Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.
25 Years Ago, July 6, 1994
Franklin County has had a hot dry spell. According to Scott Martin of the county’s fire department, conditions will worsen before they get better. He said the fires they have been to lately could have been a lot worse, if people at the scene hadn’t helped to contain them. There were fires at Johnson Reservoir, another up Cub River, two in the Clifton area, one in the Williams Creek area in Thatcher, then in Preston and later in Treasureton, all during the last days of June. “There is a lot of CRP ground where a fire is just waiting to happen. The whole world could burn if the fires get out of control,” said Martin.
With the retirement of Dean Gunnell, the county has hired Terrence William Ebanez, or “Guy” for short, as full-time juvenile probation officer for the county.
Joe Larsen, 11, was bit by a rabid bat last Friday. He is the son of Elliot and Candy Larsen of Fairview. Bats are the leading source of rabies in humans in this area, said Stephen Bastian, environmental health specialist.
A good city would not be a good city without a large corps of volunteers, but it becomes an even better city when many of those volunteers are spontaneous. What would a community be without those people who willingly give of their time to improve “the street where we live?”
The Elks Club replaced tattered old glory in Benson Park with the help of the Idaho National Guard. Preston garbage collectors and custodian Mac Smith took a moment to put their hand over their heart as the flag was raised. The Elks Club was also responsible for cooking the breakfast for Idaho Days.
50 Years Ago, July 10, 1969
Two bus loads of boy scouts and leaders took off from Preston for the “long way around” to National Jamboree at Farragut State Park in North Idaho. They will be going to North Idaho via Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
More than 102 golfers took part in the second annual Two-man Best Ball Tournament held in Preston last weekend. The tournament was sponsored by Preston Golf and Country Club under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Gale Parcell. Mr. Parcell is the golf pro.
The reporter from the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch thought he saw what he saw the other day but, just to be sure, he photographed it. There are two mailboxes in front of the Dispatch Building. One box is designated for “Out of Town” mail’ the other is plainly marked for in-town mail. Sure enough, day after day, the postman comes along and empties the contents of both boxes---into the same bag. The Post Office, of all departments of government, is most susceptible to mismanagement.
West Side school district this week called for bids on an addition to Porter Hall at the high school, which will house a new classroom and offices for the superintendent. The classroom will be used for business education. Estimated cost of the improvement will be about $15,000.
75 Years Ago, July 13, 1944
Members of the Preston Boots and Saddle Club will make their third ride of the year. The group will ride to Bloomington Lake where the ladies will be invited to make the trip also.
Caution in moving hay derricks under or parallel to electric wires was urged upon farmers today by Utah Power and Light Company. They especially urged caution in moving derricks with the booms up, pointing out that booms should be securely fastened at both ends and held in a horizontal position. “Take no chances. Don’t touch chains, cables or wet ropes if the derrick is near a power line, and the driver should not ride on the derrick. Never under any circumstances attempt to raise or move electric lines.” Call Utah Power and Light Company office if in doubt or if assistance is needed.
Plans for the ninth annual Preston Night Rodeo are rapidly shaping and many of the last strings are being tied in the program, which will be the most outstanding from the performance angle ever offered in this area.
Work on graveling and oiling of the road from Preston to the Treasureton flats toward Grace is now underway. Gravel is being placed on the worn spots of the eight-mile stretch and the oil will be applied as soon as the road bed has been fully conditioned. It is planned to oil at least a mile of this road into Mink Creek while the job is underway.
100 Years Ago, July 10, 1919
Preston is on the verge of water famine. Weather conditions this year have been so abnormal and extra ordinary that even the wisest of wiseacres could never have dreamed they would be that way. Secure in our walled up valley, we little dreamed that any severe kind of drought would hit us in the beautiful reaches of Cache Valley. This year above all others, has demonstrated one very important and painful truth, and that is, that Preston has not sufficient water for its culinary and other needs.
The headers are busy at work on the Dayton flat. Farmers realize that they will have to stand a big shrinkage in their grain. The hot weather, with consequent failure of moisture to appear, will make it hard for some of the farmers of the section, although they are no worse off than those in other sections of the country
They are renovating and remodeling our schools here in the city. The cement plaster on the coping of the Jefferson is being taken off, as there has been grave danger of some pupil being hit by falling bits that become dislodged through the action of the elements..
Three drops of rain fell Thursday evening in the city of Preston, which added materially to our depleted water supply.