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Patrick Keane is the answer for Week 164 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Born in Ireland

Tuesday: Post Office

Wednesday: Originally gave his attention to mining near Pierce

Thursday: Homesteaded in Weippe for 16 years

Friday: Was postmaster for Fraser

Saturday: Brother Dennis farmed in Fraser

Monday: Married Mary Greer

Tuesday: A staunch Republican

Wednesday: Came to the U.S. in 1867

According to History of North Idaho, Patrick Keane was born in Ireland march 16, 1844. He came to the United States in 1867 and after a year in Boston, made his way west to Pierce. He first was involved in mining and later took a homestead on the Weippe Prairie. He stayed there for 16 years. For six years, he was postmaster in Fraser. In July 1899, he became postmaster in Greer.

On Dec. 31, 1885, he married Mary Greer. She died at age 52 and they had no children.

He was a staunch Republican.

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This was an inside view of the first Post Office in Greer. Patrick Keane was postmaster in 1901. (Photo courtesy of Clearwater Historical Museum)

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