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Claude Richard Barnes was born July 5, 1893, in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho, to Richard Oliver and Mable Barnes at the Family homestead on Neider Avenue. He graduated from High school in 1912. During World War I Claude attended the University of Washington and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was the last of the big steamboat captains on Lake Coeur d’ Alene and spent most of his lake career as captain of the steamer, Flyer, last of the excursion liners.
Constructed in the summer of 1906 and launched the following October, the Flyer was one of the most admired steamboats on Lake Coeur d’ Alene for over thirty years. Pete Johnson, Coeur d’ Alene’s master boat builder for many years, considered the Flyer to be his masterpiece. With Claude as its captain, the Flyer was making excursions from Coeur d’ Alene to St. Maries until 1937. In the summer of 1938, it was deliberately burned on Lake Coeur d’ Alene by its owner, Potlach Forests. Claude was married in 1919 to Ellena Amanda Larson of St. Maries. They had five children: Maxine Edna, Claude Richard Jr., John Frederick, Ina Lee, and Lawrence Almund. At the time of his death May 24th,
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