Michael Bushfield, Eureka, MT, is the winner!
Harvey Coin Spears is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #633, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.
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Monday: Called a master craftsman
Tuesday: Well known in this area
Wednesday: Worked in a small space
Thursday: Had an assistant
Friday: Born in Arkansas
Saturday: Married in Washington
Monday: Brown hair and gray eyes
Tuesday: Camp T
Harvey Coin Spears was best known in the Clearwater area as a bull cook at Potlatch logging camps, such as Camp T, and as the bull cook on the annual Clearwater River Log Drives. He was a master at his craft and able to produce hundreds of meals in a space not as large as a regular kitchen.
In running those kitchens in the camps and on the wannigan, he was able to order enough food to take care of those working in the woods and not have shortages, according to Tia Pomponio. He was a great cook and easy to get along with.
After there was no longer a need for cooks in large logging camps, Harvey became an assistant to Potlatch Foreman Charles 'Red' McCollister. He worked with all the crews to help with any needs or questions they had, Tia added.
According to historical documents, he was born Nov. 11, 1913 in Cincinnati, Arkansas to John and Flora Spears. As an adult, he had brown hair and gray eyes according to his draft registration. He was 5 foot 8 inches tall. Prior to Potlatch, Harvey worked for Brien's Bakery in Lewiston, the document recorded.
Harvey married Francena B. Waymire in Asotin, WA, June 14, 1935. They had two sons, Ronald and Jerry. Unfortunately, Jerry died in infancy and Ronald in an accident when he was 21 years old.
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