Rains drench fires ravaging the community

by MARYLYN CORK Contributing Writer
| September 16, 2020 1:00 AM

100 Years Ago — 1920

Rain stops fires

The fires that have been terrifying the countryside at the upper end of Priest Lake for the past two weeks were put out quicker than they spread at the start when the rains of Friday and Saturday drenched everything. It required several days for the stages, carrying capacity loads daily, to bring all the firefighters to Priest River, from which point they returned to Spokane. This will end the fire danger for this season.

90 Years Ago — 1930

Former resident visits

Harry Angstadt, who has been spending the past few weeks in Priest River, left for Glendale, Calif., saying that work will soon start on the filming of the “Tonnerville Trolley,” a new film. His location at Glendale has been acquired for that purpose. Mr. Angstadt also has land holdings near Priest Lake, which he was endeavoring to dispose of while here.

80 Years Ago — 1940

Worth a six-mile hike

Paul Mears, Charles Campbell, Warren Jones and Captain John Smith made up a party that visited Roman Nose Lake. The boys said it is a most beautiful lake and well worth the six-mile hike. Many fine pictures were taken.

70 Years Ago — 1950

Stolen car interrupts service

Electric service to Mountain States Power Co. Customers was interrupted for one hour between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday morning because of the erratic driving of a man in a stolen car. The car hit one of the guys supporting the 66,000-transmission line. Later, as the wrecker started towing it away, the guy snapped and short-circuited the line.

60 Years Ago — 1960

Celebration finances disclosed

The financial report submitted on the Loggers Celebration held in August shows a total of $2,882.67 in disbursements and $4,606.82 in receipts. The Chamber of Commerce donated $500 of the receipts to the Kaniksu Clinic, Inc., building fund, the main project for the year.

50 Years Ago — 1970

Town to be on TV

Priest River will be featured Tuesday during the 5:30 p.m. portion of “Eyewitness News,” as the “Community Close-Up" series continues its coverage of all Inland Empire communities. Q-6 coordinator of public affairs Bob Briley talked to several of the leading citizens of Priest River, including Mayor Ted Brower, city attorney Fred Kondo, the Priest River royalty, and two young citizens, Elissa and Jo Ann Leak.

40 Years Ago — 1980

Building plans discussed

Bonner County school trustees nailed down details and specifications for Northside School and Priest River Lamanna High School building projects at a special meeting. The two classrooms at Northside and the addition to the Priest River school were approved by voters earlier this year in a special levy election. Officials hope the projects are completed by late winter or early spring.

30 Years Ago — 1990

Street project completed

The Downtown Renovation Project, which includes the construction of new streets, sidewalks and curbs in the downtown area, will be completed Monday. Consulting engineer Eric Eldenburg, of James A. Sewell & Associates, said the final cleanup on the sidewalks and curbs should be complete Friday with all asphalt work ending on Monday.

20 Years Ago — 2000

Library gift opens new ‘Gates-way’

A trainer was in Priest River Thursday to train library staff in how to use the new computers and software two local libraries have received from the Gates Foundation.