The week in eastern Idaho history

100 years ago

A gunfight in Dubois on Oct. 21, 1917, claimed the lives of both men involved. According to the report in the Idaho Register, Bob Bogus and Ed Drownds were having words at the Clark & Denning Ranch after Bogus accused Drownds of stealing sheep from the ranch. Bogus was crawling through a wire fence on the ranch when Drownds rode up to him and shot him with his rifle. Bogus hit the ground and was unable to lift himself, but still managed to roll over, draw his pistol and shoot Drownds between the eyes, “blowing out his brains,” according to the report in the paper. One bystander, Dan Sullivan, rode to the home of Denning to sound the alarm, but the other bystanders made no effort to assist Bogus as he lay wounded by the fence. Bogus was eventually taken to the hospital in Idaho Falls, where he died.

75 years ago

Eastern Idaho potato dealers met this week in 1942 to discuss price ceilings on farm products and what prices they could set for various grades of their crop. Growers aired their concerns to F.E. Eichelberger, OPA representative of the Bonneville County rationing board, pointing out that getting potatoes out of storage raised the cost 15 cents above what it cost to get them out of the field, yet the price ceilings would not reflect that added cost. Otto Rapp said he had sold mostly regular potatoes during the base period in late September from which the price was determined, asking how he was to fix his price ceiling on higher grade “fancy pack” spuds.

50 years ago

Quick thinking by an Idaho Falls man this week in 1967 saved the life of Grant P. Packer, 42, of 653 Ninth Street, who was nearly buried alive when rubble from a 7-foot-deep hole he was excavating caved in on top of him. Idaho Falls Fire Capt. Ed Anderson, who led the rescue, said Golden Clark, who was digging with Packer, plunged into the hole and worked Packer’s head out of the piled up earth, allowing him to breathe until rescue workers from Stations 1 and 2 could arrive. Packer and Clark had been digging to get at the crack in the foundation, which they planned to patch with tar to prevent water from seeping in.

25 years ago

This week in 1992, the Idaho Department of Employment unveiled a computerized kiosk at the Idaho Falls Public Library to help people check on job openings around the state with the touch of a fingertip. Idaho Falls Mayor Tom Campbell unveiled the automated labor exchange (“ALEX”) at a news conference, saying “We don’t have a lot of unemployment in our city, but we have some. I think a system like this is going to be very valuable to us.”


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


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