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Matthews passes on; Anderson is better

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Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

ELK CITY — A sad note: Don Matthews, one of our grandkids’ favorite teachers while they were here, passed away Saturday morning. Pray for his two children and other family members. Some of you may remember he lived with his relatives, Pat and Carol Doherty, while he was here. Memorial services will be at the Mt. Idaho Cemetery, Wednesday, April 13, at noon. Carol said she understands the difficulty of getting out of and in to Elk City at this time.

A glad note: Loren Anderson is home and doing better.

Road Report: Weekdays, traffic will be restricted between 7 a.m. and noon, and from 1-5:30 p.m. On weekdays, traffic will be allowed from 5:30 p.m. overnight to 7 a.m. the following morning. Weekend travel will be open from 5:30 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday morning.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Take the time to check out this website outlining the history of the act, events to be held across the country, etc. This act established the National Register of Historic Places and allows us to document, recognize and preserve our significant historic and archaeological sites. In recognition of this important act, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, and the Friends of the Lochsa Historic Ranger Station are hosting a “Living History Day” at the Lochsa Historic Ranger Station on July 23.

There will be tours of the ranger station, speakers, as well as live demonstrations — whipsaw, cross-cut, cedar shake splitting demonstrations, packing demonstrations with the Forest Service pack string and horseshoeing demonstrations. When there are more details, it will be posted here. If you have never visited this old historic ranger station, it is truly a gem. It was listed on the National Register in 1978.

This act is why we have many places in Idaho County on the National Register of Historic Places, including Gold Point Mill here in Elk City. For a brochure of all of the places in our county, you can pick them up at the Forest Service, the Elk City Hotel and Gift Shop, or go to on Idaho County web page.

Near-record temperatures up here this last week are rather concerning against the backdrop of the well-above normal temperatures projected for this summer. In case you like to keep track of these things or would like to start, go to

Peg Gehring FNP from St Mary’s will be at the Elk City Medical Clinic on April 19. Be sure to call St. Mary’s clinic for an appointment.

Meetings: Water and Sewer on Wednesday, April 13; American Legion on April 13; VFW on April 14; no word as to whether the Idaho Food Bank truck will make it next Tuesday, April 19 (I’m sure there will be notices up if they plan on coming in).

Birthdays: Ginny Lyke and Marshal Chlebowski.

History: Jacob August Gustafson, born in 1862 in Sweden and died in 1925. He was a “Civil War vet” but either his birth date is wrong or he wasn’t in the Civil War. Oh, the mysteries of trying to piece together the history of the area! He was known as “Little Gus.” Then there was Mrs. Billie Harris, no birth date, no marker, but died somewhere between December 1933 and February 1934 as far as the records go. Her husband, William, was born in Canada in 1856 and he died in 1941.


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