Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JESSE D. BONAR, who resides at
Entiat, Washington, is manager of the Entiat Improvement Company,
which owns about seven hundred acres of land under irrigation ditch.
He is cropping the entire estate to alfalfa and the enterprise is one of
the large movements in Chelan county.
Jesse D. Bonar was born in Winnebago county,
Iowa, on November 8, 1865, the son of Jesse and Jemima (Ragan) Bonar, natives
of Ohio and Indiana, respectively. The mother died some time since
and the father is still living in Iowa, aged eighty-four. Our subject
has the following brothers and sisters: David, James, Daniel and Welsey,
all in Iowa; Mrs. Nellie Howe, Mrs. Hester Luke, Mrs. Mary M. Mathena,
Mrs. Eliza Rosser, Mrs. Myrtie Tipperary.
Jesse D. Bonar was educated in the common
schools in Iowa and remained there until 1888, in which year he journeyed
to Puget Sound. He spent six years in farming and lumbering there,
then came to Entiat and engaged in logging until 1895, when be took charge
of the Entiat Improvement Company, being now manager of the same.
Mr. Bonar has shown rare executive ability and skill in managing this concern
and is making it a paying enterprise.
On January 21, 1895, in the Entiat valley,
Mr. Bonar married Miss Minnie M. Gray, and to them one child has been born,
Ellen Gertrude. Mr. Bonar is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and
a stanch and active Democrat. Mrs. Bonar is a member of the Christian