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Sure did get an earful after I ran what I remembered to be the official story of how Chicken Dinner Road got its name.
Many agreed with my version of the story with a few variations, and some had a whole different tale to tell. However, when Mary Finch's e-mail arrived, I paid more than the normal amount of attention.
"I'm attaching a newspaper article that I have saved over the years," she wrote.
"Both Hugh Lamb and Ada Hamilton have passed away, and to my knowledge neither one had any descendants. As a longtime resident of the area, I've been asked about the origin of Chicken Dinner Road many times. I saved the article to verify my story.
"My father, Earl Houk, is one of only a few people still living who remembers the event for which the road was named. It was apparently the talk of the community.
"When I was growing up, road signs showed the road as 'Lane 12,' so I don't know when the name change became official.
"Laura Lamb died in 1953, and Morris died in 1965. Their farm was located between Karcher and Homedale Road."
... Following is the aforementioned Idaho Press-Tribune article that ran more than 16 years ago. No denying it. This is kind of like getting the facts from the horse's mouth, so to speak:
Brother, sister claim: Mother responsible for road's name
By Dave Wilkins IPT
Hugh Lamb and Ada Hamilton (see photo) want to set the record straight. It was no mysterious stranger who served the meal for which Chicken Dinner Road was named. It was their mother.
A story published last Tuesday in the Idaho Press-Tribune relating several different rumors of how the rural Canyon County road got its name was, "The most ridiculous thing I ever heard of," said Lamb.
Lamb, 87, and Hamilton, 83, grew up in a two-story farmhouse on Chicken Dinner Road between Karcher and Homedale roads. Their parents, Morris B. and Laura Lamb were close friends of Idaho Gov. C. Ben Ross and his wife, but were not themselves involved in politics, they said.
"They were good friends. (The Rosses) had been out to the folks' place many times," said Hamilton.
On one occasion in the 1930s their mother went to Boise and personally invited the governor and his wife out to the farm for dinner.
"Our mother was noted for her fried chicken, apple pie and hot rolls," said Hamilton.
About that same time Laura Lamb remarked to the governor about the poor condition of the road.
"It was just full of pot holes. It wasn't even graded," said Lamb.
Their mother's entreaty to the governor wasn't ignored.
Hamilton said the governor told her mother, "Laura, if you get that road graded and graveled, I'll see to it it's oiled."
With that, Laura Lamb approached the Canyon County commissioners and they agreed. Once the road was graded, their mother telephoned the governor to remind him of his promise.
'It was the very next day after she called that they oiled the road," recalled Hamilton.
Ironically, it may have been vandals who actually dubbed the road, "Chicken Dinner."
"The day after Halloween momma went out to get the mail and came back as mad as a wet hen," said Hamilton.
Someone had painted the words, "Lamb's Chicken Dinner Avenue," in big, bright letters on the freshly-oiled road, Lamb said.
"They were big old yellow letters that would knock your eyes out," remarked Hamilton.
School children riding the school bus took up the chant, "Chicken Dinner, Chicken Dinner," as they passed the house.
The name stuck.
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