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William C. Foresman for Clearwater History Trivia #621, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Born in Illinois

Tuesday: Rented a house on Johnson Ave.

Wednesday: Had two daughters

Thursday: Started a business

Friday: Sold it within a year

Saturday: Died in Skagit County, Washington

Monday: Lived in Lewiston before Orofino

Tuesday: Occupation listed as printer

William C Foresman was born Sept. 7, 1864 in Harristown, Macon County, Illinois to William Baer and Jane Foresman.

He was married in Lewiston on Feb. 27, 1895 to Katherine Pope (sometimes listed as Sarah Katherine).

From historical records, it appears that his stay in Orofino was brief. However, the business he started, the Clearwater Republican, was influential at the time he started it as a rival to the Democrat paper, the Orofino Tribune. He sold it in less than a year. The politically rival papers eventually combined to form the Clearwater Tribune.

The 1900 Census shows him with his family living in a rented home in Lewiston where he was working as a printer.

The 1910 Census shows him renting a home on Johnson Ave. in Orofino (which at the time was in Nez Perce County). He and his wife, Sarah K. (often listed as Katherine) , had been married for 15 years and had two daughters, Katherine Jane and Helen Josephine. Though he hadn't officially started yet, according to other sources, it lists his occupation as publisher of a weekly newspaper.

By the 1920 Census, he and his wife, along with their daughter, Helen, were living in Seattle, WA, where he was working as a printer.

He died one day after his 61st birthday in rural Skagit County, Washington Sept. 8, 1925.

One could speculat that the street in Orofino, Forsman, was named after him, however there is documentation and it is spelled differently.

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