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The Adams County Record [ History  Corner by Dale Fisk  I&apos;m continuing with the story of Montour, Idaho. By October of 1912, new Idaho Northern rail- road stockyards had been completed at Montour, a new store celebrated its opening with a dance, and a dozen new hous- es were either finished or under construction. Several families were liv- ing there in tents, waiting to move into their new homes. All that summer, the county seat debate raged. Along with Montour, the towns of Waverly and Horseshoe Bend circulat- '" ed petitions toward get- ting on the ballot to vie for Boise County's seat of government. In a battle that went all the way to the Idaho Supreme Court, Montour got Waverly removed from the bal- lot. On Election Day, Montour's ambitions fell flat. Montour received a slight majority of votes for county seat, but a two- thirds majority was need- ed. Also that day, William Borah was reelected to the Senate and Woodrow Wilson won the presiden- cy. Idaho had gone for Tail. In addition to the coun- ty seat debate, Idaho's population growth had provoked the issue of dividing several coun- ties into smaller units. Both Canyon and Boise Counties were the subject of heated discussion as to how, where and wheth- er they should be split People in Long Valley wanted Boise County divided at Smiths Ferry. Payette was pushing to split Canyon County on premise that it would lower taxes, but most people believed Payette just wanted to become a county seat. Emmett was opposed to the Canyon County split. Finally on March 15, 1915 Montour became part of a new county that was created from sections of Canyon and Boise Counties. It was named "Gem" after the state's nickname Emmett became the county seat. Montour's aspirations for greatness were never realized. In 1941 a new highway bypassed it, and Wednesday, January 4, 2012 It was questionable who was 00mrt worse, Palm'her or the sheep the school closed a short tlme later. In the 1950s and '60s, Montour con- sisted mostly of several homes, a small store and post office and a grain elevator by the railroad tracks. Dean Palmer was a railroad section man at Montour during the 1930s. His wife, Esther, was the postmaster, and her father was a retired doctor living nearby. Dean sometimes used a three- wheeled handcar (the old hand-pumped type) to inspect the line, One day Palmer was patrol- ling along Black Canyon with the handcar when a bunch of buck sheep on the track started run- ning ahead of him on the grade. He thought it was great fun until the sheep came to the tunnel, with Palmer close on their heals. It didn't occur to him that the sheep might be afraid to go into the tunnel; they stopped in a cluster right in front of his speeding handcar. When the dust cleared, it was questionable who was hurt worse,. Palmer or the sheep. The hand- car derailed and piled Palmer down on the side of the grade. He managed to limp back to Montour where his father-in-law patched him up. Years later, Stan Matthews (who now lives in Council) and Gene Wilson were working on the section crew out of Montour. In one of the sheds, back behind a big pile of odds and ends- stored there, they found an old handcar--very possibly the same one Dean Palmer had used. Stan and Gene dug out the antique and put it on the track one evening and had a ball pump- ing it up and down the rails. They continued to Page 5 This is the Council basketball team In 1932-33. The are named in no given order: Coach Phil Manning, Herb Purnell, Ted Hunt, Kenneth Yarbarough, Ed Snow, Swede Olson, Bob Mathis, plus one unidentified boy (#4). Ed Garver called about last week's picture. He said Ted Hunt is in the top picture, front row, second from the right. He wondered if the fourth from the front right might be Gene Camp, but I don't think so, I labeled Ted Hunt in this week's picture (by going from Ed's ID in last week's photo). And some of the others who looked like boys in last week's pictures are numbered in case any of you can identify or match up any of them. I think # I or #5 looks like Ed Snow. 1970s, the Bureau of Reclamation bought out most of the landowners and turned much of the area into a wildlife ref- uge and camping area. I will have more on'the land buyout and Esther Palmer next week. Shirley White called me about the Mesa School photo from 1953. Shirley is in the picture. The first girl on the left is Norma Jean Bryant the girl next to her is Judith Wright, then Betty Adams, Shirley Morris (White), and Walter Adams. Front row, left to right: Farrell Forrester, Robert Forrester, uniden- tiffed boy, Linda Ray McFadden/Kilborn. The teacher is Mrs. Walstrand. think he is In the basketball photo? recreate in this fashion Payette National Forest the restrictions to over- until one day whLii a  ratl : S'Up,e:ivl@bt i<ei ,,Lai}ffi - snow, ;mbtbr, ed' use cur- road official showed up to signed three peclai  rently i effct {351,20b look around. He peeked inside the shed where the handcar was stored. Stan said, "The next morning, a truck came and hauled our toy offi" It probably wound up in a museum. The last store at Montour closed in 1968. Sometime after the Steves Automotive Towing & U-Haul Just $19.95  (MLocated on Highway 95 North of Council Free local towing with most repairs Expert ASE Certified & Factory Trained Mechanics FISK C()MPUTERS ('omplete sysWms, new a.nd used Spe('ia.lizing in lapmp lvpair and service Iaptop 1(I) and Motherboard replacement Networking wireless a.nd conventional Virus and renmva,1, da,ta, re(,overy Larry Fisk 208-203-6073 lnfisk@(' Try A Peppermint Patty in January Payette N.F. Winter Travel Regulations agree that for safety and Association (ISSA) that other reasons, the chang- also displays the areas,i eS included in this 0Pd'e' losed to over-snoW': acres closed to motorized use) in three areas. The changes are: Granite Mountain: 4,730 acres to be closed to over-snow motor vehi- cle use from January 15 - March 31, 2012. Hitt Mountain: 764 acres to be opened to over-snow motor vehicle use. Squaw Point: 1,234 acres to be opened to over-snow motor vehicle use. All other existing non- motorized over-snow clo- sure areas have been re- instated. This Special Order Is a result of collaboration and public comment. Full scale winter travel plan- ning will not be addressed again on the Forest in the near future. Many orga- nizations and the Forest Orders on December 15, 2011 designating non- motorized and motorized over snow use areas on the forest. Existing desig- nations remain the same as years past except for three areas which are now subject to provi- sions of a Special Order. One Special Order ter- minates the 1997 Access Management Plan which governed snow- free motorized vehicle use until the issuance of the July 2009 Forest Snow-free Motor Vehicle Use Map. The other two Special Orders and maps replace the over-snow provisions of the 1997 Plan. The new Motorized Over-snow Vehicle Winter Travel Restrictions include a one-year Special Order that would modify Friday Carrie Sale IO:OO AM Monday Butcher Cattle Sale ,o:oo AM V , 2rid & 4th Saturday ".J  Pigs, sheep, and goats 1 :oo ASI 1901 E. 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"We hope to cre- ate and maintain an on-going feedback loop between the PNF, the community, and forest visitors on the effective- ness of the Special Order s.o that, if necessary, we can fine tune the details of the order next year", said Forest Recreation Program Manager Jane Cropp. If you have questions or comments this win- ter or spring please con- tact Jane Cropp, PNF Recreation Program Manager at 6340757. Maps and Info Available The PNF has produced a map that shows areas closed to motorized over snow vehicles This map is now available to the pub- lic, free of charge, and is available at all PNF offic- es, and at major winter Trailhead kiosks. The Special Orders, maps and additional Information are available on the PNF website at / by clicking on "Mo tor Vehicle Use Maps" under Quick Links. An additional map is produced annually by the Idaho State Snowmobile motorized use. This free map will be distributed by that group and will supplement the Forest's map. Enforcement The PNF will utilize recreation personnel for winter snow patrols to educate the public and enforce the closure areas. Personnel will also be stationed at major win- ter trailheads to hand out maps to recreationists and answer questions. The PNF will focus its enforcement efforts on the new Granite Mountain motorized over- snow vehicletrial clo- sure and will distribute information at ttie West Face and Upper Elevation parking lots. The Granite closure area was specifi- cally designed to utilize the already existing and approved snow-cat roads for closure boundaries. The southern boundary Is Six Mile Creek, and the western boundary is Road 294, both are eas- ily definable geographic and man-made fea.tures, which should help snow- mobilers easily recognize the boundaries on the ground. 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