Lattin L. Potter is a man of intelligence and good capabilities and has devoted himself assiduously to the labor of improving his fine farm, about two miles southwest from Gifford, where he has brought about a good display of what wisdom and energy can do with the wild soil of this country.

Mr. Potter was born in Rock County, Wisconsin, on September 21, 1867, being the son of John G. and S. Emily (Scoville) Potter. The father was born in New York, came to Whitman County in 1877, and is now a retired farmer in Colfax. The mother of our subject was born in Ohio, married in Wisconsin and is now living in Colfax. Lattin L. was reared in Wisconsin until he was ten years of age and then came to Colfax with his parents. He attended the graded schools of Colfax, then the Methodist College in Spokane, and after completing his education at eighteen, he commenced to teach school. Four years later he bought a farm in Whitman County, near Latah. Four years after this he went to Garfield on his father’s homestead and in 1897, he came to the reservation and took his present claim. Part of this was broken, having been rented on the supposition that it was Indian land. He has raised the cereals and flax since and done much improvement and his is now a valuable estate. Mr. Potter has one brother and two sisters, William C, an elocutionist in Spokane; Jessie L.; Lillie, wife of Adrien W. Wisner, secretary and manager of the King County Abstract Company, in Seattle.

On December 16, 1894, Mr. Potter married Miss Hattie M., daughter of Edgar M. and Jennie B. (Wright) Giles, natives of Iowa. The father is a contractor and builder, at Garfield, Washington. Mrs. Potter was born in. Iowa, on December 3. 1873, and she has three brothers and one sister: Freeman, a farmer, George, a carpenter, William, a farmer, all at Garfield, Washington: Minnie, at home with her parents.

Mr. Potter is a man upon whom prosperity has smiled, recognizing his labors and wisdom and he has gained the good will and approbation of all who know him.

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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