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Join us for Week 121 of Orofino History Trivia, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Tuesday: Taken from a glass negative

Wednesday: The shop has been correctly identified as belonging to Ed Donath by Bill and Vic Schubach and John Werner was correct in saying it was a harness shop. Now we need an approximate year. Remember it was taken from a glass negative.

The photo above is of the Ed Donath Harness and Shoe Shop. As Vic and Bill submitted Wednesday, it was located on the west side of the 200 block of Johnson Ave. very near what was Erbst Sport Shop (now SuddenLink Cable TV and Internet). According to Cliff Anderson, (who grew up in the area and recently celebrated his 90th birthday) Carl Schwartz had a shoe shop in the front of the establishment. The John Grasser saddle that is housed at the Clearwater Historical Museum was made in Donath's shop by Fred Miller.

Donath's home was among others off Main St. between College and 1st about where the China Palace is today. He and his wife had one daughter, Giselle.

In addition to the historical nature of the subject of the photo, the glass negative it was taken from is quite a historical photography medium. Glass negatives were used primarily beginning in 1870 and had disappeared by the mid-1920s' with the popularity of the roll film invented by Kodak. When the photo is enlarged enough 1912 calendars are vsisible on the wall.

(Photo courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

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