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Monday, March 13, 2017

Families Without Interconnections

Vignette Vol.2 No.8

Excerpt: Noxon 1915 - Families without a lot of interconnections were more numerous, and included the Hamptons, Browns, Engles, Lyons, and numerous other early settlers. Many young people, now grown to young adults with babies and youngsters, worked hard to stay and prosper. Most had lived through the devastating 1910 fires and found the courage, or the desperation, to remain. The majority lived in log homes, used kerosene lamps, outhouses, and icehouses. Year in and year out, they consumed enormous woodpiles.

This group of young mothers and children are an example
 of family relationships, and includes [L-R] Freeman, Mable
 and Ruby Fulks, and sister, Goldie [holding baby], Mary
 Hampton [holding baby], Fern Saint [with towel] and
 daughter, Montana 'Tana' standing between her and Mary,
 plus children, Bob, Dan, and Maude Saint, circa early 1920s,
courtesy Ben F. Saint collection.

Families grew sizeable gardens, and carefully preserved the produce, shot and ate venison, caught fish, and gathered and preserved large quantities of wild berries from surrounding mountains.

Although much ado was made over appropriate attire outside of their homes, men wore durable high-topped leather boots, sturdy, functional pants, and shirts and coats when working in the woods, in sawmills, or farming.

Family men enjoyed advantages over lumberjacks, in that their clothes were washed regularly. Itinerant men had only their "bindle", and minimal opportunities to measure up to society's dress codes of the time. Attendance at a Parent-Teachers meeting, church, wedding or funeral, mandated wearing coat, hat and tie. And a suit, if they owned one.

The few details that remain about these early settlers presents a glimpse into life in the west end of Sanders County. Zenus Carmichael, a harness maker, came to Noxon in 1915. He settled back at the base of mountains in Bull River, and built the bridge linking his 160-acre homestead with Caspar Berray's and LaFaun's places. He kept a good, well-stocked root cellar. After the forest service arrived, in 1906 and began installing lookouts, Zenus spent some time manning the Squaw Peak Lookout as an employee of the USFS.

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