1956 July 15, Independent Record Helena Big Hole history
Me- tracii- cn- ►UTOOOR/faW Any July fly-fisherman fly-fisherman fly-fisherman In Mon tana whose cast is greeted by swirl will hardly give a thought as to why there is a fish there it all to pick up his offering, If he thinks about It even tor a moment, moment, he will no dfubt give full credit to his lishiim ability and superior' knowledge of the water he is fishing. If he had whipped the stream all day without no much as one ■iifier nibble, he would no doubt blame the fish ami game depart ment. He might even etirse his luck, his tackle or his barometer. uld be a rare fisherman indeed if Iir ever sat down by the stream, lit his pipe and wondered whether sume fisherman just like himself might have hcen somewhat somewhat responsible for there even being fish in the stream. Some gler who had enough interest In there always hem;; fish for fishermen, trees for campers and birds for gunners. Not some man the puDlic payroll, cliner, whose job it is to see about such things, just as ours is to use the typewriter or paint hoi ! ditches- ditches- but- but- some man wno did For- Len- For- AII- lng better for everybody in Mi tana, but he is symbolic. There are too many anglers who nevi did any more to help their ow hunting and fishing than to buy S3 license and wrife indignant letters to Hie fish and game de partment. Down in California a little knot of men who thought the redwood trees were about the finest thing nature ever turned out decided to save some of these big trees. This was nearly half a century ago, hut now every visitor to California California has something for which to 'Jiank Iheie few men, and trns includes the Monfjinans who wind along the narrow highways among the fiuEe red trunlts. in return, the. Californians who fish Monl.ma streams have something for which they should thank the Bill Carpenters. o£ these men who saved 1 he redwoods was the man who designed and built the Golden Gate bridge, but his fame in Cali fornia is even more solid for pre serving the huge red trees than for building the huge red bridge. Whether it's trout or trees, it brings to mind what Winston Churchill said on a more grim occasion that seldom have so many owed so much to so few. 20 Years In Sports it because he really wanted to. Did it without pay, too, except, for the personal satisfaction he got out of seeing it done. Now, there is nothing against any of the stale and federal boys a-hn a-hn a-hn nrp dnln-J dnln-J dnln-J a onnd inh. and most of them are. It is just that] Ranfinn Rflfk anyone should do a good job if ^eOTing OOQK he is doing it for bread and butter. butter. It's that the ones who dD something iust for the perso: kicks Ihey get out of it deserve little better than the cynical criticism which is their custo mary reward. The man who brings all this to md this Sunday is Bill Car pcnler, the Butte mining office chief clerk who retired the first of this month anr" presumably U'jvuto t ie rest of h:s ye to what he already has gf more than most — the task of getting getting more fish for more people. Bill wasn't and isn't a wealthy sportsman with time on his hands for such things. He sandwiched with his eight hours a day soi extra work that Montanans have been cashing ii! on ever since. It all began in 1904, back when few fisherman cared a hang about anything except filling Ui creels. If one fishing spot played out, there always one, and conservation was strict ly a dictionary word. What Bill did in that year revolutionary. Grayling fishing was dropping oit rapidly in the Big Hole river, and this bothered Bill and some of his fellow anglers. anglers. This groi,o built its own hatchery and pioneered hatching methods that still are heing used today. It brought in native trout and eggs for its favorite streams. In the mid-ail's. mid-ail's. mid-ail's. Bill and His ifeilow anglers brought she first fall-spawning fall-spawning fall-spawning rainbow trout into Montana, an innovation. In 1933 Hill helped redraw many of the state's fish and game laws, a tack which needs doing every decade antt which usually is as thankless as it is important. He served as a state fish and game commissioner, another thankless and important task. Bill isn t alone m what he lias done !o make fishing and hunt- hunt- as for by 8 Eugene Mills, IB, drove his little orange racer to a, city championship in Helena's firsl Soap Box Derby before three !hr>uWn<l spectators who crowded both sides of Montana avenue HI iars ago this week. Mills was to be sent to Akron, Ohio, to take part in the natiooal Soap Box Derby. Kunnerup to Mills was Clarence Clarence Chriske. Donald Parks was second in the class A with Buzz Palmquist, third. Clirlske was first in class B with Milton Coty, Jr., second, and Andy Rummell, third. The rice was sponsored by Anderson Chevrolet and The Helena Independent. Dizzy Dean, star pilcher of Ihe St. Louis Cardinals suffered brain concussion. A vicious li drive from the bat of Burgess Whitehead, second baseman lor the New York Giants, struck ihe hurler on the head. The first half of Montana State league baseball came to a close with Butte taking first place with 1G wins against five losses. Second place went to Great Falls with 14-8, 14-8, 14-8, Colored Giants, 15-3; 15-3; 15-3; Helena, 10-13: 10-13: 10-13: Silver Bow Parks, 9-13; 9-13; 9-13; Anaconda, 7-13; 7-13; 7-13; East Helena, 6-15. 6-15. 6-15. At the final matches of the Montana Rifle association held at the Fort Harrison range, Oscar Landet of Anaconda, won Montana small bore champion- champion- ibio with the aggregate score of 666. Jeff Wilson of Helena wo lo j has the of No.