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John Werner (New York) and Ken Gough (Eugene, OR) are our winners!

Leonard Cardiff is the answer for Week 59.

Cardiff was born July 29, 1888, in Pembroke, Ontairo, Canada to George A. and Margaret (Lindsay) Cardiff. He graduated from high school in Pembroke and then went to work on the family farm and delivering supplies to logging camps. After a year of that endeavor, he decided to go to work at a hardware store, first in Ontario and later in other locations until he ended up in Spokane, WA where he spent 11 years.

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At that point, he decided to go into the lumber business for himself in Ione, WA. After three years, he took his enterprise to British Columbia and a few years later to Orofino. He moved later to Weippe and then Pierce. Cardiff started his first mill in 1925 near Headquarters at a settlement that bears his name. He owned and operated mills from that point until more than four decades later in 1967 when he retired from the business. He was the head of the Pierce Ponderosa Pine company, a logging firm and landowner until his death Nov. 12, 1973 at age 85.

Cardiff was elected to the state senate in 1938, 1952, 1954 and 1956-58 on the Republican ticket. During his time as state senator, Cardiff was partially responsible for the creation of Canoe Camp Park on the Clearwater River. At its creation, it was a state reservation.

He was also active in the school board, Kiwanis Club and a past president of the Lewis-Clark Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He married Hettie Burns in 1912 in Oaksdale, WA. They had one daughter. Hettie died in 1935. He married Helen Lawson Wells, a widow with timber interests in Pierce in 1937. She first came to Pierce in 1910.

RD Werner wrote in Cardiff's obituary in November 1973, that the Cardiff home was noted for oriental rugs, fine china and wall mirrors. The estate at the edge of Pierce was a showplace toured by hundreds after Helen's death in March 1967. The living room portion of the home was built of logs for her in the early 1920s. On the same property was the home of Crumbie Lawson, Helen's brother. It featured a wrought iron staircase from the Union Ironworks of Spokane.

Leonard and Helen were annual hosts to the children of Pierce for a Halloween party at their home.

He was a lumberman most of his life and contributed lumber for a community church in Pierce. (Biography from History of Idaho, Vol. III, A Personal and Family History, copyrighted in 1959, from the library of Wayne and Corrie Shriver and Leonard Cardiff obituary written by RD Werner, Clearwater Tribune Nov. 15, 1973.)

Photo: Senator Leonard Cardiff (Photo courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

Monday: Involved most of their life in the timber industry.

Tuesday: Lived in Pierce

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