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.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
And about that bad eye of Haywood's
As we know, Bill Haywood lost his right eye as a youth while whittling. From Big Trouble, page 205:
John Richards Collection
"But the bloodiest encounter of his youth came at his own careless hand. At age nine, he was whittling the stock of a slingshot when his knife slipped and punctured his right eye, blinding him for life. Other children mocked him with epithets like Squint Eye and Deadeye Dick. Henceforth, in posing for photographs he always turned his head to offer the unimpaired left profile. But he never had a glass eye installed in place of that dead eye with it's milky glaze. Did he somehow enjoy the lopsided, even sinister cast it gave his face?"
The information below comes once again from Carlin Otto as told to her by her grand-father
M. Ned Williams:
"When my grandfather, M. Ned Williams, was about 6
or 7, he used to sit around Silver City, Idaho whittling with his knife. Whenever he saw Big Bill Haywood approaching he would
switch the direction of his whittling so as to pull the knife towards himself
instead of pushing it away. Big Bill would stop and pay him a nickel to change the
direction of his whittling. The reason
for this is that Big Bill lost the sight in one of his eyes when he was a boy
due to an accident that involved unsafe use of a knife."
Thank you again Carlin for sharing these great stories from your grandfather and great-grandfather.