A man from Idaho Falls, Jay Hill, read about the Battle of Camas Meadows that took place in 1877. He read about a gravesite near Humphrey where a soldier from that battle is buried. The soldier is Samuel Glass who was in the Second U.S. Cavalry Troop. He had been a blacksmith.
In 2014, on a summer day, Jay Hill and his wife took an ATV drive up above Spencer to the gravesite. It was simply marked with a U.S. Forest Service sign and there was a headstone that had been defiled by gunshot. The site is on private land. Hill spoke with the landowner and found out that the headstone had been placed by the government in 1937.
Hill was soon connected to a retired U.S. Navy captain and Vietnam veteran Bob Skinner. Captain Skinner had bought a new headstone for the grave. He needed help to place it at Sam’s grave. It took three years for the men to get approval for the restoration project.
Many people became involved in this wonderful project. A boy scout from Blackfoot, Austin Bitsoi, worked to earn his Eagle Scout by helping install the new flag pole at the gravesite. Now it is time to celebrate the work done by individuals, a Boy Scout Troop No. 262 from Blackfoot, church groups, and the Clark County Road and Bridge Department. Austin Bitsoi will be presented his Eagle Scout award at the gravesite ceremony.
On Sept. 15 at 11 a.m., the Trooper Samuel Glass grave will be re-dedicated. It is planned to have vans available at the Stoddard Creek Campground exit so that people attending the celebration can carpool to the site. The gravesite has no official parking places, that’s why it is best for people to ride in the vans.