Much of this is based on interviews of Wayne and Betty Nitz conducted by Bill Salmon in February and March of 2003. Wayne, Betty, and their daughter Vicki also provided family records and newspaper clippings. Steve LeProwse made several additions and corrections to my initial writeup.
The date and place of Con Nitz’s birth came from the interviews, from his obituary in the Lewiston Morning Tribune of 16 Feb 1977, and from the WWI Civilian Draft Registration. His ancestry was found in the 1910 U.S. Census enumeration in Elk City, obtained through Ancestry.com, and in genealogy records supplied by Vicki Ash.
Violet Supplee is listed with her parents and maternal grandmother in the 1910 U.S. Census for Pennsylvania. Date and place of birth are from obituary clippings taken from the Idaho County Free Press for 31 Mar 1966 and the Lewiston Morning Tribune. Con and Violet’s Elk City wedding reception is described in Gertrude Maxwell’s book, My Yesterdays in Elk City (Idaho County Free Press, 1986), on page 15. She said that the reception occurred at the Black Pine Mine, but gives the wrong year.
The legal description of the original Nitz homestead was taken from land patent records available on the Internet from the Government Land Office of the BLM. These can be found at http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch
The fire in 1958 that destroyed the Nitz home on Red River was reported in a newspaper clipping from the Idaho County Free Press in December, 1958. According to that report, the house was occupied at the time by three renters.
The story about Con Nitz hauling groceries to snow-bound Dixie was taken from an article about Elk City and Dixie that appeared on page 6 of a U.S. Post Office newsletter for employees of the Spokane Mail Sectional Center, called The Postmark of the Spokane MSC, dated July 1988. It shows a picture of “Old Frank,” wearing his snowshoes. Betty Nitz was a main source for this article.
Dates for Con Nitz’s service on the Idaho County Commission were taken from his obituary and from the article, “Nitz Won’t Run for Commissioner,” in the Free Press in April, 1958.
The details of Betty Nitz’s life and career were gathered from interviews, from the article in The Postmark cited above, and from the article, “Elk City Retires First Postmaster,” on page 6 of The Idaho County Free Press, October 8, 1992.
Some of the birth and death dates for Con and Violet’s children were obtained from the Social Security Death Index available through Ancestry.com. These were checked against genealogy data supplied by Vicki Ash. Steve LeProwse supplied additional details.
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