Down memory lane - orofino creamery

Orofino Creamery Co. advertisement from the Clearwater Tribune, January 11, 1929

10 years –Sept. 3, 2009

During the week of Aug. 31, inmates from the Idaho Correction Institution-Orofino (ICI-O) worked with Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI) to give the announcer booth at the Clearwater County fairgrounds a facelift in time for Clearwater County Fair.

ICI-O inmates also helped clean up of the White pine building (where the giant lumberjack stands) to get things ready for the county fair festivities. *

20 years –Sept. 2, 1999

Construction should begin this month on a new hydropower facility at the distribution tank on the water line from Dworshak Reservoir to the state and national fish hatcheries, according to Hall Anderson, acting administrator of the Planning and Policy Division if Idaho Department of Water Resources.

According to City Administrator Rick Laam, not only was the hydro facility profitable, it would have been very profitable for the city. They estimated it would have made $1 million a year after costs, reserves and set asides. Their idea was to construct a new water system for the city and be able keep property taxes low.

However, when an attorney that specialized in hydro facilities looked in to the matter, he found that the Idaho Constitution and later legislative statue prohibited a municipality from generating a profit. The Idaho Attorney General confirmed that finding. There are five cities in Idaho that, because they were grandfathered in, are able to do so, Laam said. *

30 years –Sept. 7, 1989

Jim Wilson reported Tuesday, a second Clearwater Resource Coalition (CRC) sign has been destroyed.

The sign located over French Mountain out of Pierce was cut down sometime this weekend. Another sign, one of 13 put up this past year by the CRC, was ripped down earlier on Long Creek.

The signs are public information signs.

Wilson did not know whether the destruction of the two signs were acts of vandalism or preservationists.

The CRC was formed to protect the working man’s interest in the area’s natural resources. *

40 years–Sept. 6, 1979

Fred and Loretta Browning are new owners of the The Baza’r store in Orofino and have announced the store will reopen for business at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The Brownings purchased the business from Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bush of Grangeville, taking ownership Sept. 1. The store has been closed the last week for inventory.

Loretta said The Baza’r will be a complete department store, carrying a full line of clothing for men, women, and children, as well as many household supplies. *

50 years–Sept. 4, 1969

The State Land Board, with acting Gov. Jack Murphy at the helm, voted unanimously Wednesday in Boise to accept the offer of a $6-7 million bridge across the North Fork of the Clearwater river from the Corps. of Engineers.

Known as Granddad Bridge, it would be across an area that will be flooded out by Dworshak Dam. Location of the bridge would be about two miles below the mouth of the Little North Fork, or six miles below Boehls Cabin. The bridge is a project Orofino businesses and civic leaders have been pushing for, for about two years. *

60 years–Sept. 3, 1959

A 2-year old youngster “hit the bottle” a little too early here yesterday and wound up being an overnight patient at CV hospital.

Paul Michel Stephenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stephenson, Riverside, swallowed some white gasoline yesterday morning and was rushed to the emergency care.

Other youngsters had poured some of the liquid into a dish when Paul decided a taste of the water-like drink would be refreshing, his mother reported. *

70 years–Sept. 1, 1949

A series of man made fires on the hill south of the Orofino Mercantile packing plant has burned between 60 and 80 acres of timber and brush land and cost the state an estimated $800.

Authorities brought two children before the juvenile judge here on suspicion of setting the fires, but no charges were placed. *

80 years–Sept. 1, 1939

The Clearwater Tribune was late in the mail today by an hour or two and missed the up-river train. Reason for the delay was to wait for the mail off the morning train in order to get a state timber sale notice from Boise, Had we not waited for it the sale would have to be held a week later and men working in the woods would have to wait that much longer before they could get jobs making roads and logging.

The management believes this to be a good cause for the delay and hope Tribune readers feel likewise. It’s not the first time we have done it, but is the first time we have told you about it. *

90 years–Sept. 6, 1929

All work of contractors Green and Morrell of Craigmont, who built the new Orofino Rochdale Company elevator, was completed last Saturday and the crew has left town. Mr. Green, however, is remaining here this week to make a few minor adjustments to the machinery in the elevator before leaving.

The elevator has been in operation for several weeks, some bins having been hurriedly completed to receive grain. The elevator was said to be half full last Saturday and less than half of the grain had been hauled in from the fields.*

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