Sunday, October 19, 2014

Addendum to Sunday, 9/28/2014 post about Bob Richards (AKA Ricciotti), Roman Catholic High School, Univ. of Iowa Hawkeye Football & Nile Kinnick

Missed posting this article from Autograph Magazine as forgot where I had the link and printout until now. Same signed photo of Kinnick. Click the link below or scroll down for the related blog spot. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014, Bob & John Richards (AKA Ricciotti), Football & Nile Kinnick

Heisman Trophy Winner Autographs By Jay R. Neill: Autograph Magazine January 2010.
Signed images of Nile Kinnick are rare and sell
upwards of $10,000. Image courtesy PSA/DNA.

Nile Kinnick: 1939, Iowa

University of Chicago running back Jay Berwanger won the first Heisman in 1936, but it’s Nile Kinnick whose signature is the rarest. Berwanger died in 2002 and genuine autographs are easy to find through reputable dealers in the $50-$100 range. But for a Nile Kinnick, expect to pay over $4,000 for even a cut signature or a signed index card.

Kinnick was an All-American halfback from the University of Iowa. Prior to the 1939 season, Kinnick wrote, “For three years, nay for 15 years, I have been preparing for this last year of football. I anticipate becoming the roughest, toughest all-around back yet to hit this conference.” His prediction proved true: he was responsible for 16 of the 19 touchdowns (11 passing, 5 rushing) that Iowa scored. Kinnick played 402 out of a possible 420 minutes that season, and all told he set 14 school records, six of which stand today. Nile Kinnick was more than an exceptional football player; he was an exceptional young man. His Heisman acceptance speech was so moving that he received a standing ovation, prompting Bill Cunningham of the Boston Post to write, “This country’s okay as long as it produces Nile Kinnicks. The football part is incidental.”

After graduation he chose to attend law school rather than pursue a lucrative career in the NFL, but left school a year later to enlist in the Naval Air Reserve, reporting for duty just three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. On June 2, 1943, he died during a training flight while serving as a U.S. Navy airplane pilot in World War II. Rescue boats arrived at the scene of the crash off the coast of Venezuela a mere eight minutes later, but they found only an oil slick. At 24, Nile Kinnick was the first Heisman Trophy winner to die.

Kinnick’s signature is toughest of all Heisman winners in any form. A simple signed index card realized over $7,000 in 2006 and signed photos can bring well over $10,000. A boon to any sports historian, the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa holds the papers of Nile C. Kinnick, donated by his parents.

($7-10k!! That's a lot of Steunenberg, Orchard, Siringo, Meldrum and Idaho related cards & collectibles. Or maybe a 1895 Savage Rifle like the governors or a Colt SAA like Orchards. Of course the real things would be better). 

Since we are back on Kinnick, I might as well throw in a little more of my Uncle Bob Richards & his football exploits during the same period as Kinnick. Maybe not worth $10k but a keeper nonetheless.
Family photo from 12/3/1939 RCHS vs St. Joseph's Prep. Bob Richards on the right. Connell McGill identified on the left (right of Bob).
From the Varsity Football page in the 1939 Roman Catholic HS Yearbook. Courtesy RCHS Library.

Names on the back of the photo, including Bob Richards, Coach Dougherty, Butch McMahan, Al Skavictus and the rest of the offensive team.

Not sure what year but looks to still be RCHS 1937-39 and that is Bob at center.


1939 RCHS Varsity Football Team (courtesy of the RCHS Library).


    F4F Wildcat
On June 2, 1943, an F4F Wildcat is lost while on a training flight off of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. While flying over the Gulf of Paria,Venezuela, the aircraft develops a severe oil leak and the pilot, former Heisman Trophy winner (1939) Nile Kinnick ditches the aircraft near the aircraft carrier. Sadly, his plane sinks before he can exit the cockpit and he perishes. Note that Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa is named in his honor.

Status: Never found, ditched in good condition, recoverable. Note that the US Navy does not relinquish rights to the aircraft. The body of the pilot should be recovered in accordance with US Military policy, as he was never properly buried with the military honors he deserves and remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA).  From Historic Wings

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Unidentifed Caldwell Idaho school/class photographs.

While going through my all too many files and boxes, I ran across a couple of 1927 era school  photographs from Caldwell, Idaho. I believe these were acquired with other Idaho items a few years back (perhaps from eBay). I have no reason to believe they are family related although you never know if a Steunenberg or Crookham is among the group. Let me know if you are kinfolk and see any familiar family faces.

I am also looking for assistance from all the helpful Caldwell/Idaho history experts out there, particularly those who might be familiar with early schools in the area. If you recognize someone related to your family, or if a school, historical society or organization has some interest in these, just let me know. I will make you an offer you can't refuse but you will have to provide me with documentation to verify any connection or reason for your interest. However, if I do find an unexpected personal family connection, they will probably stay where they are.

On the back.
Afternoon Update: Sometimes I just need to open my eyes and take a closer look (magnayfing glass) at the schools in Early Caldwell Through Photographs by Elaine C. Leppert & Lorene B. Thompson. The photo above looks to be on the front steps of Van Buren School in Caldwell.
From Early Caldwell Through Photographs.
Detail of the front steps.
From Early Caldwell Through Photographs: "The original Van Buren was sold for $1 to the Calvary Temple Church for materials." Looks like Canyon Springs High School occupies the same general site now on the corner of 11th and E. Denver.

Not sure if the class/location below is from Van Buren or somewhere else in Caldwell.
"Mason" maybe a student or the teachers name?
Above from the back side. Not sure why the town names or if  the #'s relate to student census or what.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bob & John Richards (AKA Ricciotti), Football & Nile Kinnick

If you are receiving this as an automatic email, it will probably be rather disjointed. You may want to try coming to the blog for better viewing. Formatting was giving me fits today and I finally threw in the towel.

I hope my Idaho friends will forgive me if I venture off in another direction. There is certainly a never ending amount of Steunenberg, Idaho, labor, mining, Haywood trial and other Western related history, much of it with threads that can be traced in some way to our family. However, on the Richards' side the pickings are more limited. I have thought about starting another blog but I am going to stay put for now. After all, Richards and Steunenberg are forever linked no matter where we have lived in this world.

Here's a story that is purely from the Richards' (Ricciotti if you want to go with our original and legal Italian name at the time) side. No Steunenberg connection yet but it would be coming just a few years later. I don't have nearly the volume of information on my dad's side as we do with the Steunenberg's. No governors, no murders (not that I have found yet anyway), and in fact much remains shrouded in mystery, but this is an interesting football related story nonetheless.
©JTR
Mary Richards

It was the late 1930's-40's, the Richards' family, consisting of grandma Mary Costello Richards, an immigrant from County Mayo Ireland, and grandpa Robert
Joseph Richards (AKA Gabriel Ricciotti), a first generation Italian American, and their two boys, the oldest Robert 'Bob'  and the youngest John Thomas Richards (my father), were living in Philadelphia, PA. Sometimes referred to as North Philly, the area had a booming industrial base, warehouse and manufacturing buildings were prevalent along with tightly packet row houses with the many Irish and Italian immigrants of the day. They lived at 3108 N. Marston St.  It's still there but not looking very good after a fire and all these years later. I have photo's of Bob and my dad playing around and on those steps. Grandpa Richards worked for the Railway Express Agency, driving a delivery truck in Philly for some 30+ years before the family uprooted in the early 1950's and headed for California. The photo to the left comes from an article in Southwestern Trucker & Shipper, 1/1950, regarding safety awards for Railway Express drivers.
Robert Richards 1939 (©JTR)
Courtesy of RCHS Library.

My Uncle Bob attended Roman Catholic High School (RCHS). From what I can tell, he was a pretty good student but an even better football player. He graduated from RCHS in 1939.
Bob 3rd from right or left. ©JTR


©JTR
After high school, Bob went on to play sandlot/semi-pro football. The small, tattered, heavily taped article to the right says the following (as best I can read it):  
"Bob Richards Zephyr A.C. ace center and former Roman Catholic High School star received the greatest award that any High School, Collegiate and Sandlot star could ever receive.  On Monday November 24th (maybe & guessing 1941 as no year date on the article), Bob Richards and (could be several or four, five, etc) other High School and College stars at a banquet held in their honor received the Maxwell Trophy for being the outstanding stars of the season. Bob has also received the honor of being the only sandlot star to ever win such an award. To him all take off their hats and wish him and his team the best of luck in the future."

With the Pearl Harbor attack and start of WWII on 12/7/1941, sandlot football, quite popular at the time, was suspended until after the war. Pretty obvious why, as young men like Bob were heading off to war and postponing football or other careers. Hence, Bob got in a year or two of sandlot before enlisting in the U.S.Marine's July 1942, his dream of perhaps professional football probably over.


John T. Richards Sr. (age 12?)

John T. Richards Sr Age 16.

My dad attended only one year of high school and, probably in an attempt to keep up with his brother, would falsify his birth record and join the Marines soon thereafter (Nov. 1942). Unfortunately, doing so was a mistake, as he was a troubled 16 year old kid and emotionally unprepared for military life. Bob went on to serve in the war and to have an honorable military career. His little brother did not and the Marine Corp. gave John T. the boot. I guess I should give him some credit for trying.

So where does Nile Kinnick come in on this? I am not really sure except for an autographed photo postcard of Kinnick sent to Bob's younger brother, my dad John T. Richards, from Iowa City, IA in 1940. Now I have to admit I knew very little about Kinnick and had not given him much thought when my dad gave me some photos of Bob along with with the signed postcard below. My dad didn't know much about it either and Nile was tossed into a box where he stayed for a few years without any particular archival protection.

Nile Kinnick, University of Iowa. ©JTR Collection
You can look up and study Kinnick online as quite a lot of information is available. I will list a few resources at the end of this post. To summarize briefly, in 1939 he had led the University of Iowa football team back to prominence and was a consensus All-American, Walter Camp, Heisman, Maxwell, etc., award winner. Kinnick enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps in September 1941. In Hawkeye territory you had better know who he is! He too postponed a professional football and/or political career but died on 6/2/1943 in the service of his country—a promising lifetime ahead cut terribly and tragically short.
Reverse side of the autographed photo of Nile Kinnick to John T. Richards. ©JTR Collection.
 I had to add a Kinnick TOPPS card. ©JTR Collection.

©JTR Collection
So why the postcard to my dad? I'm pretty sure dad didn't send for it and he wasn't ever much of a football fan. I think more plausible, but up to now difficult to prove, is the common link of football and military service between Bob and Nile. However, their military careers did not start until long after this postcard was sent. Kinnick, having excelled at Iowa, was certainly a more big time player than Bob but I can't help but think in the short window of time between 1938 -1940, the two met up at a football function and Bob maybe said, "can you send one of those photos to my kid brother"?  We know too they both won Maxwell Awards, Kinnick in 1939 and Bob in 1941. However, Kinnick's was the national Maxwell Trophy that had been initiated a couple years earlier in 1937. Bob's award was not the national Maxwell, but most likely a local award from the Maxwell Club to PA area players, much like today's Mini-Max. Unfortunately, when I contacted them, the Maxwell Club could not shed any information on the local awards from that time period.  

Regardless how it might have happened, Nile Kinnick, in the form of an originally autographed photo postcard, addressed to John T. Richards and postmarked 1940 from Iowa City, found his way to the Richards' household in Philadelphia. I have received a few offers for the card (feel free to make more!) but with the sports connection, especially what I have learned about Nile, and my dad's name right there too, parting with it remains difficult but I'll keep thinking about it. I guess everything has its price. Feel free to take a run at it Hawkeye fans!

Other items related to Bob Richards, military, football and the Kinnick name pops up again too:
©JTR Collection. Bob right square in the middle, 4th from right or left middle row. A.R.M, R-8, SEC-D, NATTC, Memphis, 48
 On the back it looks like Bob got all his unit members to sign.
©JTR Collection
©JTR Collection
During the occupation of Japan there was still time for some football. I have this program from the New Years Day game, 1/1/1950. Air Force versus Army All Stars.
Bob is front row second from the left. Anyone else you know? Why Air Force? As far as I know Bob was still a Marine but can't say for sure. Perhaps some mixing and matching went on among the branches to come up with teams. I would love to hear from any service men, women, family's that were in occupied Japan during that period. BTW, Air Force won, 18 to 14. Beat Army!

Bob (left) with fellow startiing tackle Cecil Evans (written on back and also front row in the team picture and listed and pictured in the program). Looks like they are just getting ready to load the buses to the game.

We know Bob remained stationed in occupied Japan until at least 1950 as evidenced by this program confirming he played on New Year's Day that year in Tokyo. Interestingly, he found himself playing in what the allies had renamed—Nile Kinnick stadium.
©JTR Collection. Game Day, 1/1/1950 Nile Kinnick Stadium, Tokyo


If you have information, corrections, something to add to any of the above, please click below on "Post a Comment" or email me directly at:  john.t.richards@sbcglobal.net

A few other Kinnick related websites below. There are many more if you do a search.

Nile C; Kinnick Jr.

Nile Kinnick (Wikipedia)

A Hero Perished (A decent read for information on Kinnick).

Papers of Nile C. Kinnick, University of Iowa

Nile Kinnick Digital Collection

Iowa Gridiron Collectables (Mark has helped me out with info on Kinnick and of course remains hot on the trail of anything Hawkeye football related).

And oh yes, there was another football player in the family.
John circa 1969

Old #74 and he was also a tackle. Maybe not as long ago as Bob or Nile but long enough!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Update 9/23/2014: Edna Steunenberg & Cassidy's 8th Grade History Project

Edna Jessie Steunenberg Oldridge (and I believe a later life divorce/marriage added the last name Maves). Photo provided by Alice Steunenberg Willloughby as part of an oral interview completed and recorded by my Cousin Bill Crookham. This still shot was taken from the DVD.

I have updated the post below with additional pictures of Edna Steunenberg after the original story on Cousin Cassidy's history project. Click on the UPDATE link below.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - UPDATE 9/23/2014 - Cassidy's 8th Grade History Project

I have also added the above photograph to my FOLD3 website. Click on:  Edna Jessie Steunenberg Oldridge Maves (and feel free to add information).


Monday, September 22, 2014

Does the Steunenberg home that burned in 1913 live on?

As we know, the home of Governor Frank & Eveline 'Belle' Steunenberg, near the corner of 16th & Dearborn in Caldwell, ID,  burned in 1913. I do not know the circumstances of the 1913 fire or if anyone was living there at the time. The home was not rebuilt but apparently some salvageable parts remained.
Frank W. & Francis, two of the children of Belle & Frank Steunenberg, sitting on the edge of the front porch. This home was located at the corner of 16th & Dearborrn, Caldwell, Idaho. Photograph from JTR Collection and The Martyr of Idaho.
After Frank's assassination on 12/30/1905, Belle reportedly lived in a smaller home in Caldwell for a few years. We believe that home is the one at 3410 South 10 Avenue, Caldwell, Idaho.  It's hard to view through the trees on Google maps but you can see part of the house (zoom in) and the address on the fence to the right of the driveway. The current resident, Sandy, is interested in finding out more about the homes history and so am I. If anyone has information or early photographs taken of the inside or outside we would sure like to know about it.

At some point, Belle left Caldwell and lived in Walla Walla, WA for a time (late 1910's - early 1920's perhaps?) and other locations in Washington, Oregon, etc., to be near family and/or Adventist communities. Eventually she headed to California where some of her children had moved. The post assassination timeline regarding Belle's movements is a bit murky.  Maybe other kinfolk or historians can shed some more light on it.

Looking at the front gate leading up to the circular porch to the entry door and the prominent second floor turret. This is not the gate through which Frank entered when he was killed. He came through the side gate and up the path to the right. The above photograph is available from various sources and publications, including the JTR Collection, ISHS, Early Caldwell Through Photographs.
Reportedly, it was the very front portion of the home, the entry area/room and the turret, that survived the 1913 fire and may have been used in the construction of another home...or homes.

1406 Everett, Caldwell, ID. I have lightened up the picture a bit as the original was rather dark.
JTR Collection
This is the house at 1406 Everett, Caldwell (Goggle map) that we believe was built from a portion of the salvaged Steunenberg home. Reportedly, it at one time had a second story, including the turret from the Steunenberg house. Interestedly, a second story fire destroyed the upstairs beyond repair. The roof was added and the home remains today much like seen above in this 1965 photograph. Any earlier photographs taken pre-fire and showing the turret would be quite a find.

Written on the back of the photo above by my father during a visit to Caldwell for a Steunenberg reunion.
JTR Collection
I vaguely remembered seeing the above home on a Steunenberg reunion bus tour of Caldwell (here's a later 1977 reunion). Glad I found this photo with identification written on the back by my father to reaffirm its existence.

1417 Fillmore Street, Caldwell, ID. Photo courtesy of Jackie Mills.
Recently I received an email from Janet Mills, a blog reader, who indicated her aunt had owned a home at 1417 Filmore, Caldwell Idaho (Google map). According to Janet, the home was originally located at a different nearby location and moved to Fillmore street sometime later. The current location is in the same neighborhood as the 1406 Everett home.

Janet had a strangely similar story to the house on Everett, indicating this home as also having been constructed utilizing some remnants from the burned Steunenberg house. This home reportedly had an outside stairwell that led to a second story consisting of a turret. And yep, it too had a fire that destroyed the upstairs. The home was recently sold and an inspection of the attic showed evidence of a previous fire. Adding to the interest is that Janet's aunt, who lived here for quite a number of years, was Elaine C. Leppert, a local Caldwell librarian and co-author of Early Caldwell Through Photographs. As I told Janet, I have three copies of the book, one that remains an arms length away from where I am typing this blog post. I use the book very frequently for reference when researching Caldwell photographs.

Detail of the turret on the original Steunenberg home at 16th & Dearborn.
 Above is a closer view of the turret with a small balcony and a door to the inside room.

From another photo of 1417 Filmore Street showing left front porch/corner area. Courtesy of Jackie Mills.
Notice the window on the left is at a 45 degree angle rather than a 90 degree corner.

Detail of the left front corner/porch area of the Steunenberg home.
The Steunenberg home, with the circular design of the front porch, entrance and turret, had a number of windows set at similar angles. A little hard to see, but scroll up and then down between the windows on the left side of the Steunenberg house and the Filmore Street home above it. You can make your own comparisons.

So what does all this mean? Two homes, same neighborhood, both allegedly built with some salvaged pieces from the front of the Steunenberg house, including the second story turret and both having had fires that destroyed the turrets, upstairs and leaving both as single level homes.

So one or the other (or maybe both?) of these homes have or had a piece of the original Steunenberg residence. Early photographs of either house showing what allegedly were second story turrets would certainly be helpful. I am hoping someone has more information or photos.

I will no doubt scout out these homes a little closer when I visit Caldwell again—maybe even knock on a couple doors. Perhaps the current residents will see this post and contact me directly. Does the partially burned Steunenberg home equate to two homes, two turrets, two fires?  A lot of coincidences. If no more information surfaces, we may need to call in the local Idaho Ghostbusters on this one. Something fishy is going on and taking a piece of the Steunenberg house from where Harry Orchard prowled the grounds before brutally killing Frank may not have been a good idea.

Should you know and/or find other information about any of the homes mentioned above, please click below on "comments" to this post or email me privately at: john.t.richards@sbcglobal.net
  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Update: Brenda Steunenberg Richards returns to Jefferson School, Walla Walla, WA

Another update to a previous post. As I go through photographs and other items you can figure "Update" will become a regular feature on this blog from time to time.

Click on the link below.

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Jefferson School, Walla Walla, WA...Brenda Steunenberg Richards...circa 1924...and again in 1966.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Update: Mansion Identified by a reader

Check out the update to a previous post. Thanks to a reader, we have identified a mansion shown in one of the Real Photo Postcards.

Go to:
Saturday, June 22, 2013-Boise Idaho Real Photo Postcards

TRIAL OF HAYWOOD FOR MURDER of GOV. STEUNENBERG

Click on the pic or SPOTLIGHTS to use the viewer and for more of my FOLD3 items.

http://www.fold3.com/spotlight/42810/trial_of_haywood/

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Real Labor Day 1866

Although we celebrate today as Labor Day, historically it is May 1st that is sometimes characterized as the "Real Labor Day." As related to labor, I seem to be exerting a minimal amount of it right now. 

Here is a partial re-post from a previous years entry:

Photos from collection of John T. Richards
So does anyone know the origins of May Day and its connections to the labor movement, Bill Haywood and ultimately to the trial and events in Idaho? May Day is sometimes referred to as the "Real Labor Day" as it was on May 1, 1886 that marches began in the streets of Chicago in support of the eight-hour work day.

"The 1886 Haymarket riots, trials, and executions made a deep impression on Haywood inspiring, he would later say, his life of radicalism. The Pullman railroad strikes of 1893 further strengthened Haywood's interest in the labor movement. Then in 1896, while working a silver mine in Idaho, Haywood listened to a speech by Ed Boyce, President of the Western Federation of Miners. Haywood immediately signed up as a WFM member and by 1900 became a member of the organization's executive board."
--From William D. Haywood, Famous American Trials, Bill Haywood Trial 1907

(Half of Haywood's ashes were entombed at the Haymarket Monument in Chicago). jr
  
May Day - the Real Labor Day



Saturday, June 28, 2014

May Day Parade in Caldwell, Idaho circa 1906-1910?

For a mere few bucks, I purchased this nice old photo taken in Caldwell, Idaho, perhaps circa 1906-1910. The location is near the intersection of 7th & Main Streets. We see the Saratoga Hotel with a crowd of parade watchers on the balcony over the entryway and to the left across the street we get a peek of the Caldwell Bank & Trust
The photo looks to be from one of the many parades that took place down Main Street—but which one and when? Let's take a closer look. We see Main Street is still dirt but the interurban tracks are in evidence which would take us to about 1907.
Who is Dr. M. Nichter, Veterinary Surgeon? I have not found much of anything on this gentleman nor spotted any other photos in Early Caldwell Through Photographs, Canyon County A Treasure of Land and Its People (V. 1&2) or the Nichter name in any of various Idaho reference books. Help me out here if you can. Thanks to Jenny, the friendly seller of this photo, we do have a couple more clues. It seems Dr. Nichter crossed paths with Jenny's Great Uncle Walter. Here's her description of their connection:

"Offered for sale is a vintage PHOTOGRAPH by Hildreth Studios Caldwell, Ida. I am including copies of census records and other documents pertaining to the man in the photo. He is in a parade (note people watching from balcony) driving a wagon with 2 horses and advertising DR. M. NICHTER VETERINARY SURGEON.  Mr. Nichter, whose parents were born in Germany, is wearing a dashing black top hat. Matt Nichter was born in about 1872 in Indiana and remained there until after the 1900 census where he is found in Wea, Tippecanoe, Indiana where his occupation is listed as a "Horse Trader". It must have been about this time that he met my Great Uncle, Walter Dispannett, also from a family of horse traders. Walter drove his first harness race in 1907 at the age of 21. By 1910, Mr. Nichter had moved west and was living in Caldwell Ward 2, Canyon County, Idaho and listed his occupation as a "Vet Surgeon". He married April 7, 1919 to May Sullivan in Payette, Idaho but by 1920, she is no longer in the picture as he is listed as a boarder in the James Sively household on Blain Street in Caldwell, Idaho. On various census's, he is listed as a widower and divorced so I don't know what happened to May. After 1920, he moves to the State of Washington where he appears on the census records in 1930 and 1940 in Yakima County. He dies in Yakima, Washington October 2, 1944 at the age of 72. This information led me to assume this picture was taken while he still lived in Idaho between his arrival in Idaho after the 1900 census and his leaving before the 1930 census. He must have sent it to his old pal, Walt Dispannett, as he came from items I inherited from Great Uncle Walter. Please examine the photos and ask questions before bidding. It may be that a local historian in Caldwell may be able to date the photo exactly from town records of when the parade took place."—Jenny
On that 2nd floor outdoor balcony over the Saratoga entrance we see a party of onlookers. Anyone you know? I don't see any Steunenberg's. Although pretty obvious, we know this photo is at least pre-1923 as the remodeling and 3rd floor addition to the Saratoga has not yet been done.
Well here's a clue. To the immediate right of the Saratoga entrance, we see the business is a "Barber Shop" as indicated on the window and by a barber pole to the right. I believe the storefront was once the Caldwell Forwarding Company office and later H.H. Jones Furniture & Undertaking but not sure the time period. In the window, but difficult to make out, is a advertising poster. The first three lines are something like: "Watch May Day, .....on 1, May, Caldwell Idaho" or similar. So I am figuring this is in fact a May 1st—May Day Parade but don't yet know the exact year.
Over to the left we get just a peek of the Caldwell Bank & Trust and maybe someone will recognize this fella standing in the crowd. I see a couple shadows in the windows of the bank but probably not Frank, as I am guessing this photo is post assassination but perhaps around the time of the Haywood trial. Frank's brother, A.K. Steunenberg, may have passed away already too.
The photo is by Hildreth Studio of Caldwell, IDA. I have seen the same name and logo but searching for specifics on the photographer and when the studio existed.

As I just received the photograph today, I have barely begun to search Idaho records but maybe someone out there can add to the information so far. If you have more clues or knowledge about this photo please let us know. You can click on comments or send an email to: john.t.richards@sbcglobal.net