Couple receives check for Albeni Falls land acquisition

by MARYLYN CORK Contributing Writer
| January 13, 2021 1:00 AM

100 Years Ago — 1921

Thieves arrested

Thieves who burglarized the Newport Dept. Store were apprehended through the quick work of W. B. Dingle, proprietor. Mr. Dingle made an early train for Spokane and saw some of his stolen property on the depot platform. The thieves became suspicious and did not take the goods, but when the train arrived in Spokane Mr. Dingle had those suspected arrested.

90 Years Ago — 1931

Students present play

A one-act play, “Home for the Holidays,” was presented by the pupils of the sixth and seventh grade grades. John Keyser played the lead opposite Laura Falsetto. Other members of the cast were Virginia Bossio, Carmel Naccarato and Emil Veltri.

80 Years Ago — 1941

World’s No. 1 liar responsible

There is no hard-hearted opposition in Washington about sending food and relief to any of the counties that have been impoverished by the war. The real difficulty is that it would be impossible to keep food from being captured and used by the Germans. In the world war, the terms were arranged under which American food supplies were distributed. That is not possible this time because Hitler controls the European situation and Hitler is the world’s No. 1 liar.

70 Years Ago — 1951

First payment on land acquisition

Mr. And Mrs. George Falk received the first land acquisition check for the Albeni Falls Dam from the Corps of Engineers Dec. 27. John and Marko Cupic will receive the second check.

60 Years Ago — 1961

News from Idaho Hill School

The new addition to the school was completed Nov. 29, and the following Tuesday Mrs. Clintsman’s second grade class moved into the new room. Mr. Phillips’s eighth graders moved into the room vacated by Mrs. Clintsman. The new room is quite large, and has a nice view overlooking the pole yard, river and the mill.

50 Years Ago — 1971

Snowcatters have fine time

Saturday night Mr. And Mrs. Ralph Morrow, Mr. And Mrs. Ray Troudt and Roddy, and Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Reynolds and Jeff, Laura and Brian had a fine time “snocatting” along the Pend Oreille River at the Ernie Eldenburg place where the water had gone down.

40 Years Ago — 1981

Fog bank lifts

Fog hanging over the area has finally cleared out. High pressure had kept ground moisture from escaping. Priest River and Oldtown had been fogged in for over a week but did not report the dense fog reported in other localities in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

30 Years Ago — 1991

Cold spell not so bad

Priest River residents may be among the fortunate considering what neighboring communities have gone through in dealing with the recent arctic cold snap. “We’ve been really fortunate, said Priest River Police Chief Wally Mitchell. There haven’t been any serious vehicle accidents.

City Deputy Clerk Jeanne Naccarato said the city received about 10 phone calls asking if the city had shut off their water. But the real problem is freezing water pipes, she said, usually not the city’s responsibility.

20 Years Ago — 2001

Census report

Preliminary figures from the U. S. Census Bureau show that Priest River and Oldtown have both grown, but not as much as the unincorporated areas around them. Priest River has a population of 1,631, up from 1,493 in 1970, while Oldtown’s population totaled 252 in 1980 compared with 161 in 1970.