Bonner County History - June 9, 2019

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Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

June 2, 1969 — IRIS IN BLOOM

Mrs. True Wilson, Hilltop Iris Gardens, has again invited the public to view the blossoms from June 1 to June 20. Each woman visiting the gardens will receive a gift iris.



Ballots were cast Monday for officers for the Sandpoint Kiwanis Club’s new year which starts in October.

Elected are Howard Faux, president; Kent McCandless, first vice president; and Jack Jones, second vice president. New directors are Bill Watkins, Jack Berger and Wayne Goin.

Holdover directors are Robert Klatt, Charles Wigton, Clarence Reed and Emil Kulhanek.



The board of county commissioners at a meeting with Fred Hartman of the Sandpoint Ambulance Service reached agreement on a renewal of the contract with the ambulance service at the same rate of $325 per month for the last six months of 1969.

Hartman had asked for a $75 per month increase to $400, which the commissioners declined to grant. Hartman said the State Board of Health had recommended $500 per month as a reasonable fee for the service.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review


Despite the cold unpropitious weather a goodly number of citizens turned out to honor the dead heroes buried at Lakeside cemetery and elsewhere. A handful of Civil war veterans and a number of returned soldier boys headed the little procession of automobiles which filed away from the G.A.R. hall at 10:30, paraded First avenue, and proceeded to the cemetery. The ritualistic rites of the Grand army were performed over the graves of 16 veterans, W.R.C. members, and two fresh graves of boys who made the supreme sacrifice in the world war.

After a luncheon served by the W.R.C. ladies at G.A.R. hall, the observances concluded at 3 p.m. with the casting of flowers upon the water from the Cedar street bridge in honor of the heroes of the country who lost their lives at sea.



Captain Humbird has the finest collection of war relics thus far brought from Europe by any of the boys. They were objects of interest at a reception given by Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Humbird Friday in the Humbird building on Third avenue. Capt. Humbird received guests in his captain’s uniform and explained the uses of the different war implements. The reception was well attended, many townspeople taking the opportunity to express their pleasure in Humbird’s safe return and their pride in the high honors their fellow townsman received on the field of battle.

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