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Franklin C, who is engaged in the sheep busi-
ness ; Esther C, wife of Henry T. Rogers ; Clara
C, who became the wife of Charles Goaslind, and
died January 20, 1897; Caroline C, present wife
of Charles Goaslind. In 1867 Mr. Parkinson
was married to ]Miss Charlotte Smart, daughter
of Thomas Smart, a highly respected pioneer of
Franklin, and their children are as follows: An-
nie S., wife of Ossian L. Packer; Lucy S., wife
of Charles Lloyd; Joseph S.; Frederick S., who
is now on a mission in the northeastern states;
Leona S., wife of Walter Monson; Bertha S.,
wife of Nephi Larson; Eva S., Hazel S., Nettie
S. and Vivian S., all at home. In 1869 he mar-
ried Miss Maria Smart, a sister of his second
wife, and they have been blessed with the follow-
ing children: Thomas; Samuel S.; Luella S.,
wife of IMatthias F. Cowley, an apostle in the
Church of the Latter Day Saints; Arabella S.,
wife of Robert Daines; Sarah Ann S., wife of
George T. ^Marshall, Jr.; Olive S., wife of Ezra
Monson; Edmund S., who is now on a mission
in the southern states; Clarence S. ; Susan S.;
Hazen S.; Henry S., who died at the age of thir-
teen years ; Cloe S., who died in infancy ; Lenora
S., who also died at infancy; and Glenn S., who
completes the family. In all there were thirty-
three children, of whom twenty-seven are living.
There are sixty-nine grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren. All of the members of this num-
erous family are highly respected citizens of Ida-
ho, and Mr. Parkinson is entitled to great credit
for the manner in which he has reared and edu-
cated his children.

Mr. Parkinson is a polygamist in his religious
faith and has followed the dictates of his own
conscience. In 1879 he was arrested, tried and
acquitted. In 1886 he was again arrested for the
same alleged offense, taken to Blackfoot,
ined by the grand jury and held for trial. He
acknowledged in a most manly vvay that he had
three wives and thirty children, and that he had
been married to the last wife over twenty years.
His lawyer defended him. in a speech in which he
stated that Mr. Parkinson was a pioneer citizen of
the state, of the very highest respectability, and
had been a potent factor in the development and
improvement of the county. jNIr. Parkinson then

asked the judge if he might speak. He said he
loved his family — all of them — as much as any
man could; that he had entered into a solemn
covenant with them to take care of them; that
they were his for time and for eternity, and he
would suffer himself to be hung between the
heavens and the earth before he would either
deny or forsake them. Judge Hayes then said:
"You have left me no alternative but to convict
you," and sentenced him to six months in the
state penitentiary and imposed a three hundred
dollar fine, but told the warden to treat Mr. Par-
kinson well and not to shave him, and remarked
that when he visited Boise he would go and see
him. Mr. Parkinson thanked the judge and
went to the penitentiary, where he served out his
time, but was allowed a month off for good be-
havior, after which he returned to his family and
friends. In 1884 he built a large and commo-
dious residence in Franklin, and there the good
pioneer and patriarch, surrounded by his numer-
ous family, is spending the evening of a faithful
and exceedingly useful life, enjoying the high es-
teem of a host of warm friends.

PETER DONNELLY. the prominent pioneer miners of Silver
City we should mention this highly esteemed
citizen of Dewey, Owyhee county. He is a na-
tive of Ireland, born in county Longford, Octo-
ber 31, 1833. In 1840 his parents emigrated to
the New World, settling in Rhode Island, and
young Peter was brought up in the city of Provi-
dence. He arrived in California in the spring of
1853 and for several years followed placer-min-
ing, in all the prominent diggings of that state.

L'pon the discovery of gold at Oro Fino he was
among the first to arrive there, in April, 1862,
and engaged in furnishing the miners with meat.
He arrived in Idaho basin in ^March, 1863, and in
June following came to the vicinity of Silver City,
as a member of the company headed by Captain
Michael Jordan. The packers then at the gulch
were Cyrus Iby, Dr. Rood (one of the original
discoverers). Jack Reynolds and a Mr. Boon. A
man named Thompson whipsawed the lumber
and made and set the first flumes. Mr. Donnelly
and his partner, Michael Jordan, set an Indian-
head on the top of a pole at the camp, which be-
came the occasion of the place being called



"Skull Camp." Another partner was a man
named Charles Skinner. They together opened
the wagon road to Snake river, having first ob-
tained from the territorial legislature a charter,
which had a life of fifteen years. The toll on this
road was three dollars for a pair of horses and
wagon, one dollar for a horse and carriage, and
twenty-five cents for a saddle-horse. At the
same time the company were engaged in running
the mines and made a great amount of money.

Swalley Nelson was the first discoverer of the
quartz mines here, in October, 1863; next was
the discovery of the Oro Fino and the Morning
Star, on the War Eagle mountain. Mr. Fogus,
who also was a partner in these discoveries, sold
two-thirds of his interest to Marion More. Mr.
Donnelly has been connected with Colonel Dew-
ey in many business enterprises, and he is an en-
thusiastic friend of the Colonel; they are indeed
fast friends. Mr. Donnelly is tmiformly repre-
sented to be a whole-souled, generous and liberal
man and a good representative of the early set-
tlers of Idaho.


Walter Clark, now the leading merchant of
Ketchum, is numbered among the honored pio-
neers of Idaho of 1863, and for more than forty-
five years has been closely identified with the de-
velopment of the northwest, having taken up his
residence in Oregon in 1853. Into a wild re-
gion infested by Indians and by ruffianly white
men, the forests standing in their primeval grand-
eur, the mountains still holding their rich treas-
ures, he came and established his home. He was
one of the vanguard of civilization, and has borne
an important part in opening up this region to
industry and commerce. Few men of the north-
west are more widely known in this section of
the Union than Walter Clark, and to-day, in his
pleasant home in Ketchum, he is enjoying the
comfortable competence that has come to him as
the result of years of honest toil.

Mr. Clark was born in Iowa, October 10, 1840,
and is of English and German ancestry. He lost
his parents when only five years of age, and
knows little of them save that his father was
Jacob Clark, and that they resided in Danville,
Lee county, Iowa. He lived with J. S. Reland
until he was thirteen years of age, when, in 1853,

he crossed tlie plains to Oregon, with W. C.
Myer. They crossed the Missouri river May 10,
1853, and arrived at Rogue river on the 3d of
September following. He had but little oppor-
tunity to attend school and may be called a self-
educated as well as self-made man. In the school
of experience, however, he has learned many
valuable lessons, and is now a man of broad,
practical knowledge, thoroughly in touch with
the interests of his town, state and nation. In his
youth he eagerly accepted any employment that
offered, working for some time on a ranch and
at herding cattle. In 1863 he came to Idaho
basin, driving a pack train, and in 1864 went to
Montana. For twenty-five years he engaged in
the packing business, owning from fifty to seven-
ty-five mules, utilized in hauling the goods to
the different destinations. Two of those mules,
which he obtained when he began packing in
1864, he turned loose at Ketchum in 1887, they
having rendered him faithful service twenty-
three years. He sent his pack trains into British
Columbia, Montana and Idaho, and did an ex-
cellent business. He never had an animal stolen
by the Indians and they never attacked him, not-
withstanding they committed many murders and
depredations all around him.

On the I2th of May, 1881, Mr. Clark came to
Ketchum, bringing with him his pack train. He
became connected with the very rich mining
interests of the Wood river valley, and although
he continued packing for some time he also be-
came a part owner of the Carrie mine, on Smoky
mountain. From this he and his partners took
out over one hundred thousand dollars in silver
and lead, and on December 25, 1886, they sold
the mine for one hundred and five thousand dol-
lars. Mr. Clark is now the owner of a gold mine
in Joseph county, Oregon, and in 1887 he began
merchandising at Ketchum, in partnership with
Mr. Comstock. They soon secured an extensive
patronage, and erected a large two-story brick
store, twenty-eight by one hundred feet. In 1889
Mr. Tague bought out Mr. Comstock's interest,
and the firm of Clark & Tague carried on opera-
tions until 1892, when Mr. Clark purchased his
partner's interest, since which time he has been
sole proprietor of the leading store in Ketchum.
He enjoys a large trade from the surrounding
country and derives therefrom a good income.


In the winter of 1887-8 Mr. Clark was united
in marriage to INIiss C. Dallarhide, a native of
Austin, Xevada, and they now have one daugh-
ter, OlHe. ]Mrs. Clark is a valued member of
the Episcopal church. They have a pleasant and
commodious home in Ketchum and are highly
esteemed throughout the community. Mr. Clark
is independent in both politics and religion, and
is a thoroughly honorable and reliable business
man. He certainly deserves great credit for his
success in life, for since a very early age he has
been dependent entirely upon his own resources
and has won his fortune through earnest, diligent


James H. Bean, M. D., has attained a distinc-
tive position in connection with the medical fra-
ternity of southern Idaho, and is now successfully
engaged in practicing in Pocatello, where he also
conducts a drug store. Realizing the importance
of the profession, he has carefully prepared him-
self for his chosen life-work, and spares no effort
that will further perfect him along that line. By
the faithful performance of each day's duty he
finds inspiration and added strength for the la-
bors of the next, and his marked skill has secured
him prestige as the representative of one of the
most important professions to which man may
direct his energies.

Dr. Bean is a native of Boston, Massachusetts,
born October 23, 1856, of Scotch-Irish ancestry.
His father, James Bean, was born in London,
England, and there married Miss Harriet Har-
vey. In 1856 they came to the United States,
locating in Boston, where the father engaged in
business as a florist for a time. Later he was
connected with the coal trade for twenty-five
years, and is now living retired, at the advanced
age of eighty years. In 1876 he was called upon
to mourn the loss of his wife, who died in her
fifty-seventh year. They were consistent mem-
bers of the Episcopal church, and people of genu-
ine worth, who won the warm regard of all with
whom they came in contact. In their family
were nine children, eight of whom are living.

The Doctor was educated in the schools of
Medford, Massachusetts, and began the study of
medicine with an army physician, after which he
entered the medical department of Dartmouth
College, in Xew Hampshire, and was graduated

in the class of 1873. Desiring to still further per-
fect himself for his chosen calling, he then ma-
triculated in the Jefferson Medical College, in
Philadelphia, where he was graduated in 1877.
For a year thereafter he practiced in a hospital in
that city and then removed to Denver, Colorado,
where he remained until 1882. In that year he
came to Idaho as assistant surgeon of the Union
Pacific Railroad Company, in which capacity he
served for fifteen years, and in addition carried on
a large general practice, being located first at
Eagle Rock, whence he came to Pocatello in
1888. He is well versed in the science of medi-
cine and is very capable in every department of
the practice, ranking second to none in this part
of the state. His special interest, however, is in
surgery, and he is very expert in that line. He
has now a large and lucrative practice, and in ad-
dition conducts a well appointed drug store,
which adds not a little to his income.

The Doctor also has a pleasant home in Poca-
tello, which is presided over by the lady who be-
came his wife in 1884, and who bore the maiden
name of Delia Priestley. At that time she was a
resident of Lawrence, Kansas. The Doctor and
his wife attend the Episcopal church and are
members of the Pocatello Society. The Doctor
was made a Master Mason in Eagle Rock Lodge,
No. 19, A. F. & A. M., at Eagle Rock, in 1885.
is a charter member of the Idaho State Medical
Association, and was one of the organizers of the
Rocky Mountain Inter-state Medical Associa-
tion. Among his professional brethren he occu-
pies an enviable position, and both he and his
estimable wife are highly regarded in social cir-


For more than a half century Joseph F. Grif-
fin, of Ketchum, has resided in the northwest. A
native of Kentucky, he was born in Cumberland
county, December 10, 1831. The family is of
Scotch origin, and the first American progenitors
were early settlers of South Carolina and partici-
pants in many of the events which form the colon-
ial history of the south. Jesse Griffin, the grand-
father of our subject, was one of the pioneers of
Kentucky, where occurred the birth of Burrell
Bell Griffin, the father of Joseph. Having ar-
rived at years of maturity he married Miss Sally
Thogmorton. a native of Tennessee, and a rep-



resentative of an old family of North Carolina.
They became the parents of twelve children,
eleven of whom reached years of maturity, while
nine are still living. In 1852 the family crossed
the plains to Oregon, and settled on the Rogue
river, where they took up a government donation
claim, upon which the parents spent their re-
maining days. The father attained the age of
seventy-three years, and the mother, surviving
him two years, passed away at about the same
age. Thev were members of the Christian
church, and were held in the highest regard by
their many friends.

Mr. Griffin was educated in Missouri and Ore-
gon. He was in his fifteenth year when he ar-
rived in the latter state, and during his boyhood
he alternated his lessons with farming and placer
mining, early forming the habits of industry and
diligence which have characterized his entire life
and which have led to his success. From the
government he secured a donation claim of three
hundred and twenty acres of good land, and as a
companion and helpmeet on life's journey he
chose Miss Elizabeth Howard, their marriage be-
ing celebrated in 1865. The lady is a daughter
of James W. Howard. From that time on Mr.
Griffin assiduously devoted himself to the task of
acquiring a competence, in order to provide for
the wants of his family, and his efforts have been
crowned with a fair measure of success.

Previously, however, he had rendered valuable
service to the northwest in contests with the In-
dians. He volunteered and fought in the Rogue
river war, as a member of Captain Rice's com-
pany, and later under command of Captain John
S. ]\Iills, a brother-in-law of our subject. They
had an engagement with the Indians at Little
Meadows, where one of the white men was killed
and three wounded. The fiercest Indian fight in
which Mr. Griffin participated was at Thomp-
son's Ferry, on Rogue river, where they attacked
the red men, killing many of them, the loss to the
volunteers being one killed and four wounded.
Mr. Griffin was with his company when they at-
tacked twenty-four Indians, killing twenty-one of
them, while later two others were foimd dead.
John Hailey located the party, and thirty-six
white men surrounded their camp in such a way
as to exterminate the whole band. This occurred
in December, and several of the white men froze

their feet while waiting for daylight, in order to
make the attack. On another occasion it was
found that old John's band, eighty strong, were
in three cabins. The volunteers sent to Fort
Lane for a howitzer, but when it was being
hauled to the place of action the mules rolled off
the trail into Applegate river, and the shells were
lost. They were then obliged to send back to the
fort for more shells, and it was evening before
they were brought to the volunteers. Loading,
they fired at the cabins and two Indians were
killed, but the darkness prevented further action
that night, and in the morning it was found thai
the Indians had escaped. In the war ^Ir. Griffin
furnished his own horse and equipment, for
which, in 1863, the government paid him forty-
four dollars and forty-four cents in greenbacks.

In 1866 he went to Payette, Idaho, and ac-
cepted a position as division agent of the stage
line owned by John Hailey. Later he engaged
in farming at Payette, raising hay and grain. In
1882 he came to what was then Alturas county,
now Blaine county, and took up one hundred and
sixty acres of government land, three miles up
the river from Ketchum. He built a residence
there, and has since engaged in dairy farming,
but in the meantime has also erected a home in
Ketchum, where he and his estimable wife spend
the winter, while in the summer months they re-
side on the farm. They formerly sold butter at
fifty cents a pound and milk at seventy-five cents
a gallon, and secured from their business a good
income, having as high as twenty-five cows at
one time.

]\Ir. and Mrs. Griffin have reared an interesting
family of children. The eldest daughter. Mar}-
L., is now the wife of Fred Gooding, a prominent
citizen of Shoshone; Sally W. married F. J.
Stone, a druggist residing in Colfax, Washing-
ton ; Leona B. is a successful school-teacher, mak-
ing her home with her parents; and Leonora,
the youngest, is also teaching school. The fam-
ily attend the Methodist church and are people of
the highest respectability, enjoying the warm re-
gard of many friends throughout the community.
In his political associations jNIr. Griffin is a Dem-
ocrat, and has taken an active part in the work
of the party, doing all in his power to promote its
growth and insure its success. \\\\i\t in Ada
countv he was elected and served as a member of



the territorial legislature. Through his business
interests and his experiences in Indian warfare,
he has largely promoted the development of his
region, and as one of its valued citizens well de-
serves representation in this volume.


The old adage that '"truth is stranger than
fiction" finds exemplification in the annals of the
northwest. The most marvelous characters of
the novelist cannot exceed in courage and daring
the hardy pioneers who have opened up this vast
region to the advance of civilization. Traveling
across the hot, arid, sandy plains, climbing the
steep mountains, threading their way through
dense forests of towering trees, they came to
this land of the "silent, sullen people," whose
hostility made existence most uncertain, and here
they have established homes, churches and
schools, developed the rich agricultural and min-
eral resources of the country and thus carried
the sunlight of civilization into the dark places
of the land. The tales of their hardships and
trials, however, can never be adequately told.
They left comfort and luxury behind them to
face difihculties, dangers and perhaps death; they
labored on, day after day, uncomplainingly, and
the present generation is enjoying the prosperity
made possible through their efforts. To them
is due a debt of gratitude tliat can never be re-
paid, but their names will be enduringly inscribed
on the pages of history and their memories will
be revered long after they have passed from
earthly scenes.

Among the honored pioneers of Idaho is
Abner Early Callaway, who has borne his full
share in the work of development and progress,
who has experienced the trials and braved the
dangers of frontier life, and who is now living
retired at his pleasant home in Caldwell. He
came to Idaho in 1861 and has since been inti-
mately connected with its growth and upbuilding.
He was born in Boone county, Missouri, March
5, 1823, and is descended from some of Virginia's
oldest and best families, including the Lees and
the Earlys. His grandfather on the paternal side
was a captain in the Revolutionary war and loyal-
ly aided in the struggle for independence. His
maternal grandfather, John Markham, was a
colonel in the colonial armv and married an aunt

of Jubal Early. The father of our subject was
born in Lynchburg, Mrginia, and married Aliss
Catharine Markham, removing with his family
to Missouri in 1820. They were the parents of
nine children, only three of whom are yet living:
William T., a resident of Ventura county, Cali-
fornia; Thomas Henry, of Boise, Idaho; and
Abner Early, the immediate subject of this re-

The last named was reared in Alissouri, at a
time when it was largely a wilderness, and as
the public-school system had not been estab-
lished he was obliged to acquire an education as
best he might. In the school of experience he
has learned many valuable lessons, and has
gained a broad practical knowledge as the lessons
of life have been unfolded before him. The labors
of his father's farm largely occupied his time
and attention in youth, and in 1846 he drove a
team for Sterling Price, in the Mexican war, and
served as hospital steward in Mexico for six
months. In 1847 he returned to his home, and
on the 6th of May, 1849, started for California
with a company, among the number being G. W.
Grierson, who became one of the most celebrated
miners of the Golden state. They reached San
Diego in November, thence went to San Fran-
cisco and on to the mines at Placerville. There
Mr. Callaway engaged in mining at the old camp
at Hangtown, makmg money very rapidly, but
he afterward sunk it in other mining ventures.
None, however, was squandered in gambling and
other forms of dissipation often so common
among the miners, for his record is one which
contains no blotted pages. In 1861 he came to
Idaho, attracted by the gold discoveries at Flor-
ence, later made his way to the southern part of
the territory, and in September, 1862. arrived in
the Boise basin. That winter all the supplies had
to be transported from the Columbia river on
pack animals. Alany people suffered for want of
provisions, as it was difficult to get them, owing
to the depredation of Indians. The red men at
length grew so troublesome that a company of
one hundred men was formed to fight and subdue
them. Mr. Callaway was among the number,
and for three or four months they were actively
engaged in keeping the Indians in check. Many
a "red devil." as he called them, fell before his
trusty rifle, and he also served in the war with the



Modocs and in the Rogue river war. He saw the
remains of so many white men who had been
scalped and mutilated by the relentless savages
that he came to the conclusion that they could
best be subdued by turning their own methods
of warfare against them. Therefore he took many
a scalp, and has probably killed more Indians
than any other pioneer now living. The greatest
hardships were endured by this little band of
volunteer soldiers, who banded to protect their
interests and their homes. For several weeks
they were obliged to live on Cayuse horse-flesh
only, and to fight every day. To our subject is
due the credit of killing the notorious savage,
Blackfoot. With his companions he drew near
the Indian camp in the night, and while waiting
for daybreak, Mat Bledsoe, one of his com-
panions, said, "We don't know what will happen,
but I will bet you the whisky on which of us
will draw the first blood." At the dawn ^Nlr. Calla-
way crept up near Blackfoot's tent, and when the
first gun was fired the Indian jumped out, Mr.
Callaway knocked him down, scalped him and
then shot him. Then he threw the scalp in the
air and claimed the bet.

As years passed the Indians were subdued and
left for other districts. The white man advanced,
bringing all the comforts and accessories of civil-
ization; mines were developed, ranches stocked
with cattle, farms and orchards cultivated, towns

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