Bonner County History - Jan. 10, 2019

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Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin


Winners for the 1969 Antler Contest were announced at the January meeting of the Bonner County Sportsmen’s Association. Ralph Moore had the winning mule deer set of antlers while Don Gollen’s elk antlers were tops with an unofficial Boone and Crockett type measurement of 332.5 points. Rod Thurlow won the non-typical whitetail deer class category, and Tom Bloxom won a plaque for the best typical whitetail deer class set of antlers.



Moderating temperatures provided some relief from the sub-zero cold that prevailed as 1968 ended with an all-time record of 37 below zero.

With temperatures in the high 30s Sunday through Tuesday, snow began to melt and city storm sewers were hard put to carry the water away. Higher temperatures gave the city a chance to clear the streets of the huge center snow berms in much of the business district.

County roads were ribbons of ice and travel was almost impossible, and the school district decided not to open schools until Monday of this week. School buses found it slow going Monday but schedules were nearer normal Tuesday.

During the sub-zero weather the lake froze over from Sandpoint east to Sunnyside for the first time in several years.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

Jan. 10, 1919 — FLU TAKES RANCHER

Joseph Lutzke of Westmond died at the Red Cross flu hospital Monday, hours after being brought in from his home. Mr. Lutzke had been sick nine days, during which time he partially recovered and suffered a relapse in which he died. He was 42 years old, and leaves a wife and three children, all of whom were sick with the flu at the time of his death.



News of Colonel Roosevelt’s death at Oyster Bay early Monday did not reach Sandpoint until Monday night. There was great surprise and genuine sorrow expressed over the sudden death of the nation’s great man.

Colonel Roosevelt visited Sandpoint three times. His visit here in April, 1911 was the occasion for the greatest public demonstration ever held in the town. Roosevelt, on a tour of the northwest after his African trip, came from Spokane on the Spokane International. He was escorted to the Farmin school where he spoke to the school children, and from there was escorted to the dock for a trip on the steamer Northern.



Mrs. Otto Swanstrom, who has been seriously ill with the quinsy, was taken to Spokane last Saturday, where she had her throat operated on and is reported at this time to be improving.

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