We have a family routine that every Saturday we vacuum all the floors in the house. Once and a while I get a while hair and decided to move furniture and vacuum beneath them as well. I have learned with our new hardwood floors and poorly secured carpets, it is better to just tip the couches into the center of the room than it is to try and scoot, drag, push, or pull them around. Plus it dumps out the couches and also let’s me vacuum the bottom. The kids were goofing off with the pillows and building a fort so I thought I would help them out. Thus, you see the couch fort. I never got something this cool when I was a kid!
This is a picture of the Burley High School built in 1915. I stumbled upon this post card early last year and picked it up. This picture is from 14th street looking to the southeast. This is the location of the jail or The Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice center, the southwest corner of Hansen Avenue and 14th Street. The front doors would be facing the Family History Center to the North.
The interesting thing about this location is that the field to the right (or west) extended clear through the property that is now the Burley City Hall and the Cassia County Police Station. Albion Avenue did not extend between 14th and 15th Streets due to the high school field. The road was right behind the old Courthouse, virtually between the current Burley City Hall/Cassia Police Station and the old Courthouse. If you look closely at this aerial photo, you can see the back of the school and its wings along with the field between it and the old courthouse.
This building was replaced by a new high school at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and 16th Street built in 1958. This building then became Burley Junior High and operated as such until 1973. That is when the building burned down.
Here is an article from the Times News about the fire. The Weekly Mailer provides this article about the history of fires in Burley. You can read the limited history of Burley Junior High from this obituary from its principal, Lovell Turner.
The current Junior High on the northeast corner of Park and 16th Street was completed in 1975 and remains the junior high to date. The 1950’s high school at southwest Park Avenue and 16th Street has been replaced and is now the home of the Mini-Cassia satellite site for The College of Southern Idaho.
After the school burned down, the city realigned the streets and took Albion through the block so it is a full grid today. The Police Station and Burley City Hall, as mentioned above, are now on parts of the field. Cassia County School District still owns the south side of the block and maintains a service garage and other buildings on the site.
On the left, the first building is Thriftway Drug is on the corner, which is now a parking lot. I particularly like the old International pickup parked on the side of the street.
Idaho Bank & Trust is on the far left intersection corner, which is now where the Keystone Realty Group and Fletcher Law Offices building is located. It is interesting to contrast this photo with this earlier picture of Idaho Bank & Trust because this photo now has the massive marquee hanging from the corner. You can see the support above, which I expect this sign did not last many years if it needed such a support system.
On the immediate right corner, you can see Sprague’s Sport Shop. This is the location of the current US Bank.
On the far right corner, the Burley National Bank building is still present. This is where Zions Bank is located now. You can also see the Burley Theater down the block with their marquee. I cannot recognize the tall building beyond the theater, I don’t know what that building is. You can also see the Simplot Factory Building that used to be much farther down Main Street.
This is when there were more individuals living downtown with the apartments and restaurants emblematic of a more vibrant downtown. The number of hotels within these few blocks is staggering. Main Street was the main highway (US 30) through southern Idaho which means this was a thoroughfare. The construction of the Interstate pulled all traffic traveling through several miles to the north. None of these restaurants moved north, it was just Connors moving from downtown Paul that moved to be near the Interstate exit.
Another one of those classic postcards I picked up of Burley, Idaho. I am guessing this one is dated about 1962. The red car driving away in this picture is a 1961 Chevrolet Impala by the distinct ‘v’ shape in the middle. The car approaching on the left is unfortunately a 1961 Chrysler. It is also very distinctive in its styling and you can see it has fins, which Chrysler dropped in 1962. The white car parked down by Harris Theater looks like it only has two headlights, but upon closer look, you can see the stacked headlights, but I can’t tell the model.
Of course on the left is/was the iconic King’s Variety Store.
You can see the for the Harris Theatre marque.
The massive Idaho Bank & Trust sign on the corner of Overland and Main.
You can see the old mill down by the tracks on the right.
The old Hudson’s Shoes with the blue and white store front on the right.
You cannot read it, but the Thriftway Drug on the right closest corner of Main and Overland.
The other signs I cannot read, but I recognize the buildings.
Here are another one of the postcards I stumbled upon and purchased several months ago. This is about a block west from the earlier postcard I posted several weeks ago.
Another fascinating picture likely from the late 1950’s. None of the cars are from the 1960’s. All the more interesting are the buildings in the photo.
Nelson’s on the left appears to have a new sign and a shiny front of their building reflecting the morning sky. There even appears a small marquee on the front of Nelson’s. Who is Nelson?
You can see the sign for the Hitchin’ Post just beyond Nelson’s. This whole strip had its infamous tenor that I still hear about even now.
I am surprised how many street signs there on the left side of Main street as far as the eye can see. In addition, the little stop sign in the middle of the street.
On the right, you can see the Hardware store sign with the Hotel for the floors above it. Then Bob’s Electric and the Yacht Club.
The classic, yet present, Burley Theatre.
Then you can see the Ford sign for the Haight Motor Company. What little I could find the business was owned by Ludwig and Charles Haight, and after Charles Haight died Trafford Bray became a partner until it was bought out in 1975 by Jack Young of Young Ford.
In my earlier post I did not recognize the tall building in the distance on the right. In this photo, it says J.R. Simplot on it, which tells me it is part of the Simplot buildings along that side of the street. I believe that tall part was gone by the time I have memories of west Main in Burley.
Other than the Virginia Hotel on the far left and Simplot in the distance, all these buildings still remain.
Another glimpse into the past of Burley, Idaho.
Let me tell you this time I purchased a postcard online and it turned out to be a poorly scanned copy. I purchased what I thought was an original card, but when it arrived in the mail it was obviously a poorly scanned copy that was printed as if it were an original. I was duped.
If you can look past a pixelated image, than there is some value in this poor photo.
This photo was taken from the roof of the National Bank Building in Burley, Idaho. That building was located on the northwest corner of Overland Avenue and Main Street, where the Zions National Bank Building is located now.
This image is taken facing southeast. You can see the water tower in the photo, which is still there. An image of the city not likely to go anywhere anytime soon. Even though it is no longer used to store water, it is used for many other purposes, mostly related to transmitting various signals.
You can clearly see Burley High School, built in 1915. This school later became the Burley Junior High which burned down 29 October 1973. As such, we know this photo is after 1915.
I cannot tell if the building on the southwest side of Overland and Main is a different building than seen later, or if a new façade was put on it. Here is a picture of the building this photo was taken from and the one on the southwest side. Idaho Bank & Trust I venture was a new building, not simply a new façade. The windows don’t line up and the façade would have taken a bit of work to cover with the straight lines in this photo below.
I apologize the photo is poor quality. I could not get my money back, but I only spent like $2, so I cannot complain too much. But at least you can gather some of the landscape of Burley in the late teens early 1920s.
Interesting how they park in the middle of the street?
Scanning photos for a friend, I stumbled upon this photo in a set of pictures that seem to be an Emerson Ward party likely in the early 1980s. Since I recognized these two, I thought I would share. Rather than write a history of them, I will share their detailed obituaries. Jim & Ko lived not too far from me when growing up. I remember meeting Ko on several occasions at Brucia Crane’s home as a young kid. Jim sometimes would help move water for the Werners who lived near us. A couple of times while we swam in canals, he would pull up and visit with us and tell us to be careful. Later, I come to know their children, and Ted has become a very good friend of mine. Interesting who comes in and out of our lives.
“Jim Suyetaka Tateoka Hazelton, Idaho
“Jim Suyetaka Tateoka of Hazelton, Idaho was called back to his heavenly home on November 1, 2006, at the age of 83. He died of complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Jim was born on February 20, 1923, in Garfield, Utah to Tokizo and Natsuko Tateoka. When he was a young child, the family moved to Ogden, Utah. He was fourth in a family of five children. Jim grew up and acquired his love of farming on the small truck farming operation the family ran. Jim graduated from Ogden High School in 1941. He excelled in his studies maintaining excellent marks throughout his formal school years. Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He saw action in Italy. Jim was a member of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Many of his army buddies were Japanese Americans from Hawaii. They taught him to speak “Pigeon English” and to play the ukulele. He would sing Hawaiian songs to his family. Some of the songs included, “Don’t Say Aloha When I Go,” “Sweet Leilani” and “Hula Oni Oni E.” This provided many hours of enjoyment to his children. Jim was a quiet person and yet he had a quick wit and a “fun” side. After he was discharged from the Army, he and his brother Matt purchased a farm in South Jordan, Utah. On Febrary 11, 1956, Jim married Ko Takeuchi in Salt Lake City, Utah. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with all their family in attendance. He continued to farm in South Jordon and with Ko began to raise a family of four sons and one daughter. In 1969, Jim took a “leap of faith” and moved his family to farm in Hazelton, Idaho. The family has received many blessings from this move. He was a member of the LDS Church and served as a home teacher and membership clerk to four bishoprics. Jim and his family were sealed and his marriage solemnized in the Ogden Temple May 25, 1976. He is survived by his wife Ko, and children, Mark (Itsuko), Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Paul (Nadine), Hazelton, ID, Penny, Portland, OR, Ted (Rebecca), Hazelton, Idaho, Tom (Jami), Waukesha, Wis.; grandchildren, Luke, Charlotte, Joseph, Elise, Benjamin, Claire, Olivia, Sophia, Amelia, Julia, Grace, Mae and Tak; his brother; Tom of Riverton; and sister, Momoko of Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Sam and Matt. The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at the Emerson LDS 1st Ward Church, 127 S. 950 W. in Paul, ID, with Bishop Ted Tateoka officiating. A viewing will be held Friday, November 3, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. at the Hansen Mortuary Burley Chapel, 321 E. Main St. and one hour prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Paul Cemetery with military rites. The family would like to express their gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Sandison for his faithful and tireless service, and to the staff of the Cassia Regional Medical Center and Hospice for the loving care that was extended to Jim and his family during his stay. The family would especially like to thank Barbara West his attending nurse for her kindness and excellent care she gave to Jim.
“Ko Takeuchi Tateoka died peacefully in her home on April 14, 2013. Her loving family surrounded her, as did the soft light of the late afternoon sun, fresh flowers in colorful bunches, and Luna, the new family cat. Ko was 80 years old.
The Tateoka family will receive friends on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the viewing room at the Morrison Payne Funeral Home on 321 E Main St. Burley, Idaho. Funeral services for Ko will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Emerson 1st Ward LDS Church located at 127 South 950 West, Paul, Idaho. (Bishop Burt Belliston officiating). Prior to the funeral, a viewing will take place in the Relief Society room of the Emerson LDS Church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial services will be held immediately following the funeral at the Paul Cemetery on 550 W 100 N Paul, Idaho.
Ko was born in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City, Utah on May 25, 1932. Her parents, Seiichi and Tsune Takeuchi had immigrated to the U.S. from the coastal city of Mikawa, Ishikawa, Japan 14 years earlier in 1918. Ko was the third and last of three daughters born to the Takeuchis. Older sisters, Kimi and Fumi were ages 12 and seven at the time of Ko’s birth.
“In 1935, Ko’s family moved from the Sugar House area to a home and small truck farm on 2213 South 4th East in Salt Lake City. Ko entered first grade at Madison School on State Street and 24th South and continued attending the school through the ninth grade. She then attended Granite High School on 3303 South 500 East and graduated in 1949. Ko earned her teaching degree in Business Education in 1954 from the University of Utah. She took a teaching position at Olympus High School where she taught typing and shorthand from 1954-1956. Throughout her life, Ko gave much credit to her father Seiichi who had always stressed the importance of education. Despite the many hardships and barriers of those times and as a result of his influence, Ko and her two sisters received their college educations.
“In February of 1956, Ko married Jim Tateoka, a farmer from Garfield, Utah and moved to South Jordan Utah. Jim and his brothers farmed ground on 10000 South 2700. It was there that four sons and a daughter where born to Ko and Jim. In 1969, they moved their young family to a farm in Southern Idaho’s Magic Valley off of Kasota Road in the Emerson area. Ko was a fulltime homemaker and mom until 1980 when she re entered the teaching ranks. She taught 3rd grade at Eden Elementary School in Eden, Idaho and later took a teaching position in the business department at Minidoka County High School in Rupert, Idaho. Ko retired from teaching in 1993. She found teaching to be a very rewarding and fun profession.
“Ko enjoyed membership in various community organizations including the Kasota Sagehens, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, The Mini Cassia Retired Teachers Association and the area “Nisei” Club. She was a strong member of the LDS Church, serving in many positions in the Emerson 1st Ward and Paul Stake. Ko enjoyed gardening, traveling, movie going, watching football and visiting with her kids, grandkids, and many friends. She loved the holiday season and the cheer, lights, gifts and joy it always brings.
In her later years, Ko cared faithfully for husband Jim who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away in the fall of 2006. In October of 2010, Ko began her extended stay at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center in Burley, Idaho. She resided there until returning to her own home on Kasota Rd. in recent weeks.
“Ko is survived by her five children, 13 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. They are: son Mark and his wife Itsuko of Miliani Hawaii and their two children, Luke, also of Miliani, and Charlotte of Salt Lake City, son Paul and his wife Nadine of Hazelton, Idaho and their three children, Joseph of Chicago, Illinois (wife Alison, son, Parker), Elise Mongillo, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, (husband, Anthony, sons, Oliver, and Nikolas) and Benjamin of Provo, Utah (wife, Alexa), daughter Penny from Portland, Oregon, and her daughter, Claire from Brooklyn, New York, son Ted and his wife Becca from the Emerson Area, and their four daughters, Olivia Brown of Provo, Utah, (husband, Braeden Brown), Sister Sophia Tateoka ( currently serving in the Honolulu, Hawaii Mission) and Emi and Ju Ju (Emerson Area) and son Tom and his wife Jamie of Waukesha, Wisconsin and their three children, Grace, Mae and Takeuchi. (Ko’s parents and sisters, Kimi and Fumi are deceased.)
“Many many sincere thanks are due the following individuals and groups: The wonderful staff at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center, Dr. Glen Page, Deanna, Pam and Amanda of Horizon Hospice, Bishop Burt Belliston, Dustin McCurdy and family, Loa Maxwell and Margaret Merrill, The Emerson 1st Ward Relief Society, Jan Allen, Mildred Whitesides, and Ralph, Ben and Kristie. Thanks also to the many friends who called, stopped by, and brought in meals, sweet eats, cheer, and support during Ko’s time at home. We appreciate you!
“Services are under the direction of Morrison Payne Funeral Home, in Burley.