Down Memory Lane

TWO GET AWARDS –Postmaster Melvin Snook, left, made awards this week for Pride in Excellence of service of two postal employees in 1971. Honored were John Bowles who was cited for exceptional work and courtesy in serving the public, devotion to duty and in taking new responsibilities. He has five years of duty in the Orofino Office. A citation was also given to Lester Barger for special service involved in saving of funds enabling the government to revise a contract to install central air conditioning in the post office. He has 22 years of service as custodian. Watching the presentation were Clerks Alice Orr and Ella Mae Schlader, and right, Ray Scoles, assistant postmaster. Clearwater Tribune, Jan. 6, 1972

10 years - Jan. 5, 2012

Fire broke out at approximately 4 p.m. Monday, Jan 2, at Central Idaho Offset Printing, located at 910 Grangemont Rd. The building houses the press equipment used for printing of the Clearwater Tribune and other regional publications.

The fire began in the furnace located in the southwest side of the building, causing severe damage to the shop. No injuries were sustained. The building is unusable due to fire and smoke damage, and loss of power and heat to the premises. The presses do not appear to have sustained damage.

The Clearwater Tribune celebrates its Centennial year in 2012, marking 100 years of service as the official newspaper of record for the Clearwater Valley. The newspaper survived a severe fire in its downtown location in 1922, which destroyed all former copies of the Clearwater Tribune. Since that time, the Clearwater Tribune also survived two damaging floods, one in 1948 and another in 1996. The newspaper will now be printed by the Lewiston Tribune’s high tech presses in Lewiston.*

20 years - Jan. 3, 2002

Dave and Janet Owsley at 2076 Konkolville Road won first place in Orofino’s Home Christmas Lighting contest with a beautiful display of red, white and blue Christmas lights.

Vicki and Dolan Schneider took second place and Glenna Mastrud won third.*

Steelhead limits in the spring season have been increased by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission because of a record run.

Commissioners were informed in late November that about 249,000 steelhead have crossed Lower Granite Dam as of Nov. 27. The count for the same day last year was 109,000 while the 10-year average is only 84,600.*

30 years – Jan. 2, 1992

The Magistrate Commission for the Second Judicial District comprising the counties of Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce announces that interviews of the eight finalists for the vacant position of Magistrate Judge in Clearwater County will be held in Courtroom 1 of Nez Perce County Courthouse in Lewiston on Jan. 6.

Three of the eight finalists, to include Lee Squires, Robert Kinney and John Swayne are from Orofino.

The new judge will replace Ralph Haley, who is retiring.*

40 years – Jan. 7, 1982

From 14 to 20 inches of new snow brought the biggest shot of winter to the Clearwater country in perhaps a decade, outdoing the last big snowfall on New Year’s Day, 1978, and disrupting school and travel routes.

End of the holiday lay-offs marked a big surge in winter logging by Potlatch Corporation and train loads of 85 to 100 cars of pulp have been moving out of Headquarters, Jaype and Reveling as truck hauling resumed on a wide scale.

Snow depths at C-PTPA Headquarters stood at 36 inches with slightly less at Pierce and Weippe.

Camas Prairie Railroad was using a portable front end snow plow with attached blower to clear its lines around Jaype, and Potlatch said plows were keeping truck routes open to Ray Coon Logging at Camp 14 to Camp 61 on the Silver Creek Road and up Snake Creek to Ruby Creek.*

50 years – Jan. 6, 1972

Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Frensdorf have purchased Riverside Lanes from T. E. Robinson of Lewiston and plan renovation and redecoration of the facilities.

Frensdorf are owners of Valley Aviation and Valley Mobile Village.

Roy Soule, who has managed the bowling lanes since 1962, will continue as manager. The new owners hope to re-open the snack bar serving sandwiches and short orders.

The lanes were built in 1958 by Robinson and Vernon Stromberg. Robinson later bought out his partner and has owned it since.*

60 years - Jan. 4, 1962

Conforming to city budgetary requirements set up for 1962, Orofino police force accepted the resignation of Floyd West as patrolman this week. Chief William Philpot said that hours will be adjusted to a longer work week and he and Lynn Williams and Irving White will handle the work load with four nine and two 12 hour shifts each week except for emergencies and court appearances.*

Everything considered 1961 was probably the worst fire season seen since 1934. The year 1960 was bad but 1961, cursed by accumulated drought, was far worse, with over one thousand more fires. The forest protection agencies fought 1372 forest and range fires in Idaho during 1960; they battled 2396 fires in 1961.

Many millions of taxpayer dollars were expended in fighting these fires – most of the costly ones being in the inaccessible back country. Millions more dollars of forest resources (timber, watershed, forage, wildlife and recreational values) were devastated by the flames, and at least five lives were snuffed out.*

70 years – Jan. 3, 1952

Following the trend of recent years, the sheriff’s office continues to do an ever increasing business, according to the annual report compiled by Sheriff V. L. Holloway.

In 1951, 95 prisoners spent a total of 1,317 days in jail.

In 1950, 78 prisoners spent a total of 1,123 days in jail, while in 1949, 93 persons spent a total of 699 days in the county jail. The jail time served broke an all-time record for the county for the third straight year.

Arrests totaled 204. In 1950 there were 210, and in 1949 there were 114.

In 1945, only 19 people frequented the jail, serving a total of 181 days. In 1946, 33 prisoners spent 237 days in jail; in 19947, 25 spent 241 days in jail; and in 1948, 56 persons served a total of 366 days.*

80 years – Jan. 1, 1942

E. W. Bowdish, county assessor, turned into county coffers Monday $16,306.82, representing collections on 1942 personal property taxes. He also remitted $53.17 in delinquent personal property taxes of previous years.*

At a meeting of the Clearwater local board, 136 men, classified recently in Class I-H because they were over 28 years of age, were returned to their former classifications.

Eight men were replaced in Class I-A, available for general military service; 25 in Class I-B, available for limited military service; one in Class II-B, necessary man for occupational reasons; three in Class III, deferred because of dependents; and 99 men were placed in Class I, pending physical examinations.*

90 years – Jan. 1, 1932

Lumber and timber products led the state in value of products manufactured in 1929, according to the biennial Idaho census of manufacturers just released.

The industry produced $33,886,402 worth of goods which $7,137,275 was the cost of materials fuel and electric energy. A total of 101 establishments figured in the census on lumbering with 502 salaried men drawing $1,301,806 and 11,228 wage earners drawing $16,501,806.

In 1929, lumber was in the lead and butter was second, making $11,127,108.*

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