This collection contains a scrapbook with photographs dating from 1905 - 1938 documenting the activities of Nora Oliver and Archie Henry Pelton during their time living in Ustick, Idaho. The scrapbook contains receipts, postcards, and other documents that belonged to A.H. Pelton. The photographs are of the Ustick Mercantile, the Pelton's family business.
Archie Henry Pelton and Nora Oliver Pelton were both born in Canton, South Dakota. They were married sometime after 1905 and by 1910 had relocated to Boise, Idaho. Shortly after they moved to the Ustick town-site, they began operating the Valley Store, a general store which sold oil, feed, and groceries. It was later renamed Ustick Mercantile.
Platted in 1907 by Dr. Harlan P. Ustick, the town-site was a flourishing agricultural region which had a school, church, creamery, bank, general store, and three vinegar processing plants where apples from the nearby orchards were processed into cider. An interurban railway system connected the town-site to Caldwell and Boise, running down present-day Ustick Road, which was vital in transporting people and goods to and from the town-site. By mid-century the railway had ceased operation, and the region began changing due to suburban growth.
Image credit: Pelton Family Papers, MS065-01-042, Boise City Archives.