About one mile north from Nez Perce is the
home place of the enterprising young man whose name
appears above and he is to be classed as one of the most
thrifty, industrious and wise agriculturists of this
section, as everything about his premises testifies.
David E. John was born in Greene County,
Pennsylvania, on May 16, 1875, being the son of David
and Mary E. (Edgar) John, natives also of Greene County.
When our subject was two years old, the family went to
Washington County, where his mother died on January 17,
1894. The father, who is still living there, aged
eighty-six, is a prominent and wealthy farmer of that
section. The parents, as also our subject and his wife,
are all members of the German Baptist Brethren. David E.
attended school in his native place and on December 25,
1896, he married Miss Alice C., daughter of Silas and
Nannie (Rodabaugh) Johnson.
In March, 1897, they
came to the reservation country with his father-in-law,
the party consisting of thirteen. This was simply for a
trip but when they arrived here the country was so
favorable and pleasing that Mr. John secured the
relinquishment of the farm where he now resides and he
at once went to improving. He has a good six room house,
large barn and outbuildings, with many other good
improvements. Mr. John has fenced his entire farm with
hog tight fencing and is intending to raise hogs
extensively. He is blessed with a goodly holding of
property and is one of the substantial men of the
section. Two children have been born to them. Volley
Clifford, born July 6, 1897, and died at the age of
fifteen months; David Bernard, born August 8, 1902.
Source: An Illustrated History of
Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah,
Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical
Publishing Company, 1903