Bonner County History - June 4, 2019

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Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin


Ward Tifft, owner of The Tifft Agency, was named Realtor of the Year Friday by the Bonner-Boundary Board of Realtors at a banquet at the Elks Lodge. Dan Carter, president of the two-county realtors’ board, made the presentation.



Jack Parkins was named winner of the SHS Misner-Caughey Award at Class Day Friday. One of the most coveted athletic honors, the Misner-Caughey Trophy is inscribed annually with the name of the senior boy who has been most outstanding in three sports during his senior year as determined by the Bulldog coaching staff.

Parkins was a football defensive back, a three-year basketball letterman and senior co-captain, and record-breaking track hurdler and co-captain.



A couple tons of false ceiling and lighting fixtures came down at Sandpoint Drug at 6:50 p.m. Friday, settling on display counters. Owner Allen Rolfson, who was in the store, calmly switched off the lights attached to the ceiling. There was no fire and no one was hurt.

The ceiling caved in under the weight of a workman who was adding more electrical wiring.

Fred Williams Jr. worked on cleanup and by Monday night, was starting on a new ceiling.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

June 4, 1919 – NEWS FROM SELLE

Ole Sletager, who has been stationed in the service at Virginia, returned to his home in Selle.

The Erickson brothers are clearing an acre of land for Grandma Surby.



Soldiers of the 77th division which took so active a part in the Argonne engagement arrived home Saturday. They include Hugo Peterson, Frank Wallace, Robert Clark and Dan Rickard of this city; former N.P. brakeman Ray Fitzgerald; Charles Turnbull, Sagle; Bert McCoy and Wilfred Lindstrum, Dover; and Herbert Brayson, Laclede.

Fitzgerald was twice wounded by machine gun fire. Wallace got a citation for bravery on the field of action. He and McCoy were in the “lost battalion” that made Colonel Whittlesey famous with his “go to hell” message to the German commander who asked him to surrender. Bert Searfus of Dover, who arrived home a few weeks ago, was also with the “lost battalion.” All the men took active part in the final tussle of the big war which led to the German capitulation.

In the Argonne forest under Whittlesey, the boys explain, Germans surrounded the 308th three different times. One is called the “one-day trap,” the second as the “three-day trap,” and the third, which won world fame, the “six-day trap.” Wallace was in the first and second traps; McCoy and Searfus in all three of them.

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