This Week in History – July 8, 2021

100 years ago

A number of threatening forest fires have started in recent days in various parts of Boundary County; one in Meadow Creek was burning several thousand dollars worth of logs belonging to the Meadow Creek Lumber Co. Another large fire was burning in the vicinity of Brush Creek where it empties into the Kootenai River.

One of the most interesting and contested ball games was played on the local field when the Spokane Dry Goods Co. baseball team beat the Bonners Ferry team by a score of 4 to 3.

RH McCoy, Vice President and General Manager of Bonners Ferry Lumber Co. says economic conditions in the Eastern and Midwestern states are not encouraging and the lumber market is fine dead. Mr McCoy says night work at the Bonners Ferry Lumber Co. plant will be halted after this week.

50 years ago

A special attraction of the fourth annual Kootenai River Days celebration will be the Kootenai River Rodeo.

Three new companies from the region are in the spotlight this weekend. Larry’s Sports Center will be holding its grand opening, and the Porthill Café has opened in conjunction with the former Porthill Tavern, now called the “Over-the-Hill” Tavern. Bonners Ferry Auto Mat, a gas station, located on the South Hill, officially opened last weekend.

The Kootenai Kloggers, the local square dance club, will host the annual Huckleberry Festival at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 17.

15 years ago

Boundary County’s first-ever 4th of July festival was a resounding success, said event organizer Jason Thomas. Hundreds of people watched the parade and then immediately made their way to the exhibition grounds for the festival.

The Boundary County Fair Board received a grant of $ 2,443. The money will be used to install a walkway for people with disabilities and access thresholds.

Rotary International recently honored the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry with the Presidential Citation “Service Above Self” in recognition of the club’s dedication and service, said outgoing club president Norm Braatz.

Submitted by the Boundary County Museum

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