David Thomson is an enterprising, energetic, and thrifty farmer, a public minded citizen, a man of integrity and uprightness, and it is fitting that a review of his career be placed in the history of Nez Perces County.

David Thomson was born in Ontario, Canada, on December 11, 1851 being the son of Joseph and Guira (Maria) Thomson. The father was born in Scotland in 1832 and came to Canada when a boy. The mother was born in Canada. Our subject received his education in the splendid and world famous schools in Ontario, and remained with his father until he had reached the age of nineteen. Then he came to the lumber regions of Michigan, where he operated for four years.

It was 1874 when he left for Stillwater, in Minnesota, and lumbered until 1878, when he went to Montana and freighted for twelve years. In 1890, Mr. Thompson moved to Coulee City, Washington and freighted to Wenatchee and the Cascades for three years. Then he removed to Umatilla County and in 1893, came thence to Nez Perces County, where he farmed for two years and then on November 18, 1895, he took his present place, five miles north from Morrow. It is a good quarter section and is well handled.

Mr. Thomson raises cattie and does general farming. He has two brothers and one sister, John, Elizabeth Bean, Thomas. He is a staunch Democrat, active and influential in local politics while he is always deeply interested in the national issues and intelligent in the questions of the day.

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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