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  • Mapping Mount Borah

    by on 12 January 2017

    In the fall of 1934, a U. S. Geological Survey crew led by topographer Lee Morrison, surveyed Borah Peak (aka Mount Borah) in order to create a topographic map. Boisean Lyman Marden was working for the USGS at the time and was included as part of the crew. Marden was employed as a surveyor, but he was also a photographer, ... + Read more

  • “He Planted a Legacy” M. Gary Bettis (1940-2016)

    by on 26 May 2016

    Our friend Gary Bettis, retired archivist/librarian, died in Portland, Oregon, on May 23. Gary was never one to demand the spotlight, and twenty years after his retirement from the Idaho State Historical Society, there may not be many folks around who recall his accomplishments. A few years ago Barbara and I nominated Gary for the Society's Esto Perpetua Award, the ... + Read more

  • Finding Fred

    by on 1 November 2015

    This is an updated version of an article originally published in the Idaho State Historical Society’s newsletter The Mountain Light, Winter, 1999. The telephone rang. I answered. “Ms. Jacox?” asked a male voice with a clipped New England accent. “Yes.” “This is Fred Chenevert. I hear you’re looking for me.” Stunned, I blurted out, “But I thought you were dead!” “No,” he answered, “I’m in New ... + Read more