Sunday, July 27, 2014

Survival Skills with Allan Priddy

Fire, cordage, and the cutting edge are three discoveries which vastly improved the life of the cave man. Allan Priddy offered a two-day outdoor survival class, where participants made cords and rope from plant fiber, old Elvis Presley movie tape, and even toilet paper. 

Marilyn Ames submitted these photos. She writes: Everyone got involved, but Allan is the star here! He's a stand-alone show, and we are so lucky to have him!

This is rope made from a roll of toilet paper. Fun, very utilitarian, and quite artsy! We had a tug o' war with it. Everyone wins when Allan teaches! 
Allan remarked that he has a truck and his dog, Toto. When someone hires him to do a job, they get all three.  Whether for fun or for serious survival skills, Allan is awesome! 

Trip to Oxford, Idaho

A bus-load of NKAers took a field trip to Oxford, Idaho, a city first settled by Mormon pioneers in 1864. Oxford is in Franklin County and has a current population of 48 (according to the 2010 census). Oxford has several historical links. It is the location where Harold B. Lee, a future president of The Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught school. It is also the location where Jefferson Hunt, a Mormon colonist, died. Hunt is buried just behind the hill off the highway at Red Rock Pass.

Marilyn Ames, John Carlson, and Bev Lyon contributed photos of the trip, and Marilyn provided the following descriptions.
Marilyn writes: On our way to Oxford, Idaho, we stopped at the Thomas Mercantile in Swan Lake. Thomas Mercantile is a real old-fashioned store complete with a fabric section, groceries, sundries, post office, farm and tool supplies, gas pumps, hunting stuff, and you name it. The owner helped fill us in on the history of that little place while we snacked on the good stuff there.

Dee Boyce is an Oxford historian who was our tour guide for the trip. He and his wife built their home on his great-grandfather's homestead next to the little house where he was born. In fact, Dee's father was born in the same house. His great-grandfather was John Boice, one of the original pioneer settlers of Oxford in 1864. The spelling of the surname has changed over the years. Dee has made the old home into a private museum.
Dee's artifacts include the old Oxford School bell, sold for $3.50 when the school was remodeled.

Next stop was the old LDS church at Oxford. Dee Boyce got up on the old stage inside and gave us a little performance on his harmonica. Actually, this old building is now often used to house cows, hence the ramp. 
The photo below shows only a small fraction of an incredibly huge model railroad collection belonging to another Oxford resident. The owner graciously led us on a tour through it.  
All in all, the Oxford trip provided lots of interesting artifacts to see, lots of history and stories, and some very colorful and knowledgeable characters. As ever, Paul Link's classes never disappoint.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cemetery Tour

NKA Board Secretary Marilyn Ames contributed these photos and description of the NKA tour of local cemeteries. A large group of NKA members was guided by Stefani Herridge (pictured at right), who has served on the Pocatello cemetery board and has written a book about the City's cemeteries.
The brisk spring air was perfumed with blossoming trees, and the tour began at the Brady Chapel in Mountain View Cemetery. 
Mt. Moriah is a Masonic cemetery located inside Mountain View. The group toured the different sections of the cemetery and learned some of each section's fascinating history.
Stefani used a portable microphone so that all group members could hear her clearly.
Stefani's book is A History of Cemeteries in Pocatello, Idaho. A copy is available at Marshall Public Library, reference 979.647 HER. She writes, "Cemeteries are a place to remember loved ones and celebrate their lives. They are also places to explore history, and not just family history (which is available in abundance) but also the history of the town itself. The cemeteries in Pocatello provide places to not only sit in quiet contemplation and remember our loved ones, but also to physically walk through time and history."

BPOE (Elks), Woodmen of the World, and military were just a few of the many markers visited.
The Japanese Cemetery is beautiful, as are the infants' and family sections and many markers displayed intricate architectural detail. 
Marilyn writes: From the Potters Fields to the symbolism to the individual stories, this tour was amazing. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gourd Birdhouses

With Spring in the air, NKA participants spent a Saturday making birdhouses from gourds, under the tutelage of instructor Teri Henderson and facilitator, Shorty Miller.
Step #1: Choose your gourd...

#2: Plan your design...
#3: Apply your design to the gourd...

#4: Use wood-burning tool to make entry hole of desired size...
Ta-Da!  Ready for occupancy!