One of the men who has recently come to Nez Perces County and who is now doing a commendable work in bringing the County to a still higher state of development, is named at the head of this article, and he is worthy of representation in the history of this County as he is a man of industry and energy, capable and upright and has manifested himself as a successful operator in the industrial world, having now a fine saw mill plant two miles southeast from Winchester.
Mr. Click was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, on June 1, 1871, being the son of Jonathan M. and Luanda (Cox) Click. The father is a saw mill man, born in Virginia, in 1841, now living in Missouri. His parents were pioneers in Indiana. The mother of our subject was born in Kentucky, in 1846, and now resides in Missouri.
The family came to Vernon County, Missouri, when Orie was eleven years of age. He was educated there, completing his training by a good business training in a commercial college. He wrought with his father and gained a thorough knowledge of the lumber business in all its departments, as well as becoming a thorough machinist and engineer, thus being admirably fitted for the labors he is now prosecuting.
At the time of his majority, he came to the west, landing near Moscow, where he operated an engine for a year. He returned then to Missouri and engaged in the saw mill and lumber business, continuing there until 1900. In that year, he came to Nez Perces County and located where we find him at the present time. He had as partners, Palmer and Hunter, but he bought these men out later and took as partner, Mr. Cope, with whom he is laboring now. They have a fine mill, do first class work, and are building up a good trade.
On October 25, 1894, in Vernon County, Missouri, Mr. Click married .Miss Betsey A., daughter of J. M. and Elizabeth M. (Ellis) Seybold. Mr. Seybold was a native of Missouri, but is now dead. Hon. J. D. Ellis, representative to the state legislature, is an uncle of Mrs. Click. Mrs. Click has one brother, William, in Winchester. Mr. Click has one brother and one sister, Quincy R. and Icy L. Mr. and Mrs. Click have been blessed by the advent of three children, Wellington B., Marion C. and Wardin C.
Mr. Click is a warm advocate of good educational facilities and thus believes that the morals of all will be brought to a higher plain. He is a Democrat and active in political matters. Mrs. Click’s father was a soldier in the Civil war, serving the entire time of the conflict. Mr. Click and his wife are both members of the German Baptist church and are substantial people, highly esteemed and of good standing.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903