Bonner County History - Feb. 13, 2020

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Bonner County History Museum

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


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

Feb. 13, 1970 – FIRE DESTROYS IGA

Smoldering ruins were all that remained Sunday of the building that housed the Sandpoint IGA, Frosty Queen Snack Bar, Honey Bun Bakery, Sandpoint Wholesale Grocery, Idaho State Liquor Dispensary and nine apartments, after a fire of undetermined origin destroyed the building. Estimated loss was placed at $400,000.

The store’s owners, Harold, Clyde and Emmett Marley and Loren Book, plan to rebuild in the present location as soon as possible. The state liquor store, which was located in the building, will temporarily occupy space across Fifth Avenue in the old Sandpoint Cold Storage building until new quarters can be provided in the new building.



A proposed 1970 budget of $525,000 for the City of Sandpoint was approved for publication by the City Council at its meeting Monday night. The proposed budget is a reduction of $70,000 from 1969’s budget, due mainly to the Sandpoint Creek Bridge built last year.



Mrs. Edna Hickel, 609 N. Fourth Ave., will open her home to the public Saturday at 1 o’clock, for a tea and a showing of her antique collection and hobbies. The display will include many beautiful dishes, old bottles and buttons. Women’s Missionary Group of the First Church of God is sponsoring the affair and the public is invited. A silver offering will be taken.

100 Years Ago

Pend d’Oreille Review

Feb. 13, 1920 – SMALL DANCE CROWD

The Loyal Legion Lincoln birthday dance last night was not largely attended owing to the flu epidemic. It was a most enjoyable occasion, however, for those who participated.



The large coach standing on a side track near the N.P. depot, has roused the curiosity of many. It is a church, or chapel car, here for a few days in the interest of the Baptists. Across the top of the car are the words “Baptist Publication Society;” lower down is “Messenger of Peace.” It is one of six cars owned by the Baptist organization of the country. Their chief mission is to visit small towns where the organization has no church, though in this instance, the car is here to assist in reviving the work of the local society, which already has a church. This afternoon a meeting for boys and girls was held in the car. However, most of the services will be held in the city’s Baptist church at the corner of Pine and Euclid streets.



Will be in the new location, 109 Cedar St. Monday Morning with a complete line of New Spring Dry Goods and Ladies’ Furnishings. (Ed. Note: in 2020, the site of Baxter’s on Cedar).

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