“The history of Silver City began 1865 with the discovery of rich silver ore on War Eagle Mountain. Two years before placer gold had been found in Jordon Creek, which led to the finding of quartz mines and the establishment of Ruby City. Because of the important mines and the installation of stamp mills, Silver City soon eclipsed Ruby City in population and as county seat in 1867. . . .
“Beef was driven from livestock ranches to Silver City which had a number of slaughter houses nearby. It was then cut and sold in the butcher shops. Hides were sold for use as raw-hide in making braided ropes for cowboys.” – “Interesting Buildings in Silver City, Idaho” by Helen Nettleton, 1978.
“Prices in 1867 and 1897 -
1867 – Bacon & hams, 75 cents a lb.; 1897, 14 cents a lb.
1867 – Butter, $1.35 a lb.; 1897, 30 cent a lb.
1867 – Coffee, $.75 a lb.; 1897, 18 cents a lb.
1867 – eggs, $3.00 a dozen; 1897, 25 cents a lb.
1867 – cats, $5.00 each*; 1897, free.” – “Historic Silver City, the Story of the Owyhees” by Mildretta Adams, 1969.
*It sounds like there was a major mouse problem in 1867.
See Historic Silver City for more info.
That’s it. If there’s a “rest of the story” I don’t know it – just the snippet that one year the spring run-off was so high the hogs washed down the creek. The event happened on my great-grandfather’s Squaw Creek homestead. My father remembered my grandmother (his mother-in-law) mentioning it. Looking back from a century later, it seems out-of-character for my frugal, German-born great-grandfather to have placed the hog pen near the creek. Maybe the neighbors’ hogs floated by. — It’s one of those inherited teasers that I comes to mind in the spring.