Idaho History February 19, 2017

Valley County History

Valley County Centennial Magazine

Published on Dec 22, 2016

Celebrating 100 years of Valley County, Idaho and Cascade, Idaho.

link: Free online book

Note: Yellow Pine is featured on page 29.

Copies of the magazine are available in Yellow Pine. Contact Paula.
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What was life like in the early days in Valley County

A Photo Essay compiled by by Rosemary Hoff, Photo Slide Credits Photographs used by permission from the following Valley County pioneer women: Marilyn Kerby Callendar Whitson, Frances Kerby Coski, Eileen Scott Evans, Eleanor Morgan Manning, Donna Morgan Peterson

Just a little Snow in Cascade, Idaho 1936

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Hoff Phenomenology Research – ED 574 – Pioneer Life Photo Essay

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Long Valley Finnish Church

Photo courtesy of Long Valley Finnish Church

photo caption: Long Valley residents gather to celebrate the completion of the Finn church in 1917.

In the summer of 1917, Ed Poro gathered with others to take in the sight of the newly built Finnish Lutheran Church of Long Valley. Then Poro, the chairman of the church board, made a suggestion.

“He said they needed to build a two-hole outhouse in the back,” said Bill Leaf of Lake Fork, the current president of the church board.

Before 1917, Finnish Lutherans met in various homes for worship services, according to a history compiled by Leaf.

The Rev. William Eloheimo became the pastor in 1904 and encouraged the building of a church. Soon after, the Finnish Ladies Aid Society, also known as the Finnish Sewing Circle, was formed to raise money for the project.

In 1913, a 1-1/2 acre parcel was donated in 1913 by Uriel Kantola at the corner of what is now Farm to Market Road and Finn Church Lane.

“John Heikila, Nick Ranta, and John Ruska were contracted as carpenters, along with John Lapinoja as the principal builder,” according to Leaf’s history. “Construction costs were just over $1,800.”

The church’s constitution specified that it was not to be used for “any marriage ceremony, reception or any other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs based on Holy Scripture.”

The minutes of the first meeting of the church board in January 1918 specified that, “We are to look after the Church Building and keep it in good condition and inflammable as well as issue contracts for repairs.”

But the church has been used sparingly as a regular place of worship for reasons lost to history, said Leaf, whose grandfather, Andrew Lehti, was an original Long Valley homesteader. The Lehti family changed its name to Leaf so that it could be more easily pronounced, he said.

The affiliation with the Lutheran Church also waned, and in 1967 the church board officially changed the name to the Long Valley Finnish Church. The church, and the outhouse, were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Since he became president of the church board four years ago, Leaf has dedicated himself to gathering as many historical documents on the church as possible.

One important source are the minutes of the church board meetings, which Leaf found were kept in the homes of various board secretaries over the decades. But he was unable to find minutes from the earliest meetings.

“Then I remembered that someone told me the altar was hollow, so I pushed it away from the wall and there was a box,” he said.

Like a scene from a movie, Leaf had discovered the board minutes from 1918 to 1925, all written in Finnish.

Some of the early traditions of the church remain, including allowing only men to serve on the church board. However, members of the Ladies’ Aid Society attend board meetings, and fundraising for church maintenance remains their central mission, said Sherie Mohr of McCall, the current treasurer of the society.

source: Tom Grote The Star-News May 14, 2015
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Long Valley Finnish Church

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Taken on September 14, 2012

source: Fairey Tales
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Site Report: North Fork Payette – Long Valley

Idaho Historical Society December 1981

The North Fork Payette-Long Valley study unit has a number of significant architectural sites related to the Finnish settlement of Long Valley in the period 1890 through 1930. Finnish homesteads survive that represent Finnish farmyard layout and the immigrants’ use of horizontal timber construction. That construction, characteristic of Northern Europe, includes hewn logs shaped with the long groove and complicated corner timbering. The study unit also has examples of false-fronted frame commercial buildings and examples of log and frame resort houses from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many of them clustered around Payette Lake. In Banks is a cluster of buildings related to the development of the Idaho Northern Railroad.

Thirty-five architectural sites have been recorded in the study area, one in Banks, three in Cascade, one in Donnelly, four in McCall, one in Roseberry, and the remainder in the rural areas of Long Valley along Idaho Highway 55 and Farm-to-Market Road.

from: Idaho Historical Society reference series

page updated May 25, 2020