Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
SYLVESTER C. McCREADY, of Wenatchee,
Chelan county, is engaged in the drug business, and is one of the enterprising,
progressive and popular citizens of the city. He was born at Fort
Madison, Lee county, Iowa, May 17, 1869. William McCready, his father,
was an Indianian, of Scotch descent, his ancestors having been pioneers
of the Hoosier state. For many years his father was clerk of Lee
county, Iowa, and was a prominent and influential citizen. William
McCready, who was a farmer, died in 1884. The mother of our subject,
Melvina (Montgomery) McCready, was a native of Kentucky. She passed
from earth November 5, 1898.
At the age of seventeen years our subject
was graduated from the Fort Madison high school, and removed to Pottawattamie
county, Iowa, where he engaged in the grocery business. In 1897 he
disposed of his property and came to Walla Walla, county, Washington, finding
employment in a wholesale fruit and produce house. Two months later
he enlisted in Company I, First Washington Infantry, and on October 19,
1898, left San Francisco, California, for the Philippines. He landed
at Manila December 2, 1898, and immediately went to the front. He
participated in twenty-five battles and skirmishes, including Paco, Santa
Ann, San Pedro, Macarte, Pasig-Marong, Ti-Ti, Clamba and Taquig.
His company was under fire continually until September 5, 1899, following
which they returned home and were mustered out November 1, 1899.
Mr. McCready was ill four months, but was in active service the remainder
of the time. Returning to Iowa he obtained employment in a drug store
and eight months subsequently repaired to the University of Iowa where
he concluded a thorough course in pharmacy. Going thence to Council
Bluffs, Iowa, he worked in a drug store until December 18, 1901, when he
came to Wenatchee and opened a drug store on Wenatchee avenue. Mr.
McCready has four brothers; John C., of Columbus, Ohio; Charles, of Macedona,
Iowa; George D., a grain dealer in Walker, Missouri; and Fred P., a farmer
of Van Buren county, Iowa. He has, also, three sisters; Juliet A.,
wife of John A. Stewart, superintendent of schools at Fort Madison, Lee
county, Iowa; Mary, wife of Walter S. Greeg, of Haverlock, Nebraska; and
Minnie, wife of Milo Hubley, of Iowa.
The fraternal relations of Mr. McCready are
with the Riverside Lodge No. 112, A. F. & A. M.; Wenatchee
Lodge No. 157, I. 0. 0. F., and Rebekahs, Wenatchee. Politically
he is a Democrat.