Saturday, June 25, 2011

COI Spotlight #3: The College of Idaho and Idaho’s Governors

You may not have yet noticed this new page on the College of Idaho (COI) website. It highlights those Idaho governors with historical ties to the COI.

The College of Idaho and Idaho’s Governors

First up on the list is Dr. Boone. He was never governor but did run twice for the office and was of course the long time president of the COI. One of the other new items on the website is that you can now read the complete text of That Man Boone by H.H. Hayman. I have a copy of it on the bookshelf too.

The first governor on the list is Frank Steunenberg. Click on the picture below (or while on the above linked page) of a young Frank Steunenberg.
While you are on the archives website, browse the George L. Crookham Papers from the Steunenberg administration. Many letters and documents are available online related to mining and labor issues in Idaho during the late 1800's/early 1900's and the assassination of then Ex-governor Steunenberg in 1905.

Just under Frank you will find John T. Morrison, who played an important if not surprising roll in the Haywood Trial that you can read about on page 333 of Big Trouble. Click on the "Page 333" to read the page or open up your own copy if you have one.

A couple related blog posts:
Monday, January 26, 2009

Newly Found Photo of a Young Frank Steunenberg circa 1880
Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sterry and Blatchley Halls-College of Idaho-circa 1910

Sunday, November 14, 2010
College of Idaho (COI) Archives Spotlight (#1) A.K. Steunenberg - did he die of a broken heart?
Monday, February 14, 2011
COI Archives Spotlight (#2) - 1/12/1890 original letter - Frank Steunenberg to family in Iowa

Gun Hunt

Still looking for more information on the Colt Single Action Army (serial # 172175 as posted on the web by the auction house) that allegedly belonged to Harry Orchard.

Same for the Savage 1895 that was given to Governor Steunenberg
. It may have come directly to him as a gift from the Savage Arms Company or from one or a group of mine owners. Unfortunately I do not have the serial # to track its origins.

Also, I
have been looking at other Savage 1895's for sale (not the 1970 anniversary edition and not an 1899), 26 inch octagon barrel in original .303 caliber. Deluxe version preferred with original checkered stock but I know those are few and far between. None or few mods, drill holes or additions. I am looking for a collector's item, original condition, not a hunting rifle but maybe some plinking if shootable. Reality priced based somewhere around book value. I am not a big collector with deep pockets but my teenage interest in antique arms has been re-kindled. Historical weaponry, though often related to war and tragic events, carries with it many great stories about our history.

Always at least looking at other Civil War, Spanish-American and WWI & II armaments.

Not sure where this photo was taken but liked it nonetheless so added to the collection recently. Appears to be Spanish- American war circa 1898. Anyone with more knowledge and a sharper eye might be able to tell if those are Krags, Trapdoors or something else the men are carrying. Click on the pic for enlarged and clearer view.

Brief History of the 1st Idaho Volunteer Infantry

1st Lt. George Steunenberg
of the 1st Idaho Volunteer Infantry
Writes of the Trip from Hawaii to Manila

George was one of Governor Frank Steunenberg's brothers

Roster of the 1st Idaho Volunteer Infantry

Friday, June 17, 2011

Re-visiting the Clarence Darrow Digital Collection..again, again, again...

This is just such a massive and great collection that opportunities to research new items will never end. Of course I have a great interest in the Haywood trial but the scope and influence of Darrow's life goes far beyond those months in Boise during 1907. Here is another look, starting with the Haywood trial link. Click on the photo below (those receiving email updates may see a link only) to be taken to the Clarence Darrow Digital Collection at the University of Minnesota Website. Be sure to scroll down when you get there as more documents and photos have been added.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Julian Steunenberg at Walla Walla College (now University) circa 1905

Here are a few pictures from Walla Walla College (WWC), more recently known at Walla Walla University (WWU). My grandparents, Julian Steunenberg and Francis Wood Steunenberg, met in Walla Walla/College Place. Grandma had relatives in both College Place and Medical Lake, Washington. Her side of the family (Maxon-Wood) were pioneers in the Walla Walla Valley and the founding of Walla Walla College. There are more photos at the archives that show my great-great and great-great-great grandparents (Maxon-Wood). Another story for another day.

That is my grandpa Julian with a baseball team at WWC. I am not sure if it is an official baseball team of any type or just a bunch of the guys. He is the stern looking one with the long coat, standing second from the left holding his lapel with the right hand and resting his left hand on the shoulder of his friend Clarence Kime. This would have been taken not long before the assassination of his father on December 30th, 1905. Julian was on Christmas break back home to Caldwell, ID when his father, Ex-Governor Frank Steunenberg, was assassinated. For a direct link to the above photo, click here for the WWU archives.

This individual picture was likely taken about the same time (same look!) and comes from my grandparents/mothers photo album. It is nice to now have both the individual and team photographs together. I always chuckle when I see these baseball pictures of what looks more like a bunch of frat boys or Julian at the Walla Walla or Idaho pen!

The three group photos come courtesy of the E.L. Mabley Archives at Walla Walla University. Explore the photo archives if you have the inclination. I am going to keep looking and order a few scans/copies one of these days, with perhaps higher resolution so I can get a better look at the faces in the crowd.

The next photo is of the college student body taken on the steps of the old administration building in 1905/06. I can't be sure if my grandfather Julian is in this group or not. I see a face up toward the top of the stairs that I think might be him but could be wishful thinking on my part. Depends if this is a 1905 or post-assassination 1906 photo. As far as I now, Julian never returned to school after his father/my great grandfather was murdered. I see the president of the college, M.E. Cady, seated in the middle of the photo, about second row with his head turned to the right. WWU link.

This photo to the right is a bit easier to see and shows the dormitory students from 1905/06. That is Julian siting on the ground (one of the three men) third from the left. I just recently discovered this photograph while browsing the archives. WWU link.

Related Blog links
The Testimony of Julian P. Steunenberg

Julian Steunenberg at the Haywood Trial

Steunenberg Son (my grandfather Julian) On Stand

Julian Steunenberg riding in a carriage going to...?

Telegram from WWC President M. E. Cady

Letter-of-Condolence from J.C. Smith, Walla Walla College

Letter of Condolence from Clarance Kime

Other related Walla Walla/College Place blog posts and letters

Steunenberg's and Religion

Mrs. Steunenberg Pardons Slayer Of Her Husband

Julian Steunenberg ( in progress)

Frank W. Steunenberg, the youngest child of Frank & Belle Steunenberg, and younger brother of Julian, later attended WWC and graduated 1924 with a B.A. degree in Theology.

A stroll with my grandpa Julian (circa 1955). A kind and gentle person as was grandma Francis (aka Fan or Fanny). They left me many fond memories.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Big Trouble by J. Anthony Lukas—a current review

Big Trouble | The Freeman | Ideas On LibertyWithin days of Steunenberg's murder, detectives closed in on Thomas Hogan, in whose hotel room they found traces of bomb-making material. ...