Bonner County History - April 29, 2021
From the archives of the
Bonner County History Museum
611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864
50 Years Ago
April 29, 1971 – LOYALTY DAY PROCLAIMED
Mayor Floyd L. Gray has proclaimed May 1 as Loyalty Day in Sandpoint. Loyalty Day, America’s patriotic reaction to Communism’s May Day, was founded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Sandpoint Junior High students Michelle Bopp, Kathy Allen and Jackie Ward have started an anti-pollution campaign and will contact other youth groups to enlist their aid. Cecil Ereman, owner of Sandpoint Garbage Co., will pick up bags of trash collected if the girls get the permission of residents to place the bags near their cans for easy pickup. The girls plan to put donation cans in businesses, to make posters and buy trash bags. Extra funds will be given to worthy causes.
MONEY RAISED FOR CROUPETTE
Through the efforts of employees of Bonner General Hospital and its auxiliary, and tremendous community support, a benefit dance netted $615.20 to purchase a new croupette. The idea for the croupette came when Billy Hiatt was a recent patient in the infant croupette, and hospital nurses immediately realized that a larger piece of equipment is needed for children. A throng of about 150 people attended the April 16 dance at Sandpoint Community hall. A volunteer orchestra of Art Burnett, Frances Poelstra, Bob Peck, Dick Martin and Vic Clary kept the evening lively.
100 Years Ago
Pend d’Oreille Review
April 29, 1921 – TURNS TRUCK OVER
The Merchants’ Delivery truck driven by George Critchell lost its cab in a smashup on the Priest River hill west of Laclede last night, the driver being uninjured. Mr. Critchell was taking a load of cable to Priest River when the engine went dead ascending the hill. As the heavily loaded truck began to roll backward, he turned it into the bank on the inside of the road, the pitch of the decline causing it to topple over, wrecking the cab and spilling the load.
THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION
E.W. Wheelan was elected mayor of the city on Tuesday. The victory was complete and carried with it the entire Good Government ticket headed by Mr. Wheelan. At Monday’s city council meeting, the successful candidates will be inaugurated: Mayor E.W. Wheelan; Clerk Myrvin Davis; Treasurer A.K. Bowden; 1st ward: J.C. Cranston and Wm. Ellison; 2nd ward: Orville S. Frazier and J.W. Thompson; 3rd ward: Harry E. Brown and E.F. Hitchner.
CLARKSFORK WOMEN BREAK IN
Clarksfork women voters Tuesday got up a ticket of their own and by agreement wrote in the names of their candidates for village council but their plans did not succeed, the men’s ticket as duly nominated and printed winning out. Elected village trustees for the next year are: W.P. Brashear, William Charrey, J.F. Cracraft, Thomas Judge and John Reed.
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