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Written by Jack Harlan.
The stream from the right, spok
the !
en of in the journals, now Howard's
camp, turns to the south and goes
to the Lochsa drainage. Two
dred yards from this camp, t
north, is a creek now known ns
Howard, which goes northeasterly
to Cayuse creek and the North Fork
drainage system.
On the borders of Howard creek,
near thee amp, is a narrow meadow
affording excellent late summer pas
turage.' Elevation 6445 feet,
meadow was more extensive in the 1
olden time than now as indicated by
the varying age of the
This has been an old
timber i
ground for the early Indians, as
well ns Lewis and Clark, and those ;
eral Howard, for whom the camp- i
Ing ground Is named, stopped here
during a part of August 1877,whenj
traveling the Lolo trail since.
following Chief Joseph and band in- j
to Montana. Further mention will
From i
be made of this event later,
the amount of timber felled It might j
indicate that the forest service in
Its early time may have contem -1
plated building a ranger station

Tuesday, Sept. 17 th, 1 805.
will now resume our Journey,
ponies strayed and scattered so
badly during the night, (for on ac-.ers
-count of the snow many would seek
the south slopej in preference to
the meadow) that we are ''detained
till 1 o'clock before they are col
lected. We then continue our route
over high rough knobs and several
drains and springs, and along a{
ridge of country separating
waters of two sn)all rivers."
head of the Weitaa of the North
Fork drainage and a branch of the
•The road was still dir
ic-'lt and several of the horses rell
t injured themselves very much,
■.hat we were unable to advance
more than ten miles to
str nri. on which we encamped."
5 hi , is now called Indian Grave
a small i
IN CLEARWATER COUNTY, with the brightest, cleanest, snappiest, up-to-the
minute and best selected stock of seasonable merchandise that has ever been
offered to the public
centers. We do business for CASH. That's the reason. Our margins are small.
We can afford to operate our business on small margins.
We can do it, because we do it. The buy
Orofino Trading Comp
It is a service station in Oi
your dollar . We pass it on and the dollar
small margin of it. That pays for our ser
Our Prices cannot be duplicated in the larger business
There s a reason.
ing public for miles around know the
usehold trade mark with the whole family,
here to serve you and give you value for
is working for you and us. We keep a
vice. If you serve us we want to pay you.
v' *T\ *: i '
It is a ho
We are
any ,
Big Sacrifice in Shoes
In the Dry Goods Dept.
Wc are sacrificing our margin on Shoes. We are
stocked. Before you make your purchase it will pay you to
have our expert Shoe Fitter fit your feet and your foot troubles
will disappear. It is satisfaction to sell Good Shoes for the
whole family.
In our Dry Goods Department we are offering exceptional
Suits and Coats Cor
bargains, in Ladles
sets. T he Royal
and Warners, in rc
stout figures. Our stock at this time is almost complete and
we satisfy ninety per cent of the trade, provided they want
quality and a fit.
Worcester, Bon Ton
gular, medium and
* V.
Furniture and Housefurnishings in
the old hardware rooms W. A. Shaw
Groceries , our eatables are fresh and crisp
OROFINO, the growing young city of "fine ore" is a good place to frade. If we don't have what you
want, the "other fellow" may have, Give him a chance, but see us first.. We will appreciate your
calling on us whether or not you buy. Let us have the opportunity to serve you.
Orofino Trading Company
Orofino Trading Company
; camp; so named on account of a
ter. year old Indian boy having Been j
bulled lieie some 15 yeais ago.
was one of the Spalding family now
residing near Ahsahka. The grave!
's cribbed in by logs,
! boy hn>
The stream here goes south into the
Lochsu. Here is a fair! sized mead
ow for grazing and was larger at i
or.e time than it is now.
the timber grow ing around it was!
Truly this
a memorable resting place.
Much or
not here at the time of Lewis and
Clark, but some was growing long
before their time, furnishing them
ample fuel The 1919 fire has now
killed practically all the timber in
i thla '«callly.
Tjhe elevation is about 6800 feet.
They are still enmeshed in the never
ending maze of mountains, ai d the
prospect of speedily getting
; I>oor
out of them, is not very cheering.
i * be snow
on *' le ground,
prepare their
of the last storm is still
The men as they ;
camp look haggard, j
much fatigued.
j vveary
i an ^ Last
are very hungry and kill their third
colt for supper.
j ponies ore not plentiful enough to
spare only as a last desperate Te
After their frugal meal, they
! build a large camp fire, one of the
bounties rot denied them, and they
hold a council where it is agreed
for Captain Clark to select six hunt
and importune them for supplies;
or al least get into a locality where
game Ism ore abundant and provis
ions can be brought back to those
-1 source,

ac-.ers and enough horses to hurry for
ward and seek out the Nez Perces
the journal: "His route lay S 85
degrees W. along the same high dl
viding ridge, and the road was still
The plain seen is the
Wednesday, Sept. 18th. Early In!
the morning Captain Clark
six men start forward.

and the j
very had: but he moved on rapidly, j
and at the distance of twenty miles
discovering far off
was rejoiced on
i an extensive plain towards the west |
land southwest, hounded by a high
— .. r ~'~
Nez Perce and the Camas piairles,
j country with the Craig mountains (
beyond Sherman peak Is the first
peak from which this country is
seen. But It is noi twenty miles
from Indian Grave. The high nioun- '
halU ' d an hour to let the horses eat
a little grass on the hillsides, and
tain west, of Sherman peak also gives
a view of the same country.
It la j
twenty miles to this mountain, hut
miles till he reached a bold creek,
running to the left, on which he en
14 coinflicts with what follows. "He
i then went on twelve and a halt
To this stream he gave
the very appropriate name of Hun
gry creek, for having procured no
game, they had nothing to eat."
This bold creek indicate-^ that
Clark may have dropped down on
: tolobia creek, the largest branch or
1 Fish creek, but it is only about
! f hr'e miles from the top of this
mountain west of Sherman
j peak down to ohia creek alld nol
twelve and a half miles.
When we
come to Lewis's description for the
route we will see they do not agree!
as the same route. We willnow
return to Lewis and party who
started laier in the day from ln
dlan Crave camp. Uhe journals say:
"ip the meantime we were detain'd
till after eight o'clock by the loss
() f one of our horses, which had
strayed away and could not be
found. We then proceeded, but hav-|
ing soon finished the remainder ot
the colt killed yesterday, felt the
water, till towards
found some in a
(snow from the last storm)
supped on a little portable soup, a
want of provisions, which was more
sensitive from our meeting with no!
nightfall we!
ravine among the
By pushing on our horses
Our guns are scarcely of
creature in these mountains, ex-j

j most to their utmost strength we
made eighteen miles."
"We then melted some snow,
j few canisters of which, with about
twenty weight of bear's oil, are
our only remaining means of
| sistence
any service, for there Is no living
cept a few small pheasants, a small
( species of gray squirrel, (the piney)
!lnd a 1)lue bird of the vu,ture kind
about the size of a iurtle dove or j
, ... . , .
Jay, (rain crow or whiskey jack, and ;
their dependent ? are in these hills
' ye t) and even the .. e are difficult tojthe
They have had a hard grind to- !
I day for hungry men. over several j
high mountains including Bald j
Mountain. They could have nad j
fine horse feed at Bald Mountain, j
j but they trudged weaiÿy
camped on the dry
this mountain and Nn-sce-eni Mea
on and|
ridge between |
dow. I marked their camp about j
mile and a half northeasterly from j
j No-see-em. At their time there was I
a hunch grass patch of ten or rtf
' i( ige where they grazed the horses
Thi » patch is now grown over
lodge pole pine seventy
eighty years old and the
teen acres on the south slope of the!

by '
five or i

grass is almost whipped out.
surrounding timber is much older,
The distance of 18- miles is an over- •
The present trail as
measured is between ten and eleven
miles, hut the old Indian trail was
several miles longer and rougher
and it would have seemed eighteen
miles to (he weary men. Most cer
tainly they did not go past Shorma n
have found
e: Hmailon.
Leak for they would
! two good camping places with water, j
We will now return to Clark and i
! party, Thursday. Sept. 19(h.
| journals read. "Captain Clark pro-!
! it could be Ohia creek.)
i ceeded up the creek along which
the road was more steep and stony j
than any he had yet passed. At slxj
miles distance he reached a small j
al-'plain, in which he fortunately j
on which he break- !
steepness of the ascent and the
of the fallen
(From what I am told there was an
j found a horse.
! fasted, and hung the rest on a tree j
! for the party in the rear. (Tfhls
! reads like Fish creek but I am told

miles beyond this he left the creek i
and crossed three high mountains, j
sub-lrendred almost impassable from the
\ quantity
old Indian trail leaving Fish creek
and going up on to McLendon Butte
and going westerly over Middle j
Butte and Frenchman Butte to eu
Dorado Creek of the Lolo drn.nag'.'. ) j

"After clambering over these ridges
and mountains, ar.d passing
heRds of .some branches of Hungry

Creek (Fish Creek) he came to a t
large creek running westwant (El
Do-ado Cre'k.) This he followed
for four miles, then he turned to
j the right down the mountain.
....... . . ._.
; (first having crossed the rldgei
till he •
tojthe left.
came to a small creek to
(Cedar Creek and he
camped at Codar Creek Meadows.
Here he halted, having made twen
ty two miles on his course, south
j 80 degrees west, though the wind
|ing route over the mountains al- [
most doubled the distance."
Their supper and breakfast con
slsted of two pheasants: rather a
small ration for sev°n men already
j hnlf Waived. We will now return
j to Lev. is and party for their jour- j
I ne 7 ^is day.
The journals read:
soon after sunrise.
"We followed
At six miles the

ridge terminated, and we had before
' us the cheering prospect of the
i large plain to Hie southwest. (Utils |
was certainly Sherman peak.) Uni
leaving the ridge we again ascend-1
ent down several moun

ed and
• tains and several miles farther came
Hungry creek (Fish creek) where
it was fifteen yards wide and re
reived the waters from a branch to
the north. (Willow creek.) We
went up it on a course nearly due
we d, and at three miles crossed a j
second branch flowing from the!
same quarter. (Ohia creek) The
thickly covered
(conifers) of which we
j country is
i ' ,in e timber
I have enumerated eight distinct spe
1 cies. Three miles beyond this( last
branfch of Hungry creek we
j camped, after a fatiguing route or
e *Kbteen miles. Having no other
j Provisions, we took some portable
j sou P. our only refreshment doling
! tbe day.
with fatigue, has a visible effect on
our health. The men are growing
weak and losing their flesh very
!fast; several are afflicted with the
dysentary. and eruptions of the skin
! are very common."
' We will leave them on Hungry .
creek tightening their belts to re-j
their rations.
This abstinence, joined

duee their stomachs to the size ot i
j n the Probate Court of the County
of Clearwater, State of Idaho.
j n t h e Matter of the Estate of Ben
Murray, Deceased,
Notice is hereby given by the un
dersigned Administratrix of the es
t a t e D f j} en Murray, deceased, to
the creditors of, and all persons
having claims against the said de
ce ., S cd. to exhibit them with the
within four
voue hers.
the first publication
n f this notice, to the said admints
trstrix at Hie office
months after
f her attor
Kimble. Room 1,
ney, Frank F.
Burns Block, Orofino. Idaho,
saction of the business of said estate,
in orofino. County of Clearwater,
being the place for the tran
State of Idaho.
Signed and dated at Orofino, Ida
ho, this 14th day of October A. D.,
We Repair Anything
Gasoline Of Electrically
j ^|| VVork Must Be SstisfäCtOry.
We are'out of the high rent
district and the saving
Give us
is yours.
a Trial
Rooms 50c to $1.50 per day
Rooms by week $2. and up
Everything *ew and clean
Free Bath for Guests
Fred Trotxky, Proprietor

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