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The Adams County Record Wednesday, March 28, 2012 A Doublejointed-Bull Moose- oo:e0000 Democratic Clique I'm getting back to the old issue of the New Meadows Tribune that we found in the Council museum recently. It is dated November 14, 1912, right after the big election, and the editor, Frank M. Roberts, seems to have had a personal vendetta against A. B. Lucas. Lucas was a legislator in 1911 when the bill to create Adams County was passed, and he had carried news from "Salmon Meadows" to Boise about petitions that were signed to advocate creation of the new county being "falsified." Roberts starts In on Lucas with several separate sections: 'I'he Red-Headed Ticket seems .to 'haunt' Lucas' waking hours as well as his sleeping ones. He has played his last 'Double-Cross' game on the taxpayers of Adams county." "If it is not 'impertinent,' it might be asked ff it is .true that A.B. Lucas received 'Forty-eight lots in Council' for his influence for that place for county seat? We say 'it might be asked'- that is if anybody is curious enough to do so." Evidently this refers to Council becoming the county seat in the election a few days before. The next section didn't mention Lucas, but is interesting: "Adams County has never had an opportunity to express her wishes on the Local Option question--and there is more whiskey shipped into this territory than when they had the 'open saloon.' Time there was 'something doing' in this line. If this business For two sections, he lays off Lucas: "Our reporter was in error last week when he said that 'An enthusiastic throng of nearly fifty New Meadows representatives went to Council Monday night to hear Senator Borah speak on national Issues,' as there was not a soul went to Council, but stopped off at Tamarack. Here is what we should have said, and this is from last week's Eagle: rhe Borah meeting at Council last Monday evening was a big success. About 50 went down from here.' We publish this in order to correct an error in these columns." "It is somewhat gratifying to most everybody hereabouts that a number of would- be 'leaders, bosses' or what-nots who run around the country in the interest of the Bull Moosers, went down before the Republican forces in the 'battle of the ballots' Nov. 5th, here in Idaho. They claimed to be Republicans and if they are honest they will now come back to the party and if they are not let them 'stand at Armageddon:' Join the Democracy or 'go to the DeviII' To hell with such Republicans anyhow, say we." And then: "One would infer from Lucas' remarks last week that the voters of Meadows Valley had been 'herded' like sheep and compelled to vote, whether they wanted to or not. He has proudly heralded forth the declaration that there is at least one man who 'came down to discharge his duty as an American must be carried on, better . citizen on Tuesday: last: : that it be regulated and licensed that the roads and schools may get some of the benefits that follows the introduction and sale of the same." But then agdln: " 'It was said on the streets,' before election that Lucas had 'said that he would spend a thousand dollars to defeat John McMahan for commissioner and New Town for the county seatI' He may "pat himself on the back' and say 'well done good and faithful servant.' I did itl And it he did say that he will find that those 46 votes will cost him many more dollars than the one- thousand said to have been pledged for that purpose." and returned, happy ifl' the consciousness of having voted as a 'free- man' should. And that was without domination, dictation or a bribe of any power or Influence.' And as Mr. Lucas 'herded,' a bunch over there that he knows were not free from 'domination' etc., he may not publish their names." And one final swipe: "We want to say a word in praise of the splendid work done by our Republican County Central Committee in this campaign. Without means; with no support from the papers, except the Tribune, in the county--handicapped by a double-Jointed-Bull Moose-Democratic clique in Old Town and Council, Page 5 This shot of a group of Meadows men includes a Mr. Rigdon (left edge?), Jonathan McMahan (front row at left with arms behind him?) and Edward McMahan (in white duster). The old George Steward house is still standing on Mundy Gulch Road. I'm told the foundation of the big barn that was in one of the pictures last week is still evident somewhere near this house. Jeff and Penny Dunham live in the house now. Jeff, who is a direct descendant of George Steward, has spent the past several years refurbishing it. they held their forces together and scored a winning on all except four men on the ticket whose defeat can be traced to a deal by the Old Town and Council ringsters, who, for personal spite knifed those four men. To A. B. Lucas and his few [very few] followers and henchmen, the defeat of Jbhn McMatiarf,mid' the', Ohe'  'afididhfds6n the  Republican ticket can be traced. The Committee's work is deserving of the highest praise for holding Adams county in the Republican column and sending a Republican representative to the legislature." It must have been an interesting time for politics. The missing newspapers make it hard to know what happened between 1912 and 1914. In 1914 Lucas is known to have been the editor of the very newspaper (by then called the Meadows Eagle / New Meadows Tribune) that had slammed him so relentlessly. Last week I got a few things wrong concerning being unpainted and the location of barns weathered. The Steward at Indian Valley. The Barn was down Mundy barn that was where Gulch Road, west of the the Community Hall store/IOOF Hall, on the is today was not the south side of the road. George Steward barn. The old Steward house is That barn was more still standing near there. plain, and Jewell Woods It was this barn that remembered the boards Jewell saw fall in, but Jonathan McMahan. Much to editor Roberts' dismay, McMahan seems to have lost out in the election of 1912, but was voted in as Adams County Commissioner from District 3 for two terms: 1915 -1917 and 1921- 1923. it was sometime in the 1930s, not 1924. 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