Down Memory Lane - Spencer + Pare

A Glimpse of the Past… Bob Spencer and Mo Pare’ (l to r), members of the Clearwater Memorial Library board of trustees planted a row of flowering cherry trees at the library last week. The trees were donated for the library landscaping by Orofino Flower Shop and others. Clearwater Tribune – April 13, 1989

10 years –April 9, 2009

Three-hundred and sixty homes in Riverside, Bobbitt Bench, Little Canyon and parts of Gilbert Grade were without power for several hours Friday morning after a power pole near Deano’s on Hwy 12 was sheared off by a car according to Bob Pierce a spokesperson for Clearwater Power.

According to the Idaho State Patrol the incident occurred around 5 a.m. when Tanisha J Carr, 18 of Peck traveling west-bound on US Hwy 12 lost control of the 1995 Pontiac Firebird she was driving and it went into a broad slide into the power pole.*

20 years –April 8, 1999

SPC Buck L. Armitage, Task Force 2-5 Cavalry, Bosnia Herzegovina was recently awarded the NATO Medal for Service with NATO of Operations in relation to the former Yugoslavia during the period of Sept. 1998 and March 1999.

Buck arrived home March 24, and will return back to Ft. Hood TX on April 7. He is the son of Gerry and Marie Armitage of Fraser.

He spent six months in Bosnia and will spend another six months in Texas before being discharged from the Army after four years of service.*

30 years –April 13, 1989

Bart Pippenger took second place in the 200 yard butterfly in the NCAA Swimming Championships April 1 in Indianapolis.

Pippenger, who went to high school at both Orofino and Kamiah, turned in a time of 1 minute 44.60 seconds to place second behind Melvin Stewart, Tennessee, who’s time was 1:44:30. The top three swimmers finished within seven-tenths of a second of each other. Southern Cal’s David Wharton was third in 1:44:98.

Bart’s silver medal at the Division 1 NCAA Championships was the best finish ever by any swimmer in the Big West Conference according to Bart’s coach Jim Reitz.*

40 years –April 12, 1979

Clearwater County Commissioners set salaries for all elected county officials except prosecutor and Commissioners when they met Monday. Commissioner and Prosecuting Attorney salaries are set by the legislature.

The following annual wages were set giving a seven per cent increase: Sheriff $14,980; Clerk-Auditor-Recorder $12,840; Assessor $11,770; Coroner $1926; Treasurer $11,556.*

50 years – April 10, 1969

Mike Bessent sped to a new school record in the mile run to lead Orofino to an overwhelming victory over 11 other schools in track competition in Lewiston last Saturday.

Bessent’s time of 4:42:1 clipped 4 full seconds off of Mike Gough’s school record of 4:46:1, set in 1957. Gough was an outstanding 4 sport competitor for Orofino 12 years ago winning many awards including the annual Vandal Booster Award. He was also District and Regional mile champion that year.*

Dave Waggoner started things off with a 9.5 clocking in the 70 yard high hurdles to establish a new elementary track record.

Jim McGoldrick heaved the discus 153’6” to break his elementary track record of 145’1”which he set on Saturday.*

60 years –April 9, 1959

Mayor A. B. (Bert) Curtis lost his third set of hubcaps in less than a year when they were stolen off his car Sunday night right in his garage. The fancy star-shaped hubcaps were taken from his car once last summer and again last October.

“They are expensive,” the mayor said, “and I feel like a target. It won’t happen again. I’m not going to put hubcaps back on that car.”*

Ron Schilling, 16-year-old, Orofino High School sophomore, won the Inland Empire AAU boxing championship at Spokane’s AAU tournament last week-end. The aggressive red-haired young man has won seven fights this year and claims an undefended string of 19 fights in high school boxing.*

70 years –April 14, 1949

K.E. Hanson monopolized honors by winning all four special trophies offered by local merchants for outstanding shooting during the Inland Empire Trapshoot tournament. His team did almost as well by ending the season in third place, only five points behind the leaders.*

80 years – April 14, 1939

They’re going down the river, those burley “river hogs” who laugh at roaring winds and white water. The great log drive of 1939 is on.

Thirty-five apostles of Paul Bunyan stocked with peavies and pike poles and fortified with “the best danged cook” on the river, Fred Thomas, left Elmberry Creek on the North Fork of the Clearwater River the first of this week to “rear” thousands of white pine logs, owned by Potlatch Forests, Inc., and drive them to the millpond at Lewiston.*

90 years– April 12, 1929

Anyone wishing to get in touch with City Policeman Chas, Crumpacker at night may do so by calling central and informing the operator of their wish. She will turn a switch which lights a red lamp located on a pole in front of the Dr. Chas. Mackey dental office at the intersection of Johnson and Michigan avenues which, when seen by Mr. Crumpacker, will cause him to call at the telephone office and find out where he is wanted and for what. There has been considerable difficulty experienced by citizens in locating the city policeman after night on account of the fact that no telephone facilities are available where he could be secured in a hurry. The street and alley committee of the council ordered the light put in and had their action approved at the regular meeting held Monday night.

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