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A big thank you goes out to prior Lemhi County Coordinators, Trinity Boss and Alberta Wiederrick. Special thanks also to the Idaho State Coordinator, Mike St. Clair and Asst. State Coordinator, Mitch Ryder. If I've missed a contributor, please let me know.

Lemhi County Pioneers

This page features information on the early pioneers, especially those who are found in the census records that are online at this site. Information for this page is from the 1990 edition of Patchwork, an excellent annual publication of the Salmon High School English class.

James Beattie is found on line 34, p. 1 of the Town of Fort Lemhi 1870 Census .
He was born in Scotland, July 15, 1836, and moved to Salmon in July of 1866, the same month that Leesburg was discovered. The Lemhi Herald, called him "the oldest pioneer of this county." "He helped old man Van Dreff place the logs in the first cabin ever built on the site of what is now Salmon City." He died March 9, 1922, and his obituary was in the March 15, 1922 edition of The Lemhi Herald.

Frank Williams Hunt, (1871-1906) - also known as Frank W. Hunt, of Lemhi County, Idaho. Born December 16, 1871. Democrat, Governor of Idaho, 1901-03; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1904. Died November 25, 1906.

Columbia Ann Lish, born October 12, 1859 or1860 in Utah, the daughter of Jonathan and Matilda Langford Lish. You can see Jonathan's grave here. She grew up in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. On December 25, 1878 she married Joseph D. Cockrell. They had two daughters. Pearl was born about 1879 and married Frank K. Andrews on July 6,1899 in Salmon. They later moved to Winnemucca, Nevada.

Columbia Ann Lish
Pearl Cockrell Andrews
Cecil Cockrell Mulkey
Jonathan Lish Grave

Cecil was born about 1880 and married Marion M. Mulkey on January 31, 1900 in Salmon. They spent their lives in Lemhi County and had one daughter, Karletta.
Joe was born in Dunfries,Virginia about 1852. He came west in the 1870's operating a freight line out of Utah, traveling to Idaho and Montana. Columbia and Joe moved first to Idaho Falls then to Salmon in the early 1880's. Around 1910, when the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad came into Salmon from Red Rock (Armstead), Montana, Joe's business slowed to mainly local freighting, he decided to start a stage line from Salmon to Yellowstone Park and back. The trip took two weeks and he charged thirty-five dollars. Joe and Columbia divorced before 1886 and where Joe died is not known. Columbia married John Henry Holbrook in Salmon in March of 1886. John was the son of early pioneers, John and Elizabeth Holbrook, who came to Lemhi County in 1866 or 1867. John H. was born March of 1862 in Utah. He was a blacksmith and worked with his father in the shop at Holbrookville, located next to what is now Steel and Ranch Center. Holbrookville was located from the present day Carol's Rock Shop to the City Park on Highway 28.
John and Columbia (Lum) had four children: Vida M., born May 10, 1887 in Salmon. She married Professor Fred A. Hagen on July 1, 1907 in Salmon. He was a musician. One child, Fredrick, was born March 19, 1909 and died November 15, 1909. Vida died on April 16, 1909. Both were buried in the Salmon Cemetery. Clyde was born September, 1889in Salmon. He resided in Pocatello in 1923. John was born July, 1893 in Salmon and lived in Nevada in 1923. Laura was born October, 1896 and died July, 1898. She drowned and is buried in the Salmon Cemetery.
John Henry left Salmon before 1910 in search of his son-in-law who had deserted Vida just before she was to give birth to their child. John never returned. But the family heard he lived in Inkom, Idaho. It's believed he and Columbia divorced. In 1910,Columbia and her sons were lodging with Charles D. Lee and his family.
Columbia was a member of The Royal Neighbors and in 1906 was their Chancellor. She died while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Andrews, at Winnemucca, Nevada. She is buried at the Order of the Eagles Cemetery

LYON, Caleb, a Representative from New York; born in Greig, N.Y., December 7, 1822; attended the common school in Lyondale and the schools in Montreal, Canada; was graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., in 1841; widely known as an extensive traveler and student of foreign countries and customs; became a noted lecturer, poet, author, and writer; appointed United States consul to Shanghai, China, in 1847, but intrusted the office to a deputy and moved to California, where he was chosen a secretary of the California constitutional convention; was the designer of the State seal adopted in 1849; returned to Lyonsdale, N.Y., and was elected to the State assembly in 1850; resigned after opposing Erie Canal improvement; served in the State senate in 1851; active in State and local improvements and free schools; elected as an Independent to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); moved to Staten Island, N.Y.; Governor of the Territory of Idaho 1864-1865; successfully negotiated the treaty for lands with the Shoshone Indians; In 1866, an audit revealed that he had embezzled $46,418 in federal funds intended for the Nez Perce Indians, but he was never convicted; returned to his home, “Lyonsmere,” in Rossville, Staten Island, N.Y., where he died September 8, 1875; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, New York City.
This information was obtained from: Lyon, Caleb. The covenant of freedom. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1854]. More information may be found here:
Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New York, NY, Papers: 1 letter (April 5, 1847) in the John A. Dix collection. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

Joseph Benjamin Pattee is found in the 1870 Town of Fort Lemhi Salmon City (Page 1, Line 11) census. According to this granddaughter, Gladys Smith, he was born in upper New York (close to Canada ?) on September 20, 1828. He died August 13, 1904, at Springfield Idaho. For a more complete story about him and his family, visit the Idaho archives.

RAMEY John Simon Ramey born August 12, 1834 in Cedar Grove, Trigg County, Kentucky. John S. made his way to the West in 1849 following the Gold Rush to California. He came to Idaho somtime between 1854 and 1860 where he participated in the early gold discovery in Warrens, Idaho. He followed the gold into Florence and Pierce. He was then employed as an under-sheriff to collect the poll tax of the Idaho Territory and went to Leesburg. He married Margaret Jane DeMoss in 1871 in Leesbrug. In 1878 he was working as a Military Guide and was part of the trailing party of the Sheepeater Indians in 1879. He ran the Rabbit Foot Mine and was also the Manager for the Yellowjacket Mine both in Lemhi County. Many area landmarks are named for this courageous man of the mountains.
SHOUP SHOUP, George Laird,
Senate Years of Service: 1890-1901
Party: Republican
(great-grandfather of Richard Gardner Shoup), a Senator from Idaho; born in Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pa., June 15, 1836; attended the public schools of Freeport and Slate Lick; moved to Illinois in 1852; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising near Galesburg, Ill., until 1858; moved to Colorado in 1859; engaged in mining and mercantile pursuits until 1861; during the Civil War enlisted in an independent company of scouts and soon thereafter was commissioned a second lieutenant; scouted throughout New Mexico and Colorado and on the Canadian, Pecos, Arkansas and Red Rivers; promoted to first lieutenant; given leave of absence to attend the convention to prepare a constitution for the proposed State of Colorado in 1864; returned to active duty, commissioned colonel, and mustered out in Denver in 1864; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Virginia City, Mont., in 1866 and later in Salmon City, Idaho; Lemhi county treasurer and superintendent of schools; member, Territorial house of representatives 1874; member, Territorial council 1878; member of the Republican National Committee 1880-1884, 1888-1892; United States commissioner for Idaho at the World’s Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans, La., in 1884 and 1885; Governor of Idaho Territory 1889-1890; upon the admission of Idaho as a State into the Union was elected its first Governor, October 1, 1890, but resigned in December of that year, having been elected Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1890; reelected in 1895 and served from December 18, 1890, to March 3, 1901; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900; chairman, Committee on Education and Labor (Fifty-fourth Congress), Committee on Territories (Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses); died in Boise, Idaho, December 21, 1904; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.
(American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Crowder, David L. “Pioneer Sketch: George Laird Shoup.” Idaho Yesterdays 33 (Winter 1990): 2-8; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses at Erection of Statue. 61st Cong., 2nd sess., 1909-1910. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910. Crowder, David L. “Pioneer Sketch: George Laird Shoup.” Idaho Yesterdays 33 (Winter 1990): 18-23.

Lauterbach, Margaret. “A Plentitude of Senators.” Idaho Yesterdays 21 (Fall 1977): 2-8.

Matthews, William Baynham. Sketch of the Life and Services of the Honorable George L. Shoup, of Idaho, in the United States Senate. Washington: B.S. Adams, 1900.

U.S. Congress. Statue of Hon. George Laird Shoup, Late a Senator from Idaho, Erected in Statuary Hall of the Capitol at Washington. 61st Cong., 2d sess., 1909-1910. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1910.)
More information about George Laird Shoup can be found:

Idaho State Historical Society
Boise, ID
Papers: 1862-1901. .25 foot. Diary of military campaigns (1862-1863); correspondence and receipts relating to Salmon City, Idaho, store; letter concerning Indian affairs; and record of pension cases dealt with as senator (1890-1901). Other miscellaneous items include 2 receipts (1871, 1872), and letter (1883). Gubernatorial papers include a speech (1890). Additional Papers: Correspondence in Nez Perce Indian collection, 1929-1944; John James Burns papers, 1896-1918; Addison Taylor Smith papers, 1884-1955; and transcriptions of correspondence with the Idaho congressional delegation relative to labor troubles in Shoshone County, 1892.

Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
Papers: 1867-1900. .2 linear foot. Letters and documents relating to Indian fighting, business methods, transportation and politics in Idaho.
University of Idaho Library
Moscow, ID
Papers: 1861-1899. 4 linear feet. Correspondence and business records of the Shoup Store in Salmon, ID.
Utah State Historical Society
Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: Correspondence in George Washington Bartch papers, 1884-1905.



SHOUP, Richard Gardner (Dick), (great-grandson of George Laird Shoup), a Representative from Montana; born in Salmon, Lemhi County, Mont., November 29, 1923; attended the Salmon public schools; B.S., University of Montana, Missoula, Mont., 1950; served in the United States Army, European Theater, Field Artillery, 1943-1946; served in the Korean conflict, 1951-1952; elected alderman, Missoula City Council, 1963-1967, serving as president, 1965-1967; mayor, Missoula, Mont., 1967-1970; owner-operator, laundry and dry cleaning business, 1954-1967; employed in agriculture service department, Montana Flour Mills, 1953-1954; member, Governor’s (Montana) Crime Commission, 1969-1970, and Montana League of Cities and Towns, 1967-1970; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; director, Union Pacific Railroad, Washington, D.C., 1975-1984; died November 25, 1995. More information about Richard Gardner Shoup can be found here: University of Montana, K. Ross Toole Archives Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, Missoula, MT, Papers: 1971-1975. 88 feet., Correspondence, legislative files, speeches, writings, and miscellaneous papers.

Howard Simms of Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho. Democrat. Alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Idaho in 1940.

J.W. Snook of Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho. Republican. Alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention from Idaho in 1920.

Lester P Withington is found in the 1870 Town of Fort Lemhi Salmon City (Page 1, Line 14) census.
He was born in Pennsylvania in 1854, and moved to Lemhi county in the fall of 1866. He was "A typical purebred westerner, hospitable and generous to a fault." He died November 21, 1901, leaving a wife and 8 children. He is buried in the Salmon Cemetery, and his obituary is found in the The Idaho Recorder, November 27, 1901 edition, p.3.


Weber, Bret. "Unearthing the Past: Exploring the Salmon Cemetery" Patchwork, 1990

"Centennial History of Lemhi County, Idaho" article contributed by Gladys Smith, 1992

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