This industrious and up to date farmer is one of the substantial citizens of Nez Perces County and has showed by his labors and wisdom that he is a man upon whom one can rely and who is deserving of credit for the development that he has wrought.

Levi C. Easter was born in Holt County, Missouri, on April 3o, 1871, being the son of William D. and Alice (Patterson) Easter. The father was born in Indiana, in 1846, served as a soldier in Company H, Thirty-third Indiana Infantry, under Sherman on the famous march to the sea. He settled on the reservation when it opened and is here still. The mother of our subject was born in Ohio, in 1854, and is living on the reservation. When Levi was eight the family went to Cloud County, Kansas, and the father operated the poor farm there for five years, then he continued general farming until 1888, when he made the trip to Portland. Later his family joined him and they labored at the wood business.

In 1891 our subject went to Lewis County, Washington, and settled on land and farmed there until the reservation opened up and then they came to their present location, three miles south from Melrose. He has a good farm, raises general crops and stock and is prospered. While in Lewis County, they were surrounded by high water from the Cowlitz River and one eighty of land was taken away and all their property except one team was destroyed. Not less than two thousand dollars’ worth of property was taken thus. Despite these adversities, Mr. Easter has labored on and managed with wisdom and is now one of the prosperous men of his section. In 1893, while in Washington, Mr. Easter married Miss Clara, daughter of Alvin Brown, a farmer and school teacher, and a native of New York. Mrs. Easter was born in Iowa, in 1868, and has one brother and four sisters, Sadie Knapp, Blanch Romerman, Cora Lynch, Clarence and Ermie. Mr. Easter has one sister, Hattie Bledsoe, in Nez Perces County. Five children have been born to bless this happy union: Florence, Frances, Dewey, Curtis and Clarence. Mr. Easter is a member of the M. W. A., at Melrose.

He is an active Republican and is faithful at the caucuses and conventions, where he labors for the general welfare by upholding sound principles. Mr. Easter is an ardent advocate of excellent educational facilities, and does all in his power for this good end.

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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