Down Memory Lane - First High School Reunion

First high school class reunion in the post war period drew more than 20 members of the Orofino Class of 1948 to the VFW Building for a banquet and reminiscing. Arrangements for the group were headed by Jim Bessent, Harriet Walrath Reece and Bruce Curtis. Among the other guests were Wathen and Evelyn Olsen Wells of Pasco, who won a prize for coming the furthest, Dick Merrill, Bernaadine Bucholz Freeman, Nellie Nelson Scoles, Ethel Hatch Tobin, Vera LindstromVan Houten, Alice Choate Damman, all of Lewiston; Louise Maynard Wilks and Mary Lou Rasmussen Deyo of Peck; Bob West, Bob Wilson, Guy Helm, Bill Crutcher, Jeannine Larson Miller of Orofino; Stanley Brown and Jack Hughes of Spokane; Vernon Choate, Kendrick, Fred Jabbora, Culdesac. Teachers present included John McKelway, Charles Musiel and Mrs. Wiliam Harber, who had taught the group in grade and high school. Husbands and wives of class members also joined in the reunion. Clearwater Tribune, Dec. 4, 1958

10 years – Dec. 4 2008

A government contract for 2.4 million dollars was awarded to Phantom Jet Boats in Orofino to build “Musclejon” boats for military operations in Ecuador.

US Bank will be celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the grand opening of the US Bank building at 333 Michigan Ave. in Orofino.

20 years – Dec. 3, 1998

Orofino Chamber of Commerce members have overwhelmingly voted to oppose the taking of additional Northwest water for flow augmentation, reservoir drawdowns or removal of the four lower Snake River dams.

State water agents have turned to computer technology to drastically reduce paperwork involved with the massive Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) water rights program saving Idaho taxpayers thousands of dollars in printing and paper costs as a result.

30 years – Dec. 8, 1988

Marvin T. Lambrecht has been appointed by Gov. Cecil Andrus to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol-Drug Abuse Advisory Board. Lambrecht is the administrator of State Hospital North.

After seven months of negotiation, teachers in District 171 have been given a 3.4% raise in their base salaries. The increase, the first since 1985-86 brings the teachers to $16,000 up from $15,472.

40 years – Dec. 7, 1978

Hanson Garage, Inc. has won the Chrysler Corp. award of excellence. Out of 245 dealers eligible in the Portland or Northwest zone, only 11 earned the award.

Clearwater County Commissioners wrote to Idaho Governor John Evans asking that Clearwater County be declared a disaster area due to excessive moisture during harvest.

50 years – Dec. 5, 1968

Saturated soil and heavy November rains have curtailed all forest road construction with Emory Hall closing down work on skull Creek and the Middle-Yoosa sales before thanksgiving.

There is no longer a cheap mailing rate for mailing Christmas cards. New regulations require full first-class postage of six cents per ounce, whether or not the envelope is sealed or unsealed and whether or not there is any writing on the card.

60 years – Dec. 4, 1958

The first amateur radio automobile license ever sold in Clearwater County was issued this week to Clarence Archer, soil Conservation Service work unit conservationist in Orofino.

County and state armory funds must still wait release of federal funds by the Bureau of Budget before an armory construction program cam materialize. No activity is possible for the next six months until reorganization of defense units is completed.

70 years – Dec. 9, 1948

Slot machine revenue to the city of Orofino will yield a net return of $18,916.38 reports Mary Avery, city clerk.

The remains of T5Gerrard E. Wylie, killed in action in Belgium during WWII, are expected to arrive in Orofino this week. The reburial will be the first of a Clearwater County service man. The Orofino soldier was inducted into the army in 1942. He lost his life serving with the 75th Division while his unit was pulling out from the Belgium Bulge on Feb. 2, 1945. He was born in Canada and had lived most of his life from 1938 on Wells Bench, where he was engaged in woods work.

80 years – Dec. 9, 1938

Clearwater County was $400 richer when State Traffic officer Arthur Henson brought that much money down from Weippe, where it was obtained from 28 slot machines and two pinball games which were destroyed following a surprise raid against eight establishments there to clear the town of these gambling devices.

Xavier Durant, merchant of Weippe for the past 20 years, sold his entire merchandise stock in what has been known as Durant’s Cash Store No. 1 at Weippe, to Jim St. Clair of Pierce.

Mr. Durant first entered business in Weippe 27 years ago when he first opened a creamery and operated it seven years before going into the mercantile business.

90 years

There are no issues for the month of December of 1928 in the Clearwater Tribune archives.

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