Following is a post about a very special person, who is a big part of my childhood memories of ‘The Hill.’ Olive (Herring) Preussler is not a blood relation to my family but I called her Grandma. I don’t know how many of the other kids in Cavendish-Teakean called her Grandma, perhaps everyone did or maybe it was just me, here is her story:
Olive Vada Herring
Preussler Family – (l-r) Melvin, Olive, David (baby), Marilyn and Marie, Merton standing (ca. 1945) photo courtesy Alan Sewell
Olive Vada Herring was born March 25, 1914 at Teakean, Clearwater County, Idaho. She was the fourth of five children born to Orville E. and Carrie (Heltzel) Herring, both of her parents were members of the German Baptist Brethren Church. Her father’s family came west, from Iowa, and settled in Teakean in 1889. Her mother’s family came west to Idaho and arrived from Astoria, Illinois in June of 1903.
P. E. Stookey went to the junction yesterday to meet his brother, Sherman Stookey, who with his family arrived from Plymouth, Illinois, to make a permanent residence in the Potlatch. Rev. Sherman Stookey is a Dunkard preacher and he is accompanied on this trip by five families of his church people, twenty persons all told, who have come to make a settlement in the Potlatch section. Friends and relatives have been here for some time and have reported favorably on this section. Other families will follow in the course of the year to strengthen the colony.–(Source) The Lewiston Teller, March 6, 1903
P. E. Stookey, along with his brother Reed and John Q. Holladay had settled in the Cavendish-Teakean area in 1889. I believe the article below should read twenty people, not twenty families based on the earlier article.
Colony of Dunkards for Idaho.
A large colony of Dunkards will arrive in a few days from Astoria, Illinois, and take up their abode near Cavendish. Last spring twenty families arrived from Illinois and they have prevailed upon their friends to follow. They are a thrifty industrious people and will make good citizens. Such emigration should be encouraged. They will bring with them money and show taste to improving their farms. —(Source) The Lewiston Teller, June 19, 1903
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