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Emery Noble is the answer for Number 520 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Played tuba in the band

Tuesday: Worked on several houses in Orofino

Wednesday: A Marine

According to Genealogy Buff ( Emery Noble was born Oct. 18, 1919 in Deer Park, WA. He and his family moved to a farm on Gilbert Grade and he attended Gilbert School until it closed. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1937. He was active in the school band where he played tuba. By the time Emery had graduated from high school, he had already enlisted in the Marine Corps. He celebrated his 18th birthday in Shanghai while he was stationed in China.

He was a member the Marine unit that was the first to land on enemy-held territory in the Solomon Islands Aug. 7, 1942. He later participated in the battle of Tarawa and in the invasions of Saipan and Tinian. In all, he was in the Marines for 8 years. He met his future wife, Nancy Cromie in Wellington, New Zealand when he was stationed nearby. They were married in Wellington after a six-month courtship. They spent two years apart and were reunited in Lewiston after the war. She had to travel for 21 days on a broken down troop ship to New Orleans and then by train to Lewiston.

Emery worked for Roy Brooks, building houses and he took pride in having worked on many homes in Orofino. For extra money he played in a dance band with Wayne Shriver and Mary Lou Snook Dion. He was also the all-purpose fix-it man for the school district for 25 years.

His first love was working in his shop and after retiring, he took up stained glass and building oak doll furniture and toys. Winemaking was another interest. He studied drafting by correspondence and designed the gazebo at the Orofino City Park which was built by the Rotary Club.

Emery was president of the Clearwater Memorial Public Library board and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296, the historical society and the Orofino Dance Club. He also belonged to the United Methodist Church.

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