This blog contains history, photos, etc. related to Idaho from the late 1800's/early 1900's. My mother, Brenda Steunenberg Richards, was born in ID. Much of it pertains to the assassination of my great grandfather, Gov. Frank Steunenberg, the trial of Bill Haywood & grew out of the 100 year commemorations of those events. Along the way I toss in a bit of the Wild West, old guns, radios, military, etc. Your comments are welcomed. If using my images, please just ASK. Thank you.
is another great RPPC (to me anyway) acquired with the recent batch. I
have included some detail scans. I just started playing with it but here
are a few first looks. A pretty rare find. Circa 1904-5.
could get a better look through those windows! Who knows where this is?
Should be easy for most. I will add additional comments later.
Here is a Real
Photo Post Card (RPPC) of a three span bridge crossing the Boise River near Caldwell.
Written on the back "Idaho OSL Railroad" and "West of Caldwell one mi
crossing Boise River." We see an Oregon Short Line (OSL) train on the bridge at the time of the
In a quick search of other photos of mine and online I
have not yet confirmed if the bridge still exists or location. Comparing
photos as I write. If the bridge experts have any ideas please let me
This third photo below is one I lightened up and gave a bit more contrast.
You can find also other bridges by searching this blog.
To see more great photos and discussion regarding this post, and where it is located, click here and visit the All Idaho group.
Sorry...initially had the reverse side posted below from the wrong postcard.
Here is another RPPC, circa 1906-1907, among a grouping of early
photos of Caldwell, ID. This is the home of AK and Carrie Steunenberg
and still stands in Caldwell. AK was one of the brothers of Gov. Frank
Steuneneberg and was actually more the mover and shaker in family
business dealings.The photo is almost identical, but not quite,
to a larger original I have of the house. It remains a beautiful
Caldwell landmark but has been split into apartments and has not
received the upkeep and historical
restoration it needs. The home had a large upstairs room, ballroom of
sorts, and was the gathering place for Steunenberg holiday celebrations
and other events.
Here is an excerpt from 'Big Trouble':
“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.”
.....“None of these insecurities could be detected that Christmas
afternoon as a gracious A.K. welcomed the boisterous clan beneath his
portico. No fewer than thirty Steunenbergs gathered around the heavily
laden table, headed by the 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.”
Above from 'Big Trouble-A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America' by J. Anthony Lukas
Probably the trigger for my wanting this was the note on the back (I am
correcting spelling): "AK Steunenberg res(idence, Bro(ther) to the one
that was blown up."
I will post a couple related blog links in comments below.