One of the early pioneers of this section, and today one of the most substantial, energetic and progressive agriculturists of the County, the subject of this sketch is eminently fitted to be represented in the history of Nez Perces County, being a man of strong personal character, and withal of integrity, ability and executive force.
The birthplace of Mr. Church is in Walworth County, Wisconsin, his birth occurring on February 25. 1852; his parents were Cyrus and Emeline (Russell) Church, natives respectively of Connecticut and Ohio. The father came to that section in 1836, being a pioneer and there farmed all his life, his death occurring while he was on a visit to Chicago in 1899.
Our subject was educated in the schools of his native place and he remained with his father until he had arrived at the age of twenty-three years. In the year 1875, he came to California and one year later went thence to Salem, Oregon, and six months later came to this country. In June, 1877, he removed to the place adjoining the one where he now lives and the next year moved onto his present place, which is six and one half miles southwest from Genesee.
He gained title to this land by the homestead right and has since that time given his time and attention to farming, stock raising and raising fruits. He and his brother, Hiram E., are in partnership, owning about eight hundred acres of land, mostly rented and since the orchards have come to bearing they occupy the time and attention of the owners. The brother came here in 1884. Our subject has his land well improved, is a skillful farmer, and has taken the part of the intelligent and loyal citizen in the affairs of the country. He is highly esteemed and commands the respect of all.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903