This enterprising and thrifty farmer dwells about two miles northeast from Morrow, upon land that he took wild and secured through homestead right. He has made a good home from his place and is numbered with the progressive and public minded men of the section.

Esli W. Bean was born in Rock County, Wisconsin, on April 30, 1848, being the son of Edward S. and Marv (Vaughn) Bean. The parents were pioneers in Rock County and died when he was young. After the death of the parents, he went to live with his sister, Mrs. Vielie. He remained with them until he was nineteen, gaining a good education and working on the farm. Then he went to Plover, Portage County, Wisconsin, and worked in the timber two years. Then he came to San Francisco and thence to Walla Walla. Here he worked in a saw mill for his cousin. Lon Bean, on the Walla Walla River. Four years later he came to Latah County and settled where the town of Palouse now stands. This was in 1875, but no Palouse was there then. He took land and farmed for a time and then went to Longmount, Colorado, with cattle. He worked there in a hardware and tinning establishment and sixteen years later came back to Oregon. This was in 1893 and three years later he came to his present place.

In February, 1879, Mr. Bean married Miss Lulu Crawford and two daughters, Goldie and Fern, are the living children born to them. Mr. Bean is a firm Republican and active in the primaries and conventions. He is an ardent supporter of good schools and advanced twenty dollars to assist in painting a new school house if the neighbors would take hold and erect one. Mr. Bean has the following brothers and sisters: James. Lizzie. Hepsie Howard, Ira, Hulda.

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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