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BOISE BASIN PIONEER FAMILY
 
One of the unique things about my family is that they kept excellent records of our family history and wrote down many of the stories of our ancestors.  I heard many of these stories as a child.
 

My earliest ancestor to come to Idaho was my great, great grandfather William Webster.  He was a mountain man in early Idaho.  He was a trapper and trader. He was captured by Indians in eastern Idaho and forced to work as a slave.  They would make him carry hot stones from the fire to a water hole so the Indians could bathe in warm water.  Another mountain man bought his freedom by trading a pony for him.

 
 
 
           Mountain Man
   (by Frederic Remington) 
 
 
The Shaws on my mother’s side came to Idaho in the 1860s as freighters of gold mining equipment.  The Shaws hauled freight from the rail head at Omaha, Nebraska to the mines in the mountains near Hailey, Idaho.  They told stories of encounters with Indians and how they would drive their wagons along the gulley’s and creek beds through Nebraska and Wyoming.  When they needed to cross high ground they would stop their wagons and crawl to the top and look over to see if there were Indians in the next valley or on the hilltops.  This was years before Custer’s last stand. 
                 
They eventually settled at Carey, Idaho located on the Camas Prairie near Fairfield, Idaho.  Some of them still live there today.
    
 
                  
                                Freight Wagons 
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 My grandfather in Corral, Idaho
                                                                                                                                                                             
 
My Great, great grandfather, David Black came into Idaho with the Mormon immigrants, settling in eastern Idaho in the 1870s.  He and his family were one of the original settlers of Oxford, Wilford and Rexburg, Idaho.   He became a true friend to the Indians in eastern Idaho and learned their language.  He would fish with them and often catch the biggest fish.  The Indians called him Pigga-Panguitch which is a Paiute word that means “Big Fish.”  He fed them in his home and many of them would have given their lives for him.
 
His son, Joseph fought in the Spanish-American war and afterwards moved to Boise, Idaho.  He was a police officer for the Boise City police from 1919 until the 1950s.  Slowly the rest of the family moved to the western side of the state.
 
My paternal grandfather, Howard Martin was born in Paris, Idaho.  He became a carpenter.  He was known for the beautiful furniture he made and was involved in the building of the log structures at Smith’s Ferry near Cougar Mountain Lodge and at Redfish Lake.  The company he worked for later became the Boise Cascade Corporation.
 
 My maternal grandfather, Alvin Hutchinson worked on the Shaw family ranch in Corral, Idaho when he was young.  He later served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  After WWII he worked in the logging camps in the Boise National Forest.  He worked for the Harris Lumber Company.  He fell in love with the Boise Basin and built a small cabin on Rabbit Creek, north of Idaho City.  Later he and my grandmother bought a place down on Mores Creek and with his father’s help he built a log cabin that remains in our family today.

In the 50's and 60's my grandfather worked as a deputy in the Boise County Sheriff’s Department.  He worked under Sheriff Jack Williams.  I still have his badge and ID card. 

          
              My great-grandparents at the original cabin
                                        on Rabbit Creek
 
     
                 My great grandfather standing in the
                   doorway of the cabin on Mores Creek.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                            The cabin on Mores Creek today.  
 
 
                                                                                 So you see, my roots go way back in Idaho history.
 
 
 
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