10 Years Ago — 2008
Hirst and Connolly receive awards
Lila Hirst received the Priest River Chamber of Commerce ‘s Citizen of the Year award for 2007 Jan. 15, and Jeff Connolly got the President’s Award.
20 Years Ago — 1998
Local duo safe
Sleeping in the middle of the Kaniksu National Forest in January with a minimal amount of survival gear would give some a lot of worry. But Robert “George” Wallace and Curt Wylie were more worried about people worrying about them. Wallis, 42, and Wylie, 39, spent Sunday night camped in the snow near the east side of Echo bowl after they were unable to ride their snowmobiles out the way they came in. With them were Gary Neal, 52 and Morgan Neal, 28 of Spokane.... By mid-afternoon Monday a rescue force had extracted the four snowmobilers.
30 Years Ago — 1988
Fire fighters stymie blaze
A fire gutted Daunice Baker’s home on Highway 2 near Albeni Falls on the morning of Jan. 20. West Pend Oreille firefighters were able to control the blaze before it damaged much of the structure, but interior damage was extensive and might mean the house will have to be written off as a total loss. Chief Les Kokanos said it appears an overheated stove started the fire in the utility room.
40 Years Ago — 1978
Lower Priest River status studied
The U. S. Forest Service is studying a 70-mile stretch of the Priest River for possible inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems and plans to issue a draft environmental statement on the area in late April.
50 Years Ago — 1968
Former editor’s death reported
J. G. Parsons, Sr., 81, former Priest River and Sandpoint newspaper publisher, died in a Delano, Calif. Hospital Wednesday night after a brief illness. Publisher of the Delano News until his retirement a few years ago, he and his wife had made their home at Delano for many years. A railroad worker in the Midwest in his youth, Parsons came to Priest River in 1921 and for several years was editor and publisher of the Times. In 1925 he purchased the Pend Oreille Review at Sandpoint and later established the Daily Panidan.
60 Years Ago — 1958
Woman arrested for disorderly conduct
Mrs. JoAnn Fontenot was charged with drunk and disorderly conduct when she became belligerent and started a melee in Buddy’s Tavern last Wednesday night. It was reported she struck Mrs. Hilda McGowan, waitress, across the back of the hand with an ash tray inflicting a deep cut and pulled a handful of hair from her head. An unidentified woman patron also reportedly sustained fingernail scratches. Officer Don Van Vleet was called to the scene, and Mrs. Fontenot was subdued and jailed for the night. Van Vleet also bore battle marks in the form of fingernail scratches. Mrs. McGowan was taken to Newport Hospital where 13 stitches were taken to close the wound in her hand.
70 Years Ago — 1948
Kiwanis interested in city designation
As the law provides that villages of over 1,000 population may be incorporated as a city upon presentation of a petition signed by a certain number of voters, the Priest River Kiwanis Club voted to have such a petition drawn, circulated and presented to the local trustees. There are several advantages of being designated a city in place of a village.
80 Years Ago — 1938
Thieves again hit Sid’s Place
Sid’s Place was again burglarized Wednesday night. Entrance to the building was made by forcing a window. Machines were broken into and money totaling $25 was taken, besides candy, cigarettes, etc. The thefts are thought to be the work of youths. Mr. Ragan has been host to burglars four times within the past year; however, the last “artists” were apprehended in a hotel in Newport and sentenced to the State Reform School.
90 Years Ago — 1928
Making cheese at the Charbonneau
Yes, we were down to the big feed at the Charbonneau Hotel and helped make the first batch of cheese. We sure had a good feed, lots of cigars and a lot of good talk on the dairy subject.
100 Years Ago — 1918
New machine’s a wonder
The Kaniksu Drug has installed an expensive model of the Butterkist popcorn vendor. This complicated piece of machinery roasts peanuts, popcorn, makes popcorn balls, popcorn honey and cream and other delicacies; in short does everything but carry money to the bank.
—Compiled by MARYLYN CORK