Preston in Franklin County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Oneida Stake Academy
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
The building is now a community center-museum of local history, and an information center for travelers along the Pioneer Historic Byway.
Erected by America's Byways.
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 (Submitted on July 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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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 94 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.