Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
What is the correct name-spelling for "Grandma" Hibben?
Spokesman Review, 21 Mar 1922 /// Here Since ’55; Dies; Poor Farm
Ox Team Brought “Grandma” Hibben to Washington.
Caroline “Grandma” Hebnier, who came to the Inland Empire 65 years ago and resided in Spokane county for the last 42 years, died Sunday at the county poor farm. She was 87 years old and one of the oldest inmates.
Superintendent J.S. McCormick sent the following report to The Spokesman-Review:
“Mrs. Hebnier was born in Berlin, Germany in 1835 but came to America when she was but 6 years old. They settled in Pennsylvania. She came to Washington in 1855, having crossed the plains with her husband behind an ox team.
“They settled near Clarkston but came to Spokane county in 1879 and settled southwest of the city in the direction of Medical Lake and Cheney.
“Mrs. Hebnier came here 14 years ago with her son, who died her about 12 years ago. She was known as “Grandma” Hebnier and was well liked by all. During the war she knit socks for the Red Cross and did what she could for the United States which she always claimed as her country.”
The funeral will be held from Shepard’s Undertaking company rooms. The aged woman had funds to pay for her burial.
Just for fun, I did some sleuthing to learn more about "Grandma" Hibben............. no luck, under either spelling.
Nothing for her in our Washington Digital Archives.
Ditto for Ancestry.
Ditto for FamilySearch.Ditto for Find-A-Grave
Friday, June 18, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
Thanks to Jim Kershner's 100 Years Ago Today in our paper a few weeks back, I learned about yeggmen. So what profession was a yeggman? Perhaps a quote from his article would help:
"The area's gang of yeggmen struck again in the night. It broke into the safety deposit vaults of the Lamont State Bank in Whitman County and made off with thousands of dollars of bonds, securities and other valuables....."
Would you have guessed that a yeggman was a safecracker??? The article went on to state that "one crew of yeggs has been responsible for the theft of a total of $75,000 worth of securities."
Would you be proud of a yeggman ancestor????
Butch Cassidy and Sundance were obviously yeggmen and were pretty cool. At least in that movie.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
How Keuterville, Idaho, Got Its Name
By Jeanne Polumsky Coe, 2021
“The small town of Keuterville, in Idaho County, Idaho, was named after my great-grandfather,” wrote Jeanne Coe. “His surname was spelled KUTHER but the request for the town’s name change was garbled and the government spelled it Keuterville. It’s now a ghost town and I’ve not visited there in years.”
This small town in Idaho County, Idaho, began as St. Peter. The 1903 HISTORY OF NORTH IDAHO states “July,1884, the town site of Keuterville was preempted by Anton Hendricks, and the patent secured in 1889. The first store was erected by Mr. Henry Kuether in 1888...The post office was established in 1888…(in the early 1880s) a considerable immigration of German farmers flowed in.”
Like Mr. Kuther many of those farmers came to central Idaho from Illinois to take up farm land when the Nez Perce Indians were removed to the reservation. The post office apparently was located in Mr. Kuther’s store as he was appointed the post master in 1888. Another man by the name of Henry Fisher may have been the first postmaster but Henry Kuther was the first mail carrier (sources disagree).
A petition was sent by Henry to Washington, D.C., in 1888 requesting the town’s name change from St. Peter to Kutherville, but it apparently was misread as the Post Office Department granted the change to KEUTERVILLE and not Kutherville.
At any rate, the town survives to this day with only a couple of businesses, a Catholic Church, a cemetery, and a few residents. It is listed now as a ”ghost town” but is very popular during hunting season. It is off the main highway from Lewiston to Boise but worth the side trip (St. Gertrude’s museum is on the way too).
In 1985, the descendants of Henry Kuther, and his wife Katherine Herboth, gathered at Keuterville for a large family reunion which was organized by Shelley Kuther. Many of Henry and Katherine’s descendants still reside in the area. In researching my Kuther family, I must check all spellings: KUTHER, KEUTHER, and KUETHER.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Lee Pierce is our best-known and favorite archivist and he will bring us up to date on the status of the Washington Digital Archives at our June 5th meeting. (A ZOOM meeting; click to our website for ZOOM directions.)
I met with Lee in May (to donate a book and to have lunch at the Mason Jar in downtown Cheney) and we had a good visit. Lee is an ex-Marine, married with grown children and two granddaughters. He said he "loves being a paper archivist for Eastern Washington!"
I asked "how full is the physical archives?" He answered that they have 33,000 feet available and 29,000 are already filled. I asked about saving electronic records and particularly government emails. His answer: "This presents us with a problem that we don't yet have a good solution for..." I'm sure the powers to be are working on this.
I asked "when will the archives be open to in-person research?" Soon, hopefully, he promised. He smiled at me when he said "We've encouraged folks over 65 to participate in the SCRIBE indexing program." :-)
Lee did explain that they do have a humungous project just waiting for volunteers to come help get it scanned and indexed. "We have 4300 binders or volumes of Property Record Cards, some 3 1/2 to 4 million cards. These were created and kept to justify property taxes and date from the 1840s to early 2000s. We hope to get students soon to come help with this.... images can be scanned and indexed in one fell swoop."
As we finished our sandwiches, Lee gave me this pearl: "An archives is where truth resides." He says he considers himself an acolyte in the temple of truth.