Spring Dance, Civil Rights, & Kleptomania
It's no fun when you're snowed in. Or is it? The folks in the Owyhees, whether in Idaho Territory, Oregon, or Nevada knew how to have a good time. Residents of other communities enjoyed hearing about their fun, especially if romance was in the air. (Remember, everyone knew everyone for a hundred miles around.) Here's an article from The Owyhee Avalanche issued March 6, 1875:
Babies were precious in the Old West so the births were always reported in the newspaper. The Owyhee Avalanche had been in business for ten years, yet here's the first instance of the birth of twins. Isn't it fun how births were announced in those days?
National issues affected those out west, and most folks kept themselves well informed. I find it interesting that all the while the eastern half of the United States wrestled with civil rights issues, those in Idaho Territory didn't have any notion that those rights should be bestowed on the large Chinese population. And few Euro-descendants anywhere considered rights when it came to Indians.
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