Nez Perce County

William M. Evans

Biography of William M. Evans

At Willola, in Nez Perces County, is located the enterprising gentleman mentioned above, and there he is the present incumbent of the post office, does a general merchandise business and handles a ferry, the last two industries in partnership with his brother-in-law, Charles W. Wright. William M. Evans was born in Linn County, Oregon, in 1867 and remained with his parents until 1886. Being then about nineteen, he started for himself and various employments engaged him for two years. Then stirred by the tales of wealth in the British Columbia regions, he mined two years in the vicinity of Nanaimo. …

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Biography of William L. Ruddell

It now becomes our pleasant privilege to outline in brief the interesting career of the industrious and capable gentleman mentioned at the head of this article. It is quite becoming that he should be granted recognition in his County’s history, since he has labored faithfully here for the betterment of the schools of the County, has always stood for good government, and in industrial life he has wrought with a firm hand and winning skill, while his moral conduct has been such as to win the approbation of all who know him. William L. was born in Adams County, Illinois, …

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Biography of William L. Thompson

Hon. William L. Thompson is a man of decided popularity among the people of Nez Perces County and he deserves the same for he has been a laborer here for many years, has demonstrated himself to be possessed of keen business ability, has manifested upright principles and integrity and has shown forth in sterling worth in all his ways. William L. Thompson was born in Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa, on July 18, 1857, being the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Willis) Thompson, natives of Ohio. The father was born in 1820 and died in 1892. The mother was born in …

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Biography of William M. Blackinton

Among the pioneers of Nez Perces County we are constrained to mention the subject of this sketch, who has wrought in different capacities in this section for years and is a well known business man, capable and industrious. William M. Blackinton was born in Winnebago County, Illinois, on October 5, 1851, being the son of Marcus R. and Ann (Trumble) Blackinton. The father died in 1895, aged eighty-one, being hale and hearty and possessed of all his faculties. Subject’s paternal grandfather lived to be over fourscore wars old. William grew up on a farm, received a common school education, in …

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Biography of William Mustoe

One mile south from the rustic village of Melrose lies the beautiful estate of William Mustoe. Acquired by the homestead right in the very latter part of the last century, Mr. Mustoe has shown exceptional skill and industry to have it so well improved as it is. He has a modern residence of nine rooms, a large barn, good outbuildings and other improvements to match and altogether it is one of the best places in the community. William Mustoe was born in Scotland County, Missouri, on March 21, 1865, being the son of Henry and Martha (Heuett) Mustoe, natives of …

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Biography of William J. Ramey

The progressive, talented, successful and leading business man, of whom we now speak, is well known in Nez Perce and through the County, being a large lumber dealer and manufacturer, as well as a large real estate holder. His excellent capabilities have been manifested in a commendable manner in his business career and owing to his keen perception and discrimination, coupled with energy, he has placed himself among the heaviest property owners in this part of the state. William J. Ramey was born in Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota, on February 26, 1869, being the son of Sylvester and Delilah C. …

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Biography of William J. Riley

William J. Riley, deceased. It is fitting that we should incorporate in this volume a memorial of the esteemed patriot and substantial citizen, whose labors in the northwest have resulted in much development and building up. He was born in Carroll County, Missouri, on February 6, 1846, being the son of Ulysses J. and Mary (James) Riley. The father was born in Washington County, Virginia, in 1815, being a nephew of the Meek family. He was a pioneer in Missouri. Out subject was brought up in Missouri, was educated in the common schools and also in his youth perfected himself …

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Biography of William J. Wilson

William J. Wilson, a farmer and stockman dwelling about two and one half miles northeast from Forest, is one of the industrious and progressive men whose labors have resulted in such excellent development of the reservation country and it is fitting that a review of his career be incorporated here. William J. Wilson was born in Sanilac, Michigan, on February 16, 1868, being the son of Andrew W. and Susana (Neal) Wilson. The father was prominent in County affairs in Sanilac County and there married and his wife died in 1881. She was a native of Canada. They had the …

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Biography of William LeBaron

William Le Baron is one of the earliest of the hardy men who invaded nature’s domain in the interests of civilization in what is now Nez Perces County. He has labored with assiduity and wisdom all the intervening years for the advancement and progress of the country and has gained the good will, high esteem and confidence of all who may have the pleasure of his acquaintance. William Le Baron was born in Saline, Washtenaw County, Michigan, August 20, 1838, being the son of Uriah and Lois (Sephard) Le Baron, natives of New York, and among the first settlers in …

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Biography of William H. Simmons

William H. Simmons is one of the substantial and respected citizens of Central ridge, a man of uprightness and governed by sound principles, thoroughly alive to the welfare of the community and an enterprising and industrious agriculturist. He was born in Randolph County, Indiana, on January 31, 1861, his parents being John and Martha (Woodin) Simmons. At the age of seven, he went with his parents to Douglas County, Kansas, and there grew up and received his education. His mother died in 1873, But the father lives still in Douglas County. In 1891 Mr. Simmons came to Moscow, and there …

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