The owner of a good farm with comfortable improvements, a man of industry and good wisdom in the business enterprises to which he has devoted himself, of excellent standing among his neighbors, it will be interesting to append a review of the salient points in the career of this subject.

Henry Mustoe was born in Barbour County, West Virginia, in 1838, being the son of William and Nancy (Cash) Mustoe, natives of Bath County and Rockingham. Virginia, respectively. The father was a successful blacksmith. The mother was born in 1818. When Henry was a boy they came to Edgar County, Illinois, and four years later removed thence to Scotland County, Missouri. There our subject grew to manhood, gaining a good common school education from the winter schools and also learning the blacksmith trade.

When Henry was twenty-two he started farming for himself and in 1868 went to Adair County, Missouri, and there he was one of the substantial and successful farmers until 1891. Then he determined to see the west, and accordingly came to Tekoa, Washington, and soon to Farmington, in which places he farmed until the spring of 1896. In that year he came to the opened reservation and secured his present place, three miles east and one mile north from Chesley. Improving the place, doing a general farming business, and raising horses and cattle, have occupied .Mr. Mustoe since his settlement here and he has achieved a good success.

In Scotland County, Missouri, on November 22, 1860, Mr. Mustoe married Miss Martha, daughter of Hiram and Sarah (Wilson) Heuett. Mr. Heuett was born in Randolph County, Virginia, and was a pioneer to Illinois and also to Scotland County, Missouri. He had the distinction of being a captain in the Mexican and Civil wars. His wife was born in his native County from a pioneer family. Mrs. Mustoe was born in Barbour County, West Virginia, in 1841, and has five brothers, Edwin W., William H., George, Jacob and Benjamin. Mrs. Heuett is still living, aged eighty-three. Mr. Mustoe has one sister, Edna J. Yeager. Mr. and Mrs. Mustoe have four children, Loretta M. Page, Dora Wilson, William and Albert, all in Nez Perces County.

Our subject and his faithful wife are devout members of the Methodist church; Mr. Mustoe is a zealous supporter of good churches and schools. He is a Democrat and is always in his place in the conventions, caucuses and at the polls. He is a man of good character, a fine neighbor and is always ready to give a hand to one in need.

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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