I was thrilled when recently one of the Clearwater Historical Society’s board members shared the October 2019 Idaho Magazine with me, thank you, Irene. There is a fascinating article, with photos, featured in the magazine about the intriguing community of Anoka.
A family friend, Mike McCarthy, had messaged me, letting me know that Anoka was going to be featured in the upcoming publication. I was anxiously awaiting to see this month’s publication, and was thrilled when one of the gals at the Tribune told me that Irene had left an issue for me to see.
If you are unfamiliar with the rich history behind Anoka, you are missing out on what I believe to be some of Idaho’s most fascinating history. It was a settlement located on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. According to the magazine’s article, in the early 2000’s a man named Jim Smith was tearing down an old building in rural Oregon when he found a box of negatives.
The photos had been taken by a man named Dr. Watts. On the photos was an identification of “Anoka, Idaho.” Jim contacted a friend who lived in Craigmont, Eddie Anderson, according to the article. Eddie was familiar with Anoka from hearing about the community when he had worked with Richard “Tia” Pomponio.
Eddie gave the prints to Tia, a historical society board member, who had them scanned onto disks. Tia gave copies of the images to Mike McCarthy, who realized he had prints of some of the photos in his family scrapbook. Mike’s grandfather, William B. Kinne, who became an Idaho lieutenant-governor, was among the Anoka homesteaders, along with other ancestors of Mikes.
The magazine’s article goes on to tell about the community, along with information from a 2014 Lewiston Tribune article on Anoka and an April 10, 1910 article from the Kendrick Gazette, and also features several photos.
If you love history, love Idaho, or just love a great article, make sure to get your hands on an October issue of Idaho Magazine, and read “Up on the North Fork, A Ghost Town Photo Trove,” you won’t be disappointed.