The week in eastern Idaho history

100 years ago

A.F. Eckstine of the Polk Directory Co. was in eastern Idaho this week in 1918, and couldn’t help being impressed by growth in the upper Snake River Valley, particularly Idaho Falls. “The directory will contain the names of citizens of Bonneville, Bingham, Jefferson, Madison, Teton and Fremont counties,” the Idaho Register reported. “It will have a complete list of taxpayers and the residents of rural routes. One of the most distinguishing features of the new directory will be the fact that every man serving in the army or navy will be listed and his service designation will follow his name. This will bring to eastern Idaho people the first complete list they have had of their soldiers and sailors.”

75 years ago

Thirty Bonneville County men left Idaho Falls today in 1943 to be examined for duty in Pocatello by the War Department’s traveling examining board. The men made up the July quota for the county. Names of those selected for service would be announced later, draft officials said.

50 years ago

A search began today in 1968 for Edward D. Gregory of Idaho Falls, who was last reported taking off from the airport in Hailey in a homemade biplane last week. The alert was sounded when Gregory’s co-workers at Idaho Nuclear Corp. said he had failed to show up for work on Monday. Kenneth Shake, Federal Aeronautics Agency chief in Idaho Falls, said Gregory had flown to Rexburg on July 21, touched down there briefly, then flown to Hailey. He was last reported taking off from Hailey that day around 4 p.m. He said no flight plan had been filed.

25 years ago

An opinion from the Idaho Attorney General’s office put the Bonneville County Commission in a state of impasse with County Prosecutor David Johnson over who controlled the commission’s civil attorney. Johnson had objected to the commission’s private contract with two local attorneys for legal advice, arguing that the Idaho Constitution required civil deputies to work under his authority. The attorney general’s letter supported Johnson’s argument, saying the commission could hire its own civil deputy without establishing a “constitutionally mandated standard of necessity.” But the commissioners said they would carry on with their arrangement. “This is only an opinion,” said Commissioner Edith Stanger.

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