John L. Blewett


John L. Blewett is a young man of intelligence and ability and has shown forth wisdom and enterprise in his labors in Nez Perces county, where he has a good estate three miles west from Gifford. This land was secured through homestead right and Mr. Blewett has devoted himself to improving it and making a first class farm in every respect.

John L. Blewett was born in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, on September 8, 1867, being the son of Richard and America (Lorton) Blewett. The father was born in England and came to the United States with his parents when a small boy and now is farming in Kansas. The mother of our subject was born in Iowa, and married on February 16, 1864, in Lafayette county, Wisconsin. John L. was raised in Wisconsin until seven, when the family went to Iowa. Ten years later, they journeyed to Kansas, and in these places he secured his education. When twenty-one, he came to Walla Walla and labored on a ranch for eighteen months, after which he went to Whitman county and worked on a steamer on the Snake river until 1896. In that year he came to the reservation and filed on his present claim. He brought twenty-five head of cattle with him and the first year he fenced his land and got a good start. He has since devoted himself to general farming and raising stock and is a prosperous citizen. His farm supports large numbers of hogs, some cattle and horses and is a well improved and valuable estate. Mr. Blewett has four brothers and three sisters, Daniel, Frank, Richard, Gilbert, with his parents; Drusilla Douty [Doughty], Laura Towner, Nettie. Mr. Blewett is a member of Excelsior Lodge No. 2, K. of P., and also of the M. W. A., both in Lewiston. He is a Democrat in politics.

On June 16, 1901, Mr. Blewett married Miss Lily M., daughter of Lavega and Mahala (English) Peer, natives of Ohio. The father is deceased but the mother lives with her sons at Cottonwood. Mrs. Blewett was born in Illinois, on September 14, 1881 and has three brothers and one sister, Ernest, Sherman, Alexander, Hope, all near Culdesac. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Blewett, Neta B. This young couple are important additions to the social realm of their community and are bright, spirited, and excellent people who have many friends.

John Lewis Blewett died 15 Jan 1934, and his wife, Lily May Peer Blewett, died in 1939. They are buried in the Gifford Cemetery in Gifford, Nez Perce Co., ID.

From An Illustrated History Of North Idaho Embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, State of Idaho, 1903

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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