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The Adams County Record Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 9 The History Corner By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 First off, it was brought to my attention that my word processor was mal- functioning back when I wrote about the French Cemetery near White Bird. (It was the word processor between my ears.) I mentioned the Snake River there, when of course I meant the Salmon River. My word processor apologizes for the error. Once or twice I've written about Falk's Store near Emmett. I mentioned David Bivens,. in passing, as having started the first store there, but I knew little about him. Recently I stumbled upon some information about the Bivens family on the Internet. Here are some quotes from that information, put on a web site by the late Ron Marlow of Payette. "David Bivens first came to Idaho in 1862, crossing the plains as Lieutenant of the Atchison Wagon Train. They. passed through Idaho and went to Oregon, laying out the town site of Union. He returned to Idaho in 1867 to stay, se~ling near Falk Store, on the Payette River." "Bivens established a stage station at Weiser and also one at Falk, where the family later made their home, He was interested in the cattle business and since the range was open, they had a large herd. Each spring saw them on the road east to the nearest railroad in Nebraska, with hundreds of head of fattened cattle for market. William Stuart and Bivens drove their cattle to market together:' "In 1876, Bivens made a trip to Mexico and brought back some alfalfa seed, introducing alfalfa into this country. It was necessary to have water to raise this crop, so his son John, began the building of an irrigation canal. At that time it was called the Bivens and Pence Ditch, but is now known as the Lower Payette Ditch. This was about 16 miles long on the north side of the river, where Pence and Bivens had their homes. The ditch has been extended, until now .... more than 34 miles long, and serves all the ranches on the Weiser River:' This next part lS interesting because it mentions the road north of Emmett to Indian Valley. "The day before from Payette to Indian Valley. He went across the hills through Sand Hollow, as there were no fences in those days, and that was miles nearer. While stopping0, at Sand Hollow to eat his lunch, an Indian overtook John and pulled a gun on him. He managed to get his horse between himself and the Indian and got out his own gun. The Indian decided to engage in conversation with him. He then rode along with Bivens to Indian Valley. Bivens was convinced by the actions of the Indian that trouble was brewing and he advised'settlers to that effect:' The story Marlow tells here is really fascinating. It sounds very much like a version of the Long Valley Ambush, but is a completely different story, and one I had never heard: "During the Bannock War the Indians stole-a large number of horses, many of which belonged to the Bivenses. John Bivens was one of a party of 10, who pursued the Indians through Indian Valley to Council Valley, but five of the party headed back home. The other five followed the Indians into the Weiser Canyon. One of these men was William White, who was captain of the party. All were killed except Mr. the Bannock War outbreak, David Bivens" oldest son, John, was carrying the mail Here's another of David MacGregor:s old photos that he'd like to get all the people identified in. The first man on the left is labeled Roy Scrivens, but has Stutter Malloy in parenthesis. The second man is labeled Frank Wood, Jr., the next man is the one who needs a name, the fourth man is Frank Woods and the fifth is Frank Hall. If anybody can identify the 3rd man or can say if that's actually Roy Scrivens, please let meknow. Keithley, who was badly wounded. As he was out of ammunition, he rolled over the rocks into the river and went upstream instead of down, which saved his life. The Indians made a close search but he managed to evade them. He remained in hiding until after dark. Then he worked downstream in the water, never touching the bank for a distance of 25 miles, over a period of three days. Although seriously wounded, he reached Fort Jefferson, near Falk, and reported that trouble with the Indians. John Bivens had been with the first five people returning, thereby saving his life. He went with a message to Boise to the Lieutenant Governor and troops were dispatched to Payette. A1 Jackson, John Bivens, Peter Pence, AI Young and 10 others accompanied the troops to the scene of the murders and buried the white men. They found no Indians" "John Bivens ran the ferry between Ontario and Payette for several yeas in the 1880s. When the wagon bridge was completed, the ferry was abandoned. This was the old Washoe Ferry that had been moved up the Snake River six miles, when the towns of Ontario and Payette were born: By Tina Warner 258-4471 It looked like we were getting ready for winter a - bit early, but so far at Bear there is little snow on the ground. The tempera- ture MQnday morning at our house was about 40 degrees and cloudy. Dan and Sauni McGahey are spending a few days in Boise. Dan is working, and Sauni went to take her dog to the vet. They plan to be home later in the week. Gail Routson FOR IDAHO STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 9A ON NOVEMBER 6 Are your legislators representing you by - "Reforming" education without local input? Overriding local control of gas drilling issues? Shifting taxes from large corporations to cities, counties, and homeowners? Cutting funding to Senior Centers and Meals on Wheels? Instituting closed primaries? came from Weiser to take visiting. care of their dogs until Toby and Stephanie they return. Warner stopped in to visit Ron and ]an Young are Toby's grandmother over entertaining two friends the weekend. They had from California Nick children, Wyatt and Tina, Gray plans to go home with them and had been this week, and Johnny staying at their cabin and Watson will stay until the hunting with little luck. end of the month. They The Martin Carters are here hunting and spent a day getting the "Like you, I love riving in this area. Having a full- time dental practice with locations in Council ' , the and Cambridge means It s corn enient to see dentist on any weekday right where you live because I live here too." I)ocmr of Dema] Surl~erv Advanced Education u':t General Densitxv Posl Doctorate Residency Adiunct [;acullv at Idaho State [-tm-ersitv M2G Dental Residency IJctmsed in I.M ./Oral S~dation Full-Time Practice serving Cotmcil and Cambridge since 2002 - 253-6077 Monte R. Eppich D.D.I blocks under the trailer and doing some work around it. They plan to get more done if the weather will hold off. Sharon Lee came visiting Monday morning. She has been gone most of the summer so it is great to know they are home and doing well. Vote for Change- Vote for Steve Worthley PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT STEVE WORTHLEY