Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Signs for the Steunenberg Historical District in Caldwell, Idaho

The Caldwell Historical Preservation Commission has been at work upgrading signage for the Steunenberg Historical District. Brian Billingsley, Planning & Zoning Director for the City of Caldwell, generously shared these photographs of the new signs and provided permission to post them on this blog. Caldwell residents and visitors will soon see the new signs popping up throughout the district.

I have been having a heck of a time getting these sign photos lined up on here so I am going to start out with just a few. I will post more as the opportunity arises but will start out with those most directly linked to the family. I always love the Interurban so including it too.

Over in the upper left hand column you see one of the signs that I use as an entry point to this blog (update, it has now been bumped off by one of these signs). A bit further down you will see a photograph of Governor Frank Steunenberg sitting in a large carved back chair that I have posted at various times. That photo has always been a favorite and I am delighted to see it depicted on one of the signs. You can expect a few sign changes coming in the near future not only around Caldwell— but around the blog too.


Click once or twice on each photo to enlarge for viewing. If you are receiving this as an email update, the photos will likely be a bit discombobulated. Come to the blog page where they may be in at least some semblance of order. I will also include a few blog links related to the topics shown on each sign and probably add to the list below as I run across other items.

What is the Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission?

Caldwell Historical Tour

Steunenberg Residential Historic District

College of Idaho Archives

Saturday, October 23, 2010
Interurban Car in Caldwell, Idaho

Saturday, January 9, 2010
Caldwell-Boise Interurban under construction

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Flashback - The Gate on 16th Avenue

Friday, January 30, 2009
"The Gate on 16th Avenue" - A Century Ago and Today

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Wall's of Silence by Prisoner #1292

Here is an interesting postcard I picked up showing the Idaho pen and a poem by prisoner No. 1292. Click on the image to enlarge.

The Wall's of Silence.
The hour's are day's,
The day's are year's,
No loving face
With smile's or cheer's.
In sorrow bent
The year's are spent
Behind the Wall's of Silence.
--by No. 1292

A check of the Old Idaho Pen Inmates Catalog tells us the following about No. 1292:

1292 Jungclaus, Albert aka Jungclause, Albert; Faller, A J
File: AR42 / 20072412 / 1007.3-5 / 1292
Year: 1906 Approx. age: 22 Born: circa 1884
Jurisdiction: Nez Perce County
Crime: Grand larceny
Notes: Includes photographic material.
AR42/20072470

Of course also in the pen at that time was No. 1191:

1191 Hogan, Thomas aka Orchard, Harry; Logan,
Thomas; Horsley, Albert E; Green, Thomas;
Dempsey, Thomas
File: AR42 / 20063158 / 1007.1-5 / 1191
Year: 1906 Approx. age: – Born: circa –
Jurisdiction: Canyon County
Crime:Held for trial under charge of assassinating
ex-Governor Frank Steunenberg
Notes: Includes photographic material. Statement
of Harry Orchard January 1906
AR2.7/20072472; AR42/20072470

The postcard is unused/unmailed but simply written on the back is : "Souvenir of Peg Leg. Nov 14-12."

I assume that date is November 14th, 1912. Could it be?

Annie "Peg Leg" McIntyre Morrow

"During the gold rush, before the turn of the century, Annie Morrow owned "houses of entertainment" in Atlanta and Rocky Bar. She lost her feet from frost bite after being caught in a snow storm (her traveling companion, Em, was not as lucky and perished). Annie died of cancer at the age of 75 at the old St. Al's Hospital and was buried here on September 14, 1934. She was a true Idaho Pioneer woman, owning a business and mining claims during a time when only the strong survived."

More on Peg Leg Annie:

Annie keeps company with Harry at Morris Hill Cemetery.

Rocky Bar Idaho

Atlanta Idaho

Passport in Time

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"The Spiders of Wall Street: Threads of History Run Through Occupy Boise"

"Former Idaho Governor Steunenberg had been assassinated outside his home. The authorities went gunning for Union leaders. A lower level operative, Harry Orchard, with a long troubled record, was jailed. Orchard finally took a deal and squealed – implicating Haywood and others." sagesse Saturday January 7, 2012 1:30 pm

Read more at:
The Spiders of Wall Street: Threads of History Run Through Occupy Boise

A couple minor pointsthe article mentions that "Mother Jones attended" the Haywood trial. I don't believe that to be the case but would love to see documentation of that fact if she did. It is also stated that "The big tent is two blocks east of the building where the Haywood trial was held and Darrow spoke" and "is now called the Borah Building." The trial did not take place at the old Federal Building, now called the Borah Building. The original old territorial courthouse built in 1891 is where the trial took place. That building was replaced in 1938/39 with the "newer" old courthouse still standing at 515 West Jefferson. I believe Occupy Boise and the Wobbly Tent are literally on the site of the trial.

You can read more about the courthouse (page 47) and other historical buildings in Shaping Boise.

The above is just my OCD historical tendencies showing through. The important factor is that well over 100 years after the assassination of my great grandfather and the trial of Bill Haywood, we still see the important lessons and continued debate resulting from those events in Idaho. I believe it to be a worthwhile debate and commend those from all viewpoints that contribute to thoughtful and respectful discussion.

I do like the Bunny and Mickey Mouse boots. Anyone got a pair of size 13's?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Enfield No 3 Mk I Bolt Action Rifle

©National Firearms Museum

I picked up one of these Enfield P-14's (more accurately designated a No. 3, MK1) locally at a recent auction. The price was right (cheap). This rifle has no direct family connection except for the fact that we had our share of vets in the military throughout history and these old weapons tell us another part of that story that has always intrigued me.

The Enfield No. 3 photograph shown above comes from the NRA National Firearms Museum. Love or hate the NRA, you can't beat their firearms collection, photographs and documentation. My No. 3 is very similar, has lost more of the finish but is all complete, has matching serial numbers and was manufactured at the Eddystone Arsenal in Pennsylvaniasame as the one pictured. It is in original, unmodified condition and carries with it the marks of history and of the soldiers that used it. No sportorizing for this one. It is great for display and yet can still be a decent shooter.

Click the link below to see more about this rifle.

The National Firearms Museum: Enfield No 3 Mk I Bolt Action Rifle

Excerpt from the description:

"Over 2 million of these rugged long arms were manufactured at Enfield during the war years 1914-1918, and production continued after the war, both in England and at British arsenals in Ishapore, India and Lithgow, Australia. Many of these rifles continued in service with Commonwealth forces into the 1950s. A later bolt-action magazine rifle, designated the Pattern 1914, was inspired by the U.S. Model 1903 "Springfield."

"The only Mauser-pattern arm ever adopted by British forces, these rifles were developed at Enfield. Britain's involvement in the First World War prevented full-scale production in England, but the .303 British caliber P-14, later designated the Model 3, was produced in great numbers under contract in the United States by Winchester, and Remington, and at Eddystone Arsenal in Pennsylvania. P-14 and No. 1 rifles served as the workhorses for British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand troops during the war."

"More accurate than the No. 1, many P-14s were fitted with Aldis or Pattern 1918 telescopic sights for use by the British Army as sniper rifles. Later designated the Rifle No. 3, over 4 million P-14s were produced in .30-Ô06 caliber as the U.S. Model 1917 Magazine Rifle for use by American troops "Over There." These were the principal U.S. battle rifle during the war, and many P-14s and M1917s continued in service with both British and American forces through the early days of the Second World War."

As with all the old rifles, the fun starts with studying, cleaning, disassembling, assembling, documenting, adding accouterments (bayonets, ammo clips, belts, slings, etc.). Please feel free to email comments or additions as I am only as good as the information I get from websites, books and those knowing a whole lot more than I do.

Enfield No3 Component Drawings

British Enfield WWI P14 .303

Disaster at Eddystone Ammunition Co. (separate from but near the arms factory)

Other Guns:
Gun Hunt

Governor Frank Steunenberg's Model 1895 .303 Savage Rifle

Harry Orchard's Colt? Who are P.R.Edlington & Rev. Marshall F. Montgomery? Is there an Idaho Pen link? Email if you know these names or have any info.

Bob Meldrum's Colt sold at auction

Friday, January 6, 2012

Samuel Colt Sells First Revolver to the US Military | Fold3 Spotlights

Click on the above title/link.

Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the United States government on January 4, 1847. The guns were was mass-produced to be used in the Mexican War. Despite the genius behind his invention, it wasn’t immediately affordable for the common cowboy, but the purchase from the government popularized the weapon and decreased its cost. Approximately 2,000 handguns were ordered, and Colt received $10 for each one. The large order allowed Colt to restart his firearm business. After being handmade and expensive for so long, Colt was finally able to afford machinery to produce the weapons faster for less money. — From Fold3



Beranrdus Steunenberg served in the U.S. Army enlisting 11/15/1847 at Niles, MI and mustered into service for the Mexican War in 12/2/1847 in Detroit, MI as a private. He was in Captain Wittenmyer's Company F of Colonel Troll's (I am wondering if this should be Col. Thomas B. W. Stockton's) Regiment of Michigan volunteers. Company F returned home in August of 1848 at the closure of the war after rendering gallant and arduous service. Bernardus was honorably discharged on 7/28/1848. While serving in Mexico, he contracted smallpox and almost died. — Paraphrased from Grace Steunenberg Crookham, Keppel Family History, 1945

Looks like the 1st Michigan avoided any serious skirmishes.

It's doubtful Bernardus would have ever had a Colt Walker in his possession. It is one of the rarest of all Colt's and only about a 1000 were produced for the Mexican War. I imagine you would have to be a high ranking officer to be lucky enough to get one. With so few produced, well made Colt Walker counterfeits are seen from time to time, including this one at the NRA Museum.

Bernardus married Cornelia Keppel on 10/28/1852 in Keokuk, Iowa. Cornelia died on 6/5/1876, leaving Bernardus behind with ten children. Sadly, I have no photographs of Cornelia. A few years later, the now adult children, with Bernardus to follow, would begin the migration West and settle in Caldwell, Idaho. Browse the blog for the more of that story.

$920,000

The Outlaw Josie Wales

Colt Walker (Wilipedia)

Clint Eastwood's Walker at the Tulsa Gun show (may take a bit to load—be it the video or the Walker—unless you are Clint)

Love watching Josie Wales..over and over again.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Frazier Farmstead Museum

Sneaking in another post before I head back to my office tomorrow after a long weekend break. Happy 2012!

Below is the link to a nice video tour of the Frazier Farmstead where my mother, Brenda Steunenberg Richards (shown below next to the house circa 1925), spent time as a young girl with her aunts and uncles. I found the video tour on YouTube and shared it over the holidays with local family and might as well post it here too. This part of the family is on my Grandma Francis Beardsley Wood Steunenberg’s side (Beardsley/Frazier/Simpson).

I set the video link so that it starts just before you see the Cross my mother is pictured with come into view. Pictures of kinfolk can be seen on the wall along the stairwell. The video is a good tour of each room, the contents and grounds. The Cross sits in the stairwell of the house that you see from the outside over my mothers right shoulder. Always thinking of you mom.

Video Tour Frazier Farmstead Museum

After we visited the Farmstead in 2005, Diane Biggs (director of the museum) helped preserve a great memory with this article on the website. I have linked it to the blog before so you may have seen it. The Cross Story

The Beardsley/Frazier/Simpson side of the family probably needs a separate blog of their own as quite a bit of history here too and I have only briefly mentioned it on this site. Thanks to one of our kinfolk, Patrick Simpson, a lot has been documented in the book Whither Thou Goest. My mother cherished that book and I have always been pleased that Patrick documented our history and she had the opportunity to read it before her passing.
Here are a couple other photos (circa 1925) from our family album taken on the same day as the one with the Cross. That is my grandmother Francis Steunenberg on the right. In the picture on the left my mother is holding a "Ragtime Rastus"—probably from the old Victrola in the house. We don't know what happened to the original but I later bought a genuine Ragtime Rastus for my mom that I now have on display at our house. And wouldn't you know it, here is a sample of Ragtime Rastus in action from YouTube. Perhaps not politically correct today but you can see why most children would have been enthralled watching Rastus dance on the Victrola.

Here is the main link to the Frazier Farmstead Museum

One of my blog entries from Saturday, August 16, 2008: Private Lewis Simpson, Company K of the Eighty-ninth New York Volunteers.

And my Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) pages about Private Lewis Simpson and one about his brother Private Justus Simspson.

On to 2012 and new discoveries....