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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