10 years – July 19, 2012
The Cavendish Log Church, while not particularly old for years, truly represents the pioneer spirit that took hold and grew in this part of Idaho. The Cavendish Ladies Club, a non-denominational group, was instrumental in building the church in the late 1930s. They solicited small donations, held fundraising dinners, etc., until that they have sufficient resources to continue.
The logs were donated and the men and women of the community cut them. They all pitched in and built the church by hand, with the help of horses.
The piano and pews were donated and the bell came from an old church in Troy. The deed is in the name of Cavendish Methodist Church.*
20 years old – July 18, 2002
In District 171, six schools are eligible for Title I money. Orofino Elementary School, Orofino Jr. High School, and Clearwater Alternative School qualify as focused assistance schools. Students who score below the 40th percentile on standardized tests in reading and/or math are eligible for Title I assistance. Each school develops its own plan to increase the reading and math skills of eligible students.
In September 2001, three of the District’s six schools receiving Title I funds were identified as “needing improvement” in order to meet the goal of having 90 percent Title I students in advanced categories. or competent by 2007.*
30 years old – July 16, 1992
Reforestation crews planted approximately 3.2 million seedlings on 5,000 acres in the Clearwater National Forest in the spring of 1992.
Recent studies show that 92 percent of the acres that have been harvested in the Clearwater National Forest since 1976 have been successfully reforested. The National Forest Management Act requires that all harvested areas be replanted within five years of harvesting. The plantations are monitored to ensure an acceptable survival rate of the plants. Surveys show that 99% of the 1991 plantations were successfully reforested.*
40 years old – July 22, 1982
The retirement of Verle Swineheart, 60, from warehouse staff at Clearwater Forest came into effect on July 1.
Originally from Idaho County, Swineheart began working for Nezperce Forest in 1937 and was granted his permanent appointment in September 1965. He transferred to Clearwater Forest in June 1969 and for years was a mail and supply staple in the Kelly. Creek which still maintains a Ranger District Kitchen.*
Orofino’s Mona Hairston finished the year undefeated in discus at this year’s TAC Junior Olympic Meet after winning the Women’s Midget title at the regional championships in Grandview, WA.
The 12-year-old who competes for the Orofino Kiwanis Athletics Club threw a competition record 29.25 meters on the discus to win the event. She also won a gold medal in the shot put with a throw of 9.73 meters.*
50 years old – July 20, 1972
Jim Buchanan, Commanding Officer of VFW Post 3296, announced that arrangements had been made for a lease with the Camas Prairie Railroad for land at Gorman’s Addition. La Poste plans to develop the space for a children’s play area. “Wimpy” Green, president of the post-community activity, is spearheading the project. Plans call for a ball diamond, basketball court, possibly a tennis court and playground equipment.
According to Green, there are approximately 125 children in Gorman’s Addition alone who could benefit from this park.*
60 years old – July 15, 1962
Orofino’s Spence Campbell has covered more than half the distance on his 557-mile swim to the Pacific Ocean and was reported yesterday in John Day, Oregon, temporarily halted due to combat issues.
The pilot boat sank on Tuesday and attempts with tow trucks were made to recover it. Campbell is apparently in good spirits and confident he will reach the ocean despite battling calm waters and high winds. A few days ago, he reported that he had discovered a new method of swimming, but wanted to perfect it before saying what it was.
Wide publicity is given to the swim on television and in daily newspapers, with the Pasco and Kennewick area press devoting much of the front page to the water feat.*
70 years old – July 17, 1952
The Lions Club of Orofino launches a fundraising project for a municipal swimming pool.
Although Beaver Dam has traditionally served the community well as a resort town, the resounding success of the swimming instruction phase of the summer recreation program indicates the desirability of a local pool to offset the inconvenience of long school bus rides and patrolling a large waterfront.
The Lions plan to raise between one and two thousand dollars this year to start the fund. It is expected that other organizations will complement it with significant contributions.*
Clearwater County went over its USO order with flying colors, according to figures released yesterday by Frank Gaffney, chairman of the county order. A grand total of $2665.43 was donated to the USO by county residents during the recent campaign. This is compared to the county quota of $1,100.
Ten percent of the amount collected will be kept in the county for use in connection with service men when the occasion arises. The total expense of the entire trip did not exceed $5.*
A new plan that unemployed workers who constantly commute to Orofino must work for the meals they receive, has been approved and launched by the city council and the trade club’s new industries committee has been tasked with investigating the desire of a flour mill in the city.
The decision to make the wanderers work for their meals was necessitated because the men are coming here in increasing numbers and the funds for this are running out. Last summer, at the time of the big forest fires, many men came here to find work and could not go up.
At the request of the CTPA and Forest Service officers, a plan has been initiated to assist these men, one of the main objectives being to eliminate the possibility of them setting incendiary fires in order to create work. This same plan has been followed so far this season and around $500 has been spent, so ways to ease the burden have been sought.*