This Week In Bonners Ferry History

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100 Years Ago

Dr. Fry performed a cataract removal on Anne, and Indian woman from Creston, B.C., who had been blind for over 3 years so that she could barely distinguish night from day. The operation was very successful and now Anne can see as well as ever.

Four members of the eighth grade recently passed the state exam and were mailed their diplomas. The 4 graduates are: District #3- Matilda Herman, her teacher is Miss Ruth Lozier; District #19 at Porthill- Violet King, Marjory Smith, and Delbert Lyons, their teacher is Miss Genevieve Kenny.

F.A. Shultis, chairman of the local Victory Bond Committee, announced that $2450 were sold on the first day and he is feeling confident that the remainder of the county’s $80,000 quota will be sold by the end of the campaign on May 10th. Lewis B. Franklin, director of the war loan organization in Washington, D.C., says that people should understand that this is the last loan they will be asked to make.

Arthur Smythe was drowned in the Kootenai River when he stumbled and fell off a boom log near the G.W. Bush mill, below town a half mile. At this place the river is quite deep and the current is swift. Even after dragging the river, his body has not been recovered.

50 Years Ago

Four BFHS students are going on a 6 week European study tour in July and will attend special courses at Oxford University in England. The students are Bruce Faber, Bill Sims, Randall Johnston, and Kathy Sims.

The sometimes temper mental and always unpredictable Kootenai River started its upward climb in late March with a reading of 3 feet on March 31st. It has been rising slowly since, reaching the mark of 11.50 on Monday of this week.

Pacific Gas Transmission Co. will start construction shortly on 2 more pipeline compressor units – one in Eastport, ID and the other near Rosalia, WA. The Eastport one will be located2 ˝ miles south of the International Boundary and is estimated to cost $2,832,000.

15 Years Ago

Valley View is pleased to announce the school winners for the 2004 National Geographic Geography Bee. The first runner-up was Nicole Fitch and the first place winner was Betty Jean Soriano.

The Bonners Ferry Badgers boys and girls teams swept Lakeland and Priest River in the Intermountain League double-dual track and field events.

Bonners Ferry bids farewell to 2003 Junior Miss Holly Merrifield. She won more than $3500 in scholarships and prizes.

— Submitted by the Boundary County Museum

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