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.
DANIEL BUCHANAN, one of the first
settlers of Adams county, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, February 25, 1820,
the son of John and Martha (Scott )Buchanan, both also natives of Scotland.
The mother was born at Rutherford Glen, February 24, 1786.
By trade, Mr. Buchanan was a calico printer,
although he followed principally agriculture after coming to the United
States in 1850. His first location in this country was in the state
of Wisconsin, where he remained until 1884, when he came to Seattle.
He was in Seattle, however, only a brief space when he came to Adams county
and purchased three sections of land and commenced farming. In 1884
he went on an extended visit to his old home in Scotland, to London, Paris,
and other European cities of interest, and on his return trip he visited
friends and relatives in Wisconsin and Dakota.
On January 3, 1845 Mr. Buchanan was united
in marriage with Mary Shaw, of Glasgow, Scotland, and to them were born
seven children: Mrs. Ann Scott; John, of Rio, Wisconsin; Daniel, in Chippewa
Falls, Wisconsin; Mary, married to W. A. Bartholomew, of Pingree, North
Dakota; Martha, married to W. H. T. Barnes, at Blair, Washington;
James A., at Buchanan, North Dakota; and William H., of Ulysses, Idaho.
Mr. Buchanan brought the first well drilling
machinery to Ritzville that was ever introduced into the county.
Mr. Buchanan took a keen interest in politics, both state and national,
and was a member of the constitutional convention of Washington in 1889.
For a number of years he was also chairman of the Adams county Republican
central committee. He was well posted and a leading citizen.
On May 23, 1903, Daniel Buchanan departed
this life, as deeply and universally mourned as any one who ever died in