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When trains collide

November 20, 2020 1:00 AM (in part from the Spokesman-Review July 31,1909) The 1909 Homestead Act opened up a large area of land south of Coeur d’Alene whereby citizens could enter their names in a lottery for a chance to homestead a large parcel of land. For 22 days, July 25 to Aug. 5, 1909,…

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The man behind Hamilton House

By By DEBORAH AKERS MITCHELL| October 30, 2020 1:00 AM With all the recent articles about saving the Hamilton House, it is time to learn about the person who built it — Boyd Hamilton, second mayor of Coeur d’Alene. It was 1903. The small town of Coeur d’Alene was beginning to grow, and the second bank, the…

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Prohibition prognosticator pushes peanut

October 5, 2020 1:00 AM In 1909, Kootenai County citizens voted to outlaw liquor sales and become a “dry” county. The “drys” won by a narrow margin of 164 votes. So, for the next two years the prohibition debate continued. In 1911, it was once again put on the ballot. Some said that the proprietor…

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Cd’A went ‘dry’ ahead of its time

By By RICHARD SHELDON/Museum Of North Idaho| September 11, 2020 12:30 AM First of two parts As the United States entered the 20th century, two important issues came together in a manner that would forever change our culture and economics. The first issue was the decades old and ever-increasing pressure for the country to enact laws which…

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HISTORY: Treaty Rock and ‘Little Falls’

| September 2, 2020 1:00 AM Saturday’s edition of The Coeur d’Alene Press, Aug. 22, published my short history of Treaty Rock. Mark Weadick raised the question, “… which falls on the Spokane River were actually purchased from Chief Seltice?” He points out that there is a “Little Falls” on the Spokane River, but 60 miles…

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Treaty Rock: What happened?

| August 22, 2020 1:00 AM No treaty was signed there. No handshake or other customary method of sealing a deal was performed here. So, what’s the big deal? Here is the story. Fredrick Post was born in Germany in 1821. He married at age 26 and a year later, in 1848, he immigrated from Germany…

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For Dorothy, keep history alive

By John V. Wood| August 19, 2020 1:00 AM My good friend Dorothy Dahlgren, the director of the Museum of North Idaho, is taking a well-deserved retirement after a long 38-year career. I have known and worked with Dorothy since she started back in 1982, for I began researching a railroad book at the “Museum” about 1974…

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Hazel Cardwell, pioneer educator

By Robert Singletary| August 7, 2020 1:00 AM Hazel Elizabeth Cardwell, pioneer educator and native of Coeur d’Alene, was born on May 2, 1891. As a child, she witnessed the last days of Fort Sherman and Coeur d’Alene’s population boom during the early 1900s. She graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1910 and started her teaching…

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Famous local case: The Dollar fraud

By Richard Sheldon| July 24, 2020 1:00 AM On Oct. 29, 1907, The Coeur d’Alene Press announced the United States District Court in Moscow had started the trial of Coeur d’Alene resident William Dollar, who was the owner of the Exchange National Bank in Coeur d’Alene. Along with Mr. Dollar as defendants were St. Maries residents George…

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TERESA GRAHAM: Grand Dame of North Idaho

By Robert Singletary| July 10, 2020 1:00 AM Teresa Graham was one of the most prominent and influential women in North Idaho during the first half of the 20th Century. She came to Coeur d’Alene in 1890 at the age of 21 from London, Ontario. In 1896, she married James W. Graham, a prominent attorney and community…

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