Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ZADOK A. LANHAM, one of the popular
and influential citizens of Wenatchee, successfully divides his attention
between fruit and stock raising. The modern improvements now upon
his beautiful place, and contemplated, will place it in the first rank
among the more pretentious homes of Central Washington.
He was born March 22, 1849, in that portion
of Virginia that has since been cut off and renamed West Virginia.
His father, Jeremiah Lanham, descended from one of the oldest and most
aristocratic of the Virginia families, died in September, 1883. His
mother, Elizabeth (Crites) Lanham, was also a Virginian, of German ancestory.
She passed away in 1887.
Until the age of twenty-six Zadok A. Lanham
was reared and educated in West Virginia and then turned his footsteps
westward. He first went to Leadville, Colorado, where for four or
five years he was engaged in mining. Thence he pushed on to Arizona,
New Mexico and California, working six months at Fresno at the trade of
a carpenter. After passing a few months in the Puget Sound country,
he came to his present location, one and a half miles from Wenatchee.
This was in 1883. He then filed on the homestead which he has since
In the line of stock industry Mr. Lanham winters
from sixty-five to seventy head of cattle, owns a fine registered bull
which captured several medals at county fairs, and has every convenience
for successfully exploiting the cattle enterprise. In 1902 he gathered
from his twenty-three-acre orchard eight thousand boxes of apples.
He has, also, fifteen acres in alfalfa. At the Buffalo Exposition
he carried off the gold, silver and bronze medals for apples in 1901.
Our subject has four brothers: John
R., a Wenatchee merchant, and one of the stockholders of the W. T. Rarey
Company; Enos B., Josiah and Ephriam. He has four sisters, Ellen,
Catherine, Lottie and Olive.
At Ellensburg, Washington, February 13, 1890,
Mr. Lanham was united in marriage to Clara V. Peterson, a native of West
Virginia. Her father, H. M. Peterson, was a Virginian, as was her
mother. Mrs. Lanham has two brothers, Lewis and Miles, Missouri farmers,
and two sisters, Lee and Georgia. To Mr. and Mrs. Lanham no children
have been born.
For their future home a new Queen Ann cottage
is in process of erection, estimated to cost three thousand dollars.
It will be provided with electric lights, hot air furnace and other modern
and sanitary improvements.
Our subject is one of the leading Republicans
of the state, an active party worker, and has been a delegate to the county
conventions since he first located in the vicinity.