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From the Archives - Nov. 11, 2021

| November 11, 2021 1:00 AM

J.H. Hoagland opened the Pastime Cigar Store with a poolroom in 1906. It was located in the Alberts Building next to the First State Bank on Main Street. Hoagland sold the thriving business, in 1913, to Miller & Grindstaff. Miller was the proprietor of the Sunset Barber Shop, so the gentlemen merged the two business. They operated the Pastime Cigar Store and the High Top Saloon and Barber Shop.

This photo, inside the High Top Saloon and Barber Shop, was taken in 1916. The barber is Mike Miller, and the boy having a haircut is Rene Wickstrom. Rene shined shoes in the barber shop

In 1920, Miller & Grindstaff sold the Pastime Cigar Store to the Brookes Brothers. One hundred years ago, in 1921, the Pastime Cigar Store was raided and shut down. From the Bonners Ferry Herald: "Armed with a search warrant issued by County Attorney O.C. Wilson, Jack Foster , of the state constabulary, and J.A. Worley, City Marshall, raided the Pastime Cigar Store, finding two quart bottles of peach brandy in the basement and a quart bottle about three-quarters full of brandy."

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