Editor’s note: Marylyn Cork is on vacation. In the meantime, enjoy this previous column of the community’s rich history.
Compiled by MARYLYN CORK
13 Years Ago — 2016
Priest Lake Museum is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the North Idaho lake during the summer months.
23 Years Ago — 1996
Tyke takes wild ride
A two-year-old Ponderay boy took an unorthodox ride in Priest River Sunday. John Davis of Ponderay had stopped at the Texaco station, leaving his Nissan pickup parked with the toddler strapped in a car seat. Apparently, the emergency brake was not well engaged. The truck rolled forward across Highway 57 and across Highway 2, jumped the curb and continued down an embankment for 60 feet before being stopped abruptly by a tree. The child was OK, said Police Chief Wally Mitchell.
33 Years Ago — 1986
State to buy Squaw Bay
The state of Idaho agreed Friday to pay $900,000 to purchase prime recreation property and beach at the north end of Priest Lake. The Land Board unanimously voted to match a private offer of $900,000 for 293 acres of land and beachfront property described as perhaps the best sandy beach on Priest Lake.
43 Years Ago — 1976
Dance proceeds to outfit fire hall
The Priest River firemen will hold a dance in their new fire hall Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for the fire hall, and to repair some of the old equipment.
53 Years Ago — 1966
Contract let for golf course
George Hill, president of the Priest Lake Golf Club, said a contract has been signed which provides for seeding the course, a sprinkling system, and bringing in water from Lamb Creek, 2200 feet from the property. The course is located across the road from the Catholic church, on ground that was formerly the Lambert ranch.
63 Years Ago — 1956
Blister rust work begins
The Blister Rust Control program on the Kaniksu National Forest is now underway, Supervisor Karl Klehm reports. Over 300 men will be employed. The first two camps were established on June 1 at Jeru Creek with Orville Gastineau as camp boss, and at Pelke with Ted Golden as camp boss. Rudolph Lood is in charge of a camp on Granite Creek, and Winston Wolfe has the camp at Boswell.
73 Years Ago — 1946
Before home freezers
The Priest River locker boxes will be open and in use June 24, according to O. W. Fowler, operator. These lockers and methods of refrigeration are the very latest.
83 Years Ago — 1936
Joyriding to see bridge
Henry Keyser and wife, daughter Hilda, and Mrs. Walt Dodge and daughter were out joyriding and drove up to see the new Peninsula bridge, which is almost completed.
93 Years Ago — 1926
A first for the Free Methodists?
Mrs. Luella Beamish of Spokane was appointed pastor of the Free Methodist church here by the conference convened at Walla Walla. Mrs. Beamish is an old teacher and has a school near Spokane for the coming year. She expects to be here as often as possible, especially during vacation. She is a spiritual, intellectual woman, well qualified for the work.
103 Years Ago — 1916
Road conditions outrageous
The Nickel Plate people have given up the idea of transporting their ore to Priest River this summer, on account of the miserable condition of the roads. It would have to go by way of Coolin, which would necessitate considerable handling. Both roads leading to the lake are in an outrageous condition.