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George Erb is the answer for Week 404 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: His father fought for the Confederacy and then became an Indian scout.
Tuesday: Following his father's death, his mother moved the family to Oregon.
Wednesday: He snowshoed from Weston, OR to Lewiston.
Thursday: While in Lewiston, he taught school.
Friday: He was mayor of Lewiston for a time.
Saturday: Founded a hardware store in Greer.
Monday: Married Mary Dowd
Tuesday: Chaired the central committee of the Democratic Party before coming to Greer
Wednesday: Was school superintendent in Lewiston
Thursday: Was elected probate judge in Lewiston
Friday: Opened the store in 1901
Saturday: Was associated with Horace Gamble, Charles Stenzel, William Varner and John Bush, among others is building up the town of Greer
George Erb, one of Greer's early prominent businessmen, was born in 1866 in Missouri, according to the Clearwater County history series written by John Bradbury. Erb's father fought for the Confederacy and then worke das an Indian scout. Following his death, his mother moved the family to Weston, OR. In 1889, young Erb snowshoed from Weston to Lewiston.
While in Lewiston Erb taught school, was elected probate judge,school superintendent and mayor, chaired the central committee of the Democratic Party and was a trustee of the Normal School.
He left all those pursuits behind for the new, busting town of Greer where he opened a hardware store. He was probably also attracted to Greer by Mary Dowd whom he married a year later. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants Michael and Elizabeth Dowd. Before homesteading at Fraser, Michael Dowd worked as a pioneer blacksmith at Pierce City during the gold rush, Bradbury writes.
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