The first of my family settled in North Idaho in 1884. On my mother’s side my great-great grandfather was a blacksmith in Delta, Idaho, My great grandfather was a blacksmith in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My grandfather and his father owned a dairy up Wolfe Lodge Creek, Kootenai County, where my mother was born. My mother graduated from Wallace High School in 1945. She completed nurses training at the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington.
On my father’s side the earliest arrival was somewhere before 1910. A set of G-G grand parents and G-grand parents were farmers in Dudley Idaho. All four of them rest in the Rose Lake, Idaho Cemetery. My father was born in a house behind the Kellogg Cemetery. He attended Kellogg High School.
I graduated from Kellogg High School in 1969.
I completed the North Idaho College Millwright program in 1983. I accomplished this 11-month 5-day a week program while working graveyard shift as a shaft repairman at the Coeur Mine.
I graduated from the University of Idaho, with Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering in 1997.
I worked in law enforcement in Kellogg, Idaho beginning in 1973 for five years full time and an additional three years part time. I had reached the rank of Asst. Chief when I left the department. I was responsible for overseeing 27 full and part time employees in the department.
I spent 10 years as an underground mine laborer and maintenance mechanic until the closure of the Coeur Mine in 1991 due to low metal prices.
I returned to college at North Idaho College as an engineering student for two years before transferring to the University of Idaho to complete my degree. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. After graduation, I worked as a Mine Engineer, Project Engineer, Technical Service Manager and finally as the General Manger of two mines. When I retired I was the General Manager of the Galena Mine near Wallace, Idaho.
My wife and I have been married 47-years and raised two sons. Both sons have served in the military, one a marine and one in the army. The one in the army served a tour of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Both boys are married and each have a son and a daughter. They both reside with their families in Idaho and work in the mining industry. One works as an underground supervisor and the other as the General Manager of the mine (U of I degree in Metallurgical Engineering). Both of the sons wife’s obtained degrees from the University of Idaho one in mathematics and the other in political science. One is a house wife and one works as a high school teacher.