10 Years Ago — 2008
Bonds signs new book
Priest River resident Mitchell Bonds was on hands at Mitchell’s Harvest Foods Wednesday to autograph copies of his new book, “Hero, Second Class.” The action book is his first published work, and Bonds is only 20 years old. He is a student majoring in Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho.
20 Years Ago — 1998
Bark beetle plan proposed
Forest officials in northern Idaho and eastern Washington are proposing a plan to deal with a bark beetle infestation that calls for the U. S. Forest Service to cut its losses and focus on ecosystem restoration. The beetles’ attack on Douglas fir is so widespread the Forest Service recognizes not much can be done to control or stop the epidemic that has ravaged thousands of acres of national forest. The proposal is to harvest trees in the hardest hit stands, replacing them with ponderosa pine, western larch and western white pine.
30 Years Ago — 1988
Riley Creek Lumber Company held an open house Tuesday and gave local officials a preview of what the company will propose in a public meeting in Laclede to get rid of a mountain of sawdust that just keeps growing. The company is proposing an Olivine Refractory Silo Burner, which would take one year to burn off all the sawdust that has been piling up.
40 Years Ago — 1978
Plant Mill wins award
The Plant Mill is the winner of a new “President’s Award” by the Priest River Chamber of Commerce. Passers-by have been commenting for months on the attractiveness of the cedar and glass addition to the Sjostrom residence and business. The Plant Mill’s grand opening was announced this week.
50 Years Ago — 1968
Meet a Priest River business person
Sophie Shreve, owns and operates the Friendly Tavern. She and her husband, Major Harry Shreve, came to Priest River three years ago from Germany, where he served with the army, and purchased the Friendly Tavern from Buddy Moore. She is active in the community and is an ardent booster of high school athletics.
60 Years Ago — 1958
Former local makes good
A new song, “A Bushel of Tears,” has crashed into the world of music. The writer of the lyric is Leona May Hanson, who will be remembered here as the former Mary Finstad, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Finstad. She was born and reared on a small farm about a mile east of town.
70 Years Ago — 1948
The Times is holding open house on Friday afternoon and evening at its new building across from the Roxy Theater.
Arrangements are being made by interested parties for flooding the lots between the Log Cabin and Hoagland’s Barber Shop for an ice skating rink.
80 Years Ago — 1938
The Priest River Townsend Club has voted to write to Washington, D.C., for the files of the Congressional Record for the coming session of Congress. They intend to keep tabs on candidates who were elected on the strength of the Townsend vote to see whether or not they stand by their pre-election promises.
90 Years Ago — 1928
Holiday enjoyed at Blue Lake
Thanksgiving night everyone in the Blue Lake country, and out of it too, enjoyed a good time at the Grange. Joe Berry from Krauter’s camp helped entertain the dancers on his violin. The MacLeod boys, Emmett Greene and others furnished the old time music.
100 Years Ago — 1918
Local boys honored
The services held at the Congregational church on Thanksgiving Day were appropriate. A surprise was afforded the audience in the arrival of the service flag, received only a few minutes before the program opened. The flag bore 63 blue stars and four gold ones, for those who died to protect it. Joseph McEvoy, Robert Kittleson, Julius Finstad and J. R. Anderson were honored by the gold stars. Since the flag was ordered, one more local boy, Clarence Holland, has made the supreme sacrifice.