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Carlson: Recalling 22nd Idaho Guv

By any measure, he was an extraordinary man. That he had a winning bedside manner is incontestable. Besides being a beloved “family doctor” who for 28 years delivered most of the babies born in Benewah County, he was an active community leader, a man of many interests, especially in political and public affairs. Dr. C.A. “Doc” Robins, Idaho’s 22nd governor, was the right man in the right place at the right time in Idaho history. The first of the modern, post World War II governors, he set Idaho on a solid course into the future, shepherding through the Legislature new laws that created the State Building Fund, the Tax Commission, the Department of Labor while revamping Idaho’s antiquated prisons, revising its workman’s comp program, removing the highway department from the patronage system and forcing consolidation of Idaho’s 1,100 school districts into less than 200. Yet today one can travel the length and breadth of Benewah County and not find a single public reference to one of Idaho’s most accomplished governors ever having lived and worked in St. Maries/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Who is your favorite Idaho governor? Why?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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