STATESMAN – BOISE , IDAHO
Miss Frances Benedict of Grangeville, Idaho,
arrived in the city yesterday. Frankie,
when a little miss only seven years old, witnessed the horrors of the
Indian massacre on Slate Creek and Salmon river, at the breaking out of
the Nez Perce war, in which her own father was among the first victims. She saw him shot down in his own house by the blood-thirsty
savages and afterwards with a baby sister, was packed out to Mt. Idaho
by the soldiers, her mother, who was thrown from the horse provided for
her escape unbeknown to the others, being left there for a day exposed
to the cruelty and brutality of straggling bucks and squaws.
She has a vivid recollection of all the bloody transaction of
that sad, dark period of her life.
Frankie is stopping at the M.E. parsonage with her former school
teacher, Rev. J.D. Flenner and Mrs. Flenner, who knew her when she was a
romping school girl. Now
she has grown to womanhood, and is a genial accomplished young lady.
She says that Camas Prairie is very thickly settled now and by
the best of people. We can
testify to the character of the people, for a people more kind, true and
charitable cannot be found on the Pacific Coast.
And besides, Camas Prairie is a veritable paradise, especially in
summer, and if it does not bring forth angels it produces something very
near skin to those white-winged messengers.
Frankie will remain in the city over Sunday and on Monday will go
to Idaho City, where she will spend the summer with her aunt, Mrs.
Orchard and Mrs. Cartwright.