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UpRiver Celebrates Saturday

Current and past residents of the UpRiver area are invited to gather for an annual celebration Saturday.

Pioneer Day, organized by community volunteers, is a celebration of the area’s rich history and includes fundraising activities to support current and future community groups and projects.

John Smith, Rosemary Newman, Kodi Mitchell, Stacie Mitchell, Debby Powell & Joanne O'Dwyer help to organize the annual Pioneer Day.

John Smith, Rosemary Newman, Kodi Mitchell, Stacie Mitchell, Debby Powell & Joanne O’Dwyer help to organize the annual Pioneer Day.

This year’s events will include a community breakfast, parade, bake sale, watermelon eating contest, bingo, horseshoe and softball tournaments and children’s activities. New to the lineup is a three-mile fun run to take place in the morning. Registration is at 7: 30 a.m. at UpRiver Elementary and costs $5. Proceeds from the fun run and softball tournament will benefit the UpRiver Parent-Teacher Organization. The money earned at the breakfast benefit the Fernwood fire department, while those from the bake sale will benefit UpRiver Ambulance.

Lineup for parade is at 9:30 a.m. Floats and vehicles should assemble at Carpenter Creek, while walkers participating in the parade should gather at the senior center. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in five categories including adult, child, float, animal and group.

Children’s and adult activities follow the parade at the CAF building. John’s Grill will have food available for lunch with the proceeds benefiting UpRiver Community United, the group that organizes and raises money to support a variety of community projects.

The day will conclude with a benefit auction, which is expected to follow the horseshoe tournament.

Call Joanne O’Dwyer at (208) 245-4903, Debby Powell at (208) 245-3097 or Christine Ashmead at (208) 245-3869 for additional information.

Harrison Picnic Returns Sunday

Harrison Old Time Picnic has the time honored tradition of selecting a king and queen for their annual event. Larry and Dorothy Donohoe of Medimont have been selected as this year’s royalty.

The coronation and potluck dinner for the public will be July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harrison Grange Hall. Music with “Who’s To Blame – Chuck and Gail” will be at 9 p.m.

Larry and Dorothy Donohoe were selected by the Harrison Old Time Picnic committee as the 2015 King and Queen.

Larry and Dorothy Donohoe were selected by the Harrison Old Time Picnic committee as the 2015 King and Queen.

Larry Donohoe has roots to the Harrison area since 1910, when his grandparents homesteaded up Willow Creek.

Mr. Donohoe was born April 11, 1934 to Ray and Thelma Donohoe in Coeur d’Alene. His father built a cabin up Willow Creek that year but didn’t get to stay there long, as they had to move to Enaville in 1935 where his dad worked in the railroad. They then moved to Whitlaws, south of Mica Creek. The next move took them to Dudley at the west end of Tamarack Ridge. They then moved to what is now called Doyle Road to a house on 40 acres until 1944.

They were able to have milk cows, 300 chickens, horses, geese, and turkeys. They purchased a John Deere tractor and sold potatoes and veal to Stein Grocery, cream to Coeur d’Alene Creamery, milk to Superior Dairy in Kellogg and eggs to stores in Wallace and Kellogg.

Rose Lake School was the first school Mr. Donohoe attended. He attended it for the first, second and third grades. His fourth through seventh grade were spent in the school in Lane. He returned to Rose Lake for eighth through 12 and graduated in 1952 with a class of 10 seniors.

A couple of weeks after graduation, He worked with his father in the woods for Strobels. He then went to work for Bubs Russell at the Springston Mill for $1.89 an hour. He earned enough money to buy a 1954 Red and Black Buick.

He helped build the new Kootenai High School in 1956 for $2.10 an hour. The school gym still had a dirt floor when it opened.

“I had a frog jump over my feet during Russ Donohoe’s (Larry’s brother) graduation in the gym in 1957,” Dorothy Donohoe said. “There was air space along the floor where they could get in.”

Dorothy Donohoe was born in Colome, South Dakota Feb. 7, 1940. Her parents divorced when she was young and she visited her father who worked at Bunker Hill Mine. Her cousin and wife, Harlan and Jeanne Schultz of Pinehurst introduced her to Larry Donohoe in the summer of 1956. Their first date was at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane for a rodeo with Gene Autry and Annie Oakley.

Larry was drafted in 1957 and while at boot camp, Dorothy wrote him a letter that said, ‘marry me now or never.’ Larry came home and married her April 6, 1957 at the Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene where his parents had been married. He went back to finish boot camp and was then stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma. The couple didn’t get to see each other again until the end of July.

Dorothy didn’t learn to cook growing up and admits her cooking had a lot to be desired. So while Larry was away in the military she spent time with her mother-in-law and learned how to cook. She didn’t have any cookbooks, so started her own recipe file.

They rented their first apartment in Sept. 1957 for $50 a month. His pay was only $76 a month until he got a raise to $125 a month. In May 1958 Stewart was born and he got another raise, so Dorothy started to stash money in the freezer to save money to go back to Idaho.

Larry got out of the military in 1959. They moved to Seattle for a short time, but the cost of living was high and they decided to go back to Idaho. They first lived with his parents and worked with his dad logging. They were then able to rent a house up Canary Creek. In 1960 they moved to Ralph and Nellie Frazier’s rental (Now the Schlepps). Mitch was born in December. Larry was working for Nordstroms as a sawyer. They purchased their home they have today for $6,000 in 1962. That is also the same year they joined the Medicine Mountain grange where Larry is currently the Grange Master.

“It needed a lot of work,” Dorothy said. “There was wood stored under the house and as we used the wood, we realized it had been holding up the house. It was on stilts until the cement work was completed.”

They have since remodeled the home and added four bedrooms.

The couple has been active in the schools. Larry served on Kootenai school board from 1971-76. Dorothy was involved with sewing warm ups for the basketball teams, cheerleading uniforms, costumes for drama, and other projects. She also was active in 4-H.

Larry purchased his first skidder in 1966 and in the fall of 1977 started Larry Donohoe Logging. It still operates today.

The Quiet Nook Campground was purchased by the couple in 1988 and sits on Cave Lake. They enjoy meeting the many campers that stay there. Dorothy refers to it as her hobby.

They are founding members of the River of Life Church that meets at the grange. And Dorothy has been a member of the Worthwhile Club since 1959.

“God has given us so many blessings,” Dorothy said. “Even during the hard times in our live, he was always there.”

They have always enjoyed camping in a tent with their family. They have camped with Tom and Roberta Hoiland in the cedars, St. Joe River, and Devil’s Elbow up the North Fork of the Coeur ‘Alene River. They purchased a motor home in 2000 to travel to Arizona to see their son Stewart and made several trips there.

They have five children, two sons; Stewart (who died in 2014 in Arizona), and Mitch and Angel Donohoe of Medimont. Three daughters; Shirlene and Pat Collins of Spokane Valley, Yolanda and Keith Schwartz of Kennewick, and Alisha and Todd McDevitt of Medimont.

They have 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one on the way.

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