Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ALPHEUS MESSERLY, an enterprising
and successful fruit-grower and nurseryman, and member of the Wenatchee
Nursery Company, is a resident of Wenatchee, Chelan county. He was
born near Ellensburg, Kittitas county, Washington, November 2, 1877.
His father, Elias, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work, is
a native of Ohio; his parents of Switzerland. The mother, Elizabeth
(Switzer) Messerly, was also born in Switzerland, married in Ohio, and
now resides at Greenville, Ohio, at the age of eighty-seven years.
Alpheus, our subject, passed his boyhood's
days at Ellensburg, and until the age of fifteen years attended the public
schools in his neighborhood, and the graded schools at Wenatchee.
For nearly ten years he rode the range, while engaged in the stock business
with his father. In 1899 he purchased ten acres of land from Jacob
Miller, which is now devoted solely to nursery purposes. The members
of the Wenatchee Nursery Company comprise his father, Edward Dennis, and
himself. Their business is constantly increasing, and, although it
was exploited on a small scale at its inception, the company now has two
hundred thousand trees, and the business is worth two hundred thousand
dollars. Particular attention is given to quality of stock, and the
nursery bids fair to become one of the most noted in the state of Washington.
Mr. Messerly is, individually, interested in stock-raising, and usually
owns seventy-five head of cattle and horses, which he breeds and sells.
January 22, 1902, our subject was married
to Laura Dennis, born in Spokane county. The ceremony was performed
at Wenatchee. Her father is a native of New York state, and now resides
at Ellensburg. He was a pioneer of Kittitas county. Her mother.
Matilda (Bartlett) Dennis, resides with her family in Kittitas county.
Mrs. Messerly has three brothers and four sisters, Edward, Jesse and Harry,
and Mary, wife of Benjamin Shelton, Olive, wife of William Joyce, and Jennie
and Lena. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Messerly, Edward,
aged eight months. Our subject is a member of the K. of T. M., and
the Brotherhood of America, of which he is treasurer. He is a Republican,
but not a partisan politician.