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Bonner County History - Feb. 1, 2024

| February 1, 2024 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


John Nelson, of Nelson TV & Appliances, has announced the sale of his business at 225 Cedar St. to Sandpoint native, Ron Hanson. Mr. Hanson, who has worked in the shop the past three months, will keep the same business name but plans to expand the Radio-Shack line and extend TV service. Mr. Nelson will remain in the business on a temporary basis as a consultant. He is an ordained minister and will begin pastoring again in the near future. 



President Richard Nixon has issued a federal disaster declaration naming eight Northern Idaho counties, along with other areas in the flood-ridden Northwest, as disaster areas. Included in the list is Bonner County. Bob Cramer, director of Bonner County Civil Defense, said the designation will “make it that much easier to get back on our feet.”



At a meeting in the Garden Restaurant, delegates from the four Beta Sigma Phi Chapters formed a city council to make plans for the 2025 convention in Sandpoint. Representing the chapters on the council are Jan Moore and Ann Evans, Nu Phi Mu; Mae McCormick and Jean Felts, Idaho Nu; Teresa Deshon and Ione Bauer, Lambda Preceptor; and Delsie Marienau and Lucille Allen, Xi Eta. Mrs. Marienau is chairman and Mrs. Bauer, vice chair.

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Feb. 1, 1949 – NEW NAME ADOPTED

One of the most picturesque words native to this area will be the new name of the former City center cabins and Hurschell’s cafe on Cedar. The business will be called “The Kaniksu,” according to Manager Bob Snodgrass. Over the winter, the cottages will be redecorated to be one of the most attractive motels in the Inland Empire. The dining room, which enjoys a reputation for its cheerful fireplace, colorful murals and “man-size” steak and chicken dinners, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Elliott closed a deal with Mrs. Hazel Thomas for sale of the Elliott hotel property which includes the building at Second and Pine. Mrs. Thomas is former owner of the Rowlands hotel and Hurschell’s cafe. Ground floor tenants are the Economy Grocery run by Ray and Bob Thorpe, and Lyons Printing co. The Elliotts bought the property three years ago from Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Krebs.

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