Wood River Valley Oral Histories
Lesley Benoit Oral History:
Benoit, Lesley 1895-
OH 0004 BEN
The Oral History Collection consists of typed interviews of long-time residents. This Oral History is the fourth oral history in the series maintained by the Regional History Department of the Community Library and was conducted by Marian Breckenridge, who interviewed Lesley Benoit, Dorothy Brandt, and David Brant on September 8, 1977. This was a multi-oerson interview using photographs from early days in Ketchum. The oral history was edited by Miram Breckenridge and Connie Grabow, and transcribed by Ginger Piotter and Claudia Walsworth.
Brief discussion with Lesley Benoit concerning a supposedly haunted house at Dollarhide, the Heap house, the Williams Hotel and the story that its competitor, Paul Baxter of the Baxter Hotel, had paid a man to burn down the Williams Hotel in Ketchum in 1904(owned by Lesley's father, and the story of the origin of the building that became the Williams Hotel; multi-person discussion of the easley and Williams families; discussion of the Brandt Cabins abd the Guyer Hot Springs; discussion of activities at the Fitzsimmons Hall - such as dances and the celebration of the arrival of the railroad in Ketchum in 1884; discussion of the Lewis and Barry families; discussion of use of heavy trees or logs as "brakes" for wagons and early automobiles when descending steep grades such as Trail Creek and galena; discussion of the Parks and Werry families; discussion of Guyer Hot Springs; discussion concerning the difficulty of crank starting early automobiles; discussion of various old photographs; discussion of the McPheeter home.
Transcription index reads as follows: Automobiles 17-18, 23-24; Barry, (Mrs.) 16; Barry, Agnes 15-16; Baxter Hotel 2; Baxter, Paul 3; Bellevue, Id 21; Brandt cabins 6, 18, 20; Brass, Marge 25; Broadford, Id 21, Brown, Paul 28; Camping 11; Carters 6; Delius, George 14; Dogsledding 19; Dollarhide Home 1-2; Easley 6-7; Ebby 20; Episcopal Church 5-6, 10; Farnlun Ranch 11; Fitzsimmons Hall 12-15; Friedman, Lucille 23; Galena Summitt 17; Gooding, Alba 8; Gooding, Ed 8, 23; Gooding, Fred 7-8; Griffith family 7, 24; Griffith, Molly 7-8; Guyer family 10-11; Guyer, Henry 29; Guyer Hot Springs 8-9, 19-23; Heap Home 1-2; Jimmy the harp 14; Ketchum-Fires 3, 6, 12, 23; ketchum Kamp Hotel 20-21; Ketchum Keystone 7, 26; Ketchum-Saloons 14; Lane's mercantile 2, 6-7, 12; Lewis, Horace 15; Lewis, Isaac 15; Lewis, Kate 15-16; Majors, (Mrs.) 20; Majors, Jack 20; McFall Hotel 10; McPheeter Home 27-28; Munson, Fred 17-18; Nicholas the Fiddler 14; Ore Wagons 15-16; Parks, Billy 19; Parks, Chub 18-19; Parks, Ernie 18; Parks, Frank 18-19; Parks, Johnny 19; Procter, Charles 25; Railroad 11-13, 21; Sheep 17-81; Smith, Alba Gooding 8; Smith, Sid 8; Stewart 8, 10; Trail Creek Summit 16-17; Tucker, Ed 13, 26; Werry, Slavey 20-21; Werry, Ted 20; Williams, Edward B. 2-3, 6-7, 12, 20; Williams Hotel 2-4, 6-7; Williams, Nellie Easley 1, 3-8, 10-12, 16-17, 23-24; Wilson, Frances 19; World's Fair 27.
Railroads 1884. Idaho; Ketchum
Williams, Edward Idaho; Ketchum.
Lewis,Horace and Isaac Idaho; Ketchum.
Park Boys Idaho; Ketchum.
Werry, Slavey and Ted Idaho; Ketchum.
Interviewer: Breckenridge, Miriam
Oral history sound recording Transcription available; Indexed.
Idaho 1880-1904. Wood River Valley
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