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Harvey Grasser is the answer for Week 424 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: Born near Peck

Tuesday: Active in parades and celebrations

Wednesday: Attended a country school on the border of Clearwater and Nez Perce counties until his family moved to Upper Fords Creek

Thursday: Worked with the Forest Service about three years, making and posting historical and directional signs from Pierce to the Montana border

Friday: Manned the Orofino Creek Lookout for the Clearwater Timber Protective Association

Saturday: Mule packer

Monday: Married Violet Carr

Tuesday: He was a regular contributor to the Clearwater Historical Museum at Orofino.

Wednesday: Was involved in a graphite mine called the Black Diamond on Forest Service property

Harvey Grasser was born Nov. 16, 1911 on Bobbitt Bench near Peck to John and Catherine Grasser. He attended a county school near the Clearwater/Nez Perce county line until the family moved to Upper Fords Creek. He graduated from Orofino High School.

He married Violet Carr Oct. 31, 1933 at Asotin, WA and they had two daughters.

He worked for four decades as an outfitter and hunting guide, particularly with the Grasser Bear Creek Hunting Camp owned by his father.

Harvey worked as a mule packer for the Forest Service and was always interested in his string of mules, often showing showing his Shetland mules at parades around the area. He also manned the Orofino Creek Lookout for Clearwater Timber Protective Association and worked in the woods. In addition, he had claim to a graphite mine on National Forest land called the Black Diamond.

The last few years of his life, he worked with the U.S. Forest to post wooden signs throughout some of Idaho's most rugged backcountry to preserve the names and history of those places.

He was a regular contributor to the Clearwater Historical Museum and made sure that several of his family's historical artifacts were housed there, particularly Phoebe Carr's still and his father, John Grasser's, saddle.

He died in 1993 at his daughter's home in Pocatello.

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