Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JOHN M. ANGELL, who, with his
brother, Adam W., conducts a livery business in Ritzville under the firm
name of Angell Brothers, was born in Boone county, Missouri, September
21, 1863. However, he has been reared in the West, for at the age
of two years his parents crossed the plains by ox wagon to the Willamette
valley, Oregon, in which state the principal part of his life has been
spent. Their journey across the plains was an unusually hazardous
one, owing to the hostility of the Indians, who at different times made
determined efforts to capture the stock of the emigrants, but were as often
foiled in the attempt. When about four years of age John Angell was
taken by his parents to the Walla Walla country, whre they remained two
years, after which they lived ten years near Echo, Umatilla county, Oregon.
Here our subject attended district school and managed to acquire no small
amount of education. From Echo the family removed to Four Mile, near
Palouse, Washington, where they lived twenty-one years, engaged in farming
and stock-raising, in which business our subject was associated with his
father. In 1900 Mr. Angell went to the vicinity of Colfax, leased
a half section of school land and farmed for two years, then came to Ritzville
and erected a saloon and livery barn in partnership with his brother.
The brothers own two lots, fifty by one hundred feet, upon which their
business is located, and are in a prosperous condition. Their principal
business formerly was the buying and selling of horses, but of recent years
they have given their attention more fully to their livery business.
They have now about twenty-five head of horses in their barns, and eight
rigs. They recently sold three sections of pasture land in Adams
and Whitman counties. Mr. Angell owns, besides his business property,
a residence and two lots in Ritzville. He has one brother besides
his partner, and four sisters. Willis H.; Joella, wife of Alonzo
Risley; Orvilla, wife of Alonzo Jeffries; Jessie, wife of Tin Ringer, and
Lucy, wife of George Gebart.
John M. Angell was married, January 9, 1887,
to Alice Childers, a native of the Willamette valley, Oregon, the marriage
taking place at Palouse. Mrs. Angell is the daughter of Henry Childers,
of Elgin, Oregon, who crossed the plains in an early day. The mother
is deceased. She has one sister and one brother: Mary, widow of John
Kincaid; and Thomas Childers.
To this union have been born four children,
Reta, Gladys, John M. and Radford M., all living at home.
In politics Mr. Angell is a Democrat, but
is not an active party man.
Mr. Angell's parents were Radford M. and Sarah
M. (Nye) Angell, natives, respectively, of Missouri and South Carolina.
The father's father was a native of Virginia, and a veteran of the War
of 1812, and of the early Indian wars. Radford M. Angell was a Mason
of thirty years' standing, and upon his death at Ritzville, July 10, 1902,
he was buried by that order in Palouse. Mr. Angell's mother is now
living in Ritzville.