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Brown Bag Program: Cash to present program on Arnold history

— It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch.

The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum are sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions will be held each Wednesday, through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

The third program is set for today, Aug. 29, and will feature Marlene O’Neill with More than Half A Century of CIAA Art.

Next week, Sept. 5, Jinny Cash will present “Arnold Family History.” Cash is the great-granddaughter of pioneers Lewis and Margaret Arnold.

From educators to innovators, the descendants of Lewis and Margaret Arnold, who homesteaded on the prairie in 1888, have made many contributions to the culture and economy of the Camas Prairie and Idaho County, Cash said.

“Find out how the son of these immigrants from Michigan met his future bride on a prairie road, how they married and become important teachers and administrators for early Idaho County schools,” Cash said. “Meet the longest serving superintendent of schools in county history who visited every school every year often riding on her black mare, Daisy. Their descendants started one of the early logging companies and built one of the first sawmills, putting Central Idaho on the map as a producer of high grade lumber.”

Cash will discuss the rogue brother who burned down the old ranch house but saved his chicken dinner, and the daughter who worked in the airplane factory during WWII in true “Rosie the Riveter” style.

From farming to logging to placer mining, descendants of the Arnold family have been involved at some level for the last 130 years.

Upcoming programs include:

•Sept. 12: Nez Perce History with James Lawyer

•Sept. 19: 100 Years of Farming History with Don and Charlotte DeArmond

•Sept. 26: Dram, Scotland with Floyd Whitley

•Oct. 3: Back Country Pilots with Bob Black


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