Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ISAAC M. DERIFIELD, of the firm
of Proctor & Derifield, dealers in grain, feed and wood is one of the
progressive and enterprising business men of Wenatchee, Chelan county.
He is in the pioneeer class of Washington citizens, having come to the
state nearly a year before its admission to the union.
A native of Kentucky, he was born in Lawrence
county, October 2, 1856, the son of Thomas and Mary A. (Holbrook) Derifield.
The ancestry of the father, who was a Kentuckian, were English. The
latter died in Minnesota in 1886. The mother, also a native of Kentucky,
was descended from an old Virginia family, who were prominent southern
farmers. Mary A. Derifield died in Minnesota in 1901. Our subject
was reared and educated in Kentucky, alternating working on the farm and
attending district school, until he was twenty-two years of age.
In 1878, in company with a brother, he went to Minnesota, where they purchased
a farm which our subject conducted three years, when he disposed of his
interest in the same and returned to Kentucky. Soon after, however,
he was back in Minnesota, remaining in that state until 1888. In
that year he came to Washington, locating in the Big Bend country, near
Waterville, the present capital of Douglas county. He remained here
upon a homestead fourteen years.
Mr. Derifield came to Wenatchee in 1902.
Associating himself with Julius F. Proctor, he engaged in the grain, wood,
and feed business, which they at present successfully conduct. Mr.
Derifield has two brothers and three sisters living: Deresciss H. and Sylvester,
the former of Minnesota and the latter of Kentucky, both farmers; Mary,
widow of John Stuart, late of Kentucky; Luverna, wife of William Adkins,
a Kentucky farmer; and Martha, married to George Bryan, a Minnesota farmer.
On December 16, 1877, our subject was married
to Emily J. Prince, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Hagerman) Prince, both
natives of Kentucky. They were both descended from old Kentucky families.
The father served in the federal army, and died from a fever contracted
in the war of the Rebellion, in 1863. The mother is still living
in Kentucky. She has two brothers, Carter, of West Virgina, and John,
a Kentucky farmer. She has, also, two sisters, Louisa, wife of David
Morris, of Kentucky, and Martha, married to David Compton, of West Virginia.
Both are agriculturists.
Mr. and Mrs. Derifield have five children
living, Thomas, Lurana, Ruth, Arnold, and Leon, all at home. They
have lost five, Polly A., Tennessee, Alafar, Jesse, and an unnamed infant.
Mr. Derifield is active in Masonic circles,
being a member of Riverside Lodge, No. 112, A. F. & A. M., Wenatchee,
the Shriners and Harmony Chapter, Waterville. He is, politically,