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Elk City News: Notebook documents Elk City events


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— This has been a sad week or two with the loss of more Elk City residents and/or former residents: Farris Cheney, Marvin Forsman, and Dolores (Chandler) Shannon. Our prayers go out to family and friends.

I have had the pleasure of going through a notebook, brought and donated by Jerry Alley, of events surrounding getting electricity to Elk City starting in 1958 with the development of the Elk City Community Development Committee. The notebook contains letters to and from Senator Frank Church, Senator Henry Dworshak, Representative Gracie Pfost, Representative Hamer Budge, Idaho Governor Smylie and others. The issue was brought before the Public Utilities Commission, the Rural Electrification Administration (who could not justify the expenditure of the $700,000), the Idaho County Light and Power Association (who was not in the position to undertake the investment) as well as others. It took a tireless and committed group of people with the backing of the whole town to finally accomplish the task. The lights were scheduled to come on during the Elk City Centennial Celebration on Labor Day weekend in 1961. However the lights coming on and the Centennial celebration were rescheduled for Oct.14 at which time the switch was pulled.

The notebook also contains historical information on both Berkland and Shearer Lumber mills, getting a telephone line in, and many other events. One highlight for me was the Elk City Community columns written by Jeannie Alley in 1960 and Margaret Bullock in 1961 detailing events in town including who had visitors, who had card parties, who went to whose house for dinner. The Elk City Mining News (published between 1903-1913) had this same kind of community information in it. In short, everyday life of people, names, places, dates, etc. So, in light of this, please e-mail me any event, visitors, projects, etc. that you have going, whether large or small.

Thanks, Jerry, for your time to visit with us, and your family members for working so hard for the benefit of all of us – past and present!

Meetings: Fire Department, on Thursday, the 3rd at 7:00 PM; /EMT skills on Tues, the 8th.

Birthdays: Nicole Slover and Richard Farmer


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