In 1921 after watching Fred Sillge drown while crossing the Salmon River, Bob Hilands took Campbell's Ferry and in 1927 succeeded in securing a deed to the ranch through the homestead process. The Great Depression was more than Hilands could handle. Bob tried to survive making whiskey, raising cattle and selling garden produce. It was not enough.
Deep in debt, he asked Joe Zaunmiller to pay his bills in exchange for half interest in the ranch.
In 1939 in failing health with legs that would no longer support him in the mountainous country, Hilands left to live with family in the East. He died soon after he left Campbell's Ferry.
Bob Hilands at the Dixie store
Note the Depression era footwear
wrapped in burlap and tied with cord.