Want to know Trenton's history?
Ask Venna Buttars
By Katie Smedley
TRENTON -- Venna Buttars has been compiling photographs,
histories and artifacts from the town of Trenton since
she was 11 years old.
She is currently working on two books about Trenton.
One is a family history about people from around town.
The other she is going to call the Trenton Tidbits,which
will be a history of Trenton containing family groups,
old wedding pictures, and pictures of buildings before
they were taken down.
Buttars is full of expressive stories originating
from the older residents of Trenton. "My husband Lloyd's
grandparents knew all sorts of things about Trenton,"
said Buttars. This began her interesting journey into
the history of Trenton. As she told stories of her home
town it was clear the passion she has for the work that
she is doing.
Buttars has known her husband Lloyd since they both
attended Lewiston Elementary school. They were married
in 1964 and have raised their family in Trenton.
"We love the small town community," she said. "That
is what has kept us in Trenton for so long." Buttars
and her husband have deep family roots in the town.
One interesting story Buttars told was about the bottomless
well which was discovered by Grandpa Whitney. The well
was going to be used for irrigation but when dynamite
was placed inside, it wouldn't explode. Since no one
dared to go in the well the dynamite is still in there
today, she said.
Buttars said she hopes to have her books published
as soon as she has everything complied.