This Week in Bonners Ferry History

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100 Years Ago

Mrs. Roy Kingsriter, Postmaster at Addie and the wife of Roy Kingsriter, General Merchant at Addie, died Wed. morning at the B.F. hospital where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. The deceased was 26 yrs. old and is survived by her husband and a 6 yr. old daughter. Burial will be in Rockford, Wash. on Friday.

County physician E.E. Fry was notified by wire yesterday by the State Board of Health that all schools should be closed immediately until further notice because of the Spanish influenza. There are at least 50 people of Bonners Ferry confined to their beds at this time with the disease and in the county there are about 150 cases.

Henry Henige, who secured considerable notoriety in Spokane when he advertised for a wife, has returned to B.F. with his bride, Mrs. Catherine Van Pelt, a resident of Spokane for the past 12 years. Mr. Henige made the rounds on Friday passing out cigars to all his friends.

Boundary County goes over the top in 4th Liberty Loan Drive. The drive ended Saturday and Chairman Shultis said that probably bonds in the amount of $109,000 were sold. The county quota was $100,000. Boundary County has every reason to be proud of the record it has made and the committee is to be congratulated on the manner in which each individual worked for success.

Bethlehem Gold Mines, Ltd. has stock for sale at 6 cents per share. Apply: Frank Watson, New Madison Hotel; Spokane, Wash.

The Rushmeade Ranch, owned by A.V. Hemming was sold to F.N. Parker of Moran Prairie, Wash. The ranch is one of the finest in the Kootenai Valley and is located about 5 miles down the river on the south bank. The consideration was around the $20,000 mark including all the stock and farm implements. Mr. Parker plans to go into stock raising on an extensive scale.

50 Years Ago

Bids were opened October 11th in Missoula for reconstruction of the remaining 4.3 miles of the Bonners-Porthill Road No. 417.5, announces Harold E. Andersen, Kaniksu Forest Supervisor. Official opening of the new Kootenai River bridge at Copeland is scheduled for next Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., when a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the bridge site.

The two top winners of awards presented during the last Saturday night in conjunction with observance of National 4-H week were Vickie Collyer, who received the annual sewing machine award presented by Bill Irwin to the top 4-member in clothing and Pam Malone, recipient of First Security Bank’s watch award which is given to recognize the 4-H member with the most outstanding overall achievement during 1968.

The ladies of St. Rose’s Guild plan to serve a breakfast in the church hall, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, for all of the men and altar boys and particularly to welcome new members of St. Ann’s parish following the 10:00 mass Sunday morning, October 20th.

15 Years Ago

Naples Elementary teacher, Janet Hanson, was all smiles Tuesday after the Boundary County School District officially accepted one of the most prestigious technology grants in the country that Hanson had applied for. The $60,500 Beaumont Foundation Grant will provide Naples School with 26 lap top computers and 5 Toshiba software programs that will allow the adult community to utilize as well.

Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne last week announced $100,000 imminent threat grants to the City of Bonners Ferry and Lemhi County. Both communities will use the funds to address water systems damaged by summer fires. Bonners Ferry’s primary water source is supplied by the Myrtle Creek Drainage. A summer fire created an unstable environment for the city’s watershed.

Two Boundary County residents are looking for volunteers to help respond to emergencies in the community. Elaine Atkins, occupational and community health manager from Boundary County Community Hospital, and Alan Hamilton, an EMT for Boundary County Volunteer Ambulance and Bonners Ferry Fire Department, have completed training to become Community Emergency Response Team Leaders.

— Submitted by the Boundary County Museum

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