A shortage of harvest workers in 1943 is the answer for Week 295 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.
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Monday: A critical need
Tuesday: World War II a major factor
Wednesday: County agent asked for help
Farmers in Clearwater County were in desparate need of men to help with hay harvest and hoeing beans during the late summer of 1943 because so many were away with the military in World War II.
County agent Clyde Stranahan and employment officials were suggesting that one solution was for those who lived in the city and had not taken their vacation do so and come help with the vital war crops. It was also suggested that stores close part time for a short period to free up workers.
This situation is a sharp contrast to the high unemployment Clearwater County is currently experiencing.
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