Submitted by: Doug Toye, Portland Oregon
B. Toye was
born July 7, 1860 in Matilda Township, Dundas County, Ontario, Canada to James
Toye Jr. and Eliza Ann (Thornton).
grandparents, James Toye Sr. and Hestor (Furlow) immigrated to Canada from
Movenis, Londonderry County, North Ireland about 1842 with their 8 children, one
of course, being Scott’s father James Jr. James Toye Sr. setttled in Matilda
Township, Dundas County, Ontario Canada and by the time Scott was born, Toye
families were well established in an area that became known as TOYES HILL. Toyes
Hill remains a geographic location in Ontario, Canada to this day.
various historical recordings from the 19th Century it can be shown
that the Toyes of Dundas County were farmers, owned their own land and homes,
were well educated, active in civic duties, and prosperous. And although Scott
and his siblings spent most of there youth in Toyes Hill, almost nothing is
known of them during their younger years.
July 24, 1913-VERDICT OF CORONER’S JURY
- The death of S. B. TOYE, former mayor of Stites, was ruled a suicide by
Kooskia Mountainer reported the story on July 18, 1913 and added that Scott was
in charge of the Vollmer-Clearwater Grain Warehouses at Stites for the past 3
years. The article also stated that Scott was despondent and the newspaper had
heard several stories regarding the reason for his death. But in the interests
of his family, felt reporting the details would serve no purpose.
Notes by Doug Toye, Great Grandson, 2003.
found Scott’s stone near the middle and northern side. The stone contains a
Masons emblem with the name “SCOTT B. TOYE” underneath. Under Scott’s name
is JULY 7, 1860 and under that, JULY 16, 1913. At the base of the stone are the
words “The dust shall return to the earth as it was and the spirit returns to
God who gave it”. At the foot of the grave is a white foot stone, about 4 to 5
inches square, embedded in the ground with 7 to 8 inches above the ground. On
this stone are the initials SBT. The stones were in remarkably good condition
considering they have not been cared for in 90 years. The grave contains a
shallow depression that we were later told is due to shallow burials as a result
of the rocky ground.
behind Scott’s stone is one of H. J. ROWLAND that I believe is that of
“Horace” J. ROWLAND, the father of Scott’s wife, Emma Lucy ROWLAND. I was
aware of the presence of this grave prior to visiting the cemetery but none of
my previous research could determine the true identity of this H. J. ROWLAND.
Some of the available internet records list this grave as that of H. G. ROWLAND.
I was glad to see that the markings are actually H. J. and not H. G.. I think
his initials were used, in lieu of his first name, in order to fit the stone.
His name is inscribed into the very top surface of the stone with a Masons
emblem on the upper face. Under the emblem is “BORN MAR 25, 1834 - DIED SEPT.
2, 1906. There are no other markings. This stone was also in remarkably good
there are no city, county, or state records available regarding an H. J. ROWLAND
in Idaho so I am unable to confirm that the H. J. ROWLAND buried in Stites is
actually Horace J. ROWLAND. Census information has not helped either—no
ROWLANDs were listed in Stites or surrounding areas in 1900 or 1910. Some
historical records show Rebecca Jane FARMER, the wife of Horace, living with her
son Walter Augustus in Roy, Montana after 1910. Census information indicated she
was a widow.
what prompted Scott B. TOYE to leave a presumably comfortable livestyle in Lake
Mills, Iowa for the small, rugged, western town of Stites, Idaho? Perhaps he
followed a dream of riches to the mining communities surrounding Stites. Perhaps
it was his father-in-law, Horace J. ROWLAND who went first and then convinced
Scott to follow. Or perhaps the reason was just to move west to seek out new
adventures and opportunities.
Scott’s death certificate is the signature of Zenus TOYE, Scott’s son. Also
on the death certificate is a notation indicating Scott was divorced. In 1909
Scott aquired 160 acres of land approximately 4.5 miles east of Kooskia, Idaho,
part of which adjoined the banks of the Big Horse Canyon Creek. Kooskia is about
4 miles north of Stites. I do not know for what purpose he aquired this land but
believe it was for grain farming rather than mining. However, the hope of a
mining find may also have been a factor. After
Scott’s death, Emma paid the taxes on the property until 1923 presumably
because the property was willed to her (considering the “divorced” notation
on Scott’s death certificate). On June 29, 1923 Emma sold the property to The
Vollmer Clearwater Co. Ltd., an Idaho Corporation. At the time of the sale Emma
was living in Aberdeen, Washington with her daughter Hazel and near her son
Zenus. According to tax records, Emma resided in Stites until 1916 and then
moved to Washington.
was founded in 1897 by Jacob Stites from New Jersey who, along with his family,
were the first white people to settle in the area. The area has a remarkable and
rich history in mining and Nez Perce Indian history. While Stites is not
necessarily recognized as a mining town, it did play an important role in the
development of the area. Mining in the area began with the gold rush in 1860 and
due to significant finds, the populace increased substantially. By 1900 a
railway was completed to Stites known as the Clearwater Short Line—the only
other railway in the area was being built to Grangeville, some 30 miles south,
but would not be completed until 1908. So Stites became an important supply hub
for all mining, farming, ranching, and other activities to the surrounding areas
with mining and agriculture being the fuel for the increase in population and
justification for a railway. Mining by individuals quickly deminished and
succumbed to farming and ranching. Stites was a town of good size in the early
1900s with it’s railway on one side of town, large grain warehouses on the
other, other businesses, homes, and the South Fork of the Clearwater River in
the middle. But during my visit, there was little remaining to indicate it was
the town it once was.