Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Anyone need a copy of The Martyr of Idaho by Frank Steunenberg, the youngest son of Gov. Frank Steunenberg?  This is a listing on ebay and is signed by the author.
I am not the seller as I already have several. This is what I call "The White One" as seems to be more rare than a smaller, greenish color edition. Both are soft cover. The photo above is one of mine.

Monday, August 8, 2016

ORCHARD - A Novel by Jack H. Bailey

Just released a short time ago. Not usually a huge fan of historical fiction but will no doubt have to give it a read.

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/jackhbailey/

Book Review: http://newwest.net/2016/08/08/book-review-orchard-by-jack-h-bailey/

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Boise Capitol Building the night of 6-17-16

Frank Steunenberg statue overlooking the Idaho State Capitol Building, Boise Idaho,  6-17-16

Friday, May 13, 2016

First Caldwell Telephone Office in the Steunenberg Building

 
Anyone know the exact location in the building?

Above from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caldwellhistory/24089124174/in/photostream/

Saturday, March 12, 2016

1923 Native American medicine pouch

A discussion over on Boise & The Treasure Valley History Group (come on over & join up if you haven't yet) about Idaho 'Belles' eventually got around to my grandmother Francis Beardsley Wood Steunenberg and bronc riding rodeo queen Bonnie McCarroll. That got me pulling out a couple family items from the china cabinet as Bonnie was frequently a participant in the Pendleton Round-up in the 1920's. I have a small, what I am calling a Native American medicine bag, purchased by my grandfather Julian Steunenberg for my then five year old mother Brenda at the Round-up in 1923. At the time, Julian, Francis and the kids were living over in Walla Walla, WA. I pretty much had forgotten about this bag as was buried in back of the cabinet and for me out of sight is out of mind. 

I want to more research to perhaps determine tribal origin and also take a closer look at who was in Pendleton for the round-up that year. I am going ahead with posting a photo now and I will be back if I find more information. I hope any of you will feel free to comment or email me if you have any thoughts on the matter.


  
Bonnie McCarroll
Frances Beardsley Wood Steunenberg c1904-5




















Other Related:

McCarroll Rodeo Photographs

Mary Ellen "Bonnie" Treadwell McCarroll

Pendleton Round-Up 

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Tyranny of Labour: The Crucial Idaho Trial

From an original June 15, 1907 The Illustrated London News in my collection. 

 

I had sent one of the above to Justice Byron Johnson in a rigid archival cover and received a very cherished note in return.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Steunenberg/Farrer Connection to Delamar, Idaho

Click here and scroll down: Cordelia Farrer and Edith Farrer Steunenberg

From ISHS digital collection Identifier 76-25-32
Title Dancing, De Lamar, Idaho
Description Group in costume to do Sailor's Hornpipe. Cordelia Farrer is on the back row far right. Others unidentified.
Date 1910


Monday, January 18, 2016

AK Steunenberg house pops up while I am browsing Facebook

Some interesting connections going on at Boise and the Treasure Vally History regarding the AK Steunenberg house you have seen on this blog.

Photo from J. Colt Dickman at the above Facebook link.

Blog post:
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Home of A.K. and Carrie Steunenberg

Rather uncanny that both photos were taken from almost the exact same angle but at different times.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Company M., 2nd Idaho, U.S.

I posted the following on Facebook at Boise & The Treasure Valley History so might as well post it to the blog too.

Maybe Neal Jones or others involved with the Fort Boise Garrison can pinpoint a little more info for me on this old blanket bag or haversack and where or when it might have been used. On the flap, a bit faded, it says Co. M., 2D. IDAHO, U.S. The shoulder strap is Rock Island Arsenal. The bag was identified as a M1898 and that seems reasonable based upon my research but second opinions always appreciated. I've had it a couple years or so. These were the pics that were with it at the time of purchase. I can probably get some better ones if need be.
Please use the comment link below or email me if you have information regarding this item.

Addendum: An Idaho Hero

Name:NEIBAUR, Thomas Croft
Service: Army
Conflict: WWI
Location and Date of Act: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 16 October 1918
Entered Svc: Sugar City, Idaho
Date of Birth: 17 May 1898
Place of Birth: Sharon, Idaho
Current Location: Sugar City Cemetery (Block 2, Lot 38, Grave 3), Sugar City Idaho (Died 23 Dec 1942)

Profiled in 3rd Quarter 1999 and updated in 2nd Quarter 2000 newsletter.

Notes: Prior to deploying overseas, Neibaur was a member of Co M, 2nd Idaho Infantry, Idaho National Guard. 


Find A Grave link: Thomas Croft Neibaur

Saturday, January 2, 2016

1966 telegram to Governor Smylie regarding Julian Steunenberg's death

Not of major significance in terms of Idaho history but of course a sad day in 1966 for me personally and our family with the passing of my grandfather Julian Steunenberg (Find A Grave). This telegram happened to be recently found among the papers of Idaho Governor Smylie. The records of Governor Smylie are housed at the College of Idaho archives that bears his name as are the Crookham/Steunenberg papers.
Courtesy of Jan Boles, Archivist, COI Smylie Archives
In the above telegram, my cousin Roy Steunenberg is notifying Governor Smylie's office of the death of our grandfather, Julian Pope Steunenberg (blog page), eldest son of Governor Frank Steunenberg, and impeding burial at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell.

Here are a couple December 31, 1905 telegrams to Julian regarding the murder of his father Governor Steunenberg. These appeared some years ago on this blog and are from my personal family collection. Click on the pics for blog link.

http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/2008/11/december-31-1905-telgram-from-president.html
Above telegram of condolences to Julian from M. E. Cady, president of Walla Walla College.

http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/2008/11/12311906-western-union-telegram.html
From Clarence W. Kime, a friend of Julian at Walla Walla College, notifying Frances Wood (my future grandmother) "Julian's father was murdered at 7pm dec 30th."

http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/2008/11/december-31-1905-letter-of-condolence.html
Above letter of condolence from Clarence on Hotel Moscow letterhead (click on the letter)

National Registry of Historic Places worksheet on the Moscow Hotel 

















Above from Ott Historical Photograph Collection Northern Idaho as it was, 1890 - 1980

http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/library/imlib/photos.php?RollID=Ba&FrameID=262
Julian and Clarence can be seen in this old photograph of a softball team at Walla Walla College circa 1905, the same year his father would be assassinated.Click here or on the photo for caption with names.

Other letters of condolence 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Murder on December 30th, 1905

Tattered, taped, falling apart.
You have perhaps seen most of this post in previous years.  It started as a favorite passage from Big Trouble, chapter one, and is now a collection of excerpts, beginning during the holidays in Caldwell, Idaho, December of 1905 and ending in Frank's assassination. I traditionally repeat it during this time of the year. Some passages are not be in the same order they appear in the book and additional text/photos may have been added. I have done the same with more links at the end. No doubt I will keep correcting and messing with it since I am off work this week.

From Big Trouble - A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America:

Eveline 'Belle' Steunenberg

"Sounding up the slope of Dearborn Street, into Caldwell's jaunty new subdivision of Washington Heights, the whistle brought an unwelcomed summons to the former governor of Idaho, Frank Steunenberg, as he lay abed that final day of 1905. The governor—as he was still known, five years out of office—had spent a bad night, thrashing for hours in sleepless foreboding. Now while the snow piled up beneath his cottonwoods, he burrowed deeper under the bedclothes."

"Whatever the reason, Frank clearly didn't wish to engage with the world that snowy Saturday. Toward noon, a young man called at the house, introducing himself as Theodore Bird of Boise, representing the New York Life Insurance Company. He'd come down from the state capital, he said, to renew the governor's $4,500 life insurance policy, which expired at year's end, barely thirty-six hours away. With some reluctance—and only because the deadline was so close—Frank agreed to meet Bird at the bank in late afternoon."

"The community's general air of well-being was reflected in the bustling jollity of Caldwell's holiday festivities, formally ushered in on Saturday, December 23, with Christmas exercises at three downtown churches. The most impressive were those at the Presbyterian Church, the house of worship that attracted many of Caldwell's leading citizens. Belle Steunenberg had stood proudly among its founders, a teacher in its Sunday School, a doyenne of the congregation, a community leader 'jeweled with Christian graces,' until her inexplicable defection to Caldwell's tiny eight-member Adventist Church when it was inaugurated a year before—an act of such breathtaking betrayal it had left a strong residue of resentment in the front pews."

Frank
"To assuage some of the bitterness among Belle's former congregation, the governor still attended an occasional Presbyterian service, though without much enthusiasm. He once confessed to a friend that 'his church attendance, he feared, was prompted more by anticipation of an intellectual treat than spiritual improvements. He had to concede that the Presbyterians knew how to put on a show. That Saturday, the adult choir's 'Joy to the World' had been followed by songs from the youngest congregants, including a solo by the governor's niece, Grace Van Wyngarden, still pale from her bout with typhoid; a 'Rock of Ages' pantomime by Mrs. Stone's class, the young ladies dressed as the heavenly host, all in gold and silver, with wings sprouting from their shoulders; and finally the smallest child of all, Gladys Gordon, singing a 'rock-a-bye' with the aplomb of a prima donna and 'a clear, sweet voice that sounded to the roof.'"

"Then a portly member, dressed as Santa Claus, pulled up in a sleigh and taking his traditional position in the choir loft, delivered a gay, bantering speech. 'Have all you children been good this year?' he asked to squeals of affirmation. Descending to the foyer, Santa opened his sack, tossing out green net bags tied up with crimson yarn, each containing candy, nuts, and a bright golden orange. All this in the glow of an admirable balsam—which the congregation's men had cut in the crisp air of the Owyhee Mountains—now dressed out in cardboard angels and colored balls and illuminated this year, for the first time, by genuine electric lights."

"For the next few days, he (Harry Orchard) tried to get a fix on the ex-governor's schedule. He didn't catch up with him until Christmas day, when he saw him with his family on his way to his brother A.K. Steunenberg's house for the holiday dinner."
Although chopped up a bit into apartments, at least it survives.
“At noon on Christmas Day, the governor and Belle attended the traditional family dinner at A. K.’s house. The hustling young entrepreneur and his family occupied an imposing Colonial Revival mansion, its great front portico supported by three Tuscan columns, approached by a new cement sidewalk on North Kimball Avenue, where the city’s 'quality' clustered in the lee of the Presbyterian Church.”

James & Estella Cupp Munro
"Although Frank, A.K. and their wives certainly ranked among Caldwell's first families, they were less self-assured than they appeared. In a town that had long cherished the notion of unrestrained opportunity, the uncomfortable specter of social class reared its head. When James Munro, a clerk in the Steunenberg bank, married Estella Cupp, the eldest daughter of the town's most prominent real estate broker, the Tribune called them 'the popular young society people'—a frank recognition that a 'smart set' was coalescing in this nominally egalitarian community. A Young Man's Dancing Club invited the socially active young people to occasional soirees at Armory Hall."
Washington DC Centennial

"Some of Caldwell's new elite never quite felt they belonged. During a prolonged stay in the nation's capital, Frank Steunenberg shied away from the fashionable dinner parties to which he was invited. 'Why,' he told a friend more eager than he to see how the smart set lived, 'to accept one of these invitations means the wearing of an evening costume and what a pretty figure I would cut!'"

A.K. Steunenberg
"A.K. Steunenberg had a thick sheaf of credentials. But consider his reaction as a guest of Bob and Adell Strahorn, the most worldly members of Caldwell's inner circle, at their summer home in northern Idaho. 'You can imagine my consternation when I 'butted' into a regular dress suit card party,' A.K. wrote his wife. 'I was the only one who did not wear a white front and a claw hammer. And to make matters worse they played a game called 500 I think I had never played before. Being like a fish out of water anyhow that did not tend to give me any reassurance...I sailed in and got through without making any very bad breaks or spilling my coffee. The ladies were perfectly lovely and seemed to try and relieve my embarrassment and I guess the men did too...The main theme of conversation at the card party was the help problem...not being able to procure help of any kind.'"

Bernardus Steunenberg
 “None of these insecurities could be detected that Christmas afternoon as a gracious A.K. welcomed Steunenbergs the boisterous clan beneath his portico. No fewer than thirty Steunenbergs gathered around the heavily laden table, headed by seventy-two year old patriarch, Bernardus, a shoemaker by trade, a Mexican War veteran who’d come west from Iowa to join his children earlier that year. Seven of his ten offspring were there that afternoon: five sons—Frank; A.K.; Pete, the most raffish of the brothers, a part-time printer who sometimes dealt cards at the Saratoga; Will and John, lifelong bachelors and partners in a shoe store (“Fitters of Feet,” they called themselves) just behind the Saratoga—and two daughters—Elizabeth (“Lizzie”), married to Gerrit Van Wyngarden, a Caldwell contractor who’d built both Frank’s house and the new Caldwell Banking and Trust building, and Josephine (“Jo”), at thirty-four still unmarried, who made a home for John, Will, and Bernardus at her commodious house on Belmont Street, while finding time to repair Franks’ shirts as well. The “plump” and jolly” A.K. played Santa at his own festivities, distributing elaborately wrapped gifts to all the children.”

"'After it got dark, I (Orchard) went up to his residence and took a pump shotgun with me and thought I would try to shoot him when he was going home...I was there an hour or so before I heard him coming home, and he came soon after I got up there but he got in the house before I got my gun together.'"

What we now know would be the final family gathering on Christmas that would include Frank, was fortunately not tainted by this bungled assassination attempt on Christmas day—yes, even the ex-governor walking home with his family on Christmas day did not dissuade the beast from trying to slay its pray. Of course, the family could never imagine that this would be Frank's last Christmas at his brother A.K's, with only five days until the tragic events on December 30th, 1905, when past assassination failures would finally end in a tragic and dastardly success. JR
"The night before the governor's walk had witnessed the season's grandest dinner party, cohosted by Caldwell's social arbiter, Queen Carrie Blatchley; William Judson Boone; and their spouses for a group of refined young couples, including two attorneys, an insurance agent, a pastor, and the manager of a lumber company. 'Very pleasant,' Boone recorded in his diary. 'Fine time.'"

"Indeed, to Boone, his guests, and many others, that winter in Caldwell seemed a fine time and place to be alive. Despite its early dependency, there lingered in town a fragile sense of autonomy—the notion that its citizens controlled their own destiny....

"It began to snow just before dawn, chalky flakes tumbling through the hush of the sleeping town, quilting the pastures, tracing fence rails and porch posts along the dusky lanes. In the livery stables that lined Indian Creek, dray horses and fancy pacers, shifting in their stalls, nickered into the pale light. A chill north wind muttered down Kimball Avenue, rattling the windows of feed stores and dry goods emporia, still festooned for the holidays with boughs of holly, chains of popcorn and cranberries. Off to the east, behind the whitening knob of Squaw Butte, rose the wail of the Union Pacific's morning train from Boise, due into the Caldwell depot at 6:35 with its load of drowsy ranch hands and bowler-hatted drummers."

"Sounding up the slope of Dearborn Street into Caldwell's jaunty new subdivision of Washington Heights, the whistle brought an unwelcome summons to the former governor of Idaho, Frank Steunenberg, as he lay abed that final Saturday of 1905. The governor—as he was still known, five years out of office—had spent a bad night, thrashing for hours in sleepless foreboding. Now while the snow piled up beneath his cottonwoods, he burrowed deeper under the bedclothes."

"One of his favorite boyhood songs had evoked just such a moment: Oh, it's nice to get up in the morning, when the sun begins to shine / At four, or five, or six o'clock in the good old summertime / But when the snow is a-snowing and it's murky overhead / Oh, it's nice to get up in the morning, but it's nicer to lie in bed!' The Steunenbergs, though, were sturdy Hollanders imbued with a Protestant work ethic, and it offended the governor's temperament to idle away even a weekend morning. So he hauled himself out of bed and put on his favorite six-dollar shirt with its flowered design. When it had shrunk so much he couldn't fasten the collar, his sister Jo, in her motherly fashion, had cut a chunk out of the tail to expand the chest. She was still looking for matching material to repair the back, but the governor liked the cheerful old shirt so well he donned it that morning anyway, short tail and all. Then he went down to the kitchen and built a coal fire in the great iron stove."

Jumbo & Julian (my/John's grandpa) c 1895
Caldwell, ID. Courtesy Albert Steunenberg 
Click link for "Peep Show" 
"When his wife, Belle, joined him, she remarked that he seemed ill at ease. The good and evil spirits were calling me all night long,' said the governor, who sat for a time with his face buried in his hands."

"'Please do not resist the good spirits, Papa,' his wife admonished. A devout Seventh-Day Adventist, Belle persuaded her husband, who generally eschewed such rituals, to kneel on the kitchen floor and join her in reading several passages from Scripture. Then they sang Annie Hawks's fervent hymn:

I need thee, O, I need thee!
Every hour I need Thee;
O, bless me now, My Savior!

I come to Thee.
 
When their devotionals were done, Frank set out across the barnyard—joined by his white English bulldog, Jumbo—to milk his cows and feed his chickens, goats, and hogs."

This shows the front gate, not the side gate where the bomb was planted.
The home burned in 1913 but is it gone???
"The family's eccentric gray-and-white edifice, a hybrid of Queen Anne and American Colonial styles, bristled with gables, porches, columns, and chimneys. It was barely seven-eighths of a mile from Caldwell's center, but the governor, with one young hand to help him, maintained a working farm on the two and a half acres, replete with barn, windmill, well, pasture, livestock pens, and apple and pear trees mixed among the sheltering cottonwoods."

"After feeding his stock, he turned toward the house for breakfast with Belle and the children -- Julian, nineteen, on Christmas vacation from the Adventists' Walla Walla College in Washington State; Frances, thirteen; Frank Junior, five; and eight-month-old Edna, an orphan the Steunenbergs had adopted that year -- as well as Will Keppel, Belle's brother, who was staying with them for a time while working at the family bank. Their hired girl, Rose Flora, served up the austere breakfast prescribed by Adventists: wheat cereal, stewed fruit, perhaps an unbuttered slice of oatmeal bread (the sect believed that butter—like eggs, bacon, other meats, coffee, and tea—stimulated the 'animal passions')."
Julian
    
Frank W. & Frances

 Edna


"Had the governor allowed his melancholy to infect the breakfast table that morning, it would have been out of character. With his children -- on whom he doted—he generally affected a puckish humor, spiced with sly doggerel, such as the verse he'd composed a year earlier for his daughter: 'Frances had a little watch / She swallowed it one day / Her mother gave her castor oil / To help her pass the time away.'"


AK at the back window.
Not sure of the other.
"After breakfast came a phone call from his younger brother Albert --universally known as A.K. -- the most entrepreneurial of the six Steunenberg brothers and cashier of the Caldwell Banking and Trust Company, of which Frank was president. An important matter awaited the governor's attention, A.K. said: Edward J. Dockery, a Boise lawyer, a former Democratic state chairman, and now a business associate of the Steunenbergs, would be arriving in Caldwell later that day and expected to meet them at the bank. No, Frank said, he wasn't in the right frame of mind for such a meeting. He asked A.K. to tell Dockery he'd see him in Boise next week."

"In days to come, the governor's disinclination to do business that day was much remarked. Some said it was the weather, which by late morning had turned nasty, four inches of snow driven by blustery winds drifting along the roadways, temperatures plummeting toward zero. But Frank Steunenberg was still young (forty-four years old), husky (six foot two, 235 pounds), and healthy (an avid hiker and camper who scorned the big eastern cities, with their creature comforts, their smoke, noise, and dirt)—in short, not a man likely to be intimidated by a little Idaho snowstorm."

NY Canal would flow into Lake Lowell
"Others said his reclusiveness that day was merely a bow toward Belle's Sabbath, which lasted from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Although Frank was by no means an Adventist, some believed that he was gradually accommodating himself to his wife's recent conversion. Others who knew him well insisted he was profoundly skeptical of Belle's piety and would never have canceled a meeting on religious grounds. He might well have been weary. For only the day before he'd returned from a strenuous trip -- by train, buggy, and horseback -- to his sheep ranch near Bliss, a hundred miles to the With his business associate, James H. 'Harry' Lowell, he'd also inspected an irrigation project along the Wood River. A. K. Steunenberg -- his brother's confidant -- believed there was a quite different explanation for Frank's behavior that day. Later he told reporters the governor must have received a warning late in the week, which would account for his "unusual" manner. On Friday afternoon at the bank, he'd walked the floor with a 'meditative and troubled expression' on his face."

Most of the day, as wind-driven snow hissed at the windowpanes, the governor read and wrote in his study. At. four o'clock he put on his overcoat, a slouch hat and galoshes, but no necktie: he was know throughout the state for his stubborn refusal to throttle himself with one of those slippery eastern doo-hickey's. Some said the habit began in the governor's youth when he was to indigent to afford a tie. In any case, for the rest of his life he'd button the shirt around his neck, leaving the uncovered brass collar button to glint like a gold coin at his throat.

People loved to speculate on his eccentricity. 'His friends have exhausted all their persuasive powers on him,' said the populist James Sovereign. 'Newspapers have raked him fore and aft with editorial batteries, theatrical companies have held him up to laughter and ridicule, he has become the basis of standing jokes in bar-room gossip and sewing circles, orators have plead (sic) with him, doctors have prescribed for him and politicians have lied for him, but all to no avail.' Indeed a fashionable Washington, D.C., hotel had once refused to serve him because he wore no tie, an exclusion that he bore with 'magnanimous mien.' A bemused Wall Streeter remembered him, one one of his excursions East, as a rugged giant who wore a bearskin coat flapping over a collarless shirt.'

Some Idahoans thought he carried sartorial informality a bit too far. On the day he was nominated for governor, he was said to have appeared at the Democratic convention lacking not only a neckties but a collar, with trousers so short they showed of his 'cheap socks' and a sack coat so skimpy as not to exclude from view the seat of his pants.'

"Most of the day, as wind-driven snow hissed at the windowpanes, the governor read and wrote in his study. At four o'clock he put on his overcoat, a slouch hat and galoshes, but no necktie: he was known throughout the state for his stubborn refusal to throttle himself with those slippery eastern doohickeys. Some said the habit began in the governor's youth when he was too indigent to afford a tie. In any case, for the rest of his life he'd button the shirt around his neck, leaving the uncovered brass collar button to glint like a gold coin at his throat"

"On that snowy night of the governor's walk, Caldwell looked for all the world like the quintessential ninetieth-century American community, sufficient unto itself, proof against an uncaring world."

"Entering Sixteenth Avenue, he could see the lamplight burning behind the columns of his front porch, the warm glow filtering through the lace curtains of his living room, where minutes before Belle and their two youngest children had knelt at their evening prayers. He reached down and pulled the wooden slide that opened the gate leading to his side door. As he turned to close it, an explosion split the evening calm, demolishing the gate, the eight-inch gatepost, and nearby fencing, splintering yards of boardwalk scooping a shallow, oval hole in the frozen ground, and hurling the governor ten feet into his yard."

"At first, Belle thought the potbelly stove had exploded. But thirteen-year-old Francis, who was especially close to her father, had been eagerly glancing out the window, impatient for his arrival. Having seen the flash by the gate and watched Frank fall, she was at his side in a few seconds, joined almost immediately by Belle. For one terrible moment, mother and daughter stared in blank incomprehension at the governor, sprawled on his back, naked from the waist down, blood seeping from his mangled legs, staining the snow an ugly pink." 

"The Reverend Mr. Boone and his wife had been entertaining their closest friends, the Blatchleys,when they heard a "terrific" noise. They thought something had fallen on the roof."

"Julian Steunenberg (my grandfather) and Will Keppel (nephew of Belle/son of her brother Edward Keppel) came running. A sturdy youth with a shock of blond hair, strikingly like his father in face and figure, Julian had been particularly close to the governor. He and Will had been strolling two blocks behind him when they felt the explosion, then dashed with pounding hearts to Frank's side, where they were quickly joined by Garrit Van Wyngarden, the governor's brother-in-law, who lived two blocks west on Dearborn. Together the trio tried to lift the grievously wounded man, but as they did the flesh on his legs simply gave way. Finally, someone got a blanket, into which they paced the governor, managing to carry him that way into the house and lay him on a bed in his daughter's downstairs bedroom."
Will circa 1913 (courtesy
of Sharon 'Tipton' Conlin).
"Will Steunenberg had just eaten supper and was back at his store arranging a display of boots when the concussion spilled them on the floor. A minute later, Ralph Oates rushed in to say there'd been an explosion at Frank's house...When he reached the house, his brother had already been moved inside. Belle was lighting kerosene lamps to replace the electric ones, for the neighborhood's electric power had been knocked out by the blast. Windows on the north and west side of the house had been shattered, as had those in other houses for blocs around. Shards of glass littered the floors. A huge clock had toppled from its shelf, striking five-year-old Frank Junior, who'd been lying on the leather couch below."

"When Will entered the front bedroom, it was 'horrible': the governor writhing on the bed, his right arm hanging by a few shreds, his right leg mangled, both legs broken at the ankles. He kept asking to have his legs rubbed."

"Three of the town's doctors-John Grue, W.E. Waldrop, and John A. Myer—had arrived. There was nothing they could do."

"Just past 7:30 p.m., he gasped three or four times, like a man trying to catch his breath, and muttered something unintelligible. As Will leaned closer, trying to hear those last syllables, the governor sank back and died. "

"'Frank died in my arms', Will wrote a sister in Iowa, 'and I hope the fellow that killed him will die in my arms, only in a different manner.'"


Big Trouble - A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America by J. Anthony Lukas 
From Martyr of Idaho by Frank Steunenberg (youngest son of the governor).


Governor Steunenberg in clay
Saturday, May 3, 2008  

Saturday, December 29, 2007 

Saturday, April 16, 2011 

Friday, November 5, 2010
Original clay sculpture of Governor Steunenberg's statue

Saturday, December 29, 2007
Reflections on the Verdict 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Monday, December 28, 2015

Boise and the Treasure Valley History on Facebook

If you are looking for Idaho related history, I recommend you hook up with Bryan and the group he started on Facebook at Boise and the Treasure Valley History. I am not much for Facebook so was a bit slow to jump in but here you will find a lot of knowledgeable folks always willing to help. No, you don't have to make everybody your "Facebook Friend" but will find a whole group of them anyway. For us out of towners, with an insatiable appetite for Idaho history, it is invaluable to have access to those who live and/or grew up there and can share their family experiences. Many can put eyes on local sites those of us far away don't always get to visit very often. Just look at this example of the responses to a photo I posted of St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.
"Big crowds here on account of Haywood trial 6/14/07"
Now I don't always expect to have that much interest but I did get my questioned answered as to where the building was located, discovered it had existed much longer then I expected and at least half the group must have been born there! So mosey on over, check out Boise and the Treasure Valley History and sign on if interested.

Here is my original Steunenberg/Idaho Meanderings blog entry where I had posted this photo and some from the Haywood trial.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dinner Postponed to Jan 1st due to operations of war

U.S.S. Castor

Remember those past....and those present who may not be at home tonight.

Christmas in the World War II War Diaries

I like the cigars and cigarettes on the menu!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & a Peaceful New Year to all.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Big Trouble Virtual Cemetery

I decided instead of constantly going to different links and locations to locate death, burial, cremation, location. etc. information that it would be easier to start a virtual Big Trouble Cemetery using Find A Grave. Of course not every participant nor ancestor who participated in these events is on Find A Grave or can be easily found. However, if a Find A Grave search comes up empty, and with minimal information, we can create a page and add to it as more missing pieces are located. 
For example, still wanted:  L.J. 'Jack Simpkins'

This is only a start and I have much more information and photographs to add and you can too. To be included in the Big Trouble Virtual Cemetery, historical figures just need to be connected in some way to Big TroubleA Murder in a Small Western Town Set of a Struggle for the Soul of America by J. Anthony Lukas and/or IPTV's Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century.

If you have DOB, DOD, burial/cremation sites, missing persons, etc. to add to the Big Trouble Cemetery, let me know by email or commenting on this link. You can also sign up for Find A Grave and create a memorial page yourself. If the person is a part of our story, I can add them to the Big Trouble Virtual Cemetery if you provide the memorial #.

There are of course some Steunenberg's included in the above but I also have a separate Steuneneberg Virtual Cemetery. If the Steunenberg name appears in your familywe are related.

Find A Grave is another good source of information for tracking down and documenting your ancestors and/or other interesting individuals in history.