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Page 10 Wednesday, April 11, 2012 The Adams County Record Save big now on Amedca00 faveride brand. Test-drive a Ford during Me Swap Your Ride Sales Event = .... branding. The History Corner Horse In the election of 1874, Horseshoe Bend challenged Idaho City for the location of the Idaho County Seat, claiming that since the min- ing boom was fading, Idaho City had "lost its grip 7 Idaho City had a bigger population, but the center of the county's population had shift- ed toward the Payette River Valley. Nevertheless, the measure failed. By 1876 the community had a school (which also served as a church, and meeting hall for two lodges), blacksmith shop, sawmill, a large barn with stables, a store and a hotel. The stables, store and hotel were owned and operated by a bachelor named Hank Clark, who tried unsuccessfully to change the name of the place to "ClarksviUe y After the Boise Basin gold depos- its were mostly mined out in the late 1870s, Horseshoe Bend lost some of its economic drive and settled into being more of a farm- ing and sawmill community than a town. However, mining continued to play a role in Horseshoe Bend's economy, and from 1890 to 1910 mining was the chief industry in the area. Southeast of Horseshoe Bend there is a diversion dam that was built by the Idaho-Oregon Light and Power Company about 1905. From the dam, a canal takes water about 2.5 miles down the north side of the river to a powerhouse. The main customer of the plant was the mining town of Pearl to the southwest. In 1906, after Pearl hit a slump, the power company extend- ed power lines to Emmett. Sometime around 1900 an appar- ent competition started between two communities--one on the south side of the river, and one on the north. Several businesses had located within the bend in the river on the north side. At some point a man named George Speigel bought up much of the land inside the bend on the north side and started trying to sell lots for astronomical prices. At the original community of Horseshoe Bend on the south side of the river, a townsite incorpo- rated in 1904, and lots were selling This is how David Campbell looked as a boy in the 1930s during a brand- ing session at the Circle C Ranch. These are stills taken from 8ram movie footage shot by Dr. Thurston. David died recently at the age of 86, and his obituary is elsewhere in this issue. for many times less. By 1909, almos every business within the bend hac moved to the south side of th river. By this time, Horseshoe Bent had a general merchandise store, telephone office, a store containin[ the post office, a two-story hotel, blacksmith shop, an Odd Fellow, Hall a combined home and butche] shop, and a school. When the Idaho Northerr Railway arrived, railroad construr tion crews put a bridge across to the north side of river west of the town The Nampa Leader-Herald report ed: "From Horseshoe Bend come., a report that the Idaho Northerr depot will be located at the ok Bend townsite, although it has beer understood prior to this time, tha it would be built two miles above the old town. A townsite has beer laid out at the Bend and it is reporl ed that George Spiegal is its chie promoter: As happened so man] times, the town had little choice bu to move to the railroad. The pus office, and most of Horseshoe Benc moved across to the north side th river and centered arounc the new Idaho Northerr depot. In the 1920s a highwa, bridge across the rive reunited the two core munities. ConstructioI of the highway requirec the removal of the schoo and it was replaced b, one on the north side The Village of Horsesho, Community Spotlight Susan Korte, owner/manager of Wilsons Bar in Council, has difficulty talking about herself, but she'll do it for a special cause. ]-his Saturday, the second annual Council Firemen's Ball launches an evening of five music and family fun to build a fund for burn- out victims. Working for months with Shawn and Mendy Stanford, she's just the can-do person to ensure the ball's success. For Susan, helping the Fireman's Ball is an imperative privilege. A vic- tim of fire herself, she understands the sickening helplessness of life sud- denly jerked out of control, and the heart-wrenching loss of home and precious memories. Susan's fire ripped through her life right after college graduation. She was living in Virginia, considering her options for career. Faulty wiring set her rented house ablaze. Suddenly, nothing remained of everything she owned, but rubble. Totally destroyed was her entire portfolio of artwork, vital for her graphic arts future employment. Everything was ruined, tossed out in the alley. For days she dug through the smoky rubbish, hoping to salvage any piece of childhood mementos. Finally she discovered a few burned edge photos, and the Wedgwood ring given to her by her grandmother. "I would never compare my fire to others more serious:' she said, "but it totally changed the direction of Susan Kort Counc my life: No one had been hurt, but her art career resume had gone up in smoke. With nothing to hold her, she headed for Seattle on February 14th with her car and $200. It was a long way from home for an east coast girl. In Seattle financial survival led her into the restaurant business, and she met Barry Korte there, a Council homeboy. By 1999 they had settled in Council to run One Eye Jack's Pizza and Wilsons Bar. It was a good partnership, but sadly not a lasting one. She's had to learn to run the bar and her family alone. Economic hardships have chal- lenged her indefatigable drive to get things done. She's had to learn how to run an efficient business. Working seven days a week herself, she also manages to help support a half dozen other staff. She credits her parents for her straightforward approach to life and her self-reliant drive. Susan grew up in Vienna, Virginia, the youngest of seven children. Her parents worked themselves into early graves to pro- vide for their family. Dad owned his own typography business, morn worked as a graphic artist. "It was a loud and commanding family,' she said, "full of strong personalities. I was a good kid and did what I was toldY Artistic, quiet and shy, she felt invisible in a high school with a stu- dent body population larger than the city of Council. She put herself through Virgini Commonwealth University, knowz for its outstanding arts program. loved doing art. I really gained cot fidence there;' she remembered. Sh, blossomed as her skills in paintin I graphic design, and photograph expanded. Her senior thesis phot documentary on women's rites c passage, featuring portraits of wome in various eras of their life, gained he academic recognition and an urgin to continue to graduate school. Bt that was the road not taken. Does she regret the los, Sometimes, maybe, when she's kne