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The Adams County Record The History Corner Wednesday, September 11,2013 1951 Page 7 By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 In early April of 1951, Henry C. Faflein died. He was 78. The Leader said Farlein, "a resident of Idaho for the past 50 years, passed away in his room in the Montgomery Apartments, Sunday morning." I don't know where those apartments were. (Anybody know?) He was born August 3, 1872 and never married. His obituary noted: "He leaves a brother, Dr. J. A. Farlein of Wofland, Wyoming, two nieces, Mrs. Hubbard of New Meadows, Mrs. Elva Roberts of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and five nephews, Roy Glenn of Nampa, Jeff Glenn of Weiser, Earl and Jake Glenn of Cambridge and Otto Glenn of New Meadows. There are other relatives in Oregon? Plans were being made to build a new city hall building in Council. This is the old city hall building that the Museum is in now. Plans were to build a two-story structure, 30 by 60 feet, "located back of the present city building, and will be built, to a large extent, by volunteer labor which has been offered by the fire department and other interested citizens." The upper floor was to be city hall and the library. A museum wasn't mentioned, but the large room upstairs was eventually shared by the library and the Winkler "Curio" collection for a number of years. The lower housed fire trucks and equipment. If I remember correctly, Lewis Daniels was one of the primary people behind building this structure. The April 13, 1951 Adams County Leader reported that Henry Quast, Golden Rule store manager and Council Resident for ten years had died. This was the hey day of the timber industry in Adams County. On the Payette National Forest, 24, 383,000 board feet of timber was cut in 1950 from 76 small timber sales and 16 larger sales. The Leader said, "More than 650 people are employed at mill and woods work by eleven firms at least partially dependent on Payette National Forest timber." Many of the timber sales were in areas with no roads, virgin timber and big trees. Elsie Grossen, 71, also died in April. She was born 1879 in Switzerland, came to U.S. in 1899, and was the wife o_f Adolph Grossen. She was survived by sons, Raymond and Walter, both of Alpine; Mrs. Edith Selby (Council), Mrs. Effie Missman (Boise), and Mrs. Louise Barton (Cambridge); a cousin, Robert Wafter (Council); a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren - one of which is Council's former mayor, Roy Grossen. The faneral of Mrs. Minnie L May of New Meadow., was held that April. He husband, Dale May was the janitor at the high scha)l. May 11, 1951 issue: q-he big news was the opening of the new Idaho First National Bank. "The new bank office occupies the west half of the former .............. :: ....... \\; The right half of this building housed the Golden Rule Store, which opened in 1941. The left (west) half was originally occupied by the Adams County Bank, and it soon became the Idaho First National Bank. Eddie Ludwig bought the building in 1965. The April 29, 1965 Leader said, "Ralph Bass of the Council Merit Store and Carl Shaver of Boise announce the Sale of the former Idaho Department Store building to Eddie Ludwig, owner of the Wayside Grocery." Merit Store annex building. [Now next to Ronnie's Market--recently Shaver's, and was the Record office before our present location.] The quarters have been completely remodeled and furnished to provide increased convenience for both customers and employees. The new office boasts more than twice the floor space of the bank's former quarters, enlarged customer lobby and counter space, a new vault for securities, records and safe deposit boxes, and a private booth for use by safe deposit customers? I believe the former location was the west half of the Golden Rule Store, which is now the Council Valley Market in both halves. Bruce Addington was kind enough to send information about the Bealer Boys: "This is how I remember it. A group of Council men would get together on a regular basis mostly just to visit. They would all chip in and buy a bottle of whisky. They decided to form a Club and call themselves the Bealer Boys. They got the name from a comic strip titled The Bealer Boys. They began to think of things they could do to have fun and raise money. They began giving dances. They would rent the Legion Hall and a good band and invite the public:' "The Bealer Boys had uniforms which consisted of Levis, a bright blue silk shirt and a red bandana tied around their necks. They put nicknames on the bandanas. The nickname of my dad, Hugh Addington, was Hot Shot Bealer. I was not old enough for school yet but I vividly remember watching them having a good time at the dances. They wanted to spend the money they made on worthwhile projects in Council. So their wives formed the Worthwhile Club and put the money into such things as starting and maintaining the Council Library, improvements to the school and other worthwhile projects. As I heard it, after the Bealer Boys disbanded they VALLEY REPAIRS & SERVICES Windshield Fleoairs & Fleolacernents Most Comprehensive Insurance pays 100% of Chip Repair Brian &Cyndi Dunham Bauer.Indian Valley, Idaho(208) 256 4315 I!9i429  Council City Hall (now the museum), about 1959. re-grouped as the X Club. The Worthwhile Club continued to function for many years after that. My mother Olive Addington was a charter member, and that was in the early 1930S." Bruce and Nelma Green had different versions of which current building was referred to as being built by the Steelman brothers across from the Golden Rule store. Bruce said: "The new building across from the Golden Rule was indeed the same as the present thrift store. It housed Council Electric and was owned and operated by Clarence Steelman and his wife, Dorothy for many years? Nelma said: "Steelmans' had all sorts of furniture, appliances and did electrical and plumbing. The thrift store was built by Rus Evans and Kieford Lawrence as a hardware and lumber, later taken o}1 by (can't remember his name) as a Coast to Coast. That didn't last long? So which is it? I do remember the Coast to Coast store being in the Thrifty Shoppe building around 1960. Dorothy and Clarence Steelman in their store in the late 1960s or early "70s.