Yesteryear History of Southeast Idaho

Yesteryear
Good readers point out errors
Good readers point out errors

By Bill Ryan It’s good to have readers who don’t sit on their hands. No, sir, they let me know about wrong information in these columns. Take, for example, my statement that Whiskey Mike’s place burned down years ago. Here are some answers: This is from reader Harold Bower. “Mike was born in Greece and […]

Another good ol’ Pocatello boy dies
Another good ol’ Pocatello boy dies

By Bill Ryan I was saddened the other day to hear of the death of Jack Karford, left. His was a Swedish family, bearing the name Kvarfordt. They moved several times during the Depression, landing in Pocatello in time for Jack to finish high school and soon join the Navy. After his hitch, Jack returned […]

Journal looking for Pearl Harbor veterans

If you have a relative—alive or deceased—who was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, please give the Idaho State Journal a call. The Journal is putting together a story about the upcoming anniversary of the surprise attack by the Japanese on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor. Please contact Journal Editor Ian H. Fennell at […]

Pocatello and Mexico history meet again
Pocatello and Mexico history meet again

By Kim Anglesey Several years ago I was researching Mexico’s support to the Allied war effort during WWII and I discovered that after Mexico declared war on Germany on May 28, 1942, President Manuel Ávila Camacho offered an Air Force squadron to join the war effort to fight in the Pacific Theater. President Roosevelt accepted […]

A nickname can lead to success
A nickname can lead to success

By Bill Ryan For the Journal Down through the years, thousands of folks have lived and worked in Pocatello, some more successful than others. Many who prospered had nicknames that apparently stuck and may have boosted their success. A good example is Ferrell L. “Scoop” Felt. For many years, he ran Scoop’s Men’s Store on […]

Some years there were 2 Thanksgivings
Some years there were 2 Thanksgivings

Commentary by Bill Ryan Thanksgiving is always a warm time for being with family, reminiscing about past gatherings around the festive table, and expressing thanks for all the good things we have. The Pilgrims of Massachusetts Bay Colony started it all by staging a feast for themselves and their Indian friends the second year they […]

A nickname could lead to success
A nickname could lead to success

By Bill Ryan Down through the years, thousands of folks have lived and worked in Pocatello, some more successful than others. Many who prospered had nicknames which apparently stuck and may have boosted their success. A good example is Ferrell L. “Scoop” Felt. For many years he ran Scoop’s Men’s Store on the 100 block […]

Brief history of Idaho Department Stores in Pocatello
Brief history of Idaho Department Stores in Pocatello

• The first Idaho Department Store in Pocatello opened ion August 23, 1950 and was located at 6th Avenue and Center Street. (701 E Center Street) It was remodeled in 1965. The building originally housed the Jesse M. Chase Ford automobile garage. • The second location at 851 North Main Street inside the Okay Shopping […]

Aviation pioneer — Utah Air National Guard renames base for combat pilot
Aviation pioneer — Utah Air National Guard renames base for combat pilot

By Kendra Evensen kevensen@journalnet.com Tuesday marked the 68th anniversary of the formation of the Utah Air National Guard and its 191st Fighter Squadron. Officials celebrated by naming the base after one of the first pilots to enlist: retired Brigadier General Roland R. Wright. The base located on the east side of the Salt Lake City […]

Center Street Viaduct joined east and west Pocatello
Center Street Viaduct joined east and west Pocatello

Before the Center Street Underpass became one of the main roadways connecting Old Town Pocatello to the rest of the city, a viaduct allowed safe travel over the railroad tracks from east to west. The Center Street Viaduct was constructed in 1910. Before that time, people wishing to go to the east side of town […]

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