Bonner County History - Dec. 3, 2017

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Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin


General Telephone Company has begun the conversion of telephone number prefixes in the Sandpoint District from letter-number combinations to the all-numeral form becoming standard in the industry. After the change, a Sandpoint customer’s number will be “263-xxxx” instead of the old “CO3-xxxx.”



No snowmobiles are allowed in Schweitzer Basin drainage, which has had a regulation against toboggans, sleds, etc., since it opened, as a safety measure. Manager Sam Wormington said Schweitzer is exclusively a skiing area and the prohibition against use of snow vehicles of any kind will be rigidly enforced.



Mrs. Brunsell’s senior math class completed the study of identities and trigonometric equations and is now studying logarithms. •••

Members of Paul Wetter’s junior and senior vocational agricultural classes are putting the finishing touches on movable tool racks they have been making. The shape of the various tools will be silhouetted on the plywood cabinets, which are on castors. The front panel of the cabinets will open to allow storage of tools or projects inside.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

Dec. 3, 1917 — CITY BREVITIES

Miss Anna Fowler, Mrs. Genevieve Lytved and Miss Pearl Marquis, business college students, were home from Spokane this week spending their Thanksgiving vacation.

Frank H. Strong, former principal of the city schools, has been commissioned a first lieutenant of artillery at the Presidio where he went recently to the second officers’ training camp.

The Review is in need of clean cotton rags.



The substation is a 170 acre farm adjoining the limits of Sandpoint on the northwest. A hundred acres of the farm is typical of the extensive areas of cut and burned over lands in all north Idaho counties. When the farm was taken over for experiment station work, this portion was as thickly set with stumps and strewn with fallen stuff as any land near Sandpoint. The problem has been to bring portions into cultivation as rapidly as possible and to secure revenue from the portion which could not be immediately cultivated.

A herd of young dairy stock was put on the farm two years ago, eight or ten of which have become substantial milk producers. The farm also has a small drove of hogs. A flock of Rhode Island chickens and 8 or 10 stands of bees constitute the rest of the livestock. A flock of sheep will be added in the near future.

The superintendent is Frank Lafrenz, a 1915 graduate of the University of Idaho.

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