A man whose thrift and wisdom have granted the rewards due these excellent virtues, and who is at this time one of the substantial and representative citizens of the reservation country and has assisted materially to develop this favored region, it is becoming that he should receive especial mention in the volume that recites the history of northern Idaho.

Charles Bliesner was born in Prussia, Germany, on December 6, 1872, being the son of Christ and Rachel Bliesner, also natives of the same place. In 1882 the family came to the United States from Bremen, landing in Baltimore. Soon we see them in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where they remained until 1885, when a western journey was made which brought them to Spokane County, Washington. There the parents remain at this time. They have the following children: Frederick, Christ and ‘William, in Spokane County; August, Charles and Otto, in Nez Perces County; Gustav, also in Spokane County.

In the spring of 1896 our subject made his way to the reservation country and located on his present place, about two miles north from Nez Perce. This is one of the choicest pieces of land in this vicinity and Mr. Bliesner has improved it in a worthy manner. He came with but little finances, but now has a valuable farm, good buildings, stock, implements, and orchards, and is one of the leading farmers of this section. His house is one of five rooms, a barn eighteen by thirty and a granary sixteen by thirty-two. Mr. Bliesner had to haul his first three crops to Lewiston, Spalding and Culdesac, but notwithstanding the hardships and arduous labors to perform, he has held tenaciously to the one pursuit and success has crowned him.

On March 1, 1901, Mr. Bliesner married Miss Nettie, daughter of Mathias and Ellen Henderson, natives respectively of Ireland and Canada, and who came to Spokane County in 1890. The father died in 1899 and the mother is dwelling nearby on the reservation.

Mr. Bliesner is a man of excellent standing in the community, has maintained a first class reputation and is the recipient of the friendship of all who know him. He is a charter member of the M. W. A.

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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