Solomon J. Pool is now a prosperous farmer, residing six miles northeast from Mohler, but he informs us that when he came here in February, 1896, he had seventy-five cents and three horses. The fine holding of property that he now has was all secured by his faithful and enterprising labors in the intervening years. His farm is one of the best in the country, is well improved and produces abundantly. Mr. Pool had to endure many hardships in getting a start, having to go to the Palouse country for three successive years to work for wages and then would bring supplies back. He hauled his grain at first clear to Spalding and five days were consumed in a trip. Now he is close to market and the returns of his skillfully handled farm are bringing him a gratifying competency in this world’s goods.

Solomon J. Pool was born in White County, Indiana, on August 17, 1855, being the son of Jeremiah and Almira (Hilderbrand) Pool, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively. They were married in White County, Indiana. Solomon was reared on a farm and remained with his parents until the father’s death in 1872. The mother is now living in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Solomon went to Fremont County. Iowa, in 1875 and there lived until 1889. During this time he spent two years in western Colorado in the mines and timber. In 1889 he fitted out a mule team and wagon and made the trip to Seattle, Washington. He wintered in Saratoga Springs and completed the trip the next spring. Mr. Pool logged a time on the Sound and then returned to Yakima, and later went to Dayton, Washington. In 1893 he was in the Pierce City country, mining, and the’, repaired to the Potlatch country. On February 27, 1896, he came to his present location, and this has been his home and the scene of his labors since that time. He has a first class orchard, a large barn, a good house and many other improvements that make the estate valuable and attractive. It was tough work at the beginning, for Mr. Pool tells us that many times he was forced to sleep on the snow and he labored hard and long hours, but success has rewarded his industry and he is one of the substantial men of the community.

Mr. Pool is a man of good principles, stands well with the people, as he has always done in all the places where he has lived, and he is always allied on the side of progress.

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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