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I * Block Number Sixty^Six. 4 *4 Block sixty-six is to be the site of "The Hotel Boise." It will be a hostelry of pride to the city and to Idaho. The history of this block of ground, for which the promoters of this new utility paid its own er, Hon. James A. Pinney, one hundred thousand dollars, is interesting. Since title was conveyed from the Government to this block of ground it has been held in but three distinct parts and in all it has been held by but four grantees. This block of ground was patented by President U. S. Grant in May of 1870, to H. E. Pricket, mayor, in trust, and by him turned over to his successor in office, Mayor Charles Himrod (now chairman of the Ada County board of commissioners), whose present home is but a few blocks below block 66, on Jeffer son street. Thë S. W. % of Block 66. On April 11, 1871, Mayor Himrod gave a deed to Mrs. T. J. Stafford (later Mrs. George Ellis) for lots 1, 2 -and 3 of this block. In May of 1875 Mrs. Ellis deeded this lot to Mr. Pinney. The S. E. Y of Block 66. Early in 1873 Mayor Thomas E. Logan executed a deed to John Ward for lots 4, 5 and 6 of this block, and in December, 1884, Ward deeded it to Mr. Pin ney. The N. y 2 of Block 66. On March 24, 1871, Mayor Prickett deeded to Sol omon P. Anthony lots 7 to 12 of this block and two years following its owner built the large and spacious residence which now stands on the northeast corner of the block. On February 2, 1874, Anthony deeded this half block to Mr. Pinney, who immediately moved into it and has since made it his continuous home. This closes the history of the transfers of this in teresting block of ground and title to all of the block has remained in Mr. Pinney since these dates, up to the deal made by the hotel projectors. The appurtenances to this block have all been built on the block. The older of the improvements is the rear part of the house now standing at the cor ner of Eighth and Jefferson streets. That was built by Mr. Ward in 1867 or 1868. The addition, the larger house, was added to it in 1872 or 1873. The present Pinney home was the next building erected on the block, as stated above, in 1873. Fol lowing this was the building of the brick tenement houses known as the Pinney flats, on lots 2 and 3, in 1881 and 1882 and later in 1885 or 1886, the old building on the corner of Ninth and Jefferson was built to accommodate a stock of wagons and ma chinery of the Studebaker company, of which Mr. Pinney was the resident agent. Later this old build ing served as the home of the famous old Idaho Democrat, published and edited by that old pioneer, now deceased, whose memory many old Idaho citi zens love and cherish, Jud. Boyakin. The doors to this building now fronting on Jeffer son street were made for and used, for nearly twenty years prior to the building of this warehouse, on the old Pinney postoffice and bookstore building on Main street, between Seventh and Eighth. The slot for mail will be seen now in one of these doors. Dur ing the time of the initiation of this door to the postoffice Thomas Logan and later John A. Post filled the position of postmaster, while located in the Pinney store. The last building to be constructed on this me morable block was the Columbia Theatre, built by Mr. Pinney on lots 4 and 5 in 1892. It was opened December 12 of that year by Julia Marlowe. This is the history of the block. The brevity of it from point of transfers reflects with great credit the indomitable grit, courage and management of Hon. James A. Pinney, and emphasizes his supreme on faith in the inevitable prosperity of Boise. Talking with Mr. Pinney about this property, he gave some interesting facts. "In 1874," he stated, dence I now occupy, I could sit on my front porch and with unobstructed view, see the grounds and the buildings of the penitentiary. There was not a house then to obstruct the view, nothing, in fact, but the native sage brush. Speaking further about the block of ground and his disposal of it at his mature age, he said : The occupancy of this block, all of it, for a beau tiful and adequate hotel property, has been the dream of my life in later years. I always wanted to see a hotel on this block and regarded the location culiarly ideal for that purpose. By the terms of the purchase Mr. Pinney has until July 1st of this year to remove all the improvements, on the historic block except the Columbia Theatre, and his time to remove this building is extended two months. .. when I moved into the resi U pe Just across the way from the Columbia Theatre Mr. Pinney is now excavating for a new and hand some theatre building and many of the people who know him best will be pleased to know that he will dedicate this new playhouse with the name it so righteously deserves in view of the active and useful life of its builder, viz : "The Pinney Theatre. With the passing of the title to the Hotel Boise it is to be hoped the people of Idaho will have just cause to be proud of block 66 (as they have been in the past) in the erection and maintenance there of a hotel which will rank with any in the West. Its Present Grantor. As for Mr. Pinney, he is a pioneer of the earlier type. He entered Boise Basin in 1863 and opened a general merchandise store there in 1864, soon after which he was appointed by President Abraham Lin coln as the first postmaster in Idaho City, and for that matter, the first one in all this region of country. He was reappointed by President U. S. Grant and resigned the position to move to Boise. In May, 1865, Mr. Pinney had accumulated until he had two stores in the then thriving mining camp, and in May of that year a devastating fire swept the town away, leaving him nothing but the ground where the two stores were located. He sold one location and immediately began the erection of a new store building. He planned for a one-story structure, but a theatrical man came along and induced him. to add a second story to his build ing to be used as a theatre. This was Mr. Pinney's initial experience in the theatrical business, which he has made so successful for himself and for the public, and which he now looks forward to in the building of the Pinney The atre as the monumental effort of his long and inter esting life in the commercial and social realm of this portion of Idaho. . Mr. Pinney served Boise twice as its mayor, first in 1881 and last in 1905. He has met the stern realities of life bravely and manfully and with a smile, whether shadows or sunshine spread along the path of his onward march toward the setting sun, keeping step with the many interesting pioneers of this his toric valley, and every one who knows him will honor him for his continued faith in the business future of Boise and of Idaho. M. Poindinterro stopped in the street to speak to his friend, Madame Bonnelangue, and at the same time a mutual friend of theirs passed them, whom Poindinterro saluted courteously. You seem very pleased to see her," remarked Mme. Bonnelangue, jealously, "how red her nose is this morning. Every one says she tight-laces. I respect her because she suffers much for her conviction," replied Poindinterro, "she thinks that she can wear five and one-half gloves and threes in boots."—Pele Mele. • . Why is Jones growing a beard? Oh, I believe his wife made him a present of some ties."—Leslie's Weekly. .. ' ' i - * Mason & Hamlin f 4 * 4 4 * * * 4* -> ORGANS 4* 4 « 4* 4* 4 4 ■uainumm ^— rrrï7Ti7 4 4* 4 Ï. . 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