Issue: Good-bye, ‘Big Jim’: Friends honor late owner of Athol, Idaho, tavern/Erica Curless, Spokesman-Review
Key Paragraph: Big Jim (shown above in family photo) was born in Minnesota on the 200th birthday of President George Washington, Feb. 22, 1932, the oldest of six children. After high school, Big Jim served in the U.S. Army. He soon moved to southern California and worked at a paper mill for 32-years.
DFO: I was struck that Big Jim and his wife, Syd, bought the bar in the late 1980s and then became a fixture in Athol after they moved from California to run it. Joe Peak of the Enaville Resort also is an ex-Californian, I believe.
Question: Do California immigrants play a bigger role in the Inland Northwest than we’re willing to admit?