From the archives of the
Bonner County History Museum
611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864
50 Years Ago
Nov. 8, 1968 – NEW TAXI SERVICE
L.E. Littlejohn, Rt. 1, Sagle, has purchased a new four-door sedan and obtained insurance and permits to operate Little John’s Taxi. Sandpoint has not had taxi service for several months.
SJHS HAS MOCK ELECTION
Monday’s mock election at Sandpoint Junior High gave Nixon a majority of 288 votes to Humphrey’s 146. Wallace trailed with 63. Sober-faced comedian Pat Paulsen polled 52. Under the direction of Principal W.L. Overholser and civics instructor Mrs. Ken Beaudoin, the entire school voted at the simulated polls. Election board duties were handled by Sue Hansen, Valeria Fisher, Jackie Reader, Garth Olmstead, Liz Nordeen, Margie Hamilton, Betty Smith, Kathy Taylor, Kenneth Hegstadt, and Randy Daniels.
MANY BUSINESSES TO CLOSE NOV. 11
Most downtown stores and shops will close in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Exceptions will be some food markets and most service stations.
DR. HAYDEN IN SPOKANE HOSPITAL
Dr. W.C. Hayden of Sandpoint is ill with an infection and is at Sacred Heart Hospital for intensive care. Mrs. Hayden said he is improving daily and will likely be there two weeks. He will have to take it easy and still has a lot of recovering to do before returning to his practice.
100 Years Ago
Pend d’Oreille Review
Nov. 8, 1918 – PEACE FLASH A HOAX
Sandpoint and many other cities celebrated peace prematurely yesterday. It appears a peace hoax was sprung for Wall street purposes with its inception in a United Press dispatch from Paris to the effect that Germany signed the armistice and would lay down its arms at 2 o’clock.
The news came to Sandpoint in a telephone call to the Humbird office by Mrs. T.J. Humbird, who reported that Spokane was celebrating the victory. When it was learned that a flash had gone over the G.N. wire to the same effect, its authenticity was not doubted an instant.
With the blowing of the Humbird whistles and the ringing of the fire and school bells, citizens were made aware of the good news and came running from their houses. Business houses were immediately closed and bedlam broke loose for a fare-you-well. Staid old business men hopped on motortrucks and blew whistles, threw confetti and yelled themselves into state of hoarseness which it will take days to mend.
A 6:30 dispatch from the Spokane Chronicle to Mayor Ewing shut off the celebration with word that there had been no news in regard to peace.
Even in Washington the news spread like wildfire, resulting in the noisiest demonstration that city ever experienced. All the large cities “celebrated” and Sandpoint was not the only victim of the hoax. It was nationwide.
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