Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 77
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 77

Nampa, Idaho
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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fne Idaho Fret Press. Friday. February 27,197S- E-9 In 1888 Annie Phillips was 19 and a teacher after completing Valparaiso Normal School in Indiana. She taught in a country school and even now talks of teaching boys and girls. Annie Bruce Phillips, 106 This photograph was taken in 1907, just before Annie Phillips, now 106 years old, and her family moved to Idaho. Her children are, seated Leonard Phillips, age 2; standing, from left, Richard, 11, Euna May and Eula Bell, 13-year-old twins. Euna May Phillips Fisher lived in Nampa until her death three years ago. Annie Phillips was around 49 years old Mrs. Phillips stands in front ol her home when this photo was taken about 1918 in Boise at 1122 Lee Street in 1915. The in Boise. family resided there from about 1910 to 1931. Idaho's oldest living resident? By Marie Devine Galvean NAMPA - Idaho's' oldest living resident is probably Annie Bruce Phillips, who celebrated her 106lh birthday last November. Since the Idaho Bureau of Vital Statistics doesn't have records going back far enough. Ihe historical society has said there is virtually no way to prove Mrs. Phillips' unique claim. However, oldest or not. Annie has certainly seen a great deal of history since she was born on an Indiana farm in 1869. the year Ulysses S. Grant v as elected president. She now lives in Midland Manor Nursing Home in Nampa and is. according to her granddaughter. Elaine Hose of Nampa. "just a shadow of the vital, sparkling lady she once was. She cannot believe that she is actually 106 years old, and although her memory comes and goes, sometimes she is alert and laughs and jokes with her visitors and nurses." Annie's father was John Aaron Bruce who was born in Holland and became a Baptist minister and farmer. Her mother was Caroline Hart from New York, who homesteaded with her husband in Lowell. Ind., and died when Annie was 2 years old. Annie and her six brothers and sisters were raised by a step-mother. Mrs. Rose described some stories her grandmother would (ell: "She talked aboul her younger days, saying slie was the youngest in her family and she was always the one io gel into mischief. After she finished high school, she wenl lo normal school at Valparaiso, Ind. and became a country school teacher. She loved it. and even now talks of teaching boys and !'rls." In 1892 Annie Bruce married John David Phillips of Vutaii, Neb. He was a grain buyer and felt the West held Ihe best opportunities for him and his family, so in 1907 Ihe Phillips family lefl Yutan and headed for Boise on the train. "I remember my grandmother telling me wlial an adventure it was! The (rain was dirty ami smoky, but they were too excited to notice. Boise's streets were rough and Ihe horse and buggy were the mode of travel. Mr. Phillips worked for the Falk's Wholesale Company for several years and then operated a family grocery, the Pearl Grocery, until he retired. He died in 1937. Annie had six children -- all of whom are dead now. Mrs. Euna Phillips Fisher of Nampa. Mrs. Hose's mother, died three years ago, and her twin sister, Mrs. Eula Simpson of Boise died in 1957. Heminiscing aboul her grandmother, Mrs. Rose said, "I like to remember Gram helping out in the grocery store. Their penny candy business was a financial disaster because they treated the neighborhood kids, the grandchildren, and tucked some candy in each bag of groceries to be delivered. I loved to accompany Grandpa in his delivery horse and buggy outfit. "Their home was a comfortable one near South Eighth and River Streets, which is now mostly commercial. They later moved lo North 19th St. When I visited them I loved to brush Grandma's long, dark hair which came below her waist. She wore it in the fashion of the day -- wound in a tight bun on the top of her head. "I can remember listening to the Viclrola in Ihe parlor with thei^gcj-sian ;carpet with the strawTpading" Under iff 'Later, Grandpa was really proud of the automobiles -- especially Ihe Hupmobile." "Annie did beautiful embroidery work and sewed a lot on her treadle Singer machine. We helped her wash clothes by cranking the machine and wringer, and we brought in coal and wood for the cook stove in the kilchen and for the potbellied stove in the parlor." Annie Phillips, now well into her 107th year of life, is a symbol of eras that are gone, of days before jet planes, atomic bombs and astronauts on the moon. And perhaps as she spends her days quietly in the Nampa nursing home, she remembers and relives a less confusing time, a lime when people knew all their neighbors, and her modest grocery store was a gathering place for residents in Ihe little town of Boise. Early hotel still offers rooming Ry Jackie Hansel MERIDIAN - Untie Tom's Cabin was the name given to the hotel in Eagle that was constructed around 1910 by Roy Nichols ivhn ,-ilso built (he drugstore. The hotel had a cafe on the lower level and rooms on the second floor which were rented to road construction workers. The building was owned by Thomas Al;icn. according lo W. 1. Slillwell Sr.. who is 8S years old and the oldest resident of Eagie who was bom in Eagle. Slillwell is a retired cattle rancher and remembers his parents and the family leaving their home near the Boise river when the horses had to swim Ihe deep water taking them nut. At (he lime the hotel was photographed Esgle had a big livery stable just east of the hold, a drugstore and the Odd Fellows Hall. The Eagle Hotel, as it is called now, stilt offers rooms and apartments for rcnl. An Antique .ini) Unique Shop is localtd on Ihe lower floor. Shown in Ihe picture is Thomas.Akien.second from lefl, owner nf Ihe hotel and Ihe rider on the horse is his son-in-law. Gerjrge Breshears. Others in the picture are unidentified. ^ - ^ ^ " M Before youbuy~ any portable color TV,,, : you've got to see thisnewRCA! See the new RCA's that are XL-100 100% Solid Stare and more! The mOSt advanced RCA portable color TV you can buy combines the advantages : ol XL-100, 100% Solid State reliability with the brilliance, contrast and definition ol the AccuLine picture tube system, custom-designed lor color portable TV. There are 7 reasons why you've got to see it at your RCA dealer before you buy any portable color TV. RCA AccuLine picture tube system for brilliant, sharply detailed pictures, ewer service adjustments, Sharp definition - brilliant contrast Irom precision in-line picture tube system And, RCA's design eliminates 12 dynamic convergence service adjustments which dot-screen portable TVs can require. 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