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Eva Wolfe is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #653, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.
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Monday: Mistaken for a revenuer
Tuesday: Told stories
Wednesday: School board member
Thursday: Worked with health clinics
Saturday: Helped with Cub Scout projects
Monday: Summer Bible school
Tuesday: Promoted tourism
Eva Mae Wolfe was born in the Lolo area near Weippe on May 16, 1916 to Cecil and Cena Burns White. She graduated from high school in Weippe in 1934 after attending schools there.
She married Frederick G. Wolfe, Nov. 16, 1935. He died in 1985.
In 1973, she became the first woman elected to serve on the Weippe City Council and also served as building commissioner. She served as a school board member for more than 17 years and was the chairwoman for several years.
She was also a member of the Weippe Library and served on the Weippe Community Hall Board for 15 years. She served for 16 years as a committee woman for her area and had served as secretary of the Clearwater Democratic Committee.
Eva was a correspondent for the Clearwater Tribune up until her death. She had also been a correspondent for the Lewiston Tribune for a number of years.
In 1952, she helped found Weippe's PTA program and received a merit award from the Idaho PTA. She assisted with Idaho tourism promotions and was appoint by Gov. Cecil Andrus to serve on the Idaho Commission on Women's Progress.
Eva was active in many historical groups and in the 1988 Clearwater Reflection the students who interviewed her recounted several of her stories. One was about her eighth-grade class going on a picnic with their teacher at the end of the school year. They were going down a steep winding path to Fords Creek Falls and when they got to the bottom ran into moonshiners with their guns drawn, because they thought they were revenuers. The class and teacher didn't tell authorities, but the men were later caught by revenuers.
She served as chairwoman for the Clearwater County Heart Fund in 1976. She had worked with health clinics for the past 25 years and helped coordinate a health roundup for the Weippe area. Also among her community activities were Summer Bible School, 4-H and Cub Scouts.
She enjoyed writing and helped students write resumes.
She died Oct. 18, 1994 and is buried in the Weippe Cemetery.
Info from Find a Grave, Clearwater Reflections 1988 and Lewiston Tribune.
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