Prominent Historian of New Plymouth, Idaho
Claire Goldsmith, 1891-1985
In 1952, Claire Goldsmith and her Junior English Class lovingly researched the history of New Plymouth and published the book “In The Shadow of the Squaw.”
Anyone interested in the History of New Plymouth would find this book to be a good starting point.
We are still making History so any stories of photos from the early days through the present day should be preserved and shared.
Celia Claire Hoaglin Goldsmith, 93, of Monroe, and formerly of New Plymouth, died Friday, Feb. 22, 1985, at Monroe.
No services were held at her request. Cremation took place at Everett, Wash. Inurnment will be with her husband at Fort Rosecrans Military Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Goldsmith, a homemaker, was born Aug. 3, 1891, at St. John, Stafford County, Kan. She graduated in home economics from Kansas State Agricultural College. It was there that she met William H. Goldsmith whom she married March 10, 1918. In addition to being a wife and mother of five, she was a Colorado homesteader, hospital dietitian, teacher, editor of the Payette Valley Sentinel, a librarian, author of magazine articles and pageants, and a delegate from Idaho to the national Democratic nominating convention in 1940.
She was a member of the Methodist Church; charter member and organizer of the Idaho Chapter of the National Press Women; member of the American Legion Auxiliary; the Grange; Delta Kappa Gamma; the DAR; Colonial Dames; San Diego Historical Society; and co-founder of the National City (Calif.) Senior Citizens.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Helen Goldsmith of Baton Rouge, La., and Jonathan and Beverly Goldsmith of Miami, Fla.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pegeen and Dan Herman of Camano Island, Wash., Virginia and Glenn Stanley of Friday Harbor, Wash., and Marylin and Charles Blinn of Englewood, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1964.