March 2

The trustees of Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho approved a bid to construct the present hospital, 1967.

A fast passenger train from Chicago, the North Coast Limited, left the Northern Pacific tracks at Granite Lake north of Athol, Idaho, 1962, claiming the lives of the engineer and the fireman. 84 people were taken to the hospital, two were seriously injured. The locomotive plunged into Granite Lake. The train was evidently running 60 to 70 miles an hour when it went into a curve posted at 30 m.p.h. Warning signs on the railroad were placed at distances that allowed crews of freight trains to respond before reaching curves and the like. Crews on the faster passenger trains had to rely on experience and seeing landmarks to indicate when they should slow down or begin using the brakes. Apparently the fireman, who was at the controls of the North Coast Limited when it derailed, missed his cue to activate the brakes and by the time he spotted the warning sign it was too late to avoid a crash.

A US B-50 bomber made a nonstop flight around the world lasting 94 hours and 1 min., 1949. The bomber was refueled in midair four times during the flight. Air Force officials said the flight proved that American planes could drop an atomic weapon on any part of the world.

About one third of Palestine's Jewish population was living under prison camp conditions, 1947. Guerrilla attacks the previous day had killed 20 British officials and soldiers, including a bombing at an Army officer's club in Jerusalem. Political leaders of the Jews had refused to cooperate with a British investigation of a series of attacks.

The first issue of Time magazine went on sale, 1923.

Congress passed the Safety Appliance Act, 1893, which required trains used in interstate commerce to have automatic couplers and continuous brakes (air brakes).  Coupling rail cars by hand was very dangerous because a worker could easily be crushed between two cars. Air brakes allowed the engineer to control the brakes of the entire train instead of having a brakeman run along the tops of cars to tighten hand brakes on each car. Reporting the doings of Congress may make it appear quite enlightened compared to the citizens, but remember, railroad men invented the automatic coupler and the air brake and would have used them regardless of pronouncements from Congress.

"An old resident of Boise City ... says that the best thing [the outgoing Idaho Governor] could do is to pardon out all the convicts at the penitentiary and then leave the territory. In this way he would be certain to leave a few friends behind him." -- (Boise) Idaho Statesman, 1879.

President Andrew Johnson ordered that three army forts in Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas be abandoned, 1868. The Sioux tribe had been fighting the Army ever since the forts had been constructed, and Johnson hoped to entice the tribe into making a peace treaty.

Congress outlawed debt servitude, 1867. In debt servitude, a person who owed money would have to work at their creditor's command until the debt was paid off. Debtors could not choose where they worked or who they worked for. Indentured servants were an example of people in debt servitude.

Congress created Nevada Territory and Dakota Territory, 1861. It also approved daily mail service between St. Louis and the west coast via stagecoach, voting a subsidy of $1 million.

Congress divided the Oregon Territory into two jurisdictions: Washington and Oregon, 1853.

Congress outlawed the importation of slaves, 1807.

Sam Houston was born, 1793. Houston led Texans against Santa Anna’s army to win independence from Mexico. After Texas became a state, Houston served in the U.S. Senate and also was one of Texas’s early governors.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. -- Thomas Edison

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down. -- T. S. Eliot

Romans 6: 16-18 (American Standard Version)

  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Quotes About the Importance of Prayer: So leave tomorrow, with its cares, needs, and troubles, in God's hands. There is no storing up of tomorrow's grace or tomorrow's praying. We cannot lay hold of today's grace to meet tomorrow's needs. We cannot have tomorrow's grace; we cannot eat tomorrow's bread; we cannot do tomorrow's praying. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). And, certainly, if we possess faith, sufficient also will be the good. -- Edward M. Bounds

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