Author: Dennis Partridge

Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, Idaho

Dry Creek Cemetery was established in 1865 and became a taxing district in 1936. The oldest and most historical section of the cemetery (Pioneer) contains many distinctive monuments dating back to the turn of the century. In 1990, Syringa Gardens Cemetery was purchased. The following 15,895 burials are recorded in the cemetery from 1865 until today.

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Biography of Zephaniah A. Johnson

It is with pleasure that we are enabled to grant in this history a review of the leading business man and prominent member of society whose name appears above, and who is proprietor of the largest flour mills in the County. Mr. Johnson was born in Benton County, Iowa, on February 28, 1868, being the son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Hardinger) Johnson, natives respectively, of Greene County, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The father was a farmer and carpenter and later was a faithful preacher in the German Baptist Church. Our subject was educated in the native place and labored with...

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Biography of Wyley T. Johnson

The southeast fourth of section twenty-four, township thirty-four, range one east of the Boise meridian belongs to Wyley Johnson. It bears the marks of being one of the best tilled and kept farms in the vicinity. Mr. Johnson has a seven room residence, with water piped in. and all of the modern conveniences and this is but a sample of his farm improvements and achievements. He borrowed money in the east to make his way west and has wrought with industry and sagacity until he is now one of the most prosperous men of the reservation country. Mr. Johnson has cattle and hogs to consume the abundant harvests of his fertile farm and he is as successful in raising stock as in his farming. Wyley Johnson was born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, on March 10, 1860, being the son of Len H. and Martha (Turner) Johnson, natives of Tennessee. The maternal grandfather, Wyley Turner, served in the war of 1812. The father of our subject died in 187 1 and the mother removed her family to Humphreys County, Tennessee, in 1876. In 1884 Mr. Johnson came to Albion, Cassia County. Idaho, and there wrought on a stock farm. The next winter he went to San Francisco with a train of stock for Samuel Guinn. He remained a time in California and in 1891 came to the Palouse country, then...

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Biography of Wilson Bowlby

Among the pleasant and truly successful men in Nez Perce, we should mention Mr. Bowlby, whose genial manner and good business ability and public spirit have placed in a prominent and popular position. He is the owner and operator of a fine drug store in Nez Perce and is a leader in his line. Wilson Bowlby was born in Oregon, on the July 7, 1867, being the son of Theodore F. and Sophia A. (Adams) Bowlby. The father was a native of Indiana and crossed the plains with ox teams with his father, a physician seeking his health in...

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Biography of Willie E. Kern

This enterprising farmer resides twenty-one miles southeast from Lewiston and is one of the substantial stockmen and farmers of his section, having a nice place well improved and productive of good returns annually. W. E. Kern was born in Richardson County, Nebraska, in 1866, being the son of William C. and Roda R. (Cox) Kern. The father is a stockman and farmer, born in Indiana in 1810, and now lives in Oregon. He crossed the plains in 1845, l852, and in 1866, and mined in California. He was County treasurer of Umatilla County, at Pendleton, for eight years and was sheriff in Iowa for two terms. The mother was born in Indiana in 1827, came west in 1878 and is still living. Willie E. was reared in Nebraska until thirteen years old and then came west with his parents in 1878, completing his education in Pendleton. At fifteen he started for himself and worked three years in Umatilla County at blacksmithing. Then he went to the sound and labored in the timber. Four years later he went to Butte. Montana, and opened a restaurant, where he did well for two and one-half years. He also spent some time in the Big Bend country in Washington in the stock business and in 1899 he came to his present place. January was the month and he has labored since with excellent...

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Biography of William White

A man of energy and excellent practical ability, who demonstrated his patriotism by serving in the Civil war from March, 1865 to November 20, 1865, in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry, Company E. under General George H. Thomas, who has wrought in a worthy manner since and is now one of the substantial men of the reservation, to such an one we with pleasure grant space in the history of the County. William White was born in Jefferson County. New York, on December 1, 1845, being the son of William and Elvira (Freeman) White, natives of New York. Hiram Freeman, great grandfather of our subject, enlisted in the Revolutionary War at the age of seventeen. William came with his parents to Jo Daviess County, Illinois, where he grew up and received his education. During the war period of his life he was in several skirmishes and had bullets graze his face. He was in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and other places during this time. Mr. White is a member of the G. A. R. in Ames, Iowa. Subsequent to his discharge in Nashville, Tennessee, he returned home and farmed. On February 20, 1868, Mr. White married Miss Susan L., daughter of Henry and Jemima (Dow) Trevits. Eight children have been born to this union, Frank E., married to Marion Burton, is now living in this County, having been a successful...

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Biography of William W. Wright

After a long period of intelligent labor in developing and building up the various sections where he has resided, the gentleman whose name appears above is now living a quiet and retired life in Lookout, where he is also giving some attention to the duties of vegetable gardening and handle the business of a notary public. William W. Wright was born in Marion County, Indiana, on May 6, 1839, being the son of Adam and Judith ( Bollibaugh) Wright, natives of North Carolina, as also were their parents. The paternal grandfather of our subject served in the Revolution, died in Marion County aged cue hundred and four in the year 1842. The father of William was a staunch Democrat, active in politics find served for sixteen years as probate judge of Marion County. He died on September 12, 1851, aged fifty-two years. The mother of our subject came from a prominent Dutch family and she died in November 1850, aged fifty. William W. was raised in Indiana until thirteen and then came to Iowa with his brother-in-law, he being his guardian, both parents having died. This gentleman was Thomas Burns and when his ward came of age, a fair estate was delivered to him from the father’s property. William remained with Mr. Burns until he was eighteen and then went to do for himself. When twenty-one he settled on...

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Biography of William T. Wright

This pioneer and substantial citizen has been one of the well known men here for a long time and is deserving of credit for his labors and improvement. He is not only a tiller of the soil, but is a skillful and enthusiastic apiarist, having forty stands of bees. In addition to this, Mr. Wright carries a large stock of bee raising supplies for the accommodation of those in the surrounding country. It is interesting and profitable to notice with what skill and wisdom Mr. Wright has continued to put forth the advantages of this important industry and it has been and will be of untold benefit to this section, as the raising of bees is no doubt one of the profitable lines heretofore too little attended to, especially in the western sections. Much wealth will be distributed among the farmers thus and the luxury of the hive will be enjoyed by many where now it is almost unknown. William T. Wright was born in Porter County, Indiana, on September 16, 1837, being the son of Joseph Y. and Tabitha (Evans) Wright, natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia respectively. The father died in 1850, aged sixty. He was a wealthy farmer and had served as captain of heavy artillery in the war of 1812. The mother died in 1892, aged eighty, and is buried in Indiana. Our subject was reared...

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Biography of William Travis

Perhaps the success that the subject of this sketch has achieved and wrought out here in the reservation country is equal to that of any resident. He came here with no means and located on a quarter three miles north from Nez Perce and he now owns this all free from debt; has purchased another quarter of even finer land and has good improvements and buildings necessary to handle the entire amount in fine shape. Mr. Tavis has good stock and implements and is in excellent circumstances. This has been no chance luck, for he and his estimable wife have labored hard and long to accomplish this excellent result. Mrs. Tavis assisted her husband with the work of the farm, even driving the five horse team to the binder and some of the time carrying her three children with her on the machine. It is gratifying to see such arduous labor handled with wisdom and resulting in the good property holding that they are now blessed with.William Tavis was born in Macoupin County, Illinois, on September 11, 1862, being the son of Isaac and Minerva (Potts) Tavis, who were natives of and were married in Macoupin County. In 1870, they all came to Jasper County, Missouri. The father served eleven months in the war and was honorably discharged at the close. They now live near Marshall, Spokane County, Washington....

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Biography of William Thatcher

In the town of Culdesac, this enterprising business man conducts a well kept and thrifty meat market and he is doing a good business, while he ever manifests those capabilities of success and industry that are commendable. William Thatcher was born in Adams County, Ohio, on October 4, 1870, being the son of Samuel and Martha (Wilmoth) Thatcher. William grew up on a farm and was educated in the public schools. When eighteen he went to Montana and for nine years he was engaged in various occupations there. Three of those years were spent in the regular army and he had the rank of corporal and also sergeant. Following this he came to Harrison, Idaho, and for eighteen months wrought there and then numbered himself with the citizens of Culdesac. In November, 1901, he opened a meat market here and since that time he has been doing a good business. He displays good business ability, is a genial companion, a loyal friend, a patriotic and substantial citizen, and withal a well respected man and of excellent standing. Politically Mr. Thatcher is allied with the Republicans and takes an intelligent interest in this realm. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Lodge No. 65; also of the M. W. A., Spalding Camp, of Culdesac. Mr. Thatcher is also an enthusiastic member of the Sons of Veterans, Buena...

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