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.
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).
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
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
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.
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").