The Harrison Old Time Picnic Committee annually chooses a King and Queen as the royalty for the annual event.
This year’s couple is the epitome of Harrison Old Timers. Tom and Sharon Lamb have lived in the Harrison community their entire lives. Their log cabin is still tucked away in the woods outside of Harrison and their way of life hasn’t changed much over the years. They still live off the land and use solar panels and a generator for their electricity. They had no running water until they had been married for 18 years.
“You install the indoor plumbing and your wife will never use the outhouse again.” Mr. Lamb laughed.
Tom Lamb was born July 25, 1949 to Bill and Eleanor Lamb of Harrison. He went to Harrison Elementary School.
“My favorite place in Old Harrison Elementary School was the kiln room.” Mr Lamb said. “Thursday Wilson was the janitor and she let us visit her there. The large iron door of the boiler room reminded me of a steam engine. I must have been a janitor for a year and took the sign that said no students were allowed.
Mr. Lamb would provide the wood for the steam boiler when he was older. He was told it was one of the last wood-fired boilers in the Northwest.
He was a valedictorian when he graduated from Kootenai High School in 1967.
Working as a lumberjack was Mr. Lamb’s main career, but he worked for Bunker Hill for a season and also built log houses and outbuildings.
He has loved music since he was five years old and Marian Jones would take him with her to barns around the area to entertain the barn members. When he grew up he sang and played his guitar in local bars. He has been the campfire singer for Red Horse Mountain for over 20 years. He had the honor of performing at Expo ’74 with Utah Phillips, a folk music singer.
“We were responsible for providing a program when we visited other barns. Said Marian Jones. “I would ask Tom’s mom if I could steal him for the evening for entertainment.”
Mr. Lamb met Sharon Watland in 1975 while they were both working in the SETA youth program. They cleaned up Harrison Cemetery and painted the old hospital as part of the projects the program offered to young people as paid employment.
They went out together this spring and summer fishing the seawall, picking lingonberries and driving in the mountains.
Sharon Watland was born on June 10, 1956 in Spokane, Washington, to Gerald and Betty Renner. She grew up in Carlin Bay and attended Harrison Elementary School. She went to Kootenai High School and got her GED and attended NIC. She was interested in nursing.
She worked seasonally for the Forest Service Nursery, then went to work for Potlatch. She retired from PotlatchDeltic in 2019.
Tom and Sharon were married on August 24, 1975 at his parents’ house in Carlin Bay. Jack O’Neal presided over the ceremony. Their honeymoon was camping at Freeze Out Pass and returning to Buzzard’s Roost.
“We didn’t know we would be held by the logging trucks and their jake brakes that would drive past our tent all night. Mr. Lamb said.
They had three boys; Josh Lamb in 1977, Joe Lamb in 1978 and Gabe Lamb in 1982. The family enjoyed going to the Coeur d’Alene cattle auctions as a place to socialize and also enjoyed fishing with the family. They now have seven granddaughters and two great grandsons to benefit from.
Sharon has always had a menagerie of animals according to Mr. Lamb. They continued to have a wide variety of animals on their property, including horses, cows, goats, and mules. The boys did 4-H and also raised animals as projects.
“Harrison Jack, the fat ass at the ‘Haul Ass to Harrison’ car show belonged to our family.” Mr Lamb said. “My granddaughter, Courtney Lamb, was taking her around town during the event. “
Mr. Lamb enjoys collecting and selling antique guns at local gun shows. He particularly likes black powder pistols which have a history.
The royal couple will take part in the parade in a 1974 MG Roadster convertible they previously owned.
“My son, Randy Hayes, bought the Roadster in Moscow. Said Arlene Cederblom of Harrison. “He later found out that it was originally owned by Tom and Sharon Lamb. He offered to let them use it for the parade and they were thrilled with the idea.
Their coronation is Friday evening July 23 at the Harrison Grange. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck (meat will be provided, bring sides and desserts) followed by the coronation and live music by Harvey Stanley.