Saturday, May 08, 2021

Squirrel shoot planned in Priest River

by MARYLYN CORK Contributing Writer
| April 28, 2021 1:00 AM

100 Years Ago — 1921

Frank Long purchased a 10-acre tract in the suburbs of Priest River from Chas. Jackson this week, consideration, $1,000. Mr. Jackson has disposed of 21 lots on the hill this spring, which speaks well for the growth of the town as many of the buyers are planning to build homes.

90 Years Ago — 1931

Squirrel shoot planned

Squirrel shooting is form of competition which has never yet been tried by the Priest River Rod and Gun Club. Ranchers who are suffering from a super abundance of squirrels may list locations in the Times, and such locations will be considered as squads are dispatched on May 10.

80 Years Ago — 1941

Rag ball special set

The Thama Community Club ladies are giving a rag ball social May 10 at the Thama School House. Ladies bring a pie and a rag ball. The ladies’ names are to be written on slips of paper and rolled inside the balls, which will be auctioned off to the men who are the highest bidders. Coffee will be free to those who can stomach the stuff.

70 Years Ago — 1951

Spartans win first meet

In their first dual track meet of the season, the Priest River tracksters ran away from Sandpoint last Thursday afternoon, 68-45, at Priest River. Sophomore Alva Mullaley started the Spartans off on the right foot by taking first in the pole vault and the 100-yard dash. Team mates Zunke, Brown, Hansen, E. Nelson, McKinney, Chaffins, Duley, R. Nelson and Shields backed him up with firsts in their events. Priest River also won the one-mile relay, time 4:05.

60 Years Ago — 1961

Bond election set

A proposal to hold a bond election for a new elementary school for Priest River, and to increase the present 5-mill levy to 10 mills for five years, was approved by the school board at a special meeting by a vote of 4-1. A bond issue of $350,000 was asked for a badly needed Priest River school.

50 Years Ago — 1971

Death claims homesteader

James A. Low, 74, long-time resident of Priest River and Priest Lake, died Thursday at his home in Nordman. He was owner of Low’s Resort on the upper west side of Priest Lake. Low was born at Marine City, Mich., in 1901, and came to Priest River in 1917. In 1923, he took up a homestead in Luby Bay. Two years later, he started his first resort. He built Low’s Resort near Granite Creek in 1938.

40 Years Ago — 1981

Timber firms join forces

Two area lumber companies are joining hands to straighten the sharpest curve on Highway 200 between Sandpoint and Priest River, in order to help the public and themselves. Louisiana-Pacific and Merritt Brothers mill of Priest River cooperatively volunteered to cut the corner some eight miles west of Sandpoint, with an assist from state Division of Highways crews. Straightening the curve will approximately double the distance that drivers can see.

20 Years Ago — 2001

PRLHS to lose principal

Priest River Lamanna High School will have a new principal next year, and the Marsing School District in southwestern Idaho will have a new superintendent. Ron Hopkins, PRLHS principal for the past four years, announced last week he will be leaving when his contract expires on June 22 to take his first job as school superintendent at Marsing.