Gem County,  ID GenWeb project


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Reading & References
Sharon McConnel,
Gem County Coordinator

Suggested Reading and References

Many of the following were privately published and are hard to find, but are worth it when you do.

Conley, Cort. Idaho for the Curious/A Guide. Backeddy Books, Cambridge, Idaho. 1982.

Colson, Art. -- Rewards of Rage, The Deadshot Reed Story. CHJ Publishing, Middleton, Idaho. The story of Reed's 1919 killing of George Krassel on the South Fork of the Salmon River (Valley Co.) and Reed family's subsequent years in the Sweet area.

Cox, Lafe and Emma. -- Idaho Mountains, our home/life in Idaho's backcountry. Bookcrafters, Inc., 1997. While the majority of the book is about Lafe's and Emma's life on Johnson Creek, Valley County, they both spent part of their childhoods in Gem County and later retired here.

Hill, Kathy Deinhardt. -- For Better or Worse; the Legacy of William "Deadshot" Reed. Big Mallard Books, McCall, Idaho. 2003. The story of Reed's 1919 killing of George Krassel on the South Fork of the Salmon River (Valley Co.) and the Reed family's subsequent years in the Sweet area.

Idaho Almanac, 1977 Edition, published by The Executive Office of the Governor, John V. Evans and The Idaho Division of Tourism and Industrial Development, State Capitol Building, Boise, Idaho.

The Idaho Blue Book published by the Secretary of State's office.

Huntley, James L. Ferry Boats in Idaho, Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho, 1979.

Koskela, Alice. -- the pull of moving water. Washington State University Press, Pullman, Washington. 1999. Memoirs of growing up in the Hanna area of western Gem County in the 1950's. Book also includes some Koskela family history in Valley County.

Lyons, Ruth B. -- The Valley of Plenty. Capitol Lithograph and Printing Co., 1968. The story of the Bishop family, the descendants of Edison Bishop and Sarah Russell Bishop, with history of western Gem County.

Lyons, Ruth B. -- The Village that Grew. Lithocraft, Inc., Boise, Idaho, 1979. The story of early Emmettsville, Marinsville and Emmett, with biographical sketches of many early residents.

Mills, Nellie Ireton Mills -- All Along the River/Territorial and Pioneer Days on the Payette. Privately printed for Payette Radio Limited, 1963. index at Payette Co. GenWeb

Shaddock, Louise. -- Andy Little, Idaho Sheep King. Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho, 1990. Little, a Scotsman who immigrated in 1884 with his sheep dogs, built a sheep empire with over 100,000 sheep, reputed to have been the largest in the United States, headquartered in Emmett.

Shultz, Carol. -- Ridin' the Mountain/Crusty boots, rusty spurs and dusty chaps. Griffith Publishing, Caldwell, Idaho, 1999. Shultz story of riding for the cattle association, north of Ola.

Standley, Carla R. -- The First 100 Years/History of Emmett Irrigation District, 1910 -2010. Emmett Irrigation District, 222 E. Park Street, Emmett, Idaho.

Wells, Merle W. -- Gold Camps & Silver Cities/Nineteenth Century Mining in Central and Southern Idaho. Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Mines & Geology, Moscow, Idaho, 1983. Includes chapter on Pearl.

Witherell, Jim. -- The Log Trains of Southern Idaho. Sundance Publications, 1989.


For more Idaho books, see A Selection of Recommended Idaho Books by Idaho Librarians


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