Priest River man arrested for having illicit still

by Compiled
| August 5, 2020 1:00 AM

20 Years Ago — 2000

Deadman’s Curve to go

The sound of explosives blasting a road through the rock knob at Deadman’s Curve will single the long-awaited Phase 2 of the Highway 2 construction project. The $12 million project will begin Monday and take until at least fall to complete.

30 Years Ago — 1990

Police request food bank help

In a consolidated effort to increase the public’s awareness of their dilemma, three members of the Priest River Police Department applied for assistance from the local food bank Friday and one officer walked out with a food basket.

PRPD Patrolman Gordon Knopp qualified for a food basket.

40 Years Ago — 1980

Ashfall causes outage

Priest River escaped the direct path of the last ashfall, but received just enough to inconvenience residents again — just two weeks later. A four-hour power outage Saturday was a direct result of the ash fallout.

50 Years Ago — 1970

Women’s golf clubs to meet

The recently organized Women’s Club at the Priest Lake Golf Course has invited the Priest River Ladies Club for its first nine-hole guest tournament, to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 8:45 a.m. Play will be followed by the awarding of prizes and a buffet luncheon at the club house. The Priest Lake Club consists of some 35 members.

60 Years Ago — 1960

Permits required

Written permits are still required to enter posted areas on Priest Lake’s east side, according to Thomas M. Kinner, fire warden for the Priest Lake Timber Protective Association.

The shovel, axe and bucket requirement is also still in force. No measurable rainfall has been recorded on the P.L.T.P.A. area to date.

A mop-up crew of 10 men is still on duty on the Lost Creek Fire of July 21 that burned approximately 460 acres of heavy slash.

70 Years Ago — 1950

Escaped convict


Dennis Caudill, alias Billy Cornett, escaped convict from the LaGrange, Ky., penitentiary, was picked up by the local police Friday at the Home Café. He posed as an FBI agent around town, but garnered suspicion because he had not contacted the local police department when he entered town.

Confronted by Police Chief James Carr, Caudill was unable to furnish his FBI credentials and admitted his escape when questioned by Carr and an FBI agent from Coeur d’ Alene.

80 Years Ago — 1940

Register at the Times

Registration for the Red Cross Swim Week can be made at the Times office on Friday and Saturday of this week.

All children will be transported to and from the river. Mrs. Louise Keyser has again consented that the beach on her property be used for the occasion.

90 Years Ago — 1930

Carr makes best guess

The 50-pound sack of Sperry flour offered by the Priest River Grain Co. for the closest guess made as to the time required for pigeons released here to fly to Spokane was won by J. E. Carr.

His guess was 1 hour, 22 minutes and 32 seconds.

100 Years Ago — 1920

Arrested again

A Priest River man who was arrested several months ago and released under bail on a state charge of having liquor in his possession, was arrested Friday and taken before U. S. Commissioner Ignatz Weil to answer to a federal charge of violation of the internal revenue laws in operating an illicit still.

The charge is an outgrowth of the same circumstances which caused his arrest on the state charge. At that time, he was found by sheriff’s deputies stirring the mash in a copper boiler in a shack in Priest River.

He was a constable and put up the plea that he had run across the still and was waiting for the owner to return when arrested.