Post Falls Historical Society

About Us


The Post Falls Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created in 1988 with the purpose of protecting and preserving the historical heritage of the Post Falls area by sharing and recording our history. 

A primary goal was met in 2009 when a permanent museum building was secured at 101 E. 4th Avenue in Post Falls thanks to the leadership of the city of Post Falls.  To further protect our artifacts and to qualify for additional grant opportunties, the Post Falls Historical Commission was formed in 2009.  The Historical Society is excited to partner with the Commission members in working together to preserve our local history.

 Become a part of our historical preservation efforts by joining the Post Falls Historical Society.  Your annual member dues are tax deductible.  Members receive our newsletter and enjoy free admission to the museum.

Individual- $20

Family- $30

Business- $75

Contributor- $100

Dues may be mailed to:

    The Post Falls Historical Society

    P. O. Box 57

    Post Falls, ID 83877

Please include your email address with your payment.

The Historical Museum is located at 101 E. 4th Avenue in Post Falls at the intersection of Spokane Street and 4th Street next to City Hall.

A member of the American Association for State & Local History



Historical Museum Snapshot

Hilbert H. Hulme

and the Strange Shovels

Born: 8-14-1860 Benton County, Pennsylvania

Died 5-6-1948 Post Falls, Idaho

This antique shovel (spade) with a small portion of a wooden handle remaining was donated to the Post Falls Historical Society July 8, 2005 by Kathy LeFrancis on behalf of Kootenai Klimbers.  Location of this find was the Springs area by 3rd Channel, Spokane River (in Q'emiln Park).  It was found by the Kootenai Klimber members on farm land at one time owned by Hilbert H. Hulme.

Mr. Hulme came to Post Falls from Pennsylvania. He brought with him a very small shovel (spade), probably hand-forged by a blacksmith.  There were also some copper pots and other garden tools from his folks' farm in Pennsylvania.  He grew a great garden in the Springs area just above the 3rd Channel gates.  He laid a pipe from the Springs to his garden and used a gas engine Skinner system to water.  he was a graduate engineer.  He grew a very good strawberry patch and sold the berries to the locals for 25 cents.  Also in his garden were turnips, cabbage and asparagus.  Long time Post Falls residents Mel and Mary Schell, who once lived northeast of Q'emiln Park on the present day site of Red Lion Templin's Hotel, recall picking asparagus that grew along the Spokane River in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr. Hulme worked ahrd at keeping the Spring area cleaned up.  It was a favorite picnic area for the local residents for many eyars.  He found a fairly large piece of iron to put over a fire to cook on.  He also raised some chickens.

 Hilbert was a bachelor.  He made an ironing board for his mother, silk socks for his sister Louise, and loved making buckwheat pancakes and squirrel stew.  When his mother became ill with cancer he took care of her.


Mr. Hulme lived in a little unpainted house with a small garage.  There was a small dirt cellar under the house.  It was noted that he had a very large collection of license plates on his garage door.

To get to the Springs in those days you would have to drive or walk right by his house.  There was a gate with a short rope you pulled that opened and shut it and a little wooden box to put a dime or quarter in if you could afford to do so.  During the Depression years he became destitute.  It took his house and property to pay for relief funds.

Several weeks after Richard LeFrancis and Rusty Baille brought in this moss covered shovel which was found when they were rock climing in the Springs area, Mary Schell was cleaning out Mel's carport where he had stored some antiques.  Behind an old stove Mary found a shovel almost identical to the one found on the old Hulme property.  Mrs. Schell's shovel is in very good shape with hand-forged metal and the entire handmade wooden handle.  Mr. Schell most likely picked it up at an auction to add to his old time tool collection.

 The shovels are on display in the main exhibit hall at the Historical Museum of Post Falls.

Written by Mary A. Schell 12/15/2005

Reference- 1930 Census and Mary McCormick Hughes