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Ide, Gilbert B.

One of the most active and useful citizens of Colville is Gilbert B. Ide, whose name introduces this sketch. This position he has earned by his untiring interest in promoting the growth of his adopted town and his willingness at all times to assist in advancing the welfare of his county and state. Few men in eastern Washington have been as successful in attracting the attention to the advantages of this portion of the state as a place of residence or business. He was born in Marquette county, Wisconsin, January 27, 1856, a son of Frederick and Atlanta (Glover) Ide. The parents were pioneers of Wisconsin, arriving in that state from Massachusetts and Vermont respectively. One of their sons gave his life in defense of the Union at the time of the Civil war, being a member of the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Infantry. The father died in 1898 and the mother passed away four years later.
Gilbert B. Ide received his early education in the public schools of his native state and subsequently attended Durand Academy in Pepin county for two years. He assisted his father on the home farm until twenty-three years of age and then, in 1880, emigrated to this state. For one year he engaged in farming in the Palouse country and then took up his residence in Spokane, where he was identified with the livery business. In 1885 he came to Colville and built the Columbia livery stable, which he conducted for one year. The following year he was elected sheriff of Stevens county and was reelected two years later, serving for two terms to the general satisfaction of the people regardless of their political affiliations. He also was ex-officio assessor of the county form 1888 to 1890. In 1898 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land near Colville and at intervals until 1899 gave his attention to farming. He opened the Colville Hotel in 1892 but was forced to close his place in 1898, at the time of the panic. In 1899 he entered the real-estate business with his father-in-law, Jacob Stitzel, and has ever since been closely identified with this line, displaying judgment and discrimination which have met with merited recompense.
On the 30th of January, 1889, Mr. Ide was married to Mrs. Kathrine (Stitzel) Backus, and to this union six children have been born, namely, Marjorie, Mary, Jessie, Martha, Fred and Lilian. The father of Mrs. Ide is now deceased. He was a prominent member of the community and at the time of his death was United States land commissioner. This office is now filled by Mrs. Ide.
Politically Mr. Ide gives his support to the republican party, of which he is an earnest advocate. He filled the office of chairman of the republican county central committee from 1888 to 1890 and in 1889 was a delegate to the republican state convention at Tacoma. He has also attended several county conventions in a similar capacity and has at all times shown the interest of a patriotic citizen in the election of competent men to office. Fraternally he is connected with the Masonic order, being past master of Colville lodge, and he also belongs to the Woodmen of the World. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and is first vice president of the Federation of Commercial Clubs of Stevens county. He was instrumental in the establishment of the county fair grounds and was manager of the county fairs for ten years, until 1910, when he resigned. He was also commissioner from Stevens county for the Alaska-Yukon Exposition and was superintendent of exhibits for the county during the period of the exposition, accomplishing much good in securing settlers for this region. He has met with deserved success in his business and, as he possesses a genial and companionable nature and has been faithful in the discharge of every duty, either public or private, it may be truly said of him that he represents the substantial citizenship of Stevens county.

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