|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1863, England|
|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1935|
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 3 by James H. Hawley 1920)
Mrs. Alice May Curtis, residing near Boise, is the widow of the late Frank Curtis, who was a pioneer of the Boise bench, preempting the homestead which his family now occupies. He secured this property in 1888 and with characteristic energy began its cultivation and development. Both Mr. and Mrs. Curtis were natives of England, the former born on the 16th of May, 1859. while the birth of Mrs. Curtis occurred July 10, 1862. They were acquainted in their native land but were not married until after they had crossed the Atlantic, the wedding being celebrated in Ontario, Canada, September 9, 1884. Thinking to enjoy the opportunities offered in the growing northwest, they came to Idaho in 1885 and Mr. Curtis first took up a homestead near Nampa but in 1888 removed to the Boise bench and preempted a forty-acre ranch, which be purchased at ten dollars per acre. It was then a tract of wild land covered with sagebrush and it seemed hardly possible that it could be converted into the beautiful and highly productive farm which it is today, worth now five hundred dollars per acre. As the years passed Mr. Curtis continued the further development and improvement of
the place and his labors wrought a wonderful transformation. He continued upon (he farm until his death, which occurred March 23, 1902, when he had reached the
age of forty-three years.
Mrs. Curtis survives and still lives upon the ranch. They had two children. Howard Franklin Curtis, who was born May 4, 1888, was married September 25, 1912, to Miss Ida May Mellinger, a daughter of the late M. M. Mellinger. The
younger child is Grace Helen, who was born April 4, 1899. and on the 25th of June, 1919, became the wife of Waldo Friedly. They reside with Mrs. Curtis and the son, Howard F., resides in a home in the same yard as his mother's home and operates the farm. Mrs. Curtis is a member of the Bethany Presbyterian church, situated west of Boise. She is well known in this section, where she has now lived for almost a third of a century, and wherever she is known she is spoken of in terms of the warmest regard. Her memory forms a connecting link between the primitive pioneer past and the progressive present, with its opportunities and advantages, and her reminiscences of the early days are most interesting.
Frank Curtis (1858 - 1902)
Howard Franklin Curtis (1888 - 1964)*
Grace Helen Curtis Friedly (1899 - 1979)*
Morris Hill Cemetery
Created by: David M. Habben
Record added: Mar 12, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7255789