Down Memory Lane - Ahsahka Church fire

Ahsahka Church catches fire Christmas Eve – An out of control wood stove spread and consumed the Northfork Presbyterian Church in Ahsahka on Christmas Eve at approximately 1 p.m. When the fire started, members of the church’s congregation were eating a meal in a nearby building with a Christmas Eve service planned for 1:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. No one was injured in the fire. Founded in 1890 and located next to Dworshak National Fish Hatchery, the church was one of Ahsahka’s oldest landmarks. Clearwater Tribune, Jan. 1, 2009

10 years – Jan. 1, 2009

With three feet of snow, it would seem Bald Mountain should be open. Until this last round of wet snow, the snow on the hill was purely powder, which kept the Clearwater Ski Club (CSC) from being able to groom the hill. Grooming can commence but the CSC faces other challenges.

Although the t-bar is currently working, the safety gate at the top of the t-bar is not, which poses a danger to skiers.

20 years –Dec. 31, 1998

Eighty-seven people registered to enjoy the Christmas dinner at the Mealsite, the youngest being Elena Crecelius, who was a guest of her grandparents, Warren and Ruth Berkheiser.

The Weippe Hilltop Heritage Society is starting 1999 by beginning their business of history preservation. History already contributed will be filed and stored at city hall until obtaining an office. Photographs and documents are needed for enlargement and display in businesses throughout the region. Society members will be creating a large display for the North Central Idaho regional history preservation display fairs and workshops.

30 years – Jan. 5, 1989

Your property taxes may be reduced by up to $400 if your adjusted household income is under $13,860 yearly, according to John Hutchinson, Clearwater Tax Assessor.

After a year-long dry spell, the Timberline Spartan boys’ basketball team got a late Christmas present – a 73-62 win over the Clarkston JVs in the Kamiah Christmas High School basketball tournament.

The Spartans didn’t open with what you would call a powerhouse lead. They pulled it together in the second quarter and led by a tenuous five points. Things continued to go right throughout the rest of the game, as the Spartans turned the Bantams every which way but loose.

40 years – Jan. 4, 1979

James Daly, 21, of Orofino was credited with saving the life of Myrtle E. Rivers, 80, of Kamiah, when her eastbound Chrysler sedan went out of control, slid broadside off the road and into the river.

Daly stopped his vehicle, rushed to the river and waded out to the car submerged to the bottom of the windows. Daly said Mrs. Rivers partially rolled down the window but was too dazed and frightened to get out.

Moments later the car floated out to deeper water and completely submerged. Daly dived into the water and attempted to roll the window down all the way, unlock the door and get it open. Unable to do so, he grabbed Mrs. Rivers by the shoulders, dragged her out the window and then brought her to shore.

50 years – Jan. 2, 1969

Staff Sergeant Trelawny J. Bruce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Bruce, is a member of the special Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service task force strategically located around the world to support the Apollo 8 space mission.

Sergeant Bruce is an HC-130 Hercules para-rescue/recovery specialist to standby on Lajes Field, Azores, and ready to assist the three astronauts in any contingency.

Clearwater county struggled out from two blankets of snow this week but the aftermath of below zero temperatures brought more hardships to many residents…Besides the shutdown of major construction projects at the dam, access road and fish hatchery, telephone service was disrupted with 10 poles down in the Old Cavendish grade area to cut off outgoing service to Moscow for the first half of the week.

60 years – Jan. 1, 1959

Civil defense will be the theme of five Home extension meetings in January reports Millicent Thompson, home agent.

School District 171 has applied for the use of a limited number of radiological detection equipment for use in Orofino high school. The equipment is made available through the Federal Civil Defense Administration to assist high schools in incorporating radiological defense education into their science curricula, and to provide a geographical distribution of instruments that will enhance a radiological monitoring capability in the event of such a need.

70 years – Jan. 6, 1949

Fire loss within the city limits during 1948 was held to $610, making the per capita loss during the year only 38 cents, according to Fire Chief K. E. Hanson.

These figures represent one of the best records in several years and are compared to a total loss of $14,558 in 1947 when the per capital loss was $9.08. The high figure in 1947 was caused by loss of the Ideal laundry and two serious residential fires.

Pleas by Orofino, Pierce and Headquarters residents for aid to deer and elk, plagued by unseasonal early snows and sub-zero weather have been heard throughout the state; and at least one Idaho man has promised to do something about it. He is Lieut. Bill Kummer of Lewiston, who represents the 200th tank battalion, Idaho national guard. Kummer offered the aid of his national guard unit, including trucks and men to transport hay to deer and elk.

80 years – Jan. 6, 1939

Students in the high school and seventh and eighth grades were given an opportunity to hear President Roosevelt’s message to congress.

The students gathered in the gymnasium. The school is fortunate to have two radios, making it possible for a great number of students to hear such broadcasts.

Auditor Joseph Kauffman said the county is closing the biennium in good financial shape. Expenditures for all officers during 1938 have been within the budgets fixed for them last February. All county funds are carrying handsome balances, except for the hospital fund, which will probably wind up the year close to exhaustion as usual.

90 years – Jan. 4, 1929

Winter months, which ordinarily increase the recreational activity of normal human beings, greatly decreases the recreational facilities at the Orofino asylum for the feeble minded reported John Irvine McKelway, medical superintendent of the institution.

The 308 patients in the asylum are not sufficiently provided with the recreational quarters and regular gatherings for religious and other services are hindered by the lack of assembly rooms.

The closing day of the trout season was Dec. 31, 1928 until next May, winter fishing having been made unlawful two years ago. It is hoped the coming session of the legislature will open navigable streams and lakes again as the formerly were and will declare an emergency so that this sport can again be available.

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