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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The Third Cory Holm Memorial Heart N Hustle Softball Tournament is coming back to Emmett, July 31 – August 2. The past two summers his friends and family have celebrated the life of Cory Holm with a memorial tournament that has raised funds to support youth activities in the community.

Super Hunt winners get the best of the best by being able to hunt any open hunt in Idaho for the species they draw, and keep hunting, general or controlled hunts, until they tag an animal. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing for either residents or nonresidents.

Bogus Basin announced Friday that it will open for summer operations on Friday, June 26th. The nonprofit recreation area will operate seven days a week, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., through August 16th, then transition to weekends through early October.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s “Idaho Trails Supporter” Sticker became available for the public on Saturday—National Trails Day.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is launching a negotiated rulemaking process and wants to hear from the public concerning nine proposed rule changes. The comment period opened on June 3, and runs through June 26.

Did you know that you can now use your EBT/SNAP Card (food stamps) at the Emmett Farmers Market? Did you know that we also participate in the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program? That program started in 2016 at surrounding Idaho farmers markets to increase access to and affordability of fres…

Over thirty years ago, I took my first dance class in what was then called “Black Canyon Athletic Club,” now Raw Iron Gym, in Emmett, Idaho. I was nervous, shy, and completely unprepared. We used chairs as a barre, and I wondered why we didn’t dance on our toes the first class. Dance eventua…

Folic acid is amazing. Also known as folate and a type of Vitamin B9, it is found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and beans. When folic acid is used early in pregnancy, it can prevent birth defects.

In these dark times, many of us have have been seeking that ray of sunshine that casts light on humanity. We’ve seen it with healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and with those who serve and protect. But if you investigate the small niches of society, we can find a bright light that lay…

Nearly 100 people turned out on a blustery Sunday afternoon on June 14 at Bowman Family Memorial Park in downtown Emmett, to observe Flag Day. A ceremonial changing of the flag at the corner of the park was complete with regalia, oratory, and a history lesson as to the origination of flag da…

Summer is here. Modified vacations have been planned. Car trips, flip flops and sunscreen are ready to go and pictures of our adventures will be taken. The following is a conversation I have had with my daughter while on such a trip. “Mia, take a picture of me next to the statue. Hold on a m…

Friends, Memorial Day 2020 has officially come...and gone. For many, the last Monday of May means the unofficial start of summer. It also means that you can wear white up until Labor Day and not upset the proper fashion dress code. You can also buy any number of furniture items on sale — mem…