Bonner County History - Oct. 31, 2019

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From the archives of the

Bonner County History Museum

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


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Oct. 31, 1969 – DUFORT BRIEFS

The David Winget family moved into their new Kootenai home Oct. 15, having purchased the William Neu Sr. place. While at Dufort, they lived with Mrs. Winget’s parents, the Dan Hannigans.



Mr. and Mrs. Grant Brockus welcomed their first child, an 8 pound boy, born Oct. 22. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dick Pedersen.



Mayor Floyd Gray, who expects to leave the hospital today, said in a formal statement that if returned to office he will be an active mayor and “thoroughly able to carry on the duties of the office.” Some question had been raised as to his health since he was hospitalized two weeks ago. He suffered a light heart attack but made a rapid recovery. He is unopposed for the office of mayor.



The Tifft agency is celebrating its 41st birthday. The real estate firm was started in 1938 by Carl Tifft in the Shrake building (105 S. First). Tifft sub-leased offices from Mrs. C.J. Shoemaker of the Bonner County Abstract Co.

Carl Tifft and his son Ward Tifft built the present building (211 Cedar) in 1945-46. Don Samuelson started his sports shop in part of the building, but soon outgrew the space. The next tenants were Frank Fletcher and Bud Inghram. Ward Tifft used an area behind their barber shop to expand his agency, which now employs nine.

100 Years Ago

Northern Idaho News


Joe Foster spent a few days in Sandpoint getting his teeth fixed.

They are having some repairing done on the schoolhouse in order to establish a typing room.

Mrs. Stacey Pierce, formerly Miss Kathleen Teague, teacher at Morton, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Teague.

Gordon Daugherty, Sr., returned Friday from Spokane, where he had been under the doctor’s care, after having a slight stroke of paralysis.



William and John Phalon have been submitting to an unmerciful ordeal of “joshing” at the hands of their friends since early (too early) Sunday morning when they got out to hunt ducks an hour and 11 minutes before daylight, whereas federal law says an hour before daylight is early enough for any man to get up – especially on Sunday.

Came a suave stranger who first inquired the time of day, then introduced himself as a special officer of the government. Now the boys have to go to Coeur d’Alene next month and square themselves with the district court just to take stock in the old adage that “early to bed and early to rise” was the sure road to all things desirable.

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