Among those who have settled in Nez Perces County recently is to be mentioned the energetic and successful young business man whose name initiates this paragraph and who is at the present time operating a general merchandise establishment in Southwick. He has a good stock of well assorted commodities used in the surrounding country and because of strict business methods, his geniality and his wisdom in selecting goods for the needs of the people he has won and is rapidly gaining a lucrative patronage.
Leon M. Thornton was born in Delaware County, New York, on October 15, 1870, being the son of Anson W. and Martha G. (Tiffany) Thornton. The family came to Seward County, Nebraska, when Leon was three years old and two years later removed thence to Furnas County in the same state. There they all remained until 1901, when the parents, our subject, four brothers and two sisters came to this country and settled in various sections of the County.
At that time Mr. Thornton opened his mercantile establishment and has continued steadily in this line. He is well respected and stands high in the esteem and confidence of all who know him. Mr. Thornton is a member of the Reformed Dunkard church and is a consistent supporter of his faith.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903