In case you wondered, sex sells

| April 16, 2021 1:00 AM D.F. “Dave” Oliveria at CDA Press Dr. Heather Branstetter didn’t plan to write a book about the notorious sex trade of Wallace, her hometown. It was to be part of a larger project that included the labor wars and gambling raids that helped shape the Silver Valley. But the valley’s…

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The Mullan Tree

By Robert Singletary, Special to the Nickel’s Worth This coming July 4th, 2021, will be exactly 160 years ago when John Mullan’s road construction crew stopped work to celebrate Independence Day. During the rest stop, one of Mullan’s crew cut the inscription “M.R. July 4, 1861” on a large white pine on the top of…

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Stanley Easton: Mr. Bunker

By Robert Singletary, Special to the Coeur d’Alene Press Stanley Easton, an 1894 graduate of the University of California, was associated with the Bunker Hill Mining Company in Kellogg, Idaho for more than 60 years. Three years after graduation, he started working for Bunker Hill as a laborer. By 1903, he was the manager of…

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Historic Mansion on Hayden Lake

By Robert Singletary Spokane millionaire F. Lewis Clark built a mansion on the south end of Hayden Lake Lake in 1910. At the time, it was said to be the most expensive house in Idaho. Four years after the house was completed, Clark mysteriously disappeared and was never to be heard from again. The mansion was sold…

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EARLY HAYDEN LAKE

By Robert Singletary With the completion of the first railroad across northern Idaho in 1881 and the rapid development of towns, there became a very high demand for agricultural products. Matt Hayden was one of the first to attempt systemic farming in the area near the shore of Hayden Lake. According to folklore, the lake got…

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The History of Lochaven Farms

By Deb Mitchell and Dorothy Dahlgren Today, on the corner of Honeysuckle and 4th, there stands a large barn, a two-story home and several other faded-white buildings surrounded by a once-white board fence that were part of Finucane’s Lochaven Farms. It encompassed 400 acres straddling Honeysuckle Avenue from Government Way to Strahorn Road. The Finucanes…

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