Wallace, ID Forest Fire, Aug 1910

Ruins of the Coeur d'Alene Warehouse, photo from familyoldphotos.com

Because of scarcity of water, beer is being used at Wallace, Idaho, for drinking purposes.

Soldiers of the Twenty-fifth United States infantry, colored, who are patrolling Wallace under direction of MAYOR HANSEN, have been given orders to shoot vandals, whose depredations have become serious.

Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound trains through the burned district, which are carrying refugees are being furnished with guards of colored soldiers.

The discipline, valor and general efficiency of the negro troops is eliciting the highest praise from residents of the burned district.

The report from Spokane to the effect that nine sisters and forty-two patients from the Providence hospital at Wallace, en route for Missoula, had been hemmed in by forest fires and burned to death is untrue. The sisters and patients arrived in this city on the first train, and are being cared for here.

The loss in Wallace is estimated at $1,000,000. One hundred buildings were destroyed. The hospitals are full of injured, a number of them being blind.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 23 Aug 1910


Partial List of Dead.

HENRY LILERMAN, Darwood, Idaho.
V. NICHOLSON, aged seventeen, Gem, Idaho.
LESLIE SELLERS, aged eighteen, Gem, Idaho.
S. D. ADAMS, aged thirty, Chicago
A BENSTON, Hillsdale, Wis.
ERNEST __GIN, aged sixty, Wallace Idaho.
JOSEPH C. BODY, Wallace, Idaho. [should be JOSEPH G. BOYD]
RODERICK AMES, rancher, Big creek.
JOSEPH BEAUCHAMP, rancher, Big creek, Idaho.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 23 Aug 1910


Ten of Party Dead.

WALLACE, Idaho, Aug. 23.-STEVE R. MARQUETTE, of Independence, Ia., who was a member of Ranger Bell's party of thirty-seven men that was hemmed in by the flames, at BEAUCHAMP s ranch, on Big fork, of the Couer d'Alene river, ten miles from Wallace, arrived here today and reports that ten of the party are dead and eight in the hospital camp, four being blind and four suffering from broken legs.

Five of the uninjured men are assisting a physician in nursing the unfortunates.

Among the dead are JOSEPH BEAUCHAMP and RODERICK AMES, well known ranchers who had distinguished themselves by bravery in the fight against the flames.


"When the flames swept up the canyon of the Big fork, we found ourselves surrounded on all sides by fire. We ran back to the clearing at BEAUCHAMP's ranch. BELL ordered us to lie down in a pool formed by the creek. BEAUCHAMP, AMES and the others who perished, sought the shelter in an opening of the hill, which BEAUCHAMP had dug for his valuables. The water in the pool where the men who escaped lay was only five inches deep and the sparks and hot wind compelled us to turn over every few minutes to avoid being roasted.

"We breathed through wet garments. Tobacco boxes and razors in the pockets of the men melted or broke from the heat. We lay two hours in the water."

Supervisor WEIGEL said to the Associated press correspondent today that he took the gloomiest view of the situation regarding the 200 rangers missing in the St. Joe river country, thirty-five miles southeast of Wallace. They were under Ranger KOOTKEY, a graduate of the Yale forestry school and one of the most expert foresters in the service.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 25 Aug 1910


The Great Fire of 1910 (also commonly referred to as the Big Blowup, the Big Burn, or the Devil's Broom fire) was a wildfire that burned about three million acres (1,214,057 ha), approximately the size of Connecticut) in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana. The area burned included parts of the Bitterroot, Cabinet, Clearwater, Coeur d'Alene, Flathead, Kaniksu, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, Lolo, and St. Joe National Forests. The firestorm burned over two days (August 20–21, 1910), and killed 87 people mostly firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, forest fire in U.S. history. The outcome was to highlight firefighters as public heroes while raising public awareness surrounding national nature conservation.



K.G. Boyd it should be J.G.Boyd

J.G. Boyd was my Grandfather, his name was Joseph Gaston Boyd, I know there may be no way to change it. But if possible, it would be great.
Thank you so much,
Joan A. Church