In helping scan some other photos, I scanned a number of photos all directly related to St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho. I thought I would make them available for any historical value they may have. I don’t know St Anthony very well, so I am not even sure how close all these are to town. I believe most if not all of them are pretty close to town center, even the water falls photos.
The above class photo is in a stack of albums I have scanned. I noticed some other photos of people in the picture so I thought I would do some research on the Adrian Class of 1944. Adrian, Malheur, Oregon had a booming population of 177 on the 2010 Census. The graduating class of 2008 had 21, not much smaller than this class. As I researched the individuals in this post trying to find out more information, I kept humming to myself The Statler Brothers’ .
Dick Ashcraft (1926 – Alive)
Wilma Clyda “Billie” Brewer (1925 – 2003)(married Kieth Tallman)
Kenneth Buck (1926 – Alive?
Ethel M Case (1927 – 2009)
Bertha Cram (1926 – Alive?)
Ada Louise Curtis (1925 – 1970)
Theda Curtis (1925 – 2004)
David Gale (1925 – 1999)
Dwain Howard Hatch (1925 – 1985)
Donald Hite (1925 – 2011)
Robert J Jackson (1927 – Alive?)
Virginia Mae Jarvis (1926 – 2006)
Maurice O Judd (1925 – 1968)
Dudley L Kurtz (1927 – Alive?)
Ronald K Lane (1926 – 1996)
Peggy Langton (1927 – Alive?
Carroll W Matthews (1926 – 1971).
John J Norris (1926 – Alive?)
Pauline Pettis (1928 – Alive?)
Clinton Reno (1926 – 2007)
Kenneth E Reno (1924 – 2004)
James Arnold Robb (1927 – 2011)
Helen Schweizer (1928 – 1994)
Maxine Smith (1927 – Alive?)
Lily M Steiner (1926 – Alive?)
Glen C Strickland (1925 – 1970)
Kieth E Tallman (1926 – Alive?)(Married Billie Brewer)
Dorothy Toomb (1927 – Alive?)
Jewell Wilson (1925 – 2007)
Wilma Doris Wilson (1926 – 2012)
Verla Mae Wolfe (? – Alive?)
I would like to introduce you to William Weir Bridges and his new bride, Lenna May White. As I continue to scan photos for others, this one caught my attention for some reason and I wanted to make it available here.
I really do not know anything about them other than their names. Some quick research tells me William Weir Bridges was born 15 April 1891 in Ogden, Weber, Utah and died 9 May 1959 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. He is buried in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah although I do not know which cemetery. This photo is likely in the collection because Will’s mother is Janet Fyfe (aka Fife)(1873-1953), half-sister to Agnes Fyfe (1903-1994) as referenced by Dale Vern Ashcraft. I have also written of another sister, Charlotte Fyfe.
Lenna “Lena” May White was born 30 March 1898 in Salt Lake City and died 7 June 1974 in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah. She is also buried in Sandy. The two married 1 July 1915 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. This photo was likely taken near their wedding date.
Here is another photo from my friend’s collection that piqued my interest so I did some research on it. The sign on the front of the building says “WELCOME” with “Clifty Memorial Assn” written beneath. The back of the photo just said “Clifty Memorial”. The photo appears to have likely been taken while Dick Ashcraft was in the military during WWII.
The building is the Old Clifty Church located in Jackson Township, Greene County, Indiana. I even found a link with some more history of the church. Apparently the church has been in this location since 1867. Unfortunately many photos are not as easily identified as this one. Hopefully the family can further identify more of the unnamed photos before Dick is gone.
I stumbled upon this postcard from a friend’s artifacts and thought I would make it available. This post card was written and mailed 11 March 1924.
The thing I found interesting about the photo is that I had always understood that when the original American Falls Dam was completed in 1926, that it was the first dam on the Snake River in the area. Looking closer at the photo, you can see that is not the case. There is the weir across the back of the picture likely for the power plant you can see in the picture in front of the train bridge (which is still there). You can also see the Oneida Milling and Elevator Company’s grain elevator in the background above the train bridge, which elevator today stands completely surrounded by water. The current water level is somewhere near the height of the train bridge in the picture. The power house and weir are also still there today but both have seriously deteriorated since this picture. The rest of the town you can see in the picture was moved up the hill so as to not be flooded. The postcard mentions the move of the town before the completion of the dam. The other thing that is curious is the date stamp for the 7th, which means this letter was likely mailed on the 7th (Friday) at some other location and made its way to the formal post office in American Falls, Power, Idaho on the 11th (Tuesday) to be properly stamped. Where was this card mailed from, or is there another explanation?
The back of the postcard is address to “Miss Agnes Fyfe” in “St anthony Ida.” The writing says, “Please excuse this and Ill write against soon. Dearest Friend will drop you a card to let you know I am still alive would have wrote sooner but this is the first time I have stopped long enough Landed in american falls yesterday and I guess Bob will get a job here They are starting to move the town but are not doing a whole lot yet with Love DVA”
Some background on the sender and recipient of the postcard. Agnes Fyfe was born 25 April 1903 in Archer, Madison, Idaho and died 9 May 1994 in Rupert, Minidoka, Idaho. Dale Vern Ashcraft was born 19 February 1899 in Lagos, Caribou, Idaho and died 4 August 1975 in Rupert. These two lovebirds married 23 December of 1924, later the year from this postcard. Were they engaged by this point? Both of them were buried in the Hilltop Cemetery in Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon. The other interesting part of this postcard is it provides the handwriting of Mr. Ashcraft.