Saturday, March 28, 2009
Celebration Of The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Establishment Of The Seat Of Government In The District Of Columbia
The book is somewhat difficult to find for purchase and often rather expensive (I got this one for a song) as only 8,000 copies were printed in 1901. It is available at various libraries and through inter-library loan services.
Yes, I had a particular interest since Governor Steunenberg attended these events. However, this is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the history of the nation's capital.
The copy I have is in nice shape, includes the fold out maps of Washington D.C. in the back and quite a few period illustrations and photos. However, it does have a rather weak binding and, for that reason, I am not going to attempt any scanning except for the front cover above. I will include a couple of excerpts and you can find a link below to view the full volume online at Google books.
There are a couple of previous blog posts that will show the very colorful program that was developed for the Centennial. It is printed on heavy stock and bound within the book. I now know that the separated pages of the program that I had acquired previously were most likely removed from a volume of this book and are hence originals, not copies. I got those for next to nothing too, as neither me or the seller had any idea what they were (well okay, so I kind of knew what they probably were!).
There is also a section with pictures and information on the very nice commemorative medals given to participants. You will want to click on the links at the bottom of this post to see the medal and how it relates to these events and Governor Steunenberg. This blog post and the others will give you a better of understanding of the centennial events and why I had an interest in acquiring an original edition of this commemorative book.
Excerpts (Chapter headings in bold)
Proceeding Of The Meeting Of The Joint Committee
The members of the joint committee assembled at II o'clock, February 21, 1900, in the parlor of the Arlington Hotel. The meeting as called to order by Hon. John B. Wright, chairman of the citizen's committee. After welcoming the members to the capital of the nation, he briefly presented a history of the movement to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the permanent seat of Government in the District of Columbia since its inception, in October, 1898, referring especially to the deep interests shown by the President, and to his suggestions, all of which had been carried out. The members of the committee from the country at large, as appointed by the President, were read as follows:
I will not type the whole list but includes "Idaho..F. Steunenberg".
The chair then directed the roll be called, whereupon the following named gentlemen responded:
...F. Steunenberg, governor of Idaho;....
Reception And Exercises At The White House
The ceremonies of the day commenced with a formal reception to the Governors of the States and Territories and the Commissioners of the District of Columbia by the President of the United States. Shortly after 10 o'clock, accompanied by members of the Cabinet, he entered the Blue Room, while the Marine Band, under the leadership of Lieut. William H. Santelmann, stationed in the large hallway, played "Hail to the Chief."
Their excellencies the Governors meanwhile assembled in the Red Room, attended by their chiefs of staff, having been escorted to the Mansion by members of the committee in charge of exercises. The Commissioners were also present. The President, being ready to receive them, they were then ushered into his presence and were presented by Col. Theodore A.Bingham, U.S.A. The President cordially greeted his distinguished guests and some little time was spent in conversation. At the close of the reception, the guests with the members of the Cabinet proceeded to the East Room where they were seated by members of the committee.
The Governors who attended the reception were their excellencies....Frank Steunenberg of Idaho......
Parade, And Review By The President Of The United States
At half past 10 o'clock, the President, accompanied by Senator Hale, chairman of the joint committee, and other members of the Cabinet, entered their carriages in Front of the Executive Mansion, proceeding to Pennsylvania Avenue, being immediately proceeded by the Fifth United States Calvary. They were followed by the brigade of the District of Columbia National Guard. The signal for the parade to start was given by a detail from the guard under the command of Capt. C. Fred Cook.
Governor of States, In Order Of Admission Of States To The Union [With staffs and military escorts.] 43. Idaho
...Idaho, Governor Frank Steunenberg, escorted by Dr. D. Percy Hickling.
Exercises At The Capital (Frank should be somewhere in this crowd)
At 3.30 o'clock, the hour appointed by law for a joint convention of the Senate and House of Representative to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the permanent seat of Government in the District of Columbia and of the first session of Congress held in the permanent capital, the President of the United States with the members of his Cabinet, the president pro tempore and members of the United States Senate, the Chief Justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court, the foreign ambassadors and ministers to the United States, the governors of the States and Territories, the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and those entitled to admission to the floor, entered the Hall of the House of Representative, which body was already in session.
Personnel Of Committees
Committee From The Country At Large
Hon. F. Steunenberg
Check out these related links:
12/29/2007 - Never Know What Might Pop Up On eBay
12/29/2007- Commemorative Medal Given To Governor Steunenberg on 12/12/1900
4/14/2008 - National Capital Centennial-Program from 1900
Celebration Of The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Establishment Of The Seat Of Government In The District Of Columbia
I am sure Governor Steunenberg was immensely impressed with the pomp and circumstance and the distinguished guests at this momentous event. I have searched but to date not seen any photographs that include his presence. I can't help but wonder if at some point the Governor longed to be back in Caldwell, Idaho, away from the formality of Washington D.C. and the controversy over the events that had occurred in the Coeur d'Alene. That event had followed the Governor to the nation's Capital earlier in 1900 when Congress had conducted hearings into the Idaho mining wars. No doubt some of those conversations still lingered during this later visit.
Did he or didn't he? We all know that Frank Steunenberg had an aversion to wearing a necktie, as does his great grandson. The Centennial was a rather formal event what with receptions at the White House and the parade. The winter cold of December was firmly entrenched in Washington D.C. and everyone had on their top hats and warm overcoats. The question is, would the Governor have worn a tie on this occasion or did he keep that coat collar buttoned up tight so no one could see? Above "Personals" appeared in The Chicago Tribune, 8/29/1899.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I appreciate receiving your informative and interesting "Idaho Meanderings." One minor correction to your labeling of the first postcard in today's wonderful collection of images: I am sure the big building in the foreground is Central School, not the courthouse. The interior shots are gems!
With sincere appreciation,
Arthur A. Hart
I did go checking, goggling, comparing images, etc. After all, this was a chance for the rookie to show up the veteran, to make by mark and demonstrate who has the sharper eye. However, I guess that will have to await another time. Just as Arthur indicates, that is the old Central School building in the foreground, not the courthouse as I mistakenly identified it. The courthouse is in the very far distance with just a peek of the steeple visible. If I had been smart, I would have opened up my copy of Life In Old Boise by one...Arthur Hart! It shows an engraving of Capital Square and Arthur has written "An engraving of Idaho's Territorial Capitol Building, published in 1887, shows Capitol Square; the buildings, left to right, are Central School, the Capitol, and the Ada County Courthouse. (The present capitol now occupies the space.)".
Since we can't see much of the courthouse in that picture postcard from the previous post, here is one of several I have of it with the Haywood Trial inset. It looks kind of like the central school building!I have cut and pasted a couple items below from the Internet. The picture immediately below shows the "new" central school built in 1905. The old central school continued to be utilized for various purposes until it burned on November 24, 1908 (see further down below). It was destined for demolition anyway. You can see in the fire picture that the new capitol rotunda is already under construction to the immediate right. The building would need to come down to make way for the wing of the capitol housing the senate chambers. I believe I have it right but I know Arthur will straighten me out if not.
From--http://www.boiseschools.org/schools/oldsch.html (no longer an active link)
CENTRAL SCHOOL -
1906-1973The State Legislature passed a law on February 4, 1881 creating the Independent School District of Boise City No. 1. The School District began operations in the large
The article below showing the fire is a bit misleading, as the picture to the right of the burning school would appear to be presented as a shot taken before the fire. However, that picture shows the already existing new central school at the corner of 7th & Washington, not the building that burned at Jefferson and 8th. Am I right Arthur?
Posted November 24th, 2008 by Stu Beitler
Dec. 4. -- The Central school building, temporarily occupied by the
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The two photos below were recently obtained from the ISHS. This one of the governor at his desk is not among our family collection although I have seen it before. I do have an original of the one below it but Dr. T. H. Calloway, shown on the right, had been cropped out of that picture. Here he appears a bit shadow-like or ghostly, probably due to light exposure from a nearby window. Jason McKinney, Secretary to the governor, is standing on the left and Governor Steunenberg is sitting at the desk. Read more about the desks on my blog post, Governor Steunenberg's Desk or Desks?
|ISHS although I have these in my private collection (JTR) too.|
Photos courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society. Don't ask me to send higher resolution scans of ISHS items. They will provide photos or scans to you at reasonable cost and they need the money!
And a couple more cards above and below, circa 1900, showing the territorial capitol. I haven't figured out yet which window is the governors office.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
|Too bad it wasn't Harry driving.|
I wonder which State of Idaho Department of Land agent (as per insignia on the door) was the poor guy driving the old Chevy truck!
Caption on the picture reads:
“Truck wrecked southeast of Dairy Barn. Shack in background was occupied for a time by Harry Orchard, confessed assassin of Gov. Frank Steunenberg.”
You can see a picture of Orchard working in front of his cottage in the post Wash Bench Made by Harry Orchard?
Could have changed but the structures look different to me. What do you think?
Photos courtesy of the ISHS.
And here is another picture of Orchard in the doorway of his cottage that comes from The Man God Made Again. Maybe this is another door around back or there was more then one cottage?
Saturday, March 14, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle. June 29, 1899-"The next time that a mob attacks the Bunker Hill mill it will have a warm reception."
Click on the picture to enlarge for reading.
To see what had happened a few months earlier when the "mob" attacked, click on:
Insurrection Was Proclaimed. Sixty Rioters Arrested.
April 29, 1899 - FATAL IDAHO LABOR RIOTS
This is a sample of recent email back and forth I am having with John and Gabriele, the owners of the pump organ in last weeks post. We are still on the trail of its origins. If anyone has more thoughts or something to add let me know. I deleted a couple of phone numbers and email addresses out of respect for privacy. I stuck in a few more photos too.
Thank you for your efforts to track down more information. I have great fun and satisfaction with the many contacts I have made in recent years and new and surprising discoveries that show up from time to time. I enjoy the detective work!
Meanwhile, In Caldwell, ID, the Steunenberg’s (Hollanders) were migrating from Iowa and Michigan, with the boys coming first and settling in Caldwell looking to make their mark and their fortune. Frank Steunenberg quickly became involved in business and politics and rose to become governor in 1897. His wife was my great grandma Belle Steunenberg. Most of the families were Presbyterian but Belle, always somewhat on the outside of the usual family social circles, one day joined up with a small Adventist sect that was getting established in
Around 1904, my grandfather Julian, eldest son of the governor and Belle, had been sowing a few wild oats as he finished high school and, at Belle’s insistence, was sent off to the
To make a long story short, it was in
Frank Jr., the youngest son of Frank and Belle Steunenberg, who was only five or so at the time of the assassination, was also living in
My mother will be 91 in August and lives with by father not far from me here in
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:22 AM
Subject: pump organ
Gabriele has informed you that I will get in touch with you.
As you know, we acquired the organ in
Meanwhile I searched for the name "Haines" and found approx. a dozen names in BC, in various places. Yesterday I was able to talk to a Mr. Doug Haines in Silvercreek near Salmon Arm. His telephone number is XXXXXXX. He is apparently 72 years old and lives on an acreage where the Haines' originally homesteaded. He inherited the place. He was kind enough to tell me about the Haines family history. Lyn Haines is buried there in Silver Creek. I asked him if he remembered a pump organ that his grandfather owned and he said: yes. Now, that does not mean that this is proof since we would have to show him pictures. Pump organs were not uncommon.
Apparently, the Haines family came originally from the northwestern US . Joseph Haines was a wounded civil war veteran. In the 1880's he took advantage of the Canadian settlement incentives and moved to Salmon Arm, BC as did many other Americans in those days. His son Lyn Haines took over the farm and stayed in
Doug Haines provided the first name of a couple of his cousins who live close to where we are located and I will try to contact them.
Will keep you posted John.
This is becoming a detective story.......
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
3/8/09 - Addendum: The label in the photograph from the
I believe the
Thank you Justice
You will want to refer to the following post referencing The Idaho Magazine, Volume III, February 1906, Number 3 that I had purchased along with several other family related items. Click on the pages above to enlarge for reading and the link below for the earlier posting about this magazine.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
The Idaho Magazine 1906
The magazine has some moisture damage and I have used a very thin crafting spatula to separate the pages as best I could and archival document repair tape on damaged and torn areas. Once glossy magazine type pages get wet there is not a lot you can do to salvage the text and pictures except to separate as carefully as you can. Most of the text is pretty legible.
The post today is an editorial that I was not able to show in my December 2007 entry because the pages were too stuck together. It was written by James Browne, M.D.,LL.D. If anyone has information on this magazine, other copies, how long it was in business, etc. then please let me know. The Idaho State Historical Society says they have never seen it before so I am guessing it was short lived and probably not a lot of copies distributed. It is described as "An illustrated Monthly of Current, and Reminiscent, Thought and of Idaho--Historic and Actual." You can see the names of the editors and various contributors on the first inside page that is shown in the December 2007 posting. A lot of familiar names and some not. Your comments and help with identifying this magazine would be much appreciated.