As of Tuesday, August 30, 2016
GRANGEVILLE Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch.
Today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, Clyde Hanson will present “H. Talbotte of Florence.” Research was by Pam Northcutt.
Next week, Idaho County Sheriff Detective Lt. Jerry Johnson will present the program “Interesting Past Cases.”
Johnson plans to talk about the Lankford case as it is in the news again with Mark Lankford getting a third trial. Mark and his brother, Bryan Lankford, are accused of the murders of Robert and Cheryl Bravence in 1983. Appeals and overturnings have caused the case to drag out more than 30 years.
In addition, Johnson will discuss the Joe Tucker homicide. Tucker’s remains were found on the Lochsa in 1988. The case was pieced together and discovered the Illinois man was murdered by Dennis Orr who served 25 years in prison. Orr was released in 2013.
“I have definitely always enjoyed history as a hobby,” Johnson said. His family homesteaded to the Kamiah area from Sweden, he explained, and he has traced much of the history of family members who started a business in Oregon.
Additional upcoming programs include:
•Sept. 14: Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River by former Idaho County Judge John Bradbury
•Sept. 21: Idaho Aviation History by Mark Gravatt of Grangeville
•Sept. 28: Hells Canyon and the Homesteading Years by Patricia Keith of Lewiston
All programs are sponsored by the Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Donations are accepted to help offset costs of opening the basement meeting room.