Bonner County History - Sept. 15, 2019

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Bonner County History Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Sept. 15, 1969 – MARRIAGE LICENSES

Sept. 2 – Larry Elliot and Judith A. Coulston, both of Sandpoint; Sept. 8 – Larry Neu and Colleen Wormington, both of Sandpoint.



Ed Critchell, who was wounded in Vietnam recently, was in a Philippine hospital several days, taken to Japan and later brought to Bremerton Hospital, where he is now. He talked to his parents for three minutes from Bremerton.



Sixty-two neighborhood youngsters enjoyed the annual hay ride, which began at the Joe Herrmanns and journeyed to Jewel Lake. Driver was Art Jasman and chaperones were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Herrmann, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Irish, Mrs. Ted Chronic and Mrs. Art Jasman.



Jim Lowther, Clark Fork senior halfback, recovered a fumble and ran it back 25 yards to set up his own touchdown two plays later, to beat Troy, Mont. 6-0 at Sandpoint’s Memorial Field. Wampus Cats Head Coach Jake Ferguson also praised the work of Doug Berkey, linebacker and cornerback, and the defensive play of Nate Widgrin, team co-captain with Lowther.

100 Years Ago

Northern Idaho News

Sept. 15, 1919 – MANY HEAR WILSON

Notwithstanding the rain which opened the day Friday, between 250 and 300 people from all parts of this county went to Coeur d’Alene to hear President Wilson and were wonderfully pleased with the trip. The president spoke for 32 minutes, earnestly pleading in support of the peace treaty and the league of nations. He spoke slowly and distinctly, with a clear-cut enunciation, and could be heard in all parts of the big tent.



Bad weather and the lack of any assurance that the president’s special train would stop here combined to cut down the crowd at the N.P. station to meet President Wilson Friday. But the small group that turned out made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in numbers. As the long train slowed before the platform there was a rush toward the rear car, as the president’s car stopped directly in front of the station.

A white-coated porter opened the door with a sweep and a bow, and the nation’s chief executive stepped onto the rear platform to be hailed with a rousing American cheer. “I’m glad to see it raining. I guess you haven’t had much rain here for awhile,” was the nearest we came to hearing a speech from Mr. Wilson. He came to the lower step and shook hands with as many as could reach him before the train pulled out.

Well, Coeur d’Alene may have had a bigger celebration, but Sandpoint “beat her to it.”

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