Among the first class and prosperous agriculturists of the reservation country we will mention the subject of this article, whose estate of one-half section lies about six miles northeast from Nez Perce and is one of the choice ones of that section. He has a goodly list of valuable improvements, as house, barn, outbuildings, orchard, fences, and so forth. The estate is supplied with plenty of spring water and half of it is under cultivation, while the balance is timber and grazing land.

Melvin S. Stellmon was born in Greene County, Tennessee, on May 30, 1876, being the son of Henry and Elizabeth Stellmon. When a child he went with the family to Washington County, Arkansas, and later to Benton County, where he remained with his father until the age of seventeen. At that time he went to Denton County, Texas, and a short time thereafter journeyed to Oklahoma, where he engaged in farming for two years. Thence he made his way to Wellington, Kansas, and returned to Benton County, in which place, on December 22, 1898, he married Miss Effie, daughter of John and Mary Home. Mr. Home was a native of Germany and came to the United States in an early day. Mrs. Stellmon was born in Benton County.

Mr. Stellmon came to Nez Perces County with his family in 1899 and secured a homestead near Mohler. He sold this place later and in 1902 bought the farm where he now lives and which was described above.

To Mr. and Mrs. Stellmon have been born two children, Clarice and Atha. Mr. Stellmon enjoys a first class standing among the people and has demonstrated himself to be a reliable, substantial, upright and accommodating neighbor and a true and stanch friend.

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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