Con and Thelma Lindh's home in Bigfoot Valley. Front ro w, Carl Lindh, Ray Scriven, Jack Cuff, Warren Nord. Back row, Thelma (Scriven) Lindh, Clarence Nord, Elva Bender, Con Lindh; Norma Lindh,Cordillia Bender, Alice Scriven Carney , Don Lindh, Beatrice Bender Scriven,, Helbert Bender., Mr.John Scriven, Mrs. Lulla Scriven, Mr Bill Cuff and Mrs. Cora Cuff , .
Carl, Norma and Don, the three children of Con and Thelma Lindh.
A big day at the "swimming hole" in a creek near Buffalo Cap, South Dakota, circa 1935. Norma Lindh, Warren Nord, Bonnie, Wanda, Joyce, Verna, Carl Lindh, and Lyle Nord.
Carl Lindh and Norma Lindh.
Carl Lindh and Ray Scriven in front of their Clayton Service Station, 1946.
In this old photo Mr. Scriven is in the back row on the left, next is Clarence Nord holding son Warren. Lyle Nord is in front of his brother. Carl Lindh is front right.
This is Clyde and Pal. These fellows had a 15 minute radio program on KXLY every morning and also played at Grange dances, Clayton being one of them. The old Grange Hall that now rests on the Nord place was front and center every other Saturday night. They were simply down home country and western. Slim, Clyde's oldest son, died at a young age and Pal took over. Rocky Star was another western entertainer but came to Clayton only once that is remembered.
Con Lindh with baby Carl about 1923 sitting on the running board of "The old Fliver." Carl was born in Montana which just might be why one of his life mottos had to be, "Strangers are only friends we haven't met."
The young man, Carl Lindh in partnership with his Cousin Ray Scriven at their Phillips 66 service station. The full service gas station, Garage, Wrecker service and Bus stop. Not to mention the social gathering place to get warm in the wintertime on a day like the one this photo was taken.
An old timer thinks he can hear Mr. Nord calling the Grange meeting to order.
No. I donot know who this is. But this is the typical rancher in the early to mid 1900s putting up hay. It was always a race against time before it rained. If it was put in the barn wet, it would heat up and you stood a good chance of the entire Barn burning.
Memories of John Green's stall. I am certain I can hear him nickering for his oats.
Must be time to harness the team and head to Clayton for supplies. We have a good 5 gallons of cream. We may get $5 and have enough left over for to get Rainy a nice treat.
There were very few farmers without a few head of dairy cattle. Which meant a bit of chores, such as get them hay, grain and water, cleaning the barn, go get them out in the pasture, maybe put on the kickers, milk them, run the milk through the cream separator, wash the darn thing, bed them down, take the lantern down and blow it out. Go get slicked up and head to town, because it's Saturday night and Fred Swanback and his Buck an ears are playing at the Grange Hall.
This is that very same log home as it stands today. Next page "Rainy Nord"
Ron Zimmerer and his sister Rainy Nord. Ron rode Leno's John Green to victory at the Deer Park Fairgrounds in the early 1960s.
Rainy Zimmerer Nord's mother, Violet Zimmerer.
Mr. Elmer Zimmerer , brother of Lawrence and stepfather of Lorraine Nord. He gave Lorraine her nick name of Rainy many years ago.
Ruth Elvedahl and Violet Zimmerer talking about there 8 years together in the Foreston School at the corner of B
CARL LINDH- Born in Miles City, Montana on March 28, 1924. His family moved to Rapid City-Fairborn area of South Dakota in 1926 or 1927. In 1936 the family moved to Washington where they lived in Big Foot Valley in the Clayton area. Carl served in the army during World War II. On his return from the service Carl and his Uncle Ray Scriven opened the Phillips 66 Service Station in Clayton in 1946. And with his brother Don ran the station and farmed and raised cattle until his death February 21, 2004. Carl was a freshman in the Clayton High School in 1938-39, the last year for high school in Clayton.
Warren Nord, Duane Costa, Maygen Nord, and Lorraine Nord enjoy the 2007 Clayton Fair.
Warren is giving his grandaughter (Catherine Marie Hoffman) a hug at the surprise party. She will be 2 years old 11/17/07 and Tracy Nord Hoffman's little girl!
In September of 1938 Clarence Nord loaded his family into this 1932 Chevrolet Sedan and followed his relatives from Fairburn, South Dakota, to the land of milk and honey Clayton, Washington. They had purchased this Chevrolet in 1936 and it was in the family until the mid 40s.
Gone are the glory days of the Phillips 66 service station. But still standing are Don Lindh, and still working at the present "Phillips 66," and Norma Lindh Burnett, now retired in Florida. Also retired is this building with so many wonderful memories of the inside. Taken February 9, 2008 in its own little corner of Clayton, the skeleton of the Phillips 66 of yesteryear.
The hay mow door on the Nord Ranch. One can wonder the many hay rack loads entered here. But also was this barn ever painted. I would venture yes, but all evidence has long disappeared leaving a patena that is in great demand for Rec. rooms and certain Restraunt interiors.
Heavily involved in the close knit Warren and Rainy Nord family is Rainy's Mother, Violet Zimmerer, as pictured a few pictures above. Sweet Violet gave a member of our Society a guided tour of her home and close neighbors. This is her barn where many happy times are recalled. This is a playground for kids like Rainy in her early youth. In addition the experience of a stable for the great John Greene, Leno Prestini's most trusted steed. That story is told in detail in the Leno pages. Violet's farm was Homesteaded by and known as the Johnson place.
Violet and Rainy pose in front of what Violet fondly refers to as her "Honeymoon Shack." She has many rememberances of her loving gentle husband, Elmer.
Even though this little Honeymoon shack was a very important step for Violet Zimmerer, the journey began long before when three Westby families from Trysil, Norway, settled in the very heart of a new area. The heart being the immeadiate area on Spotted Road and Mason Road on the border of Stevens and Spokane Counties. We will follow that path in the next page, but first we show you the local area.
To the North of Violets home stands this log barn built with timber cut while clearing the land of virgin timber before the turn of the 19th century and is locally known as the Abbott place..
The set of farm building directly south on the same side of Spotted Road is where the story begins. Where Ole T. Westby and his wife Helena built this log home and began their family, one was little Ida, Grandmother of Rainy Zimmerer Nord.
As time passed there were additons to old log home. Lap siding was also added. It was never replaced as was once thought. Violet emphatically states, "The old log house was just covered with lap siding." Violet won't mind telling her age. She is close to 90. The only two places she has lived in Clatyon, in the old log house and where she resides today, less than a half mile away on her farm with "The Honey Moon Shack."