Editor’s Note: The following stories are taken from the Kuna Herald newspaper 50 years ago.
Work started on bank building: extensive remodeling planned
The Kuna Bank building will undergo a complete remodeling job before the Melba-Kuna Branch of the Glenns Ferry Bank Ltd is opened, William Knox has announced.
Mr. Knox said that after making a thorough check of the building and the space that will be needed, the directors have decided to increase the floor space with the addition of a 20 x 30 foot extension at the rear of the building.
The exterior will be refaced and the interior made completely modern, with new glass, wall paneling and carpeting.
The remodeling job will require a little more time that the original plans, Knox said, but added that he feels the completed building will be one that the community can be proud of. Knox still has Sept. 1 circled as the opening date for the new branch of the bank.
Carpenters who did the remodeling work on the Glenns Branch Bank building at Grand Vie, will be in charge of the work.
They begin tearing down the addition on the rear of the building Thursday and expect to get started soon on laying blocks for the new part of the building.
David Owen, who will be employed in the bank, was in Kuna Saturday looking for a residence. The bank manager, Don Withers is expected to arrive in a week or so from Chadron, Nebraska.
Minnesota pen pal visits Mrs. Beth Kern
Mrs. Walter Kern and a pen pal had the opportunity to meet each other personally Tuesday. Mrs. Kern had been corresponding with Mrs. Eva Pederson of Cyrus, Minn. during the past year.
When Mrs. Pederson was at the World’s Fair last week, she wrote the Kerns, saying that if there was a reply to her letter in Pendleton when she came through, she would come to Kuna and visit with the Kerns.
The reply was there and Mrs. Pederson and her traveling companions stopped here. They had dinner with the Kerns and then were taken on a tour of the Boise-Kuna project from Mora Drop to Electric Drop.
Mrs. Kern says that they were very much interested in irrigation, which is not used in their area, and in irrigated crops particularly seed.
They gathered information for use in their classrooms.
Kunas alter vacation itinerary to visit town bearing family name
Kuna has some visitors Wednesday who were interested in learning about the history of the town and the origin of its name.
They were Aladar Attila Kuna, M.D. of Quincy, Illinois and his wife and three children, Magdelane, Tom and Ralph.
The doctor and his family were on their way home from the World’s Fair when they saw the name “Kuna” on the map and decided to visit the town that bears their name.
Natives of Hungary, the Kunas came to the United States fourteen years ago. Ralph, the youngest son, was born in this country.
Dr. Kuna explained the origin of the word Kuna in his native country. The Kuns were one of the first seven tribes that came into Hungary and their offspring were called “Kuna” (plural) he said.
He added that the Slavs have another meaning for the word in their language.
“Kuna” is a fur bearing animal whose pelt was used as a medium of exchange at one time and was later responsible for the forming of the Croatian coin the “Kuna” which has a value comparable to the dollar in this country.
The visitors had lunch in Kuna Park before their departure. While in the Herald office they arranged for a two year subscription so they might keep in touch with the happenings here.
Ice cream social swells club treasury
In spite of a chilly, windy evening, the ice cream social held at the Kuna Park on Tuesday evening by the ladies of the Kuna Community Club was well attended.
A fire was built in the fireplace to add warmth and cheer to the event. Proceeds will be used to help improve the Kuna Park and to help the Boy Scout troop recently organized here.