In recounting the items in the career of the subject of this article we note first that he was born in Germany, in April, 1867. His parents, Joseph and Mary (Wernz) Flaig, were also born in Germany, the father in 1830, and are now deceased.

Our subject received his educational training in the schools of his native land and followed teaming and driving stage until he had arrived at his majority. Then he bade the fatherland and all its loved ones and associations farewell and sailed away to New York, whence he went direct to Spokane, Washington. He soon selected Rosalia as the place of operations and went to work in the saw mills.

In the year 1888 he came to Spokane, and in 1895 he left Rosalia and came to the reservation country and located his present place, one mile south from Ilo. He has a quarter section of good land, well improved, having a fine house and orchard and buildings, and other improvements: thrift and order characterize the entire premises.

In 1896, at Lewiston, .Mr. Flaig married Miss Minnie, daughter of Frederick and Louise Johns, natives of Germany, who now live near Ilo. The former was born in 1853 and the latter in 1878, being an only child. Mr. Flaig has three brothers and sisters, Mary, Franz and Amale. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Flaig, Louise and Fred. Mr. Flaig is a member of the M. W. A. He is a Democrat in political alliances and is a progressive man. In addition to his farming he owns and operates a fine threshing machine.

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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