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Thomas Tait


Thomas Tait. About nine miles southeast from Chewelah one comes to an estate of one-half section which is owned by the subject of this article. Mr. Tait acquired title to half of it by homestead rights and the other half by purchase. He is known as one of the industrious farmers and stock raisers of the valley and has done good labor in improving the estate. Thomas Tait was born on November 19, 1844, in Canada, the son of Samuel and Nancy (Chruch) Tait, natives of Scotland. They came to America in 1837,and settled as they supposed in the United States, but found that they were across the line in Canada. They removed later to Illinois. They were the parents of eight children: William; Samuel, deceased; Thomas; Mary and John, deceased; Jane Weed; David, and James. Our subject was educated in McHenry county, Illinois, at the common schools. At seventeen he left his school and worked on the farm for his mother until twenty-one years of age. He then went to Montana and worked in the mines, continuing at it for four years. Then he spent one year in Washington lumbering, and in 1872 landed in Nevada, where he delved in the mines for one and a half years. After he mined in California, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, again in California, and in eastern Oregon. He also followed merchandising in California and farming in Oregon. In 1889 Mr. Tait came to Stevens county, secured the ranch as mentioned above, and in addition to handling that has been raising stock.

In October,1883,Mr.Tait married Mrs. Elizabeth Gorley, a native of Salt Lake City, where she also was reared and educated. By her former husband, Mrs. Tait has one son, Leroy, now in the Philippine Islands. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Tait, James E. and Ethel, both with their parents. Mr. Tait is a member of the A.F.& A.M., and is active for the welfare of the community. It is interesting to note that when Mr. Tait came west he drove an ox team all the way from the Missouri valley to Montana.


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