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Bonner County History - Aug. 29, 2023

| August 29, 2023 1:00 AM

Brought to you by the

Bonner County Historical

Society and Museum

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


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Aug. 29, 1973 – BIRTHS

Aug. 21 - Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Piatt, Sandpoint, 6 lb. 3 oz.; Aug. 23 - Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Long, Clark Fork, girl, 8 lb. 4 oz.; Aug. 27 - Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright, Sandpoint, girl, 6 lb. 3 oz.



A dry summer has created fire hazards and problems for stockmen in Bonner County, but has added impetus to the county’s continuing construction boom. Sandpoint reflects a county-wide trend. Since July 5, Fire Chief Wade Brown has issued city building permits valued at $1,162,077. Projects which have boosted the city total include the New Farmin School addition ($704,577), an addition to the Bonner County courthouse ($208,000), P & E Woodworking’s new building ($96,000) and the First Christian Church ($85,000).



Steve Tillberg, current Panhandle Raceway point leader, scored the day’s fastest time, 30.77, but only placed third in the A-Trophy dash and A-Main event in racing action Aug. 26. Despite Tillberg’s third place finishes he still retains a 47 point lead, at 172, over Terre Mobbs at 125. Area stock car racers now look towards the Labor Day weekend and the last two races of the season. Drivers from Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and Kalispell are expected to join local talent in the chase for $1,000 in prize money.

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Aug. 29, 1948 – NEWS FROM HOPE

Janet Butler gave a beach party Tuesday honoring Mary Graves and the prayer band members on the beach in front of her home. During the evening, George Rounsville ventured out too far on the log pond at the Butler mill, fell in, and due to the rolling logs, could not get back out. He had disappeared a second time when Donny Butler dove in and pulled him to the surface. Bud and Bill Van Stone helped pull him out. George was taken home, a scared and shivering boy, but none the worse for his mishap.



Attractions of the Lake Pend Oreille country are again being featured in magazines. The September issue of Sunset describes fall hunting and fishing and suggests huckleberrying as an attraction for tourists. The G.N. railway devotes a full page in its monthly magazine, The Goat, to Pend Oreille, with pictures of Talache Lodge, Wes Hamlet and his record-breaking 37-pound trout, and a group of fishermen on the dock of Pend d’Oreille lodge.



When bear hunting season starts Sept. 1, people in Coolin on Priest Lake will be able to indulge in one of their favorite fall sports – sitting in their back yards in the evenings waiting to shoot a ba’r. They expect to get their winter’s supply of bear meat in jig time, as due to a plentiful huckleberry crop, more bears have been seen recently than in many years.

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