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Information for Emeline Ann Nettleton
16 September, 1898 - 5 May, 1995
The Idaho Press-Tribune
May, 1995

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Emeline Nettleton
Emeline Ann Nettleton, 96, of Nampa, passed away Friday, May 5, 1995, at a Nampa hospital after a full and humble life.  Vigil services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa.  A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Nampa, with the Rev. Father Paul Mathews, S. M., presid-ing.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nampa.
    Emeline was born on Sept. 16, 1898, to Villo and Margaret Joyce Nettleton in the small mining community of Black Jack, near Silver City.  Enneline began her schooling in Boise, but also attended school at Dewey and Murphy.  Miss Nettleton was graduated from St. Teresa's in Boise in 1915.
    After graduation, she returned to the homestead on Sinker Creek where she helped with the family ranching operation.  At that time there were over 1,200 head of cattle on the ranch, as well as numerous horses, pigs, chickens, turkeys and ducks.  Hospitality reigned supreme at the ranch and no stranger was ever turned away from a hot meal or a dry bed.  As well as cooking for the ranch crew, Emeline tended a huge garden to supply the ranch with fresh vegetables.
    At the age of 21, Emeline became politically active and ran for the office of Owyhee County Treasurer.  It was the first election in Idaho where women were allowed to vote, and it is unknown how much that affected the outcome of the election, but Erneline won and moved to Silver City, which was the county seat at that time.
    Miss Nettleton successfully completed her two-year term, but did not seek re-election.  Instead, she decided to take up a 640 acre enlarged homestead on Josephine and Rimrock Creeks.  Along with this, she purchased an isolated tract, bringing her holdings to 800 acres.  During the time she was proving up on her homestead, it was not uncommon to go months without seeing another woman, as it was a two-day trip from the Sinker Creek ranch to her homestead.  Her log cabin still stands and is still known as "Emeline's cabin" by the neighbors on the mountain.
    Miss Nettleton's homestead was eventually incorporated into the Joyce Ranch where she continued to work with her brothers.  In June of 1943, word was received that the earthen dam above the ranch was in peril of breaking, so Emeline and the hired men moved valuables to the second floor of the Joyce home (called the Quintana), took some blankets, food and a strong box of papers and climbed the side of a hill near the house to wait for the expected flood.  None could have imagined the magnitude of the flood to come.  To her horror, Emeline watched in the moonlight as the two story home, the corrals and barns and all her worldly possessions were swept away.  To make matters worse, WWII was in progress and many household items were almost impossible to obtain.  Neighbors rallied around and held a shower for the Nettletons, and some of the most cherished gifts were ration stamps for shoes, sewing needles and cooking pans.
    In 1945, Emeline moved to Boise.  She still maintained close contact with the ranch by keeping the books for the operation for many years.  In 1948, Miss Nettleton moved to Nampa and in 1958, purchased her home on 14th  Avenue South where she resided alone until she was 94 years old.  At that time, she was moved to the care of Bill and Carolyn Mowatt in Nampa.  At the time of her death, she was living at Karcher Estates.  Emeline never forgot the hospitality she generously displayed on the ranch and always had a hot meal and a place to light for weary relatives and friend who were in town for business.  Her house that she owned with her childhood friend, Isabelle Wees, in Silver City shared the same, kind reputation.
    Emeline was very devoted to her family, and her nieces and nephews and their families have always considered her to be the matriarch of the Nettleton family.
    Miss Nettleton was a devout Catholic; a member of Court Glorieux C.D.A. of Boise; of St. Paul's and Oreana's Altar Societies; a Charter Member of both the Owyhee County and Idaho State Cowbelles; Owyhee County Cattlemen's Centennial Queen in 1978; one of the first women to receive the Honorary Lifetime Member award of the Owyhee County Cattlemen's Assn.; past director of the Silver City Taxpayers' Assn.; Owyhee County Historical Society and the Murphy Community Club.
    Emeline was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers, Charlie, Hubert and his wife, Helen, Jim and Joe.
    She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Edith Nettleton and Maudie Nettleton; six nephews, Paul Nettleton, Matt Nettleton, Tim Nettleton, Nick Nettleton, Steve Nettleton Bob Nettleton; and two nieces, Mary O'Malley and Marilyn Black and their families; numerous cousins and her brothers and sisters in her precious Catholic faith.
    Memorials may be given in Emeline's name to St. Paul's Catholic Church in Nampa; to the Owyhee County Historical Society in Murphy; to a favorite charity or flowers may be sent.
    Friends many call until 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa.

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