Albert Williams is one of the prosperous farmers who have settled in the reservation country and have made it a very attractive and pleasant place to live, besides making it one of the most valuable sections of the state.

Albert Williams was born in Port Hope, Canada, in June, 185 1, being the son of John and Fannie (Cobblde) Williams. The father was born in Canada and died in 1864, having been a farmer. The mother was a native of England and died in 1864.

Our subject was thus early left an orphan and knew some of the hardships of this life in his childhood. He continued to farm the old home place until 1888, then he sold it and came to Jacksonville, Oregon, where he stayed but a short time. The next move was to Idaho, where Mr. Williams bought a farm, tilling the same until the reservation opened and then he took his present place, two miles southwest from Melrose. He made final proof of this place in 1901 and it is considered one of the very best farms in the vicinity. Mr. Williams has a fine orchard, a commodious barn and is about to erect a good residence. He had brothers and sisters, as follows: Elizabeth, deceased, Joseph, Benjamin, William, deceased, Frances, Harnett, Zurina Stephens and Simeon, in Canada. Mr. Williams is a member of the Methodist Church and is a man of integrity and industry.

While in Canada, in 1884, Mr. Williams married Miss Sarah, daughter of Godfrey Robinson, a farmer. One child has been born to this union, Sarah B., now fourteen years old.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903