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Johnson's Harmony Heights homestead cabin is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #570, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: Document signed by President Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday: Different families over the years

Wednesday: Bark left on logs

Thursday: A story of hard work and sacrifice, as well as love and family life

Friday: Problems with obtaining water

Saturday: A trip to town and back usually took two days, though it was only 6-8 miles.

Monday: Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir

Tuesday: Had three bedrooms

Wednesday: First owners both buried in Hill Cemetery

Thursday: Harmony Heights

Friday: Evidence of a fire

Saturday: Had additions to the two-story structure

Monday: Deeded to second owners in 1915

Tuesday: Second owners never really lived there

Wednesday: Third owners had a dairy

Thursday: Fruit trees planted

Friday: A school near by

Saturday: One owner raised cattle and hogs for sale

Monday: At one time, it was split.

Wednesday: Had several outbuildings for different uses

Thursday: 160 acres

Friday: Structure became dilapidated in later years

Saturday: Young architectural student up for the challenge of reconstructing it

Monday: Johnson

Art and Martha (Marty) Johnson bought 80 acres of what was originally the George Washington and Lucretia Snyder homestead in March 1972. In later years, she did extensive research about the previous owners and history of the land. She entitled it History of a Homestead.

The homestead was originally 160 acres and the Snyder's patent was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. The log cabin of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir built by the Snyders had some of the bark let on the logs to help with filling the spaces besides chinking. The two-story structure had three bedrooms and additions were made at various time. Outbuildings were also added to suit the needs of the owners. One of the later owners raised hogs and cattle for sale, another had a dairy. A fruit orchard was also planted by one of the eight owners.

Harmony Heights School was nearby, but in the early days, though it was only 6-7 miles to Orofino, the trip usually took two days, with an overnight stay at relatives in Orofino.

Along way, the property was split into two 80 acres parcels. It was the last owners, the Johnsons, that had a choice whether to burn down the cabin which had become quite dilapidated or tear it down and rebuild it. Their son, Ty was a young architectural student and up for the challenge of rebuilding the structure, though his parents planned to build a retirement home on the property. The log structure was restored.

Marty characterized homestead's story as one of hard work and sacrifice, as well as love and family life, just like that of many homesteads.

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