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Community News in Shoshone County

Teachers Resign
Mrs. M. S. Cook, Burke, is substituting as fifth grade teacher in Wallace, pending an appointment to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Crystal Fisher.
Helen Goss, Spokane, a graduate of Lewiston normal, has been named as teacher at Pritchard by Natalie Ferguson, county superintendent, succeeding Mrs. Ada Parker, resigned
Source:  Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 8, 1936
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Fred Plumlee, Burke, severely cut the tendons on his left thumb when an ax slipped as he was cutting wood at home
Source:  Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 8, 1936
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
IMAGINED HE WAS HELPLESS
Husky Man's Weak Mind Forbade Him to Toil -- In Hospital Though Well
WALLACE, Idaho, Oct. 14 - The death of John Frederickson at Providence Hospital in this city on Wednesday of this week revealed one of the most peculiar cases of imagination within the knowledge of local physicians.
There is no doubt of the sincerity or reality of the unfortunate man's imaginings, which are attributed by his physicians to "mental depression."  He was 57 years of age and had been at the hospital for about 10 months.
Many years ago Frederickson was seriously ill for many months with typhoid fever. His sickness so affected his mind that he has since then imagined his health to be so poor that he was unable to work.
Frederickson was a large man physically, and previous to his sickness noted for his ambition and energy. In the last five or six years, however, he has done absolutely no work.
About a year ago he announced that he had determined to go to work again, and with that end in view went to Missoula to secure employment. Soon after arriving there his former mental condition reasserted itself and he was taken to the Sister's hospital for treatment, remaining for several months.
On returning to Wallace, his condition became such that his family were alarmed, and he was placed in the hospital for treatment.
Source:  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, October 15, 1909
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Bear Attacks Woodsman
WALLACE, IDAHO, -- A large black bear attacked Andrew Erickson, Lochsa River district trapper and guide, while he was fishing. Erickson managed to beat the animal off with a large club. He said the bear was one of the biggest he had ever seen.
Source: The Fulton Patriot - February 29, 1940
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
DOCTOR FOUND DEAD
Dr. William MacKelvie, formerly a dentist of Kellogg, was found dead in his bed late Wednesday afternoon at his country home near Medimont, by William Steadman, a neighbor, who, becoming worried over the doctor's non-appearance, entered the home to see if anything was wrong.
He found the doctor in bed and looking perfectly natural, and did not know that death had preceded him until he took the sleeper by the shoulder to waken him, the chill touch of the body apprising him of the fact that life had been extinct for hours. The doctor, it is believed, succumbed to an attack of heart disease some time during Tuesday night.
Source:  Idaho Statesman, November 1, 1914
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Needs Mother's Milk
A local hospital yesterday issued an appeal for some mother to contribute breast milk in the treatment of the 3-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Falipeau, Burke, who recently underwent an operation for the removal of a stomach tumor.
Source:  Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 8, 1936
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Man Near Death
Elmer Heavy Schnekt, about 40, who was found unconscious on the floor in the basement in Carpenter's hall Saturday night, is near death in a local hospital, the attending physician reported today.
Source:  Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 7, 1936
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Has Narrow Escape
John Bohannon, Mullan, had a narrow escape from death Sunday morning when the car he was driving skidded from the Wallace-Mullan highway and plunged over a 20-foot embankment into the south fork of the Coeur d'Alene river. The car was badly damaged and Bohannon was forced to escape from the water through a rear window.
Source:  Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 7, 1936
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Northern Idaho a Blazing Mass of Forest Fire
Wallace Suffers Loss of Life and Property
Death List Grows and 150 Buildings Were Destroyed by the Fire
Driven by a heavy gale the forest fires that have surrounded Wallace for weeks swept over the tops of the hills Saturday night and crept down the slopes at the east end of town.
List of Fatalities
Joseph G. Boyd, father of Captain William Boyd, suffocated in his home on Pearl street while trying to rescue the family parrott. J.G. Boyd, who was the Northern Pacific agent at Wallace for many years, was overcome with smoke in his home in the east part of the town and died.
Source:  Coeur d'Alene Evening Press, August 22, 1910
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
MRS. SMITH DEAD
Blind Man's Victim Succumbs to Her Wounds at Wallace
Mrs. Hugh Smith, who was shot by John Bjerkin last Saturday, died this morning in the hospital at Wallace, Idaho. Bjerkin, who was totally blind, became jealous of the woman. She visited his room in Wallace last Saturday and he attacked and mortally wounded her; then he committed suicide.
Source:  Idaho Statesman, February 26, 1903
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
Shoots Aged Wife in Cabin
Slayer Covers Her Body with Flowers, Then Kills Himself
Wallace, Idaho, Sept. 14 -- The body of Charles Keil, aged 74, said to have been a wealthy Minneapolis merchant at one time, and that of his wife were found in a mountain cabin near Murray. Keil had evidently shot his wife, then himself. After shooting his wife, he washed her wounds, covered her body with flowers, knelt by her side and blew out his brains.
A letter addressed to Charles Hyde of Portland, believed to be a son-in-law, pleaded with his children to take back their mother that she might be in their old home. Another note declared that he had committed the deed to prevent his wife from being taken to an asylum.
Source: Oswego Daily Times - September 14, 1912
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis
People from Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada Granted Patents
Idaho--Carl Rosenhold and J. W. Carlson, Wardner, bicycle bell.
Source: American Eagle - July 17, 1897
Submitted by Richard Ramos
Wallace Hospital Benefits
Wallace – By the terms of the will of Richard Wilson, who recently died at Portland, Or., who was one of the best known mining operators in the Coeur d'Alene district for years, who still retained at the time of his death considerable mining property here and was also a director in the First National bank in this city, the Providence hospital of this city is made one of the beneficiaries of the large estate.
Source: The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - July 3, 1913
Submitted and transcribed by Jim Dezotell
Invader Shoots Man Who Aids Woman
Wallace – In a desperate encounter at Burke, Jesse Anderson was probably fatally shot by T. H. Jones, a cook, and now lies at the Providence hospital in this city in a critical condition.

The trouble occurred in the room of Mrs. C. Martin, whose premises Anderson had invaded and had been expelled. Jones repelled Anderson upon his second invasion, was knocked down with a chair and then Jones used his gun.
Source: The Ontario Argus (Ontario, OR) - May 22, 1913
Submitted and transcribed by Jim Dezotell

WALLACE, Idaho, March 6.--The crusade of E. J. Hunter, the Wallace attorney against gambling has so far availed him nothing. Although he filed an information with the county officials a week ago that gambling was running, the games still continue. Hunter left Wallace today, and it is rumored that he will go before District Judge Morgan and file information against Sheriff Sutherland and Prosecuting Attorney Gyde, declaring their offices vacant, because, as he alleges, they have not enforced the law.
Source: The Spokesman-Review -- March 10, 1905
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

WALLACE, Idaho, March 7.--Elaborate preparations are being made for the second annual ball of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which will be held at the Masonic hall Friday evening, March 17. Members of the reception committee are Terrence Talpin, John O'Meara, John Mahoney, Peter Lambert and James Kelly.
Source: The Spokesman-Review -- March 10, 1905
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

WALLACE, Idaho, March 7.--A special meeting of the county commissioners will be held tomorrow to discuss what action shall be taken against the bonding company which is a surety for W. T. Hooper, former assessor of Shoshone county, who was short $7116 in his accounts, and to determine whether a special election shall be called to vote upon the question of bonding the county for the purchase of a site for a new county courthouse and the erection of a building thereon.
Source: The Spokesman-Review -- March 10, 1905
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis

LIGHTENING BOLT RACES DOWN LEG
WALLACE, Idaho, June 1.--A story of having narrowly escaped death or injury by lightening at Grand Coulee, Wash., Saturday night was told here today by Frank Letchet, advertising man of a Wallace mercantile establishment, when he and four other Wallace men returned from a weekend visit there.

They all said that Letchet was standing beside a pole when the bolt struck a transformer on it. It showered sparks in all directions, ran down the pole and tore into the ground directly between Letchet's legs, they said.
Source: The Spokesman-Review -- June 2, 1936
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis




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