Daniel W. York is a man of the true grit as has been demonstrated by his success in this new country in spite of hardships and scant means, which entailed great labors and deprivations. He has a good farm three miles northwest from Morrow and has improved it in a becoming manner. He threshed eleven hundred bushels of grain this year and feeds most of it to his stock, having some fine hogs. Altogether, Mr. York is prosperous and one of the leading and substantial men of the community.

Daniel W. York was born in Alabama, on November 6, 1863. His father, Caswell, was born in Tennessee, on April 20, 1827. He was among the Indiana volunteers and was detailed on the bridge brigade and went ahead preparing the way for the army to pass. He homesteaded land in Spokane County, having previously married Elizabeth Wallace of Tennessee, Besides our subject, they had the following children: Adam. John E., Nancy Crane, Jane Nelson, Mary E. Behrens, Henry C. and Daniel W., twins. Henry C. was a member of the National guards at Tekoa, Washington.

Our subject worked with his parents until he was twenty-four and then went to Tekoa, Washington, where he engaged in the lumber business with his brother. They continued for two years and then Mr. York turned his attention to farming in the same County until the spring of 1897, when he settled on his present home place. He has stuck to the battle with grit and has shown real skill and wisdom and is now being rewarded with good success and prosperity. In addition to the other things mentioned on the farm, Mr. York raised one hundred and fifty bushels of timothy seed.

On May 17, 1891, Mr. York married Miss Mary J., daughter of Amos and Elizabeth Blue. She was born in Linn County, Oregon, on October 17, 1870. The following children have been born to this marriage: Edna E., born in Whitman County, Washington, on March 14, 1892; Hattie E., born in Spokane County, April 14, 1894: Arthur H., born in Nez Perces County, March 30, 1902. Mr. York is a member of the F.O.O. F. and he and his wife belong to the Christian Church. He has been clerk and trustee on the school board for five years and was elected again at the last meeting.

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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