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Bonner County History - Nov. 21, 2021

| November 21, 2021 1:00 AM

From the archives of the

Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Nov. 21, 1971 – LIONS BUILD DEN

Part of one of the livestock barns at the old fair grounds is planned as a Toys For Tots workshop. Work on the building (Note: In 2021, the Lions Den, located next to the Bonner County Museum building) is being rushed to completion so the Lions can get going on toy and game rehabilitation.



Mr. and Mrs. George Lesage of Sandpoint have received word that their son-in-law, T-Sgt. Russell E. Wheale, was presented a commendation medal in a ceremony at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam for outstanding service at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.



As of Nov. 15, the Bonner County Planning and Zoning Commission has a full-time coordinator. On the recommendation of William Warren of Coolin, planning and zoning commission chairman, Bonner county commissioners appointed William J. Powers, a native of Taunton, Mass., to the position. He is responsible for on-site inspections of proposed zoning change proposals, real estate developments and use-permit applications. The commission’s work load has soared since last year’s adoption of the zoning ordinance, and the development boom has placed a heavy burden on the commission for several years. Powers is available “to anyone who needs me” at his temporary quarters in the courthouse Civil Defense center.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

Nov. 21, 1921 – FIRST SNOW

Sandpoint’s first snow of the season came last Monday (Nov. 14) when fully seven inches of the beautiful fell during the day. It was the first snowfall of the season even to the amount of a flake and followed a fall of fine weather. With the thermometer near the freezing point, the snow, though it fell on soft ground, was sufficient for sleighing on city streets.



This year’s Thanksgiving services will be held at the Baptist church, and Rev. William Westwood of the Presbyterian church will deliver the Thanksgiving sermon. The service opens at 10:30.



Dr. T.J. Peet and son spent Friday and Saturday hunting on the upper stretches of Sweitzer (sic) creek.

The deerhunters took to the woods with Monday’s snowfall. Due to the dry season, the fall deerhunting was poor this year. The season closed Tuesday with less than the usual number of deer killed this season.

The Lincoln school third and fourth grades went on a picnic hike with their teacher, Miss Judith McFarland.

A group of girls of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school, accompanied by Miss Ellen Gregory, took a “hike” Saturday morning, out to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Masters west of town, where they enjoyed a sumptuous dinner. Girls in the party included Gertrude Stuart, Vivian Piatt, Linda Hagadorn, Edna Brown, Thelma Brown, Helen Lomax and Cecelia Greenfield.

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