CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
MAY 6, 2010
World War I and World War II uniforms deck the handsome display case that features a WWI bugler named Frank Alteneder and his story. He served in the 91st Division Army. The cabinet also displays two types of boot covers known as “puttees.” One of them is made of stiff leather (lower right corner), and the other is a canvas lace-up model.
The rifle case in the
The powder horn (bottom left) belonged to the King family for 102 years. It belonged to George King’s great-grandfather and dates back to the Revolutionary War. The one above it belonged to George King. The date of 1810 is carved into its side, and it was used in the Civil War.
This stereoscopic picture shows WWI Doughboys practicing bayoneting in training. The caption reads: “The boys will learn how to give the Huns a taste of American Steel.”
WWII ration stamps, kept in
a leather wallet, were issued to the Snider family of
Orofino, a history to tell (Part VI)
By Alannah Allbrett
“Now we leave for the
trenches,” said 22 year old Harold E. Kinne, fighting in WWI in
Kinne’s parents, Mr. & Mrs.
W. B. Kinne of Orofino, received the devastating news that their son was killed
Harold was a natural leader
and a member of the debating team at the
Young Kinne was one of many young men who left Orofino to serve in foreign wars. The Orofino Tribune of 1918 (combined with the Clearwater Republican to form what is today the Clearwater Tribune) often printed letters from American soldiers faraway from their homes.
In the same issue, it was reported that before local recruits left for the battlefield, the men were given a picnic in their honor and entertained at the Rex picture show in the evening. “Nearly the whole town and a lot of country folk turned out to accompany the boys to the depot to give them a farewell handshake and extend good wishes.” The news stated that in 1917, “438 men registered [for the service]; 30 enlisted. The board entrained 108, and 50 enlisted who had not registered, making a total of 188 men from the county.”
A bullet mold belonging to Charlie Adams, a well known Nez Perce man, is on display. He traded a horse to acquire it. Uniforms, photos, flags, bullets, large shell casings, a bayonet, and a bugle tell the story of the young men who were lucky enough to return to Orofino.
One picture, in particular, caught my attention – more for the caption under it than the photo itself. It said, “The boys will learn how to give the Huns a taste of American Steel.” The picture is a stereoscopic photo with side-by-side images of WWI Doughboys practicing with bayonets.
The rifle display at the
museum includes a shotgun, one of 13 made by Frank Benda, a
Another interesting item was
a leather wallet containing WWII War Ration Stamps for rationed goods such as
gas fuel, and foodstuffs. The wallet belonged to Harrie A. and Jill Snider and
family members Emily, Ruth, and Lynn Thomas of
Included in the informative
collection are Certificates of Award for Meritorious Service, and various
Another medical doctor
(serving in WWII), was Bernice Pullen’s father, Myrick Pullen, Jr. He met and
married Julia McCole in
The Clearwater Tribune
hopes you have enjoyed
this special series featuring the
I hope you all get the chance to meet her when you visit the museum.