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100 Year

Polzin Bros. finished the threshing season In Boundary county last week and report that they have threshed since July 588 tons of grain and seed. The largest amount of threshing for a single person was done for Henry Tank, who has one of the model farms of the county on the north bench. In 1915 the yield of all crops was 400,000 pounds; in 1916 the yield was 500,000 pounds and in 1917 the yield was 1,177,877 pounds.

On account of the lack of water in Myrtle creek with which to generate power for the electric system of the Bonner Water & Light Company, Manager Berger has found it necessary to secure water for domestic use from the slough of the Bonners Ferry Lumber Company. The water which is now being pumped into the water mains is dangerous to use for drinking until after it has been thoroughly boiled. Many citizens are making doubly safe and are using spring water for drinking and cooking purposes.

The fall term of the district court for Boundary county will convene Monday of next week, Judge Dunn presiding. The court calendar for this term will be very light. There are no important criminal cases to come before the court. The most important civil action is that of A.D. Welch against the Spokane International Railway Company in which the plaintiff is sueing to recover damages, claiming that the defendant company’s engines set fire to his barn.

Jerome O Trow, a pioneer of 21 years of the Porthill district, recently sold his 173-acre ranch to W. R. Baldwin, of Montana, the consideration being $2,595.00

50 Year

The home of Bohumil (Bob) Kucera, 77, longtime county resident, was destroyed last Thursday by fire of undetermined origin. All of Mr. Kucera’s belongings, including household items, clothing and personal property were lost in the blaze which leveled the one story, three-room house located about two miles east of Moyie Springs.

Seen and Heard….Wendy Coram bagging a grouse with her bare hands in her yard, with an assist from her “hunting cat” that is a first class pointer….

Marie C. Herr, owner of Marie’s Dress Shop in Bonners Ferry, announced this week that she has sold the business to two local women, Mrs. George (Dorothy) Thompson and Mrs. Holly (Dorothy) Smith. Effective date of the sale was No. 1. The new owners are life-long residents of Bonners Ferry and both graduated from high school here.

H.B. Myers of the Idaho State police today issued a reminder to motorists that the Idaho Code requires that the vision of drivers must be clear at all times and must not be obstructed by frost, snow or other material on vehicle windows. People in a hurry often scrape away only a “peephole” which does not provide proper visibility for safe driving.

15 year

A former deputy sheriff filed a $500,000 tort claim against Boundary County, the Sheriff’s Department and various other individuals claiming his termination was a “negligent, willful, wanton, malicious, reckless and intentional witch-hunt.” Brian Dennis Way, a detention officer at the county jail, alleged that Sheriff George Voyles created a hostile work environment after Way had questioned a traffic stop policy.

Fish and Game officials responding to a spotlighting complaint in the Deep Creek area apprehended two North Carolina men who were allegedly hunting with the aid of artificial light and hunting bear over bait. Garland Oliver, 52 and Anthony Oliver, 29, were charged with one count each of hunting game with the aid of artificial light. Oliver was also charged with taking a black bear over bait. They were released after posting a $2,000 bond before returning to North Carolina.

A new report ranks Idaho 28th in academic achievement in public schools, ahead of only Nevada and California in the West. Idaho, meanwhile, is 43rd out of the states and District of Columbia in expenditure per student at $5,411.

Claiming that the City of Bonners Ferry and Boundary County are not cooperating, the manager of the city/county animal shelter formally resigned, effective Nov. 4. “Second Chance is moving and will no longer be affiliated with the city and county pound because our goals are different, and we need to move forward in our search for land and a new shelter,” said Alice Miller. “Our phone numbers will remain the same and so will our services, including the coupons.”

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