Manuscript Group 424

Gilbert H. Hogue

Papers, 1898-1952
1.5 cubic foot


The records of Gilbert H. Hogue were donated to the University of Idaho Library by his son, Shannon Hogue, in 1996. They were processed by Marilyn Sandmeyer in April 2007.


Gilbert H. Hogue was born in 1877 at Excello, Missouri. His parents, J. Shannon and Nannie (Hamilton) Hogue, moved the family west to Moscow in 1892. Then in 1894, the family moved to Ahsahka near Orofino, Idaho, where they operated a lodging house, store, and feed barn.


Mr. Hogue was a member of the graduating class of 1900 at the University of Idaho and received his degree in civil engineering. He began work as an inspector and draftsman for the city of Moscow. In 1902, Gilbert accepted a position with the Bureau of Reclamation where he would remain for the next 44 years, retiring in 1946.


Gilbert H. Hogue met his first wife, Carrie Owings, in Moscow, and they were married in 1904. They had three sons, two of whom graduated from the University of Idaho. Their son Wilbur followed his father’s example by obtaining his degree in civil engineering. Carrie died while the family was residing in Boise in 1925. Gilbert remarried twice after Carrie’s death, his last wife, Anne, surviving him at their home in Fresno, California.


Gilbert was instrumental in engineering important irrigation projects throughout southern Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and California. Their son Wilbur was the engineer on significant highway projects in Idaho as well as in Liberia, Africa. Wilbur died at the age of 42 while returning from an overseas trip. The Hogue Family Centennial Endowment was created by the family as an everlasting means of recognition for the achievements that the Owings/Hogue family made as alumni of the University of Idaho.


Gilbert H. Hogue died in Fresno, California, in 1952.

Scope and Content

The records of Gilbert H. Hogue span the years 1898 to 1952. Included in the records are one folder of genealogical information, photographs, and newsclippings. The bulk of the collection contains yearly diaries kept by Gilbert Hogue during his school years in Moscow as well as his travels throughout the Northwest engaged as a surveyor and engineer. Besides recording the weather of the day, he also made note of events and people he encountered throughout his life. Many area pioneers are mentioned as well as holiday observations, marriages, epidemics, deaths, and world events. Many of the diaries also contain his cash accounts for the year, newsclippings, photographs, and other memorabilia. His son, Shannon Hogue, evidently went through the diaries before they were donated to the university, inserting check marks and commentary throughout.

Arrangement and Description

As the collection is comprised of one folder related to family history and the diaries, no series list was created. What follows is the chronological inventory of the diaries with appropriate box numbers attached. Diaries for the years 1912, 1914, 1915, 1923, 1929-1932, and 1936 are missing.


Box Folder Description   Items


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