Trucks loaded with Ide Feed at St. Johnsbury mill.

St. Johnsbury Mill in 1953

This large image shows the St. Johnsbury plant with a steam engine moving boxcars along the siding. An alternate image taken minutes apart was used in Millers for Five Generations, so it can be dated to 1953 or earlier. Note that in the alternate image, the logo on the side of the elevator has been edited. The days of steam were drawing to a close and this once-proud engine was relegated to switchyard work. The large format negative is highly detailed and I was able to extract a few interesting vignettes.

Passumpsic Grange Hall curtain with E. T. & H. K. Ide advertisement.

Passumpsic Grange Hall Theater Curtain

Passumpsic Grange Hall curtain with E. T. & H. K. Ide advertisement.
Passumpsic Grange Hall curtain, courtesy of Curtains Without Borders

A recent article in Seven Days, A New Book Documents Restored Theater Curtains, reminded me that way back in 2013, I found an image of the Passumpsic Grange Hall curtain that has an advertisement for E. T. & H. K. Ide in the lower left corner. At the time, I contacted Christine Hadsel, Director of Curtains Without Borders, who graciously granted permission to reproduce the image here. Curtains Without Borders has a new art book out, which can be purchased on amazon.

In Memory of Companion Horace Knight Ide

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United StatesThe Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States is a fraternity formed in 1865 by Union Civil War veterans. Horace K. Ide was an original member and was active in this and other veterans organizations.  William A. Ide later wrote “His greatest happiness was meeting his old comrades of the Cavalry. He went to see them, they came to see him, and he attended the reunions. The feeling toward him from his comrades was more than admiration.”

Upon Horace’s death in 1897, the Order published a tribute to his memory that provides a good biographical sketch and a glimpse of the high regard they held for him.

The original version is worth viewing for its period typography.


Biographical Sketch of E. T. Ide

The author of this biographical sketch of E. T. Ide, possibly a school project, is unknown but believed to be Katherine Ide Sprague. Katherine was the daughter of Fanny Knights and Oliver Mitchell Wentworth Sprague. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a girl.

Original typed manuscript: My Grandfather: A Biographical Sketch


My grandfather, Elmore T. Ide, was one of those sterling characters for which Hew England, and, in particular, Vermont, is noted. His life was not rich in incidents, nor did he ever do anything that will make his name go down in history, along with those of Washington and Emerson, but, in all the simple happenings of his ordinary, homely life, he was the embodiment of that best kind of American, of whom we think in connection with Abraham Lincoln.


E. T. Ide in Indiana

In 1865, E. T. Ide went west to Indiana to work as a millwright. This is related in Millers for Five Generations:

Under these conditions the mill could not he operated profitably. E. T. Ide decided he needed more knowledge of western methods and equipment. In 1865 he went “west” to Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he worked for several months as a miller and millwright. When he returned he was ready to go to work building a business in the hills of Vermont.