About one mile northeast from Melrose is situated the estate of the representative agriculturist and esteemed citizen and well known gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph. From the raw state of nature Mr. Bacon took this land and has made it a fine producing farm with all the necessary improvements, as comfortable house, good barns, fences, and so forth. The farm contains one hundred and sixty acres of good land and produces the cereals.

Charles A. Bacon was born in Newaygo County, Michigan, on December 26, 1857, being the son of Erastus and Lucy A. (Done) Bacon, natives of New York. The father was born in 1821 and was a pioneer to Michigan, as his father was ‘also. Our subject worked with his father on the old farm and gained the educational training to be had from the schools during the winters. He continued in activity on the homestead until thirty years of age, and in 1890 sold out and came to Port Angeles, Washington, where he labored for five years. At the opening of the reservation he made his way thither and secured the land where is now situated the family home. Since that time he has given his attention assiduously to its improvement and cultivation. He has been blessed with success and is deserving of the same. And while he has industriously handled the duties of life as they came, he has also worked for the advancement of the interests of the County and has always allied himself on the side of good schools and good government. He is a Democrat in politics and sustains the principles of Jefferson.

On September 5, 1886, in Michigan, Mr. Bacon married Miss Roena L., daughter of Enoch and Hannah J. (Kimbell) Doty, natives respectively of Michigan and New York. The father, a pioneer of Michigan, was a soldier in the Eighth Michigan Infantry, and died from the effects of a wound in 1873. The mother’s birth was in 1843. Mrs. Bacon was born in Michigan in 1867. She has one sister, Achsah Piatt, in Nez Perces County. Mr. Bacon’s brothers and sisters are all dead. To Mr. and Mrs. Bacon there have been born the following named children: Charles E., Ery L., Frank A., Harry D., Lucy J.

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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