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.
GARRETT W. LAVENDER is a prosperous
farmer and stock raiser residing one mile east of Griffith postoffice,
Adams county, Washington. Born in Animas, Colorado, November 5, 1873,
Mr. Lavender is the son of Jesse and Susan (Rhoades) Lavender, natives
of Missouri. The elder Lavender lived in the state of his birth until
fifteen years of age when he removed with his parents to Texas, and in
1870 he removed to LaPlata county, Colorado, having previously married,
and in 1884 he came to Tillamook county, Oregon. The family lived
there only two years, then came to Adams county, Washington, where Mr.
Lavender took a stock ranch and engaged in the business of cattle raising,
while his wife and children lived in Ritzville. After five years
he took his family to a home on Crab creek where he continued in the stock
business. Here they lived until 1901, when Mr. Lavender sold his
land to his son, removed to Spokane, and there died, November 10, 1903.
His wife still survives, and makes her home in Spokane. She has two
and one-half sections of land, as well as a number of cattle and a large
drove of horses. Mr. and Mrs. Lavender were parents of eleven children,
seven of whom now live, whose names besides that of our subject, are: Stonewall
J., Joseph A., Jesse H., Andrew L., Clay M. and Norah A.
Garrett W. Lavender, early in life, attended
school in his native city, and continued his education until graduating
from the Ritzville schools in 1893. He started in business independently
at the age of twenty. At that age he entered the business of raising
stock as his father had done, in which he has been more or less heavily
engaged ever since. In 1898 he purchased eight hundred acres of land
eight miles north of Ritzville, which he immediately proceeded to cultivate
in connection with his stock business. He later acquired a half section
of agricultural land south of Ritzville which he rents to tenants, and
he also has a section of railroad land which he rents as pasture.
On January 9, 1900, occurred the marriage
of Garrett W. Lavender to Ada M. Baird, daughter of J. G. and Nellie (Adams)
Baird, natives of Illinois, and parents of five children. The brothers
and sisters of Mrs. Lavender are: John W., Grace, May and Maud.
Garrett W. Lavender is one of the enthusiastic
and stalwart Democrats of his county, and devotes considerable attention
to the affairs of his party.