This esteemed gentleman is one of the pioneers of Nez Perces County, having lived here since 1879, and during that time has assiduously devoted himself to the raising of stock and general farming at his place, twenty miles southeast from Lewiston.

Thomas C. Glass was born in Gardner, Illinois, on November 3, 1800 being the son of Andrew I. and Lucretia (Williams) Glass, both natives of Ohio. The father was born in 1830 and died in 1898, while the mother died in 186l. While our subject was an infant his mother died, and he was taken by an aunt, Ruth Stinson, to be raised. They resided in Furnessville, Indiana. Six years after this they removed to Michigan and at the age of nineteen the young man determined to try his fortunes in the west, and accordingly came to Nez Perces County, where his father was living. He remained with him for a few years and then in 1882 bought the place that the father resided on and the elder Mr. Glass purchased another farm. Since that time our subject has continued to reside in this place and has also improved and tilled it in a becoming manner. He pays considerable attention to raising stock, having good horses and some fine Hereford cattle.

His residence is a good seven room house, and other buildings proportionate to the use of the estate are in evidence.

On February 25, 1885, in Nez Perces County Mr. Glass married Miss Mattie Leiberg, and to them two children have been born, Corwin, aged fourteen, and Ralph C, aged seven. Mrs. Glass was born in Iowa in 1861; she has two brothers and one sister, Silas Johnson, Griffith Johnson and Minnie Pangborn. Mr. Glass has the following brothers and sisters: Elizabeth Day, Julia Stevenson and John R. Glass.

Mr. Glass is a member of the M. W. A. in Lewiston. He is a Republican, but is not bound to the party, being inclined to be governed by principles and men than by tenets. Mr. Glass is a good man and well respected by all who know him.

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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