This Week In Bonners Ferry History

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100 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zimmerman received word of the death of their son, Charles, on a hospital ship in New York Harbor. The cause of death was listed as heart block due to toxemia from diphtheria.

Charles and Emil Lunden of Naples are negotiating with D.P. Dayton for purchase of his general store in Naples. If the deal goes through, Mr. Dayton will devote his time to his ranch.

Bonners Ferry’s Chautauqua has been going for 3 nights and the attendance was fully up to expectations. Tonight Sgt. Gibbons will relate his experiences on the front with the Canadian troops and in German prisons tomorrow night. The Liberty Belles Orchestra will furnish a varied musical program.

J.A. Fitzwater, supervisor of the Pend d’Orielle Forest Reserve, announced that this summer $10,000 will be available for work on the Copeland-Addie Road. The county will share the costs and should make that road one of the best in the county. A proposition was made to build a road on the west side of the Kootenai River. It would begin at a point near the Brooks place at Moravia and follow the foothills to Porthill.

50 Years Ago

Mt. Hall students get 1st polio shots given by Dr. Durose and Mrs. Ella Wolff, County Nurse. The second shot in the series is expected to be given in April.

Bob Fitch, chairman of the Athletic Committee of the American Legion, disclosed that the net profits of $447.74 from the last weeks 21st Annual Grade School Basketball Tournament has been turned over to the four schools of Boundary County.

Debbie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Holice Smith, placed second in the District Legion Oratorical Contest.

Bloodmobile will visit Bonners next Tuesday. Jesse Hydorn, chairman of the county blood bank urges people to donate blood.

15 Years Ago

Sometimes teachers do radical things to encourage student participation. Valley View Elementary Physical Education Teacher John Beck told students that he would shave his head and wear a dress if they raised over $2,000 for the American Heart Associations, Jump Rope for Heart program. The students raised $2700 and Beck’s bald head and floral print dress was something to behold.

It might still have bullet holes in the ceiling over the lunch counter, but the once notorious Good Grief Tavern, closed for the last two years, will re re-opening its doors to the public this month. Renamed the Good Grief Grill & Grocery, the 80 year old building has new owners.

A Bonners Ferry woman who shot her husband in the buttocks with a .45 caliber pistol six months ago will perform 80 hours of community service as part of a plea agreement. Wendy Thurman, 53, also was sentenced to 90 days jail with 82 suspended and given credit for eight days served, fined $100, plus court costs and ordered to reimburse Boundary County $300.

— Submitted by the Boundary County Museum

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