Hon. Abner Early Callaway - Biography
In many respects A. E. Callaway (James Richard, Charles, William, Joseph Callaway) left the impression of his individuality and ability upon the history of Idaho. The later years of his life were spent in Caldwell and for a long period he was closely associated with the agricultural development of the Boise Valley and at the same time was keenly alive to the interests and upbuilding of Canyon county and for a number of terms served as a member of the legislature before Idaho was admitted into the Union. He was born in Missouri, March 5, 1823, and there acquired a common school education while spending his boyhood days in the home of his parents, James and Katherine (Markham) Callaway, who were natives of Virginia. They were married in that state and removed to Missouri at an early period in its development, taking up their abode in what is now known as Callaway county and which was named in their honor. They were among the people prominent in the early development of that state, sharing in the hardships and privations incident to frontier settlement. The father was there killed by a falling tree.
A. E. Callaway, reared in Missouri, was a young man of about twenty-five or twenty-six years at the time of the discovery of gold in California. Hoping to win fortune in the mines, he crossed the plains with an ox team in 1849 and he followed both farming and mining in the Yreka country, living much of the time in Siskiyou county until 1862, when he sold his property there and came to Idaho, attracted by the gold excitement in this state. He went first to Florence and thence came to the Boise basin, where he remained until 1870. In that year he removed to the Boise Valley and settled on one hundred and sixty acres of land, a portion of which is now within the western limits of Caldwell. One hundred and thirty-five acres of this land is still in possession of his widow and returns to her a good rental. Mr. Callaway continued to cultivate his land up to the time of his death, which occurred on the 26th of July, 1901.
On the 16th of February, 1870, Mr. Callaway had wedded Miss Mary Jane Fulton, who was born in Ohio, although the marriage took place in Idaho. Her mother, Mrs. Ellen (Howard) Fulton, had died in Ohio and she afterward came with her father, Frank Fulton, by ox team across the plains in 1863. They first made their way to Oregon and afterward came to Idaho, where Mr. Fulton married again, his second wife bearing the maiden name of Belle Clemmons, whom he wedded in 1864, soon after her arrival here from the east. Mr. and Mrs. Callaway became the parents of six children. Abner Kenton, forty-eight years of age, married Adah Asbill, a native of Lake county, California, and they have three children; Inez Early, who is attending the University of Idaho at Moscow and is an exceedingly precocious student; Kathryne; and Stephen. Nellie is the wife of Charles Sinsel, of Boise, and the mother of one child, Frank, sixteen years of age. Kittie Lee is the wife of Edward Hedden, surveyor general of Idaho, and while they have no children of their own, they are rearing an adopted daughter, Gertrude. Frank Early, forty-three years of age, married Minnie Johnson, of Oregon, and they are living at Ely, Nevada, with their three children; Douglas, aged ten, Virginia Lee; and Dugan, aged five. Mr. and Mrs. Callaway also lost two children, Marianne Johnson, and Effie Eulalia.
Mr. Callaway lived through all of the Indian troubles and experienced all of the trials incident to those harassing times. On many occasions it was thought that their lives would not be spared, yet Mr. Callaway lived to witness much of the transformation and development of this section of the state and to bear an active part in the work of progress and improvement. He was a leader in his community and for seven terms he served as a member of the territorial legislature, thus doing much to shape the early policy of the commonwealth. He aided in laying a broad and safe foundation upon which to build its later progress and prosperity, his service ever being of a most valuable character.
From History of Idaho, The Gem of the Mountains, Vol. 3, pp. 205-6, 1920.
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