Chamber Member Spotlight

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White Bird AntiquesWhite Bird Antiques Foskett Bldg
170 River Street
White Bird, ID 83554
Pat & Bruce Ringsmith, Owners


When was your organization founded/established?

Our first location was the Haney House in 2005. Two years later we relocated to our present site, the Foskett building. I have been a collector for over 30 years. It doesn’t seem possible that we have been in White Bird for over 15 years now.

Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

WeWhite Bird Antiques Photo 1 deal in antiques and collectibles. The antique business has changed over the years. It is becoming more and more difficult to find quality merchandise. Bruce and I work very hard to find items for our store; sometimes we have to “beat the bushes” to acquire goods worthy of our selection. We try to buy smart so that we can pass on savings to our customers. And we are continually offering new merchandise so that our customers will return again and again. There is “something for everyone” in our shop…we stress quality and variety.

Bruce and I pride ourselves in the fact that we have many repeat customers. We have both kinds of customers, collectors and those who just appreciate things from the past. We stay in contact with our clientele; we know their wants and needs. We take requests for particular items and do our best to find what our customers are seeking.

Our establishment is neat and clean and well-organized. Our wares are in excellent condition, nothing broken; we carefully choose what we display. We want our customers to have a pleasant browsing/shopping experience.


What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

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We do not sell online. We prefer to have our merchandise in the store so buyers can see items firsthand. We feel this brings people back.

We enjoy sharing our interest in the “days gone by” with our customers. We encourage folks to stop by just to chat, if they so desire. We learn so much from people; and they can learn from us and our interest in history of White Bird and Idaho County.

Our store is not just about “old stuff.” We have many items very much suitable as gifts for various occasions. If you need something special for a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas, Mother’s Days, Father’s Day, a wedding, you should stop by. You just might find that perfect and unique gift.


What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Bruce and I have a sincere interest in the history of White Bird, in particular, and in the history of Idaho County, in general. We have tried to learn as much as we can about this area. It is so very rich with interesting people and stories. We love the history here, and we love sharing our knowledge with others. We have a local family history book and can answer questions about the history here.

We enjoy buying pieces from local estates. We become familiar with our purchases, and we can tell you something about a particular piece’s history.

There are plans in our future to develop our side lot to house a museum. We look forward to that day so that we can enlarge our “history” section of the business.

Our current location has quite a bit of history of its own. The Dr. Wilson Foskett Home and Drugstore was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Foskett was doctor who became a pharmacist to be able to provide medicines to his patients. Foskett was a highly respected and beloved member of the community. It was a saddened citizenry when he died in a car accident in April 1924. It is suspected that he fell asleep while driving upon his return from delivering a baby at a patient’s home. We often have visitors to the shop coming to see “where Doc Foskett lived.”

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Bruce and I love the history here. It is the history part of being an antique dealer that appeals to us, almost as much as the objects themselves. We find the “treasure hunt,” the finding that something special, very exhilarating.

We love meeting new people from all over the area—and the world. We have had visitors from Sweden, Australia, Mexico, and Canada, just to name a few places.

Just recently we had some visitors from the Everest family, a founding family of White Bird.

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

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We don’t do a lot of advertising on our own, so we appreciate that as a Chamber member we can be showcased on the website. The Chamber is a good way to become involved in the community.

We joined the many years ago in an effort to help this community. White Bird has great potential and possibility. We hope that we have contributed in some way to its betterment—and we will continue to do so in the future.

The White Bird Chamber not only supports local businesses but also seeks to advance the civic interests of the town. We live (and work) in White Bird, love this town, and wish to see it thrive. We believe the Chamber helps in this goal.

We are interested in the town now, in preserving its past history, and look forward to its future growth.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Stop by and visit with us. We are always getting in new things that might be of interest. Our selection is varied: everything from farm equipment, holsters, saddles, and bear traps to cut glass, crocks, aprons, and textiles. We have a room dedicated to vintage clothing which is very popular.

We have a warm, friendly, comfortable atmosphere in which to browse to your heart’s content.


Photo attribution (Foskett Home): By JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ, MD


Cook and Sons Aerial ViewCook and Sons Construction, LLC
11 Lamb Lane
Grangeville, ID 83530

When was your organization founded/established?

Cook & Sons Construction has been family owned and operated since August 1, 1995.  The original founders were Dan and Lynn Cook and Dan’s parents Gary and Bobbie Cook.  Current members include Dan and Lynn Cook and son Brandon and his wife, Jessica.

Describe your organization.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We are a licensed, bonded and insured partnership company.  We are primarily an excavation company and much of our work is done under federal contract.  We have also done work for the county and state.  Our activities include, but are not limited to, trucking, bridges, road building, retaining walls, drainage structures, and utilities.  We also sell new and used culverts.

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Our motto is  “A reputation built on solid ground.”  Cook and Sons have never failed to meet a contract deadline or completed any work by performance bond.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are one of the larger, local employers.  And we employ our workers year-round.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are always accepting applications for employment.    We strive for quality work and customer satisfaction.  We have worked hard to get where we are today! We take pride in our work and seek to exceed industry standards.  We encourage contact with our previous contract owners for references.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

The nature of our business is very versatile; we do everything from road construction to wastewater treatment facilities.  You may have noticed Cook and Sons equipment in White Bird recently.  We are actively involved in the upgrade to the Wastewater System (Photos below).

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Work Progress in White Bird
February and April 2019




Over the past 24 plus years we have become specialized in culvert installations, stream restoration and associated good stewardship practices that go along with this type of construction.

The year 2020 will mark our 25th year in business.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

We have been members of the White Bird community since 1990, and we support our “hometown” in many of the local functions such as the Rodeo, the Library, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Halloween Party.  We are members of Sacred Heart Church, and Jessica is a member of the American Legion Post 152.  We actively seek involvement in our community.

Cook and Sons has had long time relationships with other White Bird businesses.

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We live in White Bird and have raised our family here.  We care about the community and want to support it in whatever ways we can.  The Chamber keeps us updated and informed.

Although we can’t always attend the Chamber meetings, we are interested in what is happening in our town.  We appreciate the link to our website on  The Chamber is good advertisement for our business.

We appreciate being “in the Spotlight.”  This is a very nice benefit of Chamber membership.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Feel free to visit our new facility on Lamb Lane in Grangeville.  Our new building opened in January of 2018.  You would be most welcome!


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The American Legion Post 152
White Bird, Idaho
13654 Highway 95 S.
White Bird, ID  83554
Walt Lindsey, Commander

When was your organization founded/established?

There was an American Legion Post active in the 80s; but, for various reasons, it disbanded.  Post 152 was “resurrected” in 2016 with rather an interesting story.  There was a veteran in town suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and the locals rallied to help with the VA.  This led to the question, “Are there other vets like this that we can assist?”  Then, we need to bring the Post back to life.  There are 88 people in the town of White Bird; Post 152 has 107 members!  Our Post is the fastest growing post in the nation!

Describe your organization.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Our goal is to support and advocate for veterans.  We help veterans coordinate their benefits and assist with claims.  We participated in the recent debate about keeping VA services as part of Syringa Hospital.  We are part of the over 10,000 veterans in Idaho, which means lobbying power with the state legislature (and nationally).  We make our needs known!  We partner with other groups such as the VFW.

Some of our activities include assisting with veteran burials at the White Bird Cemetery District.  We help with cemetery cleanup, provide flags for veterans, hold flag changing ceremonies.  Our big project at present is Veterans’ Memorial Park.  The second phase of construction, which is set for completion by Memorial Day, will be the installation of two ceremonial fire pits, granite benches and granite slabs inscribed with the names of White Bird veterans dating back to the Indian wars.  Phase three will be landscaping, ADA access, and the installation of a bathroom.  The post is selling pavers help fund the park work.

We help within our own community providing whatever help is needed.  We are White Bird’s “go-to” group when something needs doing!!  We help the community of White Bird in many and varied ways.  This winter truckloads of wood were donated.  We split and delivered firewood to persons in the community who couldn’t provide this much needed heat source for themselves.  We have assisted other groups whenever called upon:  the Rebekahs, the Fire Department, the QRU, and Medical & Relief.

The Legion is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.  100% of the funds we receive go back into the community (Veterans’ Memorial Park, for instance).

Our motto is probably “That’s how we roll.”  We get involved with the community and “don’t argue about the kind of coffee we drink.”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are here to help the community.  We can offer financial support or by physically doing the work.  Whoever needs us, we are there to help.  Our veterans come first; but community is a close second.

A few of our other community activities include cooking sausage at the Joe Wilson Sausage Breakfasts, and assisting with the Christmas stockings distributed at the White Bird Christmas festivities.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

We have been recognized by state and national American Legions in the Legion magazine which has over 11 million subscribers.

The American Legion sponsors baseball teams anywhere in the district (we are in District 2, the Camas Prairie, which includes White Bird, Grangeville, Kooskia, Kamiah, Nezperce, Craigmont, Moscow, Orofino, and Elk City).  An Idaho team has gone to the World Series for the past two years!  (American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs.)

This year is the 100-year anniversary of the American Legion.  We will have ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 27, at our Memorial Park.  We will start the flag ceremony and reading of the names followed by a 21-gun salute at 11:11 on Monday.  At noon the we will be in the park for a flag ceremony, 21-gun salute, fire lighting, and quilts of valor presentations.  We have invited several dignitaries to attend this celebration including the governor of Idaho and our representative, Priscilla Giddings.  And we hope to have national press coverage from the American Legion magazine.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when we help individuals and the community.  We sense the gratitude and appreciation of the people we assist.  There is no better feeling!

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Being a Chamber member helps us become more aware of community happenings—and needs.  Because of being part of the Chamber, we were asked to assist at a BBQ in Riggins.  The Chamber helps with networking within the town and in the outlying communities.  The Chamber helps to promote our organization in many ways.  We have a spot on the website to help make our presence known.  The Chamber helps us with community involvement and support.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The last weekend in June will see our 3rd annual Crawdad Feed.  I, Walt Lindsey, am President of the American Legion Riders in Area A.  The riders are motorcycle enthusiasts of the Northwest.  I hope to make White Bird and the Crawdad Feed a destination ride.  On Friday, June 28, is the American Legion Riders Legacy Ride.  We will leave White Bird at 11 a.m. for the ride/tour.  On Saturday, June 29, the Crawdad Boil begins at 4 p.m.  It promises to be another outstanding event for us!

Also, in June (15), during White Bird Days, you will be able to see us outside, next to Red’s Café for our BBQ.  Please stop by and say “hello” and treat yourself to some tasty fixins’.


Barnett Rentals Photo 1 for Member SpotlightBarnett Rentals Photo 2 for Member SpotlightBarnett’s Idaho Vacation Rentals
White Bird and Meadows Valley


When was your business founded/established?

Our venture into the world of rental properties began in 2017.  My husband and I own a ranch in New Meadows, and we are scaling down our ranch enterprise and beginning to look forward to retirement.  The sale of some property gave us some money for investment.  We offer two vacation rentals, one in Meadows Valley and the other in White Bird.

Describe your Business.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Experience it all…beautiful views, serenity, peace, and privacy.  Easy access to the best that Central Idaho offers.  An abundance of wildlife, thousands of miles of State and Federal land to explore, hiking, biking, riding ATVs, birding, fishing, hunting, white water rafting…and oh yes, the wildflowers in the Spring!  It’s all available to you here.  We offer a charming home in White Bird with beautiful views of the mountains and the Salmon River.  You can rent a whole house at an affordable price.  Families and groups can relax and have a more enjoyable vacation experience.

Our properties are your “home away from home.”  In rural settings, one can have peace and quiet and privacy.  But we are close enough to all the action and activity the surrounding area has to offer.  This is a good place to relax and do nothing at all; or, for the outdoor minded person, to be active in the fresh air!

Our website has photos of our rentals and detailed descriptions of all the amenities offered.  There are also photos of the surrounding area and all the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Please take a look.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We provide a family friendly atmosphere at both rentals.  We are conveniently located in Central Idaho—close to all the action.

We are always available to our customers to provide whatever they might need.  But, if you want privacy, we can handle that too!

Spend your next getaway with us at one of our vacation rentals.  You will enjoy the breathtaking views.  Lots of space to relax and lots of amenities.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Our rentals are one of the few places in the area providing spacious accommodations.  We offer a comfortable in-home setting and provide a unique vacation experience.

Staying at a vacation rental is less expensive and more comfortable than some other lodging offerings.

At our Meadows Valley property, you just might be able to watch some ranch activities first-hand (in warmer weather, of course) since we deal in registered Angus cattle.

Cliff Barnett is an avid hunter and fisherman and knows a great deal about this area.  He can give expert advice to the pro or the novice about the out-of-doors in this area.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Our rental properties have provided us with the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life.  We enjoy our visitors very much.  We have had renters from as far away as Oklahoma and Arizona.

Our business provides a place to stay for folks visiting the area, folks attending family get-togethers in the area (such as family reunions and funerals).  We take pride in our ability to provide comfortable and affordable lodging when away from your own home.

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

My main reason for joining the Chamber was to advertise on the website.  I also wanted more contact with other Chamber members.  I feel the Chamber of Commerce is good for promoting my business; connections with other members is very helpful from a business standpoint.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am an artist working with many media.  I am a member of the Salmon River Art Guild and the Central Idaho Artists Association.  In the future I hope to have some of my works on display in our rentals.  I am particularly interested in focusing on the western way of life as a way of recording what I feel is a disappearing lifestyle.  I enjoy painting dilapidated barns, homesteads, and other buildings; livestock, and wildlife.  I want to share my love of ranching and the out-of-doors with others.


Canyon House LogoCanyon House Photo
The Canyon House
128 White Bird Rd
White Bird, ID 83554

When was your business founded/established?

The Canyon House started the first day of Spring in 2003.  We will be celebrating 16 years in business on March 21, 2019.

Describe your Business.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We offer unique gifts, espresso, and lodging in our spacious vacation rental.  We are a fully stocked liquor store.  We have made-in-Idaho wines.  In addition, we function as the official headquarters of the White Bird Chamber.  There is lots of information about this area available in the brochure rack.  We advertise for local jet boat companies.  Several of the staff are quite knowledgeable about White Bird and its surroundings.  Ask a question; they have the answers.  Visitors and town residents alike enjoy conversing with the owners and staff.  We are the “You gotta stop shop!”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are reliable.  We are open 7 days a week with convenient hours to serve you.  If we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you!  Just make your request known.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Most people know about our store offerings, but fewer know about our vacation rental.  We rent a spacious suite for personal or business use.  Over the years many travelers have taken advantage of our accommodations.  At times we have entertained persons who have had vehicle breakdowns or encountered severe weather conditions and stayed with us until they could move on.  We always enjoy our quests.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

We most enjoy the opportunity to meet-and-greet many different people from many different places.  Conversing with visitors and local residents alike makes for an interesting day.  We learn from them, and they learn from us.  People like to talk and visit at our store; we are an informal “chat room.”

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Chamber membership provides us with an opportunity to advertise and promote our business.  We also enjoy the many activities the Chamber sponsors, and we contribute to and participate in them in order to help this community.

We look forward to a continued relationship with the Chamber and its assistance in promoting our business and this town of White Bird.

The most valuable aspect of our membership, we feel, is advertisement.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We (Verna, Joaquin, and Nicole) would like to thank everyone in the community for their great support these past 16 years.