FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 1929


Lapwai, June 27 – Nobel Henry, who came to central Idaho when it was an uncivilized land inhabited by a few miners and many Indians, died this afternoon at 4 o’clock at his ranch home on upper Tom Beall creek.  Henry had been suffering from an infected foot which developed into blood poisoning and his 91 year old body was unable to withstand the ravages of the poison.

Henry, who was born in Arkansas, came west from Indiana when he was 25 years old and went first into the Wallowa valley, where the Nez Perces had their choice fishing and hunting grounds, in 1863.  A few years there and he came down into the Asotin creek region and was one of its first settlers.

In the days of the gold discoveries in central Idaho, Henry operated pack trains, lugging in supplies to the thousands of miners in the Elk City, Pierce and Warrens diggings and taking out precious cargoes of gold dust.  He also ran pack trains from Wallula junction to Helena, Montana, and from Lewiston to Missoula following the Lewis and Clark trail over the Lolo pass.  The trip from Wallula to Helena took three weeks, but from Lewiston to Missoula it was a journey of only a week or ten days.  He was a scout in the Nez Perce Indian war.

After the mining excitement died down and the railroads took away the business of the slow-moving pack trains.  Henry came back to the Lewiston region, until the opening of the Nez Perce reservation in 1895.  He has since farmed on the reservation lands.

At one time Henry owned many head of cattle and much land and it was nothing unusual for him to have 50 to 70 guests for dinner at his home, killing a large beef to provide meat for the feast.  He was regarded as the toast of early pioneers since he was really of a pre-pioneer stock.

Henry is survived by his Indian wife and eight living children, five boys and three girls.  A brother, Lynn Henry, lives at Sweetwater.  He will be buried in the little pioneer cemetery at Jacques Spur, where Mission creek joins the Lapwai, beside Colonel Craig and other pioneers, who like him, helped push the frontiers westward



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