JANUARY 14, 2010

15 Years Ago

   After 35 years with the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 20 years at Dworshak, Wayne Olson is retiring from managing Dworshak National Fish Hatchery.

   One of the major questions in the upcoming Feb. 7 Orofino water system improvement bond election is which source the city will have for water in the future. At present the water is being pumped from the Clearwater River into the water plant on Main Street.          

   Angie Ponozzo and Jeff Schwartz will be married Feb. 25 at St. Theresa’s Church.

   Orofino soccer team members are Damian Hester, Jeremy Vicory, Andy McElhatton, Nascan Irby, Emily Hall, Travis Gochnour, Joe Vicory, Collin Ciarlo, Brandon Titus, Joe Shepherd, Bryce Anderson, Pete Mecham, Dusty Wolverton, Thea Easterbrook, Leah Brandt, Hannah Brandt and Bert Mecham. Pete Crecelius, Dave Weigand and Gary Kunkel are the team coaches.

30 Years Ago

   Fire damaged the Dean Brandt home beyond practical repair when the owners were absent. Neighbors and the fire department were able to save some of the furnishings.

35 Years Ago

   Leslie Schilling has been hired as a trainee to operate the city sewage plant.

   Ted Scoles, Steve Burns, Nick Larrinaga, Doug O’Keefe, Mary Ann Watson and Gary Bessent spent the Christmas holidays at home from Boise State University.

40 Years Ago

   Tami Bausch, wife of Woody Bausch, Timberline school music teacher, is new head of the Community Action Agency program in Weippe.

   Pierce family heads have been cutting and delivering of wood to help keep the Community Center open during the winter period when finances are curtailed for heating expenses.

45 Years Ago

   The new Jaype Mill is progressing nicely despite the weather. The mill building is up and the Austin Company is pouring slabs 40 feet by 80 feet. Temporary heat is used until the boiler gets here in February.

   North Fork floods from continued heavy rains released three million feet of logs into the river and caused holding problems at the Potlatch Mill. Dunlap Creek overflowed from the heavy snow melt on Wells Bench and flooded the Forest Service warehouse as the big culvert above the highway was jammed.

50 Years Ago

   Postal Office officials have extended daily route mail service to Wells Bench, Johnson Mill and Grangemont. Weekly service will  be extended from Ahsahka up the old and new Cavendish Grades. New route extensions are planned for Riverside and Swaynes Addition.

60 Years Ago

   Talent, speed and endurance gave the Orofino Maniacs the 1949 state basketball championship with a stunning 52-41 victory over the crack Central Valley team from Spokane. Coach Wilbur Montgomery said that Orofino was the best club he had this year. Top Orofino scorers were Hayes, Brown and Williams.

65 Years Ago

   Orofino will be the home of a cement plant which will start almost immediately.

   Potlatch reported that war time economy has reduced the percentage of White Pine cut from about 90 percent of the mill total to 45 percent during 1944. Camp 55, Alder Creek, Camp 58, and McComas Meadows above Stites will operate all winter and Camp 54, Washington Creek until the deep snow drives loggers out.

75 Years Ago

   Monday the 180 foot span of the Peck Bridge was completed leaving a span of 80 feet remaining on the Nez Perce County side to be completed.

   Several persons interested in music have formed themselves an orchestra and are giving a dance at the Odd Fellow Hall.