Wednesday, March 10, 2021

I could go for a STEUNENBERGER right about now!


My mother (Brenda Steunenberg Richards) at the Olde Towne Eatery at 712 Main Street (Steunenberg Block) in Caldwell, Idaho. Undated photo 1960's (?). Maybe more like the 1970's. Not sure if I was there on that occasion or not. Below is a screenshot of the vacant location as of the last Google photo 2019.

We can see the same green and white tile and vents below the window as in the photo of my mother Brenda. I had been wondering if any of the signs and related items still existed. Glad to see some have found there way to the museum.

Just recently I discovered the following photographs on the Facebook page for the Historical Museum in Caldwell. 


 Courtesy of Our Memories Indian Creek Museum. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and/or in-person if in Caldwell.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Gov. Steunenberg in Town with son Julian

The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Wed, Aug 8, 1900


Saturday, November 14, 2020


Click on the link below for the Facebook page of the Frazier Farmstead Museum:

Brenda Steunenberg and The Cross at the Frazier Farmstead

 See previous post for more of the story:

Mom at the Frazier Farmstead Museum

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Photo from "Caldwell on the Streets" Facebook group


                                                    Caldwell Car show 9-2020 by Dee Nials

Sunday, August 9, 2020

SLOW DOWN GRANDPA JULIAN! The Caldwell Tribune, Saturday, July 17, 1909

 The very first....

On the same date in the Caldwell Tribune:  

Perhaps Grandma Francis (Beardsley Wood) Steunenberg was waiting for Julian to arrive with the next load of their belongings at the home on Dearborn Street. 


Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Los Angeles Times, Friday, April 13, 1923

Eveline "Belle" Steunenberg

The "large amount of the widow's original property was given to charity" would be interpreted by me as meaning the Adventist Church.

"Idaho coal fields" should be silver, zinc and lead mining. Gold initially but had pretty well played out.

Each year the Idaho legislature would introduce a new bill to continue the annuity for another year. Monitoring and distribution of funds was handled by LA County. I assume this continued until great grandma Belle's passing on January 7, 1951. I had not quite arrived yet.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Caldwell Tribune, Saturday, October 20th, 1906

I wonder if that was Frank Steunenberg's engraved 1895 Savage rifle? We know his brother Will had it after Frank's assassination and later mentioned the rifle in a hand written last Will and Testament.  

"see that the guns get good keepers. And if any of Frank’s Boys ever show any tendency to guns & will take care of same; give them the gun that belonged to Frank the 30-303 savage."

I don't know where any of the guns belonging to my great grandfather or his brothers ended up. Unfortunately none of them are in my gun safe.

Related Blog Entries.

Governor Frank Steunenberg's Model 1895 .303 Savage Rifle

"To Hell With The Man Who Breaks My Will"



Sunday, May 24, 2020

20 Believed Dead In Crash Of B-17s Near Panama



Sunday, March 8, 2020

William L. Crookham 1933-2020

A few memories with Bill and talks about family history! This was back in 2005.
Bill left and John right at the family plot Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, ID
Serious discussion no doubt

No problem!

In the prior photo, Bill & I were "lifting" the piece of granite that would be made into this memorial. It stands  outside the Caldwell train station. Bill was the driving force behind this project.

More info: 
1930 Census - The Crookham, Steunenberg & McClain Family Connection

Monday, January 27, 2020


The Salt Lake Tribune, Thursday, July 24, 1902 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Idaho Penitentiary Token Set

Happened to have these old tokens out of the plexiglass holder today so tried to get some clearer scans.  From my personal JTR Collection.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

'Trial of Century' film debuts in Boise

 Article I ran across recently on a newspaper archive site. We have seen similar before except this one actually mentions me by name!

A nice flashback, now over twelve years ago, to a great production and a wonderful group of participants and supporters.   

South Idaho Press, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"If the men now in jail are guilty, I hope they are hanged"—Julian Steunenberg

Stockton Daily Evening Record, Tuesday, May 14, 1907

Statement below is attributed to my grandfather Julian Steunenberg. It is cut from an article reporting on events at the Haywood trial. Julian was age 21 at the time.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

Veterans Day
"The Service flag is an official banner authorized by the Department of Defense for display by families who have members serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities the United States may be engaged in for the duration of such hostilities.

The Service flag, also called the Blue Star Flag, was designed and patented by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. 

President Wilson became part of this history when in 1918 he approved a suggestion made by the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defenses that mothers who had lost a child serving in the war wear a gold gilt star on the traditional black mourning arm band. This led to the tradition of covering the blue star with a gold star on the Service flag to indicate that the service member has died.

During WWII the practice of displaying the Service flag became much more widespread. Most flags were hand made by mothers across the nation. One of the most famous flags was that of the five Sullivan brothers who all perished on the U.S.S. Juneau.

The Blue Star Mothers was founded as a Veteran Service Organization and was part of a movement to provide care packages to military members serving overseas and also provided assistance to families who encountered hardships as a result of their son or husband serving in the war.

In 1960 Congress chartered the Blue Star Mothers of America as a Veterans Service Organization and in 1966, the Department of Defense revised the specifications for design, manufacture and display of the Service flag.

The Department of Defense specifies that family members authorized to display the flag include the wife, husband, mother, father, stepmother or father, parent through adoption, foster parents, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters and half brothers or sisters of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States. The flag should be displayed in a window of the residence of persons authorized.

The Service flag may also be displayed by an organization to honor the members of that organization serving during a period of war or hostilities.

The Service Flag is an indoor flag and should be flown facing out from the front window of the home or organization.

If the U.S. flag is also displayed with the Service flag, the U.S. flag should be of equal or greater proportions and should take the place of honor above the Service flag.

Each blue star on the flag represents a service member in active duty. A gold star is displayed if a service member is killed in action or dies in service. If several stars are displayed by one family the gold star takes the honor of being placed at the top. The gold star should be slightly smaller than the blue star to create a blue border surrounding the gold star.

Display of a Service Star Banner is done during times of war. Once again families are displaying banners at home. Blue Star Flags may be purchased through the internet, at stores, or made by hand."

Above from:

The flag below was displayed by my grandmother and grandfather, Julian & Frances Steunenberg, to signify two sons (Cal and Jule) serving in WWII and has an honored place among my family keepsakes. Symbolically it represents many other family members too.

THANK YOU to all who have or are serving on this Veterans Day 2019.