Kathy Evans displays the plaque honoring her great-grandfather, James Pendlebury, upon his induction in the Idaho Potato Museum Hall of Fame on Wednesday. She accepted the plaque from museum president Jonathan Harris.
BLACKFOOT â€” A large contingent of James' Pendlebury's extended family gathered at the Idaho Potato Museum to see him honored on Wednesday.
Members of the museum board inducted Pendlebury into the Hall of Fame. Pendlebury was instrumental in bringing the Idaho Potato and Fruit Growers Association into being in 1913. That association was the first in Eastern Idaho to ship potatoes by rail to farflung markets in the West.
Charlie Johnson, a grandson, told those gathered of some of Pendlebury's accomplishments. Kathy Evans, a great-granddaughter, accepted a plaque honoring James from Jonathan Harris, president of the museum board.
"His remarkable talent for business helped the potato business flourish," she said. "James' family was very productive in helping the Blackfoot area."
Pendlebury and his family original immigrated from England, living in Wyoming before coming the Eastern Idaho.
He played a key role in the establishment of four potato warehouses in Bingham County,
Although he died in 1938, his legacy remains.