North Pole Loop
Sharon, Idaho
Bear Lake, Idaho
National Forests

Sharon, Idaho - History

Don has been collecting information about Sharon, Idaho. He gave me a copy of a nice history. I scanned it in and included it below.


History of Sharon Community 

This history is from the book
“Treasured Tidbits of Time” by Jens Patrick Wilde
and is used by permission.

Sharon began as an outgrowth of the original settlement at Liberty. For a while it was known as North Liberty, and when the first branch of the L. D. S. church was organized in the community it was known as the North Liberty Branch.

That name was not satisfying to the settlers however and for years they sought to change the identity by separating themselves completely from the Liberty group. For some time the unofficial name of the community was Emigration but finally on February 4 1897, John T. Lion, first presiding Elder of the Branch suggested the name of Sharon alter the birthplace of the founder of the Latter Day Saints Church, Joseph Smith.

Exactly when the first settlers moved into the area is not known. Many groups of people moved over the land before the streams coming from the nearby encouraged settlement. Those streams came from Emigration Canyon, Mill Canyon and Copenhagen Canyon, and
they offered inducement for an early cooperative dairy business in the area as well as lumbering.

Probably the first person who could be called a settler in the area was one of the last of the mountain trappers, John Snider. Snider was in the area as early as 1867 and often encouraged the incoming groups to move on through for
more level ground at other locations in the valley. He had at least three cave-like dugouts. One-was located up North Canyon, one was in Mill Canyon (originally called Cabin Fork because of his half cabin located there) and the other was near Copenhagen Basin.
None would be in what is called Sharon proper but his name is still on the creek flowing through the community.

Mills operating on the stream changed the name to Mill Creek. As early as 1869 a hand-operated sawmill was functioning in the area. Later Walter Hoge and Charles W. Nibley constructed the first water-powered mill in the area.
The remains of the second mill can still be seen today above the Richard small ranch buildings. William G. Smith was foreman of the mill.

For about 10 years the early settlers in the area of the community attended church meetings at Liberty.
Then a small log church house with one single room was constructed to serve both as school and church.

The early cooperative dairy was called the Union Dairy. It employed several people through the summer months and usually obtained much of the stock from Paris and Bloomington, Samuel Humphreys operated the dairy in 1880 and later took over the church ranch in Nounan. James McMurry was the first herd wrangler for the dairy.