To the old Empire state we travel to find the birth place of the subject of this article. Syracuse County was the spot and May 4, 1865, the date of this event. The parents, William H. and Mary A. (Miller) Everts, came to Ionia County, Michigan, and in 1880, to Dayton, Washington. The father went to South Dakota and there took a homestead, where in 1891, he died aged fifty-five. The mother, aged fifty-seven, is now living with a daughter in Southshore, South Dakota. Our subject commenced for himself at fifteen, having secured a common school education. After coming to Washington with the family, he spent considerable time around Walla Walla and also worked at Union, Union County, Oregon. He was jailer there for a time.

In 1893 he went to Oakesdale, Washington, and there farmed and worked on the Northern Pacific until 1897, when he came to his present place, about five miles northeast from Nez Perce and took eighty acres under the homestead act. He has proved up on this, and has an orchard of two hundred trees, a well cultivated farm and good improvements otherwise.

Mr. Everts has one sister, Mrs. Emma L. Potter, and one brother, Henry, residing in Southshore, South Dakota. The sister was born on January 21, 1875, in Ionia County, Michigan, and Henry was born in the same place, on March 29, 1877.

Mr. Everts is a respected and public minded citizen and has the good will of all. He is still one of the jolly bachelors of the section and seems quite content with the quiet joys and peacefulness of that state.

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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