John C. Granz is a well known and industrious farmer and thresher. He pays special attention to operating his threshing outfit and also is intending to devote considerable time to handling a mine on Swamp creek which he is opening. Mr. Granz stands well with the people and is highly spoken of by all.

John C. Granz was born in Germany on May 18, 1872 being the son of Frederick and Mary (Schwechler) Granz, natives of German. The father was in the Franco Prussian war and served in the German army for five years. He died in 1879. The mother lives with our subject and is aged about sixty.

Our subject came to the United States with his mother when he was eight and settlement was made in Pennsylvania, where he attended district school. Mrs. Granz married a second time, her husband on this occasion being Mr. Holway. He died when John C. was about fifteen.

At the early age of ten, our subject left home and took up the battle of life. He worked for his board and clothes and when fifteen he came to the west. He landed finally near Juliaetta and there attended the Fairview school for two terms and then labored at different occupations until the reservation opened up, when he took his present place. He sold a portion of his land in the spring of 1902. He has at present thirty-three acres of land and handles this with his mining and threshing.

On June 10, 1900, Mr. Granz married Miss Ollie E., daughter of James O. and Hattie R. (Ramsy) Young, natives of Kansas. Mrs. Granz was born in Cherokee County, Kansas, on January 15, 1884, and has two brothers and two sisters, William, George, Minnie McNeeley, Elizabeth. Mr. and Mrs. Young live near Pullman, where the wedding of our subject occurred. Mr. Granz is a Republican and has served as election clerk.

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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