An enterprising man whose labors have made the wilderness blossom as the rose, as his fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres two and a half miles east from Melrose, with its excellent orchard of eighteen acres, its well tilled and fertile fields and comfortable improvements, testifies, the subject of this article is entitled to a place with the builders of this County, being also a man of stanch qualifications.
Isaac Scott was born in Ohio on March 1, 1847, being the son of James L. and Catherine (Hendershot) Scott. The father was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1813 and died in 1892. He was a pioneer in Tuscarawas County. Ohio, in 1817. The mother of our subject was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1817 and died in 1897. Isaac’s paternal grandfather was lieutenant in the army in Ireland.
Our subject grew up on the farm and gained his education from the district schools in his vicinity and he continued to labor with his father until 1879, when they went to Sullivan County, Missouri. In 1883 they crossed the plains to Jackson County, and there farmed for six years. Another move was made then to Whitman County, Washington, and settlement was effected in the vicinity of Palouse, where the home continued to be until 1895, when Mr. Scott came to the reservation and secured his present place as homestead. Misfortune has attended Mr. Scott in some of his efforts, and when he settled here he had very little property. He has by careful management and labor secured a first class holding and is high in praises of this excellent country.
In Ohio, in 1S70, Mr. Scott married Miss Mary A., daughter of Joseph and Susan Shaffer, pioneers of Ohio. Mrs. Scott was born in Ohio, has one brother, Joseph, in this County and five sisters. Mr. Scott has one sister. Mary Melissa Beatty, living in Sullivan County, Missouri. The following children have come to bless the household of our subject and his faithful wife: James R., Joseph E., Charles O., John W., Maggie J., Susie V., Nora, Louie, Clyde, Maude, Ida M. and Iense.
Mr. Scott is not bound to the wheels of any party, but sustains an independence that enables him to select the right man and cast his vote accordingly. He is a most skillful farmer, following the diversified plan and also paying much attention to fruit culture and stock.
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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