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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

Plans were afoot to make Heyburn Park the “playground” of Idaho.

The park, on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, had recently been acquired by the state. It had $50,000 worth of marketable timber, but a state game warden said “the value of the park does not lie in the timber.”

“In time, it should become the popular playground for all north Idaho,” said the warden. “I propose to do what I can to make it such. The deputies have volunteered to build fences and plans are well underway to place a number of young deer and elk in the park. I propose, too, to build good automobiles roads to and through the park.”

From the revival beat: The “tent tabernacle” of the Apostolic Holiness congregation in Rathdrum burned to the ground overnight, destroying the altar, the organ and the benches.

The tent had been used nightly for revival meetings during the summer. The church planned to continue to hold services in the open air.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1921: Canadian researcher Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, succeeded in isolating the hormone insulin at the University of Toronto.

1960: Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president on the first ballot at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

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