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Information for Charles Emerson Paine
6 February, 1873 - 10 January, 1942
Article transcribed from
The History of Idaho,
The Gem of the Mountains, Vol. II
Pgs. 919 and 920
by James Henry Hawley
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1920
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Note - Buried in Roswell Cemetery,
Roswell, Canyon Co., Idaho

Charles E. Paine

     Charles E. Paine is one of the extensive chicken raisers of the Boise valley and is also meeting success as a horticulturist. His home is in the Roswell district, two miles west of the town of Roswell, and he is there successfully conducting his business interests, which are of an important character. Mr. Paine is a native son of Minnesota. He was born in Watonwan county on the 6th of February, 1873, and acquired a common school education while spending his boyhood days in the home of his parents, Emerson and Abby (Robinson) Paine, who were natives of Maine. The father was a master mechanic and lived in Minnesota till the time of his death in 1879. The mother passed away in Minnesota.
     Charles E. Paine was reared in Minnesota and in 1897, when a young man of twenty-four years, came to Idaho. Making his way to Roswell, he purchased forty acres of land, which he cultivated for a period of four years and then rented the property, taking charge of the John Steel orchards, of which he was manager through the succeeding twelve years. At the end of that time he sold his forty-acre tract of land and bought forty-five acres where he now resides, two miles west of Roswell. Thirty acres of this land is in fruit, ten acres being planted to prunes and, twenty acres to apples. The other fifteen-acre tract is devoted to the raising of White Leghorn and Ancona chickens. At the present writing he has six hundred and fifty fine chickens upon his place and during March, 1919, he sold eggs to the value of nearly four hundred dollars. He expects to engage in the chicken business on a much more extensive scale and within the next two years will have increased the number to two thousand. At present he gathers about four hundred eggs per day. He has seven incubators with a combined capacity of two thousand eggs and on one day alone he sold as high as eight hundred one-day-old chicks. His breeding pens, in which he has about two hundred breeders, cover half an acre. In this pen there is not one hen that does not lay two hundred or more eggs each year. In his laying pens he has about three hundred hens and selects his breeders from ^these. He has paid as high as two dollars each for his Ancona eggs and is testing this breed, so that if they prove as good as he anticipates, he will specialize on them exclusively. He has been engaged in chicken raising in this way for ten years and is fast gaining a wide reputation in this connection. Mr. Paine was also fruit inspector for the North Pacific Fruit Distributors, who had five hundred orchards. He traveled inspecting these orchards most of the time, averaging one hundred miles a day by- automobile, and one month he traveled over four thousand miles. He has had a very wide experience in connection with the fruit industry, including planting, growing, packing and shipping, and there is no one in the state who better understands fruit raising than he. His broad experience and his close study of horticultural magazines and books enable him to speak with authority upon the question. He was also a director of the Boise-Payette project for nine years and Mr. Paine, J. H. Lowell and Sylvester Hill were sent as delegates to Nampa to meet the secretary of the interior, who came to Idaho as a representative of the government, and show him over the project with the idea of inducing the government to take up this reclamation work. Mr. Paine also assisted in developing the Roswell Fruit Park Tract, where he now resides, and he likewise owns some city property in Caldwell.
     In 1895 Mr. Paine was united in marriage to Miss Jessie M. Day, of Blue Earth county, Minnesota. They are widely and favorably known in this section of the state and the hospitality of their own home is greatly enjoyed by their many friends. Fraternally Mr. Paine is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. All who know him, and he has a wide acquaintance, esteem him highly as a man of genuine worth, loyal and progressive in citizenship, alert and enterprising in business. There are few men who have so fully demonstrated the possibilities for horticultural development in Idaho and none who have labored more diligently and effectively in advancing the breed of poultry raised in this section of the country. His work has been of real worth and value to his fellow townsmen, showing what can be accomplished along these lines and serving as a stimulus to the efforts of others.