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Page 10 The History Corner I'm getting back to the Idaho Northern Book and continuing with the story of Cabarton. Bob Richmond spent his childhood in Cabarton, and worked his way up through the Union Pacific ranks, eventually retiring in 1981 as Vice President of the entire Union Pacific Railroad. Bob's family arrived at Cabarton in 1923 when he was three years old. His father, W.E. "Slim" Richmond, was in charge of repairing log cars. Bob completed his grade school education at the Cabarton School. During the Depression the school hired one teacher and used only one of the schools two classrooms. In better times, there were two teachers instructing separate classes. Some of the teachers that Bob remembered were Olive Teresa Billows, Mrs. Ashley, Cleona McMasters and Mrs. Twilegar. Mrs. Twilegar was quite a character, and the kids called Mrs. "Two Legger' During the Depression, Bob and three other young men (about 7th or 8th grade) decided they wanted tO go fishing at Big Creek, and decided their mode of transportation should be an old rusty handcar that was stored out in a shed at Cabarton. They sneaked the handcar out of the shed and started out. The handcar hadn't been greased in a long time, and the old shay track was also rusty from disuse. Bob said it turned out to be twice as much work as if they had walked, and it was raining cats and dogs. In spite of the miserable conditions, the boys thought of it as a great adventure. Bob's mother, Alice Richmond, acted as a midwife while at Cabarton, and got to know a number of the women in the area through that avocation. One of them was Inez Shaver, a 27-year-old woman who lived one and a half miles west of Belvedire. Inez had given birth to three children in the five years previous to January of 1933. Her youngest boy Wednesday, August 15, 2012 The Adams County Record Bob Richmond and Cabarton By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 was only three months old, his brother was two, and their sister was five years od. At the end of January the family needed a few items from town, so on Saturday, January 28, Inez left the children with her husband, Felix, and started to Cascade on skis. She planned to visit a few friends while she was out, and told her husband that if she wasn't home by dark, it meant she was spending the night at the Richmond house at Cabarton. When she reached the railroad, it was easier to walk than ski, so Inez left her skis by the Belvidere water tank and continued the four miles to Cascade on foot. After doing her shopping, she walked the six miles to Cabarton and visited with Alice Richmond until about four o'clock. At about six o'clock, she was seen putting on her skis at Belvidere. By that time, the sun had gone down, and the temperature was dropping quickly. Meanwhile, Felix Shaver watched anxiously for his wife. He went outside and looked toward Belvidere several times as darkness closed in. Finally he concluded she had stayed at the Richmonds. The next morning, Felix set out on skis to meet Inez. He had gone less than 200 yards from the house when he saw something lying in the snow ahead. One can only imagine the horror he must. have felt when he realized it was his wife, frozen stiff with a look of agony on her face. The Cascade newspaper said, "Indications are that she became exhausted, as the snow; about four feet deep, was very loose, and finally got off the skis and attempted to make it to the house on foot, and had gone but a short distance when apparently she gave out, dying of exposure. Coroner Robb and Dr. Ward are of the opinion that her legs became frozen first, making it impossible for her to travel:' As she became weaker and weaker, Inez had started dropping packages to reduce her burden, q-he only packages she had with her at the end were the most essential kerosene and tobacco. When word reached [ Cascade, Coroner A. D. Robb and about ten men set out for Belvidere with a twelve-dog team and snowshoes. From Belvidere they "broke out a trail to the body, arriving With it in Cascade .about seven o'clock in one of the heaviest snow storms of the winter" A few tramway towers and tailings from the Summit Mine above Black Lake are visible in the background of this Ford family photo. Th e girl on skis is unidentified. The picture was captioned: "August Snowshoeing." Edna and Lorne Rice in the late 1960s or early '70s, from the Gene Camp's collection at the museum. CHRYSLER Parts and Service Open On Saturday We service all makes and models Quality Service Award Winning Factory Trained Technician Big City Selection All At One Location Phone (208) 549-3310.- Toll Free (800) 658-5080 602 Highway 95 Weiser, Idaho 83672 www.hometownmotors.com Lorne Rice (Warrens father - on right) covered many miles on skis in the 1930s, going to and from the Golden Anchor Mine. He is the only one identified in this group of men on skis. Lorne also used dog sleds during that period. Nampa, ID 208-467-1712