Biography of Theodore Curry

The record of Mr. Curry from the time he landed in the reservation country until the present is like a tale of fairyland, looking at it from the point of the observer. He landed here in the spring of 1896. with a couple of poor horses, and a wagon, seven sacks of flour and nothing else, not even a penny; and today he is proprietor of a fine quarter, all paid for, all the tools necessary for its cultivation, owns a thresher, considerable stock, good improvements on the farm, and harvested about twenty-five hundred bushels of grain this year. This is a tine record and we cannot credit it all to the fertile country, for we observe the enterprise, the keen foresight, careful management and energy of our subject and that accounts for the success.

Theodore Curry was born in Ashland County, Ohio, on November 18, 1866, being the son of Matthew and Elise E. (Walker) Curry. The father was born in Pennsylvania in 1825, went to Kansas in 1872, where he still lives. The mother of our subject was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1846 and came to the United States with her parents when she was eight.

Our subject went to Kansas with his parents when he was five and settlement was made in Coffey County, where they farmed for nine years and did well. Then a move was made to Leadville, Colorado, where the father freighted and when Theodore had finished his education he went to work in the mines and continued for four years. On October 18, 1890, he came to Spokane and worked one year and then went to Stevens County and farmed and later we see him mining in the Kootenai country. In the early spring of 1896 he came with his brother William and each took land as mentioned above.

In November, 1898, Mr. Curry married Jennie M., daughter of James and Aggeness (Noltia) Walker, natives of Ashland County, Ohio, and Scotland, respectively. Mrs. Curry was burn in Ashland County in 1878, and she has the following named brothers and sisters: Agnes, Edith, Grace, Florence, Len, and Everett, all in Washington. Mr. Curry has the following brothers and sisters: Mary A. Scow, in Nez Perces County; Maggie A. Marion, of Boise; William, Elise, Matthew and Earl, all in this County. Three children have come to bless and gladden the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curry, Ray, Hughue, and an infant unnamed.

The family are members of the Methodist Church and Mr. Curry is a man of independence in politics. In educational matters he is greatly interested for improvement and that the country should be provided with the best schools.

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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

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