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Henry Sebring is the answer for Number 516 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Pete King Fire started near here.

Tuesday: He had gone hunting.

Wednesday: They found his body.

Thursday: He had become separated from his companion.

Friday: 1908

Saturday: Early December

Tuesday: They whipsawed pine in the forest to make his coffin.

Henry Sebring and set off hunting with W. Sensney of Kooskia, an experienced woodsman in early December 1908. On Dec. 3, after camping at Syringa, the started off on the first leg of their trip. After traveling about two miles they became separated. Rangers began a search for the young man began the next day, but they did not meet with success. Tracks were discovered in the snow on Big Smith Creek, and later the paper in which his lunch had been wrapped was found, according to an article in the Idaho Statesman Dec. 15, 1908.

Snow then obliterated his tracks. The next day the party found where Sebring had crossed the divide into Pete King Creek, nine miles from the mouth. Tracks were found going in a circle. He spent the night in a hollow tree.

Bert Cressler and Tony Lock, both forest experts, kept on the trail and found him face down in a snow bank, his gun lying three rods away. He had traveled about 30 miles and died of strain and exposure in the Clearwater mountains, the article says.

Sebring was buried on Pete King Creek, a branch of the Lochsa River, by Forest Service men and trappers. The grave is near where the 1934 Pete King Fire started. According to The Clearwater Story: A History of the Clearwater National Forest those men who buried him blazed his name on a cedar with theirs below it.

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