FILE: 1895circa_Ashton_Homestead-Rstd.jpg
DESCRIPTION: There is handwriting on the photo side of this RPPC (Real Photo Post Card) that reads, "on the homestead in Idaho 1911". This was purchased from Ebay with four other RPPC's of the Ashton Idaho area so all five came from the same source and are all related to Ashton. One of them was addressed to Council Bluffs, Iowa with an Ashton post mark of 11/6/1914. Most of the writing on these five post cards is in Norwegian and is of a similar handwriting style. There are similar hand written comments or claims made on the other RPPC's about the sender's life. However, since these photos are RPPC's, they are not photos of the sender’s life and the claims or comments were probably done in jest. These five RPPC's were probably purchased in Ashton just prior to their being mailed to reletives in Iowa in 1914 since they depict scenes similar to the sender's life in the Ashton Area. The subject of this photo certainly appears to be a homestead and it appears to be in one of the watered canyons near Ashton such as Fall River or Conant Creek or even the Henry's Fork. Comments on other photos indicate the senders lived west of Ashton. The Upper Snake River Valley was rapidly homesteaded and this homesteading was mostly complete by the mid 1890's. The well watered canyons were surely some of the first areas to be homesteaded. This photo, judging from the sage, pines, and flat bottomed canyon, is almost certainly in the Ashton area, but is more likely to have been taken in the mid to late 1890's. But, whether the photo was taken in 1895 or in 1911, it certainly depicts a typical early homestead in the Ashton Area.
CREDITS: Neal C. Wickham
TITLE: Homestead Near Ashton Idaho Circa 1895