William T. Wright

This pioneer and substantial citizen has been one of the well known men here for a long time and is deserving of credit for his labors and improvement. He is not only a tiller of the soil, but is a skillful and enthusiastic apiarist, having forty stands of bees. In addition to this, Mr. Wright carries a large stock of bee raising supplies for the accommodation of those in the surrounding country. It is interesting and profitable to notice with what skill and wisdom Mr. Wright has continued to put forth the advantages of this important industry and it has been and will be of untold benefit to this section, as the raising of bees is no doubt one of the profitable lines heretofore too little attended to, especially in the western sections. Much wealth will be distributed among the farmers thus and the luxury of the hive will be enjoyed by many where now it is almost unknown.

William T. Wright was born in Porter county, Indiana, on September 16, 1837, being the son of Joseph Y. and Tabitha (Evans) Wright, natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia respectively. The father died in 1850, aged sixty. He was a wealthy farmer and had served as captain of heavy artillery in the war of 1812. The mother died in 1892, aged eighty, and is buried in Indiana. Our subject was reared in La Porte county, Indiana, until twenty-five, gained a good education in Valparaiso College and in 1864 went to California, where he remained until 1880. He taught school, operated a nursery and did various labors, and in 1880 he came to the Potlatch country. He took a government right on his present place and did well until 1893, when he went down with the crash, but he saved sixty acres of good soil which is tilled, and that, with his bee industry, makes a profitable business. Mr. Wright has the following brothers and sisters: Jonathan, Moses, Gideon, Harriet Stone, Sarah Stone, Carrie.

On July 2, 1868, in Cortland, California, Mr. Wright married Miss Emma, daughter of Charles U. and Margery (Crawford) Talmage. The mother died in Cortland and the father lives there now. Mrs. Wright was born in Joliet. Illinois, on December 19, 1845. She has one brother and five sisters, Samuel, Harriet Northup, Henrietta Porter, Mary, Lottie, Annie. Five chldren have been born to this couple, Myrtie, wife of Tames Kuykendall, a miner in Montana; C. Herschel, a stockman in Northwest Territory, Canada; Dean, with H. Trimble, in Lewiston; Pauline, wife of E. Harrison, in Frasier, Idaho; Lillian, at home. Mr. Wright is a member of the I. O. O. F., Leland, No. 90, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist church. He is a stanch Democrat and has taken an active part in politics. He has been school trustee for many years and is now serving as justice of the peace, having been the same in California.

William Taylor Wright died 26 Dec 1930, and his wife, Emma Talmadge Wright, died 29 Jan 1897. They are buried in the Kendrick Cemetery in 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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