Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ISAAC J. BAILEY, closely identified
with steamboat transportation on the Columbia river, resides at Wenatchee,
Chelan county. His native state is New Jersey, and he was born September
15, 1860. His father, James Bailey, is a native of New Jersey, now
residing in Wisconsin; his mother, Matilda (Jones) Bailey was born in the
Empire state, of Welsh ancestry. She passed away in Wisconsin in
At the age of eight years our subject left
New Jersey, and with the family, located in Illinois. Here
he attended the district school and assisted his father in the meat business.
After leaving school our subject became interested in bridge building,
and has had charge of the construction of a great deal of important work
in this line, in various parts of the United States. He built the
railway trestle across Hangman creek, Spokane, and in 1890, in partnership
with J. L. Bailey (no relative), he secured a contract to build fifty-five
miles of trestle and bridge work in the Great Northern railroad.
This enterprise consumed two years. This firm built all of the high
trestle on the Great Northern, in the vicinity if Spokane. The ferry
across the Columbia, between Wenatchee and Douglas county, was constructed
by our subject, and he and his partner still own and control the same.
Mr. Bailey, in company with John J. O'Connor,
built the steamboat Wenatchee, which they ran two and one-half years.
In July, 1901, she was burned to the water's edge. Later they built
the North Star, and at present our subject devotes most of his time to
transportation by river methods.
Mr. Bailey has two sisters, Alice Banks and
Georgia. In June, 1894, at Wenatchee, he was married to Helen M.
Parrish, born near Ellensburg, and the daughter of George and Louise Parrish.
They have one child, Ruth M. The home is beautifully located, and
aside from this property he owns twelve acres of land across the Columbia
river, ten acres of orchard on Wenatchee avenue, several lots on Mission
avenue, and his interest in the ferry property.
He is a member of the M. W. A., and politically