Who's Who in Finance
A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Bankers, Capitalists, and Others Engaged in Financial Activities in the United States and Canada
Edited by John William Leonard, Joseph and Sefton Publishers, 1911, Page 103
Banker, real estate dealer; born In Pennsylvania, Oct. 12, 1837; son of George W. and Deborah (McKee) Pence; educated In country schools In Armstrong County, Pa., with a few weeks in Duff's Bookkeeping Institute, Pittsburgh; married in Idaho, Oct. 6, 1872, Anna Bigley; four sons and two daughters (all married); ten grandchildren. Went west to frontier In 1858, crossing Missouri River at Atchison, Kan., and saw some of the strife of that era in that State; went to Denver, 1860, taking in the goods for the fourth store in that place, after considerable trouble with the Indians on the trip; returned to Atchison and remained there until June 9, 1862, when started across the plains with an ox-cart, crossed the Platte River at California Crossing (now the city of Julesburg), where joined other wagons, 60 in number, making a train with 716 persons and their belongings, crossing the mountains to where Baker City now stands,
this party being the pioneer of settlement of Eastern Oregon; crossed back to Idaho, Nov. 1, 1872, to the Boise Basin Mines in Boise County; engaged in mining, packing and teaming until 1867, when engaged in dealing in and raising stock. Was vice-president of the first bank opened at Payette, Idaho, and is now president First National Bank of Payette; director Farmers' Bank of New Plymouth; president Idaho Canning Co., and the Payette Creamery Co., and director in the Payette Building and Loan Ass'n. Was chairman of the first board of school directors, and first mayor of City of Payette, Idaho. Republican: Methodist. Charter member of the first Masonic Lodge and the first Royal Arch Chapter in Payette. Address: Payette.