Bonner County History - May 5, 2019

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Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin


After weeks of waiting, work on the new Bridge St. span across Sand creek in the heart of Sandpoint began Tuesday. Mayor Floyd Gray said problems were resolved with the State Highway Department on Monday.

Time was of great importance as the agreement between the city and the construction firm was only binding until the end of April. The firm has 90 days to complete the job, which would anticipate completion by July 29, 1969. Gray said that since construction superintendent Elbert Gunter is a local man and aware of the city’s need for the bridge, he is sure every effort will be made to complete the bridge sooner if at all possible.

The old span has been closed since April 22, with traffic diverted by way of Cedar St.



The Hope Lounge and Cafe is an official weighing station for fish to be entered in K & K Week competition.

Fish weighed at the Hope Lounge and Cafe are eligible to compete for K & K week prizes, which will be awarded May 10 at the Eagles temple in Sandpoint. Fishermen who register their catches there can also register them in a separate derby being conducted by owner Frank Murphy. His 1969 fish derby will run all season with the exception of July and August.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

May 5, 1919 — CITY BREVITIES

A sailor on a west-bound N.P. train last week inquired of the canteen ladies for Mrs. G.H. Martin. He had received a Red Cross sweater last winter from the Sandpoint Red Cross chapter and found Mrs. Martin’s card in it.

A son [John Theodore] was born April 24 to Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Rheinschmidt of Ella avenue.



Roy Walters, night foreman at the A.C. White sawmill at Laclede, had his right arm badly lacerated, with the bones severed in two or three places, by a saw on Wednesday night. Yesterday a man named Moore had his right hand taken off in a planer at the same plant.



N.P. officials met with Hope citizens to hear protests against the employment of five Orientals, two of whom were old employes (sic). Railroad officials promised to release three Orientals and have their places taken by white men and to fill the other two Orientals’ places by white men whenever they dropped out. The argument was made that the wages invited steady employment and plenty of Americans want the work.



Reforesting of burned-over areas is again under way now that the war is ended.

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