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Bonner County History - March 31, 2024

| March 31, 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

March 31, 1974 – STREET WIDENED

City workers began Tuesday to widen First Avenue just south of the Community Hall to improve traffic flow. The curbs are being cut away and the street was widened two feet on each side. 



The “Fifty Years of Nostalgia” variety show will be staged at the SHS gymnasium Thursday and Friday. “Kentucky Velvet” - Russ Watts, Curt Balch and Ken Ewing - will play “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown;” Robin Weaver will play “Rhapsode in Blue” on the organ and accompany Naomi Marquez singing “The Way We Were.” The '20s decade will be highlighted by interviews with Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth, the Senior Drill Team Girls dancing the Charleston, and W.C. Fields, impersonated by Crandon Crowell. The '30s will feature Mae West - Chris Pietsch - doing a little number for the boys; Holly Whittaker and Janet Snedden will sing the “Last Blue Song;” and Jamie Fallat and Sue Self will star in the Wizard of Oz. The '40s includes goldfish swallowing and Jimmy Durante with his schnoz, by Jerry Jones. The Andrews Sisters and “Big Bands” will be featured as well. American Band Stand with special appearances by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe portrayed by Christi Carlson, will represent the '50s. The '60s will feature the Lennon Sisters and Lettermen and many talented acts of that era on the Ed Sullivan Show, Bruce Johnson as Ed Sullivan. The '70s will include HeeHaw and Sonny and Cher, and a medley of the decade’s popular songs. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.  

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin


Michael McFarland, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. McFarland, hosted friends Saturday for games, record making, traditional birthday refreshments at his home and a show at the theater for his eighth birthday. Guests were Anne King, Susie Van Sant, Donella Schedler, Linda Haight, Sharon and Jerry Gehlen, Kenny Pietsch, Jimmy Wyatt, Philip Rogers, Jack Baker, Ronnie Bergeron and Jonny Sanford.



A Sock Dance given by the junior class Friday attracted a large crowd. Guests checked their shoes at the door and danced in their stocking feet to the music of Dick Harris and his seven-piece orchestra. Prizes went to Darlene Phanco and Max Mason for the funniest socks; Darlene Shaffer and Jim Bell won for the prettiest socks; Donna Mackey and Bernard Charland were the fortunate couple to last out the elimination dance. Three “delucious” home baked cakes contributed by junior girls were won by couples, Jim Bell and Eleanor Misner, Darlene Phanco and Max Mason, and Ora Jean Moran and Don Thomas. Pop and homemade doughnuts made by juniors Charlotte Pennington, Molly McFarland, Ellamae Farmin and Peggy Patton were served in the home economics room. Patrons for the dance were Principal L.W. Haight, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Charland and Mr. and Mrs. Weston Brunsell.

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