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Her home is a beautiful one, and everything
about the place is kept in good order; the
grounds surrounding the house are especially
lovely, and reflect much credit upon the good
taste of the owner.


Theron J. Smith, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has
influenced the settlement of more families in the
Snake river valley than any two or three other
men. He has been a factor in local real-estate
transactions, and without doubt has been, in a
general way, one of the most efficient promoters
of the growth and prosperity of Idaho Falls and
the settlement and development of its tributary
territory. As immigrant agent of the Oregon
Short Line Railroad, he has brought many ex-
cursions to this part of the country from Iowa,
Nebraska and Illinois, and these excursions have
resulted in a marked increase of population at
and near Idaho Falls. He began the work six
years ago, and an idea of its value is afforded by
the fact that in 1898 fifty-eight persons were set-
tled by him in Bingham county.

Theron J. Smith was born in Wayne county,
New York, July 22, 1844, and was descended
from early settlers of Dutchess county. New
York, many of whom were prominent in their
time. His grandfather, Samuel Smith, together
with his brothers, served the cause of the colonies
in the American Revolution, and they were paid
in colonial scrip, which was never redeemed, but
they had the satisfaction of knowing that they
had risked their lives in a good and triumphant
cause. Late in life Samuel Smith represented his
district in the assembly of the state of New York.
Lewis H. Smith, son of Samuel Smith and father
of Theron J. Smith, was born in Dutchess county,
New York, and married one of the daughters of
the county. Miss Phoebe Mott. He was a Qua-
ker farmer, a good, intelligent, industrious man,
and died in 1854, at the age of fifty, in Wayne
county, from an attack of cholera, to which one
of his sons succumbed at the same time. His
wife attained the age of seventy-seven years.
They had eight children, of whom five are living.

Theron J. Smith was the next to the youngest
of this family of eight, and was about ten years
old when his father died. He received a com-



mon-school and academic education in his native
state, then gave his attention to farming, and lo-
cated, when about twenty-five, at Lake City,
Iowa, where he followed agricultural pursuits un-
successfully until 1885, when he sold his farm and
removed to Idaho Falls, where he arrived No-
vember 22. It was a little railroad town, in
which he found a new home, a town which de-
rived its importance from the railroad and the
bridge and had no surrounding settlement that
could bring much trade or support. Irrigation,
real-estate operations, and a determined effort to
bring a good class of settlers, changed the town
into the commercial, financial and mechanical
center of a thrifty and growing agricultural popu-
lation. In this work of improvement settlement
and development, Mr. Smith has taken a leading
part. He induced settlement and fostered ac-
tivity in real estate and this, in turn, encouraged
investment along all industrial lines. He platted
the Broadbeck addition to Idaho Falls and
placed it on the market, and has handled real-
estate extensively otherwise, on his own account
and for others.

In the spring of 1864, before Mr. Smith was
twenty-one, in personal response to the urgent
demand of the United States government for men
for military duty, in the suppression of the south.-
ern rebellion, he enlisted in Company A, One
Hundred and Fortieth Illinois Volunteer Infan-
try, and served in Tennessee and Mississippi un-
til he was discharged on account of ill health, in
the fall of the same year. His regiment was de-
tailed to guard railroads, and in connection with
that work Iiad many exciting encounters with
guerrillas. This warfare was in many ways more
harassing and dangerous than fighting in "regu-
lar order of battle. Mr. Smith is a Grand Army
man and a prominent Silver-Republican. He
was elected justice of the peace and served in
that office with much credit and greatly to the
satisfaction of his fellow townsmen, but he has
declined all other offices which have been offered
him, in deference to the imperative demands
made upon him by his private business.

October 13, 1868, he married Miss Sarah E.
Bradt, of Mohawk-Dutch ancestry, and a native
of Herkimer county. New York, daughter ot
James Bradt. Her father lived to be eighty-seven
years old and her mother also attained a ripe old

age. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had six children,
of whom four are living. Their daughter, Mary
E., is Mrs. W. S. Jackson, of Idaho Falls, and
Lewis M., Elva and Theron J., Jr., are members
of their father's household. Mrs. Smith is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church.


A captivating address, a cheerful manner and
a friendly interest in those with whom one comes
in contact will not alone make success for any
man, but all things being about equal, these three
things will give their possessor supremacy over
any competitors who do not possess them or
possess them in a lesser degree. This means
that some men are able to make many personal
friends, well-wishers and helpers, and any warm
personal friend is a material assistance to any
man in any business. Sheriff Clyne, of Bing-
ham county, Idaho, has this faculty of binding
others to him, a faculty which is none the less
potent because it is exerted unconsciously, and
to the kindly and helpful interest of his friends he
attributes much of the success he has achieved.
It should be added that a good deal has been
expected of him and he has been equal to all
demands placed upon him.

Daniel Henry Clyne is of German lineage on
the paternal side and was born in Indiana, in
1857. Thomas Clyne, his father, married ]\Iiss
Sarah A. Keeney, a native of Pennsylvania, and
the father now lives in Kansas. They had seven
children, four of whom are living. Daniel Henry
Clyne, fourth in order of birth, was reared in
Nebraska and educated himself in the school of
experience. He began life as a cow-boy, and
later embarked in the stock business on his own
account. He came to Idaho Falls in 1890 and
for a time was employed in a livery staljle. Sub-
sequently he was enabled to open a stable of his
own, and by close attention to business and hon-
orable and courteous treatment of all with whom
he came in contact, he gained the favor of the
public and in a few years built up a large- and
profitable trade. Indeed, his success in this and
in every other enterprise with which he has had
to do since coming to Idaho has been most flat-
tering. His home in Idaho Falls is one of the
best in that part of the county.

In politics Sheriff Clyne has been a Repubhcan


even from the time when he had not yet attained
sufficient age to exercise the right of franchise.
He was elected town marshal of Idaho Falls and
was re-elected three times, filling the office fonr
successive terms, with ability and discretion. In
1898 he was elected sheriff of Bingham county.
He was the only Republican on the ticket, and
in his own town received three hundred and
eighty votes out of a total of five hundred. After
his election his friends in Idaho Falls had made
and presented to him a beautiful gold badge,
thus decorating him with the insignia of his office.
In 1 88 1 Mr. Clyne married Mary Watson, a
native of Missouri, and they have had seven
children: William H., Nettie E., Bessie A., Wes-
ley T., Chase D., BVederick C. and Charles C.


On the roster of county officials of Latah
county appears the name of William N. Buchan-
an, who is now serving as sherifif, and his fear-
less and prompt discharge of his public duties has
gained him the commendation of all law-abiding
citizens. For twenty-one years he has been a
resident of the "county, and has therefore wit-
nessed the greater part of its growth and develop-
ment. Throughout this period he has been con-
nected with its agricultural interests, and is
accounted one of the leading farmers of this sec-
tion of the state.

Mr. Buchanan was born in Newton county,
Missouri, April 2, 1857, and is descended from
Scotch ancestors, who were pioneer settlers of
Indiana. His great-grandfather removed to that
state at a very early period in its history, and his
grandfather and father, each of whom bore the
name of Nathan Buchanan, were there born. The
latter was a native of Putnam county, and was
married there to Miss Diana Sutherland, a native
of that locality. They were faithful members of
the Christian church, and Nathan Buchanan, Jr.,
was a man of ability and influence, having served
his fellow citizens in the position of county
assessor. In the fall of 1878 he came to Idaho
with his wife and six children, and he now re-
sides in Moscow, at the age of sixtv-four years.
Three of their sons are still living.

The subject of this review is the eldest of the
famih', and was reared on his father's farm in
Missouri, the family having removed to that state

in his early childhood. He attended the public
schools there, and in 1878 came with his parents
to Idaho. Latah county and this section of the
state were just opening up to civilization, and he
secured from the government a claim seven miles
south of the city of Moscow. The following year
he was married to Miss Mary McKensie, and
then located upon his farm, which he has trans-
formed into a richly improved and valuable prop-
erty. The home has been blessed with four chil-
dren, Etta, Hazel. William and Willard. Mr.
Buchanan has been a practical farmer, has fol-
lowed advanced methods, and through his indus-
try has succeeded in raising large crops of wheat,
barley, oats, flax and fruit, whereby he has addetl
largely to his financial resources.

In politics he is a zealous Republican, and on
that ticket was elected to the office of county
sherifif. This public trust was well reposed in
him, for he is most true to every duty and obli-
gation and is a most capable official. His wife is
a worthy member of the Christian church, but he
has never affiliated with any organization. He is
a loyal citizen, a reliable business man and stanch
friend, and in the history of his adopted state he
well deserves representation.


Among the most prominent and valued resi-
dents of his section of the state is Collins Perry-
man, of Juliaetta, a veteran of the civil war, and
a citizen whose labors in behalf of the town of his
abode have been most effective in advancing its
interests. He was the pioneer hotel man, as a
real-estate dealer has handled the greater part of
its property, has done more than any other man
in the locality to improve the roads through the
surrounding country, and has always been watch-
ful of the welfare and progress, doing all in his
power to promote the growth and prosperity of
the thriving little place.

A native of the Empire state, Collins Ferryman
was born in Cattaraugus county, April 28, 1847,
and is of English lineage. His grandfather sailed
from England for the New World and was
wrecked off the coast of Rhode Island, which led
to his settlement in that state. His son, James
Ferryman, the father of our subject, was born
near Providence. Rhode Island, and married Miss
Lucinda Kerkendal!, who was born near Roches-



ter. New York. In 1866 they removed to Michi-
gan, where the father died October 6, 1872, at
the age of sixty-five years, his wife surviving him
until 1882, when she, too, was called to the home
beyond, at the age of seventy-five years. They
were farming people and were members of the
Baptist church, Mr. Ferryman being a powerful
exhorter in the church.

Our subject is now the only survivor of their
family of six children. He was educated in the
public schools of his native state, and after the
inauguration of the civil war, he patriotically re-
sponded to his country's call, enlisting December
22, 1863, in Company ]M, Fourth New York
Heavy Artillery, when only sixteen years of age.
He served with the victorious Army of the Fo-
tomac under General Hancock, and participated
in all the engagements of the command until the
surrender of General Lee. This included the
hard-fought battle of the Wilderness. Through
the exposure sustained in snow, sleet and mud he
contracted inflammatory rheumatism to such an
extent that he has entirely lost the sight of his
right eye. He won for himself an honorable
military record and was discharged on the 13th
of June, 1865, but for three years thereafter he
was in an invalid condition. When he had suf-
ficiently regained his health to engage in busi-
ness, he became connected with the lumber trade
in northern Michigan and later removed thence
to Missouri.

In the latter state, on the 4th of October, 187 1,
Mr. Ferryman was united in marriage to Miss
Mary Alice Nichols, a native of Kentucky. He
resided in ]\Iissouri from September, 1870, until
April, 1883, when he crossed the plains and se-
cured a homestead two and a half miles west of
where the pleasant town of Juliaetta now stands.
He obtained one hundred and sixty acres of land
from the government and erected thereon a good
residence, but when Juliaetta was laid out, he
removed to the new village and became one of
its most energetic and zealous promoters. He
has aided in promoting all the enterprises of the
town, and no movement for the public good has
solicited his aid in vain. He is a most pro-
gressive and public-spirited citizen, and his labors
have advanced the welfare of Juliaetta to a great-
er degree than those of any other man.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferryman have reared but one

child, Willis Arthur, who is now engaged in the
grocery business in Juliaetta. Mrs. Ferryman is
a lady of refinement and ability, and is now serv-
ing as past noble grand and district deputy of
the Rebekah Lodge. Our subject belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the
Daughters of Rebekah, also the Knights of
Fythias fraternity, the Grand Army of the Re-
public and the Star of Bethlehem. By the grand
lodge he was appointed to the position of district
deputy of the latter. In politics he is inde-
pendent, supporting the men whom he regards
the best qualified for office, regardless of party
ties. He is a gentleman of much kindness of
heart, of generous impulses and sterling worth,
and his many admirable qualities have endeared
him in strong ties of friendship to many of the
best citizens of his section of the state.

Frank M. Hubbard is numbered among the
successful farmers of Weiser. He was born in
Fike county, Illinois, on the 9th of July, 1851,
his parents being Joseph and Sarah (Venable)
Hubbard. His father was born in Wisconsin,
and the mother was a native of Illinois. They
crossed the plains with oxen in 1853. being six
months in making the long and perilous journey
to the northwest. Indians occasioned them con-
siderable annoyance, but they accomplished the
journey in safety and located in Silverton, Marion
county, Oregon, where the father obtained three
himdred and twenty acres of land, which he suc-
cessfully cultivated for forty years. His life"?
labors were then ended by death in 1887. when
he had attained the age of seventy-five years. He
was a very industrious and energetic farmer and
his labors brought him good returns. Both he
and his estimable wife were members of the Bap-
tist church. She survived him two years, and
departed this life in 1889, at the age of seventy-
four. On their journey across the plains they
brought with them their three children, and five
others were added to the family after their arrival
in Oregon. Seven of the number still survive.

Frank Marion Hubbard, the third in order of
birth, was only two years old at the time of the
emigration of the family westward. He acquired
his education in the public schools of the Willa-
mette valley, and in i86q came to Idaho. He en-

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in freighting from Kelton, Utah, to the
city of Boise and to Boise basin, and later turned
his attention to agricultural pursuits, purchasing-
four hundred and eighty acres of land near Wei-
ser, where he erected a residence, devoting his
energies to the development and cultivation of
the land. There he carried on agricultural pur-
suits until 1887, when he sold out. In 1895 he
purchased other lands, and is now the owner of
a valuable tract of three hundred and forty acres,
near the town of Weiser. He has a good resi-
dence and fine orchard and carries on general
farming. He is a most energetic and progress-
ive agriculturist, follows advanced methods, and
is very neat and thrifty in the care of his property.
He now owns one of the fine farms of the locality
and has met with good success in its operation.

In 1874 Mr. Hubbard was united in marriage
to Miss Ella Lowe, of Silverton, Oregon, and
they have had six children, five sons and a daugh-
ter, namely: Melvin W., Calvin Rosco, Millard
Fillmore, Lelah Winnefred, Frank M. and Orval
H. Mrs. Hubbard died October 12, 1889, at the
age of thirty-four years. She was a faithful and
loving wife and mother, and her death was deeply
deplored by her many friends as well as her im-
mediate family.

In his political views Mr. Hubbard has been a
life-long Democrat, and on that ticket was elected
county assessor in 1888. The following year he
was nominated for county sheriff but was de-
feated by nine votes. In 1893, however, he was
again elected county assessor, receiving a very
large majority, вАФ a fact which indicated his faith-
fulness and ability while holding the office on a
former occasion. He is a valued member of the
Masonic fraternity and Odd Fellows' society, and
commands the esteem of his fellow men by rea-
son of his upright life, his fidelity to every trust
reposed in him, his genial manner and genuine


The efficient and capable postmaster of
Grangeville, Jacob C. Garber, is a native of Rock-
ingham county, Virginia, born ne&r Fort Re-
public, January 7, 1829. The family is of Swiss
origin and the ancestors of our subject crossed
the Atlantic to the Xew World prior to the Revo-
lutionary war. They were long residents of
Pennsylvania and A'irginia, and in religious faith

were Dunkards. Martin Garber, the father of
our subject, was born in the Old Dominion and
married Miss Magdalen Mohler, a lady of Ger-
man lineage and a representative of one of the
old \'lrginian families. Fourteen children were
born of this union, of whom eight sons and three
daughters grew to years of maturity. The father
was a farmer by occupation, and died of palsy, in
the fifty-fourth year of his age. His wife at-
tained a very advanced age and finally met death
by accident, in the upsetting of a stage-coach in
which she was a passenger.

Jacob C. Garber, their fourth child, was edu-
cated in Virginia and Ohio, the family having
removed to the latter state when he was fourteen
years of age. Subsequently he emigrated with
an older brother to Iowa, and in 1854 he sailed
from New York to California, going by way of
the Xicaraugua route to San Francisco, where he
arrived on the 13th of August. He then en-
gaged in mining in Sierra and Nevada counties,
meeting with good success. It was his intention
to return home in 1857, but, being taken ill, a
year had passed before he had sufficiently recov-
ered to travel, and by that time the expenses of
his sickness had eaten up all his capital. From
Sierra county he went to Nevada county, and
with the assistance of a friend procured a claim,,
on which he again made money rapidly. He re-
mained there from 1858 until 1865, and during
that time was elected and served as county re-
corder of Nevada county, continuing in the office
until 1868, when he removed to Humboldt coun-
ty,, where he established a general merchandise
store. The new undertaking proved a profitable
one, and he carried on business along that line
until 1885, when he sold out and went to the
Portuguese Flat, in Shasta county. There he
purchased an interest in a mine, but lost his mon-
ey in that investment, through the treachery of a

i\Ir. Garber next came to Camas prairie, Idaho,
and secured a claim of one hundred and sixty
acres of government land, on which he engaged
in raising hay, grain and cattle. He transformed
it into a good farm, and it is still in his posses-
sion. In 1893, however, he left the farm, liaving
been elected probate judge of Idaho county, and
on the expiration of his term of service in that
capacity he accepted the position of bookkeeper



in the large wholesale and retail house of Henry
Wax, of Grangeville. He was thus employed in
1897, when President jMcKinley appointed him
postmaster. He is now giving his entire time
and attention to the duties of his office, which he
is discharging in a most capable manner, winning
the high commendation of all concerned. He
has always been a stanch Republican in politics
since casting his first presidential vote for Abra-
ham Lincoln, in i860.

In 1868 Mr. Garber was united in marriage to
Miss Julia A. Wheeler, in Nevada county, Cali-
fornia. She is a native of Georgia and a daugh-
ter of Nathan Wheeler, and to her husband she
renders able assistance in the administration of
the affairs of the postoffice. Mr. Garber was
formerly a very active member of the Odd Fel-
lows society and has filled all the chairs in both
branches of the order. He is a wide-awake and
progressive citizen, giving a loyal support to all
measures for the public good, and is a most trust-
worthy officer.


Aaron Freidenrich, one of the most prominent
merchants of Grangeville, and the managing
member of the firm of Alexander & Freidenrich,
wholesale and retail dealers in general merchan-
dise, is in control of the largest establishment of
the kind in the town, and perhaps no town of
equal proportion in the entire country can boast
of a better or more extensive store. The success
of this enterprise is due to him whose name be-
gins this sketch, a most energetic and progressdve
man, whose sound judgment is supplemented by
industry and honorable methods. These quali-
ties have brought to him a most creditable pros-
perity and have gained him a place in the fore-
most ranks of the commercial interests of north-
ern Idaho.

Mr. Freidenrich has been a resident of this
state for thirty-one years. He was born in Ger-
many on the 24th of February, 185 1, a son of
Isaac and Caroline (Adler) Freidenrich. Many
of the representatives of the name were German
merchants, and in religious faith the family were
Hebrews. In the land of his nativity the subject
of this sketch acquired his education, and also be-
came familiar with business methods by acting as
salesman in a mercantile establishment. He was

only seventeen years of age when he emigrated to
the United States, hoping to better his financial
condition in the land where every opportunity is
afforded the man of ability, ambition and deter-
mination. He landed in New York, and though
he had but little knowledge of the English lan-
guage he soon secured a position in a wholesale
house in that city, where he remained until 1867,
when he sailed for Portland, Oregon. There he
remained for twelve months, and in 1868 he took
up his abode in Lewiston, Idaho. There he ob-
tained a position in the store of Hexter Brothers,
with whom he continued until 1871, at which
time he went to Florence and began merchan-
dising on his own account. In 1874 he removed
to Warren, where he conducted a store until
1879, when he sold his business there and took
up his abode in Grangeville, becoming the man-
aging member of the present firm of Alexander
& Freidenrich. During his twenty-years con-
nection with the business interests of Grange-
ville, he has met with splendid success, which has
been well earned by his close attention to Iris
commercial affairs, his excellent ability and hi-5
honorable business methods. The store which
he occupies is thirty-five by one hundred and
seventy-five feet, and in addition the firm has two
large warehouses in Grangeville. The bills of
sales have amounted to as high as five thousand
dollars, and they carry a stock valued at eighty-
thousand dollars, to which they are making al-
most daily additions. They carry a full line of
standard staple and fancy goods, and their finely

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