Lynn Porter is new to the Mini-Cassia area, and she brings a fresh eye, new technology, and a well-trained cadaver dog to the search for Minidoka County’s past. Her program will focus on hidden graves in our area and on the ways technology has helped her find those small now-unmarked pioneer cemetaries as well as the more recently deceased who have been illicitly concealed. Join us for a fun-and-fact-filled evening!
The stagecoach is now visiting Rupert’s DeMary Memorial Library. Stop in, have a look, and give your imagination full rein. Raffle tickets are available from the library and the museum. Proceeds will be split between the Minidoka County Historical Society Museum and the Minidoka County Centenniel Celebration Fund.
October starts the museum’s new year, and we have enjoyed nearly 900 visitors since October 4th, 2011, some from as far away as Sweden and as near as Burley.
Eagle Scouts looking for projects are welcome to call or stop in and discuss a museum project. A number of Eagle Scouts have completed museum projects over the years, and there are many more project opportunities available.
Interviewers are needed to speak with our senior citizens and record their memories of WWII. Memories of Camp Rupert would be much appreciated.
We are looking for additional events at whch to show the stagecoach as well as for volunteers to help sell tickets.
If you can help either of these projects, please contact Ginger at the museum, 436-0336.
Twenty-six audience members attended Arthur Hart’s program “Medicine in Early Idaho.” As the program began, Mr. Hart mentioned that he and his wife had their 68th wedding anniversary dinner at Henry’s on our historical square and enjoyed looking at our mostly restored Wilson Theatre. He also complimented our community when he said that “Rupert is model for what other towns could be doing.”
In early Idaho, few doctors were medically trained. However, Chinese medicine had been around for two thousand years, and Chinese doctors were well-trained. Chinese influence in early Idaho extended beyond labor. An elderly gentleman once told Hart that “when the white doctor couldn’t cure it, I went to the Chinaman.”
Some highlights from his presentation included:
Most undertakers were carpenters (coffin builders)
President McKinley died of blood poisoning. Apparently, he wasn’t so careful about sanitation.
Idaho’s own Minnie Howard was a physician, but she never practiced, choosing instead to start women’s clubs remain active in the community.
Patent medicines were neither proven nor tested.
- Harold Carroway--Union Pacific Mirror, Union Pacific Plaque, Old Depot print and newspaper clipping, tin full of Union Pacific pins, Union Pacific Clock, small box of model trains, drawing titled “Taking on Water at Shoshone.”
- Nile Maricle--Notary Seal, Watkins Salad Book, Flying Gourmet Cookbook
- Donna Henley--Seven Convention Minutes and one scrap book (Union Pacific Oldtimers Clubs)
- Dennis Purin--Copies of Post Cards, 1970 Life Magazine, Copy Engineering News-Record (1931)
- On Loan: Dennis Purin--1907 Soil Map--Minidoka Project.
Lynn Porter will present Hidden Graves in Minidoka County
November 15th Meeting:
Gary Schorzman will present Minidoka County History
Dr. L. Suzanne Henrikson, Archeologist
Sharon Kimber, Director of DeMary Library,
Show and Tell:
Bring an item from your collection.
Famous Idaho Crimes
Remembering World War I