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Henry Harmon Spalding, a Presbyterian missionary from New England, and his wife Eliza established the Lapwai Mission in 1836 (see also Lapwai). The Spaldings taught many local Nez Perce Indians the art of irrigated farming, and the town of Spalding is named in his honor. This community became Idaho’s first agricultural settlement in 1895, and a post office was built in 1897.

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