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.
Again, scanning photos for some friends. This photo intrigued me. I would like to introduce you to the Burk family. I assume this picture is at their home in Buffalo, Washington, Pennsylvania. They were living in Buffalo on both the 1920 and 1930 censuses.
John Davis Burk was born 29 November 1873 in Buffalo to Henry and Mary Earnest Burk. Somewhere along the way he met Charlotte Fyfe.
Charlotte Fyfe was born 15 August 1893 in Scofield, Carbon, Utah to William Weir and Christina Wylie Fyfe (sometimes spelled Fife).
John and Charlotte married 14 October 1914 in St Anthony, Fremont, Idaho. The marriage certificate indicates she lived in Lyman, Madison, Idaho and he lived in Washington, Washington, Idaho.
John and Charlotte had at least 7 children. I don’t know much on them, but here is the limited information I have.
John W Burk was born 17 August 1915 in Idaho and died 6 July 1986. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in McMurray, Washington, Pennsylvania.
George H Burk was born 4 March 1919 in Buffalo and died 7 October 1986 in Washington, Washington, Pennsylvania.
James Edward Burk was born 23 September 1921 in Buffalo and died 8 November 2007 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Robert W Burk was born around 1923 in Buffalo and died.
Joseph E Burk was born 26 December 1924 in Buffalo and died 23 January 2012 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Theodore Smith Burk was born 13 August 1927 in Buffalo and died 31 March 2008 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Dora Marie Burk was born in around 1936 and as far as I can tell is still alive.
John Davis Burk died 1 October 1963. Charlotte died 13 January 1973 in Washington, Pennsylvania.
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.