10 Years Ago — 2008
Miller to represent USA
Local resident Todd Miller will represent the USA as one of the 45 members of the 2008 World Arm Wrestling Championships in Kelowna. B.C. later this month. A true story of courage and perseverance, the 31-year-old nearly lost his legs in 2005 after being crushed beneath a 20-ton chunk of granite.
20 Years Ago — 1998
Books about Idaho presented
The Priest River Elementary library received several books last week presented by the Priest River Historical Preservation Committee. The books were purchased with left-over grant money awarded to the local commission by the Idaho Historical Society
30 Years Ago — 1988
Local veteran reflects
Ed Bell of Priest River enlisted in the United States Army on Jan. 2, 1942. Bell is one of many veterans of foreign wars living in North Idaho who will take time to reflect Friday when Veterans Day is honored throughout the United States. Bell served in the Third Infantry Division during World War II and saw action in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Corsica. He was a part of historic battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Montecassino, and was part of a landing force at Sicily on July 10, 1943.
40 Years Ago — 1978
Remembering Lisa Brown
Memorial services are set for Nov. 3 for Lisa Brown at the United Methodist church in Bonners Ferry. The body of the 11-year-old was found last Thursday, four months after her disappearance from the campground at Riley Creek Recreation Area at Laclede. She was the daughter of Richard and Barbara Brown, formerly of Priest River. Lisa disappeared while on a family outing.
50 Years Ago — 1968
Local boy promoted
John B. Roberts, Jr., forester on the Libby Ranger District in Montana, has accepted a transfer and promotion to resource assistant on the Seeley Lake Ranger District, Lolo National Forest. Roberts’ hometown is Priest River. His wife, Marilyn Wallace, is also a native of Priest River.
60 Years Ago — 1958
Parks get equal funding
Of the $10,000 which it was recently announced is to be spent by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for development of recreation facilities at Priest River and Newport, approximately $5,000 each will be spent on Priest River Park and Albeni Cove.
Big mack caught
A 35-pound mackinaw 43 inches long and 32 inches in girth was caught by a vacationer at Linger Longer Lodge last week. The remains of five silvers, two intact, were taken from its digestive system.
70 Years Ago — 1948
School violence with a twist
A 15-year-old New Plymouth, Idaho boy died Monday of wounds after being shot Saturday night on a Halloween outing. Sheriff Stevens said Lee Ellis, former superintendent of the Priest River and New Plymouth schools, did the shooting when a student group appeared before his home thee miles south of New Plymouth. Ellis fired over the heads of several of the boy’s companions, striking the teen as he stood on the road in front of the Ellis residence.
80 Years Ago — 1938
Robinsons buy property
Earl Palmer reports the sale of his residence and acreage on the west and north edge of town to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Robinson, who will take immediate possession.
90 Years Ago — 1928
Costume party winners named
The first of the school parties given by the mothers of the Junior High students was held in the school gymnasium. Lois Hamshar, dressed as a witch, received first prize. The second prize was given to the little “girl” in the bloomer dress, a big surprise when “she” took off her mask and wig and Leonard Brown bowed to the crowd. James McNall received the boys’ first prize dressed as a Russian, and Sistino Rose won second as a little old man with a bottle on his hip and a pipe in his mouth.
100 Years Ago — 1918
Lost and Found
Carl Barnes of Rathdrum was lost in the jackpine flats this side of Priest Lake from Thursday morning until noon Saturday. Searching parties located him in an abandoned trapper’s cabin belonging to A. H. DeWolf, where he was calmly awaiting his rescuers.