The week in eastern Idaho history

100 years ago

Three Idaho Falls meat companies reached an agreement this week in 1917 with their employees, members of the local Meat Cutters and Butchers’ Union No. 624. Under the terms, the companies agreed to close each night at 6 p.m., except Saturday, when they would close at 9 p.m. “The men who are employed in the shops, as well as the employers, feel that the public can be as well served with those closing hours prevailing as they can by keeping open later, many of the men will get the rest needed, as the work they perform is heavy and they need the opportunity for rest and recreation,” the Idaho Register reported.

75 years ago

Idaho Falls Mayor Ed Fanning issued a proclamation this week in 1942 endorsing the Community Concert campaign, calling it “a release we all need from time to time during this unusual period in our national life.” The program called for three or four concerts by leading artists of the musical world. Lansing Hatfield, a baritone of the Metropolitan Opera Company, was to be the featured artist at the opening concert. “For the sake of our future, we must preserve all the fronts of a better rounded life,” the proclamation said. “It will be the privilege of music to help rebuild what war has destroyed.”

50 years ago

An Idaho Falls Navy man was killed Sept. 23, 1967, when the sports car he was driving on Interstate 15 blew out a tire and rolled. Idaho State Police said Thomas E. Jones, 21, 1447 S. Lee Avenue, was killed instantly when the northbound convertible overturned about nine miles south of Idaho Falls. Investigating Officer Vance Ricks said the vehicle was well within the 70-mile-per-hour speed limit, but that it skidded and rolled more than 300 feet before coming to rest. Jones’s survivors were called at their homes in California and Oregon.

25 years ago

Idaho Falls City Councilman Mel Erickson called for a fifth city fire station this week in 1992, to provide better protection for residents of the city’s west side. Erickson said he planned to ask the council to consider a station on a half-acre of city property at the intersection of Mill and Bellin roads. “When the city grows and the density increases in another area, it’s to our benefit to consider a location out there,” he said. Cost of a new station to house an engine and an ambulance was estimated at $250,000. Finding money to pay for more firefighters would be more of a challenge, Fire Chief Dick Hahn said.


Paul Menser is the author of “Legendary Locals of Idaho Falls.”


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