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100 Year

George Meininger, the care-taker in charge of the property of the Moyie Hydraulic, Mining and Water Power company on the Moyie river, was in the city last Wednesday morning and reported that some one had dynamited a part of the mining company’s flume intake on Skin creek. He said that about four feet of the flume was destroyed. The work was done Tuesday night. Meininger made the discovery when he noticed that no water was coming down the flume Wednesday morning and he walked to the intake to find out what was the trouble.

Thieves filed the lock on W.T. James’ root cellar recently and stole a quantity of apples and potatoes. It is believed that the theft was the work of small boys.

O.E. Langberg, bookkeeper for the First National Bank, is laid up with blood-poisoning which set in from a ingrain toe nail.

The Inland Paper Co. has a crew of men repairing the cable bridge and flume over the Moyie river preparatory to fluming logs when the snow melts in the mountains. They say that the snow about their camp, which is four miles up the mountains, is some three or four feet deep.

Mayor Henry announced this week that he plans to start building the first of June a two story frame structure with dimensions of 25 by 60, on the site of his present office. The present office building which has been occupied by Mr. Henry for over 20 years and which is one of the landmarks of the town will be torn down.

50 Year

Mrs. Eva Leslie reported to the sheriff’s office this week that 75 large pullets were stolen from the chicken shelters at her farm on the North Bench Monday night. The theft is being investigated.

Irv Dinning reported that the start of the youth baseball program (Little League) has been delayed because facilities for horse racing have been erected on a portion of the baseball field and the Memorial Board states the Kiwanis club is responsible for installing a portable fence before the field can be used.

It could not be determined what justified the action of interrupting the summer baseball program for 75 youngsters for the sake of three days of racing during the County Fair.

The Selkirk Saddle Club will hold tryouts for the 1967 Saddle Club Queen contest. The following girls will be participating: Brenda Emery, Grayce Hoagland, Maridel Severson, Sherry Engert, Cindy Emery, Jody Wanner, Linda Owsley and Teresa Girton. The girls will ride a basic reining pattern and judging will be on horsemanship, personality and neat appearance of rider and horse.

Eighty-nine members of the graduating class of 1967 will receive diplomas Monday, May 22nd, when the 58th annual commencement exercises will be held at Bonners Ferry high school. Valedictorian of this year’s graduating class is Dale Marcy and salutatorian is Harold Stephenson.

James B. Blissenback, Spokane, fined $25.00 and $5.00 court costs plus 10 days jail sentence on vagrancy charge – all suspended and he was placed on probation and ordered to leave the county for a minimum period of six months. The subject had taken refuge in a local church.

15 Year

The new varsity soccer field is in the beginning stages of construction, thanks to the efforts of Foust, Inc. The field has been leveled and graded. The Boundary County Soccer Association will now contract to install a water system and hydro-seed the field. They were hoping to instll sod, but donations from corporate sponsors have been slow due to the state of the economy. At this point, the Association hopes to have the field ready for play this fall.

A poem titled “Chess,” written by Brittany Burkholder, a 7th grader at Boundary County Jr. High, has been selected for publication in a book of poems from children throughout the United States.

In addition to inclusion in the book, “A Celebration of Poets,” Brittany has also been selected as finalist in the national Creative Communication’s Young Poet’s Contest – Spring 2002 and is a contender for numerous national scholarship awards. Brittany is the daughter of Jim and Ruth Burkholder.

Beta Sigma Phi’s annual Founder’s Day celebration was held at Mirror Lake Golf Course April 27. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of this women’s service organization. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network, which provides educational programs to its members and opportunities for service to others.

It consists of women of all ages, interests and educational and economic backgrounds, and it is the largest organization of its kind in the world.

The Bonners Ferry Badgers showed their dominance as both the boys and girls track teams easily swept Kellogg in an Intermountain League dual meet May 2.

The girls trounced the Wildcats 108-27 while the boys bested the ‘Cats 87-53.

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