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..... J2.._L___LI. aJIJILJL:_.L_L_ LLJLJ ]JJI]IJ, JIJ,L]/J[JLIIJLLIJJLLLJ,I "AII,IAIJJIIi[UlIIIililtJKI[,ILJlIIIIIU" - l; . - -' , -  ,- , ,.. i _-" -. _ - - " Page 6 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner hldians Along the Payette River By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 I'm continuing with excerpts from the Idaho Northern Railway book, now for sale at the Record office. In the early days of log- ging on the Payette River, trees were fallen in the timber high up on the hills northeast of Highway 55 near milepost 74. For many years, the remains of a log chute on which logs were slid down to the river, was visible high on the hillside. There were also piles of logs that escaped the chute and were not recovered. About a mile up the highway, at about mile- post 75.5, a stock drive- way crossed the highway, river and railroad in the late 1940s and early '50s. A cable suspension bridge was used to get herds of sheep across the river. Burlap sacks were used to cover the sides of the walk- way so the sheep would not be afraid to cross. An old Indian campground is said to be located along the sheep driveway on the west side of the river. Just north of that loca- tion (about highway mile- post 75.7) was a spot sometimes called "Banks Number Two." There was a service station here at one time, east of the highway. At about highway mile- post 76 6, Dry Buck Creek enters the Payette River from the west side. The name Dry Buck may have originated with a band of Shoshoni Indians known by that name who lived in this area. On a fiat near the mouth of Dry Buck Creek, two trappers built cabins. One was an Irishman named Jimmy Hoy (also spelled Hay or Hoey); the other man's name is lost to his- tory. This location seems to have been known as Old Banks Ranch for many years. Not long after the Bannock War of 1878, a group of about 30 Indians started camping along the remote recesses of the creek. The most promi- nent member of the native group may have been a man known as "Indian Charley:' He was Nez Perce, but had generally lived with Eagle Eye's band of Shoshoni who lived in the Weiser River area. Eagle Eye was a well- known chief who had reluctantly become involved in the Bannock War. It was the last major Indian war in Idaho, and memories of native aggres- sion were still fresh. Eagle Eye was living in the area incognito because of white animosity toward him. An 1892 survey map shows Indian Charley's home as about a mile up Dry Buck Creek from the Payette River. Other Indian fami- liesl including Eagle Eye's band, staked out home- steads higher up the creek and near Timber Butte. These Indians were able to avoid reservation life for many years by adopting farming in addition to tra- ditional hunting and gath- ering. Some of the men worked at area sawmills or worked in the hayfields of Jerusalem Valley. Jimmy Hoy married one of the Indian women and had a son, Jimmy Hoy, lr. Eagle Eye died in 1896, Jimmy Hoy, Sr. died in 1897, and Indian Charley followed within a year after that. Several of the Indians filed for home- stead patents on the land they farmed, but old fears Fosdick Scholarships Awarded BY MlCKI EBY Meadows Valley High School graduation was held in the school auditorium, during which 10 students received scholarships from funds raised by the Meadows Valley Benefit Golf Tournament aka "The FosdickY A total of $7,500.00 was awarded by Mr. "Fosdick" Tom Anderson. Graduating Seniors receiving $1,000 scholarships each were: Jesse Baird (Brigham Young University), Dixie Jo Carpenter (Sterling College-Kansas), Josh Evertson (Lewis Clark State College), Padraic Libby (University of Montana), Randi Smith (Eastern Oregon U. or University of Montana Western). Five students already enrolled in college received $450 each: Sierra Atrip (Brigham Young University, Ashley Evertson (Lewis Clark State College), Tanner Perkins (University of Idaho), LeAndra Smith (Lewis Clark State College), Beau Whitney (University of Idaho). The Fosdick began awarding scholarships Sue Peterson was kind enough to send me this priceless picture. It shows a crew building the P&IN Railroad up the Weiser River canyon between East Fork and Evergreen in 1907. One of the men in it is Surfs great uncle, Jim Riggs. and prejudices inter- was a result of some feud vened. Enough whites filed .... The Indians culti- objections with Governor Shoup that William McConnell, who was now the state Indian Inspector, was sent to investigate the situation. The May 5, 1898 Statesman reported on his visit: It appears there are 20 vate their property, rais- ing grain and other crops. They have set out fruit trees, and they have con- siderable stock, includ- ing horses, cattle, and chickens. Mr. McConnell says he will ask the gov- ernment to purchase for report and their neigh- bors wanting the Indians to stay, pressure was put on them to move onto a reservation. About 1900 the Indians vacated their homes and surrendered to reservation life at Fort Hall. There, they joined the occupants living in hope- less squalor, pressured to One and only one of the Indians ever retuned to the Payette. Jimmy Hoy, Jr., the half-breed son of the trap- per and an Indian woman, came back to work in the Jerusalem hay fields for several years. He claimed his father's name, but -had no legal rights, and the title to Jimmy's prop- Indians living at that point. They have been there 12 or 14 years. Two of them are Snake River Indians and the rest are supposed to be Nez Perces. Just why they located at that iso- lated point is not known. The Indians themselves will not explain the mat- ter, but the supposition is that their settling there to Meadows Valley graduating and college students in 2003. From that date thru this year the "Fosdick" has awarded a total of $34,750.00 in scholarship monies. These funds are made possible through the generosity of supporters and volunteers for this annual fund raising event. This year the Fosdick will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 at Meadow Creek Golf Resort. For more information call Roberta at 347-2404 or visit FosdickGolf.com. them a small tract in the adopt the white lifestyle of canyon that they failed to secure. They are better off there, he says, than they would be if they were with the tribe, being the most comfortable fixed band of Indians that he knows of. In spite of McConnell's farming without the tools or good enough land to do so. Historian, Nellie Ireton Mills, wrote an epitaph of sorts for the natives who once called Dry Buck their home: erty went to Boise County. : Tragically, the life of this native son of the Payette was taken by a white man's bullet in a saloon brawl at Horseshoe Bend, when the railroad progress and so- called civilization came to the Payette. 7 RIVERS LIVESTOCK COMMISSION 1611 W. Salesyard Rd. OffiCe: 208-365-4401 Emmett, Idaho 83617 7rivers@qwestoffice.oet Sale Day Tuesday at NoOn r / i | Transfer your Rx today! Ko,,yRo,s, ACHC PHARMACY Inside Adams County Health Clinic xo5 N. Berktey, Council Idaho 208-253-4957 Where you are treated like family!