Idaho History

Idaho History

Lafayette Cartee admired, respected in 19th century Boise

Reported the Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman on June 20, 1872: “General Cartee’s grounds and improvements surpass anything this side of California.” Idaho’s surveyor general was then building a large stone cellar above ground in the rear of his house for storing some of his nursery stock and vegetables.

Idaho History

Idaho History: Forest fires and smoke have been with us for generations

“Smoky Air,” read the headline above an item in the Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman on Sept. 29, 1868. “Why this smoke and fog? Some think it results from burning woods in Oregon and California, of which we have had many accounts. Perhaps so, but it does not seem possible that any amount of burning timber could so fill the atmosphere with smoke from Puget Sound to the Gulf of California, and from the ocean to the Rocky Mountains.

Idaho History

Idaho History: Fletcher Martin was a painter who loved action and adventure

Painter Fletcher Martin was largely self-taught, but by the late 1940s he was nationally known for works he did for the New Deal Works Progress Administration arts program in California and Idaho, and especially for his work as an artist-correspondent for Life magazine in World War II. Many of his drawings of soldiers in North Africa and Europe made its pages, and one of his paintings made its cover.