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 C. HUFFMAN, a farmer and
one of the most extensive fruit growers in Adams county, resides one and
one-half miles southeast of Fletcher, which place is his post office.
Mr. Huffman has been doing for himself since he was twenty-five years of
age, and all his life he has been a farmer. He lived for the most
part in the state of Indiana until coming to Washington in 1883.
He came west with T. W. Martin and located a homestead and timber culture
where he now lives, each tract containing a quarter-section. In 1894
he had all of his land under cultivation, when he purchased a half-section,
plowed the greater portion of it and later sold eighty acres. In
1890 he began raising fruit on a large scale and has continued in the business
since that time. His orchard contains all the varieties of fruits
adapted to this latitude and annually yields great revenue to its owner.
The farm of Mr. Huffman is in a capital location, and is well supplied
with water for all purposes.
John C. Huffman is a native of Virginia but
at an early age his parents moved to Indiana, where he received a common
school education and made his start in life. He was born on August
8, 1846, and is the son of Barney and Lucretia (Williams) Huffman, whose
lives are touched upon in the sketch of Daniel Huffman, a brother of our
subject, which appears elsewhere in this volume. The parents are
both now living with the subject of this sketch, and although the father
is eighty-three and the mother eighty-two, they are enjoying remarkably
Mr. Huffman is a member of a family originally
comprising twelve children, two of whom, Levina and Louise, are dead.
The brothers and sisters of our subject who are living are Phillip, James,
Robert, Daniel, L. C., Mrs. Ruby Purcell, and Hannah.
Mr. Huffman is an active worker in the ranks
of the Democratic party. His church home is with the Christian denomination.