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A photo of Vera printed in a copy of the Palimpsest history magazine. A scan from the Vera MacKelvie's original pamphlet includes a sketch by Vera from the trip.
A photo of Minerva printed in a copy of the Palimpsest history magazine. Teape Sandpoint Jewelry store. A year after moving, tragedy struck on July 3,when Vera and Dorothy were on a visit to the lake. Dorothy, becoming frightened, jumped off and drowned attempting to get back to shore. A newspaper article from the time reported that, in solidarity, the whole town canceled their fourth of July celebration that year.
Teape sent his wife and daughter, Vera, to Denver the next summer. In an essay originally printed in a pamphlet, and later reprinted in the Palimpsest history magazine inVera MacKelvie then Teapeand her mother Nancy Minerva Teape, who by most s went by Minerva, recounted the roughly day trip with her mother. We were hilarious. It was such fun to drink out of a bottle when we were going 15 miles an hour over the loveliest ro! Vera, who was 21 years old at the time, recounted large crowds of locals gathering at each town she and her mother visited on their trip. By all available s, the women enjoyed the scenic views and the novel experience of driving a car.
According to the article fromthe two averaged 20 miles per hour, from dawn until dark, traveling 99 miles on the longest day of their trip.
Each time we started on again it was a new delight. The sensation of traveling swiftly and yourself controlling the machine, whose every sound you understood, is something only those who have experienced it can conceive.
The two also went through their fair share of challenges. A ferryman who had watched told the Teape women told them that because the river was unusually high, they would need to drive 30 feet into the water, roughly 20 inches deep, to reach the ferry, she wrote. He further told them a larger vehicle had succeeded in doing this, but advised the two to travel 10 miles down the river to a bridge. Vera and her mother insisted on trying though.
Vera and Minerva encountered several other challenges, at times stopping for hours to make repairs, losing their path, backtracking and on one occasion getting stuck in pouring rain without an umbrella. Because of this, according to the records, E. Teape sold his jewelry store to C. The family later returned to the area, opening stores in Kellogg, St. Maries and Spirit Lake. Few records note Claudia, who married and became Claudia Donovan inhad two children, and then filed for divorce in She then married her second husband, Jesse W. Day, in In several records, Minerva Teape was noted as an accomplished artist and amateur botanist, who was credited with the discovery of three new kinds of violets.
Further, according to a family history found at the museum, Minerva collaborated with an unnamed University of Idaho professor to provide paintings and sketches to accompany his texts. Her plant collection was later donated to the University, according to records. Teape moved back to Sandpoint and opened the E. Teape Jewelry Company. Sometime in the s Vera came to Sandpoint, with some records stating that she helped her father run the business, which she eventually took over and ran into the s, according to museum records.
Induring a visit to his granddaughter in California, E. Teape suffered a heart attack and died. He was buried alongside Minerva and Dorothy at the Lakeview Cemetery.
In her later years, Vera retired to Glendale, California, where she managed an apartment house for her nephew, Robert Day, according to family records. She died on April 16,at age 82, and was buried in Los Angeles, California. All Sections Home. Breaking News. Photo Galleries. Sports Regional Sports.
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