Pearl C. Lacey is a man of energy and integrity and has demonstrated these worthy qualities with no uncertainty in his labors and achievements, which have placed him in the catalogue of the prosperous and successful agriculturists in Nez Perces County.

Mr. Lacey was born in Adair County, Iowa, on August 15, 1871, being the son of Warnik S. and Martha (Chaney) Lacey, natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia, respectively. The former was born in 1831, was a pioneer in Ohio and now lives in Wisconsin, having passed an active life as a carpenter, while the latter was born in 1839 and died in 1886.

Our subject’s parents removed to Sauk County, Wisconsin, when he was six years of age. In Reedburg, that County, he grew up and was educated and when he had reached the age of eighteen he began the labors of life for himself. About that time he came to Washington, settling in the vicinity of Sprague, where he worked on a farm for two years. After that period he went to the Potlatch country and purchased a piece of land, devoting himself to its improvement for a number of years. It was in 1894 that he came to the reservation and leased land from the Indians and farmed it. He was engaged in this occupation when the reservation opened up and immediately secured a quarter section for himself. He has improved it in a good shape, has a good house, a fine orchard and raises flax, barley and timothy. The estate lies six miles north from Melrose.

In 1894 Mr. Lacey married Miss Martha, daughter of L. D. and Mary Porter. The father is a farmer and a native of Tennessee. Mrs. Lacey was born in Missouri in 1875 and has three sisters and one brother. Mr. Lacey has one brother and one sister: Edwin, in Buffalo, New York; Nettie Adams, in Wisconsin. To our subject and his faithful companion there have been born the following children, Claude, Ernest, Nettie, and Edgar. Mr. Lacey and his wife are members of the Baptist Church and are devout supporters of the faith. He is a member of the school board and is always striving for the betterment of educational facilities. Mr. Lacey had one uncle in the Civil war and Mrs. Lacey’s father fought on the southern side.

Our subject and his worthy wife are highly respected people and are the recipients of the confidence and esteem of their fellows.

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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