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Crane will talk about journal of Barbara Spears (Parks)

Brown Bag 2016:

— Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch.

The second presentation that was set for today, Aug. 17, has been canceled.

Next Wednesday, Aug. 24, Myrna Crane of Grangeville will share a diary-journal story with a few twists.

The story starts with the Cully family who lived south of Grangeville at Nurse’s Grove, where Crooks Street is now. When the family’s youngest daughter, Barbara, was about 10 years old, a man came racing in on a horse and told her father, “I need you to buy my place – I just killed a man and I need money.”

And that’s exactly what happened: The Cully family packed up and moved to Florence.

At an old mine inside a dilapidated, abandoned cabin, Mr. Cully found a large, black ledger that had only one and one-half pages filled. It was the writings of Mrs. Earl Barkwelle. Cully took the diary home to his daughter, Barbara.

“She wrote in that diary for the next 80-plus years, until she was 93,” Crane said.

Crane’s mother had known the family in Florence and years later were able to visit her in Mt. Idaho and obtain a copy of the diary.

“It was a large ledger like a general store would have,” Crane explained.

Crane will discuss many of the writings in the journal as well as show pictures associated with Barbara Spears (Parks) and the Florence area.

“It’s fascinating, the amount of history recorded,” she said. “Of course it piques my interest because I am such a history buff.”

Additional upcoming programs include:

•Aug. 31, H.J. Talbotte of Florence with research by Pam Northcutt and presentation by Clyde Hanson

•Sept. 7: Interesting Past Cases by Lt. Jerry Johnson

•Sept. 14: Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River by former Idaho County Judge John Bradbury

•Sept. 21: Idaho Aviation History by Mark Gravatt of Grangeville

•Sept. 28: Hells Canyon and the Homesteading Years by Patricia Keith of Lewiston

All programs are sponsored by the Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Donations are accepted to help offset costs of opening the basement meeting room.


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