Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Adams County Makes the News - Council Leader #12

The Council Leader
Published Every Thursday by the Council Publishing Company
Fred Mullin, Editor

December 13, 1912

To Frank M. Roberts, Editor, New Meadows Tribune
My dear Mr. Roberts—
What a pity that Governor Hawley did not know of your wonderful ability to figure at the time he was appointing officers to look after the affairs of the new county of Adams, for had he known of your peculiar ability along those lines he could have appointed you to look after the whole thing, and thus obviated the necessity of any further appointments. But I don’t suppose, come to think of it, that one with your recognized ability along that line would have the time to spare to look after a little thing like the county’s affairs except as a sort of side line in connection with your voluminous business.

Let’s see, first I believe you said the county was $10,000 in debt, then when you found that could hardly go through, I believe you figured the county $10,000 behind and thought surely that magnificent brain of yours would be exhausted by that time, but in that I find I had greatly underestimated the amount of figuring the gray matter in your cranium was capable of, and in this issue I have before me now, I find you have figured the chairman of the board and the county clerk Mr. Holmes are just plain ordinary liars, and have gone yourself $5,000 better and now have the county either behind or in debt $15,000. Don’t you know that if people who don’t know you should read these articles they might be foolish enough to believe them?
Just a hint to the gentle reader as to why all this tempest in a teapot, which has been stirred up by our friend Roberts. Misrepresentation as to county finances must be scattered throughout this county in order that dissatisfaction may be engendered so that when the legislature convenes it will be easier to get a good portion of the people of this county to consent to another county division scheme, in which they will be asked to trade their birthright for a mess of pottage. A word to the wise is sufficient. Look before you leap and be sure you know where you are going to land.

Geo. S. Mitchell
Chairman Board County Commissioners

February 8, 1912

P.L. Gaarden, who has been working in his mine at Deep Creek, spent a few days last week with his home folks at Bear.

Wallace Matheney and Frank Whitcraft each delivered a load of posts to Billy Wilson on Hornet Creek the middle of the week.

R.M. Barbour of the Crow’s Nest passed through Bear Saturday on his way home from the county seat where he had been on matters of business.

Archie Bardmas of Bachelor’s Flat attended the literary at Bear on Saturday.

Frank Whitcraft departed Wednesday for Brownlee where he will look after some horses he has there, and do a little trapping in the meantime.

Prof. Grant spoke to a small appreciative audience at the Bear schoolhouse Sunday evening. Preaching next Sunday evening at the usual hour. Everybody come out and hear him, it will be well worth your time and trouble.

April 18, 1912

Postmaster, Council, Idaho
Dear Sir:
I am trying to locate my brother, Pat Carroll, who left his home in the town of Elbridge, New York, 28 years ago and went to Fargo, North Dakota, worked there as a farm hand for ten or twelve years, going from there to Montana, and from there to some big valley in Idaho, the name of which I never heard. He was in this valley twelve or fourteen years ago and may be there yet, as I have lost all trace of him. He was about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with black hair and, I think, black eyes. He would now be forty-nine years old. Will you please let me know if you ever knew him or if you can give me information concerning him. Please give me any information you can.

Charles H. Carroll
Auburn, New York

August 27, 1915

Every week when the Leader comes there is a wild scramble among us home folks to learn the latest about our dear brother and son, Frank Galey. We are tickled to death to learn that he has a girl in Caldwell, for we are awful anxious for Frank to get married. He sure needs a wife. We learn from the Leader that he has gone to the big show at Frisco and in your columns we are more or less able to keep track of his movements. A couple of months ago we got a brief note from him written on a small square of tissue paper and we got the idea from that that he was still in the valley. Please put a special reporter up Mill Creek and give us lots of dope about Frank. Thanks ever so much for the favor.

His Family,
Pittsburgh, Pa.

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. I love the phrase "tickled to death".

  2. Hi Willow: That is a good phrase, isn't it? Thanks!

  3. It hurts to read that Lost Brother post. Especially when you consider how much more easily such a search could be conducted now.

    Just a hint to the gentle reader
    Why are readers so often referred to as gentle? (maybe because it's difficult to simultaneously be reading and raising hell?)

  4. Hi HKatz: Yes, the search would be much easier now! I don't know the history of the term "gentle reader" or "dear reader," but I suspect it would be interesting. I do like your supposition!


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