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Idaho Industrial Training School Cemetery
Saint Anthony, Fremont County, Idaho

Lat: 43° 58' 01"N, Lat: 111° 42' 55"W

Contributed by Sue Siepert, May 18, 2007, last edited Sep 06, 2007 [me2susie@yahoo.com]. Total records = 22.

In Saint Anthony turn west on 4th north go straight 1.6 miles to facility. The cemetery is located at the back of the grounds over looking the river of the Idaho Youth Services Center.

In the early days of the school, students were admitted for different reasons then they are now. The facillity opened in 1903, and was home to many orphans, truants, runaways, and those labled wayward or incorrigible for unspecifed reasons or those without proper parental care. In 1905 the state changed the name of the facility to the Idaho Industrial Training School.

Those students who didn't have any family members to take them when they died were buried in the small cemetery. The last person buried in the cemetery was in 1939. Between 1908 and 1910 an epidemic ran through the school, nine students died and were buried there at that time.

Tombstones in this small cemetery were dissolving away. So the youth at the center went in and cleaned up the cemetery and installed a new fence around the small cemetery, and a local funeral home donated new markers to put on the graves.

I visited and viewed the cemetery in May 2007 and this is a complete list of all known burials. There are some graves that are unknown. I also found in the old records from a local funeral director a couple of other names (**). While I was visiting the cemetery, I found that the one grave is only the arm of one of the students at the school. He lost his arm in a harvesting accident, and to make him and the other students feel better they held a burial service for the lost arm and burried it in the small cemetery.

Visitors are welcomed to view the cemetery, even though it is no longer being used. In order to view the cemetery, you need to have permission from the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (208-624-3492).

- Sue Siepert

Adams, Margaret "Maggie", b. 08 Jun 1898, d. 09 Jul 1910
Austin, Dewey, b. 05 Jul 1899, d. 25 Oct 1909
Bell, Bert, b. 1903, d. 1916
Bleak, Theodore, b. 11 Jun 1911, d. 03 Aug 1925
Gilmore, Jesse, b. 28 Sep 1893, d. 30 Mar 1909
Hansen, Edward, b. 1895, d. 1909
Heath, Arthur, b. 1899, d. 1917
Irving, Gordon, b. 17 Jun 1896, d. 22 Sep 1910, died in a gasoline explosion
Koski, Ina, b. 17 May 1918 in Boise, Idaho, d. 23 Aug 1934, daughter of John & Ethel Koski, died of pernicious anemia
Lance, Dayton R., b. 1895, d. 1911
McDaniel, Robert, b. ? , d. Jan 1908 **
Nicholas, Laura, b. 22 May 1900, d. 05 Apr 1917
Scantlin, Arley, b. 1903, d. 06 Mar 1918
Shaw, Pearl, b. 1893, d. 1910
Stickler, Willie, b. 1887, d. 1908
Thomas, Johnny, b. 10 May 1922 in Alaska, d. 23 Feb 1939, died when he escaped from the school, robbing a railroad car, fell and hit his head, died as a result of fall
Vanderhoff, George, b. 22 Aug 1919 in New Jersey, d. 01 May 1938, died from pernicious after appendictomy surgery
Watson, Ada, b. 1897, d. 1912
Whipple, Guy Leroy, b. 18 Sep 1906 in Spokene, Washington, d. 25 Mar 1923, son of A. F. & Bessie Whipple
Wilks, Minnie J., b. 07 Jan 1892, d. 07 May 1909
Williams, ?, no dates, "Son of David E. Williams" **
Wilson, Robert, b. 1897, d. 1909

 

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