Saturday, October 17, 2015

2007 Blog Flashback - Governor Steunenberg Commemorative Medal & other items circa 1900

As I wind down on the 8th year of this blog, I am going to start going back to the beginning and do an occasional flashback of interesting items that may have become buried and forgotten.

I haven't discovered and recovered any significant family specific items such as these since 2007. A significant and very pleasant surprise at the time. Let's take a look back.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 

Never Know What Might Pop Up On eBay

All of the items mentioned below on my blog were purchased by me as a lot on eBay.

Commemorative medal given to my great grandfather in 1900 

I find a lot of items related to our family and Idaho history but to find these personal mementos that at one time belonged to my great grandfather, great grandmother and their children was quite a surprise. Typically items such as this would have been retained and preserved. I suspect these got separated somewhere in the course of death, divorce, relocation, estate sales and perhaps even theft. I am always saddened when I see things of a very personal family nature going to the highest bidder and was afraid the same was going to happen here. Love it or hate it, eBay is now the world's garage and estate sale and anything is possible. I had to pay a price but was delighted that I was the high bidder on this one and these items were able to find there way back to the family.

As a side note, many of the documents related to the Steunenberg administration and Coeur d’Alene mining issues are at the College of Idaho archives.

Other sites of interest include:

If you haven't been to the site yet, your will want to check out Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century. (Many more links of interest are listed here under "resources"). I recommend supporting public television by purchasing the DVD of the program. It was a lot of fun to contribute and I even got a few seconds of on screen fame!  

Idaho Legal History Society (some repeats from my blog). The logo you see is of Governor Steunenberg

Bill Haywood Trial

Idaho State Historical Society

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