Does anybody have one, or know who might? Please, somebody come up with one! Another picture we're looking for is one of Ham's Texaco service station. Photographs can easily be copied without even removing them from your home. If you have any iformation about these locations, or if you have any pictures from the past that you think might be interesting, please give me a call. Just within the past year or so, we have lost several Landmarks. The one with the most direct connection with the pioneers of the Council Valley was John Gould. John and his brothers, Lester and Clarence, were local institutions, and we lost them only fairly recently.
Their father, George Gould, came to the Council Valley in the fall of That was a drought year followed by a mild winter. Hundreds of livestock starved, froze or drowned that winter and spring.. In , George aquired the ranch on Cottonwood Creek that is now owned by the Fraziers. It was the Gould who built the present Frazier house. The 90 brand has been in uninterrupted use by the Gould family ever since. In Feb. All four of their children were born on that place: John - Jan. In , the Goulds traded ranches with the Becksteads who lived on a ranch 3 miles north of Council.
The Becksteads had built the large ranch house which still stands on the Gould place. The ranch had been settled in by George Winkler, and was one of the earliest homesteads in the valley. Winkler planted some of the first fruit trees in the valley here.
The big white barn on the ranch was built in , and quickly became a landmark in itself. In , when Clarence married Nancy Stover, the teacher at the White School just across the highway from the ranch, they built the smaller dwelling next to the main house for their home.
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Clarence has been called a genious, and maybe he was in some ways. To say the least, he was very mechanically creative. Clarence died Aug.
Viola Gould died in When George died three years later, the estate was divided among the kids. John and Clarence continued to run the main part of the ranch as one unit. Lester acquired the place that Steve and Elsie Shumway now own. Lester died Sept. Clarence's three children now own the ranch.
If only that land could talk - what stories it could tell. Like the time in January of when George Winkler was awakened in the middle of the night by an uproar in the chicken house. Sleepy-eyed, George lit a lantern, picked up his shotgun, and stumbled out to the coop. He proptly encountered the cause of the chicken's panic: a very large cougar. Everyone but the cougar and maybe a couple chickens survived the evening's entertainment. In one of the display cases at the museum, there is a pair of horse snow shoes. That's right - snow shoes that were worn by horses.
I don't think they were used much for heavier hauling. Putting snow shoes on horses doesn't seem to have been a very common practice. Mickey Aitken Hendrickson said that Eston Freeman, an early mail carrier to Warren, introduced snowshoes for horses in this part of Idaho. People laughed at him and said they wouldn't work, but they did.
Hendrickson said they were used extensively in this general area.
The horse snow shoes in the museum are made of metal. The ones that Hendrickson described were made of wood.
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Wooden snow shoes were used on horses in the Buffalo Hump area, north of the Seven Devils. A man who told about the ones used there, said they were made by crossing two boards to make a shoe about twelve inches by ten, with the forward corners rounded. Holes were burnt into the boards to fit extra long calks and toes on the horse's regular shoes.
Each snow shoe was held on with bolts. On these shoes they do not sink more than six inches at any time in the trail, and rarely over a foot in the loose snow.
A hundred years ago, if you were to mention "snow shoes" to someone, they would have thought you were talking about what we now call skis. And they referred to what we call snow shoes as "webs". In the late l's and the early part of this century, skiing was a whole different story from today's sport. Almost everyone made their own skis. They consisted of shaped and bent wooden slats with a loop to hold the toe of the skier's foot, and some method of holding the foot forward into this loop.
Our museum at Council has two pairs of these old-style skis on the wall, along with one pole.
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It's amazing how huge they are. Before the s, at least in this country, skiing was primarily a way to get from one place to another, as opposed to recreation. Except for experts, it was almost literally a "straight forward" activity. Slalom type turns were pretty much unheard of. To go down a hill, you simply pointed your skis down the mountain and let gravity do the rest. Instead of ski poles, a single, long, heavy pole was used, primarily for balance and braking. If your speed became excessive, the pole was placed between your legs and the trailing end was pushed into the snow to create drag.
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Baseball was probably the first intramural sport played in Council. Although travel was difficult, there were games between neighboring communities as early as After the Pacific and Idaho Northern Railroad reached the towns along the Weiser River, games became common between teams located along the trains route.
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In everyday local slang, the railroad was called the "Pin" or "the pin road". Likewise, the sports league became known as the Pin League. If somebody has better info as to how "Long" got added onto the Pin League name, please give me a call. Weiser had a football team as early as , but some of the Council boys had never even seen a football game, much less played in one, until Council lost ten to nothing.
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The upstairs of the building served as a basketball court. Even after the old high school was built in , it was occasionally used for that purpose. I recently came across some old Council High School year books from the s. It's interesting how much has changed, and how some things are shared by every generation. High School year books are a valuable resource for recording Council's past.
The pictures are priceless. Ruth Husted has generously donated year books from through They are unique because construction of the high school had just been finished in December of , and because these were the war years. These kids got to go to school in a brand new high school after being cramped into the second story of the old brick school. The new school must have been a marvel to them. It was said to be " It had a real gymnasium, and separate rooms for science, business, home economics, library, etc. Does anyone know when the first year book for Council High came out?
We would welcome the donation of annuals from any year, but especially old ones. They are the ones that will be the hardest to find, and are the most interesting. If you have a year book that you could donate, please bring it in to the Library, or contact me. A few weeks ago, I asked if anyone knew the whereabouts of Bob Keyes. Several people called or wrote to Mr. Keyes, as well as to Mr. Hull who was looking for him. Keyes didn't remember exactly who Mr.
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