DAILY STATESMAN – BOISE, IDAHO
DOCTOR RECALLS TRAGEDY OF INDIAN WARS
Practicing Physician of Lewiston Country Tells of Treating Patients Who
had Fallen Victims of Redskins
J.B. Morris, one of the best known pioneers of north Idaho, gave an
interesting address recently at the Lewiston State Normal assembly,
telling many personal reminiscences of the early history of north Idaho. Doctor Morris came to Lewiston in 1875, and for a long time
was the only doctor in Idaho County.
He lived at Mount Idaho, near Grangeville at the time of the Nez
Perce Indian wars in 1877-78. Doctor
Morris tells of the outbreak of the war as follows:
had been to San Francisco on a trip, one purpose of which was to
exchange a quantity of gold dust belonging to some friends for money and
after a difficult trip from San Francisco to Portland on my return, I
took the boat which left Portland once a week for Lewiston.
On this trip I fell in with General Howard and a company of
soldiers who were on their way to the Nez Perce reservation to quell the
trouble that had just broken out. Reports
received on the way up the Columbia told me of the death of some of my
friends at the hands of the Indians, and things looked pretty bad.
When we reached Lewiston I found a letter from my brother, who
advised me not to leave Lewiston without a strong bodyguard.
of Redskin War
few days later I started out for Lapwai, where General Howard and his
men were stationed, and borrowing a gun, began the long overland trip by
horseback to Mount Idaho. When
we reached Lawyers Canyon we discovered an abandoned pack train and
surmised that Indians were near. Soon
we saw a group of four on a nearby ridge, and about that time my horse
began to run away with me. Finally
we reached Mount Idaho, where all the people of the county had gathered,
and where several injured soldiers were awaiting medical attention.
There were also among the wounded women and children, who had
been brutally attacked by the Indians.
One little baby was found between the news of its dead father.
This baby was rescued and later grew to womanhood and married.”
interesting incident related by the speaker related to a snowshoe trip
of six days into Warrens to attend to a miner who had both hands and