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Bonner County History - Feb. 29, 2024

| February 29, 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

Feb. 28, 1974 – WINTER CARNIVAL 

With beautiful weather and lots of hard work, the 1974 Sandpoint Winter Carnival was truly a success. It all began Friday evening with a parade through the streets of Sandpoint, when it literally rained candy for a crowd of about 500 spectators. After the parade, there were ski movies and a teen dance in the Elks banquet hall, while many older “kids” enjoyed Winter Carnival Specials at participating restaurants and taverns. Saturday came with sunshine for 100 contestants and spectators at Schweitzer Basin for a cross-country ski race and dog sledding. In Saturday afternoon’s snowball roll at Memorial Field, the winning snowballers included Theresa Smith, Cheryl George, Laurie George, Shelley George, Laurie Newton and Pam Newton. Taking the $5 prize for rolling their snowball around the course in the fastest time were Jon Pearlstein, Paul Critchlow and Darren Hill. In the greased pole climb, Theresa Smith again was in the money, snatching a $10 bill off the slippery stuff. In second place was Mike Webb, who slithered within reach of $5. The final kids event was a relay race, with the winning team of Shelley George, Peter Beck, Carl Converse and the amazing Theresa Smith. They will all enjoy a free hamburger and soda for their efforts. After Saturday night’s snowshoe softball game, many made their way to a jammed Middle Earth for a T-shirt contest, with Patti Harris taking first. Sunday again had dazzling sunshine, and many went up to Schweitzer for snow sculpturing and a citizen’s race. 

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Feb. 28, 1949 – VISITS MOTHER HERE

Lyle Miller, who enlisted in the navy Nov. 1, and is now an apprentice airman, returned to San Diego Saturday after spending a 12-day leave with his mother, Mrs. Amy Miller, of Kootenai.



Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Lewis have purchased the former Empire Tea Room [311 Oak St]. The Lewis family will make their home in part of the spacious house which at one time was the F.C. Culver home. Mr. Lewis plans to install modern electric bakery equipment and be open for business about April 1.



The school attendance has been fine when weather has permitted the school to operate, but it was possible to have only a few days of school last week. Icy roads made it hazardous to run the school buses or even to walk on Thursday and Friday. School reopened Monday and it is hoped weather will permit a full week for a change. It is quite hard on the pupils catching up after each vacation. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brisboy are the proud parents of a baby boy, Ronald Eugene, born Feb. 15 at the Community hospital in Sandpoint. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Nesbitt are parents of a baby girl born last week. Mrs. Nesbitt is the former Enid Pierce of Sagle, now of Sandpoint.

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