Down Memory Lane

John Gilliam with the life size, bronze statue of Mother Teresa he sculpted. From the October 14, 1999 edition of the Clearwater Tribune.

10 years – Oct. 15, 2009

The Clearwater Democrats are in the spotlight this month as the county party prepares to host the Idaho Democratic Party’s Central Committee for a fall meeting and retreat.

“Orofino has a special place in Idaho Democratic history, since it is where former Gov. Cecil Andrus began his public service career,” said R. Keith Roark, chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. *

20 years –Oct. 14, 1999

Local sculptor John Gilliam recently completed a life size bronze statue of Mother Teresa that will be on display in the Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Chicago.

Mother Teresa served the poor her whole life and founded the Sisters of Charity in Calcutta, India. Gilliam said it is one of the largest and fastest growing orders in the Catholic Church today. She is possibly months away from being named a saint, he said. *

30 years – Oct. 19, 1989

Clearwater County Deputies located another patch of marijuana.

Clearwater County Sheriff Nick Albers said the plants were bigger and better than those harvested earlier that day at Falls Creek.

The first plants were found 300 yards up the hillside from Falls Creek. The later discovery was found about 50 yards above the water mark of the reservoir on the north side of the Bishop Creek Inlet.

The second group of plants were covered with buds, which are heavier than the leaves and much more valuable.

Albers said the second patch would possibly be worth $750,000 to more than a million dollars on the street. *

40 years – Oct. 18, 1979

Clearwater area’s 55 day drought terminated this week with general rains that brought up to .60 inch of rain and eased the watch on what has been a 123 day fire season. Last major storm was on August 21.

CPTPA reported 154 fires for the year with two equipment fires last week on Oct. 9 and 11 to likely wind up the season. Rainfall at Elk River was near .4 and at Headquarters over one half inch. *

50 years –Oct. 16, 1969

Soon you will hear only one ring-your own in Orofino.

According to Clancy Standridge General Telephone district manager, after April 4 customers will no longer have to listen for their particular ring when the telephone rings.

“We are installing the necessary equipment in the Orofino central office to insure that when your telephone rings, it will only be for you,” Standridge noted.

Also, since the new equipment will require changing local customers’ telephone numbers.

“To help customers prepare for the change in April, we will be sending notification of the number changes, months in advance,” Standridge pointed out.

All the new telephone numbers will be included in the telephone directory which will be effective April 4.*

60 years – Oct. 8, 1959

H. J. Swinney, director of the Idaho Historical Society has notified members of the Clearwater Historical Society that their organization has received a national award at the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History held in Philadelphia early this month.

The Society was honored especially for its successful prosecution of plans for the Lewis-Clark Canoe Camp site at Chase’s Flats. The group was commended for its active program in a thinly-settled county, and with limited funds. *

70 years – Oct. 20, 1949

The new compulsory school attendance law enacted by the 1949 legislature is much more stringent with regard to compulsory attendance then that in effect for the last score or more of years, analysis of the law indicates, according to the Idaho Education News.

It provides that all children between the ages of 7 and 16 years must attend school for the entire year during which the public schools in their respective districts are in session; except that if a “reputable physician within the district shall certify in writing that the child’s bodily or mental condition does not permit its attendance at school, such child shall be exempt during such period of disability from the requirements of this section.” The law applies whether the child is in attendance at a “public, private or parochial school.”

Also children might be exempted or excused from attendance by the superintendent of a district, or if there were no superintendent, if their help was necessary for their own or their parents’ support, or if it were for the best interest of such children to be excused for other good cause; and an appeal could be taken from the decision of the superintendent to the probate court. *

80 years – Oct. 20, 1939

Business organizations operating within the sphere of federal regulation will be busy this week reexamining working schedules and wage rates.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 24, minimum wages required of all interstate industry not specifically exempted from wage-hour regulation will increase from 25 to 30 cents an hour, and over time rates will be required for all employees worked more than 42 hours instead of 44 hours, the present requirement.

Of the many problems which the stricter wage and hour requirements pose for the business man, the most difficult will be the reduction in the normal work week to 42 hours. Under this requirement the once normal schedule of 8 hours a day, 5 ½ days a week, must be revised to a 7-hour day or a 5-day week, unless the employer wants to pay for two hours of overtime at one and one-half times the regular wage-the rate of overtime pay which the law requires.

Greatest readjustment in wages will be required of 12 industries. A survey made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for April 1939, show that 75 per cent of all employees receiving less than 30 cents an hour were working in sawmills, millwork, furniture, cotton textiles, sild and rayon, knit goods, men’s clothing, women’s clothing, shirts and collars, boots and shoes, cottonseed oil and fertilizers. *

90 years – Oct. 18, 1929

Gasoline taxes in the United States have leaped from an average of 50 cents per motor vehicle in 1921 to $13 per motor vehicle in 1928, and before the end of 1929, the nation’s average gas tax may be $17 per automobile, according to a survey just made public by the American Petroleum Institute.

The survey shows that every state in the Union now impose a tax on gasoline. It asserts, further, that while motor vehicle registrations have increased by two and one-half times since 1921, the aggregate tax has multiplied approximately 110 times, increasing from $4,700,000 to $450,000,000, the sum now levied upon the country’s 26,000,000 cars. *

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