Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES E. HEDDING, who lives
twenty miles up the valley from Entiat is one of the substantial and capable
farmers of this section. He was born in Piatt county, Illinois, on
September 26, 1874, the son of George and Emma (Howell) Hedding, natives
of Illinois and Indiana, respectively. The father died in Illinois
in 1876, but the mother still lives in Kansas. The paternal ancestors
were natives of Holland and first came to America in 1864. Our subject
resided in Illinois until 1892, then went to Indiana and took up carriage
making. After one year at this work, he returned to Illinois and
two months later went to Kansas. He spent one year in that state
and in 1894 came to Spokane, where he remained a few days. Then he
journeyed to Waterville and three weeks later went to Wenatchee.
He did various kinds of work there. He and Mr. Marshall put the brass
ball on the top of the school house cupola, in that town. It was
a very great undertaking. Later Mr. Hedding went to Waterville, then
came to Entiat where he was cook in a logging camp for one winter.
Following that he took his present place as a homestead and since then
has devoted himself to general farming and raising stock. At Pateros,
Washington, on February 3, 1902, Mr. Hedding married Miss Jerusha
White, a native of Yakima. Her father died when she was an infant
and her mother is living at Pateros. Mr. and Mrs. Hedding are members
of the Methodist church and are highly respected people. Politically
Mr. Hedding is affiliated with the Republican party.
To Mr. and Mrs. Hedding has been born one
child, Mary Esther, born March 7, 1903.