Museum board to honor potato industry pioneer
The Board of Directors of the Idaho Potato Museum will conduct the annual Idaho Potato Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, 130 NW Main Street. The event is free and the public is invited. There will be a baked potato bar meal following the program.
This year's recipient is longtime Blackfoot
resident and pioneer of the potato industry, James Pendlebury.
Pendlebury was born in 1870 in England and later immigrated to the
United States, living first in Wyoming and then in Blackfoot.
Pendlebury was instrumental in organizing and operating the Blackfoot
Potato & Fruit Growers Association in 1913. This association was a
cooperative effort of farmers, businessmen, and local workers and
shippers to supply potatoes to larger markets going through Salt Lake
City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Their efforts have proven to be a large part of the continued success of the potato industry in Idaho and specifically Bingham County.
Pendlebury passed away in 1938, leaving a great legacy as a respected civic leader and honorable man dedicated to his friends and family members.
For more information about the Idaho Potato Hall of Fame, contact the
museum office at 785-2517.