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.
GEORGE M. WINN is a man of much
experience in traveling and is well acquainted with frontier life.
He resides at the present time about three miles south from Delight where
he has three-fourths of a section, all in a high state of cultivation and
provided with good buildings, fences and other improvements. He gives
his attention largely to wheat raising and has made a real success in this
line of industry.
George M. Winn was born in Charlottsville,
West Virginia, November 13, 1854, the son of Thomas and Hannah M. (McChesney)
Winn, natives of Virginia. Their first home after their marriage
was in Virginia and in 1884, they came to Washington, settling in Pasco,
where they remained until their death. They were the parents of seven
children. Our subject received his education largely in the common
schools of Jackson county, Texas, and wrought with his father until twenty-one
years of age. Then he started out for himself, going first to New
Mexico where he took charge of a large stock ranch. Three years were
occupied thus and we see him then in Petaluma, California, where one year
was spent on a fruit farm. After that he came to Washington and settled
on the Snake river and remained there for seven years. Next he came
to Pasco, which was his home for six years. It was 1888 when Mr.
Winn took a timber culture where he resides at the present time.
For some years thereafter he worked in Pasco, spending four years in the
employ of the Northern Pacific. Then he returned to his claim and
after that journeyed to Texas, where he remained three years. From
Texas, he came again to his present place, which he has increased to four
hundred and eighty acres and since that time has given himself to farming
and stock raising.
In 1887, Mr. Winn married Miss Lula Spann.
She is the daughter of Col. J. R. and Anna Spann, natives of North and
South Carolina, respectively. They settled in Texas in 1850 and there
spent the balance of their lives. To them were born eleven children.
To Mr. and Mrs. Winn two children have been born, John R. and Hannah M.
They also have one adopted child, Francis W.
Mr. Winn has always been pleased with the
principles of the Democratic party and is a very active worker in that
field. He has frequently held offices and is also actively interested
in educational matters. Mr. Winn is a member of the Presbyterian
church and his wife belongs to the Roman Catholic denomination.