Flashback: ‘Meat and wheatless days’ observed, loose horse causes car crash and teen cited after collision with parked car

IDAHO FALLS — EastIdahoNews.com looks back at what life was like in East Idaho history during the week of November 21-27.


BLACK FOOT — Local cafes planned to observe “meatless and wheatless days,” the Blackfoot Idaho Republican announced on November 27, 1917.

In accordance with the food preservation campaign, a meeting with local hotel and restaurant owners was held in the town hall building.

“George F. Gagon addressed the meeting and spoke of the urgent need to preserve both of these foods as an aid to our allies,” the article reads.

Going forward, Tuesdays would be considered “meatless days” and Wednesdays would be “wheatless days” in all local restaurants and hotels.

“This plan has gone into effect across the United States and dining house patrons have happily accepted the situation,” the local newspaper said.


RIRIE — A loose horse caused a car crash, The Rigby Star said on November 26, 1942.

Ririe residents Mr. and Mrs. Reed Hayes and their 2-year-old child had a “narrow escape” while traveling the Roosevelt Highway en route to Ririe.

“A lone horse came out of the rental pit, right in front of the car,” the newspaper said. “The impact killed the horse and the car was badly damaged.”

The cost of repairing the car was estimated at $300. The Hayes family “came away with a bad shock.” The Rigby Star said when the car and horse collided Ms Hayes “threw her arms over the child” to protect the child from the “flying glass and the bump”.


PRESTON — An 18-year-old woman has been charged with wrongdoing after hitting a parked car.

On November 27, 1975, The Preston Citizen wrote that Cindy Hollingsworth was turning a corner with frost-covered windows when she hit the back of a 1968 Ford owned by Norman Ricks.

The Ford suffered $1,700 damage and the 1970 Pontiac Hollingsworth he drove suffered $350 damage.


POCATELLO — A snowmobile accident occurred on Mink Creek Road across the Power County line, the Idaho State Journal reported November 25, 1977.

Gary Ratliff, 29, “received injuries on the trail” after a report of a head-on collision with another machine.

Another snowmobile transported Ratliff from where he was injured to an ambulance waiting for him near the road. He was taken to Bannock Memorial Hospital and admitted to intensive care the next day in fair condition.


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