Down Memory Lane - Rex Theatre circa 1951

The Rex Theatre is shown circa 1951. The theatre, a long time fixture on Johnson Ave., relies on community support to remain open. Clearwater Tribune, Nov. 20, 2008

10 years – Nov. 20, 2008

The Idaho Lottery has officially resumed operations for the first time in 14 years in Orofino. By the end of the week, the lottery anticipates 13 total retailers in the communities of Kamiah, Kooskia, Lapwai, Winchester, and Nez Perce will also be up and running.

Voters approved the annexation of Big Canyon Rural Fire District by a ten to one vote. The board signed an order declaring the Big Canyon Rural Fire District duly organized.

20 years – Nov. 19, 1998

Patrons of Joint School District 171 will again be asked to go to the polls to determine the fate of a $13.55 special school plant facilities reserve fund levy election.

While Orofino issued no permits for single-family dwelling units during the month of September, the number issued statewide rose 5.4 percent over last year.

30 years – Nov. 24, 1988

Larry Coonts was presented a fishing reel from the Orofino Chamber of Commerce in appreciation of his work this past year on the fair building renovation, a Chamber project.

Students from Kooskia to Lewiston were treated to a ride on the North Idaho Camas Prairie Railroad and Union Pacific.

40 years – Nov. 23, 1978

“Proposal Sidetracked For Women’s Prison at SHN” Uncertainty over the possible effects of the one percent initiative prompted a legislative interim committee to cut back on plans to construct a new security-medical facility at the Idaho State Correctional Institution and some members are suggesting that it be placed at Orofino.

Police Chief Jim Pishl cautioned people about keeping firearms in their vehicles, especially rifles. Since the hunting season is over, Pishl said carrying these weapons invites theft and they are very difficult to recover.

50 years – Nov. 21, 1968

Orofino area commercial packers and guides gave uniform opinion this week that there are few elk in the mountains and that hunting is becoming a more arduous task each year.

The Headquarters Library has been reactivated in the Old School Building. A good selection of books for all ages are on hand. A magazine section is being planned. Mrs. Bill Walker will be in charge.

60 years – Nov. 20, 1958

Mrs. Sam Swayne and Mrs. R. Stanley Pearce went to Clarkston to see Pierce pioneer, Mrs. Mabel Stover, who homesteaded on Orofino Creek in 1916. Mrs. Stover found the relics she has donated to the Clearwater Historical society.

Mrs. Stover found the relics in old deserted cabins, remnants of their life in Pierce in the early mining days until the turn of the century. Many of the items are from the effect of Ah Duck, early day Chinese saloon and store keeper.

70 years – Nov. 25, 1948

Generally speaking, the schools in the county are cooperating wholeheartedly with the cod liver oil program, according to Mrs. Roma Summers, county health nurse.

In a few schools, 100 percent of the children are taking cod liver oil, either at home or at school.

All classes of customers are being asked to cooperate in saving power. Homeowners are being reminded to eliminate use of space heaters and other non-essential appliances during peak hours 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Housewives, if possible are to economize on electric range use in preparation of evening meals during critical hours.

80 years – Nov. 25, 1938

Boise – In behalf of the interests of Idaho farmers who grow potatoes, and the spuds themselves, Governor Barzilla W. Clark, urged enthusiastic statewide participation in the second Annual National Potato Week, during the first week of December.

Coach T. B. Sayles held the initial turnout for high school girls’ basketball. Twenty-one girls responded to the first call. This year the Orofino team is planning to speed up the game by changing to two-court from the old conventional three-court game.

90 years – Nov. 23, 1928

There were 3101 names on the official registers of the precincts of this county for the 1928 general election and 2225 exercised the right of franchise, the largest number of voters the county has ever recorded in its 17 years of history, according to official figures given out by County Auditor Jos. Kauffman.

Some 20 men reported at the park and quite a showing was made in the construction of a rock wing dam parallel to Orofino creek extending out toward the center of the river.

There are many theories and questions as to what the result of this wall will be and all admit that it is somewhat in the nature of an experiment.

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