Jesse H. Fansler was born in Randolph County, West Virginia, on April 25, 1849. This was later Tucker County, West Virginia. He was reared on a farm and educated in his native place, where he remained until 1887. Then came a journey to eastern Tennessee and Mr. Fansler farmed there for two years. After this he went to Knoxville. Tennessee, and acted as salesman for a furniture house, then was with the Eureka soap company for a time. He left Knoxville in May, 1892, and landed in Lewiston on June 6. He engaged with his brother in cutting cord wood and then went at the business himself and also took his present place as a homestead. This was in 1897 and since then it has been the family home.
In Randolph, West Virginia, in 1879, Mr. Fansler married Miss Amanda Roy, a native of Virginia. Eight children have been born to this union, Camden B., Zadie, Zernie, Manning G., Jessie, Roy, Golden, William T. On May 10, 1900, Zadie married Charles C. Miles.
The paternal grandfather of our subject, Henry Fansler, was a drummer boy in the Revolution. He later married Miss Stone, a native of Pennsylvania. Their son, named Solomon, was born in 1800 in Randolph County, Virginia, and married Miss Flanagan, a native of the same County, and they became the parents of the subject of this sketch. The mother’s ancestors were among the first settlers in New Jersey. Mr. Fansler is at the present time engaged in the mercantile business at Webb, Idaho.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903