The week in eastern Idaho history

100 years ago

Bonneville County reported buying $450,000 in war bonds this week in 1917, with $340,000 being bought by the population at large and $110,000 bought by four of the banks in Idaho Falls. The campaign had lasted 10 days. By 6 p.m. the evening of Oct. 27, when the campaign closed, the subscription figure stood at $325,000, and it was over the next two days the popular figure gained $15,000 to hit its final mark. Among the four banks called upon to help meet the goal, Anderson Bros. Bank contributed $40,000, Farmers and Merchants Bank gave $30,000, State Bank gave $30,000 and American National Bank gave $10,000. Subscriptions in the state of Idaho totaled $2,000 more than the state apportionment, “the best answer that the American people can give to the world that the war is backed by the people as a whole,” the Idaho Register reported.

75 years ago

Idaho Falls was engaged in a civilian defense test the night of Oct. 30, 1942. Officials from the state and the U.S. Army were on hand to determine how well the community could conduct itself in an emergency, which meant the streets and control center were to be teeming with auxiliary firemen, police officers, street and utility repairmen, doctors, nurses and first aid crews, decontamination squads, messengers and hundreds of reserve volunteers. On a lighter note, however, earlier in the day the stage was set for then annual Halloween Jamboree at the Paramount Theater downtown, with a costume parade to precede it. To participate in the drive, youngsters were to clip a pledge matinee coupon from the Post-Register and take it to the police station where they would receive a ticket to the special matinee in exchange for their pledge to refrain from engaging in vandalism during the Halloween period.

50 years ago

Preparations were under way this week in 1967 for the 59th Annual Idaho State Grange Convention, to be held at the Bonneville Hotel and City Recreation Building on Memorial Drive. Around 500 members of the farm organization were expected to show up as delegates the morning of Oct. 31. Guest speakers were to include Idaho Gov. Don Samuelson and U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

25 years ago

Iona residents voted this week in 1992 to sell $300,000 in bonds to fund half the cost of improvements to the city’s domestic water system.The vote was 205 for vs. 20 against. The city had applied for a $300,000 matching federal grant to help fund the project. Mayor Craig Rockwood said they expected a decision by March 1993. Overall, the 20-year bonds were expected to raise the monthly water fee as much as $3. It would be the first improvement to the city water system in more than 30 years.

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