The week in eastern Idaho history

100 years ago

Communities across Idaho were being ordered to roll up the sidewalks early this week in 1918, with even the “chocolate sundae cabarets” facing a 9 p.m. curfew under orders from the food commissioner, George M. Scott. “All-night eating houses are affected and people who are in the habit of having a party at midnight or early in the morning will have to provide a ‘nose-bag’ if they continue their old habits,” the Idaho Register reported. “Quite a howl went up from the business interests most seriously affected when it became known yesterday morning. … With a 10 percent tax on gasoline and the soft drink places closed, joy-riding will become a thing to be remembered as a before-the-war custom.”

75 years ago

Nine people from the U.S. Navy arrived in Idaho Falls this week in 1943, but the original plan to spend a week had to be curtailed because the visit of a Navy recruiting cruiser was canceled. Nevertheless, Lt. G.S. Griffith was stationed in the Navy recruiting office in the downtown post office to interview men for acceptance as commissioned officers. Lt. E.A. Zone of the Navy Medical Corps, Ensign Jean Berkey, Navy nurse, and Yeoman Joseph Ollenslager were stationed as well between Thursday and Saturday.

50 years ago

A staff member of the Idaho State Parks Department met this week in 1968 with the Idaho Falls Citizens Committee for Downtown Improvement, to discuss possible plans for a state park encompassing the greenbelt area around the Snake River in Idaho Falls. Mayor S. Eddie Pedersen said that if a state park were created to include the land, Idaho Falls would relinquish control and management of the area. He said the improvements made in the state park system would substantially benefit the Idaho Falls area.

25 years ago

Jack Munn Moore, a bus driver for the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, got a shock the morning of July 8, 1993, when a deer ran into the path of his vehicle on Saturn Avenue. Moore was southbound when the deer ran into his path. The impact killed the deer and knocked it into a parked Chevrolet Caprice, causing an estimated $450 in damage. No damage was reported to the bus, nor any injuries to humans. Idaho Falls Police called the state Department of Fish and Game, who removed the animal from the roadway.


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


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