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White Bird News: Put on your dancing shoes for firemen’s ball


Toni Baker 983-7701

— Our January thaw has come, now that it is February, and along with that it brings the wind. We go from one extreme to the other. I know we need the moisture, but everyone is finally had their fill of winter even with six more weeks of it to be had.

Meetings this week are: Library meeting is today, the 7th, at 10 a.m. The City Council will be holding their monthly meeting on the 8th at 6 p.m., and the Salmon River Art Guild rounds out the week on the 9th at 10 a.m. The chamber will be holding their election of officers on the 9th. This will be held at Barb Lowe’s house starting at 10:30 a.m., with putting together the auction items following the meeting. If you would like to help, Barb says to “come on by!” They will be taking donations or cash up until Thursday. Then, on Saturday, if you want to take your honey out for some good eats and entertainment, then Hoot’s is the place to be. The Annual Fireman’s Ball will take place starting on the 11th with dinner at 5 p.m. with your choice of baby back ribs, prime rib, or NY steak and salad. Then you can head for the back room for the silent and live auctions along with Joaquin, Verna, and Dave playing some of your favorite tunes for the rest of the night. There will be a $5/person raffle fee and the dinner fee will be separate. The Rebekahs will be having a 21 and older event during this time too. This great fund-raiser is hosted by the White Bird Chamber and will benefit the fire departments of Grangeville, White Bird, Riggins, and the Salmon River Rural Dept.

Shooting 25s at the Feb. 5 shoot were Jim McMahon and Will Wingfield. 24s were shot by Gail Chapman, Wade Sickels, Bill McMahon, and Jay Fraizer.

Board game night had four people venturing out to play games, playing pinochle and ending the evening with a game of aggravation. Remember every Friday, at the WBARD building, starting at 6 p.m.

Birthday wishes go out to Guy Ellibee, Larry Barany, Jan Barany, Scott Hagen, Mathew Bauman, Janet Klement, Daryl K. Mullinix, Tate Stowers and Yeon.

Anniversary wishes go out to Doug & Beth Plagmann.

TidBits: For four or five years, starting about 1920, Albert Haener pioneered in trucking down the old White Bird grade, no easy task. He hauled much of the material for the construction of the highway which was completed as far as White Bird in 1925.

Insert from 1913-14 reads that White Bird was the “gateway to the north” and the supply point was Joseph and Doumecq Plains, and for the Snake River Valley from Pittsburg landing to the Seven Devils. At that date, its population was 400. It had two stores, two hotels, two saloons, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop, a planning mill, a butcher shop, drugstore, jewelry shop, and a cigar and confectionery store. The high school has been discontinued in recent years and its students are now enrolled at Grangeville or elsewhere.


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