Sandpoint man celebrates 100th birthday

Sandpoint man celebrates 100th birthday

Francis McNall was born on the first day of the year, 100 years ago.

He first moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in June of 1922 when he was four. And he never left.

“We became Idaho millionaires,” said Francis. “Land rich and dollar poor.”

Now a century old, Francis has seen a lot of things come and go, but not his wit. He’s still got that.

Francis’ life so far has been defined by his desire to help people.

After 23 years teaching the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Northside School, his former pupils include the town sheriff and principal of Sandpoint High.

With each passing decade, he says he’s feeling the age. But for others looking to hit 100, he says here’s a good start:

-Don’t smoke, don’t drink excessively
-Any good diet begins with meat and milk
-Find someone you can spend a happy life with

He met his wife when he was getting ice, back before refrigerators. His wife’s family owned the store.

“When I came in her uncle poked her on the hips and said there’s your man,” said Francis.

A poke in the rib later, and their legacy now includes 7 children, 19 grandchildren, and 33 great grandchildren, with one more on the way.

He’s content with how things are.

“If I had something I had thought I should do, I’d be doing it,” said Francis.

Right now, that’s making it to 101.