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Ida Isabella Alligier
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Birth: Sep. 27, 1879
Hampshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1989
Nez Perce County
Idaho, USA


Ida Isobel Alligier, a former Lapwai cook who was known to say ''I think I must be 300 years old'' on her past seven birthdays, died of causes related to age Thursday morning at Orchards Villa Nursing Home at Lewiston. She was 110.

She lived in a house her parents built in the 1890s on Soldier Canyon Road west of Lapwai for at least 70 years, and spent her last 10 years in area retirement homes.

Miss Alligier, a tiny 4 feet 8 inches tall, was strong enough into her 90s to walk the three-mile round trip from her home to town.

Just before her 100th birthday she balked at the thought of going into a nursing home.

''They won't take me anywhere,'' she told the Tribune in September of 1979. ''The last time I was out was when they had the fire on the hill.''

She spoke of a grain fire that burned close to the house that summer that got her outside for about an hour.

Miss Alligier was born Sept. 27, 1879, at Easthampton, Mass., to Clement and Annie Alligier.

When her father was 17 years old he moved from France to the United States and continued his trade as a cloth dyer. In 1883 the family moved from Massachusetts to Montrose, Colo. In the next few years Logan, Utah, Colfax, Pocatello, Dayton, Wash., and Uniontown were all called home before the family settled at Lapwai.

When 93 years old she told the Tribune about an experience when living at Dayton.

''We had gone to the mountains to camp and mother was very worried because she thought the forest would have a fire and we wouldn't be able to get out. So she talked my father into returning to town and just when we did a big fire started and burned a lot of homes on Main Street. People were wetting down their houses with blankets to try to keep the houses from being burned. We got on the train and were glad to get out.''

Miss Alligier, who never married, worked as a cook at the boarding school at the Indian Sanitorium at Lapwai. While working at the regional tuberculosis facility she lived away from the homestead. But when her aged parents needed caring for she quit her job and moved back.

Miss Alligier was the only person in her family to live to the age of a century plus a decade, but her parents and four brothers and sisters all lived to be in their 90s, said her nephew, Howard Alligier of Lapwai, on Miss Alligier's 107th birthday.

Surviving in addition to her nephew are are four nieces, including Ethel Beckner of Lewiston and Viola Oedewaldt of Clarkston.

A service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Normal Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Henry L. Sugden of the Lapwai Valley Presbyterian Church officiating.

Memorials may be made to Lapwai Valley Presbyterian Church.

Malcom's Brower-Wann Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Friday, December 1, 1989 
Family links: 
  Clement Charles Alligier (1844 - 1939)
  Anne Elizabeth Pinch Alligier (1859 - 1954)
  Ida Isabella Alligier (1879 - 1989)
  Lena L Alligier Culver (1882 - 1975)*
  John S. Alligier (1890 - 1975)*
  Bert Arthur Alligier (1892 - 1963)*
  Otto R Alligier (1894 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Normal Hill Cemetery
Nez Perce County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Div 4, R 06, L 006, G12
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Originally Created by: Cowgirl
Record added: Apr 12, 2012
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Ida Isabella Alligier
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