Bonner County History - April 21, 2019

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From the archives of the

Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin Apr. 21, 1969 – HARDY CUBS

Tim Fort, Dan Young, Dan Lewis, Leonard Mathia, Jim Kedish and Tom Austin, all from Cub Scout Den 2 Pack 115, braved Thursday’s driving rain and chill wind to help clean up City Beach.


KOOTENAI NEWS by Mrs. Art Rosholt, Jr.

Miss Leslie Ann Rosholt enjoyed a birthday party at her home Saturday. Helping celebrate were her brother, Jimmy, Donna and Diann Hamann, Kevin, Brian and Karen Reynolds, Debra, Donna, Diana and Mark Plaster from Sandpoint and Chuck Wakely. Cake and ice cream were enjoyed by all.



Army First Lt. Val D. Millard, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy F. Millard, Dover, assumed command of the 278th Signal Company near Pielku, Vietnam, Feb. 25. Lt. Millard is a West Point graduate.

His wife, Sue Ellen, lives in Sandpoint.



Do and Dine Club’s second year cooking class held an all day meeting at the home of the leader, Mrs. Leon Hoffine. The members cooked and served lunch and elected new officers for the ensuing year: Angela Weinand, president; Charles McGuire, vice president; Barbara Greenleaf, secretary; Linda Rogers, reporter.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

Apr. 21, 1919 – CITY BREVITIES

Miss Iva McDonald entertained the O. B. Joyful girls with a chili concarni supper. Present were Misses Clarice, Adeline and Melinda Jacobson, Emma Nelson, Esther Person and Olivia Sund.

Oscar Haldorson returned this week. He was mustered out at Camp Lee, Va. and was on the way across when the armistice interrupted embarkation. He was in New York City for the armistice celebration. He was reported killed last fall through a name mixup, when a soldier named Halverson, from Newport, lost his life in France.



Bert Searfus of Dover is home with a real war story. A member of the celebrated “Lost Battalion” in the Argonne forest, he was one of 25 survivors of Company A, 77th division. The regiment was mostly East Side New Yorkers, filled out with some western men, Searfus among them. He explains the battalion was “lost” because it went further than its objective and kept going, the regiments behind them being cut off from the rear by the Germans, who infiltrated between them.

Searfus got a taste of a German machine gun bullet Oct. 5, when one went through his nose as he was “digging in.” Two days later, he was hit in the thigh and when he crawled back for help, the first aid man was dead. The men were without food for five days except for a package of hardtack and a can of corned beef.

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