Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JOHN P. THEIN is one of the well
known mining men of Okanogan county, and is now devoting his attention
mostly to stock raising and farming. He has a fine estate of nearly
one half section at the foot of Palmer lake, nine miles north from Loomis.
He has excellent land, and is successful in his labors. He is a man
of energy and executive ability, and has shown himself to be dominated
by sound principles in his walk.
John P. Thein was born in Buffalo, Minnesota,
on June 27, 1870, the son of John B. and Lena Thein, natives of Luxemburg,
Germany. They came to the United States in 1868, locating in Wisconsin,
whither they soon traveled to Buffalo, Minnesota, where they now reside,
being retired from active business. The father was a carpenter.
Our subject grew up amid the invigorating scenes of a Minnesota farm, and
gained his educational training from the public schools of the place.
In the spring of 1891, he started out for himself, and came west to British
Columbia. The next year found him at Golden, in this county, engaged
in mining. Later he went to Boise, Rocky Bar, and Neal, in Idaho,
where he mined until 1896. Then he returned to Okanogan county, and
in 1897 went via Seattle, Skagway, and the Yukon to the Klondike country.
He was successful in placer mining, and in the summer of 1899 came back
to Seattle whence he went on a visit to Buffalo, Minnesota, renewing the
acquaintances of his youth, and enjoying the friendship of his people.
He returned to Okanogan county in due time, and again took up mining.
In the spring of 1901, Mr. Thein bought his present place, and since that
time has devoted himself to its cultivation and to raising stock.
As a specimen of the bounteous crops he raises, we may note that on one-fourth
of an acre he raised six thousand six hundred pounds of potatoes.
On July 4, 1901, Mr. Thein married Miss Elizabeth
M., daughter of Samuel and Nancy V. (Moyston) Forsyth, natives of Pierceton,
Indiana. They were both prominent educators of that section.
The father died in 1893, aged seventy-nine, while the mother died in 1890,
in her sixty-third year. Mrs. Thein has one brother, Gelenco, and
one sister, Mrs. Huldah Smith. Mrs. Thein was well educated in the
high schools of her native place, and is an accomplished lady. She
is a member of the Eastern Star, while Mr. Thein belongs to the W. W. and
the I. O. O. F. Mr. and Mrs. Thein have many friends, and enjoy the
esteem and confidence of all who have the pleasure of their acquaintance.