Biography of Benjamin F. Aytch

The energy, skill, good business qualifications and fine achievements of Mr. Aytch demonstrate him to be a man of excellent quality and one who has won first class success in the battle of life. He was born in San Joaquin County, California, on September 14, 1869, being the son of William H. Aytch, who was born in West Point, New York, in 1819. He was one of seven who fought the Indians against great odds in the Yosemite Valley. He married Amanda, daughter of John and Caroline Rodgers. She was born in Missouri. To Mr. and Mrs. Aytch were born eight children, the subject of this article, Kitty, William E., Ella E, Redfield, Charles H., Ada A., Lillie R., and Elonzo.

Our subject has always remained with his parents and they are living with him at the present time. They all went to Canyonville, Oregon, in the seventies and later returned to Siskiyou County, and in 1894 came thence to his present place. Mr. Aytch landed here with one dollar and at once began to secure sheep, upon which he cleared four thousand dollars. He now has a fine farm about five miles southwest from Forest, eighty acres of which is good meadow, all being fenced, has comfortable buildings and much room for hay and stock, of which he owns over thirty head. He is prosperous and one of the substantial men of the section.

Mr. Aytch is a member of the I. O. O. F. and in political alliances is with the Republicans. He is a man of good standing, liberal and public minded and always labors for the general good and advancement along all lines.

Source: An Illustrated History of North Idaho: Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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