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Preston in Franklin County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Oneida Stake Academy

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. Oneida Stake Academy Marker
Captions: (center left) The original campus of the Oneida Stake Academy with the administrative building on the right and the gymnasium on the left. ("Quiver" Preston High School 1924-25); (top center) Harold B. Lee graduated from the Academy in 1916.; (bottom center) Academy graduates Ezra Taft Benson (left) posed with his brother Orval in 1917. He went on to become United States Secretary of Agriculture under U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1960) and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1985-1994).; (center right) The freshman class on the steps of the Academy in 1925. ("Quiver" Preston High School 1924-25).
Inscription. The Oneida Stake Academy was constructed with hand-hewn rock by Mormon pioneers between 1890 and 1895. Its purpose was to provide an inspirational setting for their youth to obtain a first-class education, despite frontier challenges. Of 35 academies built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in the West. Oneida is one of the few surviving buildings and the only one in Idaho.
Joseph Don Carlos Young, a son of Brigham Young, designed the building. German immigrant, John Nuffer, was called on a mission to build the academy. He apprenticed his trade on castles in Germany. Architectural features include a wooden belfry, stone quoins, entry archway, and an imposing staircase. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Many of its alumni, and of its successor, Preston High School, went on to national fame: Ezra Taft Benson, (see caption below); Harold B. Lee, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1972-73; Samuel Cowley, inducted into the FBI's Hall of Fame for efforts to take out infamous mobster Baby Face Nelson in 1934; and E.G. Peterson, president of Utah State University 1916-1945.
In 2003, the Academy was schedule to be razed by the Preston School District. A few hours before the contract was awarded the friends of the academy raised $1.3
Oneida Stake Academy and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. Oneida Stake Academy and Marker
million dollars to move it. The 1,659-ton building was moved 2.5 blocks to this site over a 10-day period. To make repairs, rock from the building's original quarry was cut and chiseled to match the work of the academy's pioneer builders.
The building is now a community center-museum of local history, and an information center for travelers along the Pioneer Historic Byway.
 
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Location. 42° 5.772′ N, 111° 52.464′ W. Marker is in Preston, Idaho, in Franklin County. Marker is on East Oneida Street near 1st Street East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 98 East Oneida Street, Preston ID 83263, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Preston's First Schoolhouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pioneer Ferry and Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bear River Massacre Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Battle of Bear River (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bear River Massacre (approx. 3.6 miles away); Utah & Northern Railway (approx. 3.6 miles away); Shoshone Bear River Winter Home (approx. 4.3 miles away); Change and Conflict (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
 
Also see . . .  Oneida Stake Academy
Oneida Stake Academy image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
3. Oneida Stake Academy
. The Oneida Stake Academy was one of 35 LDS Academies sponsored by the LDS Church built by Mormon pioneers between 1890-1894. It was used for educational purposes for over 100 years. When it faced demolition in 2003 Friends of the Academy raised $1.3 million to move the 1,600 ton structure 2 blocks to its present home in Benson Park in Preston Idaho. (Submitted on July 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Oneida Stake Academy in 1924 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Oneida Stake Academy in 1924
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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