Idaho History Dec 23, 2018

Stage Coach History

(part 3)

West Central Idaho

Roseberry Stage Coach Fording the River 1900

No Bridge!

From a photo collection 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
source: Hoff Phenomenology Research Pioneer Life Photo Essay
[hat tip to SMc]
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1902 News Briefs

A New Stage Line

The Emmett Index May 29, 1902

E. H. Beggs to Run Daily Stage from Emmett to Centerville

E. H. Dewey has made arrangements with E. H. Beggs to run a daily stage from Emmett to Centerville via Pearl and Placerville. This new line will begin operation on July 1st.

Such things as the above demonstrates that Mr. Dewey is exerting every effort to make business for his road and to build up our town. The liveliest place in all Idaho this summer, outside of Thunder Mountain itself, will be Emmett.

source: AHGP Idaho
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Road Will Go by Long Valley

One Contract Has Been Let And Other Bids Will Be Accepted Today

The Emmett Index June 12, 1902

It has now been definitely announced that the wagon road to Thunder Mountain to be built from this place will go by way of Long Valley. The line will be from Emmett to Dry Buck, into High Valley, then down the old wagon road to Smith’s Ferry, thence on up to Big Creek or Clear Creek.

C. F. Fisher, a merchant of Van Wyck, has secured the contract for building the cut-off between Tripod and Van Wyck, and the contract will be let today for the contracts between Dry Buck and High Valley. There are a large number of bidders for this work.

Engineers J. M. Clark and Ed. Hedden were over this week making the survey for the cut-off. Mr. Hedden will have charge of the work until completion.

Mr. Fisher, who has the contract for the first cut-off will return from Nampa today and will begin immediate work.

source: AHGP Idaho
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Emmett, Idaho, June 26, 1902

R. L. Moler commenced freighting to Thunder Mountain. He will use his own stock but work with “Little Mack’s” outfit.

J. J. McDonald, the Thunder Mountain road contractor, was down Monday for supplies. He says he is now working 50 men in his outfit and work is getting along fine.

excerpted from: AHGP Idaho
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Surveyors Back from the Mines

The Route Will Now Be Selected And Contracts Let For Work At Once

The Emmett Index July 10, 1902

Engineer J. M. Clark, of the Idaho Northern, Con Dewey, and Ira Hamilton of Nampa, and E. E. Stanley of this place, returned yesterday from Thunder Mountain, for which place they started three weeks ago to survey the wagon road from Emmett to the mines. Mr. Clark had nothing to say for publication until after he made his report to General Manager E. H. Dewey at Nampa, but stated that the trip had been perfectly satisfactory.

Mr. Stanley, who accompanied the party with a view of bidding for a contract on the road, stated that they had found two or three very satisfactory routes. He could not tell which would be selected, but the party encountered less difficulty in locating the road and lower mountain passes than was anticipated.

Mr. Stanley is prepared to bid on any part of the road and will leave for Nampa today for that purpose. He says that if awarded a contract he will put on the biggest outfit on the works. He said they found lots of people in camp but that it would be hard to estimate the number as everyone was on the move.

source: AHGP Idaho
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Wagon Road to Roosevelt

The Emmett Index May 7, 1903

Frank E. Johnesse, superintendent of construction of the Thunder Mountain Wagon Road, to be built from Long Valley to Roosevelt, expects to leave about May 15 for a trip over the route in company with a party of prospective contractors. The contract will be awarded soon and work will be resumed as soon as weather conditions will permit. Under the provisions of the law passed by the last legislature appropriating $20,000 to aid in constructing this road, a similar amount was to be raised on the outside. Colonel Dewey and his associates have already placed $10,000 at the disposal of the state and arrangements have been made to deposit the remaining $10,000 on May 10.

source: USGenWeb Archives by Sharon McConnel Copyright. All rights reserved.
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Boise & Pearl Stage, T. B. Walker, Prop.

source: AHGP Idaho
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Sults’ Ola, Thunder City, Vanwyck Stage

(Thunder City about six miles west of Cascade and Vanwyck was about three miles southwest of Cascade.)

source: AHGP Idaho
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Emmett to Van Wyck

The early wagon road into Long Valley was via Squaw Creek, Sweet, and Brownlee, over Dry Buck Summit into High Valley, and on to Smith’s Ferry, Round Valley, and Clear Creek. The road and ferry were built about 1882, when the need for ties for construction of the Oregon Short Line initiated the first export of logging products from the upper Payette River. Before the Oregon Short Line built the Idaho Northern Branch railway to McCall (opened in 1915), a four-horse-team stagecoach was operated between Emmett and Van Wyck, carrying passengers, mail, and supplies.

excerpted from page 44: History of the Boise National Forest 1905-1976 By Elizabeth M. Smith
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Smith’s Ferry Hotel 1910


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Callender Stage Coach

From a photo collection 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
source: Hoff Phenomenology Research Pioneer Life Photo Essay
[hat tip to SMc]
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Joseph C. Shepherd

1836 – 1904 Emmett Index

J. C. Shepherd, one of the pioneers of Idaho, died at the home of his daughter in Pearl, Tuesday afternoon of pneumonia. He was 69 years old and had resided in this vicinity since 1862. About three months ago he left Emmett to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Mary Kidd. Mr. Shepherd was taken ill last Friday.

Mr. Shepherd was born in Pennsylvania. He came to the Payette valley in the spring of 1862. In the early sixties he ran a stage between Falk’s Store and Umitilla, Oregon. He located near the Block house below Emmett, where he conducted a meat market, stage station and a public house. Later he spent several years trapping. Tiring of this, Mr. Shepherd again entered the stage business, carrying the mail from Falk’s Store to Placerville.

When Shepherd located here there was nothing in Emmett but a post office and a few buildings. At one time in the early days he was quite wealthy. The last few years of his life he conducted a stage between Emmett and Pearl. He sold this business several months ago and retired.

He is survived by a son and daughter, Phil Shepherd and Mrs. Mary Kidd, both of Pearl; also two step-sons, John Hall of Emmett and Will Hall of Ontario, Ore. All were present at Mr. Shepherd’s death.

The remains were brought to Emmett yesterday afternoon. The funeral will take place at 10:30 o’clock February 25, from the Methodist Church.

source: Gem County, IDGenWeb Project
[h/t SMc]
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Stagecoach Robbery Near Grangeville

By Evan Filby

On this day in 1897, citizens in Grangeville, Idaho, learned that the stagecoach from Lewiston had been robbed during the night. The stage had apparently arrived within 4 or 5 miles of town when two highwaymen stopped it. The robbers then relieved the two passengers of their valuables, such as they had, and ordered the driver to toss them the mail sacks.


Stagecoach with Camas Prairie in the background. Retouched U.S. Forest Service photo

The driver threw off a sack he knew contained nothing of particular value, but surreptitiously retained a second. (Evidence would soon confirm that these crooks were not too bright.) The robbers directed him back the way he had come. The driver started that way, but then retraced his path after the highwaymen were out of sight. The stage continued on into Grangeville.

Investigators traveled to the holdup site during the day to look for clues and perhaps tracks. They apparently found the looted mail sack because they were able to link another specific clue to the robbery: They found a “get out of town” notice served on one Charles A. Frush, identified as a “half-breed.” Such notices were generally handed out to drifters with no visible means of support who hung around town too long.

Frush was quickly arrested and he immediately “ratted out” his accomplice, a man named Daniel Hurley. Frush’s guilty plea and testimony that convicted Hurley did him no good. The Illustrated History said, “Both received life sentences.”

source: South Fork Companion
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Postcard of the Grangeville to Stites Stage – 1909


Look at the size of those hogs!

postcard from the Hugh Hartman collection
source: Bob Hartman Idaho History 1860s to 1960s
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Old post card of stage on the Stites to Elk City wagon road

Staging between Stites and Elk City
Pub. for Post Office Drug Store, Stites, Idaho

FB source: Shannon Dolph Perry Idaho History 1860s to 1960s
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Stites to Elk City stage

FB source: Shannon Dolph Perry Idaho History 1860s to 1960s
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Elk City Wagon Road Stage just below Newsome headed for Elk City.

Two four-horse teams and passengers. Circa 1920.

FB source: U.S. Forest Service – Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
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Baalam Fox

by Kennie Lynn Klingback

… After the war he drove stage up and down the Santa Fe trail for Barlow & Sanderson, driving a Concord coach. He transferred farther to the Southwest near the Arizona border. Balaam then went into the employ of Ben Holladay on the Overland Stage Line driving stagecoach over rough roads in Idaho and Montana. Stage drivers were celebrated men in their time, paid well, and in their day became as famous as rock stars today. Balaam Fox is buried in the Sweet-Montour Cemetery under a Civil War era tombstone.

source: Gem County, IDGenWeb Project
[h/t SMc]
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Idaho Stage Coach History (part 1)

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