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Bonner County History - Sept. 17, 2023

| September 17, 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

Sept. 17, 1973 – PROUDLY WE SALUTE…

James H. Carlson, a 1973 SHS graduate, recently completed training at the San Diego Naval Recruit Training Center. He was one of fifty men in the Blue Jacket Choir, which performed at all Naval church services, retirements, and graduations. He is now at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, where he will attend journalism school. Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Carlson, 1207 Elm St., Sandpoint.



A new attraction at Clark Fork High School is a new goal post on the football field.

A serious mishap occurred during Saturday’s football game. Kenny Pringle fell out of the tree and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Bill Currie is the new art teacher at Clark Fork. He grew up in Sandpoint and graduated from Sandpoint High School. Besides being an art teacher, he owns the Panida theater and also teaches skiing.

Larry Jacobson, the new high school counselor, who grew up in the Northside area and graduated from SHS, played professional football in Canada.

New in the office is the secretary, Miss Diane Brashear, who grew up in Clark Fork and graduated from Clark Fork High School.



Ray L. Matz has joined the staff of Bonner Medical Laboratory after two years at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Denver. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Montana. Matz and his wife [Doris] recently moved to Sandpoint.

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Sept. 17, 1948 – G.I. REFRIGERATION FIRM

Three veterans – Al F. Eckert, Donald Newton, formerly of Hayden Lake, and Frank L. Herbison, formerly of Tacoma, Wash. - took advantage of practical training courses at Farragut College & Technical Institute and now operate a thriving business in Sandpoint, the Frostline Refrigeration Co. Eckert, who graduated from Sandpoint High School, attended the state university for a time before serving five years with the Canadian and American air forces. On his return he became aware of the opportunity in his home town for a commercial refrigeration business. With his wife and small child, he went to Farragut, where he joined the first course offered in Refrigeration and air conditioning. He met Herbison and Newton at the college, where post-war training for the postwar west is the watchword.



A portion of Lake Pend Oreille in the Bayview area has been marked “restricted,” outlined by buoys, and boatmen have been asked to stay out of the area while underwater experiments are being conducted. Every attempt will be made to keep the usual channels leading to the docks at Bayview in the clear and there should be no interference with small boat traffic in and around Bayview except for that portion directly in front of the field station.

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