Amos Mael is deserving of mention in the history of Nez Perces County since he is a man of good standing, is possessed of sound principles and integrity, has labored for the improvement and substantial progress of the County and is now making a fine fruit and stock ranch, three miles southeast from Lenore where his home is.

Amos Mael was born in Marion County, Oregon, on .March 7, 1867, and his parents are Robert and Mary E. (House) Mael. The father was born in Iowa, in 1826, and died in 1889. He was a pioneer in Oregon and crossed the plains with ox teams. The mother of our subject was born in Missouri, in 1842, and is now living in Washington. Her parents were also pioneers in Oregon and she crossed the plains in the same train with her husband and they were married in Oregon.

Amos grew up on a farm and received his education from the district schools. The family removed from Oregon to Washington, immediately north from The Dalles, when he was a child and he remained on the Washington farm until he was twenty-three. Then farmed for himself for five years and in 1899 came to the reservation and took a place, which he sold later and bought his present farm of one hundred and twenty acres. He has a fine barn and is improving the place rapidly.

On August 3, 1892, Mr. Mael married Miss May, daughter of John and Emma (Bowman) Buford. Mrs. Mael was born in Oregon, in 1872, and has two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Mael has the following brothers and sisters, Frances E., Rachel Darland, Ella Adams, Daisy Dykes, Adam, Andy, Martin, John, and Harvey. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Mael, Earl, Lee, Lloyd and Len.

Mr. Mael and his estimable wife are members of the United Brethren church. Mr. Mael is a Republican and always is allied on the side of order and good government.

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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