Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ALBERT N. COURTWAY is one of
the successful business men of Wenatchee and his activity and skill in
his endeavors have given him the goodly competence in financial matters
which he is favored with at the present time. He was born in Michigan,
on November 8, 1867, the son of Francis X. and Judie (Gilbo) Courtway,
natives of Canada. The father now lives on a ranch, fifteen miles
below Wenatchee, but the mother died in 1873. Our subject received
his education from the school of Pontiac, Michigan, then came, when twelve,
with the family to Klickitat county. There he farmed with his father
for three years, after which he purchased land from his brother.
Later he sold the land back to him and purchased school land and continued
to buy land until he owned two full sections and two more in partnership
with his brother. He farmed three sections to wheat for three years
and then sold the entire estate and entered the sheep business. He
continued in the industry of wool growing until 1902, when he sold five
thousand head to his partner. He had done well in this line and the
following January he came to Wenatchee and built a large livery barn.
He took a partner, but later bought him out and then took Ralph Littlefield
as partner in the business, retaining the barn in his own name. The
firm handles a first-class livery and transfer business, have a good selection
of horses, and fine rigs, and no pains and care are spared to secure the
safety and comfort of patrons. Mr. Courtway also owns a fine residence
in the city, has a fruit farm near by, owns and handles a large ice and
storage plant, and has other property, as mining interests and so forth.
Mr. Courtway has two full brothers, Anthony
and Francis, and the following half brothers: Augustus, John, Eugene, Fred
On July 15, 1892, Mr. Courtway married Miss
Lizzie, daughter of John M. and Ellen (Sullivan) Healey natives of Ireland,
but now farming in Klickitat county. The wedding occurred in Goldendale.
Mrs. Courtway was born in California and she has one brother, John, and
one sister, Lillie Smith. Two children have been born to this union,
Nellie, aged ten, and Nelson A., aged six. Mr. Courtway is a member
of the Eagles and of the M. W. A., while politically he is a Democrat.