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Good Old Days: March 19, 2020


March 19, 2020

100 years ago

The Colfax Commoner

March 19, 1920

A large number of the citizens of the city attended the annual meeting of the commercial club held at the Knights of Pythias hall last Thursday evening and there were a number of outside visitors present. The dinner was served at the hall by the Pythian Sisters. Immediately after the dinner was over, R. F. Bigelow arose and he gave an instructive talk regarding work which had been accomplished by the commercial club during the past year.

At the conclusion of his address, he called for nominations for president of the club for the coming year. Several members arose to their feet to nominate R. F. Bigelow, and these men gave way to S. E. Perkins, who was accorded the honor of placing in nomination Mr. Bigelow for a second term as president. Both men have been hard, industrious workers for the benefit of the city and that their work is appreciated is attested by the unanimous support which was given them when their names were mentioned for a second term.

Charles L. MacKenzie, Howard Bramwell and L. L. Bruning were reelected as members of the board of directors.

75 years ago

The Colfax Gazette-Commoner

March 23, 1945

Supt. R. E. Osborne was in Spokane Thursday this week conferring with Architect George M. Rasque on classroom designs and other facilities for the new grade schools that will be built after the war with funds provided for by the $300,000 bond issue authorized at a special election here March 3.

Mr. Rasque, head of the firm of Rasque & Sons, has drawn plans for 176 school buildings that have been constructed and submitted the specifications for a vocational building which the Colfax district had planned prior to the war to accommodate agricultural science rooms and a bus shop.

Preliminary phases of the building plans were discussed by Mr. Rasque with members of the school board and Supt. Osborne here Thursday of last week. No contract was entered into with Mr. Rasque but there probably will be later.

50 years ago

The Colfax Gazette

March 19, 1970

Next Tuesday will be election day in 10 of the county’s 15 school districts –with the future financial welfare of all of the schools depending heavily on where voters put their crosses (x’s) next week.

Almost one-third of the revenue for operation of the schools comes from special levies and unless voters approve this source of revenue for another year, the present educational level in all of the district would have to be cut drastically.

School directors and administrators are “autiously optimistic”about the outcome of next Tuesday’s election – despite the growth of a tax revolt in recent weeks – and ever-mounting opposition to taxes from all sources.

Virtually a “inimum turnout”of voters is required at special levy elections this year because so few voters went to the polls at the general school election last fall. The law requires that a minimum of 40 percent of those who voted at the last general election must go to the polls and that 60 percent of those balloting must approve the proposition.

25 years ago

Whitman County Gazette

March 23, 1995

Whitman County Library will purchase a new computer system with the help of a recently acquired grant. The $17,889 grant will be coupled with reserve money, revenue from the bookmobile sale, budget money and extra bond money to buy the computer system, totaling $95,000.

The extra bond money is about $25,000 saved in interest from a bond repaid ahead of schedule. The general obligation bond was earmarked for capital improvements.

Plans for a new system to replace the library’s aging computers were derailed last November when the proposal failed to get enough “yes”votes.

The new system will offer library patrons access to more current information than is available in print, said Steve Kenworthy, new library director. They will also be able to access greater amounts of information.

10 years ago

Whitman County Gazette

March 25, 2010

The Colfax school board mulled over how to shave more than $200,000 from the school's already stretched budget at its March 22 meeting.

The target $200,000 comes in step with a second-round $950,000 levy the board will present to voters in April.

The board passed out a proposal which suggested cutting hours of certified staff (teachers and administrators), shifting more program charges on to students, and trimming back of lights and electrical appliances in both district buildings.

Instead of draining dozens of school programs, superintendent Michael Morgan said laying off three certified staff and bringing back two classified staff would be a better option.


Four dead pets in Farmington have led one owner to suspect they were poisoned.

Kristina Mikalson of Farmington has lost a 7-year-old Australian shepherd and an 8-year-old cat within the past 10 months. She alleged the dog, Angie, became violently sick the same day last spring as two other dogs that live across the street at separate homes. Those two dogs died the same day. Her dog remained in ill health and died eight months later.

Whitman County Reserve Deputy Scotty Anderson said he couldn’t determine if the animals had been poisoned.

“When I talked with the animal hospital myself they told me it could be poisoning but it could be a hundred other things too,”Anderson said.

Anderson said after a conversation with the Alpine Animal Hospital veterinarian who examined Mikalson’s pets, it was still unclear if her pets had been poisoned.


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