“We Are Cowgirls” and “Hoofbeats in the Wind”

More than 50 women and girls from around the region are featured in the photographic coffee-table book, “We Are Cowgirls,” by Gini Roberge of Lewiston.

The book goes through the typical day of a cowgirl, from work to play, according to Roberge, who also is the author of the Tagger Herd series of novels. Roberge also released a new, self-published novel this month, “Hoofbeats in the Wind.”

She will be signing copies of her books from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 22 at Intermountain Feed in Lewiston and 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at And Books Too in Clarkston.

“It Came Without Warning”

“This epidemic struck the Nezperce prairie so hard that there were not enough well people to care for the sick and dying.” — Recollections of the 1918 flu epidemic by Charles Jamison

A book about the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and how it touched the lives of people living in Lewis County is for sale from the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society.

The society compiled “It Came Without Warning” as a 100-year remembrance of the pandemic that resulted in 65 flu deaths in the county within six months. The community of Nezperce was the hardest hit.

Research for the project was done through newspaper accounts and death certificates related to the virus from October 1918 to March 1919. It also includes personal remembrances from longtime residents.

Records indicate victims didn’t necessarily die from influenza, but rather from the pneumonia that frequently followed. The book reflects who the victims were and what effects, other than loss of life, the event had on the small, rural community.

Copies of the book may be ordered for $15 plus $3 shipping and handling from the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society, Box 61, Craigmont, ID 83523.

More information is available by emailing emleachman@q.com or calling (208) 924-5498.

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