Biography of Frank Broncho

Seven miles northeast of Lapwai is the fine home of the subject of this article. He has an elegant residence costing three thousand dollars and an estate of five hundred and twenty acres. This is well improved with buildings and orchard, and is handled skillfully.

Frank Broncho was born in Fort Hall, Utah, in 1860, being the son of Thomas and Angeline Broncho. The father was born in Canada, of French extraction, and died in 1885. The mother was of the Nez Perces, born on the reservation. The father was in the employ of the Hudson Bay Company at Fort Hall for many years. He met Angeline, who had been educated by Dr. Whitman, in Walla Walla, and there he married her. When Frank was a babe, his parents came to Walla Walla and farmed, and there our subject received his education.

When he was seventeen, the family came to Asotin County, remaining three years, and then they went to the Nez Perces reservation, where they farmed and raised stock. At the time of the Nez Perces war the father moved his family to the fort at Lapwai but took no active part in the war. He carried the mails for years from Walla Walla to the fort. He was an old trapper and scout and served the United States in the latter capacity for many years. He was with Captain Stevens when he made the treaty with the Umatilla Indians.

Our subject remained with his parents until the time of their death and then went to farming and raising stock for himself. At the time of the allotment of land on the reservation he received the estate where he now lives. He formerly owned land in Asotin County and did well there with stock.

In 1885 Mr. Broncho married Miss Marion, daughter of Nobe Henry, of American and Dutch descent. He is a farmer and stockman in Garden gulch on the reservation. To Mr. and Mrs. Broncho there have been born eight children, Edward, Angeline, Bessie, David, James, Anna, Clara and Ben. Mr. Broncho has three brothers. Thomas. Antonio, Edward, all in this County. Mr. Broncho has been a scout and interpreter for the government for many year. He was a body guard of Agent Monteith during the war. He is a man of intelligence and integrity and stands well with all who know him.

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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

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