Down Memory Lane - Claffey

Three blue ribbons were won in the arts and crafts department from this three generation family at the Orofino Lumberjack Days Sept 17-19. Pictured (l to r) are Debbie Claffey, Ariel Robertson and Betty Brown. Clearwater Tribune, Sept. 23, 2010

10 years – Sept. 16, 2010

About a year ago, Christina Tondevoid decided to grow her hair out so that she could donate it to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. Donating her hair means so much more to her now because about a month ago her mother, Patty Reggear, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Patty started chemotherapy recently and will soon lose her hair. Michele Cobbs at Salon Savvy gave Christina her new haircut.

Patty and Christina would also like to encourage everyone attending Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days to look for the iCARE (Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort) booth that is usually right outside the entry to the fairgrounds.

iCARE makes and sells jewelry with all their profits going to anyone in the Clearwater Valley area fighting cancer. *

20 years, Sept. 14, 2000

“Yes to a museum for Weippe!” says those who sent electricity dollars to show they want history kept in Weippe. Cleawater Power, Marie Green, Gay Peterson, Leona (Schroder) Dickenson, George and Ellen Hobson and others paid the first monthly bill. Electricity was turned on Aug. 31. *

Pam Steinbruecker and those from North Idaho Back Country Medical Rescue Team that were involved in her rescue following a back country accident several years ago will be featured in an episode of “Wild Survival” with Corbin Bernsen.

The show will be aired on the Outdoor Life Network. The video includes a reenactment of Steinbruecker’s nearly fatal accident in August 1984. *

30 years, Sept. 13, 1990

Carolyn Manfull, a ten-year employee of Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) has recently been promoted to fiscal officer and secretary-treasurer of the board of directors. Her job responsibilities include maintaining financial records for the Association and assisting the the preparation of the annual operating budgets.

Carolyn’s first knowledge of C-PTPA was in the late 60’s when her husband, Patrick, was employed as a seasonal fire crewman.

“Even back then,” she said, “you could feel the spirit the Association offered their employees.” *

Phase I of the Clearwater River Centennial Pathway has been roughed out. The path passes under the Clearwater River Bridge, along the dike adjacent to the city park, then around the OCI booth to Orofino Creek and is ready for surfacing. *

40 years, Sept. 18, 1980

Response to the first annual Orofino High School Alumni football game was just tremendous, according to officials in charge. The event was held at the OHS athletic field, and pitted grads from even years against those who graduated in odd years. The Odds won 24-12. *

The Corps of Engineers recently recognized Mary Merritt of Orofino, for her work as summer tour guide at Dworshak Dam. Merritt received her Superior Work Performance Award from Interpreter Jill Campbell. Mary is currently a freshman at Lewis-Clark State College. *

50 years, Sept. 17, 1970

Between 600 and 800 doses per hour can be given with the newly developed “gun” that will be used in the Rubella (German measle) vaccine clinics in the county. This gun has a 50 dose vial on top and can be changed in a few seconds. No needle is used and 1200 pounds of air pressure forces the vaccine under the skin, with very little pain involved. *

Effective immediately, the load and travel restrictions imposed on the Ahsahka Bridge over the North Fork of the Clearwater River have been lifted.

The bridge has been restricted to one way traffic for passenger cars and unloaded pickups only, due to severe damage caused in August by heavy equipment being hauled to a fire. Repairs have been completed and the bridge is now structurally safe for heavy loads. *

60 years, Sept. 15, 1960

Cecil Andrus, O.C.I. logging chairman, doesn’t claim to be a “high pole” man, but last week when the painter said he couldn’t do the job, Andrus got his courage up, climbed to the top of the Memorial Fairgrounds flag pole and left behind a bright combination of red, white, and blue. Andrus said he wouldn’t have contracted to do the job for $10,000, but added when it came to helping out the cause of Lumberjack Days, that was a different story. *

The first licensed practical nurses’ course to be offered at Clearwater Valley hospital started with six women enrolled.

Mrs. Kenneth Miller, former director of nurses at the hospital is the instructor of the course which takes a year to complete. The students are charged a tuition fee, but are paid a stipend for floor duty which more than offsets the charges. *

70 years, Sept. 14, 1950

Eighty-two men have been classified during the past two years in the 1A bracket by action of the Clearwater county draft board. The list made up prior to the meeting this week shows 40 from Orofino and the rest from other sections of the county, plus three from outside the county. *

The county fair parade is looking much better than last week, said Ted Berry, parade chairman, with at least 16 floats already promised in addition to many truckloads of lumber and logs. The theme is “Paul Bunyan Days.” Seven bands have also been promised, with three more probables. *

80 years, Sept. 12, 1940

Orofino’s new four-story federal building will be formally opened for public inspection today, but chamber of commerce officials last night awaited a wire from Representative Compton L. White before deciding what kind of ceremony, if any, will accompany the opening. *

Two women and 12 men aliens brought the total registered at the post office here up to 14, according to Myron Storment, assistant postmaster. The nationwide registration and fingerprinting of aliens, which started Aug. 27, will continue until Dec. 26. Any aliens not registered at that time will be liable to a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment for six months.

Stormant said the registration was proceeding satisfactorily, but added that the postal staff had some difficulty fingerprinting some of the aliens.

“None have objected to being fingerprinted,” he said, “but a few have made a celebration of their registration, and we had some trouble keeping them steady enough to obtain clear prints.” *

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