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Nitz Family

Con was an easy-going, happy, friendly guy who worked very hard and was liked by almost everybody. His long life was full of activity: he mined; he raised cattle; he built his own houses from home-milled lumber; he hauled freight and mail to Dixie and Orogrande; he trapped; he organized the Red River School District; and he served 24 years as an Idaho County Commissioner (14 Jan 1935 until 9 Jan 1959). He died 14 Feb 1977 and is buried in Prairie View Cemetery, in Grangeville.

One of Con’s famous exploits occurred in 1916, when Dixie was snowbound for so long that its 40 residents ran out of food. Con put snowshoes on “Old Frank,” his famous draft horse, hooked up a 12-foot toboggan, and for two weeks, Con and Old Frank hauled groceries into Dixie through the deep snow – three tons of groceries. On Dixie Summit, the snow was 12 to 14 feet deep.

Violet was a short, quiet woman who nonetheless had a strong personality that she would express when necessary. She was the glue who held the family together, as she and Con raised seven children. Violet died 29 Mar 1966 and is buried next to Con, in Prairie View.

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