Longtime St. Maries resident Paul Koshney will celebrate his 93rd birthday this weekend.
Mr. Koshney will be honored at a potluck birthday party Sunday, Nov. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the John Denny Building at the Benewah County Fairgrounds. While potluck dishes are welcome – and appreciated – the family requests that those preparing meals be aware of sodium restrictions.
He was born in North Dakota but traveled to the area several times before World War II. His parents lied and signed a document stating he was 18 in order for him to get a job learning to weld in the shipyards after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Soon after, he turned 18 and was drafted into the war.
He and Gladys Evelyn Koshney were married while Mr. Koshney was on leave from boot camp, and after the war, they settled in St. Maries and bought a large portion of the Hells Gulch area. They raised three daughters while running a Black Angus ranch. Mr. Koshney worked several jobs, including in the mines in Wallace, on ranches, with the railroad, logging, in mills and building roads for the Forest Service.
He has three daughters, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.