Yesteryear History of Southeast Idaho

Yesteryear
PHS band in Tournament of Roses Parade
PHS band in Tournament of Roses Parade

Pocatello High School Marching Band 1962-63 in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Idaho’s highway bridges are second to none
Idaho’s highway bridges are second to none

By Bill Ryan Before Idaho had the money to build bridges for the ever growing number of automobiles, ferries carried them comfortably across streams of all sizes. The picture is a Clarence Bisbee photo of a Haynes auto crossing the Snake River above Shoshone Falls. I found it in the “Hidden History” files of the […]

Pocatello 1891
Pocatello 1891

The handwritten lettering at the bottom of this photo reads “Pocatello 1891.”

Blackfoot Bon-Ton
Blackfoot Bon-Ton
The story of Japonica Flemming

Editor’s note: The following newspaper articles have been gathered from the pages of the Pocatello Tribune from 1914 to 1916. The paper was an evening edition at the time. They tell the tragic tale of a young girl who came to Pocatello from Oregon for unknown reasons in 1914 and met her untimely death in […]

A Pocatello kid’s wartime memories
A Pocatello kid's wartime memories

By Bill Ryan Junji Yamamoto was one of the sweetest kids in Franklin Junior High’s seventh grade. That was the year of December infamy and America’s entry into World War II. When it became known that the mastermind behind the Pearl Harbor attack was Admiral Isoroko Yamamoto, Junji might have taken a lot of ribbing, […]

OSL Band July 4, 1932
OSL Band July 4, 1932

This is one of many old photos we have here at the Idaho State Journal offices. Many of them have little to no information accompanying them to give the viewer any indication when or where they were taken. Through some investigating and a lot of asking around, we have been gradually going through these photos […]

Comment on Senator Turner’s Bill for a State School (Feb 19, 1901)

According to the history of Idaho State University at http://www.isu.edu/departments/urelate/longhistory.html “In 1901, at the instigation of young, energetic, and newly elected State Sen. and Pocatello Mayor Theodore F. Turner, Idaho State University was founded as the Academy of Idaho. Proposed as a people’s school with college prep and industrial courses, the institution was open to […]

S. Main Street looking north
S. Main Street looking north

South Main St. in Pocatello looking north, August 1913. Several of the buildings in this photo are still standing and in use, more than 100 years after this picture was taken. Photo courtesy of the Bannock County Historical Society.

A beautiful forgotten language
A beautiful forgotten language

By Bill Ryan As one who holds a master’s degree in the field of speech, I believe our American language was at its richest in the early part of the 20th century. That’s when so many people of Jewish heritage were landing in New York and other East Coast cities. One of the great things […]

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