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.
HINER DORMAN is a farmer residing
on four hundred and eighty acres of land six miles north from Ritzville.
He is a native of Indiana, born on January 27, 1842, the son of William
and Eleanor (Morgan) Dorman, both natives of Tennessee. Early in
their married life the parents settled in Indiana, where, at the age of
forty-two the father died. The mother then removed with her family
to Iowa, and there, at the age of seventy-two, died, leaving a family of
four grown children, Jesse, Elizabeth, Martha, and the subject of this
sketch. The mother was a descendant of General Morgan of Revolutionary
fame. The father was a farmer all his life.
At the age of fourteen Mr. Dorman started
in his career independently, beginning by working on a farm. Prior
to this time he had attended school in Iowa, and after leaving home he
continued his education during the winters. He followed farming in
Iowa until 1888, when he came to Washington and located a homestead of
one hundred and sixty acres twelve miles northwest of Ritzville.
Here he lived eight years, when he sold out and located on a quarter-section
of land where he now lives. Later he purchased three hundred and
twenty acres, which he has fenced, placed under cultivation and improved
with good buildings, orchard and so forth.
In 1865 Mr. Dorman was married to Martha J.
Knox, daughter of John and Fidelia (Jacobs) Knox, both of whom were born
in Virginia. Mrs. Dorman is a member of a family of eleven children,
Benjamin F., Thomas J., Martha J., Henry C., John L., Mary E., Alice A.,
Addie, Louisa, Joseph and Charles. Among these are two pairs of twins,
Thomas J. and Martha J., and Alice A. and Addie.
To Mr. and Mrs. Dorman have been born these
children, whose names and present addresses are as follows: Orpha, Spokane;
Lois, married to John M. Woehr, Garfield, Washington; Lotta, Spokane; Jesse,
San Francisco; Alice C., with her parents; and Orris, Spokane.
In politics Mr. Dorman is liberal in his views,
being affiliated with no party. He and his family are members of
the Christian church.
In 1862 Mr. Dorman enlisted in Company H,
Thirty-third Iowa Infantry, and served three years as a private, first
under Colonel Rice, and upon his death in battle, under Colonel Mackey.
The first engagement in which our subject was involved was at Helena, Arkansas.
Later, he fought in the battles of Shellmound, Mississippi, the seventeen
days' fight at Selen River, Arkansas, and at the battle of Jenkin's Ferry.
He was repeatedly wounded, and at one time was confined two months in a
hospital. Upon returning to his command he fought in Alabama, being
engaged in the battles of Fort Spanish and Fort Blakely, as well as many
lesser fights and skirmishes. Altogether his military record was
one of action and bravery,--one of which he by no means need be ashamed.