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 TIMM, the son of Louis and
Susan (Herrick) Timm, the first settlers in Paha, is a native of Lesueur
county, Minnesota, born January 5, 1877. His father was a native
of Germany and his mother of Ohio. The parents settled in Minnesota
in an early day, and later removed to Washington, where also they were
early pioneers. Besides the subject of our sketch, they raised five
children, Delbert, Myrtle, Amelia, Mary and Celia.
John Timm attended the common schools of Paha,
where the principal portion of his life has been spent, three months each
year until arriving at the age of fourteen years, when he started working
for wages. On account of the newness of the country his educational
advantages were decidedly limited, but he managed by close application
and home study to acquire a fair common school education. When he began
working he made his father's home his headquarters when not employed, until
early in life he began riding the range of a cow-boy. Among his first
exploits in this capacity was assisting in the driving of a herd of seven
hundred head of cattle from Walla Walla to Lake Chelan. He continued
working in the saddle until 1897, when he took his present homestead one-half
mile from Paha, where he has since lived and tilled the soil. Here
he has a quarter-section of land all under cultivation, and improved in
the most modern style.
In March, 1893, Mr. Timm was married to Clara
Westover, a native of Minnesota. Her father died during her infancy,
and her mother is now living in Spokane. Mrs. Westover has five children
living, Eunice, Annie, Filo, Lou and Clara.
John Timm is a stanch Republican in politics,
and takes an active interest in the affairs of his party.
Mr. and Mrs. Timm have one son, an infant
not yet named.