Three miles west from Nez Perce lies the well tilled and valuable farm of the subject of this article. This land was taken as a homestead in 1897, being one hundred and twenty acres, and since that time Mr. Chandler has devoted himself in an industrious manner to its improvement and culture, having been favored with good success in these efforts.

Frank Chandler was born in Iowa, on April 22, 1867, being the son of Sireno and Laura (Tillotson) Chandler, natives of Maine and the province of Quebec, respectively. The former died at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1900, aged sixty-four, and the latter in May, 1881, aged forty-five.

Frank was reared on a farm and was a regular attendant at the district school until seventeen and then he started in life for himself. Three years were spent in various employment in Minnesota and thence he migrated to Coleridge, Nebraska, where he operated a dray line for eight years. From that locality Mr. Chandler came to his present place and his labors have been dispensed with wisdom in building the improvements and in cultivation of his farm. He raises wheat, oats, flax and barley, also a good orchard and pays considerable attention to raising stock. He has some well bred Berkshire hogs, a seven-eighths Shire stallion and other animals.

Mr. Chandler has the following named brothers and sisters: George, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Midas, in Minnesota; Clemma, wife of L. S. Nelson; Olive, wife of Ed Cooper; Gertrude, wife of Will Becker, all residing in Minnesota, and Carrie, wife of John Watkins, residing in Iowa. Mr. Chandler’s father was in the Civil war for three years.

At Coleridge, Nebraska, on December 26, 1887, Mr. Chandler married Miss Hallie M., daughter of Henry L. and Elnora (Hakes) Beach. The parents were natives of Illinois and came as pioneers to Minnesota, Iowa, and finally to Nebraska. Mr. Chandler was born in Illinois, on January 30, 1868, and has the following named brothers and sisters: Virgil E., Roscoe W., Charles, all in Iowa: Vernie, with parents in Nebraska: Orpha, wife of W. H. Needham; Rose, wife of Bert S. Baker, at Palouse, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Chandler have two children, Lee and Gertrude.

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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