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he History Corner Wednesday, October 17, 2012 The Adams County Record By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 George Brinson was a well-known builder in the Council and New Meadows area. He built many of the found- ing structures of News Meadows, the old People's Theater building in Council, and it would not surprise me at all if he had a prominent hand in erecting many of the old brick buildings in Council - including the build- ings on the north side of downtown after the fire of 1915, the Addington/ Ace building (1916) and the old courthouse (1916). The following is an excerpt from Hiram French's "History of Idaho;' published in 1914. "One of the leading business men in New Meadows is George F. Brinson, head of one of the most important business houses in the town. Brinson was born in Central, Kansas, on the 12th of January, 1874." "The education of George F. Brinson was all obtained in the state of Idaho, at the public schools of Idaho Falls and Pocatello. When he left the school room to take up ,his work in the world he first went to work for his father, who was then engaged in contracting and building. Under the keen eyes of his gather he learned the carpenter's trade and the watchful eye of the father saw to it that the lad was put through a hard apprenticeship and that when he was through he was an expert and dependable workman. He remained with his father for ten years, the experience which he gained during these years being invaluable to him. At the end of this period he started out for himself, locating at Weiser, and then as the line of the Pacific and Northern Idaho Railroad [sic] was extended and new cities and towns sprung up alongside the iron rails, he followed the trail of civilization along the line until he finally reached New Meadow, . and this seeming the most desirable spot which he had yet seen, became his permanent home. The city was started in 1911 and he was the builder of about half the buildings erected on the townsite. He is still prominent in the contracting business in this part of the state, but he has to give much time that he used to spend in the aforementioned business to the work of the mercantile establishment which he founded in February, 1912. This store bears over its door the words, George H. Brinson, [sic] Hardware, Implements, Lumber and Building Materials, and it is one of the most successful of the several houses of this kind established in New Meadows, having grown during the few months of its existence to large proportions" "Mr. Brinson has done some fine work in the building-of New Meadows, being the contractor for the New Meadows depot, the new [Hotel] Heigho, as well as many of the Complete systems, new and used Specializing in laptop repair and service Laptop LCD and Motherboard replacement Networking wireless and conventional Virus and spyware removal, data recovery Larry Fisk 208-253-6073 217 Michigan (Hun/g5) s Council 253-0093 24 Hour Cardtrol .Truck Scales/ Fish & Game Licenses Showers Deli Sandwiches Gifts BEER Western Tac other important buildings of the city:' Brinson married Eveline Hilier of Weiser on April 2, 1905. "One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Brinson, a daughter, Helen, who was born in Weiser, in December, 1906" [George Brinson died in 1943 and is buried in the Meadows Valley Cemetery. Cemetery records say he was born in 188i, not 1874 as mentioned in French's history.] This postcard photo shows an example of the masterful brickwork done by George Brinson that established his reputation as a top-rate builder in Adams County. This is the Hotel Heigho, sometimes known as the "Meadows Valley Hotel." It stood south- east of Highway 95 and Highway 55. The hotel was a landmark in New Meadows, described as one of the finest hotels in Idaho, until it burned in 1929. Save $25/mo with AIItel After $30 mail-in rebate 2-yr plan with data required UNLIMITED Talk & Text & 2GB Data AIItel Verizon UNLIMITED Talk & Tbxt & 2GB Data NEW! 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