Blast from the Past / 1917: Farm work takes a lot of horsepower

Pausing during a day’s plowing in 1917, Sterling Norman “S.N.” Bunce stands in front of his most impressive crew of teamsters and horses three miles north of Ilo (now Craigmont). In the photo, there are 48 horses, hitched six to each of the eight two-bottom plows, according to Dick Southern of Craigmont. Southern submitted this photo from the collection of the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society at Craigmont. Bunch was a large landowner in Latah County during the 1890s before liquidating his interests there and coming to the reservation country to settle near the pioneer village of Ilo, according to Southern. By January 1901, Bunce had established a sawmill and provided lumber to the railroad as it began laying track across the Camas Prairie. Bunce died in 1921 and is buried in the Craigmont Cemetery. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to blasts@lmtribune.com or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Qu

Pausing during a day’s plowing in 1917, Sterling Norman “S.N.” Bunce stands in front of his most impressive crew of teamsters and horses three miles north of Ilo (now Craigmont). In the photo, there are 48 horses, hitched six to each of the eight two-bottom plows, according to Dick Southern of Craigmont. Southern submitted this photo from the collection of the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society at Craigmont. Bunch was a large landowner in Latah County during the 1890s before liquidating his interests there and coming to the reservation country to settle near the pioneer village of Ilo, according to Southern. By January 1901, Bunce had established a sawmill and provided lumber to the railroad as it began laying track across the Camas Prairie. Bunce died in 1921 and is buried in the Craigmont Cemetery. Readers who would like to share their historical photos from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to blasts@lmtribune.com or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.

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