Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES A. HARLIN, although a
young man, can justly be claimed as one of the pioneers of Washington,
coming to the state at the time of its admission to the union. Saunders
county, Nebraska is the place of his nativity, where he was born January
22, 1871. He now owns and conducts the largest meat market in the
thriving town of Wenatchee, Chelan county. His parents, Charles and
Anna Harlin, are natives of Germany. They came to this country and
located in Nebraska in 1869, where they now reside, engaged in farming
near Cedar Bluffs.
Our subject was reared on a Nebraska farm,
but attended the graded schools of Fremont, that state, and subsequently
assisted his father in a meat market. In 1889 he came to Washington
and settled on Lake Chelan, at that period in Okanogan county, now Chelan.
Here he followed various employments, and in 1894 he came to Wenatchee
and worked for Michael Horn, the pioneer butcher of that place. Subsequently
he went to Seattle and studied six months in a business college, returning
to Wenatchee and remaining in the employment of Mr. Horn two years.
The latter was desirous of giving his whole attention to his extensive
farm, and young Harlin took charge of the meat business as manager, shortly
afterwards purchasing the same.
Mr. Harlin has five brothers, Otto, Louis,
George, and Rudolph, farmers and stockmen at Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, and
William, in the employment of a steamboat company, at Wenatchee.
In April, 1900, Mr. Harlin was married, at
Wenatchee, to Mrs. Dora A. Wells. She has two half brothers, Rush
Failor, a linotype operator, at Seattle, and Harry Failor, a conductor
on the Northern Pacific railway, residing at Tacoma. By her first
marriage Mrs. Harlin has three children, Hazel, aged sixteeen, Faun, aged
thirteen, and Glenn R., aged eleven years.
Fraternally Mr. Harlin is a member of the
A. 0. U. W. and the Knights of Pythias, Wenatchee organizations, and is
a trustee and prominent member of the Wenatchee Commercial Club.
He is an active, energetic young man, highly popular, and esteemed for
his probity and business sagacity.