A prominent and skillful farmer and stockman, a keen, practical, business man, a good financier, a public minded citizen, an upright man of integrity and good walk, these things with many others that we could mention entitle the subject of this article to representation in the volume of his County’s history.
George W. Stellmon was born near Greenville, Greene County, Tennessee, on July 16, 1864, being the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Brooks) Stellmon, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father was born in 1835, and is now living in Arkansas. He has always been a prominent citizen. The mother died in 1880. Her father and grandfather were among the very first settlers in eastern Tennessee.
Our subject was reared on a farm until 1878 in his native place and then the family went to Benton County, Arkansas, that being new then. He received his education in these places and when twenty, determined to try the west, was soon in Colfax. He worked on a farm for a year and then went to Pullman and later to Genesee. Later he rented land and also took up forty acres. He farmed here for five years and then went to the Potlatch country near Juliaetta and bought a ranch. This was the home for six years and in 1896 he came to his present place, one mile north and one mile east from Dublin. He took a quarter section of good land, later bought two hundred and forty acres more and is now one of the heavy land owners of the reservation. He leases his land and is moving his family to Clarkston where they will remain until the children are educated. In addition to this mammoth estate, all of which is under cultivation.
Mr. Stellmon has leased over ten thousand acres of state land in Douglas County and is stocking it as he purchases cattle for shipping. He does a good business in buying and selling cattle and intends to handle a large ranch. He has a commodious home and excellent improvements and his is one of the best estates in the county.
In Arkansas on April 15, 1883 Mr. Stellmon married Miss Delia, daughter of John and Mary (Ingle) Brock. The father was killed by lightning when his daughter’ was young, but the mother is still living near Clarkston, Washington. Mrs. Stellmon was born in Benton County, Arkansas, in 1868 and has one brother and one sister, John, in Indian Territory; Anna Allard at Clarkston. Mr. Stellmon has the following brothers and sisters: Delia Hughes, John, Charles, Andrew, Melvin, William, all in Nez Perces County but the last, who is in Arkansas. The following children have been born to this worthy couple: Pearl E., Annie L., Mary, Cora, Neva, Ralph, Grace, Roy, Eula, Lottie and Lucile.
Mr. Stellmon is a Republican, and is always in the lead in any enterprise for the advancement of the community. He has been school director for some time.
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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