An enterprising business man of good standing, possessed of the meed of honest endeavor in a good holding of property and withal a substantial and capable man and public minded citizen, the subject of this article deserves representation in the history of his County.
Harold L. Lee was born in Trondhjen, Norway, on August 17, 1873, being the son of Halvor A. Lee. The father was born in. 1840, educated in the official schools and held different state offices for many years. He was also an expert painter and carver. He married Lydia, the daughter of Eric Ovre, who died in 1876.
Our subject lived with an uncle and aunt until he was eleven and then started on the long voyage for the New World. After landing he journeyed to Yankton County. South Dakota, and for four years was employed m herding cattle. On March 3, 1890, he came to Moscow, thence to Mason prairie. His father took a homestead here and our subject proved up on it later. Then he filed on a place which he relinquished. After this he removed to Forest and opened a livery and feed barn. He has two and one half acres of land, house and barn and is doing a good business.
On March 3, 1899, Mr. Lee married Ella M., daughter of Isaac and Amanda Malone, natives of Iowa and Oregon, respectively. The father followed farming, carpentering and teaching school. Mrs. Lee was born on March 3, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Lee have two children. Mary A., Mable E. Mr.
Lee is a member of the M. W. A., while he and his wife belong to the Lutheran Church. Mr. Lee is an active and interested Republican, being influential in the campaigns.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903