Looking back

100 years ago

The Barnum & Bailey Circus was due to visit Idaho Falls on Aug. 21, 1918, but the Bonneville County Council of Defense in special session is week passed a resolution urging people to stay away. Similar resolutions had already been adopted by the Methodist Church governing board and at the LDS Priesthood meeting. There was too great a crop to be harvested and too great a need due to the war effort to take labor out of the fields, the resolution said. “It is not the object to embarrass the show people in the least, but is simply a measure that has the approval of a great number of conservative people who feel the stand taken is right,” the Idaho Register reported.

75 years ago

The Post-Register raised its weekly home delivery price to 20 cents this week in 1943. In a Page One notice, the rate hike was said to be necessary due to the price of newsprint “and because it was necessary to bring our carrier salesmen a higher income to bring their earnings in line with wages paid boys of school age in other industries. We appreciate your understanding cooperation with your carrier salesman. He is a little merchant. He buys his papers wholesale and sells them at retail. Help him give you good service by paying in his first collection call.”

50 years ago

A skeleton with what appeared to be a bullet hole in its skull was found the night of Aug. 11, 1968, about four miles east of Butte City. Butte County Sheriff Ed Ramshaw said preliminary investigation led them to believe the body had been there more than a year possibly two. It was discovered by Claude B. Newell of Driggs and a party of cactus hunters. Evidence at the scene included boots, a belt, trousers, a shirt and wrist watch. An FBI agent from Idaho Falls had been called in to consult on the case, Ramshaw said.

25 years ago

The Idaho Falls City Council presented its 1993-94 budget this week in 1993, proposing $81.1 million in spending and a 3.4 percent property tax cut intended to offset higher power bills because of a rate increase from the Bonneville Power Administration. Municipal Services Director Craig Lords said the cut was possible because the library bond was nearly paid off and the taxable value of property in the city had risen to nearly $1.2 billion. With a bigger tax base, the city expected to raise $286,000 more than it had raised in 1992, he said.

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

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