|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1864, England|
|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1935|
Idaho Death Index, 1911-51; certificate 96388
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H.
Hawley 1920) provided by Amanda Fox #47429422
Hon. Robert Norman Bell, of Boise, inspector of mines for the state of Idaho, was born in the north of England, February 16, 1864. His father, James Bell, was a mechanic and both he and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Bell, have now passed away, neither ever having come to the United States. Robert N. was an only son but has two sisters who are now residents of Boston. He attended the public schools of England in his boyhood days and came to the United States alone when a youth of sixteen years to make his fortune. He first spent a year and a half on a tobacco farm in Rock county. Wisconsin, and then resumed his westward journey, traveling to Montana. He spent two years in that territory engaged in railroad tunnel and coal mining work. He was but eighteen years of age when he arrived there and in 1884, when a young man of twenty years, he came to Idaho.
Mr. Bell first took up his abode in Lemhi county, where he spent twelve years engaged in gold mining, prospecting and general development wofk. During this period he completed a course in geology and mineralogy through the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania. For the past twenty years he has been a constant contributor to the eastern mining journals and press on topics relating to mining interests and conditions of the west. In 1902 he was elected mining inspector of Idaho on the state republican ticket, at which time he was a resident of Custer county, where he had engaged in mining. With the exception of two years, 1909 and 1910, he has since held the office of state mine inspector and has been elected to the position eight times, on each occasion receiving a larger majority than at the previous election, and since 1902 he has never been defeated for the office. In 1908 he refused to again become a candidate in order that he might turn his attention to fruit farming, but two years at that satisfied his ambition along that line. In 1910, therefore, he again consented to become a candidate for state mine inspector, was reelected and has since been chosen for the office by popular suffrage at each biennial period. His majorities have been the largest ever accorded any candidate for a state office in Idaho and at the last election, when all democratic candidates but three were elected, his majority was over eight thousand. He is the author of a volume entitled "Mining Industry of Idaho" and has issued the annual reports from 1903 until 1918 save in the years 1909 and 1910, when he was out of office.
On the 16th of February, 1903, Mr. Bell was married to Miss Emma F. Stevens, a daughter of Judge F. S. Stevens, of Blackfoot, Idaho, and they have become the parents of a son and a daughter, Fred and Bessie, aged respectively twelve and fourteen years. Mr. Bell has an attractive suburban home on the Boise Bench, four miles from the city, his place comprising ten acres of valuable land. It is a fine estate on which he has made many modern improvements, including the erection of a beautiful dwelling.
Mr. Bell is a member of the Episcopal church and fraternally is a Mason. In these associations are found the rules which govern his conduct and shape his course in relation to his fellowmen. He is also a member of the Boise Commercial Club, while along scientific lines he has membership with the Idaho Mining Association, the Mine Inspectors' Institute of the United States, the Utah Society of Engineers, the Idaho Society of Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers, in which membership indicates high professional standing and marked personal ability as a representative of the great mining industry.
Emma F Stevens Bell (1871 - 1955)
Morris Hill Cemetery
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Originally Created by: G&M Diggens
Record added: Oct 01, 2010
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