When Idaho Territory was established in 1863, the area now known as Gem County was part of Boise County. When Ada County was formed in 1864 it included a portion of what is now southern Gem County; then when Canyon County was formed in 1891 it included a portion that later became southern Gem County. The northern part of Gem County remained part of Boise County until Gem County was established March, 1915 with its county seat at Emmett. It was named for the state nickname, "Gem State."

Many of these articles came from Library of Congress, Chronicling America. Some are from private collections and some are from the museum's collection.

Newspaper Articles

1882, Squaw Creek prospectors hunt for placers on Cherry Creek, Al Gortz, district recorder reports
1886, Henry Esmond convicted, of robbing mail stage between Placerville and Squaw Creek postoffices (see for complete story)
1887, Esmond escapes U.S. wing Territorial prison
1888 Caldwell Tribune, Emmett News Bag, includes Jim Wardwell, D.L. Badley
1888, Oct. J. C. Shepherd's sweet potatoes
1893, Instruments arrived for Emmett's Brass Band
1893, July: Call for Bids for bridge across the Payette at Emmett
1893, Dec.: New Bridge Completed, 600 head of cattle crossed, no weakness
1893, Nov. 30 - Ball, under auspices of the Emmett Cornet Band
1893, public Christmas Tree at Methodist Church
1893, tree at Episcopal church, H. B. Williams brought tree down from Dry Buck
1896, ads for Emmett Meat and Mountain Lumber, Sweet
1896, J. W. Cook opens Livery and Feed Stable in Pearl
The Emmett Index, January 21, 1898, multiple stories
1899, May: Emmett serene as usual
1899, Aug. Ola News, Mr. Ramble, Wm. Litle, E. K. Hayes, E. E. Beal, back from Klondike
1889, Sept: Caldwell Tribune includes Aaron Bascom, Sawdust Kelley, John S. Wittle, Mrs. Moody, Elsie Wardwell, H. H. Fulton, John Daley, Jas. Patten, Davie McAuliff, James Fuller, Pet Wilson, Gerwicks, W. R. Adams, W. S. Badley, Finley Monroe, Harrison Housel, E. C. Blanchard
1890 Notes, Maggie Hartley and W. C. Brown riding accident; Wm. Hall, Thomas Shepherd and Perkins going hunting; Reed and Taylor log drive; Newton Benson and Mary A Bevel marry
1893, Daily Stage to Emmett from Caldwell
1899, Christmas Tree Baptist and Methodist to have a union tree
1902, April: Railroad Reaches Emmett
1902, June: Fifty-five Carloads, Mining Machinery for Thunder Mountain
1902 - The Fourth at Emmett,
1902, July: Emmett Red Birds Cover Themselves with Glory, Other News, Dissolution Notice
1903, January: Farmers' Co-Operative Irrigation Co. Plans
1909, Best Crop of ice in years, Fest and Shane have their bldg. full, Anothony Peterson is using an electrical saw
1910, W. R. Davis harvests $63.25 worth of cherries from 10 trees
1911, Oct. Forest Exams, William D. McKie, John D. Parker, Lee Hilton, John H. Henry, W. W. Sherman, Claude Shannon, & James Cramer
1913, February: The Emmett Index, extensive files
1914, cherries from Emmett are plentiful
1914, Emmett's First Women Jury, VonHarten v. Bramblee, herd law

1915, March: Gem County formed from portions of Boise County and Canyon County
1915, Sweet Flour Mill
1917, Apr. Garages being Built, J. J. McNish, William Womack, H. C. Wilson, C. W. Shave; M. Alexander to occupy lower floor of new Masonic Lodge; E. H. Holverson also building
1917, Militia Boys Called Out, Stanley Cox, E. W. Boles, Albert Burns, L. O. Miles, Clark Miles, B. W. Knipe, Thos. Eggleston, Berle Kelley, Bert Bode, Claude Jordon, Terry LaRocque, Lawrence Dresser, Otis Cook, Ray Tietsort, Horace Dewey and George Murphy
The Emmett index. June 14, 1917, Gem County's Roll of Honor, List of those registered for service on June 5, 1917, (Library of Congress, Chronicling America)
1918, June 27: John McLean Tribute, First Gem County WWI casualty   1921, McLean's Body Returned
1918, How Bugler Dresser Met Death
The Emmett index. September 12, 1918, How Bugler Dresser Met Death, (Library of Congress, Chronicling America)
1919, Jan. - Flu Ban, closing order includes schools, public gatherings for two weeks; "You've got the Flu, Boy"
1919,Civic Club Plans Better Roads, Frank Knox, T. B. Hargus, B. B. Davis, G. B. Mains, Ed Skinner, Ed Reilly, C. D. Bucknum, Dr. R. E. Rose
News of Record, Instruments filed for week ending Dec. 25, 1919,Warranty Deeds - Jessie W. and ErmaChapman to Clarence N. Hawes; Elmer Colfax Cone and Nettie F. Cone to Fred B. Turner; Suits - Conda Wilson vs. A5 Live Stock Co.
1920, Only 55 marriage licenses issued in 1919
1920, Jan. Sheelrock Hill Impassable
1920, Jan., sale of Hayes prune orchard for park purposes
1920, Cherry Growers Organize
1920, American Legion Post Gives Military Funeral to Lawrence Dresser
1921, Brunswick ad for Thanksgiving Chrysanthemums
1922, Ola Stage runaway, Mrs. Ralph Blessinger injured; more
1922, March, Hot Springs Ranch Sold
1922, Notice to Bootleggers, wear a brass pin
1923, Royson Hot Springs
1923 Falk Store ad
1923, Preparing for Ice Harvest
1929, Liberty Mine near Sweet Sold
Ekekiel Sweet's Experience as a Postmaster, February 1931
1931, August - Martial Law Declared
"Progressing with Gem County", "Scenic Idaho, Winter 1954

When Col. Dewey bought the Caswells' Thunder Mountain claims (east present-day Valley Co.) in late 1900, the rush was on - much of it through present-day Gem County. Ads from "Thunder Mountain News," April 22, 1905, courtesy of Steven Harshfield - Thank you, Steve, for sharing!

    Boise & Pearl Stage, T. B. Walker, Prop.
    Millers, Ola & Miller's Store at Thunder City
    Plowman's, Montour
    Sults' Ola, Thunder City, Vanwyck Stage
    Taylor House, Sweet, W. Taylor & Sons, Props.

Pearl Newspaper Clippings

1896, Pearl butchers close shop & another rich strike in the Checkmate, Caldwell Tribune, July 25, 1896
1897, ad for Stage Line to Pearl, H. Cox, proprietor; Graham & J. C. Shepherd, Pearl ticket agents; The Caldwell Tribune, May 1, 1897
1897, Mrs. Gould, Pearl store keeper visits Caldwell, The Caldwell Tribune, May 29, 1897
Plowman vs. LeVan Suit, A. Cox remembers 1897 Pearl Mining District suit
1903, W. C. Emke Mines at Pearl Sold for $25,000, January 13, 1903
1903, Great Pearl Mining Camp, April 30, 1903; lists mines and owners
1908, Mrs. M. A. Granville obit
1921, William Kloth, Pearl Miner, Injuried in Blasting Accident, Dies from Effects
1921, Pearl Substation Burns
1921, Sept. - Greater Activity than many years
1921, Rush VonHarten obit
1941, Idahoans Strike, Pearl, Idaho, 65 miners and muckers. .January 17, 1941
1951, Messenger: Pearl, A Colorful Ghost Town
1972, Idaho Statesman, Arthur Hart, Memories of Gold Rush Recall Pearl's Brief Life    photo
1980, Messenger-Index, Canadian Company Explores Pearl
1981, Messenger-Index, Pearl Sinks Further into the Dust     school photo    Headframe photo


1883, Nov. - Grand Ball at Wm. Charters, Garden Valley
Nov. - Grand Ball, Idaho City
1885, four bear at slaughter-pen on outskirts of Boise
1885, Oct. - Bears plentiful on Lower Payette
1885, Bear are bold at Banner
1885, Seven Black Bear killed in one day in Council
1903, canning factory at Payette, "Seven Devils Brand"
1919, Log Train bound for Emmett left track; Bridge at Gardena
1921, Jazz Orchestra at Smiths Ferry

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