My paternal grandfather, Jess Marr, grew up in Joseph with a deep respect for the Nez Perce. His father homesteaded on what is now Marr Flat, east of town.

They moved to the area around 1885. I visited Joseph with Grandpa in 1970 and one of the first things he did was take me to visit Old Joseph's grave.

The controversial "Marr Property" in Joseph originally belonged to his brother Odell, I believe. Grandpa would roll over in his grave to know what the current owners of the property want to do with the land. I am deeply troubled that my family's name should be connected with commercial activities in an area which should be considered sacred and kept wild.

Candace Marr Gabriel


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