Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
IRVIN R. GEDDES, of the firm
of Geddes & Page, who operate a first-class livery and transfer business
in the town of Chelan, is well known as a thorough and capable business
man, who, by dint of hard labor and careful management has secured an excellent
competence of this world's goods.
Irvin R. Geddes was born in Polk county, Iowa,
on November 7, 1853, the son of Samuel S. and Elizabeth (Nagle) Geddes,
natives of Ohio and Iowa, respectively, and now dwelling in Ida county,
Iowa, where they own a fine and valuable estate. The parents both
come from old and well known American families which were always identified
with the cause of freedom and the upbuilding of this nation. The
father has held various official positions, but is now retired from active
life. The mother's father was closely connected with the Iowa
the old Republican paper of Des Moines, for many years.
Our subject was reared in Des Moines, Iowa, liberally educated in the public
schools, and in Ames College at Ames, Iowa. He remained with his
father until twenty-five years of age then went to Iowa county, farmed
and opened a livery business. Five years later he removed thence
to Utah where he followed various occupations for several years, then came
a trip overland with horses to Spokane, after which he went to Edwall,
Washington, bought land and farmed for six years. Like many others
he was overtaken by hard times, so sold his stock and located in the livery
business at Waterville. For four years he did well, securing in the
meantime a section of land in addition to the homestead. He still
owns this farm land and rents it. In 1900 he sold his interest in
the livery in Waterville and together with Mr. Page established their present
business. In addition to doing a general livery business, for which
they were thoroughly equipped with good stock, fine rigs and so forth,
they handle the stage and entire transfer business from the landing to
the town of Chelan. They are prosperous and progressive men and stand
well in the community. Mr. Geddes has two brothers and two sisters,
George, Arthur, Lettie and Cordelia.
At the bride's residence in Ida county, Iowa,
Mr. Geddes married Miss Ada Harrison, whose parents were natives of Ireland.
Mrs. Geddes has three brothers and two sisters, Thomas, Matthew, David,
Lizzie Nightsee and Mary Arthur. Three children, Mamie, Hazel and
Saylor have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Geddes. Mrs. Geddes was highly
educated and for a number of years was a very successful teacher.
She is a communicant of the Congregational church. Mr. Geddes is
a Republican and a man of excellent judgment and wisdom.