2nd Infantry Band

By Robert Singletary, Special to The Nickel’s Worth The first musical organization to perform in what is now the city of Coeur d’Alene was probably the 2nd Infantry Band, stationed at Fort Coeur d’Alene from 1878 to 1884. The photo above shows the band in full dress in 1879. The 4th Infantry Band served at the…

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Vintage Voices: Seniors and Seniors

By SARA JANE RUGGLES/Special To The Press| March 7, 2021 1:00 AM This is a fascinating time to be a public historian. The eldest members of our society have witnessed our world go from an analog to a digital existence. During this time, the email replaced the postage stamp, mass and instant communication replaced the need for…

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Coeur d’Alene High School

Written by Robert Singletary for the Nickel’s Worth 1/8/2021 On January 2, 1911, one hundred and ten years ago, a new and modern high school building was opened for classes at Seventh and Montana in Coeur d’Alene. After passing a $40,000 bond levy in the spring of 1910, construction began the following summer and was completed…

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North Idaho’s Automotive History

Written by Robert Singletary. Featured in the Nickel’s Worth Jan 1, 2021. One of the first automobiles in northern Idaho was a 1902 Oldsmobile owned by Fred Landrus, pictured above.  It was used primarily as a race vehicle.  Most people in the early 1900s considered the automobile a novelty or a sport rather than a…

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Father Purcell makes major contributions to North Idaho

By Robert Singletary Special To The Coeur d’Alene Press| December 18, 2020 1:00 AM Thomas J. Purcell was born in Wales of Irish parents in 1868. He came to the U.S. with his parents when he was about 12 years old. After working in the Pennsylvania coal mines as a teenager, he made his way west, first…

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Marcus Wright: The Tie King of North Idaho

By By ROBERT SINGLETARY/Special To The Coeur d’Alene Press Robert Singletary Special To The Press| November 13, 2020 1:00 AM Marcus Wright, a native of Kentucky, moved to the village of Spokane Falls in 1877. By the early 1880s he had formed a partnership with Charles Wesley Wood and together they platted the town Rathdrum. At the…

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The scoop on local spooks: Digging for ghost stories in Coeur d’Alene

By ELENA JOHNSON/Coeur Voice Contributor Coeur d’SAlene Press| October 3, 2020 1:00 AM Are there any good spooky, ghostly, or haunted stories in Kootenai County? Well, it depends on whom you ask. For local historian and Director of Programs and Marketing of the Museum of North Idaho Robert Singletary, the area doesn’t have any outstanding ghost stories…

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Cd’A Tribal member receives grant to study historical basketry

By DEVIN WEEKSStaff Writer, Coeur d’Alene Press | February 26, 2020 1:00 AM Cd’A Tribal member receives grant to study historical basketry Coeur d’Alene Tribal member and established artist Leanne Campbell is looking forward to having a hands-on experience with history. Campbell, of Tensed, received the exciting news earlier this month that she is a recipient of a…

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Fort Sherman Chapel work begins

By Kaye Thornbrugh Staff Writer| January 24, 2020 12:00 AM Work began Tuesday to refinish the floor of the historic Fort Sherman Chapel, located at 332 Hubbard Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. The Museum of North Idaho received a $5,000 matching grant from the Idaho Heritage Trust for the project. It will cost about $13,000 total to refinish…

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Museum receives grant to preserve Fort Sherman Chapel

| December 13, 2019 12:00 AM The Museum of North Idaho received a $5,000 matching grant from the Idaho Heritage Trust to refinish the floor of the historic Fort Sherman Chapel, located at 332 Hubbard Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. It will cost about $13,000 to refinish the building’s 1,350-square-foot floor. Crist and Sons Painting will chemically…

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