Saturday, June 30, 2012

Freighting in Idaho

John Richards Collection
Here is a postcard and a photograph that I am moving up from the unarchived section at the bottom of the blog. I will be deleting those soon.

My grandfather Julian Steunenberg (click here for more about Julian, the Haywood trial, Walla Walla College, etc.), eldest son of Governor Steunenberg, reportedly ran a freighting business out of Caldwell for awhile that would have been similar to the one above. Most were probably taking supplies to the mines near Silver City.
John Richards Collection
And here we see the move from horse to steam power. "Best Steam Engine in Lumber Freighting Idaho 1905." This photograph is probably an old copy made on photographic paper from another photo and sold for use in news publications and periodicals (from the markings on the back).

Idaho Freight Wagons

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I noticed quite a bit of Steunenberg related activity recently on Find-A-Grave. A lot of deceased kinfolk have been posted by one of the Find-A-Grave participants. I can't say I have frequented the site to any great degree but it has come in handy when trying to locate a particular cemetery and/or grave-site. You can join in and sign up for free (you have to put up with all  the ads) and make your own corrections and changes to  the listings.

Below are a number of Steunenberg entries. I have not gone over them in detail but do see a few facts and figures that need to be corrected or added. However, the one that stood out immediately was a entry on Loreen Steunenberg Dinwiddie.

Wait a minute! Loreen is still with us! 

Loreen Steunenberg (1903 - 2012)

The above link doesn't go anywhere now but I printed out a copy before it was removed. I had contacted the creator and informed him that Loreen was alive and well at the ripe old age of 109. As far as anyone knows, she is the oldest woman in Oregon.

I sure appreciate all the work this gentleman is doing on Find-A-Grave. OK, so he made a mistake...but Loreen has continued to defy the odds and fool us all. 

Update: Monday, August 27, 2012 - In Memoriam

Loreen-Oregon Adventist Conference

More Find-A-Grave pages that I have randomly listed.

Frank Willis Steunenberg (1900 - 1990)

Grace "Jenny" Steunenberg Crookham (1875 - 1951)

Josephine "Josie" Steunenberg (1873 - )

Charles B "Pete" Steunenberg (1867 - 1948)

Carrie M Steunenberg (1865 - 1955)

Albert K Steunenberg (1863 - 1907)

John Steunenberg (1858 - 1923)

Bernardus Steunenberg (1824 - 1907)

William L Steunenberg (1857 - 1946)

Cornelia Steunenberg (1833 - 1876)

Bernardus Steunenberg (1824 - 1907)

Brenda Steunenberg Richards (1919 - )

Carroll Arthur "Cal" Steunenberg (1913 - 2009)

Jules Bernarr Steunenberg (1915 - 1946)

Frank "Bud" Steunenberg (1911 - 1980)

Violet Wood Steunenberg (1916 - 1985) 

Frances Beardsley Wood Steunenberg (1888 - 1976)

Julian Pope Steunenberg (1886 - 1966)

John Harold Steunenberg (1921 - )

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ballads of the Owyhee Country

If you haven't picked up your copy of the new and improved 2012 version of Ballads of the Owyhee Country—now is the time. It's a 47 page booklet with 22 songs on CD performed by "Banjo Man" Gary Eller, John Larsen and friends. Of course it includes some of my favorite desperado's such as Dynamite Harry (well not a favorite I guess but I do like Gary and John), Diamondfield Jack and Hey Ho Lyda (Southard). You can buy it through the Owyhee County Historical Society Bookstore (scroll down on the OCHS page and click on the photo next to "Other books for sale in our bookstore 1").
While you're on the OCHS website, check out some of the back issues of the Owhyee Outpost. I just picked up a couple with articles by Ned Williams (see: Did Steunenberg neighbor William 'Bill' Williams know about the bomb?) and another by Edith Steunenberg Ferrar (Delamar, Idaho). Only $10 bucks each and you are supporting the preservation of Idaho history.

For more information, you can contact Gary through his Idaho Songs Project website. You won't want to miss all the information and sample recordings of historical Idaho music and ballads.