Jerome County's 100th Birthday Proclamation

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February 08, 2019
The Office of the Governor

Whereas, Mr. I.B. Perrine of Wood River Valley was shown a place to winter his cattle in the Snake River Canyon at the Blue Lakes by Charles Shirley Walgamott in the 1880's; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Perrine envisioned water on the desert plains above the Snake River and with the help of wealthy financiers from the Eastern United States, create a dam on the Snake River at The Cedars and created a town - Milner; from this dam in 1905 the desert on the SOuthside of the river now had water for irrigated farms and homes and in 1910 the desert on the north side had water in canals for irrigated farms and homes; and 

WHEREAS, Greenwood, Eden, Hazelton and Jerome towns were created between 1905 and 1911 on the north side of the Snake River and;

WHEREAS, In January 1919, a bill was brought forth in the Idaho Congress that would encourage the creation of a new county called Jerome, taking the south portion of Lincoln County and the western portion of Minidoka County; Jerome town was in Lincoln County and Eden, Hazelton and Greenwood were in Minidoka County; and 

WHEREAS after much controversy, the new Jerome County was formed with Jerome as County Seat; the bill was signed by Governor D.W. Davis and Jerome County was created February 8, 1919, making it the 43rd County in the 43rd state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I Brad Little, Governor of Idaho, do hereby proclaim February 8, 2019, to be