In 1834 Thomas McKay, an associate of the Hudson Bay Company, built a fort on the east bank of the Snake River. The fort, now known as Old Fort Boise, was located at the mouth of the Boise River, 40 miles from present day Boise. In 1854, due to frequent Indian raids, the fort was abandoned. Despite this, the military desired to build another fort in the area, but, before this plan could go into effect, gold was discovered in the Boise Basin in 1862. It was now necessary, more than ever, to protect the vast number of travelers coming to the area.
On July 4th, 1863, the military chose a location for the new Fort Boise and construction began soon afterward. A town site was located next to the fort, and with the protection of the military, the town grew quickly. A major reason for this growth, other than the gold rush, was its location along the Oregon Trail. Parma’s Old Fort Boise on the Eastern edge of town has a replica of Fort Boise, a museum and an authentic pioneer cabin. An RV park, picnic area and campground are available at the west end of the park.
LARRY & PAM HADDOCK
Larry and Pam Haddock met at The College of Idaho in 1966 and were married in 1969. Larry was originally from Shoshone, Idaho and has 6 brothers and sisters and Pam was from Caldwell and has one sister. They lived in Caldwell while Pam finished her degree and then moved to Parma in 1971 and have resided in the same home ever since, although we did a major remodel in 1994.
Larry began teaching in 1969 at the Parma Junior High where he taught math, was the varsity baseball coach, the JV basketball coach and helped with football. He moved to Parma High fulltime in 1973 after teaching just a couple of classes there previously while still at the junior high. He became the varsity basketball coach in 1971 and stayed until 1992 and then coached junior high basketball and was an assistant football coach for many of those years. He also ran the Youth Basketball program on Saturdays for close to 30 years with help from various high school ball players until his kids were old enough to help. As a committed dad and community member, he also coached little league baseball for years.
Pam worked for the Snake River Regional Studies Center at The College of Idaho for a little over 2 years when she was offered a science position at Parma High. She taught school there for 2 years in Biology I, Biology II, and Earth Science. In 1975 Rob was born and she stayed home for the next several years. Tony was born in 1978 and Tricia in 1981. Off and on during that time she did long term subbing in the high school office, in English and Social Studies as well as generally subbing in others. In 1984 she was hired as the secretary at the high school and stayed there until 1998 when transferred to the elementary where she finished her career in 2022.
Our 3 children were very active in school and sports and we spent many years following them. After high school Rob played 2 years of basketball at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD; Tony played 2 years of basketball at Eastern Oregon University, and Tricia started all 4 years of her basketball career at EOU alongside her sister-in-law Jamie Jo with their team making the NAIA National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa her senior year. She still holds the assist record for EOU.
Our intent was to spend a few years here and then move on, but Parma was and is such an amazing community that we never left. We loved working in the school system and our children had great educational experiences as well as athletic success. They all went on to college earning degrees in their fields which have allowed them to pursue their careers. Rob is married to Angie and they have 2 children Lucy (12) and Jack (7) and live in Twin Falls. Rob is the Interagency Dispatch Center Manager for the Twin Falls District BLM and Sawtooth National Forest and Angie works for the City of Jerome as the GIS Analyst. They are avid golfers and the kids play basketball and soccer, too. Tony and Jamie Jo live in Imbler, Oregon where Tony teaches math and PE and is the varsity boys’ basketball coach. Jamie Jo is a Family Nurse Practitioner and works at a health clinic in Elgin, Oregon and they are also part of the family 3H cattle ranch Hibberd’s Hornless Herefords. They have twin girls Olivia and Whitney (13) who are active in volleyball, basketball, track, 4H and FFA showing cattle. Tricia and Pat Kelly live here in Parma after living in Wisconsin, Arkansas and New Jersey. Pat works from home as a Senior Product Support Data Analyst for Catapult Sports working with professional and college football, baseball and hockey teams. Tricia is the Business Manager/Clerk of the Board for the Parma School District and coaches boys and girls 7th grade basketball teams. They have 3 children: Ella (7), Nolan (6) and Avery (3). Ella and Nolan do Basque dancing, and Ella has played TBall , basketball, and is trying softball this year; Nolan also played TBall and tried wrestling.
We are both active in St. Clare’s food pantry in Caldwell, and Pam is on the board for the Sunshine Cupboard here in Parma and served on the city library board years ago. Larry took care of our church property here in Parma for 30+ years and now spends as much time as he can playing golf. And then we follow our grandchildren’s activities as well as Parma High events, EOU women’s basketball and College of Idaho men’s basketball. We consider ourselves to be most blessed in our marriage, our faith, our family, and in our community. Parma is an amazing community to be a part of and always has been.
Saturday, June 10, 2023 is the BIG day! Join us for the Parade, Car Show, Tour the Fort, Enjoy the Local Vendors and MORE!
The big day may have come and gone, but keep in touch as we will be back next year!
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