Biography of Thomas C. McIntyre

This well known and capable business man has a general store and post office at Myrtle, where he does a good business and also handles a sixty acre farm.

Thomas C. McIntyre was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, on March 9, 1838 being the son of John and Jane (McMeine) McIntyre, natives of Kentucky. The father is of Scotch extraction and came to Indiana with his parents when small. The mother came also to that country when a child and she, too, is of Scotch ancestry. Our subject was reared until twelve in the old home place and then the family came to Iowa, where they remained for twenty-eight years. He farmed for a time when he became of age, and then for twenty-six years he handled a general merchandise establishment and a flouring mill in company with his father and brothers.

In 1875 he went to Nebraska, engaged in grist milling for six years, then traded for farm land and tilled that for three years. Mr. McIntyre then took a preemption in northern Nebraska but let it go back to the government, and in 1891 came to Idaho. He lived three years in Vineland and in 1898 came to his present place and purchased sixty acres. He built a store in company with his brother-in-law, G. L. Briggs, whose interest he purchased last year. Since its start the business has been pushed with a vigor and wisdom that have brought success and Mr. McIntyre is gaining a patronage and prestige that are truly enviable. Our subject has the following brothers and sisters: John, residing in Iowa; James, a teacher and preacher; Perry, at Lapwai; Robert, a railroad man, in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ann, wife of George W. Wasson, a farmer in Iowa; Margaret, wife of John Stahl, a farmer in Iowa; Ellen, wife of Mr. Wyman, in Council Bluffs. Iowa.

On July 21, 1880 in Greley County, Nebraska, Mr. McIntyre married Elizabeth, daughter of William and Zillah (Swenk) Hayter. The father was a preacher in the United Brethren Church and died on July 23, 1889. The mother lives in Blackfoot, Idaho. Mrs. McIntyre was born in Poweshiek County, Iowa, on March 4. 1858. She has two brothers and three sisters, John and Wallace, in Blackfoot, Idaho, and farming; Mary, wife of Perry McIntyre: Susan, wife of Alonzo Lewis, in Idaho; Viola, wife of John S. Briggs, in Oregon. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre, Thomas and Gladys. Our subject and his wife are both members of the Methodist Church, South.

Politically, Mr. McIntyre is a Prohibitionist and is always allied on the side of sound principles and progress in the substantial interests of the country.

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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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