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Re: Edwin Michael (1840-1909) IN.ID
Posted by: Lisa Long Date: August 09, 2001 at 10:30:29
In Reply to: Edwin Michael (1840-1909) IN.ID by Loren Michael of 13

The Pfeiffers were family friends of my mom and my grandparents in Idaho. According to Roberta Green in her book "They Followed The Glory Trail", Charles A. Pfeiffer went from Sacramento to Custer, Idaho, where he bacame the manager of the Pfeiffer store in the late 1880's. (I do remember mom talking about him being from the same family that ranched the Pfeiffer/Big Sure area in California, but that would have been before Charles went to Idaho. Maybe his parents or a sibling?)

Custer was a mining boom town over the ridge from Challis. (Challis is still going strong; Custer is a ghost town now, preserved as a State Historical Park. Interesting place to visit.) Charles married Ellen Louise Olsen 12-13-1890. They had 4 children: Adelida "Lida", Frank "Buzz", Gladys "Cookie", and Charles "Bunny".

Lida became a teacher, but died in her 20's. Buzz worked for the Forest Service, and Cookie was a schoolteacher in Challis for many years.

Now from my memory - Bunny married Irene; this would be Irene Michael, if it's the same Irene. Bunny owned a store in Challis. It seems to me that Irene taught school as well. We visited her once when I was about 8 - she was a wonderful cook and was very warm and friendly. They had at least one child - a daughter named Carol, who was my mom's best friend. Carol married Allen Getty and they raised three children: Yvonne, Brett and Loren (and so you see the family name getting passed on again). These three all had children, who would be high school/college age by now.

If you want to know more about these people, try to find a copy of "They Followed The Glory Trail". It was self-published by the author in 1987 - the bookstore in Custer might have some. There are lots of great tales about the people who settled the area and photos too.

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