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By Luella Dow

Clock never struck midnight on Conrath's fairytale

Of Cabbages and Kings


Bert Conrath stands with his wife of 65 years, Pat Conrath.

Pat Conrath was born in St. Maries, Idaho. The family moved to Emida, Idaho. “My father, William Clute, owned a store,” she said. “We lived there until I was 10. I was number three of six children. We came to Cheney in 1936 so that my older sister could attend Cheney Normal School. Our father got a job at Cheney Weeder and worked there for 25 years.” The family settled in but Pat was not very impressed with the town. What she didn’t know was an exciting surprise was waiting for her.

We’re not quite ready for the surprise. Let’s talk about Bert Conrath. “I was born in Tokio,...

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