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Seven generations, 97 years of

country girls on Upper Gold Creek

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s you drive up Gold Creek toward Western Pleasure Ranch, half a mile below the ranch – if you are a country kid – you might sense more than see a depression in the land on the north side of the road. If all of the second- and thirdgrowth grand fir and hemlock and white pine were cleared away, a bowl of land would be revealed. If you look back seven generations, in the bottom of that bowl – then known as “Bonny’s Hole” – you’ll see a 10-by-16-foot shack with a tin roof surrounded by stumps and spars left by Humbird’s log crews. A skid road scribes an undulating white scar

Laura Bonny with husband Isaac. Laura is the first of the seven generations.

up the hill behind the shack to where it intersects the intermittent line marking the grade of the narrow-gauge railroad that hauled all of those missing trees away. It is 1921, and the first three of SUMMER 2016

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seven generations of women on Gold Creek are standing near the shack, while the man who built it is leaning against a tree in the foreground. Meet the Bonnys. Floa (born 1893) and her mother-in-law Laura (1865) with four children each stand between the shack and a huge adjacent garden space. Floa’s husband William Isaac “Ike” leans against the tree. He came from Colorado in 1918 to have a look at land Humbird Lumber Company was parceling out of the logged-over Selle Valley and Cabinet foothills in Grouse, Gold and Rapid Lightning creeks. Ike

By Sandy Compton Above, from left: Four of the seven generations of women who have lived on Upper Gold Creek: Virginia Hoffine Wood, Janice Wood Schoonover, Danielle Schoonover Otis, and Emily Otis. PHOTO BY AMY SAWYER

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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...