Sunday, June 30, 2013
Hannah put together a nice website with excellent resources. I was pleased it included some good music from our favorite Idaho musician—Gary Eller aka Bona Fide, Chicken Dinner Road, Frozen Dogs and whatever other incarnation he shows up in with the likes of Rue and the boys. Click here for a music sample from Hannah's website.
From ISHS 2011 Annual Report: National History Day Students Shine
"The first national evaluation of National History Day (NHD), conducted this year, found that NHD students are better prepared for school, more sought after by employees, and have a more mature perspective on current events than their peers. The result did not come as a surprise in Idaho, where NHD is alive, well, and much appreciated by teachers and students. For 27 years, ISHS has coordinated the program in Idaho; annually more than 1,000 Idaho students participate. This year, 43 of them attended the NHD contest at the University of Maryland, where Hannah Weekes from Rocky Mountain Middle School in Idaho Falls won as the Outstanding Idaho Junior for her website, 'Dynamic Diplomacy: Silver Wars of the Coeur d’Alene’s.'”
Great work Hannah! I regret that I don't believe we got to connect during the time you were working on this project but I see you found your way to my blog. I hope it was useful to you.
Monday, June 24, 2013
|John imagining the Saratoga.|
|Caldwell Bank & Trust on the left and Saratoga Hotel on the right along with the Caldwell Band. Library of Congress.|
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Just remember Bert, I have sat upstairs in the Caldwell Bank building where my great grandfather Frank Steunenberg had his office. If you ever get the Saratoga rebuilt, I would like to sit by the window there too and am putting in my reservation now for room #19 where Harry Orchard stayed while keeping his evil eyes on the governor's movements and planning his dastardly deed. I never got to do that before the Saratoga burned down. Sounds pretty crazy I know, but I like to retrace the footsteps of history as close as possible. A couple guys can always dream—can't they?
I will keep following the Indian Creek red brick road and see if it ever again leads to a Saratoga Hotel in Caldwell or just to a parking lot on an empty corner.
Related blog posts & other links:
Monday, January 28, 2013
7th Avenue, Caldwell, Idaho pre-1906
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Caldwell Commercial Bank/Bank & Trust Co.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
7th & Main Street Caldwell, Idaho - Panorama
Friday, August 1, 2008
Automatic Teller Bank from the Caldwell Banking & Trust Co. Ltd.
A Brief History of Caldwell
Saratoga Hotel (after the third floor was added)
Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century (you can still buy the DVD & visit the website).
Teaser: Coming soon—a few pieces of Saratoga Hotel souvenir china. I might even part with a couple if I can ever find the Saratoga Hotel again.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
|A reader (Jackie) has identified this as the Collister mansion. See comment section below.|
The photo above appears to be a rather large home in a winter scene with snow on the ground. I have not been able to specifically identify the home but looks to be quite the place so I hope it has survived.
Update 9/13/14: Thanks to Jackie, we now know this is the Collister house in Boise, ID. There doesn't seem to be many pictures around but I found a couple others on Ancestry.com. Jackie says the house no longer exists as was razed in the 1960's. I will have to do more research on Dr. George and Mary Collister.
And here is a bit more info on Dr. Collister from our neighbor Revue Guru (AKA Evan Filby) over at South Fork Companion.
This is an enlarged detail from the post card. I have leveled it out as the original (or the photographer!) was leaning a bit as can be seen above.
And a couple courthouse photos below.
original Boise courthouse (no longer there) where the Haywood trial took place.
|This one was sold as a souvenir of the trial with the inset of the courtroom. You have seen them before as I have quite a few of the souvenir version. All the above cards (except the one from Ancestry) are from my private JTR Collection.|
Monday, June 17, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The following come from the Industrial Workers of the World website.
Documents by William "Big Bill" Haywood:
The General Strike (March 16, 1911) [Official IWW Literature].
Evidence and Cross Examination of William D. Haywood in the Case of the USA vs. William D. Haywood et. al (Date Unknown) (PDF File)
Industrial Socialism (with Frank Bohn; Date Unknown)
Testimony of William D. Haywood Before the Industrial Relations Committee (Date Unknown) (PDF File)
Added 6/10/13: Haywood Photographs from the IWW
Documents related to Governor Steunenberg:
Chapter 15 - Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone
... Idaho where they were charged with the murder of Governor Steunenberg. No legal steps to arrest these men, who were going about their ... One night a bomb, attached to his gate, killed Governor Steunenberg. Rewards of thousands of dollars were offered for the arrest of ...
The Trial of Bill Haywood
... for ordering the assassination of former governor Frank Steunenberg, fifteen years of union bombings and murders, fifteen years of mine ...
Revolutionary Tendencies in American Labor - Part 2
... and Pettibone, engineered the murder of Idaho ex-Governor Steunenberg, and left-wing IWW militants preoccupied with defense and ...
The Legacy of the Bunker Hill Mine
... the miners and their families. Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg, who had been elected with WFM support the year before, called in ... wood. A few years later, in 1905, Steunenberg was killed by a bomb. A petty criminal named Harry Orchard, who ...
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Albert Horsley, remembered by his alias Harry Orchard, committed mass murder near Victor back ... Harry Orchard was born Albert Horsley in Ontario in 1866.