Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE H. GRAY, one of the progressive
and influential business men of the Entiat country, senior member of the
firm of Gray & Son, resides at Entiat, Chelan county. He was
born in Penobscot county, Maine, November 6, 1834, the son of Horatio and
Eliza (Maddin) Gray, both natives of Maine. Horatio, the father of
our subject, descendant of an old New England family, divided his time
between farmng and lumbering. The father of Eliza Gray was a non-commissioned
officer in the Revoltitionary War, serving seven years.
George H. Gray was reared in Maine until the
age of twenty, when he went to New Brunswick, Canada, where he remained
fifteen years, engaged in the lumber business, conducting a saw mill ten
years. Following one year in the fish business, at Warren, Rhode
Island, he went to Anoka, Minnesota, where he was in the lumber business
three years, going thence to Pierce City, Idaho, where he engaged for one
year in mining, and was five years in the lumber industry. In 1884
he went to Puget Sound, remained one season, and then came to Spokane and
opened a fish market. He then located in Chelan county, twelve years
ago, and for several years following engaged in logging. Twelve years
since he purchased a mill and is now cutting twenty thousand feet of lumber
daily. He owns one hundred and sixty acres on the Entiat river where
he cultivates one hundred acres, raising hay, principally. The firm
owns about four thousand acres of timber land on the Entiat and also a
fine mill site.
Our subject was married in New Brunswick,
Canada, to Cassella Baker, daughter of Prince and Sarah (Waldron) Baker.
Mrs. Gray has two brothers and two sisters. Mr. and Mrs. Gray have
nine children living, Horatio, Charles E., Captain Isaac B., George W.,
Minnie, wife of J. D. Bonar, foreman for the Entiat Improvement Company;
Eliza, widow of Charles Bonnington, and now postmistress at Entiat; Harriet,
attending school at Tacoma; Orofino, with her brother-in-law, at Bonner;
and Ida, residing at home.
Politically Mr. Gray is a Republican, but
never neglects business for politics.