Logging camp flunkeys is the answer for Week 356 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.
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Monday: It had a funny name.
Tuesday: There was a change with World War II
Wednesday: They usually worked in remote areas.
Thursday: Their duties were varied.
Friday: They didn't need prior experience.
Saturday: Their primary duties related to feeding lumberjacks.
Flunkeys worked in the cookhouses of remote logging camps acting as waitresses, and other duties such as peeling potatoes, setting tables, cleaning up and scrubbing the floors. Margaret Fine in her book Fun in the Woods describes what it was like working at the camps. She said there had always been flunkeys, but during World War II when there was a manpower shortage, they started hiring women. She worked at a Potlatch Camp to raise funds to go to college.
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