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Herbert Brown is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #659, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.
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Monday: Did his job with horses
Tuesday: Also used steam power
Wednesday: Sometimes had to break wire with a hatchet
Thursday: Was 10 years old when World War I started
Friday: Raised a variety of livestock
Saturday: Raised hay for the livestock
Tuesday: Worked for the county road department
Wednesday: Drove trucks professionally
Thursday: Worked for Riverside Water and Sewer
Information from Herbert Brown's published obituary and Clearwater Reflections Spring 1988:
Herbert O. Brown had many professions in his life, but agriculture is the one the students who wrote about him the Spring 1988 Clearwater Reflections focused on terming him, "Agriculturist Extraordinaire". He began helping on the family farm in Gilbert in 1916 when he was 12 years old. The days started early, 6 a.m. The family had to gather their hay into bundles because they didn't have hay balers then.
Later, on his own farm, he planted a variety of crops such as wheat, beans, barley and clover. It wasn't easy because he had to do the plowing and planting with horses. He also raised about 100 head of cattle, wintered them, and then sent them to Spokane to be sold. Sometimes they got bales of hay that were so tight that they had to break the wires with a hatchet. He also raised pigs and chickens to be sold.
When he got a tractor, he could hook it up to most of the equipment that he had used with horses, except the plow which had to be replaced with one was more compatible. After using the steam powered thrashing machine to thrash the grain, they hauled it down Gilbert Grade. He spent 30 years of his life farming.
Brown also drove truck professionally, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Riverside Mill and the Clearwater County Road Department, as well as Cliff's Auto Saw and Cycle, Riverside Sewer and Water and CTPA.
He loved to hunt, fish, work in his garden and repair lawn equipment.
Brown was born March 16, 1904 to Orlando and Ida Tholstrup Brown in Gilbert. He died Oct. 6, 1999 at age 95 of causes related to age and is buried in Greencreek Cemetery in Greencreek, Idaho County.
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