Down Memory Lane

This image shot from up high gives us a different perspective of Johnson Ave., which was filled with most all of the emergency responder equipment that Orofino and Clearwater County have that could attend the 9/11 parade. It is an eye opener as to how well the various responder departments have been working to properly equip area EMS with efficient and well stocked units to be able to fulfill the requirements during most any emergency they encounter. Image ©2011 Gordon L. Balla Photography Clearwater Tribune, in the Sept. 15, 2011 edition.

10 years - Sept. 22, 2011

Carolyn Manfull will be saying goodbye to friends and co-workers at Clearwater-Potlatch Protection Agency (C-PTPA) after 32 years.

Carolyn would like to thank C-PTPA. “I really appreciate them; it’s been quite a journey. They are such a remarkable association – helping keep fires small and protecting the land. Their philosophy has never changed through the years,” said Carolyn. “It’s been a really good place to work. When people come to C-PTPA, they stay. The longevity is amazing,” she said. “They are all about their employees.”*

20 years- Sept. 20, 2001

With New York City sold out of American flags imagine what it’s like in Orofino, Idaho to buy one.

There has been some criticism of Orofino for not having enough public display of the flag and the American colors of red, white and blue.

When asked at random Monday, “Where is your flag?” the answer was “If I could find one it would be on display.”

The Lewiston Tribune reported there were no flags available for sale in Lewiston.

To offset this shortage the Clearwater Tribune has published on the back page of this newspaper a half page picture of the American flag. This will provide our readers with access to the flag to put in their windows or cars.*

30 years –Sept. 19, 1991

Mel Lentz again claimed first place in the 45th annual Lumberjack Show by claiming first place in Two Jack Sawing, Spring Board Chopping and Hot Saw, and second place in Obstacle Pole, Horizontal Chop and Vertical Chop. He also took third place in Axe Throwing and Power Sawing, fourth in Jack and Jill Sawing and fifth in Single Bucking.*

40 years –Sept. 24, 1981

“Fair Weather” turned out to be all kinds over the weekend ranging from 100 degree heat on Friday to rain on Saturday morning with an overcast comfortable Sunday.

Inland Empire Shows owner Joe Williams reported the best ever gross for the carnival, but fair open class and 4-H entries were down over previous years. Especially sparse was the flower section with previous exhibitors blaming hot dry weather for damaging plant quality or restrictive rules on exhibitors for reducing entries.

After an absence of many years there were open class beef livestock exhibitors this year and plans are being laid to increase this section in future years.

As a whole, things ran smoothly and the logging show bleachers were full with many standing throughout the fast paced action.

Estimates placed Sunday attendance between 5,000 and 6,000.*

50 years –Sept. 23, 1971

Over 5,000 spectators watched lumberjacks, jills and birlers from throughout the Northwest compete under warm fall sun for prizes and trophies. Thousands more thronged the carnival and fair exhibits on the grounds.

A new feature of this year’s event was the awarding of honorary plaques to Merle Morrow of Nordman, Idaho, and Jake Altmiller of Orofino, for 20 years of participation and sportsmanship in the arts of the loggers.

After the sawdust and smoke from the power saw contest had cleared, Mervin Lentz, or Creswell, Oregon, stepped forward as the 1971 All-Around Jack. He gained his title as top Jack at the Orofino event last year and hung on against rugged competition to retain the title.*

60 years –Sept. 21, 1961

Word has come from National Guard Headquarters in Boise that the five Idaho units will train at Ft. Lewis, Wash. And will report there not later than Oct. 29. It has not been determined whether railroad or guard vehicles will be used for the trip. A guard official in Boise, Brig. Gen. George Bennett, said advanced detachments are being organized to make ready for the call-up to active duty. He added that high school students in the units will be transferred to other companies which have not been called unless written consent is obtained from parents allowing them to remain with their present units.

High school seniors in the Guard are Joe W. Grasser, Marvin Gentry, Douglas Graham and Delbert Steiner.*

70 years –Sept. 20, 1951

Fat livestock, sturdy muscle-rippling lumberjacks, prize crops and homemaking exhibits, sound logs and timber and a spirit of carnival and celebration will combine here this weekend to make the annual Clearwater Fair and Lumberjack days a memorable event for north central Idaho.

Friday night opens with a football game between Genesee and Orofino followed by an old time dance.

Saturday the night program features fireworks staged by the Orofino Fire Department with a modern dance following.

Finale of the program will be the giving away of a McCulloch power saw and a new Plymouth sedan at the close of entertainment on Sunday.*

80 years –Sept. 25, 1941

The retail price of milk, cream, and buttermilk will be advanced beginning Oct. 1, announced an official of the Licensed Milk distributors of Orofino.

Milk will advance from 11 cents to 12 cents a quart, cream from 15 to 18 cents a half pint, and buttermilk from 20 to 25 cents a gallon.*

President Roosevelt signed the new 1941 Revenue bill and below are given some of the brief facts which the revenue collector for Idaho believes are of vital importance to readers. Most of these taxes are effective Oct. 1, 1941, and for some of them, retailers must make the collection and reports.

Additional taxes will be charged for income, liquor, matches, tires and tubes, admission tax, automobile tax, manufacturers’ tax, tax on retailers for jewelry, furs and toilet preparations (perfumes, cosmetics and hair dyes.*

90 years –Sept. 25, 1931

On hallowed historical ground, where Lewis and Clark fought their way to safety after a perilous struggle through the mountains almost 126 years ago to the day, people of central Idaho gathered this morning to witness the dedication of a major link of the highway monument to the nation’s great explorers.

Defying a drenching rain, about 300 persons stood about a simple cairn of stones and cement to celebrate the opening of the 25 mile sector of the Lewis and Clark highway from Lenore to Orofino, the first direct, all-weather road from the upper Clearwater region to Lewiston, built at a cost of $660,000.*

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