Bonner County History - Feb. 6, 2024
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Bonner County Historical
Society and Museum
611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864
50 Years Ago
Feb. 6, 1974 – BOPP NAMED TRUSTEE
Jack L. Bopp, Sandpoint, was elected by secret ballot Tuesday night to fill the vacant zone 4 Bonner County School Trustee post vacated by Dr. William Morton, who resigned in January. Bopp, who was chosen over Gordon Cordes and Charles Bonar, will stand for election on the fourth Tuesday of May, as will two other trustees – Dr. David Beeson, Priest River (zone 1) and Vernon Ruen, Clark Fork (zone 3). Bopp, his wife and four children reside at 706 N. Third in Sandpoint. He is a former City Council member and the owner of Bonner Building Supply.
TROOP 101 COURT OF HONOR
Troop 101, sponsored by United Methodist Church, held its first court of honor under new Scoutmaster Bill Gee Jr. on Jan. 22 at Sandpoint Community hall. Russell McNearney was awarded his merit badge for camping. The rest of the troop received scout badges: Doug Stevens, Scott Redman, Russell Gee, Phil Munts, Jerry McDowell, Ken Andrews and Duane Nordgaarden.
SQUARE DANCERS AWARDED DIPLOMAS
Circle ‘N Swing Square Dance Club held a graduation ceremony Saturday at Community hall for students who completed the classes taught by George Cooper at Eagles hall. Graduates were Tom and Helen DeGeare, Rich and Sherry Metz, Bill and Lillian Mossburg, Charles and Erma Beals, Russ and Doris Hunter and Jody Johnson.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 6, 1949 – ENTER UNIVERSITY
Three Sandpoint boys left Sunday for Moscow to begin second semester courses at the university. Walter Burt and Kenneth Miller will start as freshmen. Dewey Selle will enter his junior year. He is majoring in entomology.
PHEASANT SMASHES TWO WINDOWS
Fred Foster of the Selle district had an unusual experience with “feathered friends” last week. Late one afternoon, he observed a hawk pursuing a Chinese pheasant cock. The frightened game bird eluded his enemy by unwittingly crashing through a large window in the living room of the Foster home. Foster hurried inside, thinking he would have to board up that broken window until he could get to town for glass. When he arrived in the living room, the temporarily stunned pheasant had revived and on seeing Foster, took fright and crashed out the window again…another window…opposite the one by which it had entered. So, with broken glass littering the floor and light fast falling, Foster boarded up two windows against the zero weather.
NEWS FROM MORTON
Norman Riffle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Riffle, and Miss Alma Howell of Algoma were married Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Coeur d’Alene. The young couple will make their home at Clayton, Idaho, where Norman is employed.
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