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Posted by: Amanda Cole (May) (ID *****4761) Date: December 03, 2006 at 09:23:56
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Marriage records ID#1050 Ada Co, Idaho Middleton
Precinct. on 7 Oct. 1866 D.T. Cole married Elizabeth
McDowell.vol 1 pg 23. (DANIEL TAYLOR COLE)

1870 Census Ada Co, Boise, Idaho
Cole, Daniel T. 40 Farmer MO value 500/250
Cole, Elizabeth 22 Iowa
Cole, Mary E 2 Idaho (Mary Emma)
Cole, Hattie 1 Idaho

1880 Census - Lower Weiser Valley, Washington co,
Daniel Cole 50 MO Farmer Ky Va
Elizabeth Cole 31 IA keeping house SC SC
Emma Cole 12 school MO IA
Hattie Cole 11 Id school MO IA
Ninnie Cole 9 ID school MO IA
Charles Cole 7 ID school MO IA
Horace Cole 4 ID school MO IA
Delia Cole 3 ID school MO IA
(daughter) Cole 1 Id school MO IA
Charles McDowel BroL 17 IA visiting SC KY


The Onaga Journal, 3 May 1883
The S. H. Taylor party pulled out Thursday morning for
Washington Territory. The party consists of S. H.
Taylor, wife and 2 daughters, Perry Taylor, wife and
child, Elijah Ledington and family, Daniel Ledington
and family, Alfred Cory and family, C. W. Stewart and
family, Oliver Godlove, Leason Cory and some others
whose names we did not learn. They go to some place in
the interior of Washington Territory<b><sup><a

Frank Mosley listed "other pioneers" that came to the
Salubria and Mann Creek areas, settled a bit earlier
than the upper Weiser River areas. James Colson,
William B. Allison, Edward Jewell, and Andrew
Abernathy were some of these men and were found living
near each other on the 1870 Census of the
area<b><sup><a href="end_notes.htm#33">33. It is not
unreasonable to believe by the evidence that the road
through Crane Creek was fairly good and open to
emigrant wagons even earlier than 1867, and that
settlers emigrating from the east that early came this
route. Though we have not discovered a lot of journals
or direct records, we ultimately find emigrants with
eastern origins settled all along the Weiser River.

James Colson emigrated from Iowa to Idaho in1864,
after moving to Iowa from Indiana, with a wife and
three children. He later moved to the Salubria Valley.
Two children were born in Salubria. He followed the
Goodale North from Boise. He filed for homestead land,
completed in 1877, and his 16 year old son, Anthony,
also filed about 1880. He became a County
Commissioner, and James Colson was also a delegate to
the Idaho State Constitutional Convention in 1889.

Ed Jewell completed a homestead in 1881, after
emigrating with a wife from Wisconsin in 1868. He had
one son, William, born in Salubria. Most others on
that Census living near each other were farmers, but
Jewel was a blacksmith! In 1890, he became a Senator
to the Idaho Legislature. One James M. Patton also
came from Wisconsin, on the same wagon train as the
Jewell family, and remained a bachelor for several

Henry Harrison Abernathy came to the Weiser River area
with the Goodale Train in 1862. When a teenager on the
Goodale Train, Martha Roberts, died in the valley he
prepared the wagon-tailgate marker for her grave. He
and his brother, Andrew, stayed in the area in 1862
and began mining, but by 1864, they moved to Weiser
and homesteaded. By 1868 they moved back to Salubria,
and the 1870 Census record indicated they had come
from Indiana. William Allison came to Idaho with his
Father's family (Alexander) before 1865. They moved to
Salubria in 1868. By the 1870 Census he had married
with one daughter, Mimmie, born in Idaho, and filed
had for his homestead about that time<b><sup><a

Woodson Jefferys originally came to Oregon City, OR on
October 10, 1853, from St. Joseph, MO. A little more
than a decade later, he returned east to Idaho, to the
Weiser River area and was one of the first settlers
near the city of Weiser. He had influence and money,
and assisted many emigrants that followed him to
Salubria. His son, Thomas, became the first Washington
County Superintendent of public schools. Some
information about his original emigration came from
the Diary of George N. Taylor, 1853 Oregon Trail
Emigrant. Kate Sharp, sister of William Allison who
also emigrated with that family, was 28 years old in
1870, and was the fourth emigrant to complete a
homestead in the area in 1979, behind John Cuddy in
1874, Duke Burrel in 1876 and James McGinnis, earlier
in 1879<b><sup><a href="end_notes.htm#35">35.

There is a great deal of history written about John
Cuddy, who with Edward Tyne opened the first gristmill
and sawmill in the Salubria area. He was born in
Ireland and emigrated from there with his parents. He
came to Salubria from Boise after first moving to
Boise from Washington State. He had moved to Boise in
1864, and moved to Salubria in 1869, a bachelor. He
and Tyne traveled up the Goodale North, and he soon
became one of the wealthiest and most influential men
in the area, buying out his partner. In 1871, he
married Delia Tyne, sister of Edward, and 13 years
younger than himself. By 1880, they had 2 sons and
three daughters. According to the Department of the
Interior records, he received the first completed land
Patent in the area in 1874<b><sup><a

Soon emigrants began to move into the area on up the
Weiser River. Indian Valley, 12 miles east of
Salubria, was the next area to begin to be populated.
One of the early emigrants was a sickly man, Albert
'Olly' McDowell. He and his wife, Francis Brown, had
six children and came from Dubuque, IA. Albert had
tuberculosis, and his doctor had advised him to move
to a warmer climate. It could be argued that the
Weiser River valleys were probably no warmer than
where he had come from, but in 1867, he and two
brothers, with a friend, Isaac Spoor, formed a wagon
train, and the family came first to Salubria<b><sup><a
href="end_notes.htm#37">37. These all traveled up the
Crane Creek variant.

Albert's two older girls, Elizabeth and Elvira, stayed
in Salubria where Elizabeth found a school teacher's
position in need of her skills in 1868. She met Taylor
Cole, a young, earlier emigrant to the area, who was
also teaching in the school, and soon married him.
(Two teachers in one school offers a hint of how large
the school had become with the influx of those early
pioneers.) Albert tried Indian Valley for a short
time, but evidently it was not helpful to his health.
His family picked up their things and moved on to
Monterey, CA, the same year they came to Idaho, in

Isaac Spoor, on the same train as the McDowell family,
had stopped and settled in the Payette Valley. In the
spring of 1868, Spoor's friends, Albert McDowell and
family, once again emigrated from California back to
Idaho, and again traveled back up the old Tim Goodale
road, and settled in Indian Valley. In the winter of
1868, Albert died at Indian Valley. Albert's youngest
son, Albert Warren, was 4 years old when he lost his

"Fannie" Francis McDowell soon married Isaac Spoor,
and later they moved to Pioneer City, ID. She was
about 38 years old and Isaac was 62. Some years later,
about 1883, the son, Albert Warren, moved back to
Indian Valley. The records show that this McDowell son
also died there on May 26, 1927, after living in
Indian Valley more than 40 years<b><sup><a

Indian Valley became a large ranching region, and
though there was a Post Office there by 1873, it
remained only a small town. Other emigrants came to
the area over the next few years. "William McCullough,
three finger Smith (Sylvester), William Marsberry,
Woods brothers (Elisha, Elijah, Samuel and William),
and William Coriell came to that location. These
people all arrived from 1869 to 1880. There were many
others that came later<sup><a
href="end_notes.htm#39">39." Some emigrants moved on
north to later form Council, ID, in a ranching region.

Although it would be almost another decade before the
Council Valley would be settled, it did acquire at
least one non-native occupant in 1868: a 32 year old
bachelor named Henry Childs. He built a home and did
some farming about 2.5 miles up Hornet Creek from the
present site of Council<b><sup><a

The Creek was named after Childs had a nasty encounter
with hornets there. Before the whole area was known as
Council Valley, it was called "Hornet Valley!

George and Elizabeth Moser and children immigrated to
the Council Valley in 1876. They were the first white
family, and their homestead later became the beginning
of the location of the town of Council. Moser had
moved from Tennessee to Kentucky to Arkansas, and then
came on a wagon train to Idaho with 4 children. Two
more children were born at the new homestead. He had
left a wagon train in Boise, and his family came alone
to the Hornet Valley, up the Goodale North! By the
time of the 1880 Census, the Moser family had at least
two close neighbors, the Robert White family with 2
children and the Alexander Kesler family with 9

Mr. White was Scottish, and had come to America, met
his wife, Ellenor, in Alabama, settled in Arkansas,
and then followed the Moser family to Idaho on a
second wagon train from Arkansas in 1876. Alex and
Martha Kesler were both from Kansas, but had also
moved to Arkansas. They arrived about the same time as
the White family and may have come on that same wagon
train later in the summer, up the Goodale North
variant-also following the Moser family. They were all
close neighbors on the 1880 Census<b><sup><a

William and Helen Kinning Shaw immigrated to the
Salubria valley from Iowa in the early 1870s. John
Roberts and his wife Ruth Saphronia came in 1875, and
these and other emigrants are found on the various
records of the area, new arrivals all up and down the
Weiser River. This was an emigrant valley, though
settled a bit later than other areas of Idaho, and
many followed the Goodale North. If more of these
emigrants wrote journals, we have yet to discover

These and many other emigrants came to the Boise Basin
and to the Weiser River areas over the years, some
directly in wagon trains from distant areas, and some
indirectly by way of not-so-distant areas, Oregon and
California. During the years from 1862 on to the 1880s
and 1890s, westward emigration slowed, but travelers
still used parts or nearly all the Goodale North
route. The few direct records and primary accounts of
emigrant travel to these areas, which have been
preserved and discovered to this date, do not complete
the whole picture. However, the scattered partial
accounts and later recollections, with the historical
facts that have been recorded in histories of the Gem
State do well supplement the primary diaries and
journals. What more would be needed to prove that the
Crane Creek variant became a more heavily used
emigrant road by 1867, and later?

The limitation of the routes available to the moderate
numbers of Idaho bound emigrants, miners and all
others going to these two important main destinations
in central Idaho, helps to fill in the blanks. We have
not only a reasonable estimate of the numbers of those
who followed the Jeffrey-Goodale Cutoff, but also an
idea about the somewhat reduced numbers who did not go
on to Oregon, taking instead the Goodale (North)
Cutoff variant to the central part of the Idaho.
Emigrants seemed to have used that Emmett to Salubria
wagon route, with greatly increasing usage about 5
years after Goodale followed his original route,
partly because it was more direct and partly because
the road from Weiser to Middle Valley was a poor and
rough route.

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