Oral History Videos

Videos and Interviews

As the keeper and teller of stories of the Sawtooth Salmon River Country, SIHA maintains an archive of oral histories and continues to acquire more. These interviews teach us about the colorful and influential individuals who shaped our community and the landscape. There are vivid characters who tell about the old Ace of Diamonds Dance Hall, the first sheriff in Stanley, and life with the U.S. Forest Service when the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was first established.

If you have knowledge of the Sawtooth-Salmon River Country in the early days or know of someone who does, please contact us at 208-774-3517 (summer only), or send us a message. If you are interested in volunteering to help transcribe the collection and help to make them available online please reach out!

SIHA is continually working to collect oral histories as well as transcribe and share them electronically. At present the only interviews available are posted below. All other interviews are available upon request.

Shirley Athay 2008 Interview

Shirley (Linford) Athay was born in 1924. Her father, Preston Linford, was a civil engineer supervising road construction in Stanley between 1929 and 1935. Join us for a conversation with Shirley, recorded in 2008 , recalling her time spent in Stanley during those years.

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Don Bansemer 2021 Interview

Don Bansemer started working in Stanley seasonally in the early 1960s. He shares his experience in the backcountry, fishing, and stories about life in and around Stanley.

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John Boccuzzo 2017 Interview

John Boccuzzo, a WWII veteran, was born in 1923 in Brooklyn. He enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1940 and was assigned to Stanley and Crouch, Idaho. Our conversation with John, recorded in 2017, recalls his Naval career and his time in Idaho.

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Bethine Church 2009 Interview

Bethine Church, wife of Senator Frank Church, spent her early years in Mackay, Idaho and at Robinson Bar Ranch. This oral history conversation recalls her life, the SNRA, and the founding of the Sawtooth Society.

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