In the early 1860s the Marsh-Ireton ranch was established as a stage and mail stop along the freight road to the Boise Basin. Early farmers tried but failed to raise crops without irrigation. With the coming of the railroad in 1911, the Montour business district and town were platted. In 191…

Architects also designed the Idaho State Capitol

If you asked most people in Emmett where the historic Powell building was, they would not know. But everyone who drives downtown knows the building on the corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue.

As we look back to the history of Gem County, we find family names that are in the community today. The following story was originally published in the 1919 Emmett Index. It is as was written 95 years ago. The Pratt family are pioneers who entered the area in 1898. Their descendants still li…

The parking lot on the corner of north Washington Avenue and East Park Street, in historic downtown Emmett, has been designated the Martin-McNish parking lot. There is a nice sign recognizing the parking lot as an historic site. Nathaniel Martin was one of the first families to claim land in…

The largest log ever cut at the Boise-Payette mill in Emmett was sent through the saws in August 1949, according to the Emmett Messenger newspaper. The log was estimated to contain 3,000 board feet of lumber. Log supply in the pond kept two saws running through the end of May. The third band…

The first building for the Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1885. Land was purchased by Mr. Wardwell for $150. The land was located at the site of where Huskie Park is currently located.

The following was published in a January 1963, Messenger-Index newspaper. This has been condensed from the original article.

It is difficult to say who the first white settlers were in the community. So many people were coming and going across the river — either on the way to Oregon to the gold fields and free homestead land or coming back to the new gold fields in the Bogus Basin.

From the small 1873 Martinsville burial ground, to the 1903 larger hilltop River View Cemetery, now called Emmett Cemetery, 140 years of Emmett’s memorial history can be traced through the cemetery’s tombstones.

Happy 150th birthday to first Martinsville — then Emmettsville — now Emmett

We call it the “house with the pillars” or the Vanderdasson home. Those who have been in Emmett for a long time remember the home as the DeClark residence. The three storied Victorian home is located on the corner of North Johns Avenue and Main Street. It has been purchased and will soon und…

The 1918 influenza pandemic killed more than 600,000 Americans and 50 million people worldwide, according to Center for Disease Control historians. Scientific technology improvements made it possible to identify pandemics in later years compared to the 1918 tragedy.

1800s: Early-day Emmettsville was not even an incorporated village at the turn of the century when this picture was taken at Albert Bird’s old livery barn, situated just south of Emmett’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Clemens freight outfit was about ready to take off up the rugged trail…

1950s: Droves of Emmett youngsters got the situation well in hand last Wednesday when National Guard Company “F” rolled into town with a U.S. Army tank in quest of recruits for an all-Emmett platoon for the 116th Mechanized Cavalry at Caldwell. They polished the long barrel of its 75 mm gun …

1968: New officers of the newly incorporated Black Canyon Bowmen take aim at a 65-yard target on just completed archery range in Sand Hollow. They are from left: Kelly Horton, director; Pearl Bussert, president; Bob Cyr, secretary-treasurer; Rex Bussert, director; Larry Waller, vice presiden…

1955: Getting the lowdown on another play from Coach John Reager, right, are the members of the Emmett High School grid squad, which will open the 1955 season this weekend with Jamboree play in Ontario Friday night and on their home field Saturday night when they meet the Boise High School j…

1912: Everybody loves a parade. Here is an Emmett scene taken in 1912 showing a parade during an Odd Fellows convention held here. Note the Butte Block basement now the home of the Golden Rule Store in the foreground and the emporium of Hiram Katz, pioneer merchant of Emmett.

1800s: The old stage coach — In operation between Emmett and Van Wyck (near Cascade) was the only means of communication between the lower valley and Long Valley and the Thunder Mountain district. The stage, operated by John F. Hall, left Emmett every morning on arrival of the mail from Namp…

1960s: Parking meter fees were back in order for downtown Emmett shoppers and employees as police resumed patrolling of the meters this week. Police were directed to discontinue patrolling the meters throughout the holiday shopping season by Emmett Mayor Rod Morgan. Jan. 2 marked the end of …

1961: Championship banner was presented last week by the Letha P.T.A. to the Letha flag football team which held every team in the county except Parkview eighth grade scoreless while running up large point scores for Letha. The championship squad from left, Bill McAllister, Bert Osborn, Doyl…

1893: Emmett Coronet Band. Upper row – Grant Bartlett, W. W. Parrish, W. R. Cartwright, A. J. Kelley, Frank Fitzgerald, John Murray, Clint Brown. Middle Row – Louis Nesline. The other names were cut out of the original copy of the newspaper. The photo is from July 4, 1893.

Not many know that the town of Montour was originally a village called Marsh. It was named after early pioneer Edson Marsh who was a native of Onondaga County, N.Y. Marsh migrated with his family to Michigan as an infant. In 1852, the 18-year-old drove four yokes of oxen in a train of 80 per…

Editors note: This is an article about pioneers of Gem County originally published in the June 10, 1948 edition of the Emmett Messenger as told to pioneer Nellie Ireton Mills, Emmett. See other pioneer stories online at: www.messenger-index  . com.

Walter Knox Memorial Hospital was named in 1963 by the Knox family. They donated land on Locust Street to build a hospital and asked that it be named for the man, Walter Knox. But, who was this man and what was his history? His name lives on and so will his memory and his dedicated service t…

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Emmett Huskie fans who were watching the first round of the NFL playoffs the night of Jan. 10 might have recognized a familiar name if they happened to tune into the Cleveland-Pittsburgh wildcard game. Like a blast from the past, Porter Gustin playing at the defensive end position for the Br…

The inaugural season of the Lazy J3 Ranch and Rodeo youth bull riding series came to an end New Years Eve. Nine events were held at the indoor bull arena on Star Lane and Highway 52 during 2020 with a points winner determined by placement in as many events as possible during the year. Winner…

The Emmett High wrestling team recently pulled out the name of a lucky winner for their raffle of a Traeger Grill. The annual fundraiser helps the team to travel to a couple of out of area wrestling matches each year. Early this year they went to Idaho Falls for the Bonneville Duals and they…

The Emmett wrestling team was slated to go to Buhl over the weekend for an annual Invitational tournament in the Magic Valley. COVID-19 related issues left that tournament in question going into the week so the Huskies took advantage of some space available in the prestigious Rollie Lane tou…

The Messenger Index would like to thank the craftsmen who volunteered to help us in the Desk for Students at Home project. We still have a handful of desks available on a first come, first served basis. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grants of up to $60,000 are available to eligible organizations statewide through the Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramp Program. Local jurisdictions — cities, counties, highway districts and tribal governments — are eligible to submit an application. The application perio…

It was a subdued but hopeful crowd of about 100 people who turned out for the annual Cherry Rise on New Year’s Eve in downtown Emmett. The electronic video cherry began its rise above Bowman Family Memorial Park about a minute before midnight and those gather joined in the countdown for the …

Volunteers Denton Bassett and Mona Whorton check out a brand new, triple-wide freezer delivered to the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition just before Christmas. The EVFC received a grant from Realtors Community Foundation for the purchase. The purchase was even better to find the freezer was…

Our state has again topped the list as the fastest growing state in America. People are moving here because we offer a brighter future and a way of life, they could not find in the cities they left. These folks are moving to Idaho because we offer more, not less.

January is here, and we all have high hopes for this year—especially after 2020. But here’s the thing about a new year: It’s still the same you. When midnight came on New Year’s Eve, there was no magic wand that transformed you and took all your problems away. The only way anything is going …

My daughter, Elliana, works at a fast-food restaurant. She says that since the pandemic has started, it seems like people who come in either seem to be nicer than usual or meaner than usual. The challenging times seem to have pushed people toward the extremes.

Often in estate planning, attorneys present the idea of guardianship and/or conservatorship as a bad thing – something to be avoided. In a perfect world, we could move through our lives from cradle to grave without such things as guardianships and conservatorships. But in order to achieve th…