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St. Peter Reports On Harry’s Arrival

  ” So I took him out, Boss, 

and I showed him aroun’.

Says it’s nearly as nice

as his Wallace hometown.”

The Bard of Sherman Avenue


Obit: Harry Magnuson, 85

In August 1996, he was inducted into Idaho’s Hall of Fame in recognition of a career in business as well as service to his community and the state. In Oct. 1999, he received the “Esto Perpetua” Award from the Idaho State Historical Society in honor of his significant contributions to the preservation of Idaho history. Many of the historic sites of North Idaho are preserved as a result of Harry’s work. The Cataldo Mission was especially close to Harry’s heart. He worked for years to bring about the completion of Sacred Encounters, a permanent exhibition of Indian artifacts. Harry was highly honored by the Coeur d’Alene Indians and received the Cataldo Medal in 2003/CDA Press obituary. More here.

Who has had the biggest impact on Idaho: J.R. Simplot, Duane Hagadone, or Harry Magnuson?

Mining Magnate Magnuson Dead @ 85

People called Harry F. Magnuson “Mr. Wallace,” but his reach stretched far beyond his hometown. He saved historic buildings from wrecking balls and helped rescue Gonzaga University from financial collapse. Magnuson believed that tourism and recreation would revive his beloved Silver Valley, and he lived long enough to see this vision become reality. Magnuson, 85, died Saturday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His son, John Magnuson, said that his father was being treated for pneumonia when he died of a heart attack. “Everybody has a Harry Magnuson story,” said Ron Garitone, mayor of Wallace. “The man loved the little town. He grew up in it. He still has a house here. He’s what we’d call a ‘good old Wallace boy,’ but his (influence) goes way beyond our little community”/Rebecca Nappi, SR. More here.

David Bond’s article re: ‘Lion of Wallace’

Question: Do you have a Harry Magnuson story?