DAILY STATESMAN – BOISE, IDAHO
HONOR OF OLD PIONEER NEW TOWN WILL BE “FENN”
Settlement To Be Started Two Miles West of Denver on the Camas Prairie,
Along New Branch
new town to be established two miles west of Denver at the Telcher place
on Camas Prairie, along the line of the Culdesac-Grangeville branch of
the Northern Pacific now being constructed, will be known as Fenn, in
honor of the late S.S. Fenn and complimentary to the latter’s son,
Major Frank Fenn.
name was recommended by John P. Vollmer of this city and it has been
accepted by the Northern Pacific. S.S.
Fenn was a highly esteemed Idaho Pioneer and served as a delegate in
congress when the “Gem of the Mountains” was a territory.
He was prominent in the public affairs of the state and a man of
sterling worth. His son,
Major Fenn, was a volunteer in the Indian war and one of the “Brave
Seventeen,” whose courageous work during the war attracted such
prominence, Major Fenn is now superintendent of the forest reserves in
Idaho and Montana. He was a
major in the Idaho regiment in the Philippine war and has served as
speaker of the Idaho house of representatives.
Vollmer was anxious that in selecting a name for the new town, the
memory of some Idaho county pioneer should be perpetuated.
The name of Randall was suggested in honor of Captain Randall of
Nez Perce Indian war fame, but the company could not accept this name
for the reason that a town in Minnesota on the line of the Northern
Pacific is named Randall. The
name of Fenn was then chosen. The
new town will take the place of Denver and promises to become a most
important commercial center for a rich section of the prairie country.