Printed on: December 27, 2012

LOOKING BACK

Bryce Glenn
Post Register

100 years ago

A judge ruled this week in 1912 that Bonneville County was responsible for a little more than half of the debt Bingham County owed at the time Bonneville broke away and became its own county a year earlier. The judge estimated that Bingham County was in debt $50,000 at the time Bonneville County was created and that the new county owed Bingham $27,000 of that debt. Bonneville County said it would appeal the ruling.

Meanwhile, Idaho Falls High School seniors listed their New Year's resolutions in their school publication, The Clio, which ran periodically in the Idaho Register. Among the more interesting resolutions were those of Olive ("I will mind my own business for at least five minutes each day"), Catherine ("to jig with Bert Heath once a day in order to reduce my size") and Harry ("not to tease the girls at noon or stick pins in Bert Mill when he goes to sleep").

75 years ago

About 500 people lined the Ammon foothills this week in 1937 to watch a ski-jumping exhibition from brothers Dallas and Bordeen Clinger of Afton, Wyo. Lack of sufficient snow and suitable conditions tempered the ambitions of Bordeen and Dallas, the latter of whom held the collegiate jumping record of 212 feet. But they still managed to attain jumps of up to 100 feet on the makeshift course. Bob Barnett, chairman of the junior chamber of commerce winter sports committee, was responsible for organizing the exhibition and said an Idaho Falls ski club was in the works to popularize the sport.

50 years ago

An Idaho Falls family's pet Pekinese, named Chino, wandered back to their home at 2400 Calkins Ave. this week in 1962 after an absence of 16 months. The dog disappeared from the car of the E.W. Bateman family in August 1961 while they were at a drive-in theater. After a prolonged search, the family had given up hope of seeing Chino again, until Mrs. Bateman found him in her garage, almost unrecognizable from matted hair and his starved condition.

25 years ago

Citing "social and even moral implications," Ricks College announced a new policy this week in 1987 forbidding hot tubs in off-campus housing units unless separate facilities were provided for men and women. Don Packer, housing director at the Rexburg college, now known as Brigham Young University-Idaho, said no hot-tub complaints had been filed, but the policy was adopted as a preventive measure.

Meanwhile, sheriff's offices in eight eastern Idaho counties received federal grants for anti-drug programs. Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison and Teton counties received grants ranging from $45,000 to $65,000. While dispersing the grants, Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus included a message for the various law-enforcement agencies: "Sic 'em. Go right after them."