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Page 12 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner Caharton and former residents By Dale Hsk " 253-4582 I'm continuing with the story of Bob Richmond and Cabarton, from the Idaho Northern book. There were only two boys in Bob's grade school graduating class. The Richmonds moved to MacGregor when the company moved its headquarters in 1936. After graduating from high school at Donnelly in 1937, Bob became a telegrapher for UP, working at several area depots. When working at the Banks depot in 1939, he watched the passenger trains going to McCall with Hollywood personalities on board to film the movie "Northwest Passage." As telegrapher, he listened as telegrams came through the lines between actors Gary Cooper, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Spencer Tracy and their friends at Hollywood. As Vice President of Union " Pacific, Bob attended meetings all over the U.S. Union Pacific had a fleet of luxurious cars for executives to use when traveling. They were like homes on wheels, with all the conveniences. Each car was named for one of the major cities along the UP system. As Bob was boarding one of these yellow, private executive cars to attend an annual inspection meeting in Sun Valley, he was pleasantly surprised to see the name printed on the side was "CabartonY Fred Hallberg Another alumni of a Cabarton childhood was Fred Hallberg. Fred.(Born 1921) entered the first grade at the Cabarton school in 1926, and attended through part of his fourth grade year. The family lived 3 miles from Cabarton, so Fred had a substantial walk to school. In the winter, Fred would strap on a pair of skis and harness a couple dogs that pulled him to school between the rails on the railroad. Several other students also used this means of transportation, and it resulted in some big dogfights at the school. One winter morning that stood out in Fred's memory, the temperature was 51 below zero. Fred's father, Eric Fred Hallberg, worked for the Boise Payette Lumber Company under Donkey Campbell. Mr. Hallberg made some of the last hand-hewn railroad ties in 1930 near Cabarton. The ties were flattened on two sides, and the bark was pe eled off the remaining round sides using a "spud." Fred Hallberg went on to a long career with the Union Pacific Railroad as regional accountant out of Nampa. Belvidere A little spot along the railroad just north of Cabarton was called Belvidere, named after Elva, Emily and Dallas Greenwood Ivan & Bertha Moser These two photos were taken by Gene Camp in the late 1960s or early "70s. a friend of the Dewey family, who at times was a spokesman for the sy.ndicate during the rail line's construction. Belvidere never became a town; it mostly functioned as a siding (1,997 ft.) and water stop. A 50,000-gallon wooden water tank once stood here, on a 16-foot-high steel tower. Nothing is left of tthe facilities today except the railroad's "Belvidere" sign. There is a hot spring and pool a quarter mile west of Belvidere. I ran into George Whitney at the music festival. He and his wife, Thelma, were the only ones identified in the picture of dancers at Casey's Corral in my August 8 column. He said the name of the band was the String Busters. One of the band members was Bill Hamby. George said they looked closely at the photo and couldn't identify anyone else in it. He didn't know why that would be. It must have been some occasion when there were a lot of people there from out of town. 2194 Hwy 95, Council New Hours! 8"30am to 5pro Monday thru Thursday Lube, Oil, Filter On most ~IlPS 253-3614 In Adams County $40.00 per year Out of Adams County $45.00 per year Out of State $50.00 per year 108 Illinois Avenue, Council Kelly Ross Monday - or Family Ownea APP! PULL Barn to Monday lumber available - 2x6, 2x8, 2xl O, Douglas Fir. trim 99 by the lb. fittings Custom pre'hung, bipass, wood bifolds, core. standard sizes.