Bonner County History — Jan. 10, 2017

From the archives of the

Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID. 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin


A problem pertaining to the city water department was brought to light when Mayor Gray read part of the government bond law which states that in no case can a user be furnished water free of charge. It was noted that, since in the past it has been the practice of the city to supply water to all of the city’s churches and parsonages free of charge, the city has been operating illegally in this respect. The council was forced to vote that action be taken to put all users on a paying basis.

Police Chief George Elliot reported that the police car is now two years old and the speedometer registers over 76,000 miles, and asked for authorization to call for bids for a new car. The council advised that funds might not be available, but granted the authorization in order to have bids on hand when the time comes when it can be determined whether or not there will be sufficient funds for the purchase of a new vehicle.



Brian DeMers, an 8 lb. 8 oz. boy was the first child born at Bonner General Hospital this year. He put in his appearance at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry DeMers, Sandpoint.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review


The regimental quarantine for measles has been isolated and the rest of the regiment given a return to liberty. The exact date of the return of the units to home stations is not yet announced.



W.P. Brashear and Miss Margaret White of Clarksfork hied themselves to Spokane last week where they were united in marriage. After a honeymoon of two weeks on the coast they will return to Clarksfork where “Billy” has a fine home all ready for his bride. The groom is a well-known cedar contractor in the Clarksfork country and has an extended acquaintance in Sandpoint, hosts of friends to congratulate him upon his final surrender to the little god Cupid.



Manager Jack Gardner of the Gem last Saturday afternoon “blew” about 500 of Sandpoint’s representative “Young America” to a free matinee and a cask of Christmas candies as a holiday greeting from the popular show house.



Records at the county clerk’s office show that over four times as many people were “hitched” in Bonner county than were unhitched in 1916 — in other words, marriage licenses numbered 90 for the year and divorce decrees 22. 1915’s record was 120 marriage licenses and 44 divorces.

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