Down Memory Lane

COMMANDING LOTS OF ATTENTION LAST Saturday were the efforts to pull this backhoe from the Clearwater River, after one of its tracks slipped into a hole in the riverbed, and the operator was unable to get it out. It took two cats to get the job done, one of which belonged to Wm. G. Cummings, Inc. Air testing had indicated a leak in a bolt-on joint in the line crossing the river for the Orofino sewer system, and divers Mick Pollock and Carl Peterson made the necessary repairs. It was after this work was completed the backhoe entered the river to cover the pipe, and slid into the hole. Emil Rodakowski reports air pressure testing of the 12” pressure line and 18” outfall line are now complete, and this portion of the project is finished. The diver in this photo is Mick Pollock, who connected a cable from the cat to the backhoe. Clearwater Tribune, Oct. 15, 1981

10 years – Oct. 13, 2011

“The National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program has been delayed – not cancelled” said Loren Whitten-Kaboth, Director of Clearwater County Economic Development (CCED). “Once the 501(c) (3) status is obtained with the IRS, the project will continue to move forward. Classes for the program” said Loren, “are set to tentatively begin October of 2012.”*

Since making their debut in 1946, baby boomers have created tremendous social change in the United States, with their epic numbers and independent spirit impacting everything from politics to pop culture, transforming the makeup of the American family and workforce, and ushering in a new wave of consumerism and societal norms. As the first boomers turn 65 this year, the generation will once again make history.

At the rate of 10,000 a day, or one every eight seconds, boomers are becoming eligible for Medicare, marking the beginning of the largest member surge since the program’s inception.*

20 years – Oct. 11, 2001

Works from the collections of Zoa and Sam Swayne and Gladys Braun will be on exhibit at Brookside Landing for public viewing. The exhibition is part of a celebration dedicating the Brookside facility and acknowledging the efforts of many.*

Pierce received a grant of $50,000 to implement downtown revitalization projects. Local officials say they have lost business or missed economic development opportunities, due to deteriorating conditions in their downtown area.*

30 years – Oct. 10, 1991

Visitors to the Dworshak Dam Visitor Center in 1991 was up 18 to 20 percent from 1990.

This directly relates to money spent in the surrounding community at restaurants and other retail stores.

These visitors were from 40 different countries and 30% of them go on a tour of the dam. Their record day was 400 in august during the Hydro Days weekend. The six tour guides gave 360 tours of the dam. The most requested movie they show is the “Last of the Log Drives”.*

A teachers strike scheduled for Oct. 7 against Joint School District #171 was averted Oct. 2, when both the teachers and the school board approved a contract for the 1991-1992 school year.

Major issues in the negotiations were salary and benefits.*

40 years – Oct. 15, 1981

Ralph Haley announces that the regular old-time jam sessions at the VFW Building, similar to those held last spring will resume on Sunday. A jam session will be held once a month until spring.*

50 years – Oct. 14, 1971

Despite his 21 years tenure as mayor, A. B. “Bert” Curtis must put his record of long community service on the line on Nov. 2 in response to Riverside recall petitioners who protested their annexation.

Although none of their terms expire for two years, Curtis and three councilmen, Mel Bryant, Roy Clay and Lyle Strottmann, will be ousted at mid-term if opposition candidates prevail.*

James Owings of Lewiston, driving a 1960 truck owned by Lewiston Equipment, struck a cross member of the Clearwater River Bridge with a mobile crane loaded on the back of his truck. Owings deflated the tires on the crane, lowering his over-height load and the truck proceeded.*

60 years – Oct. 12, 1961

Idaho has the nation’s biggest elk herd and the best hunting on the continent, according to the Fish and Game department, but little agreement among sportsmen about details.

Some want scenery, others want elbow room in virgin territory far from competing hunters, roads, and human influences. They imagine that bagging an animal is easier in the back country where elk have not learned to be wary of people.

Game biologists think that the mere presence or absence of a means of public access does not by itself affect elk populations. It’s what the road brings – people and physical changes of habitat, that causes herd numbers to fluctuate.

But even the experts differ in regard to what factors add up to quality hunting because it means so many different things to different people.*

70 years – Oct. 11, 1951

Hook and ladder operations that demonstrated the escape from the second floor science room window was part of the fire drill conducted by Chief K. E. Hanson and department members at the Orofino schools.

Time for evacuation of the building cut to one minute and 20 seconds, 10 seconds off the time for earlier in the week. Both achievements are considered excellent time.*

Masses of hunters which jammed forest roads at the opening of the elk season have thinned out although good weather has kept restored movement of traffic back into the woods following the early month storms.

The Lolo Motorway Road toward Hemlock Butte and the high country is in extremely bad shape and additional rains will make it impassable.

Many cars were stuck for long periods of time in the heavy rains and forest officials are warning hunters not to attempt to use the road.

More than 100 cats and 30 stock trucks were counted at the end of Lochsa Road at the opening of the season.*

80 years – Oct. 9, 1941

Registration in the defense training course on the operation, care and repair of tractors, trucks, and automobiles, both gas and diesel, will be held tonight in the Blake building on the corner of College and Main avenues. This location is across the street from the Tribune building.*

Residents of Orofino came to life very abruptly shortly before dusk when two strange planes, a tri-motor and a single-motor cabin ship, circled over town and then landed at the city airport. More than 200 rushed to the airport.

A low ceiling had forced the pilot to turn back after reaching the Bungalow Ranger District and set down here for the night. The planes carried a Paramount Pictures movie crew.

The crew had spent a week at Eugene, Ore., filming forest scenes for Paramount’s feature picture, “The Forest Ranger” and was attempting to reach Missoula, Mont., when low hanging clouds forced the planes to turn back. The picture, when finished will star Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, and Paulette Goddard.*

90 years – Oct. 9, 1931

Clyde Pangborn, aviator who with Hugh Herndon, landed in Wenatchee, Wash., the first of the week ending a non-stop airplane flight from Japan across the Pacific ocean, is known to numerous old time residents of the city.

Pangborn spent two years of his childhood in the intermediate grades in the Orofino schools in the years of 1906 and 1907. Madge Weseman, now Mrs. Theo. Fohl, was the teacher of those grades at the time and says that “Clyde even then showed the characteristics that go toward making a dare devil such as he has turned out to be.”

These two fliers made the second longest flight in history, traveling at least 4,887 miles airline, landing in Wenatchee 41 hours and 13 minutes after taking off from Samushiro, Japan.*

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