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.
MICHAEL J. LOGAN resides on a
farm one-fourth of a mile west from Cunningham, Adams county, Washington.
He is a native of Roscommon county, Ireland, born July 24, 1852, and is
the son of Thomas and Bridget (Geraghty) Logan. Both were natives
of Ireland, and the mother is still living in the county of our subject's
birth, but the father is dead. The family lived on a farm in Ireland,
and numbered in all nine children, seven of whom are still living, and
two of whom died while young. Those living are, James, Mary, Thomas,
Michael, Bartholomew, Francis, and Mary.
In his native county the subject of our sketch
received a good common school education, and at the early age of sixteen
years he started in life on his own responsibility. He worked in
a store in Strokestown, Ireland, for two years, then went to England, where
he farmed for eight years, then, in 1882, he came to America and settled
in Colorado. Here he worked on the railroad and later in the Leadville
mines, until during the following year, when he went to Umatilla, Oregon,
and took a position as section foreman for the railroad at that town.
He remained thus engaged for ten years then came to Washington and settled
at Cheney. Later, however, he removed to Connell, then to Hatton,
and in 1898 he took a homestead and the same year purchased an adjoining
section of land where he now lives. He has all of his eight hundred
acres of land fenced and under cultivation, improved with good buildings
and a fine orchard, and maintains a large herd of livestock,--both horses
Mr. Logan was married in 1892 to Mary Kelley,
a native of Iowa, which union has been blessed with two children, Mary
and Francis, both of whom live with their parents.
Mr. Logan is a Democrat, and both he and Mrs.
Logan are adherents to the Roman Catholic faith.
Upon first coming to the Big Bend, Mr. Logan
was anything but favorably impressed with the appearance of the country
and expected not to remain; but as he became more familiar with the conditions
and climate he learned to like it and now he considers it the best country
in America for the farmer and stockman.