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On this page I am posting items related to Idaho history from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Much of it pertains to the assassination of my great grandfather Governor Steunenberg in 1905, the assassin Harry Orchard and the "Big Bill" Haywood Trial.

Birth:
08 Aug 1861 1
Keokuk, Iowa 1
Death:
30 Dec 1905 1
Caldwell, Idaho 1
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Frank Steunenberg Pinback  circa 1896
Frank Steunenberg Pinback circa 1896
Let me know if you have or have seen any of these 7/8" pinbacks.
Bunker Hill Mine/Mill the day before and the day after.  1899
Bunker Hill Mine/Mill the day before and the day after. 1899
Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho circa 1898
Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho circa 1898
Harry Orchard "behind bars" at the Idaho Pen
Harry Orchard "behind bars" at the Idaho Pen
Harry Orchard coming out of the Courthouse.
Harry Orchard coming out of the Courthouse.
Among the crowd is Charles Siringo up highest on the stairs and Bob "Bad Man" Meldrum to Orchard's immediate left.
Big Bill Haywood
Big Bill Haywood
What was left of the gate at Governor Steunenberg's House
What was left of the gate at Governor Steunenberg's House
Orchard on the hot seat at the Haywood Trial
Orchard on the hot seat at the Haywood Trial
Missing items that had belonged to Harry Orchard.
Missing items that had belonged to Harry Orchard.
Please contact me if you have an knowledge of these items. See my blog post at: http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/2008/05/have-you-seen-these-items.html
6/5/1907 - Harry Orchard
6/5/1907 - Harry Orchard
Governor Steunenberg and General Merriam c 1899
Governor Steunenberg and General Merriam c 1899
I do not believe I have ever seen this picture before. Circa 1899. If anyone knows more about it then please let me know. In appeared in the Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1906 the day after the governor was assassinated in Caldwell, Idaho
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5/16/1907 - The Idaho Murder Case - Page 1
5/16/1907 - The Idaho Murder Case - Page 1
From "The Independent", May 16, 1907.
5/16/1907 - The Idaho Murder Case - Page 2
5/16/1907 - The Idaho Murder Case - Page 2
From "The Independent", May 16, 1907.
5/16/1907 - The Idaho Murder Case - Page 3
5/16/1907 - The Idaho Murder Case - Page 3
From "The Independent", May 16, 1907.
1/1/1906  - Six Arrests On Suspicion
1/1/1906 - Six Arrests On Suspicion
New York Times
1906 Court Docket
1906 Court Docket
This is in the possession of the College of Idaho archives. You can view various documents from the Steunenberg administration at: http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/aboutaci/archives/GLC/default.asp?ID=about
Page from the court docket
Page from the court docket
Hogan (aka Harry Orchard). William D. Haywood. George Petibone, Charles Moyer, J.L. Simpkins, etc.
Bomb Fragments from the infernal machine of Harry Orchard
Bomb Fragments from the infernal machine of Harry Orchard
7/28/1907 - Scene And Principals Actors In The Great Haywood Murder Trial In Idaho
7/28/1907 - Scene And Principals Actors In The Great Haywood Murder Trial In Idaho
5/14/1907 - Boise Courtroom With Haywood Case In Progress - Picture Only
5/14/1907 - Boise Courtroom With Haywood Case In Progress - Picture Only
7/29/1907 - What The Jury Did
7/29/1907 - What The Jury Did
5/26/1900 - Harper's Bazar - Woman Suffrage in Idaho by Gov. Frank Steunenberg
5/26/1900 - Harper's Bazar - Woman Suffrage in Idaho by Gov. Frank Steunenberg
5/26/1900 - Harpers Bazar - Woman Suffrage in Idaho - page 1
5/26/1900 - Harpers Bazar - Woman Suffrage in Idaho - page 1
Harpers-Woman Suffrage in Idaho - page 2
Harpers-Woman Suffrage in Idaho - page 2
6/14/1907 - James McParland, Pinkerton Detective Agency
6/14/1907 - James McParland, Pinkerton Detective Agency
James McParland-Pinkerton Detective Agency
James McParland-Pinkerton Detective Agency
[Gen. Info] (p. 1019)
[Gen. Info] (p. 1019)
6/2/1919 - Man Who Single Handed Routed The Molly Maguires Succumbed To Operation
6/2/1919 - Man Who Single Handed Routed The Molly Maguires Succumbed To Operation
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Birth:
08 Aug 1861 1
Keokuk, Iowa 1
Male 1
Death:
30 Dec 1905 1
Caldwell, Idaho 1
Cause: Assassinated 1
Burial:
Burial Place: Canyon Hill, Caldwell, Idaho 1
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Birth:
Mother: Cornelia Keppel Steunenberg 1
Father: Bernardus Steunenberg 1
Marriage:
Eveline Belle Keppel Steunenberg 1
25 Jun 1885 1
Knoxville, Iowa 1
To: Until death 1
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Dutch 1
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Position: President of the WFM 2
End Date: 30 Dec 1905 2
Re-elected:
1899 Re-elected governor for a 2nd term 1
Mining War:
1899 Coeur d'Alene Mining War 1
Governor:
31 Dec 1969 1

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Frank Steunenberg Pinback  circa 1896
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I am always interested in hearing from folks that have an interest in early Idaho history, collecting, events and information related to the assassination, trial, connections to any of the participants, mining and labor and all viewpoints.

To get a more detailed look at the many items related to this topic, go to my history blog at: http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/

Ex-Governor Assassinated in Idaho

Idaho

Governor Steunenberg and General Merriam c 1899
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I do not believe I have ever seen the picture before of Governor Frank Steunenberg on the left and General Merriam on the right. It reportedly was taken in 1899 during the Coeur d'Alene mining war. If anyone has seen this photo or knows more about it then please let me know. In appeared in the Chicago Tribune on January 1, 1906; the day after the governor was assassinated in Caldwell, Idaho.

Woman Suffrage in Idaho by Governor Frank Steunenberg

Idaho

5/26/1900 - Harper's Bazar - Woman Suffrage in Idaho by Gov. Frank Steunenberg
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From - Harper's Bazar, May 26, 1900

I found this excellent article written by Governor Steunenberg on the status of woman's suffrage in Idaho during his administration. I had not seen it before. It was nice to find a more formal paper written by the governor that I think provides quite a bit of insight into his views of the suffrage movement and the progressive changes that took place in Idaho now well over 100 years ago.

James McParland, Pinkerton Detective

Idaho

6/14/1907 - James McParland, Pinkerton Detective Agency
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Picture from the Chicago Tribune 6/14/1907

Scene And Principal Actors In The Great Haywood Murder Trial In Idaho

Boise, Idaho

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Here is another article on the trial with an interesting composite photograph. I like the nice inset picture of Governor Steunenberg but it's the rest of the picture that is a bit unusual. Around a normal photograph of the jury, it looks like an artist drew the tables and bodies in the foreground and cut out photos of the the heads to place in the appropriate positions. Hopefully no one got mixed up such as an Orchard head ending up on a Haywood body. Interesting technique. Note the Independence Depot and Steunenberg house drawings up near the top on each side depicting the moment of the the respective explosions. Click on the pic to get a larger image.

"I am glad to say I was his friend--the friend of a man who gave up his life for his state and his country."

10/3/1907 - Senator Borah Goes Free

"I have felt the humiliation deeply," he continued, "especially because of the manner in which the name of my dead friend, Frank Steunenberg, has been brought into this case. I am glad to say I was his friend--the friend of a man who gave up his life for his state and his country."

Above from Senator William E. Borah as quoted in the Chicago Tribune, October 3rd. 1907 after being acquitted of conspiracy to defraud the government.

Frank's Daughter

Loma Linda, California

My mother attended Loma Linda School of nursing in the early 1920s and her classmate and roommate at Lome Linda was a daughter of Frank.  In my early childhood I had met her when we lived in Alhambra, California.   My mother told me the story Frank.   I had heard the story of Frank's wife who brought Christianity to Orchard.  Many year later, I believe in the 1940s I met a son of Frank who was an ordained minister.   That was my lost contact with anyone of Frank Steuenberg family.

Thank you for your story. Yes, that would have been Francis L. Steunenberg, daughter of the governor born on 8/12/1892 in Caldwell, ID. Francis graduated from the Loma Linda School of Nursing in 1922. She married Fred Eastman in 1929 and I believed they remained in Southern California. How interesting that you met Uncle Frank (Frank W. Steunenberg), youngest son of the governor. Sometimes referred to as Frank Jr., he had attended Walla Walla College from where he graduated in 1924 and entered the ministry. If you have other recollections or information about your contacts with Frank or Francis and where and when they occurred, I would certainly be interested. You can find more information at: http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/ Regards, John

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