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was born in the Island of Anglesea, North Wales, on May 10, 1841. Commenced mining at an early age,and in 1864 emigrated to Nova Scotia, where he was engaged in mining until 1868, when he struck out for California, and for about two years was coal mining on Mount Diablo.

In the spring of 1870 he went to Owyhee County, and for several years was foreman of several mining companies on War Eagle mountain. In 1883 he went to Wood River, and returned from there in 1896, accepting the position of foreman of the Florida Mountain Mining Company, which position he still holds. Mr. Thomas has had a vast and varied experience in mining matters, and is looked upon as an authority in mining circles generally. He is a member of the A.O.U.W.


was born in Hookset, N.H., February 20, 1833. Came to California in 1857, via the Isthmus of Panama; to Elk City, Idaho, in 1862; to Boise Basin in April, 1863, and to Owyhee in June, 1864, where he has since resided. Mr. Thompson has been chiefly engaged in mining, but clerked at various times for William Hardiman,D u Rell & Moore, Sol Hearst, and others. He owns the Advalorem and Idlewild mines, on War Eagle Mountain, both valuable properties. For the past eight years he has held the position of chief clerk at the Idaho Hotel, for the proprietor, S.T.N. Smith, and also served as deputy treasurer for the two terms of that office held by Mr. Smith. Mr. Thompson is a valued member of the Masonic fraternity.


was born at Shoreham, Vermont, on April 12, 1832, and, with his parents, at the age of twelve, emigrated to Winnebago County, Wisconsin, where he remained until February, 1853, when he crossed the plains for California, where he mined at all the prominent mining localities until 1857. Then he engaged in ranching in Mendocino County, California, remaining there until the spring of 1862, when he joined a party bound for Powder River District, and landed in what is now called Owyhee county in June, 1863, camping on the site of what as subsequently known as Ruby City.Since then he has been engaged in mining up to about fifteen years ago, when he entered the furniture and undertaking business, in which he has since continued.

Mr. Townsend participated in the several Indian fights of the county, is a member of the I.O.O.F., and served two terms as county commissioner.


was born in Cornwall, England, on May 15, 1845. Received only a limitedschooling, and engaged in mining at an early age. In 1862 he emigrated to America, andlocated in Michigan,where he mined for several years in the Phoenixand Cliff copper mines. In 1868 hecame West, and, after a year mining at Virginia City, Nevada, he located atSilver City, and was engaged in mining in the Allison, Poorman and GoldenChariot mines until 1884, when he purchased a ranch at Castle creek, where hehas since permanently resided, engaged in farming and stock raising.

Is a member of the Silver City Lodge, A. F.& A.M., and also was a member of the Miners’ Union at Fairview, serving as vice-president in that order in the year of 1876.


was born in London, England, October 22, 1841. He received only a limited schooling, and at an early age followed the occupation of grazier. At the age of twenty—five he emigrated to the United States, and followed various pursuits, participating in the construction of the Union Pacific railroad. In September, 1869, he located in the Bruneau valley, where he has since resided, continuously engaged in stock raising and farming.

Mr. Turner does not belong to any society, and has never sought any office within the gift of his neighbors, but took a prominent part in the Indian wars of the valley. He is the owner of one of the largest and prettiest ranches in the valley, a view of which we presentin another portion of this work.

TURNER, MRS. EMMA, nee Footman

the wife of the well-known rancher of Bruneau valley, Mr. John Turner, was born in London, England, March 12, 1848, and was married to Mr. Turner, March 19, 1866. With her husband, she located in the Valley of the Bruneau, September, 1869, and has since that date presided over the household the Turner family in that locality.

Mrs. Turner enjoys the distinction of being the first white lady settler in the Bruneau valley, and is the mother of William Isaac Turner, whose wife is the daughter of Wenzel Turmes, of Shoo Fly, and Miss Adelaide Turner, who resides at the Turner homestead.