JANUARY 21, 2010

Where have all our children gone?

   You might find this week’s Mystery Child to be very therapeutic. He was born and raised in Nampa and now runs a successful Orofino business. As a toddler, he gained notoriety by burning down the family home while playing with matches.

   As a youth, he spent a summer building Bungalow Bridge with his father and grandfather in Pierce. He has partaken of a number of vocations: bank file clerk, concrete finisher, house builder, and a mortician’s assistant. In high school he excelled at sports, especially baseball.

   Can you guess this week’s Mystery Child?

   Last week’s Mystery Children were Ken “Butch” Dykes, Carol (Dykes) Lonsbury, Peggy (Dykes) Petersen, and Brenda (Dykes) McRoberts, the children of Orofino’s Lavena and the late Kenneth Dykes. Three of their five other siblings, Willy and David Dykes and Janell Trombley, live in Orofino. Paul Dykes lives in Washington, and Barbara Ricks lives in Montana.

   Marj Hardman was the first person to correctly identify last week’s Mystery Children. Also submitting correct guesses were Willy Dykes (their younger brother), Leona Dykes (their aunt), and Jo McGill.

   Keep those photos and clues coming! We can always use more, so please mail photos for future Mystery Child columns to Clearwater Tribune, P.O. Box 71, Orofino, ID, 83544 or deliver your picture in person to our office on 161 Main St., or you may send them via email to

   Please remember to include clues to appear with the child’s photo and information to reveal the following week.