Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ARTHUR GUNN ranks with the leading
men in the Columbia valley, in Washington, and his worthy labors in Wenatchee
proclaim that he is holding the position by reason of real worth.
It was Mr. Gunn who labored with Mr. Reeves in the excellent undertaking
of making Chelan county. The measure was started in 1892, but failed
to be carried through on account of lack of local strength. Mr. Gunn
never let it escape from his thoughts and when the right time came he and
Mr. Reeves put their shoulders to the wheel and were richly rewarded by
the formation of Chelan county. This will be more fully treated in
the historical portion of the work.
Arthur Gunn was born in Maysville, Kentucky,
on March 21, 1866, the son of Thomas M. and Catherine (Waggoner) Gunn,
natives of Kentucky. The father's ancestors came to American shores
about four hundred years since and are from the sturdy Scotch race.
He was a graduate of the Dickinson college and later received the title
of D. D. He was presiding elder for thirteen years in the Methodist
church and later was superintendent of missions in the Presbyterian synod.
At the present he is preaching the gospel in Mission, this county.
The family were American long before there was a United States, and they
fought for American interests in all the conflicts. Mr. Gunn served
in the Civil war. The mother's people were related to the leading
families of Kentucky, as the Adairs, the Monroes, and so forth. President
Monroe and General Adair were included in this list. Her father served
in Company I, Twenty-first Kentucky Volunteers, which after re-enlistment
became the First Veterans. During the service he languished in Libby
and other southern prisons for sixteen months and had the thrilling experiences
of escaping and being recaptured eighteen times. The family removed
to Illinois when our subject was five, and he was educated until fifteen
there by his father. Then he entered Park College, in Kansas City,
Missouri, where he graduated in the class of 1888. He largely wrought
his way through college by work in the printing department, and for two
years he was city editor on a Joliet daily paper, this being when he was
seventeen. Following his graduation, Mr. Gunn came to Walla Walla,
whither the family had removed, and after due exploration of the country,
he settled at Kelso and started the Kelso Courier,
which was a bright
paper under his manipulation for two years. Then he left the management
of that to enter the banking establishment of J. J. Browne of Spokane.
In 1892 he started, in connection with Mr. Browne, a branch in Wenatchee,
and in 1894 sold his interest in it. In 1896 Mr. Gunn organized the
Wenatchee Water Power Company, and is today the president of the electric
light company of Wenatchee. In addition to this, Mr. Gunn is doing
a fine business in real estate. He manages the townsite company's
business and for three years was land commissioner for the Nelson &
Ft. Sheppard Railroad. Mr. Gunn discovered that he could do better
by giving his entire time to local enterprises and so resigned that position.
Mr. Gunn has two brothers, W. Chalmers and Thomas M. Jr., and one sister,
On July 12, 1890, Mr. Gunn married Miss Elizabeth
Brown, at Walla Walla, a native of Darlington, Indiana. Her father
is deceased, but her mother is living with our subject now. Mrs.
Gunn was well educated in the seminary and spent some time in teaching.
She has one brother, Charles F., and one sister, Nettie. To Mr. and
Mrs. Gunn six children have been born, Arthur, Mary, Thomas, Catherine,
Elizabeth and Anabel. Mr. Gunn is a member of the K. P., and is a
strong Democrat. He and his wife are adherents of the Presbyterian
church. He is treasurer of the Commercial Club, and is always active
in promoting any measure that is for the welfare of the town and county.
He has wide experience in the newspaper work and is a man of excellent