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Manuscript Group 11

Clarence A. Bottolfsen, 1891-1964.

Papers, 1926-1964.
10.5 l.f.

The descriptive inventory of the papers of C.A. Bottolfsen in the University of Idaho Library was prepared by Judith Nielsen, June 1979. The papers were donated January 1966.

The thirteen boxes of C.A. Bottolfsen papers have been separated according to type of material, subject or organization concerned. The speeches have been organized by type where possible, however, many speeches are bound in folders. In this case the speeches have been left in their original order. Correspondence has been arranged chronologically where possible. Letters bound in folders have been left in their original order. Newspaper clippings have been organized by subject; entire sections of newspapers have not been arranged.


Clarence A. Bottolfsen was born October 10, 1891 in Superior, Wisconsin. While still a boy he moved to Fessender, North Dakota. While in high school he worked as a printer's devil in the local printing shop. The man who owned the shop moved to Arco, Idaho and purchased the Arco Advertiser, a weekly newspaper. Soon he sent for Bottolfsen, then 19, to work for him. The town of Arco is in the Lost River region; the river suddenly disappeared and Arco became a dust bowl. Business dropped off, but Bottolfsen took over the Advertiser and turned it into one of Idaho's leading weeklies. From 1934-1938 he was editor and general manager of the Blackfoot Daily Bulletin. He retired from the newspaper business in 1947, but continued serving as correspondent for several newspapers. He also wrote free lance articles.

Turning to his interest in politics, he served in the Idaho House of Representatives in 1921 and 1923, was chief clerk of the House in the 1925 and 1927 sessions and was again elected to the House in 1929 and 1931, serving as speaker in the 1931 session. In 1938 he began his first term as governor; the following election he was defeated by Chase A. Clark, but in the election following that he defeated Clark for the Governorship. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1944, but was defeated by Glen H. Taylor. He served as chief clerk of the Idaho House in 1949 and 1951; in 1953 he became Deputy Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate. In 1955 and 1956 he was again Chief Clerk of the Idaho House, at the same time serving as executive secretary to Senator Herman Welker. He was elected to the state Senate in 1958, re-elected in 1960, but declined to seek another term in 1962 due to ill health.

Skilled as a parliamentarian, Bottolfsen was elected permanent parliamentarian for the National Education Association at their Detroit meeting in 1937, a position which he held for 17 years.

His other public services include serving as GOP state chairman, 1936-37, State Commander of the American Legion, 1934-35, past master of the Arco Masonic Lodge, past deputy grand master of the Idaho Masonic Lodge, memberships in the El Korah Shrine of Boise, Arco Chamber of Commerce, and the Arco Rotary Club.

C.A. Bottolfsen died in the Veteran's Hospital, Boise, on July 18, 1964. He had suffered from emphysema for several years.


The Bottolfsen papers contain a variety of items. There are three boxes of speeches dating from 1926 to 1961, and one box of correspondence dated 1932 to 1964. There are also boxes containing items on the American Legion, the Republican Party, and the Rotary, as well as boxes containing information on the Craters of the Moon National Monument, Abraham Lincoln, and the Idaho Territorial Centennial. The remaining two boxes contain newspapers or newspaper clippings on a variety of subjects.

The contents of each box are outlined in the following Description of Series.


I. Speeches, 1926-1961. (Boxes 1-3)

The first series of the Bottolfsen papers is comprised of a collection of speeches, some loose, some in a notebook and others bound in folders.

As is usual with people who are called upon to give many speeches, Governor Bottolfsen used the same stories and quotations over and over again. Among his favorite quotes, especially during the years 1940-1945 was the last stanza of John McCrae's poem "In Flander's Field."

Speeches were given to schools, Chambers of Commerce, and service organizations such as Elks, Lions, Orders of Eastern Star and Masons. He was also called upon to deliver memorial addresses for local men who were killed in the war.

Many of the political speeches are 1944 Senatorial campaign speeches, and include copies of several speeches in favor of Bottolfsen's opponent in that campaign, Glen Taylor. There is also a series of the Governor's "Reports to the People of Idaho" which were broadcast at irregular intervals. (It will be noted that Bottolfsen became confused in his numbering of these talks.)

In the instances where copies of a speech are found in two locations, both locations are listed. Occasionally articles have been placed in the speech file; if no appropriate place was found for them elsewhere in the papers, they were left with the speeches and are identified as articles in the following list.

Speeches are listed by date, if known. Where only the year is known, the speeches are listed at the beginning of the year. Undated speeches are listed last, alphabetically by title. The Roman numeral following the item denotes the box in which the speech is found and the letters designate the folder: AS = Addresses to students; HS = Holiday Speeches; MA = Memorial Addresses; MIBS = Miscellaneous Bound Speeches; MUS = Miscellaneous Unbound Speeches; N = Notebook; and PS = Political Speeches.

A Chronological List of Speeches

1926	February	Lincoln and Politics.	I. HS.
1932	Summer		Graduation address to country school 8th grade. I. AS.
1932	Bank Holiday	What is Money? I. MUS
1935	Summer		Commencement address to country school 8th grade, Butte County, Idaho. I. AS.
1936	February 11	Lincoln Day Address, Pocatello, Idaho. I. HS.
1939	February 15	Leadership Week Address to students of Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho. I. AS.
1939	April 19		Gold Star Mothers' Program. Peace. I. MUS.
1939	Summer		Commencement address to students of Arco High School. I. AS.
1939	May 30		Memorial Day address at Pocatello. I. HS.
1939	July 17		Radio talk on KIDO. Idaho Day at the Golden Gate International Exposition. I. MUS.
1939	July 18		Talk on KIDO. Sugar. I. MUS.
1939	July 22		Idaho's place in the Galaxy of States. Broadcast from Golden Gate Exposition. I. MUS.
1940			Speech on the history of Idaho. I. MBS.
1940	January 2	Idaho's Golden Jubilee. I. MUS.
1940	February 12	Lincoln Day Address at Coeur d'Alene. I. HS.
1940	February 22	Washington Birthday Speech. I. HS.
1940	March 11	Address before students at the University of Idaho. I. AS.
1940	May 13		Commencement address to students at Potlatch High School. I. AS.
1940	May 31		Memorial Day Address to American Legion. I. HS.
1940	November 25	Address to North Idaho Chamber of Commerce, Moscow. I. MBS.
1942	July 4		Address delivered at Moreland, Idaho. I. MUS.
1942	August 23	Address delivered to the 24th annual convention of the Department of Idaho of the American Legion, Kellogg, Idaho, by Paul Mortimer. II. MA.
1943			In Memoriam: Harland Clendenin. II. MA.
1943			Idaho Marches Forward. II. PS.
1943			Recall of Bottolfsen on Senior Citizens Grants Act repeal. (Speaker not identified.) II. PS.
1943			Talk in St. Maries. I. MBS.
1943			School statistics. I. MBS.
1943			Speech at the University of Idaho. I. MBS.
1943	February	Initiative and Recall (re: Senior Citizens Grants Act) II. PS
1943	February 10	Lincoln Day Address in Pocatello, Idaho. I. HS.
1943	April		Second Report to the people of Idaho. II. PS.
1943	April 9		War Bond Drive "Salute to all the schools of Idaho." I. MBS.
1943	April 13		Speech on Thomas Jefferson. 1. MBS.
1943	May		Fifth Report to the People of Idaho. II. PS.
1943	May 20		Speech on station KIDO, Boise, College of Idaho Radio Hour. I. MBS.
1943	May 22		Remarks at Veterans Administration Facility, Boise. Presentation of "T". award. I. MBS.
1943	May 31		Memorial Day Speech. I. MBS.
1943	June		Speech to Salvation Army, Nampa, Idaho. I. MBS.
1943	June 4		Fifth Report to the People. II. PS.
1943	June 11		Sixth Report to the People. II. PS.
1943	June 13		Flag Day Speech given at Boise and Caldwell. I. HS.
1943	June 14		Lion's Convention address, Burley, Idaho. I. NBS.
1943	June 15		Speech to Pocatello Indians (Bannocks and Shoshones) I. MBS.
1943	July 4		Dedication of Community Plaque, Wendell, Idaho. I. MBS.
1943	July 5		Statehood anniversary speech delivered at Notus. I. MBS.
1943	July 15		Eighth Report to the People. II. PS.
1943	July 24		Speech in honor of Latter Day Saints pioneers delivered at Bancroft. I. MBS.
1943	August 5	Eighth Report to the People. II. PS.
1943	August 7	Mountain Home Airfield Dedication. I. MBS.
1943	August 15	In Memoriam: Mrs. Francis Wallis. II. VA.
1943	August 17	In Memoriam: James D. Little. II. MA.
1943	September 26	Remarks on KIDO regarding the third war loan drive. I. MBS.
1943	October 1	P.T.A. address broadcast over KIDO. 1. MBS.
1943	October 6	Speech on Fire Prevention given to junior and senior high school students in several locations. I. MBS
1943	November	Speech on Aviation. I. NBS.
1943	November	Masonic Address. I. MBS.
1943	December	In Memoriam: Mrs. Margaret Paul. II. MA.
1943	December 10	Free Enterprise. An address by Henry M. Wriston. II. PS.
1943	December 13	Speech at the Annual Forestry Banquet, Lewiston, Idaho. I. N.; I. MUS.
1944			Speech in support of the Idaho State Council of Defense. I. MBS.
1944			Interregional Highway System. I. MBS.
1944			Dunhan, Sam C. "Riley Grannan's Last Adventure-- A memorable oration of the old west." (Typescript of an article which appeared in Adventure in 1944) II. MUS.
1944			Political speech on behalf of candidates, given on behalf of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee. II. MUS.
1944			Tree Farms. I. MBS.
1944			Sixth War Loan Drive. I. MBS.
1944	January 12	Annual Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Pocatello. I. N.
1944	January 18	War Loan Drive. Broadcast over KIDO. I. MBS.
1944	January 28	Annual Meeting of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce. I. N.; I. MBS.
1944	February 5	Speech to the Omaha (Nebraska) Board of Trade Luncheon.	I. MUS.; I. MBS.
1944	February 12	Fourth War Loan Drive. Broadcast on station KSL, Salt Lake City. I. MBS.
1944	February 12	Lincoln Day Address given to Republicans in Salt Lake City. I. N.; I. MBS.
1944	February 12	Lincoln Day Address given by Dwight Griswold (Governor of Nebraska). I. MBS.
1944	February 16	Lincoln Day Address given to Spanish War Veterans. I. HS.
1944	February 22	Washington's Birthday Speech delivered before the Nampa, Idaho Masons. I. N.
1944	February 28	Speech at Boise accepting a flag from the Advertising Club of Moscow. I. MBS.
1944	March 11	Cascade Lions' Club, Father and Son Meeting. I. MUS. ; I. MBS.
1944	March 17	In Memoriam: Nathan Van Noy. 1. N.; II. MA.
1944	March 21	Speech to Spokane Chamber of Commerce. I. MBS.
1944	June 2		Speech to Idaho State Federation of B.P.W. Clubs Convention, Kellogg. "As Our State Looks at World Affairs." I. MBS.
1944	June 13		Speech to Grand Chapter of Idaho Order of the Eastern Star. I. MBS.
1944	June 15		Idaho Pioneer Day Speech. Franklin, Idaho. I. MUS.
1944	June 21		Speech at banquet of United Spanish War Veterans. I. MBS.
1944	July 4		Statehood anniversary speech delivered at Rupert, Idaho. I. MBS. ; I. HS.
1944	July 4		Speech at Twin Falls Horse Show. I. MBS.
1944	July 5		War Bond Drive, broadcast over KIDO. I. MBS.
1944	August 31	Today's grave issues. Radio Broadcast over KIDO. II. PS.
1944	September	Labor Day Speech. I. MBS.
1944	September 6	Labor Day Speech at Ririe, Idaho. I. MBS.
1944	September 11	Speech delivered to Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers. I. MUS.
1944	September 12	Eastern Idaho District Fair Talk , Blackfoot, Idaho. II. PS.
1944	September 14	Letter from Raymond E. Nelson to C.A. Bottolfsen concerning play "Boys from Boise." II. PS.
1944	September 25	Radio speech--election campaign. I. MUS ; II. PS.
1944	September 28	Brief talk during intermission of play "Boys from Boise." II. PS.
1944	October	 	Anti-New Deal Speech. II. PS.
1944	October 		Senatorial Campaign Speech, Canyon County Radio broadcast. II. PS.
1944	October		Speech to Friends of Boise League of Women Voters. II. PS.
1944	October		"The People of Idaho Cannot Take a Chance in this Election." Speech in favor of Glen Taylor for Senator. (Speaker unidentified) II. PS.
1944	October		Radio Speech over KFXD, in favor of Republican legislative candidates. II. PS.
1944	October		Talk of Taxes - a pro Democratic Party speech. (speaker unidentified) II. PS.
1944	October 2	Radio Address by Jess Hawley - a pro Bottolfsen for Senate Speech. II. PS.
1944	October 4	Campaign speech. I. MUS.
1944	October 10	In Memoriam: John Irvin Jensen, Jolin Thomas Brockie. II. MA.
1944	October 22	In Memoriam: John Rothwell. II. MA.
1944	October 24	Radio Address over KOVO, Logan, Utah - pro Dewey for President. II. PS.; I. MUS.
1944	October 26	Speech by Glen Taylor, Democratic Senatorial Candidate. II. PS.
1944	November	Election Campaign Speech. II. PS.
1944	November	Senatorial Campaign Speech. II. PS.
1944	November	Political speech - pro Bottolfsen for Senate (speaker unidentified) II. PS.
1944	November 4	Speech to Boise League of Women Voters. "Specific Ways in which the United States can assure permanent peace." II. PS.
1944	November 7	Radio address over KIDO - Senatorial Campaign. II. PS.
1945	May 3		Commencement Address, Mackay, Idaho High School. II. MUS.
1945	June 6		Commencement Address, Boise Junior College. "Idaho--A challenge for tomorrow." II. MUS.
1946	February 12	Lincoln Day Speech. II. MUS.
1946	June 15		Pioneer Day Celebration, Rigby, Idaho. "Pioneers of Idaho." II. MUS.
1949	February 12	Lincoln Day Address, Boise. II. MUS.
1950			Speech given at a meeting of the Republican Party. "Let us be crusading Americans to save our country." II. MUS.
1950	June 1		Speech to Friendship Chapters of O.E.S. "A Tribute to Fathers." II. MUS.
1950	June 14		Flag Day Exercises, B.P.O. Elks, Blackfoot. II. MUS.
1950	December 1	Dedication of Gymnasium, Rockland, Idaho. "Education is the Foundation Stone of America." II. MUS.
1950	December 11	Address to Hailey, Idaho Chamber of Commerce. II. MUS.
1950	December	From Volcanic to Atomic - The Lost River Country in retrospection. II. MUS.
1950	December 15	Letter from C.A. Bottolfsen to Art Lee concerning atomic development in Arco. II. MUS.
1951	February 23	The Challenge of Our Times. Idaho YMCA youth and government program. II. MUS.
1951	September 3	Labor Day Speech at Bellevue, Idaho. II. MUS.
1952	March 5		Chamber of Commerce Farmer's Banquet, Rexburg. II. MUS.
1952	November 11	Suggested 1952 Armistice Day Address for American Legion Speakers. II. MUS.
1955	February 12	Lincoln: the man who belongs to everyone. Delivered to the Joint Session of the Idaho State Legislature. II. MUS.
1957	May 17		Address to 8th grade graduates of Blaine County. By Berwyn Burke. II. MUS.
1957	May 20		Address to Graduates of Ditrich High School. II. MUS.
1958	October 11	In Memoriam: Henry Stauffer. II. MA.
1959			Girls' State Address. II. MUS.
1959	February 12	Abraham Lincoln: the universal figure. Delivered to the joint session of the Idaho State Legislature. II. MUS.
1959	March 3		Speech in the Idaho State Senate concerning Glenn Balch. II. MUS.
1959	May 15		Address to the 8th grade graduates, Arco, Idaho. II. MUS.
1959	May 30		Address at Memorial Day Exercises, Pocatello, Idaho. II. MUS.
1959	June 27		Idaho Pioneer Day address at Franklin, Idaho, State's oldest town. II. MUS.
1959	November 3	In Memoriam: Mrs. Wiley Jones. II. MA
1960	May 30		Address at Memorial Day Exercises, Jerome, Idaho. II. MUS.
1961			Reflections. Tenth anniversary of Rev. Kenneth Pederson's work in the community. II. MUS.
1961	February	Lincoln Day Address. I. MUS.
1961	February 11	Lincoln whose life inspired the free world. Delivered to the joint session of Idaho State Legislature. II. MUS.
1961	March 16	Now it can be told. Regarding the 36th Idaho Legislature. II. MUS.
UNDATED		Address to P.T.A. III.
		An article by C.A. Bottolfsen, Parliamentarian to the National Educational Association. III.
		Campaign Speech (Primary Election) running for third term as governor. III.
		Commencement address to an 8th grade class. III. 
		Communism. III
		Do you remember when. Dedication and foreword to a book. III.
		Early Idaho History. III.
		Education, an investment in People. Speech read at Moore PTA. III.
		Freemasonry and Washington, D.C. III.
		George Washington. 2 speeches. III.
		Idaho: a state rich in Scenic Beauty. III.
		Idaho and Central Section. III.
		Idaho Counties of opportunity: Butte, Custer, Lemhi. (An article written for Intermountain Parade Salute, Salt Lake Tribune) III.
		Labor Speech. III.
		The Latter Day Saints in Lost River. III.
		Lost River Valley--let's be proud of it. (ca.1924) III.
		Memorial address delivered to Twin Falls, Idaho, Elks. December 6. I. MBS ; III.
		In Memoriam: Jack ------ III.
		Our Gratitude. A poem by Agnes Just Reid. III. 
		Patriotism. 2 speeches. III
		Perspective. An address to the Nazarene College. I. MBS.
		Political speech, anti-Roosevelt. p. 5-7 only. III.
		Progress of Human Thought. III.
		Reclamation in Butte County, Idaho. III.
		Reclamation in Coeur d'Alene. I. MBS
		St. David's day speech, Malad, Idaho. March 1. (ca. 1939 or 40) III.
		A Salute to KID, Idaho Falls. I. MBS.
		Speech at the Lewiston Round Up and Rodeo. (ca. 1944) III.
		Speech of George Gilmore advocating a 2nd term for Governor Bottolfsen. II. PS.
		Speech to the 50th annual convention of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias. I. MBS.
		The State's Responsibility f'or Citizenship. Speech to P.T.A. III.
		State's Rights. Inserts 1 & 2. II. P.S.
		Talk to New Citizens. GAR hall. III.
		A Thought Starter. III.
		Tribute to Youth. I. NBS
		Vigilance is Primary Need of Civilization. Speech to American War Mothers. III.
		Washington's Birthday Speech, Caldwell. III.
		When the Latter Day Saints Came. 28 page book of a history of the Mormons in Arco. (typescript) III.
		Why Religion Matters. Article written by Henry Sloane Coffin. III.

A bound folder of miscellaneous items, letters, speeches, articles, etc. has been placed in the back of box 3 of this series. The items it contains may be described as follows:

1944			Biggers, E.Y,. Alphabetical Agencies Created tinder the Roosevelt New Deal Party. 4 p.
1944	February 12	Bottolfsen, C.A. TLS to Ray Wagner regretting his (Bottolfsen's) inability to attend the Lincoln Day Dinner.
1943	August 13	Bottolfsen, C.A. TLS to J.S. Youngren concerning Indian Day Proclamation.
----	----- --		Bottolfsen, C.A. Dairying--a stabalizer (article?)
1943	August 20	The Dunn Survey (an analysis)
1944	December 22	The Dunn Survey: Will Republican leaders again lead the party to defeat?
----	----- --		Dworshak about Guam.
----	----- --		Excerpts from King C. Gillette's Book "The People's Corporation" upon which Glen Taylor bases his platform.
1943	May 4		Fulmer, H.P. Mimeograph copy of a letter sent to E.M. Biggers, with Biggers' reply. 4 p.
1943	August 23	Howard, Millie F. TLS to Mr. Hood (secretary to Governor Bottolfsen) concerning Indian Day Proclamation.
1943	December 15	Libby, Frederick J. (National Council for Prevention of War) TLS to Governor Bottolfsen.
1943	December 8	Libby, Frederick J. Communists given top hand in declaration regarding Italy.
1943	November	Libby, Frederick J. Moscow lays basis -for joint statement of peace aims. (Peace Action of the National Council for Prevention of War, IX:11.):
1944	August 12	Liljegren, K.F. What will Congress do when 18,000,000 unemployed cry for jobs. Mimeographed article. 1 p.
1944	November 6	Material to work into radio script on behalf of Governor Bottolfsen.
----	Septembter 26	Pettengill, Samuel B. Release no. 602. Who will write the peace?
----	September 28	Pettengill, Samuel B. Release no. 603. No ceiling on Americans.
1944			Report to the People by C.A. Bottolfsen.
----	----- --		Series of one page statements on various topics: Agriculture, Highways, Insurance, Labor, National Guard and Organized Reserves, Public Expenditures, Public Lands, Public Works, Reconversion and post war jobs, Social welfare, Education and Public Health, State-Federal Tax Coordination, Unemployment Compensation Insurance and Employment Service, Veterans, and Water Resources.
1943	October 25	Spangler, Harrison E. Mimeographed memo to Republican party workers concerning the 1944 election. 8 p.
----	-----		Stotts, James R. Speech.
1943	November 2	Text of Declaration Regarding Italy. From the Moscow Conference,, October 19-30, 1943 (Reprinted from New York Times, Nov. 2, 1943)
1944	November 3	Williams, J. Harvie. Mimeographed letter to Southern Governors, U.S. Senators, etc.
----	-----		Williams, J. Harvie. The South can choose the next President. Mimeographed article. 4 p.
1943	August 23	Youngren, J.A. TLS to Governor Bottolfsen concerning Indian Day Proclamation.
----	-----		"Youth." Carbon typescript. 1 p.

II. Correspondence, 1932-1964 (Box 4)

There is one box of correspondence containing both incoming and carbon copies of outgoing letters. In many cases the reply has been stapled to the incoming letter. The letters are concerned with the business of running a newspaper, Bottolfsen's positions as Governor and state senator, his position as parliamentarian for the National Education Association. The only personal letters are copies of letters written between May and June 1963 when Bottolfsen was being treated for emphysema in the Boise Veterans Hospital.

Letters are in chronological order; where more than one letter was written on a single date the letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. There is one folder of bound letters dealing with the Senior Citizens' Grants Act

Senior Citizens' Grants Act.

In November of 1942 the people of Idaho voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill granting senior citizens an income of $40.00 per month, plus limited medical and dental coverage. In January of 1943 the Idaho House, in H.B. 74, voted to repeal this act, the senate confirmed the house action and the bill was sent to Governor Bottolfsen. He reluctantly signed the repeal on February 6, 1943, saying there was just not enough money in the state treasury to finance such a measure.

Miscellaneous Items.

Idaho. Legislature. House of Representatives. H.B. No. 74. Repealing the Senior Citizens' Grants Act. 1943. 2 p.

Idaho State Committee of the Communist Party. "Who is Responsible?" Mimeographed sheet. January 1943. 1 p.

Proposed Initiative Petition: Senior Citizens' Grants Act. Nov. 1942. 4 p.

Summons. In the District Court of the 3rd Judicial District of the State of Idaho in and for Ada County. Orlando A. Scott (et al.) vs. C.A. Bottolfsen (et al.) A suit to test the constitutionality of H.B. 74.

Correspondence Found in Other Series.

Occasionally correspondence items are found among the papers in other series. A complete description of these items is found in the description of the appropriate series. An asterisk indicates an out-going letter.

Atkinson, Hawley. June 17, 1958. Series VI.

Baringer, William E. January 20, 1959. Series VII.

Elzey, Jim. July 13, August 22, 1961. Series X.

Goertzen, Mrs. Vic. January 16, 1961. Series VI.

Hiller, Oscar. July 12, 1961. Series X.

Howard, Millie F. August 23, 1943. Series I.

Libby, Frederick J. December 15, 1943. Series I.

Powell, J.W. February 26, 1921. Series V.

Strenger, A.D. November 18, 1943. Series XI.

Theurer, Lloyd M. October 16, 1944. Series VIII.

*Wagner, Ray. February 12, 1944. Series I.

*Youngren, J.A. August 13, 1943. Series I.

Youngren, J.A. August 23, 1943. Series I.

III. American Legion (Box 5)

A veteran of World War I, Bottolfsen was also an active member of the American Legion. The material in this box has been divided into three categories: suggested speeches (these have been subdivided by occasion and arranged in calendar order), publications, and miscellaneous.

A list of suggested speeches

Lincoln Birthday Talk. 1951.

Memorial Day Address. 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952

Flag Day. 1945, 1950

Independence Day. 1950, 1951

Armistice Day Address. By Lester F. Albert. 1934

Armistice Day. 1940, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951

Talk on Americanism. 1949

Membership Talk on All Out Service to All Veterans. 1949


American Legion, Education & Scholarship Committee. Plan Early for Your Future Education.

The Amazing American Legion.

Fabulous Facts about the American Legion.

The American Legion is distressed. A letter from National Commander Martin B. McKneally to all Post commanders on flying the flag. 1959.

Seventeenth Annual American Legion Gem Boys State. June 12-l8, 1960. 36 p.

Americanism. Speakers Manual. 42 p. Radio Broadcast. 8 p.

Memorial Day. 6 p. 7 p.

National Defense. Speakers manual. 33 p. Radio Broadcast. 8 p.

The Sons of the American Legion. 14 p.


Congressional Record, March 20, 1959, p. A2451-2452. Extension of Remarks of Hon. Harrison A. Williams, Jr. of New Jersey concerning the American Legion.

The Law of the Legion. 6 p. 1935.

Commander's Message for Spring Convention. 1949.

IV. Craters of the Moon (Box 6)

Craters of the Moon National Monument, located in Southern Idaho, was established as a national monument in May 1929. It comprises 80 square miles of extinct volcano craters and lava rivers, and is so named because the general appearance of the area resembles the surface of the moon as seen through a telescope.

Included in this series are several small tourist information pamphlets describing the lava formations and geological origins of the area and one giving the Indian legend regarding the formation of the craters. The typescripts of several drafts of C.A. Bottolfsen's article "Vulcan's stronghold" are included as well as replies to an invitation to attend the 1961 opening issued by the Arco Chamber of Commerce to various dignitaries.

V. History (Box 7)

The single file box labeled "History" contains typed, mimeographed, published and newspaper material on early Idaho history. The material has been arranged by type.

A list of contents

Big Butte. A series of one page articles on early events in the Big Butte-Blackfoot area. Typed. 6 p.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Lost River Ward Church. Typed. 6 p.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Notes of miscellaneous information for speeches. Typed on 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 cards.

Bottolfsen, C.A.. September anniversaries in Lost River Country. Typed. 3 p.

Cavalcade of the Golden West. Presented by the Golden Gate International Exposition. 1939.

Chase, Mrs. D.C. First flag with 43 stars made in Payette and flown at depot. Mimeographed. 3 p. Includes photograph.

Defenbach, Byron. The State we live in. Nos. 1-4, 24-28, 30; Jan. 8-29, June 18-July 16, July 30, 1930.

Early history of the LDS church in Arco. Notes. 3 p.

80 year old stockman of Soda Springs remembers riding range long ago. Newspaper clipping, n.d.

First Highways included the Old Oregon Trail. Typed, 1 p.

The Ghost town of Era. Typed. 2 p.

Ghost towns in Idaho. Typed list. 1 p.

Hanna, Vadus. Searching for Eldorado. Theme for an English class. Typed. 4 p. 1942.

Historic Virginia City, Montana. Two folders with map and pictures.

Huntress, Betty H. Idaho Ghost Town (Silver City). From unidentified journal. August. 1949. p. 183-185.

Hyatt, Robert M. Death of an Iron Horse. Newspaper clipping. The Salt Lake Tribune, March 20, 1949. p. M3.

Idaho State News. Teach 'em how to pronounce Idaho names. Know your Idaho. Mimeographed. July 3, 1947. 3 p.

Libby, Albion C. Cowboys rode horses into this pioneer's store. Typed, Carbon copy. 10 p.

McDonnell, D.E. Idaho Names : Owyhee. Typed. 6 p.

New book recites mysterious details of the Swope murder case. Newspaper clipping. Kansas City Star, Sept. 12, 1948.

Oberg, Pearl. Bannock County; rich in early-day history. Typed. 6 p.

Of interest to those who love Idaho. Plans for a museum at the university in Pocatello. Typed. 4 p. 1936.

Office of the Board of County Commissioners of Blaine County, Idaho. Minutes of a special meeting, Nov. 24, 1909 concerning the incorporation of Arco.

Office of the Board of County Commissioners of Custer County, Idaho. Minutes of a meeting, October 14, 1901, concerning the incorporation of Mackay.

Opening of Big Lost River Project. September 14, 1906. Post card.

Petition to members of the seventy-eighth congress of the United States for the redress of grievances suffered by my son, Tyler Ann H.P. Kent. October 1, 1944. 7 p.

Pony Express Courier; telling the story of California and the Old Trails. Placerville, Calif. Aug. 1940. 16 p.

Powell, J.W. Copy of a letter to Ira George. Feb. 26, 1921.

Salt Lake Herald. Reduced copy of the first number of the Salt Lake Herald. June 5, 1870.

Slater, Nellie. Travels on the plains in eighteen sixty-two. Typed copy of a diary of a sixteen year old girl. May 12 - August 29, 1862.

Slater, O.B. Trip across the plains in 1862. Typed memoirs written after a lapse of 52 years. 5 p.

State Board of Publicity. About rugged Idaho. March 10, 1948-Nov. 10, 1948.

State Board of Publicity. News releases. (6) June 30 - Oct. 20, 1948.

The Statesman Pioneer Page. Boise, Idaho Sunday Statesman. July 4, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, 1948

Trego, Byrd. Plans go forward for Ft. Hall Museum, exhibits. News paper clipping, n.d.

Wells, Merle W. The man who stole Idaho's capital (Clinton DeWitt Smith) Newspaper clipping. Boise, Statewide, Nov. 18, 1948.

Williams, Bennett L. The abandoned trunk. Newspaper clipping. (Boise, Idaho Sunday Statesman, 1948?)

VI. Idaho Centennial (Box 8)

In 1963 the state of Idaho celebrated its territorial centennial. The items in the single box of material in the Bottolfsen papers dealing with this celebration may be described as follows:

Atkinson, Hawley. Letter to C.A. Bottolfsen. June 17, 1958.

Centennial Purpose. Mimeographed. 1960. 3 p.

Goertzen, Dorine (Mrs. Vic) Letter to C.A. Bottolfsen. January 16, 1961. Enclosed are the following: Things to see and remember about Idaho City's historic places; IPCo Pioneers Tour of Idaho City; Idaho Press Woman, October 1960; Idaho Territorial Centennial Celebration, Boise County, Outline.

Historic Idaho Events in 1863. Typed. 2 p.

Idaho Centennial Film (script) prepared by Talbot Jennings. First draft. August 17, 1960. 43 p.

Idaho State Journal. Centennial Edition

Idaho Territorial Centennial, 1863-1963 (Proposed program) prepared by Theodore Hoff, Jr. 1960? 34 p.

Idaho Territorial Centennial Commission. Outline of plans. 1960? 9 p.

Scenic Idaho. Special centennial edition. v.15, 1963.

VII. Lincoln Material (Box 9)

Bottolfsen was a great admirer of Lincoln, and was called upon to make Lincoln Day speeches for a variety of organizations. His material, which is contained in a single box, has been divided into folders according to type. The contents may be described as follows:

Lincoln Lore. Fort Wayne, Indiana. No. 1243-1477 (incomplete) Feb. 2, 1943-March 1961.

Lincoln Digest. Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. No. 1-16.

Miscellaneous Publications.

Allison, William H. A short story of the Battle of Gettysburg as told by the guides conducting parties over the field. 1946. 26 p.

The Collected works of Abraham Lincoln. Brochure describing the 9 volume set published Feb. 12, 1953 by Rutgers University Press.

Holt, Palmer. "Lincoln Still Lives." Delivered before the annual Lincoln Day banquet. Feb. 12, 1944. 12 p.

Lincoln, Abraham. The Autobiography of Abraham Lincoln. Issued by Americanization Department, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. 3 p.

Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. Lincoln Sesquicentennial, 1809-1959: Handbook of Information. (Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1959) 40 p.

Mace, William H. Lincoln and Douglas. (1935) 46 p.

Smith, Addison T. Lincoln the patriot. Address delivered in the Lincoln Museum, Washington, D.C., April 11, 1954, commemorating the anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. (Washington, D.C., Associated Distributors, 1954) 16 p.

Warren, Louis A. Little known Lincoln Episodes. (Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., 1937) 8 p.


Blue Book. Feb. 1955. Contains a condensation of The Day Lincoln was shot, by Jim Bishop.

Construction Craftsman, July, 1965. The Lincoln Memorial: Construction wonders of America, no.7, on back cover.

Freedom & Union. Feb. 1956. "If Lincoln Spoke Now" by A. Powell Davies.

Retirement Life. Feb. 1956. "Lincoln" by Addison T. Smith

Lincoln Sesquicentennial.

Baringer, William. Letter to C.A. Bottolfsen, January 20, 1959.

Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. Preliminary Report. February 26, 1958.

Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. Proposal for issuance by Post Office Department of a series of 12 Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commemorative Postage stamps. Jan. 10, 1958.

United States. Post Office Department. Information Service. Release No. 268 dealing with Lincoln Commemorative stamps. November 22, 1958.

Lincoln Sesquicentennial, 1809-1959: Handbook of information.

The Lincoln Sesquicentennial Intelligencer; a newsletter highlighting events in the observance of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. v.1, no.l. January, 1959.

Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. Selected Lincoln Chronology, 1858-1860.

Richards Associates. Two news releases dealing with Lincoln Year events.

Newspaper articles-.

Bottolfsen's Printed Speeches.

Lincoln, the man who belongs to everyone. Given to the joint session of the Idaho State Legislature, thirty-third session, February 12, 1955.

Abraham Lincoln, the universal figure. An address delivered at joint session of Senate and House of Representatives, Idaho Legislature, February 12, 1959.

Lincoln whose life inspires the free world. Delivered at Joint session of Senate and House of Idaho's thirty-sixth legislature, Saturday, February 11, 1961.

Typescripts of speeches.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Lincoln Day Address. Pocatello, Feb. 11, 1936.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Lincoln Day Address. Portland, Feb. 12, 1943.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Abraham Lincoln--the universal figure. Boise, Feb. 12, 1959.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Lincoln--whose life inspires the free world. Boise, Feb. 11, 1941.

Griswold, Dwight. Address in Portland, Feb. 12, 1942.

Keeton, William D. Address delivered before a joint session of the Idaho State Legislature, 34th session, Feb. 12, 1957.

Miscellaneous Material.

Swinney, Jerry. Letter to C.A. Bottolfsen, dated Wednesday noon.

The Lincoln National Life Foundation. Pamphlet.

Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln. Photocopy of p. 472-476.

Whittier, Edward Livingston. "A fearless crusader." Poem. Annual Lincoln Day Banquet Association. Programs for 1951, 1957, 1961.

VIII. Miscellaneous. (Boxes 10-11)

There are two boxes in the Bottolfsen papers labeled miscellaneous. They contain issues of the State Journal of the Idaho Legislature, the Congressional Record, both complete and pages torn from the appendix, and a large file of newspapers and newspaper clippings. The clippings are in the first box and have been sorted into folders having the following headings: Bottolfsen; Idaho; Americanism, Anti-communist and Politics; and Miscellaneous. Complete sections of newspapers are in box 2 and are unsorted.

List of non-newspaper items.

The Bill of Rights of we the people. (Providence, P.I. : Barad-Perry Printing Co., 1944) 31 p.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Campaign literature. 1942.

Bottolfsen, C.A. The Idaho Legislature, by Robert J. Huckshorn, Edward S. Middlemist and C.A. Bottolfsen. (Moscow : Bureau of Public Affairs Research, University of Idaho, 1960) 45 p.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Photographed as a young man.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Photographed with Mrs. Bottolfsen.

Bottolfsen, C.A. Statement regarding A F of L labor meeting resolution urging his defeat. 1943?

Brief summary of the activities of the Idaho Bureau of Highways for the biennium 1943-44. Typed. 3 p.

Butte County Memorial Association, Inc. Membership Certificate, dated Dec. 12, 1950.

Congressional Record (Complete) Feb. 28, 1955, Jan 26, 1962, Feb. 25, 1963.

Congressional Record Appendix (selected) June 1950-July 1961.

4th term views of Brigham Young should interest Idaho Citizenry. Typed. 1 p.

Friends of the Public Schools. Bulletin XII, 4. Oct. 1949.

House Journal of the Idaho Legislature. Thirty-first session. Feb. 12, 1951.

The Idaho Senator. May 1944, Sept. 1944.

Keefe, Anselem M. Communism's threat to religion. (Indianapolis, Ind. : Constitutional Protective League, n.d.) Typed. 7 p.

Notebook containing selected pages from the Congressional Record, Appendix, January-March 1941.

Petition for organization of a cemetery maintenance district, Butte County, Idaho. Includes Metsker's map of Butte County. Oct. 1944.

Political Party Organization in Idaho, 1861-1960: a brief outline. 1961. 4 p.

Radio and Television Correspondents Association. Program for Tenth Annual Dinner. Feb. 6, 1954.

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. Our President speaks. Selections from the speeches. 1944. 12 p.

Senate Journal of the Idaho Legislature, thirty-fifth session. March 3, 1959.

Speech material on "Permanent peace" from Republican National Committee speakers bureau. 1940. 6 p.

Theruer, Lloyd. Letter to Bottolfsen, October 16, 1944.

United States Senate. Mini-directory. 1960.

The Whiffen Poofit Light, Power and Hot Ozone Company, Consolidated. Two newsletters. 1949.

IX. Republican Party (Box 12)

Nixon visits Idaho. Time table and program. September 15, 1960.

Memo to visiting press concerning press arrangements for "Idaho for Nixon Day."

Thumbnail facts on Idaho politics--voting record.

Biographical sketch of Henry C. Dworshak.

Biographical sketch of Hamer H. Budge.

X. Rotary (Box 13)


Arco. May 23, July 18, August 1, 29, 1961.

Blackfoot. August 8, 29, 1961.

Pocatello. August 10, 10,61.

Salt Lake. August 11, September 1, 1961.

Incoming Correspondence.

Elzey, Jim. July 13, August 22, 1961.

Hiller, Oscar. July 22, 1961.

Resolution extending congratulations to C.A. and Elizabeth Bottolfsen on their 50th wedding anniversary, August 28, 1961.

XI. Odds and Ends

Published speech.

Strenger, A.D. Insight into the Nazi industrial war Machine with ideas and suggestions relating to occupation, chances of Germany's inside collapse, prevention of Germany's rearmament and the post war period. 1943. 91 p.


This gavel was made by Joseph C. Evans, Jr. from the wood of the last surviving apple tree of those planted by Rev. Henry H. Spalding. The handle is carved from Syringa shrub. It was presented to Bottolfsen by the maker in January 1939.

Typed sheet

Evans, Pauline. The old Spalding log cabin mission and the story of Princess Jane. 1 p.

XII. Scrapbooks

The final series in the Bottolfsen papers is a group of twelve Scrapbooks.

Book I contains Bottolfsen's newspaper column "Across the Executive Desk", April-- June 1939 and lists of callers in the office, November 15, 1939 to August 21, 1940.

Book 2 contains brief quotations by famous men cut from newspapers; included among those represented are George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Daniel Webster, and Thomas Jefferson. There are also clippings dealing with the management of a newspaper and several articles concerning the Arco Advertiser. All clippings date from the 1920's.

Book 3 contains clippings from the year 1944 arranged by subjects; these include agriculture, FDR's fourth term, labor unions, world peace and the platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties. In addition to the newspaper clippings, articles from Free Enterprise and Samuel B. Pettingill's news letters are also included.

Book 4 consists solely of photographs of letters written during the administration of C. Ben Ross, 1933-36, some by the governor himself; all letters deal with highway department matters. One can see the use to which these letters were put in

Book 5 which contains several of Bottolfsen's 1938 speeches in which he alleges corruption in the highway department during Ross' terms as governor.

Book 6 which contains clippings from 1931 when Bottolfsen served as speaker of the house are arranged by subject.

Book 7 contains political clippings for the years 1943 and 1944.

Book 8 which contains articles from 1939, Bottolfsen's first term as governor, also has biographical sketches of the state legislators.

Book 9 contains newspaper clippings for 1939 and 1940.

Book 10, 1943, contains newspaper editorials and seven columns written by Bottolfsen entitled "Idaho, the New Frontier."

Book 11 contains the clippings for 1943, after Bottolfsen's election to a second term.

Book 12, "The Second Half of the Biennium" begins with January 1944 and contains clippings of that year, including newspaper advertisements for Bottolfsen's unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate. The only notable item in this scrapbook is a letter to Bottolfsen dated November 7, 1942, signed by Thomas E. Dewey.

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