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munit}^ is of the highest. In \\'alla ^^'alla
county, in 1884, he married Aliss Augusta
• Kaseberg, a native of Ohio, and to their union
have been born five children, Henry, Laura,
Lizzie, Ella and Edwin, the last four of whom
are all attending the public school.

JOHX A. BEARD. — Prominent among
those whose industry and toil have wrought
the industrial and agricultural development of
this county is the man whose name forms the
caption of this brief and necessarily incom-
plete article. He possesses the sturdy man-



liood and great native daring which form the
most striking characteristics of the true pio-
neer, and is not lacking in any quality of heart
or mind essential to the typical advance agent
of civilization.

Born. in lUinois on February 14, 1854, he
spent the first eleven years of his life there,
afterward coming with his parents over the
long trail to the Walla Walla valley. The re-
mainder of the family engaged in farming on
a place five miles southeast of the city of
Walla \\^alla, but our subject turned his mind
to freighting. From the year 1866 until the
advent of the year 1876 he drove a ten-mule
team almost constantly, but in the latter year
he took a pre-emption in Columbia county
and engaged in farming, to which, in 1879,
he added stock raising also. In 1889 he re-
tired from the farm temporarily, came to
Walla Walla, and later became a member of
the Walla Walla Dressed Meat Company, con-
tinuing in that until 189S, in which year he
sold out his interest and again engaged in
farming and handling stock. He is the owner
of a fine farm of three hundred and sixty acres
on Dry creek, and resides in a comfortable
and handsomely furnished home on East Su-
mach street, Walla Walla, the title to which
is in him.

Mr. Beard is a prominent man in frater-
nal circles, having passed through all the chairs
in Trinity Lodge, I. O. O. F., of which he is
a charter member, and being also actively
identified with the K. of P. and the United

Near the city of Walla Walla, on October
8, 1876, the marriage of our subject and INIiss
Clarinda A. Wood was solemnized. Mrs.
Beard is a native of Iowa, and a pioneer of
this county, having been brought here by her
parents in 1863. She is a very active lady in

social circles, and a prominent member of
Beehive Lodge, D. of R., all the chairs of
which have been occupied by her.

Outlining the life of Mrs. Beard's father
briefly, we may say that he was born in Ten-
nessee January 11, 1809, and grew to man's
estate and married there, afterward removing
to Iowa, in which state he lost his first wife.
He married again, and by his second wife,
Mrs. Beard's mother, who died Ma}' 31. 1900,
he had eleven children, six of whom are liv-
ing. He passed away in this county on August
3, 1877, and Mr. Beard's father died in Daj'-
ton March 17, 1891.

HON. P. M. LYNCH, deceased, a pio-
neer of 1861, was born in Gault, Canada, in
1S34. He came to the United States in 1858,
locating in Nevada City, California, where
for two years he followed mining. He then
removed to Portland, Oregon, and engaged
in blacksmithing and carriage making, a trade
which he had learned in his native town.
About a year later he removed to Walla Walla
and opened here the first carriage making shop
iri the city. However, he did not confine his
attention to that business alone, but also en-
gaged in pack freighting to the mines of Sil-
ver City, Florence and the Oro Fino districts,
also maintaining a hardwai'e store in Walla
A\^alla, on ]\Iain street, between Second and
I'hird streets. His freighting business grew
until he was encouraged to add three ten-mule
wagons to his train.

After about four years Mr. Lynch sold
his freighting outfit that he might confine his
energies to his blacksmithing, carriage making
and hardware business, and he continued to



do so from that date until the time of his
death, December 12, 1881.

]\Ir. Lynch was a broad-minded, pubHc-
spirited, benevolent man. He was three times
elected to a seat in the Walla Walla city comi-
cil, and in 1874 was elected on the Demo-
cratic ticket to represent the county in the
territorial legislature. He was one of the or-
ganizers of the Washington Volunteer Fire
Department, the first fire company in Walla
Walla. jNIr. Lynch was always a devout
Catholic, but was too broad a man to confine
his sympathy and benevolence to any one
organization. He subscribed liberally to
all religious sects, and no worthy cause
ever solicited his aid in vain. Li Port-
land, Oregon, June 18, 1861, he mar-
ried Miss Mary Byrne, a native of Ireland,
reared and educated in the county of Roscom-
mon. \Mien eighteen she came with neighbors
to Chicago, Illinois, and made her home with
her brother, a business man there. In 1859
the brother died, and she came via Panama to
Vancouver, W^ashington, where she lived with
another brother until her marriage, since which
she has been a resident of Walla Walla. She
and her husband became parents of eight chil-
dren : Edward M. and Elitia May, deceased ;
Sarah A., wife of Hon. D. J. Crowley, of Ta-
coma, counsel for the Northern Pacific Rail-
way; Gertrude M., now iMrs. A. C. Marcon-
nier; Eliza Margaret, now Mrs. \\'. A. Fergu-
son, of Walla Walla; Charles H., a bookkeeper
for his brother in this city; Martin M., a
clerk ill Walla Walla ; and Robert E., a plumber
in Walla Walla.

Since Mr. Lynch's death his widow has
done all in her power to carry out his charita-
ble desires, assisting every worthy cause to
the full extent of her abilit}^. She is a mem-
ber of the Ladies' Relief Society, a society

incorporated under the laws of the state of
\\'ashington in March, 1885, though organ-
ized in 1880. It is devoted to general charita-
ble purposes, recognizing no sect or creed in
the furtherance of its noble work. Mrs.
Lynch is one of the oldest members of the
organization, and has always been a hard
worker for the good of the cause.

with great pleasure that we now essay the task
of outlining the life history of one whom an
adventurous spirit early led to the sea, and
afterwards kept on the forefront of civiliza-
tion's march during the decades of a long and
successful career. Our subject has always
been a giant in achievement and one before
whom difticulties that would overwhelm a less
resolute man vanished like the dew before the
rays of the morning sun.

Mr. Preston was born in Galway, Sara-
toga county, New York, on the 23d of Novem-
ber, 1832, and his education was acquired in
Galway academy, located in the town of his
birth. When eighteen years old, he went to
live with his uncle. Rev. A. W. Piatt, a Pres-
byterian minister, residing in Tompkins coun-
tv. New York, with whom he remained until
1852. He then went to sea, visiting New^
Brunswick, New Orleans, Liverpool and other
points in Great Britain and America, and re-
turning to Galway, via Boston, in 1854.

That year witnessed the opening for settle-
ment of the territory of Nebraska, and thither
our subject went in the fall, making the jour-
ney by way of Chicago and Rock Island, down
the ]\Iississippi to St. Louis, and up the Mis-
souri river, there being no direct railway con-
nection at that time. Locating at Bellevue,






■he became captain of Colonel Sarpee's large
ferry-boat in 1855, and when the territorial
capital was moved to Omaha, and the boat
sold to the Council Bluffs and Nebraska Ferry
Company, he went with it to Omaha. Li
1857, he removed to Steubenville, Ohio, and
built the Omaha Cit}', a double engine, side-
wheel boat, designed to carry freight on the
river. In 1858, leaving the ferry industry in
charge of his brother, he went to Pike's Peak,
Colorado, and was among the first on the site
of Denver, building one of the first houses.
He was engaged in mining in the Gregory
mines for a couple of years but, meeting with
only indifferent success, he resolved to try his
fortunes in northern Idaho, then a part of the
territory of Washington. He went in by the
upper Snake river, crossing the stream in a
wagon bed, and by old Fort Lemhi at the head
of the Salmon river.

Mr. Preston's connection with the town
of Waitsburg dates back to 1866. Shortly
after his arrival he purchased a half interest
in the Washington Flouring mills, adding also
a general merchandise business. He and his
brother, Piatt A., bought out Mr. Wait, the
original owner, and has continued in the busi-
ness ever since, at times having other asso-
ciates in both milling and merchandise. He
is a director in the Merchant's Bank of Waits-
burg, a stockholder and director in the Schwa-
bacher Company's general merchandise store at
Walla Walla, was prominently connected with
the Puget Sound Dressed ]\Ieat Company when
that was in existence, and is very largely in-
terested in farming lands and in stock. While
evidences of Mr. Preston's wonderful enter-
prise and great executive ability are every-
where manifest, they are especially to be
found in the W'ashington Mills, which have
long been the leading industry of Waitsburg,

and which have ever been so successfully man-
aged as to win for their products the first place
for excellence and a very enviable reputation
tlie state over. The plant is in all respects
equal to the best, and the people of the city
are justly proud of it.

Notwithstanding the exacting nature of his
many duties in connection with his private busi-
ness, Mr. Preston has always found time to
take an interest in politics, and, when called
upon to perform the public duties for which
his fine intellectual endowments so well ciuali-
fied him, to attend to the same with faithful-
ness and care. ^Mien in the legislature in
1 88 1, he was appointed chairman of the very
important Ways and Means committee.

Preston was married, in 1S69, to Miss
Matilda Cox, a daughter of the noted Hon.
Anderson Cox, and perhaps the first white
child born in Idaho. Their union has been
blest by the advent of three children, Bert and
Dale, in the Preston Grocery Company cf
Walla ^^'alla, and Charles, in the mills at

As an interesting reminiscence, we may
record that in 1862, Mr. Preston and his
brother, while on their way to the Idaho min-
ing region, crossed the Snake river above Fort
Hall when the stream was swollen by melting
snows, using their wagon bed as a boat. The
experiment was a very dangerous one, but
they managed to thus safely ferr)- across the
camp equipments and wagons of a large train
of immigrants, swimming the stock. On reach-
ing Fort Lemhi, as wagons could be taken no
further, they traded their cattle and wagons
to some of those in the train who became dis-
couraged and turned back, receiving mules in
exchange. Pack saddles were made and their
first experience in the most primitive form of
transportation where beasts of burden are used



was had. One of the mules rolled down the
mountain and landed in the brush hundreds
of feet below, but further than that no great
tosses were sustained. After experiencing such
hardships as only a packer knows anything
about, they at length reached the Elk City
mines, where the search for the key to na-
ture's vaults besran.

the representatives of nature's nobility, who
in early days made their way to the Pacific
coast, is the man whose name forms the cap-
tion of this article, and fortunate it is for the
industrial and social life of the \\'alla Walla
valley that it was so long favored by the pres-
ence and influence of such a man. His great
executive ability and capacity for managing
a multiplicity of enterprises at the same time
enabled him to perform tasks which would
have been far beyond the power of ordinary
men, while his splendid intellectual develop-
ment and sterling integrity made him many
times the choice of the electors for high of-
fices of trust and emolument. Li the per-
formance of every duty, whether it would be
classed as important or otherwise, he was sig-
nally faithful, and his broad-minded charity
and unwavering disposition to treat everyone
with whom he came in contact with fairness
and courtesy made him friends by the hun-

Our subject was born in Saratoga countv,
New York, in 1837. His father, Calvin, a
physician by profession, was also a son of the
Empire state, and his mother, nee McAlister,
Avas likewise born there. Mr. Preston received
his education in the public schools and in
Princeton Academy, and when the time ar-

rived for him to leave the parental roof and to-
initiate independent action, came out to Oma-
ha, Nebraska, where for four years he was
employed by the Council Bluft's and Omaha
Ferry Company. In i860, we find him mining
m Colorado and, in 1862, in that part of Wash-
ington territory now included in the state of
Idaho, his business still being to hunt assidu-
ously for the hidden treasure. In 1866 he-
became identified with the town of Waitsburg,
where he turned his attention to milling, pur-
chasing an interest in the plant of Mr. Wait,
the city's founder. Success attended his efforts
in the new , town from the first, his property in-
terests increased steadily and his wealth grew
unceasingly. He became the owner of one of
the finest residences in the city, besides much
other realty within the corporate limits, and, to-
gether with his brother, W'illiam G., held the
title to some five thousand acres of excellent
wheat land, all of which was fully utilized in
the production of cereals. He and his brother
owned most of their property in common and
always looked carefully after each other's in-

]\Ir. Preston was a member of the last terri-
torial legislature, and so satisfactorj- to the
constituency was his service that the electors
thereof honored him by keeping him in the
state senate for four years. One singular cir-
cumstance connected with his public life is that
though he was so prominent in many hotly
contested political campaigns, he seems to
have made no enemies, the charm of his per-
sonality being such as to disarm hostility. He
was appointed penitentiary commissioner by
Gov. Ferry, and at dift'erent times served as
city councilman and school director, and in
numerous other capacities.

In 1869, he became the husband of her who
had been Miss Laura Billups, a native of



Iowa, and the issue of their union was four
children. Airs. Preston died in 1897.

About three or four years ago, Mr. Pres-
ton bought a home on Portland Heights, Port-
land, Oregon, and there his family were resid-
ing at the time of his sudden demise. He died
of heart decease on March 12, 1900, while
traveling in Texas for the benefit of his daugh-
ter's health, but though that melancholy event
took place in Galveston, at the home of his
youngest brother, Calvin W. Preston, his re-
mains lie buried in Waitsburg cemetery. He
had been a prominent Mason, having once
served as Grand Master, and at the time of
his funeral the members of that fraternity in
Walla Walla testified their esteem and regard
by chartering a special train and attending en
masse. All the papers of the state with one
accord bore testimony to his exalted character,
splendid abilities and great service, and the
memorial tribute of love, prepared by Waits-
burg Chapter, No. 9,0rder of the Eastern Star,
so admirably indites the regard and esteem in
which the deceased was held not alone by the
members of that order but by the entire com-
munity that we cannot refrain from reproduc-
ing it in full. It reads as follows : "Any at-
tempt to express the very high esteem in which
Brother Piatt A. Preston was held by the
members of this chapter or the consecjuent sor-
row because of his death can only prove futile.
The official position he has held among us,
while it is an intimation of our regard, fails
to voice our love for him as a brother, com-
panion and fellow-laborer in carrying forward
the benevolent and fraternal purposes of our
beloved order. He has been with us from the
beginning and has shared all our labors, has
borne with us our sorrows and participated in
our joys and pleasures. But yesterday he was
with us, and suddenly, before we can fully

realize it, he has taken his silent and final de-
parture. We can only hold him in our fond
remembrance, only recall the pleasant hours
of social intercourse enjoyed while he was with
us and hope for a happy reunion bye and bye
when partings never come to sadden the heart
and bedim the eye. Brother Preston was a
man of many excellent qualities. He was a
well poised man, one who was not spoiled by-
positions of honor, trust or emolument. He
never forgot that he himself was human and.
that others were entitled to the same rights as
he. This made him companionable, made him
friends, and it is with no little pride we say
with confidence that notwithstandmg his long-
residence in this community, though it was
one of activity in business of various kinds
and in political life, yet his friends were legion^
while no man called him "enemy." No stain
ever rested upon his character. We cannot
say more, for words are weak. Human speech
cannot be formed to adequately express the
heart's deep emotions at the loss of a trusted
and beloved friend such as Brother Preston,
to each and every one of us. His memory is
enshrined in our hearts and while we cherish
that memory, let us strive to em.ulate his many-
virtues and bow in humble submission to 'Hinx
who doeth all things well.' W'e can only tend
our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved children
and relatives, commending them to God and
His promises in their great sorrow. Dear
Brother, farewell !"

THOMAS COPELAND, a farmer resid-
ing six miles southeast of Walla Walla, was
born in the state of Orfegon in i86r. He
was, however, reared in Walla Walla county,
whither his parents brought him in April,



1863. He acquired a public-school education,
then \vent to work on the parental farm. On
attaining his majority he rented a portion of
his father's land and engaged in agricultural
•pursuits on his own account. In 1887 he
bought a two-hundred-and-forty-acre tract
which formed the nucleus for his present mag-
nificent I'anch of twelve hundred acres, the
remaining nine hundred and sixty being ac-
<phred by pre-emption and purchase. He has
fine, well-bred horses, cattle and hogs, and ex-
cellent improvements, in fact everything about
his premises bears eloquent testimony to his
•thrift and energy. On his place is a water
■plant costing upwards of one thousand dol-
lars, and one of the finest barns in the county.
His principal production, as is the case with
most of the other large farmers of that sec-
tion of the Inland Empire, is wheat.

In addition to his real estate holdings, j\Ir.
Copeland has some quite valuable mining in-
terests, and he is also the owner of stock in
the Warehouse & Elevator Company at Walla
'\\'alla. He has held a few local offices, among
them those of road overseer and school trus-
tee. Fraternally he is identified with the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, into which
order he was initiated about twelve years ago.
In this county, in 1889, he married Miss Min-
nie Harman, a member of an old and respected
pioneer family, and a native of New York
state. They have three children, namely,
Ralph, Clara and ^Martha.

at his handicraft as a journeyman for several
years. In 1862, however, he came to New
York, opened a shop of his own and started
to build up a business. He was there for sev-
eral years, but finally tiring of the line in which
he was engaged, he removed to Iowa and
turned his attention to farming.

After pursuing that industry there for
three years, Mr. Harmen came to Walla Walla,
arriving in October, 1873. He bought a place
south of the city, not far from the fort, and
on this he lived and farmed until, on July 17,
1892, he was called to depart this life. He
had been an industrious, thrifty and frugal
man, and left his family in good circumstances.
Mr. Harmen was married in Volgest, Ger-
many, in November, 1859, to J^Iiss Caroline
Moll, a native of that country, and their union
was blest by the advent of five children, Charles
and William, with their mother on the farm,
George and Frank, residents of the valley,
and Minnie, now Mrs. Thomas Copeland.
Mr. Harmen was a member of the German
Lutheran church, and his widow also belongs
to that denomination.

CHARLES T. HARMEN, deceased, a
pioneer of 1873, was born in Berlin, Germany,
April 19, 1828. He was educated in the pub-
lic schools of his native land, and learned the
j^rade of a wagon maker there, also worked

JOSEPH McEVOY, a farmer on the Old
Dalles road, four miles southwest of Walla
Walla, a pioneer of 1856, was born in county
Kilkenny, Ireland, on May 26, 1832. He
passed the first eighteen years of his life in
his native land, receiving his educational
training in a private school, but in 1850 he
sailed for New York. He remained in that
city five months, then enlisted in the Lnited
States army for general service. He was soon
transferred to Company E, First Regiment
Mounted Rifles, and sent west. He served
with that branch of the army for two and a







half years on the plains of Kansas, Nebraska,
and Wyoming, but in 1854 was transferred to
Company E, First Regiment Dragoons. He
participated in the Rogue river war, in the
Yakima war, and in 1856, while on his way
to take station at Fort Walla Walla, had a
hard fight with Indians on the Umatilla river,
where his company was surrounded after res-
cuing Governor Stevens and escort, who had
been previously surrounded on Russell creek.

Some time before this, also, Mr. McEvoy
was with Captain Gunnison, of the engineer
■corps, on a surveying expedition in Utah. He,
with the remainder of the escort except eight
men, was ordered to proceed further up the
Survey 'river, where they were then working,
the captain instructing them to search out a
good camping place, and await his arrival a
few days later. The next morning one of the
men who had remained behind came into camp
bringing the melancholy news that the cap-
tain and the other seven men had been mas-
sacred by Indians.

At the expiration of his term of service,
Mr. McEvoy hired out to the cjuartermaster
of Fort Walla Walla to herd government cattle.
He was thus employed two years and for three
years thereafter he was in charge of the quar-
termaster's stables. He then took a homestead
of eighty acres and a pre-emption of the same
proportions adjoining, the land for which he
had expressed a desire when he first marched
into Walla Walla. He still owns and works
this land, raising a variety of farm products,
and exhibiting the same courage and forti-
tude in his battle with opposing forces which
characterized him while battling with the red
men on the plain. He affiliates with the In-
dian War A^eterans.

Mr. McEvoy was married in Portland,
Oregon, on March 10, 1859, to Miss Eliza

Benn, a native of county Limerick, Ireland,
and a pioneer of the coast of 1858. They had
nine children, one of whom is deceased. Of
the eight living children, two daughters are
residing with their husbands in this valley,
two sons, Patrick A. and Charles H. (the
former of whom was the first white child born
in this county, the date being March 13,
i860), are married and residing in Nevada
and Farmington, Washington, respectively,
and three sons and one daughter are at home
with their father. Mrs. McEvoy died in Walla
Walla on May 26, 1898, after a residence of
forty years in the valley. She lies buried in
the Valley Chapel cemetery, beside her son.

JOHN F. ABBOTT, deceased, a pioneer
of 1859, belonged to that class of men whom
adventurous spirit's and love of nature in its
wildness and variety have kept constantly in
the forefront of civilization's march. He was
born in New York, March 25, 1823, and there
he spent the first thirteen years of his life. He
then started to make his own way in the world,
and sought his fortunes in various states, final-
ly settling in Wisconsin, where he had his

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