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White Bird News: Ball set for Feb. 11



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Toni Baker 983-7701 toni_wbrodeo@yahoo.com

— It’s the middle of January and the snow is still hanging on, so is it winter, or with warmer temperatures coming, is it a January thaw? Only time will tell, so in the meantime, I hope everyone is not too homebound.

Tammy reported that they had 11 people show up for first game night last Friday. They played Candyland, Battleship and also had some wanting to play pinochle, but didn’t have enough to get a game going. If interested, they would like to be able to play. Thanks for the snacks and water, as you need munchies when playing games! Remember that’s every Friday at the WBARD, 6-9 p.m. Everyone is welcomed to come and enjoy a Friday night out of the house.

More information on the Fireman’s Ball: This event will be hosted by the White Bird Chamber on Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at 5 p.m., with Hootie cooking your choice of baby back ribs, prime rib, NY steak, and salad. There will be a cost for this separate from the dance and auctions. The auction will start around 7 p.m., with a $5/person raffle fee. Items are needed and you can contact Barb Lowe at 208-839-2444 for more information on that. Dance music will be provided by Jouquin, Verna and Dave. A Rebekah’s “sweetheart” basket drawing will be raffled off to adult 21+ (cash or check). All of this will be benefiting our White Bird, Riggins, Grangeville, and Salmon River Rural Fire Departments. So mark the calendars, come out and help support this great event. Remember the next fire that they are called out to…may be yours!

Bruce Bentz is now residing in Lewiston at the Prestige Care Center. Anyone traveling that way, stop in and say “hello” to him. If you need more information call Tammy Murt as she has been keeping everyone updated on him. It has come to that time when a little extra help was needed.

Not much going on in this little town as it’s the middle of the month and there isn’t much to report, just keeping the upcoming events listed for you.

Birthdays this week are Aaron Howard, Jim Kitchen, Tasha Zumwalt, Marcus Johnson, Peter P. Pulos, Jamie Sarbacher, Richard Eller, Jacob Gabrielson, Elaine Anderson, Annelle Urbahn and Derek Elijah Berks. In Memory of John Klement.

History Tidbits

Slate Creek/Freedom School, located on the Salmon River south of White Bird, had 3 locations. The first was on Sam Large’s claim at Horseshoe Bend where the river bends north of the Slate Creek Ranger Station and where McKinzie Creek runs into the Salmon River. After the school burned, a one room building was erected on Josh Fockler’s property near where Slate Creek meets the highway. A third structure was built on Bill Robie’s ranch and is part of the present ranger station. Slate Creek school was in existence from the late 1800s until 1950. Families attending were Maynard, Robie, Russel, Dawson, Mayfield, Chandler, and Chamberlain.



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