Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
THOMAS R. GIBSON resides at Mountain
Park, about fourteen miles up the lake from Lakeside in Chelan county.
He is a native of England and came to America with his father, Thomas Gibson,
in 1858, settling at Quincy, Illinois, where the father started a newspaper.
Later, they removed to Omaha, where the senior Gibson operated in the same
business. From that state they moved to a little camp, which was
the beginning of the prosperous city of Denver, Colorado, and took one
hundred and sixty acres of land. Later he sold this land to Governor
Evans, of Colorado, for seven hundred dollars. It is now the heart
of Denver. Mr. Gibson started the Rocky Mountain News
and operated it for years, and as is well known, it is now one of the leading
newspapers of the United States. Mr. Gibson was a man of great knowledge
and ability. He possessed a wealth of intellect together with executive
talent that placed him in the front ranks with the newspaper men of his
day. Our subject was educated in the various places mentioned above
and remained in the west until 1889, when he came to Lake Chelan and established
himself at Mountain Park, where he has a beautiful and comfortable home.
In Pennsylvania, in February, 1873, Mr. Gibson
married Miss Mary G. Ridgeway, a native of the Keystone state. Mr.
Gibson is one of the leading citizens of the Lake Chelan country and has
shown commendable enterprise in his labors here.