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John Gaffney is the answer for Week 309 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Born east of Pierce

Tuesday: Educated in schools his father helped establish

Wednesday: Had three brothers

Thursday: Filed on a homestead near Weippe

Friday: Owned the Pioneer Hotel in Pierce in the early 1900s

Saturday: Like many of his day, he did some mining.

Monday: Was involved in politics of the time as a Democrat

Tuesday: Owned four mining claims south of Pierce

Wednesday: Died March 8, 1935, according to his headstone

John Gaffney was born in Barclay's Gulch east of Pierce on Nov. 19, 1868. His parents were Patrick and Bridget Gaffney who were natives of Ireland. He was educated in Pierce schools that his father helped to establish. He had three brothers, Frank, William and Robert and one sister, Mary. He filed on a homestead near Weippe which he had in hay and timber in the early 1900s. He along with partners owned the Ozark group of four mining claims which also had a mill and employed a number of people. In addition he owned 80 acres in Pierce on which stood the Pioneer Hotel.

He was a staunch Democrat and was often found at conventions and acting as a committeeman for his precinct.

On Jan. 2, 1893, he and his wife Dora were married. They had two children.

He died March 8, 1935 and was buried in the Pierce Cemetery.

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