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Harriet Reece of Cavendish and Lewiston is the winner!

The Specialty Shop is the answer for Week 411 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Johnson Ave.

Tuesday: Orofino

Wednesday: Elvie O'Hara

Thursday: Baby items

Friday: The building no longer exists.

Saturday: The building was destroyed by fire.

Elvie O'Hara owned The Specialty Shop on Johnson Ave. It was located in the open space between what is now Suddenlink and Clearwater Realty. Among the items you can see in this photo of the front are items for babies. The building later burned leaving the walkway that is now there.

The Specialty Shop is in the left side of this photo taken during the 1948 flood when canoes could be seen on Johnson Ave. (Photo courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

Harriet says that Jim Bessent's mother worked at the shop and became its owner following Elvie. She remembers it having the same linoleum on the floor that she and her family had in their living room. When she took her toddler son there, he got down and embraced the floor because it looked just like home.

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