Down Memory Lane

OROFINO’S FIRST WOMAN MAYOR – Helen K. Hight took the oath of office from Magistrate Judge Ralph Haley to begin her four-year reign as the city’s leader. She promised to continue all projects to benefit the city of Orofino. Clearwater Tribune, Jan. 14, 1982.

10 years – Jan. 12, 2012

Only the deadline and printer have changed at the Clearwater Tribune. The paper will continue to do business as usual at its long-time location at 161 Main St. in Orofino. The staff and phone numbers at the Clearwater Tribune remain the same.

Due to the fire at the printing plant in Orofino the Clearwater Tribune from now on will require Monday evening deadline for all news and advertisements.*

The underground petroleum leak discovered in the Clearwater River Monday, Dec. 26, is still under investigation. Earl Liverman, a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identified the leak as being located near a fuel distribution plant. That business includes an unmanned gas station as well as above-ground storage tanks.

The underground lines at the station were pressure tested as recently as 2011, and no leaks were found at that time. On Nov. 11, a small earthquake, of 2.3 – 2.6 magnitude, occurred in the area which may have triggered a leak.

20 years – Jan. 10, 2002

Mayze Daniels, 14, has been recommended to represent the United States in international soccer competition as a People to People Sports Ambassador. Mayze, who plays mid-fielder or forward on her soccer team was nominated by Dr. Pete Crecelius, Orofino soccer coach.

As a successful and involved student athlete, she will become a member of a competition team, take part in regular practices, build athletic skills, discover another part of the world, and become friends with athletes from around the globe.

Mayze attended Orofino Junior High School before moving to Oregon. Last summer she attended a soccer camp at Washington State University where she worked with Cougar team members.

She hopes to attend the New Zealand/Australia competition, accompanied by her mother Vanessa Miller and her great grandfather, Lino Aceves, who was her first soccer coach.*

30 years – Jan. 9, 1992

The Orofino girls got off to a rough start for the 1992 year as the Troy Trojans took it to them 47-27 in basketball action Jan. 4.

However, Orofino played a much improved game against Troy for the first half, than earlier in the season.

The Maniacs went into the locker room behind 15-30, where earlier in the season they were behind 8-30 at the half. The Maniacs managed to outscore Troy 12-9 in the third quarter but were shut out in the fourth. Orofino did a good job shutting out the Trojans inside game but the outside shooting from Troy was too hot to handle, as Troy’s Lisa Fenwick canned four three pointers.

Kim Steinbruecker led all Maniac scorers with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Mandi Stamper had six points, Gina Fernandez four, and Jodi Ferguson two.*

40 years – Jan. 14, 1982

Increased credibility and integrity for the city council are the goals of mayor elect Helen Hight. She told Orofino Chamber of Commerce members last week that she wants her council to be “an open council.”

“I hope you will come – you need to be involved,” she said, adding that with ideas from others, the council can better serve the people.

Don Strickfadden asked Hight about her attitude toward projects now under way by the city council. “Will you pursue them to final completion?” he asked.

Hight replied, “Of course we will carry HUD through. That road certainly needs improvement. I wish every one of you would ride up and down the road at least once a day to see what condition it is in.”*

50 years – Jan. 13, 1972

Fifteen-year career as Orofino postmaster will end for Melvin Snook, 69, who is announcing his retirement Jan. 21.

A former logging contractor, state senator and city councilman, Snook has been postmaster since Oct. 31, 1956, when he succeeded Art Dinnison.

A staunch defender of the rights of small town patrons to have adequate mail service, Postmaster Snook has earned appreciation of many patrons for his strong support of Saturday, Holiday and Sunday mail service for the community.

During the 15-year period the number of local boxes for patrons climbed from 469 to 741, when the first alcove was built, and then to 1,443 when the last six sections were added to the front wall.*

60 years – Jan. 11, 1962

Clearwater county births declined to another recent low during 1961 with 142 reported by Ruth Zeller of the department of vital statistics.

The birth rate has been on a declining basis since the high of 203 set in 1949.

Of the 142 births at CV Hospital there were 11 from four boys and seven girls from Lewis county parents; four boys and one girl from Idaho county folks and three boys and four girls from Nez Perce county families. Clearwater county had 69 boys and 50 girls. Last year the ratio was 92 to 75.*

70 years – Jan. 10, 1952

John Crockett, chairman of the Clearwater county chapter if the Infantile Paralysis foundation, reminds residents of the county that the county chapter spent $4428.14 to assist five polio patients in 1951.

“The record of what has been done makes us all eager to continue and to expand this work as needed,” said Crockett. “Unfortunately, even if we had no cases of infantile paralysis in our county in 1952, there remains much to be done for patients stricken in 1951 or before. The toll of polio continues on into the next year or years.”*

80 years – Jan. 8, 1942

Idaho and Washington citizens have been advised against taking pictures not only of military objectives but such non-military structures as highway and railroad bridges and tunnels, railroad yards, reservoirs and water distributing systems, according to word received by the Tribune from headquarters of the western defense command and fourth army, The Presidio, San Francisco. The announcement reads:

“In the interest of national security, citizens in the western theater of operations are advised against taking photographs showing army units; headquarters; transports; camps; buildings; installations; projects; weapons; equipment; supplies; movements or other military material or activities. The western theater of operations comprises California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska.”*

90 years – Jan. 8, 1932

A petition to the Idaho public utilities commission, asking that the Camas Prairie Railway Company be allowed to permanently discontinue passenger trains numbered 327 and 328, operating between Lewiston and Orofino. It stated that there was not enough revenue accruing from the operation of these trains to justify the cost of running them.*

W. A. Shaw, local registrar for the state department of vital statistics, gave out figures on deaths and births in this part of Clearwater County for the period of June 30, 1931, to Jan. 1, 1932. During this period there were 59 births in district No. 90, which includes all of this county excepting Elk River. Thirty-four were males and 25 females. The total number of deaths was 50, including 15 from the State Hospital North. Of the deaths outside the state hospital 25 were males and 10 were females.*

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