llan and make recommendations Kelly's rebounding and accuracy suggestions for the County Ex- from the free throw lie was a Service for 1958. big factor in the defeat. Kelly con- i Bob Amstrup, County Extension trolled the boards in rebounding }T:Agent explained the Extension Ser- and took scoring honors with 21 |! Vice from a federal, state, and coun- points, 13 coming from the free [ ty basis. He reviewed briefly the throw line. If last year's activities. Those in at- John Kodelka and Jim Lau of tendance were divided into four the Deacons, with ll points, each The Walsh County Press Staff Ommittees: namely the Home EConomics, Crops and Soils, Farm and Home Improvement and Live- tock and Poultry. Chairman of the Home Economics Committee was Mrs. Jack Johnston, FOrdville and Mrs, Gunder Midgar- den of Hoople was secretary with ls. Johnston reporting the recom- aeadations of the committee for 1956. Craft work shops, including pine needle weaving, painting of wooden Illates, and copper enameling. Con- duet adult classes throughout the on beginning sewing, rank- dress forms, or bread making. Agent cQntinue news column. social security information. Bergquist of Adams served of the Crops and Soils with Torfln Evenson as secretary and making the recommendation for the Extension Service continue grain demonstrations in the Conduct Farm and Home 1956. Conduct tour of Walsh Ag School Farm. Continue cooperate with Walsh County Inc., and the Walsh County Improvement association. Continue plots at Walsh County School farm and add to them and corn. Establish a ser- trails on small grain. series of Farm Family meet- Hold tour at the University at Winnipeg. Conduct soils demonstrations at three or points in the County. Try to a Leafy Spurge Control for the whole county along County Commissioners, rail- highway department, town- officials and farmers. Mrs. Clifford Berg, of Hoople, was of the Farm and Home committee with Mrs. Grinter of Conway as secretary. Grinter give the recommenda- of this committee which are follows: Farm and Home Tour. Work on Farm Sewage Water Systems. Get out infor- on tree and shrub varieties varieties which do well various soils. Continue radio Stress importance of and cleaning farm build- and yards. Tour to Winnipeg State College. livestock and poultry cam- who had Dean Miller of as chairman and Quinten of Grafton as secretary made recommendations. livestock meeting. and Livestock As- 4-H and FFA on calf greased pig contest, etc., to the Fair. Include some liVestock on farm and Hold feeding and hous- from county farm Investigate possibil- purebred livestock in 1952. Hold meeting during and livestock feeding and man- Recommend that an el- to secure an assistant county t be put fortl Secure and pub- records on feeding of outstand- ects. Secure and on which is the livestock feed, pellitized, grown; etc. added to the total. Gerald Pohanka for the Aggies, scored consistently \\;with'long field goals, to pace the ]Aggies with 16 points to his credit. Shanley held the lead at all quar- i ter stops, 19-13, 41-24 and'57-36. The Aggies gave a new twist to the game in the late stages, stalling I most of the last five minutes to keep the score down. The action kept five Shanley substitutes from entering the game until there was less than two minutes to go. The Deacons made 26 of 37 free I throws, the Aggies 13 of 25. Christmas Tourney The Aggies have no games sched- uled this week end and will be in- active until next week when the traditional Christmas tournament will be played in Park River Dee. 29-30 in the WCAS gymnasium. raYton and c.Z'alier will tangle at 7:30 p. m. Th for the open- ing event of the tourney. This will be followed by a game between the Aggies and the Hoople Spuds at 9. The consolation game is set for Friday night at 7:30 when the losers of the Grafton - Cavalier tilt will face the losers of the Hoople - Park River game. The championship game is slated for 9 p. m. Friday. The winning team will receive the Jack Givens memorial traveling trophy as well as the championship trophy. Park River has won the title the last three years and last year defeated Grafton in a close game 60 to 58 to take the tourney. The WCAS Lettermen's club is sponsoring ,the tournament and handling the tournament again this year, according to Coach Eddie Ot- to. Slg Engh Funeral Held Saturday Funeral services were held Sat- urday afternoon for Sigvard Engh, 65, who died Dec. 13 a t the Veter- ans hospital in Fargo. Rev. Leonard E. Smestad officiat- ed at the rites in Our Saviour's Lu- theran church. Burial was in Mem- orial Park cemetery. Pallbearers were David Meberg, G. Oppeboen, Lynn Hanson, Ole Graven. Gabriel Sharpe and William Skjerven. The American Legion assisted with the rites. Relatives who came from a dis- lance to attend the service were Roy Engh and family, of Warren, Minn., Robert Engh, Thief River Falls, Minn., Floyd Engh, Steele, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. SigurdEngh and Mrs. Gus Felman of Mizmeapolis; Bill and Edward Engh, Bob Black, Mrs. 1% A. Uperud, Mrs. G. Setters- burg, Mrs. Margaret Volden, Mrs. Hilda Gigstad, all of St. Hilaire, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Samson and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Fauskee and daughter, Monica, of Fairdale, Mr. and Mrs. William Gutterud, Edin- burg, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mc- Eachern of Gilby and Mrs. George Meacham, Grafton. Mrs. J. D. Vaughn, (Irene Engh) of Louisville, Ky., daughter of the deceased, was unable to come due to illness in the family. Gertrude Spornitz Rites Set for Today Funeral services will be held to- day at 2 p. m. for Miss Gertrude Marie Spornitz, of this city, who died Dec. 19, 1955 at St. Ansgar's hosiptal. She had been ill at her home for a week. The service will be held at the Federated church and burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery. Born in Park River Nov. 4, 1909, Miss Spornitz was the daughter of Mrs. Frank Spornitz and grew up in this city. She attended the local schools and later was employed in Grand Forks for several years. Survivors are her mother, a sis- ter, Mrs. Louis Delvo of Pisek and a brother, Ivan Spornltz of Park River. At the time of her death, Miss Spornitz was employed bY the First State Insurance Agency in this city. The Overbye Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. COUNTIES GET 2 MILLION FOR SCHOOL PAYMENTS Over two and a half million dol- lars will be paid to counties to supplement , county elementary school payments, according to M. F. Peterson, state superintendent of public instruction. Walsh county will receive $58,- 520.25 from the $2,687,078.35 to be paid. The money comes from the state equalization fund which is raised through the two per cent sales tax. Under the county 1O-mill levy law. each county receives funds from the levey for the county tui- tion fund. If county does not raise enough it is assisted with state ele- mentary school payments, Peterson explained. HOSPITAL NEWS NOTES Dec. 15: Twin girls to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Carignan, Walhalla. Dec. 16, girl to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Seboe. Park River; Dec. 17, girl to Mr.and Mrs. George Moen, Park River. Medical patients: Mrs. Sadie Mc- Eachern and Mrs. Cass Gates, city; Mrs. Einar Olafson. Mountain. Wanted Before Saturday... Gifts of foods or toys or clothing for cheer boxes to be distributed to local needy families. Any useful ar- ticle will be gladly received but staple groceries are needed most. Bring gifts to The Press office any time up until noon Saturday. LEGION CHRISTMAS PARTY A Chrlmas party will be held at the Legion hall Friday, D. 25 for Legion and AmdUary members and guests. Danelng and social ne. TURKEY DINNER MARKS LDR YULE OBERVANCE A turkey dinner in the church parlors highlighted the Christmas party given by the senior division of the Lutheran Daughters of Reformation Tuesday evening of  last week. Special guests at the din- /ner were Pastor and Mrs. L. E. / Smestad. I Miss Virginia Falter, president, J was in charge of the busines meet- ling at which election of offcers was held. Mrs. Howard Johnson is the new president, Miss Elaine Eich- horst, vice president: Mrs. Rossford Johnson, secretary. Miss Clara E1- lingson was reelected treasurer. A cash contribution was sent to the 'State School's television fund at Grafton by the group. Pastor Smestad read the Christ- mas story. Games and contests formed the diversion and humorous gifts were exchanged. HOME ONVACATION Among the students home for the holidays are Earline Johnson. from Macalester College, St. Paul. Virr ginia Kenney. from Carleton Col- lege, Northfield, Minn., Rosemary Falter and Carol Wooldridge from the academy of Mt. St. Benedict. Crookston, Minn. Lona Malde, John Trygg, Tony Leonard, Robert Thorson, Donah Lewis, Ronnie Berger, Dennis Lar- son, Jacqueline Rengle, Dick Skier- yen, Jackie Parke, Donald Orstad, m Local News Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Hanley and son, Jim, left Thursday of last week for Los Angeles, Calif., to spend the holidays with relatives. Mrs. Melvin Neste entertained the members of her birthday club at breakfast at her home last Fri- day in compliment to Mrs. Ivan Spornitz on her birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Norman McPherson talked to their son, James, by long distance telephone last week. He is in the service and is stationed at Augsburg, Germany. He has been hospitalized with a jaw fracture for the past few weeks but told his par- ents he is getting along nicely. Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Dahl and son, Ronnie went to Warren, Minn., Sat- urday to attend the wedding of Mrs. Dahl's nephew, Eugene (Bud) Paulson and Beatrice Hollin, both of Warren. Mrs. Dahl and Mrs. Carl Raumen of Grafton, poured at the reception. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Almen and Mrs. Roy Myhre returned Tuesday from Minneapolis where they had attend- ed the wedding of John Ferguson and Dorothy Thompson on Sunday. The bridegroom is a son of Mrs. Thompson and the bride is a sister of Mrs. Myhre. A group of fourteen members of the First State Bank's staff were guests at a Chirstmas party in East Grand Forks Dec. 13. Dinner was served at Whitey's cafe and during the evening the group attended a hockey game or movies. They were joined for the evening by Larry Mater, of Park River, UND student, a former bank employee. The Wildrose Homemaker club of Vernon township had a Chirstmas party Dec. 17 at the Edmund Gaar- der home. Husbands of the mem- bers were guests and a ham dinner was served. Games were directed by Mrs. Waldo Moan and Mrs. Ross- ford Johnson. Mrs. Allerd Johnson directed carol singing. Slides of the Grand Canyon were shown by Gene Gaarder. Mrs. Waldo Moan read "'Twas the Night Before Christ- mas" while gifts were exchanged. The afternoon and eyeing circles of the Presbyterian ladies aids held their annual Christmas party in the Federated church parlors on Friday evening. Mrs. Will McEach- ern, president, conducted a short business meeting. Gifts were ex- changed. Contests and carol singing formed the diversion. Lunch was served. Guests present were mem- bers of the church governing board and Rev. and Mrs. Everett Owens of Neche. Mrs. John Fitzsimonds was at Larry Mater. Quinten Argetsinger, home to the members of the Cam- from UND. Grand Forks. munity Homemaker club for their Everett Dibble, Gladwin Jensen Christmas party Monday evening. ad Micky Fail, from State Teach- Mrs. Harry Larson received the ors College, Valley City. punctuality prize. Recreation prizes went to Mrs. Joe Listopad. Mrs. Eu- Margaret Smith and Judy Flaten, gene Loftsgard and Mrs. John Pet- NDAC, Fargo; Ronnie Dahl, State erson. The club is preparing gifts School" Science, Wahpeton. for local families for Christmas and SNAGGING, CLEARING PROJECT SLATED IN RIVER A snagging and clearing project in the Park river was approved re- cently by the Corps of Eingineers in St. Paul, according to Milo W. Hois- een, chief engineer for the North Dakota water commission. Bids are expected to be let by the Corps around April 1. The project J moving obstructions" in the river channel in the vicinity of Hoople down to the confluence of the orth and south branches of the river, about five miles west of Grafton. The project was authorized by the 1954 sessions of Congress and funds were appropriated to the Corps of Ensmeers for the work. voted a contribution to the Grafton State school's television fund. A social time, with an exchange of gifts, and lunch concluded the eve- ning. RADLIFFS VISIT HERE Rev. and Mrs. W. Ray Radliff and son, Kenneth, of Bottineau, were visitors here from Sunday to Tues- day at the home of their son-in-law and daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Law- will consist of re- rence Hajicek. Kenneth is in the It Happens Every Christmas 'e On the very eve of the most joy- ons of the year, death stalks the highways to eiaim the greatest num. bar of victim than any other day of the year. Spelling death, injury and de- struction, the grim reaper waits at the icy curves for the careless mo- torist or the intersections for non- chalant pedestrians. But the death or accident scene is only the one seen by the passer- by, who himelf is on hi way to celebrate with his family. For be- hind these scenes of crushed bodies and crumpled steel are the homes where the Christmas spirit is smashed. Stockings by the fireplace, glitter- ing tree, wreaths, bags of Christ- mas candy--all become hated sym- bols of past happiness as the sur- viving members of the family suf- fer the heartache of one passed from them. It happens every Christmas eve. The day before Christmas---all through the land--motorists and pedestrians by the scores needlessly ring down death curtain on happy homes. Will your home be the scene of tragedy this Christmas? Are you driving to live on Christ's day or are you driving "only to live to- day? service and is stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark. His next assignment to duty will be at Ft. Lewis, Wash. The Radllffs are former residents of Park River and only recently mov- ed to Bottieau. ANDERSONS HONORED ON SILVER ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Bert Anderson, who marked their 25th wedding anni- versary Sunday were guests of hon- or at a party at their home when a group of 25 relatives came to bring greetings and spend the afternoon. A program consisting of a song by Judy and Barbara Dencker and Myrna Moo, a reading by Odrey Madland and a talk by Mrs. Isaac Akre, was presented. A gift of money was given the honore couple. They both respond- ed with expressions of thanks. Out of town guests were Mr. Anderson's sister, Mrs. Allen Buck and his brother, Arnold Anderson, of Minneapolis. Pot luck lunch was served. This included s wedding cake made by Mrs. Darrel Anerson. I I ii Plan Christmas Week Schedule Civic and church schedules for the long Christmas week end have been announced :for the city. Monday, Dec. 26, will be observed as a holiday in Park River with the majority of the business places  clos- ed. The verns are required by law to close Monday, according to a ruling by the Aitorney General. The post office will pui oui the mail for box patrons, but there will be no window service or any rural free deliver/. Special services for Christmas Eve have been planned by the St. Peter's Episcopal church here and by St. Mary's Catholic church. Rev. S. A. Glasgow, Episcopal rector, has announced services to begin at 11:30 p. m. Saturday. The traditional midnight Mass will be celebrated Christmas Eve in the Catholic church by Rev. J. J. O'Meara, pastor. A second mass will be held Sunday morning in the church at 10 o'clock. Holy commun- ion will be given at both masses. At 9:30 o'clock Sunday the festive Christmas service in the Lutheran church will be held with Rev. L. E. Smestad preaching the sermon on the theme "The Good News of a Great Gift." There will be no Christmas day services at the Federated church. Morning services Christmas day at Bethel Baptist church will be at 11 o'clock. Rev. Henry A. Bober is the pastor. Stores will be open evenings to- night and Friday to accommodate late shoppers. The closing hours on Saturday will be at 6 p. m. Erickson - Sobolik Vows Exchanged Marriage vows were exchanged by Jeanne Erickson and Adolph "Sonny" Sobolik Saturday after- noon, Dec. 17, - 3:,'  o'clock. Rev. J. J. O'Meara officiated at the ser- vice in St. Mary's church, using the double ring ceremony. Entering on the arm of her broth- er, Earl Erickson, the bride wore a floor length gown of white lace. It was styled with a bouffant skirt, pleated in front and extending into a circular train. A pearl collar marked he neckline. Her veil of illusion net fell from a crown of pearls. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and white carnations on a white Bible. Attending the bride was her sis- ter, Mrs. Robert Espe, of James- town, as matron of honor and Mrs. Earl Erickson, of Tacoma, Wash., a sister-in-law, a s bridesmaid. Their gowns were fashioned of net over satin, in mint green and shrimp pink, respectively. They wore head- pieces to match and carried bou- quets of yellow mums. .David Sobolik was his cousin's best man and Andy Flaten was the groomsman. Ushers were Allyn Marifjeren and Ronald Vavrosky. Mrs. Harold Dougherty was at the organ for the traditional wedding marches and accompanied Marilyn Midgarden when she sang "Ave Maria" and "On This Day." Mrs. Erickson" mother of the bride, wore a wine color dress with navy accessories, while Mrs. Sobo- lik chose an avacado knit dress with brown accessories. Both moth- ers had corsages of white carna- tions. After the wedding a reception for about 75 guests was held in the church dining room. Presidin at the refreshment table were Miss Jacqueline Rengle and Mrs. Ran. aid Vavrosky. Cutting the wedding cake were Mrs. James Abel, of Minneapolis and Mrs. Andy Flaten. Miss Lona Malde had the gust book. After a brief stay in Grand Fork, the newly married couple has re- turned to Park River to remain un- til after January 1 when they ex- pect to go to Philadelphia, Pa,, to make their home. Both young people are I953 grad- uates of the Walsh County School. Mrs. Sobolik is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Erieks0n of this city and the bridegroom's parents are Mr. add Mrs. Adolph Sobolik, also of this city. Friday Dec.34) PARK RIVER CiTY HALL Music by Bill Dvorak Have a Winter Check-up Is Your Fire Insurance Up - to - Date? CHAPMAN A GEN0000Y s. Us About Our New Budget Life Insurance D I a I 3 6 5 2 2 Savings Plan WALSH COUNTY PRESS VOLUME 72 PARK RIVER, WALSH COUNTY, N. D. THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 1955 NUMBER 45 ies Drop 2 On Road Trip; Will Face in Christmas Tourney Dec. 29 Up two losses in a week end l now ante1-2 in league actio.', having i trip. Friday night they played defeated Wahpeton here D:.c. 9. Valley City Hi-]Liners at Val- In the Valley City gme the City, losing by a score of 57 to i Aggies led at the first sto:. 18-12, The following night at Fargo.I but the Hi-Liners led the rest of Shanley High Deacons downed the way with quarter marks of 32- Aggies 66 to 39. I 25 and 45-35. Both were Eastern Division Class Allen Knutson and Wally Larvick ; hit double figures for the Hi-Liners with 20 and 10, respectively. Rod- ,n Meeting nay Busch and Gone Troftgruben paced the Aggies with the same Monday totals, 20 for Bosch and 10 for Troft- gruben. Fifty-four Walsh County Home- The Shanley Deacons used their and farmers met in Park superior height to dominate the Monday afternoon, Dec. 19 to play in defeating the Aggies. Ed llan and make recommendations Kelly's rebounding and accuracy suggestions for the County Ex- from the free throw lie was a Service for 1958. big factor in the defeat. Kelly con- i Bob Amstrup, County Extension trolled the boards in rebounding }T:Agent explained the Extension Ser- and took scoring honors with 21 |! Vice from a federal, state, and coun- points, 13 coming from the free [ ty basis. He reviewed briefly the throw line. If last year's activities. Those in at- John Kodelka and Jim Lau of tendance were divided into four the Deacons, with ll points, each The Walsh County Press Staff Ommittees: namely the Home EConomics, Crops and Soils, Farm and Home Improvement and Live- tock and Poultry. Chairman of the Home Economics Committee was Mrs. Jack Johnston, FOrdville and Mrs, Gunder Midgar- den of Hoople was secretary with ls. Johnston reporting the recom- aeadations of the committee for 1956. Craft work shops, including pine needle weaving, painting of wooden Illates, and copper enameling. Con- duet adult classes throughout the on beginning sewing, rank- dress forms, or bread making. Agent cQntinue news column. social security information. Bergquist of Adams served of the Crops and Soils with Torfln Evenson as secretary and making the recommendation for the Extension Service continue grain demonstrations in the Conduct Farm and Home 1956. Conduct tour of Walsh Ag School Farm. Continue cooperate with Walsh County Inc., and the Walsh County Improvement association. Continue plots at Walsh County School farm and add to them and corn. Establish a ser- trails on small grain. series of Farm Family meet- Hold tour at the University at Winnipeg. Conduct soils demonstrations at three or points in the County. Try to a Leafy Spurge Control for the whole county along County Commissioners, rail- highway department, town- officials and farmers. Mrs. Clifford Berg, of Hoople, was of the Farm and Home committee with Mrs. Grinter of Conway as secretary. Grinter give the recommenda- of this committee which are follows: Farm and Home Tour. Work on Farm Sewage Water Systems. Get out infor- on tree and shrub varieties varieties which do well various soils. Continue radio Stress importance of and cleaning farm build- and yards. Tour to Winnipeg State College. livestock and poultry cam- who had Dean Miller of as chairman and Quinten of Grafton as secretary made recommendations. livestock meeting. and Livestock As- 4-H and FFA on calf greased pig contest, etc., to the Fair. Include some liVestock on farm and Hold feeding and hous- from county farm Investigate possibil- purebred livestock in 1952. Hold meeting during and livestock feeding and man- Recommend that an el- to secure an assistant county t be put fortl Secure and pub- records on feeding of outstand- ects. Secure and on which is the livestock feed, pellitized, grown; etc. added to the total. Gerald Pohanka for the Aggies, scored consistently \\;with'long field goals, to pace the ]Aggies with 16 points to his credit. Shanley held the lead at all quar- i ter stops, 19-13, 41-24 and'57-36. The Aggies gave a new twist to the game in the late stages, stalling I most of the last five minutes to keep the score down. The action kept five Shanley substitutes from entering the game until there was less than two minutes to go. The Deacons made 26 of 37 free I throws, the Aggies 13 of 25. Christmas Tourney The Aggies have no games sched- uled this week end and will be in- active until next week when the traditional Christmas tournament will be played in Park River Dee. 29-30 in the WCAS gymnasium. raYton and c.Z'alier will tangle at 7:30 p. m. Th for the open- ing event of the tourney. This will be followed by a game between the Aggies and the Hoople Spuds at 9. The consolation game is set for Friday night at 7:30 when the losers of the Grafton - Cavalier tilt will face the losers of the Hoople - Park River game. The championship game is slated for 9 p. m. Friday. The winning team will receive the Jack Givens memorial traveling trophy as well as the championship trophy. Park River has won the title the last three years and last year defeated Grafton in a close game 60 to 58 to take the tourney. The WCAS Lettermen's club is sponsoring ,the tournament and handling the tournament again this year, according to Coach Eddie Ot- to. Slg Engh Funeral Held Saturday Funeral services were held Sat- urday afternoon for Sigvard Engh, 65, who died Dec. 13 a t the Veter- ans hospital in Fargo. Rev. Leonard E. Smestad officiat- ed at the rites in Our Saviour's Lu- theran church. Burial was in Mem- orial Park cemetery. Pallbearers were David Meberg, G. Oppeboen, Lynn Hanson, Ole Graven. Gabriel Sharpe and William Skjerven. The American Legion assisted with the rites. Relatives who came from a dis- lance to attend the service were Roy Engh and family, of Warren, Minn., Robert Engh, Thief River Falls, Minn., Floyd Engh, Steele, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. SigurdEngh and Mrs. Gus Felman of Mizmeapolis; Bill and Edward Engh, Bob Black, Mrs. 1% A. Uperud, Mrs. G. Setters- burg, Mrs. Margaret Volden, Mrs. Hilda Gigstad, all of St. Hilaire, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Samson and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Fauskee and daughter, Monica, of Fairdale, Mr. and Mrs. William Gutterud, Edin- burg, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mc- Eachern of Gilby and Mrs. George Meacham, Grafton. Mrs. J. D. Vaughn, (Irene Engh) of Louisville, Ky., daughter of the deceased, was unable to come due to illness in the family. Gertrude Spornitz Rites Set for Today Funeral services will be held to- day at 2 p. m. for Miss Gertrude Marie Spornitz, of this city, who died Dec. 19, 1955 at St. Ansgar's hosiptal. She had been ill at her home for a week. The service will be held at the Federated church and burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery. Born in Park River Nov. 4, 1909, Miss Spornitz was the daughter of Mrs. Frank Spornitz and grew up in this city. She attended the local schools and later was employed in Grand Forks for several years. Survivors are her mother, a sis- ter, Mrs. Louis Delvo of Pisek and a brother, Ivan Spornltz of Park River. At the time of her death, Miss Spornitz was employed bY the First State Insurance Agency in this city. The Overbye Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. COUNTIES GET 2 MILLION FOR SCHOOL PAYMENTS Over two and a half million dol- lars will be paid to counties to supplement , county elementary school payments, according to M. F. Peterson, state superintendent of public instruction. Walsh county will receive $58,- 520.25 from the $2,687,078.35 to be paid. The money comes from the state equalization fund which is raised through the two per cent sales tax. Under the county 1O-mill levy law. each county receives funds from the levey for the county tui- tion fund. If county does not raise enough it is assisted with state ele- mentary school payments, Peterson explained. HOSPITAL NEWS NOTES Dec. 15: Twin girls to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Carignan, Walhalla. Dec. 16, girl to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Seboe. Park River; Dec. 17, girl to Mr.and Mrs. George Moen, Park River. Medical patients: Mrs. Sadie Mc- Eachern and Mrs. Cass Gates, city; Mrs. Einar Olafson. Mountain. Wanted Before Saturday... Gifts of foods or toys or clothing for cheer boxes to be distributed to local needy families. Any useful ar- ticle will be gladly received but staple groceries are needed most. Bring gifts to The Press office any time up until noon Saturday. LEGION CHRISTMAS PARTY A Chrlmas party will be held at the Legion hall Friday, D. 25 for Legion and AmdUary members and guests. Danelng and social ne. TURKEY DINNER MARKS LDR YULE OBERVANCE A turkey dinner in the church parlors highlighted the Christmas party given by the senior division of the Lutheran Daughters of Reformation Tuesday evening of  last week. Special guests at the din- /ner were Pastor and Mrs. L. E. / Smestad. I Miss Virginia Falter, president, J was in charge of the busines meet- ling at which election of offcers was held. Mrs. Howard Johnson is the new president, Miss Elaine Eich- horst, vice president: Mrs. Rossford Johnson, secretary. Miss Clara E1- lingson was reelected treasurer. A cash contribution was sent to the 'State School's television fund at Grafton by the group. Pastor Smestad read the Christ- mas story. Games and contests formed the diversion and humorous gifts were exchanged. HOME ONVACATION Among the students home for the holidays are Earline Johnson. from Macalester College, St. Paul. Virr ginia Kenney. from Carleton Col- lege, Northfield, Minn., Rosemary Falter and Carol Wooldridge from the academy of Mt. St. Benedict. Crookston, Minn. Lona Malde, John Trygg, Tony Leonard, Robert Thorson, Donah Lewis, Ronnie Berger, Dennis Lar- son, Jacqueline Rengle, Dick Skier- yen, Jackie Parke, Donald Orstad, m Local News Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Hanley and son, Jim, left Thursday of last week for Los Angeles, Calif., to spend the holidays with relatives. Mrs. Melvin Neste entertained the members of her birthday club at breakfast at her home last Fri- day in compliment to Mrs. Ivan Spornitz on her birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Norman McPherson talked to their son, James, by long distance telephone last week. He is in the service and is stationed at Augsburg, Germany. He has been hospitalized with a jaw fracture for the past few weeks but told his par- ents he is getting along nicely. Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Dahl and son, Ronnie went to Warren, Minn., Sat- urday to attend the wedding of Mrs. Dahl's nephew, Eugene (Bud) Paulson and Beatrice Hollin, both of Warren. Mrs. Dahl and Mrs. Carl Raumen of Grafton, poured at the reception. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Almen and Mrs. Roy Myhre returned Tuesday from Minneapolis where they had attend- ed the wedding of John Ferguson and Dorothy Thompson on Sunday. The bridegroom is a son of Mrs. Thompson and the bride is a sister of Mrs. Myhre. A group of fourteen members of the First State Bank's staff were guests at a Chirstmas party in East Grand Forks Dec. 13. Dinner was served at Whitey's cafe and during the evening the group attended a hockey game or movies. They were joined for the evening by Larry Mater, of Park River, UND student, a former bank employee. The Wildrose Homemaker club of Vernon township had a Chirstmas party Dec. 17 at the Edmund Gaar- der home. Husbands of the mem- bers were guests and a ham dinner was served. Games were directed by Mrs. Waldo Moan and Mrs. Ross- ford Johnson. Mrs. Allerd Johnson directed carol singing. Slides of the Grand Canyon were shown by Gene Gaarder. Mrs. Waldo Moan read "'Twas the Night Before Christ- mas" while gifts were exchanged. The afternoon and eyeing circles of the Presbyterian ladies aids held their annual Christmas party in the Federated church parlors on Friday evening. Mrs. Will McEach- ern, president, conducted a short business meeting. Gifts were ex- changed. Contests and carol singing formed the diversion. Lunch was served. Guests present were mem- bers of the church governing board and Rev. and Mrs. Everett Owens of Neche. Mrs. John Fitzsimonds was at Larry Mater. Quinten Argetsinger, home to the members of the Cam- from UND. Grand Forks. munity Homemaker club for their Everett Dibble, Gladwin Jensen Christmas party Monday evening. ad Micky Fail, from State Teach- Mrs. Harry Larson received the ors College, Valley City. punctuality prize. Recreation prizes went to Mrs. Joe Listopad. Mrs. Eu- Margaret Smith and Judy Flaten, gene Loftsgard and Mrs. John Pet- NDAC, Fargo; Ronnie Dahl, State erson. The club is preparing gifts School" Science, Wahpeton. for local families for Christmas and SNAGGING, CLEARING PROJECT SLATED IN RIVER A snagging and clearing project in the Park river was approved re- cently by the Corps of Eingineers in St. Paul, according to Milo W. Hois- een, chief engineer for the North Dakota water commission. Bids are expected to be let by the Corps around April 1. The project J moving obstructions" in the river channel in the vicinity of Hoople down to the confluence of the orth and south branches of the river, about five miles west of Grafton. The project was authorized by the 1954 sessions of Congress and funds were appropriated to the Corps of Ensmeers for the work. voted a contribution to the Grafton State school's television fund. A social time, with an exchange of gifts, and lunch concluded the eve- ning. RADLIFFS VISIT HERE Rev. and Mrs. W. Ray Radliff and son, Kenneth, of Bottineau, were visitors here from Sunday to Tues- day at the home of their son-in-law and daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Law- will consist of re- rence Hajicek. Kenneth is in the It Happens Every Christmas 'e On the very eve of the most joy- ons of the year, death stalks the highways to eiaim the greatest num. bar of victim than any other day of the year. Spelling death, injury and de- struction, the grim reaper waits at the icy curves for the careless mo- torist or the intersections for non- chalant pedestrians. But the death or accident scene is only the one seen by the passer- by, who himelf is on hi way to celebrate with his family. For be- hind these scenes of crushed bodies and crumpled steel are the homes where the Christmas spirit is smashed. Stockings by the fireplace, glitter- ing tree, wreaths, bags of Christ- mas candy--all become hated sym- bols of past happiness as the sur- viving members of the family suf- fer the heartache of one passed from them. It happens every Christmas eve. The day before Christmas---all through the land--motorists and pedestrians by the scores needlessly ring down death curtain on happy homes. Will your home be the scene of tragedy this Christmas? Are you driving to live on Christ's day or are you driving "only to live to- day? service and is stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark. His next assignment to duty will be at Ft. Lewis, Wash. The Radllffs are former residents of Park River and only recently mov- ed to Bottieau. ANDERSONS HONORED ON SILVER ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Bert Anderson, who marked their 25th wedding anni- versary Sunday were guests of hon- or at a party at their home when a group of 25 relatives came to bring greetings and spend the afternoon. A program consisting of a song by Judy and Barbara Dencker and Myrna Moo, a reading by Odrey Madland and a talk by Mrs. Isaac Akre, was presented. A gift of money was given the honore couple. They both respond- ed with expressions of thanks. Out of town guests were Mr. Anderson's sister, Mrs. Allen Buck and his brother, Arnold Anderson, of Minneapolis. Pot luck lunch was served. This included s wedding cake made by Mrs. Darrel Anerson. I I ii Plan Christmas Week Schedule Civic and church schedules for the long Christmas week end have been announced :for the city. Monday, Dec. 26, will be observed as a holiday in Park River with the majority of the business places  clos- ed. The verns are required by law to close Monday, according to a ruling by the Aitorney General. The post office will pui oui the mail for box patrons, but there will be no window service or any rural free deliver/. Special services for Christmas Eve have been planned by the St. Peter's Episcopal church here and by St. Mary's Catholic church. Rev. S. A. Glasgow, Episcopal rector, has announced services to begin at 11:30 p. m. Saturday. The traditional midnight Mass will be celebrated Christmas Eve in the Catholic church by Rev. J. J. O'Meara, pastor. A second mass will be held Sunday morning in the church at 10 o'clock. Holy commun- ion will be given at both masses. At 9:30 o'clock Sunday the festive Christmas service in the Lutheran church will be held with Rev. L. E. Smestad preaching the sermon on the theme "The Good News of a Great Gift." There will be no Christmas day services at the Federated church. Morning services Christmas day at Bethel Baptist church will be at 11 o'clock. Rev. Henry A. Bober is the pastor. Stores will be open evenings to- night and Friday to accommodate late shoppers. The closing hours on Saturday will be at 6 p. m. Erickson - Sobolik Vows Exchanged Marriage vows were exchanged by Jeanne Erickson and Adolph "Sonny" Sobolik Saturday after- noon, Dec. 17, - 3:,'  o'clock. Rev. J. J. O'Meara officiated at the ser- vice in St. Mary's church, using the double ring ceremony. Entering on the arm of her broth- er, Earl Erickson, the bride wore a floor length gown of white lace. It was styled with a bouffant skirt, pleated in front and extending into a circular train. A pearl collar marked he neckline. Her veil of illusion net fell from a crown of pearls. She carried a bouquet of pink roses and white carnations on a white Bible. Attending the bride was her sis- ter, Mrs. Robert Espe, of James- town, as matron of honor and Mrs. Earl Erickson, of Tacoma, Wash., a sister-in-law, a s bridesmaid. Their gowns were fashioned of net over satin, in mint green and shrimp pink, respectively. They wore head- pieces to match and carried bou- quets of yellow mums. .David Sobolik was his cousin's best man and Andy Flaten was the groomsman. Ushers were Allyn Marifjeren and Ronald Vavrosky. Mrs. Harold Dougherty was at the organ for the traditional wedding marches and accompanied Marilyn Midgarden when she sang "Ave Maria" and "On This Day." Mrs. Erickson" mother of the bride, wore a wine color dress with navy accessories, while Mrs. Sobo- lik chose an avacado knit dress with brown accessories. Both moth- ers had corsages of white carna- tions. After the wedding a reception for about 75 guests was held in the church dining room. Presidin at the refreshment table were Miss Jacqueline Rengle and Mrs. Ran. aid Vavrosky. Cutting the wedding cake were Mrs. James Abel, of Minneapolis and Mrs. Andy Flaten. Miss Lona Malde had the gust book. After a brief stay in Grand Fork, the newly married couple has re- turned to Park River to remain un- til after January 1 when they ex- pect to go to Philadelphia, Pa,, to make their home. Both young people are I953 grad- uates of the Walsh County School. Mrs. Sobolik is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Erieks0n of this city and the bridegroom's parents are Mr. add Mrs. Adolph Sobolik, also of this city. Friday Dec.34) PARK RIVER CiTY HALL Music by Bill Dvorak