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Robert Winston Spencer is the answer for Number 522 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: He was a watchmaker.

Tuesday: Born in north Idaho

Wednesday: Degree in forestry

Thursday: Worked on Blister Rust

Friday: Studied at several institutions of higher learning

Robert Winston Spencer was born May 26, 1922 in Hauser Lake in Kootenai County. He died June 2 1991 in Orofino.

He graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1939 and attended North Idaho Junior College while working as a watchmaker for the family business, Spencer's Jewelry. He enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1943 and served in India and China. While in the service, he also attended Chaffee Junior College and Stanford University.

Following his discharge he went to University of Idaho and earned a degree in forestry in 1949. He worked for the Idaho State Forestry Department before receiving a civil service appointment to the US Forest Service. While on the Clearwater National Forest, he developed the forest's first timber management plan. While with the supervisor's office as timber management planner and assistant staff officer, he worked in silviculture and helped develop satellite and high altitude photography. He trained at NASA in Houston. He also led in planting 2,000 seedlings trees on 2,000 acres on Cook Mountain. He retired in 1980.

He was active with civic affairs as a member of the Clearwater Planning and Zoning Commission, Orofino City Council, Clearwater Historical Society, Clearwater Memorial Public Library and Clearwater Canyons Scenic Route advisory board, as well as chairing the Clearwater County Centennial Celebration Commission and being involved in other historical preservation efforts.

He was married to Layne Gellner in Coeur d'Alene.

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