Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Flashback to the casting and sculpting of Frank's statue

Click this link to read article:   
A little slice of History: Of Statues and men by Rick Just, History Contributor to the Idaho Press

Thanks for the great article Rick!

John's Comments:
I have a minor correction to the above story. As indicated, Gilbert Riswold was the original artist who completed the clay sculpture. However, Guido Nelli did the bronze casting of my great grandfather Frank Steunenberg’s statue in October of 1927 at his California Bronze Foundry in Los Angeles. The location was incorrectly stated as San Francisco. 

Guido Nelli was a fine artist in his own right and and casting was his specialty. I am including several photographs below from the USC Archives and other sources showing the casting process taking place at the foundry in Los Angeles. 

Related blog link:
Friday, November 5, 2010 
Original clay sculpture of Governor Steunenberg's statue

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Iowa Hawkeyes defeat Mississippi State 27-22 in Outback Bowl

We have posted some of this before but here is a flashback in light of today's Iowa Hawkeye bowl victory.

Of Course Frank Steunenberg attended the OTHER Iowa College in its early days as the Iowa Agricultural College in Ames. It later became Iowa State University (the Cyclones).  However, we always give a tip of the hat to the University of Iowa (Hawkeyes), our other Steunenberg and Keppel kinfolk living in that state, and of course to Nile Kinnick. In particular, we are doing so on this New Years Day (1/1/2019) after a victory over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl. 

Iowa Farm Boy a few years before Idaho.

Cyclones ready for the big game against the Hawkeyes.

The all-time Iowa Hawkeye and WWII hero whose promising future was cut so short by the war. Nile Kinnick autographed this photo post card mailed from Iowa City in 1940 to my father (about age 14 at the time) in Philadelphia. PA.

My father's brother, my Uncle Bob, was an exceptional football player in his own right. Nile had been in Philadelphia to accept his Maxwell Trophy from the Maxwell Club where Bob, along with other local players, were awarded what are similar to today's Mini-Maxwell's. He met Nile (documented in news articles) at the awards banquet and I have a hunch (not documented) that he ask Nile to send his kid brother a signed photo.

Bob in the center (after all that was his position) 3rd from R or L. About 18 years old receiving his local area Maxwell award.

Bob (incorrectly written as Frank) Richards is listed in the final paragraph as a winner of the Maxwell Club luncheon award and "also were introduced to Kinnick." You will see that the article goes on to say Bob was "a member of the Zephyr team in the Pop Warner Conference." We know he was the only winner that was still high school at the time and not yet on a college team. He would later consider Villinova but WWII would intervene as it did with Kinnick. 

Here is an enlargement of that last paragraph.

Bob joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and served in the Pacific. After his 4 year commitment and the war ended, he would re-enlist and serve about 5 years with the U.S. Army in occupied Japan. Kind of brings us full circle as he would play football for Army in in the Rice Bowl on Jan 1st, 1950 against Airforce. Meiji Jingu Gaien Stadium had been renamed by the occupying forces as...yep....Kinnick Stadium. 

Happy New Year 2019!

  Bob right square in the center of the center row.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"I have two incurable ailments. Life has become a trial. I can't go on."

"Major George E. Steuneneberg, 84, retired officer,......committed suicide by firing a .32 caliber bullet into his head while a horrified neighbor women watched, police said."
The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu, Hawaii
United States of America
Sunday, February 28, 1954
The Star Press - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1954

U.S. Army during the Spanish American War/WW2 period.
Early career U.S. Navy.

Major George E. Steunenberg.

Grave site for the Major's wife--Georgia Steunenberg.

Canyon Hill memorial marker, Caldwell, ID

New York Times 6/13/1915

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

Idaho Mountain Express

Click link below.

Bombs should unite us


Monday, October 22, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Steunenberg Brothers

Recently discovered photo of the Steunenberg Brothers. Click on link below. 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Monday, October 2, 2017

Idaho Penitentiary Hospital

Idaho Penitentiary Hospital circa 1912.
Source: John T. Richards (JTR) Collection.
I love this old photo postcard. It shows John W. Snook, Warden, and D.W. Ackley, Assistant Warden. Another gentlemen is identified as the "florist" but not named. May be a prison Trusty.

About all that remains of the hospital is the foundation. It was damaged/destroyed in the 1971 riots at before the old pen was closed down. Deputy Warden Ackley was a familiar figure during the 1907 Haywood trial. He was a Prison Guard at the time and one of Orchard's escorts to and from the Pen & Courthouse.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Idaho Law

Click here for post on:  HISTORY OF BOISE IDAHO 1863-1963

Saturday, September 9, 2017

'It was 1897, a big fair was born, and Boise had all of the latest improvements' by Arthur Hart

Here is an article from the Idaho Statesman by Arthur Hart. I posted it in the following Facebook group. See also a previous post in the first comment regarding an article written by Gov. Frank Steunenberg in Harper's Bazaar. 33: 220-1. May 26, 1900 in the first comment.

Click on this link: HISTORY OF BOISE IDAHO 1863-1963