Jethro (Jeff) Thomas SanGarde

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sunday, March 11, 1934

Jeff SanGarde, Old Pioneer, Passes On

Veteran Indian Fighter and Justice of Peace Came to Lewiston in 1873, Dies at Webb Home

Jethro (Jeff) Thomas SanGarde, 86, a resident of central Idaho since 1868, 61 years of which were spent in Lewiston and Webb, died at his home at Webb yesterday morning at 2:30 o'clock after a lingering illness.

Born in England in 1848, Mr. SanGarde came to the United States when a child and after several years spent in the east came west with his parents and first located where Genesee now is. He established a meat market and general store in that section and in 1873 came to Lewiston to work for the late C. P. Coburn, owner of a meat market. About 30 years ago Mr. and Mrs. SanGarde moved to Webb, where for more than 20 years he was justice of the peace and election registrar.

Fought in Indian War

In the Nez Perce war of 1877 he played a conspicuous role as fighter and scout and later served the government in other capacities. Quitting his employment with Mr. Coburn he embarked in business on his own and at one time operated a hotel here.

When Mr. SanGarde came to Idaho Lewiston was but five years old. Genesee was not established until many years later, although it was noted as "the richest spot in the Palouse," Mr. SanGarde was wont to tell. The business he established in the Palouse country thrived on a patronage drawn from many parts of that then isolated region. He was quick to see the advantages of moving to Lewiston, then the center of all mining activity in central Idaho.

Mr. SanGarde leaves a wife, Mrs. Julia SanGarde.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Brower-Wann chapel, the Rev. Orval D. Peterson officiating. Interment will be in the Normal Hill cemetery.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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