They may never have got to hear Johnny Cash in person, but they are related to him. "He's a cousin," smiled Carol (Smith) Cash. She found out through her genealogy research and some networking.
Melvin was born and raised in White Bird while Carol was born in Washington and moved to Grangeville where the two met in high school. He graduated in 1952 and she in 1953, marring soon afterwards. The two eloped, saying their vows in Weiser. "It was the first town we came to that looked like a good place to stop," Melvin smiled. The judge didn't have a witness, so he went out and arrested a guy for not paying his parking meter, and he became our witness.
The couple raised four boys, on son was killed in a bicycle accident in Poulsbo, Washington in 1982. The spent time shuttling cars for whitewater companies and Carol is a past Rebekah member.
The couple will be celebrating 64 years of marriage this year, so what Is the secret? "I am very independent, but you have to be able to overlook a lot of faults & discuss your problems," Carol said, and "you cannot run home to mama! Don't let things boil & know forgiveness is the key." Melvin smiled and agreed. They enjoy living on White Bird's main street, across from the IOOF Hall, where they can watch the parades and other town activities during White Bird Days.
They are both excited to have been chosen as this year's Grand Marshals for the White Bird Days and Rodeo. They welcome everyone to our small town and hope you will join them for a fun-filled weekend.
Welcome to the 28th Annual White Bird Days Rodeo! I would like to invite everyone to come and
enjoy our small town rodeo, set along the Salmon River.
I am Cassie Chandler, 15 years old, and attend Grangeville High School where I am a freshman this year. I am involved in volleyball and softball. My parents are Travis and Chandra Chandler of Slate Creek, Idaho. I lost my older brother in 2004 and I have a younger brother, Trace.
When I am not participating in sports, I am riding my horses. Aside from Cowboy, I will also be riding my 16 year old horse, Tuff to the parades and rodeos while representing the White Bird Rodeo. I am a past Riggins Rodeo Queen and involved in the Fenn Livestock 4-H Club.
"In White Bird, friends are more like family", as in my queen speech I mentioned that my dad and I were in a life-threatening accident in 2013. This when my hometown came together to help in the much needed support for me and my family. "I believe in paying it forward: so representing White Bird as queen, would not only be an honor, but also a way to give back to the homwtown in a positive way."
First and foremost, my love is ranching with my family and trying to build my family's cattle herd.
Emma Marteen Blanthorn has been chosen by Queen Cassie to help her, by carrying the White Bird Rodeo flag. Emma is 12 years old and was born in Burley, Idaho to Sam and Tawni Blanthorn. She has called Grouse Creek, Utah her home for the better part of her life until they decided to move to New Meadows. Up until November of 2015, she attended a two- room school house where grades K-10 were taught. We only had 10 kids in school when we left for Idaho. I am very excited for the opportunity to ride and help promote the great little town of White Bird, so come on out and enjoy Father's Day weekend, along the Salmon RIver, taking in the rodeo!