Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES C. KING, one of the enterprising,
public-spirited merchants of Entiat, Chelan county, has been connected
with the commercial and social interests of the community during the past
eight years. Mansfield, Ohio, is the place of his birth, and the
date, March 26, 1859. His parents, Charles H. and Isabel (Donahey)
King, were Pennsylvanians by nativity, the father having been born at York-Haven,
York county, October 7, 1821. His father, John King, was born in
the same county, August 7, 1799, and died in September, 1858, in Henry
county, Ohio. His wife, Rachel (Nelson) King, was a native of York
county, born January 2, 1802, dying near Canton, Ohio, February 11, 1836.
They were married May 20, 1819. The father of our subject, Charles
H. King, distinctly remembers the last visit of General Lafayette to Baltimore.
Until the age of twenty-four years Charles
C. King remained in Ohio, where he attended the public schools, the state
normal school at Lebanon, and graduated from the Savanah Academy in Ashland
county. He taught school two winters, a portion of the time while
he was in attendance on the academy. At the early age of thirteen
years he left home and practically began the world for himself, engaging
in carpentry and the painting business, and earning his own education.
At the age of twenty-five years he removed to Kansas, where he learned
photography, and in 1888 came to Washington and opened the first photograph
studio in Waterville, Douglas county. He remained in Waterville until
1895, when he came to Entiat, at that period in Okanogan county.
He secured eighty acres of land one mile up the Entiat river, and is now
cultivating fifteen acres, mainly devoted to alfalfa, fruit and vegetables.
In April, 1901, Mr. King opened a store in Entiat, the general merchandise
business, in which he has been uniformly successful.
Mr. King has three brothers: Horatio
N., engaged in the hardware business in Columbus, Ohio; Irenaeus M., a
tinner, at Mansfield, Ohio; and Addis E., a real estate dealer at Kansas
City, Missouri. He also has a half-brother, John, a telegrapher at
Homerville, Ohio. At Ashland, Kansas, October 18, 1887, our subject
was united in marriage to Mary Bookwalter, a native of Indiana. Her
parents were natives of Pennsylvania. Mrs. King has two brothers
and three sisters: Alfred, Eli, Isalinda, Kisiah, and Caroline. Mr.
King has five children living at home, Leroy, Paul, Lawrence, Charles,
The fraternal associations of Mr. King are
with the Waterville Lodge No. 57, I. 0. 0. F., of which he is past grand,
and the Order of Washington, Entiat, of which he is past president.
Politically he is a Democrat and was a delegate to the county convention
last year, but is not an aspirant for office. Mrs. King died at Entiat
April 28, 1902.