Location: Canyon County ID

Prominent Cities and Towns of the State

Boise, The Capital City The following descriptive article is an excerpt from the souvenir edition of the Boise Sentinel, issued in June 1897: So much has been said and written and sung of “Boise, the Beautiful,” that the task of saying any-thing new seems utterly hopeless; and of this there is little need. While those who have made their homes here from the beginning, and those who from year to year have come to stay, might naturally be expected to be most fervent in their praises, they have not always been the happiest in laying appropriate tributes before the shrine of the object of their love and admiration. Strangers and transient visitors have often been more fortunate in their offerings. Perhaps the first question that arises in the mind of a stranger in regard to this locality is why was it so named. After more than a third of a century has passed since the first human habitation was erected on the present site of the town, and after the story has been so often repeated in print, the inquiry continues to be daily made. Why Boise? Briefly, this is what the ancient chroniclers tell of the origin of the name: In the summer of 1834 a party of French Canadian voyagers, belonging to the expedition of Captain Bonneville (whose explorations and adventures were afterward immortalized by the pen...

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Biography of William (Bill) Womack

William (Bill) Womack, son of John William and Martha Thompson, left Wallowa around 1910 to take up a homestead near Wilder, Idaho. There he married Nellie Mae Pack. Nellie Mae Pack 1889-1934, a daughter of John Henry Pack and Lucy Ann Maria (Carter) Pack, lived in Wallowa from 1898 to 1903. She, with her family came from Beckley, West Virginia, by train, as far as Idaho, then accompanied by the Oscar Bidler family, traveled by wagon train to the Wallowa Valley. John Pack lived on a farm on Whiskey Creek, and Nellie, her brothers and sisters, attended what was then the Willow Springs School. Later the family moved to Roswell, Idaho. On 1 January 1912, William Womack and Nellie Pack were married and lived on his homestead until 1 July 1919 when he moved back to Wallowa to his father’s (John W. Womack) homestead, living there until 1941. They had five children: Marley Osborne 1912-1952. He married Bertha Nona Winters in 1937. They lived near Wallowa. Marley served several years as City Marshal and worked at the Boman Hicks Mill. They had three children. Janice (Smith) lives in Vancouver, Washington, Joyce (Beeman) lives near La Grande. A son Vernon was drowned at the age of 13. Wilma Lucille 1914-. She married Alvin Hawkins. Their home is on Diamond Prairie. They had two daughters. Judith Ann (Hauser) has three children...

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Snyder, Josephine Edwards – Obituary

East Oregonian, May 11, 1990 Graveside funeral services for Josephine Snyder will be held at Olney Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Mrs. Snyder, 80, of Pendleton, died Wednesday, May 9, 1990, at Delamarter Care Center in Pendleton. She was born May 19, 1909 at Wilderville, Ore., to Andrew Jackson and Mary Alice Terry Edwards. She attended school in the Portland area and attended college at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. Mrs. Snyder enjoyed sewing; she crocheted many afghans. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include her husband, John of Pendleton; sons, Richard Hyde of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Robert Hyde of Seattle; stepson, Jack Snyder of Stanfield; stepdaughters, Isabelle Swett of Long Beach, Calif., and Catherine Bell of Cypress, Calif.; a brother Andy Edwards in Southern California; sisters, Grace Peters in Southern California and Helen Lehr of St. Louis, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, directly or through Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph W. Jaensch

2nd Lt. Joseph W. Jaensch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jaensch Sr. of Alder Slope. He was born at Eatonville, Wash, on Sept 10, 1917 and attended grade school at Hurricane Creek, Alder, Reavis and Enterprise. He graduated from the senior high school at Nampa, Idaho in 1935. He took vocal lessons from Stephen Jenick for over three years and has done some singing on the radio. He worked for the Boeing Aircraft company in Seattle two years before he entered the service on April 12, 1943, receiving his first training at Santa Ana, Calif. From...

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Biography of Erwin A. Rieger

The subject of this sketch is one of the younger men who have achieved brilliant success in the business world of the west, being located in Ontario, where he has an important interest in the Oregon Forwarding Company. one of the largest general merchandise establishments of the eastern part of Oregon, which owes much of its unbounded success to the keen business ability- and fine executive force of Mr. Rieger. The birth of Erwin A. occurred in Ludwigburg, Germany, on January 28, 1873, being the son of Frederick J. and Mary (Kiesel) Rieger. The father was a leading attorney of his country, and our subject received a good education in the common schools and in the Heilbronn King Carli College, then studied law and was admitted to its practice in his native town at the age of twenty-one. Soon after this import-ant event, he bade the fatherland adieu, took farewell of friends and embarked for the United States. The spring of 1894 marks the date of his landing in New York, having sailed in the steamer Scandia. From the metropolis he came direct to Ogden, then to Parma, Idaho. He visited these places and others for the purpose of getting acquainted with the American people and their ways, and also he devoted some time to farming, then went to Haley, Idaho, and thence to Salt Lake City, where he...

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Biography of George Little

The list of the leading citizens of Caldwell contains the name of Judge George Little, one of the representative and honored citizens of Canyon County. His record as a soldier, as an official and as a business man has been so honorable that he has gained the confidence and good will of all with whom he has been brought in contact, and as probate judge and superintendent of public instruction he won still higher encomiums from his fellow men by reason of the fidelity and ability which he manifested in the discharge of his duties. He retired from office in January 1899. A native of Kentucky, Judge Little was born in Daviess County, July 15, 1839, and is of Scotch and English descent. The original American ancestors of the family located in Massachusetts, and the branch to which our subject belongs was afterward planted in Charleston, South Carolina. Later generations of the family removed to Kentucky, where Wesley Morgan Little, the father of the Judge, was born, in 1814. In early life he learned the wheelwright’s trade, but afterward engaged in farming. His wife bore the maiden name of Henrietta Waltrip, and belonged to one of the old families of Culpeper County, Virginia. Her father was one of the prominent residents of that County and held various positions of honor and trust. In politics the father of Judge Little...

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Biography of Hon. John C. Rice

John Campbell Rice, president of the Commercial Bank of Caldwell and a prominent member of the bar of Canyon County, is numbered among the native sons of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Cass County, that state, January 27, 1864. He is of Welsh descent, tracing his ancestry back to the Welsh emigrants of the name who located in the colony of Massachusetts during the early settlement of America. Later, members of the family removed to Tennessee. The grandfather, Ebenezer Rice, removed with his family from Tennessee to Illinois in 1839. Elbert Gallatin Rice, the father, was born in Tennessee in 1823, and was accordingly sixteen years of age when he accompanied his parents to the Prairie state, their home being in what was then Morgan County, but is now Scott County. In his younger years he adhered to the faith of the Baptist church, but afterward united with the Christian church and entered the work of the ministry. By occupation he was a farmer and owned and operated a tract of land, but each Sunday he was found in the house of worship proclaiming the gospel to those who sought to know of the better life. His death occurred in the sixty-ninth year of his age. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Ann Camp, was a relative of General Putnam and a great-granddaughter of General...

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Biography of Alexander S. Robertson

In the field of political life and commercial activity Alexander S. Robertson has won distinction, and today is numbered among the leading, influential and honored citizens of Nampa. A young man, he possesses the enterprising spirit of the west, which has been the dominant factor in producing the wonderful development of this section of the country. Brooking no obstacles that honest effort can overcome, he has steadily worked his way upward until, having long since left the ranks of the many, he today stands among the successful few. A native of Ontario, he was born in Elgin County, June 22, 1863, and when a child of two years was taken to Whiteside County, Illinois, by his parents, J. A. and Christina (McFarlane) Robertson. They made their home in Morrison and the father was accounted one of the industrious and leading farmers of that community. In 1878 the father removed with his family to Exeter, Fillmore County, Nebraska, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until 1883, when he went to Custer County, Nebraska, and engaged in the banking business, being president of the State Bank at Arnold for several years. In 1890 he took up his residence in Boise, where he still makes his home. He has put aside all business cares, and now in his sixty-fifth year is enjoying the rest which he has so truly earned and richly...

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Biography of Frederick S. Kohler, M. D.

The wise system of industrial economics which has been brought to bear in the development of Nampa has challenged uniform admiration, for while there has been steady advancement in material lines there has been an entire absence of that inflation of values and that erratic “booming” which have in the past proved the eventual death knell to many of the localities in the west, where “mushroom towns” have one day smiled forth with “all modern improvements” and practically on the next have been shorn of their glories and of their possibilities of stable prosperity until the existing order of things shall have been radically changed. In Nampa, progress has been made continuously and in safe lines, and in the healthful growth and advancement of the city Dr. Kohler has taken an active part. Hardly had the town a beginning when he located here, becoming its pioneer druggist and physician. Here he has since carried on business, and while in professional lines he has achieved individual success, he has also labored for the growth and development of the place in which he resides. The Doctor is a native of Pennsylvania, his birth having occurred in Lewistown, December 18, 1838. He is of German lineage, and three generations of the family had previously resided in the city of his nativity. His parents were Henry and Mary (Livermore) Kohler, the former for...

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Biography of Garner Miner

For thirty-eight years Garner Miner has been a resident of Idaho, having come to the territory in 1861, when the development of this great northwest was in its incipiency and the frontiersmen had to meet many privations and dangers. The Indians were frequently on the warpath, carrying death and devastation wherever they went; and separated from the base of sup-plies, from the comforts and luxuries of the east the pioneers endured hardships undreamed of by the present generation. In those days brave hearts were necessary, indeed, but the same spirit of Anglo-Saxon daring, fortitude and stability, which, has characterized the people of this fair land from its earliest colonization, and has carried the English language and English supremacy to all parts of the globe, found renewed manifestations among the mountains and valleys of Idaho, and thus were laid the foundations of the state, which now occupies a prominent place in the great galaxy of states west of the Mississippi. In all the work of progress and development, in the task of subduing the wild land to the purposes of civilization. Garner Miner bore his part, and now in the evening of life is living retired at his pleasant home in Caldwell, enjoying a well earned rest. Mr. Miner was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on the 5th of November 1822, his parents being John and Mary (Marshall) Miner, also...

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Biography of W. F. Burns

W. F. Burns, who has engaged in general merchandising in Nampa since 1893, and is one of the successful merchants of the town, was born in McDonald county, Missouri, on the 25th of February, 1859, and is of Scotch and Irish line-age. His parents, E. F. and M. E. (Kennedy) Burns were natives of Georgia and Tennessee, respectively, and several generations of the family lived in the south. The paternal great grand father of our subject was one of the heroes who fought for the independence of the nation. E. F. Burns was a prominent farmer, and successfully carried on agricultural pursuits for many years. He belonged to the Methodist church and took an active part in public affairs, being called to many positions of honor and trust. He served as United States marshal for a number of years and discharged his duties with marked promptness and fidelity. At the commencement of hostilities in the civil war he espoused the cause of the south, joining the Confederate army, but early in the struggle he was made a prisoner of war and incarcerated in Indiana until the war was al-most ended. He departed this life in the seventy-fourth year of his age: and his wife, who had died some years previously, was sixty-six years old at the time of her demise. They were the parents of eight children. W. F....

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Biography of Trowbridge C. Egleston

Occupying a prominent position among the leading businessmen of Caldwell, Idaho, we find the subject of this biography, Trowbridge C. Egleston, wholesale and retail dealer in hardware, stoves, tinware, groceries, provisions, wagons and farm machinery. The business of which Mr. Egleston is the head was established in 1884 by Frank R. Coffin & Brother. In 1892 Mr. Egleston purchased the store and has since been at the head of its management, doing a prosperous business. He occupies a brick building, forty by one hundred and twenty-five feet in dimensions, with basement, and also has two large storehouses, in which his supply stock is kept. Mr. Egleston is a native of Ohio. He was born in Madison, that state, June 19, 1857 and traces his ancestry to England. The progenitor of the Egleston family in this country was Eben Egleston, who settled in Massachusetts at an early date. He was by trade a tanner, and was a most influential and worthy citizen. His family comprised three sons. Russell S. Egleston. the father of Trowbridge C. was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, and in early life had excellent educational advantages. He graduated at both Auburn Theological Seminary and Williams College, and was for many years in the active work of the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. He preached in Madison, Ohio, Westfield, Connecticut, and Gaines, New York, his pastoral work covering half...

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Biography of Ed E. Maxey, M. D.

Illinois has furnished to Idaho a number of her leading citizens, including Dr. E. E. Maxey of Caldwell. He was born in Irvington, Washington County, Illinois, on the 21st of August 1867. His ancestors resided in Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee. His father, Dr. W. C. Maxey, was a practicing physician of Illinois for many years. He was graduated in the University of Tennessee, and, determining to devote his energies to the medical profession, has gained marked prestige therein. During the civil war he joined the First Illinois Cavalry and afterward re-enlisted in the Eightieth Illinois Infantry, being promoted to the rank of lieutenant before the close of hostilities, in recognition of his meritorious service on the field of battle. For the past twelve years he has resided in Caldwell, where he has secured a large and lucrative practice. In politics he is a Republican and was elected a member of the convention which framed the present state constitution of Idaho. He was also at one time commandant of the Soldiers’ Home in Boise and is now United States examining surgeon. Dr. Ed E. Maxey is one of a family of seven children. He prepared for his professional career in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Chicago, graduating in the spring of 1891, immediately after which he began the practice of medicine in Caldwell, where he has succeeded in...

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Biographical Sketch of Antoxe Hinkey

The popular proprietor of the Commercial Hotel at Nampa is a native of Ottawa, Illinois, where he was born April 2, 1857, his ancestors having come from Germany. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Ottawa, where he remained until reaching his eighteenth year, when he went to Nevada and engaged in farming and stock-raising until 1888 and then he came to Nampa and built the Commercial House, which has done the greater part of the hotel business of the town. The building is fifty by sixty feet, two stories in height, and contains thirty nicely furnished rooms. Mr. Hinkey is a most accommodating host, sparing no pains to make the traveling public feel at home and comfortable in his house. The hotel is centrally located, convenient to the trains and the town and has the majority of the transient trade. Politically Mr. Hinkey is a stanch member of the Democratic Party and has served his home city as trustee, and is numbered among her enterprising and liberal...

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Biography of Alexander K. Stoddard

The subject of this review is a self-made man who, without any extraordinary family or pecuniary advantages at the commencement of life, has battled earnestly and energetically, and by indomitable courage and integrity has achieved both character and fortune. By sheer force of will and untiring effort he has worked his way upward and is numbered among the leading business men of Nampa, Idaho. A native of Utah, he was born in Wellsville, November 3, 1860, and is of Scotch ancestry. His father, John Stoddard, was born in Scotland and during his boyhood emigrated to the United States, in company with his father and the other members of the family, a location being made in Utah. During his business career he followed farming and engaged in the sawmill business. He married Miss Emily Kershaw, a native of England, who departed this life in the twenty-eighth year of her age, leaving four children, all yet living. The father passed away when fifty-five years of age. Alexander Stoddard, their second son, was educated in Utah, and when eleven years of age began to learn the trade of manufacturing lumber in his father’s sawmill, since which time he has continued in that line of business. He is now a part owner of a sawmill at Baker City, Oregon, and in 1886 he located at Nampa, where he opened a yard for the...

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