Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HON. J. ROBERT MOORE is
well known to all dwellers adjacent to Lake Chelan, and his place, known
as Moore's Landing on the upper lake, is one of the choice spots of nature's
art works. He who is able to fully describe the beauties of Chelan
may not fear to write of any spot on the globe. Mr. Moore's estate
is one of the choice places in this magnificent panorama of beauty and
grandeur. It is at the month of a large canyon that opens into the
lake from the east, and the background is the spur of the Cascades that
encloses the lake on the east. The view from his residence, looking
west, begins with the placid lake which reflects the towering peaks of
the Cascade range, that pile in grand confusion from the water's edge to
the eternal snows above, while to the right and the left stretches the
gleaming of the lake in its tortuous windings in the very heart of the
mountains. Beautiful landscapes, glimpses of rugged rocks, glistening
waterfalls, and every variety of beauty are to be met with in all directions.
Surely Mr. Moore has an ideal home place. Surrounding his residence
is a plat of level ground, which supplies the necessary garden land and
building places for stock which finds abundant range in the foot hills
to the east of the eastern spur.
Mr. Moore keeps a hotel for summer travelers
and seekers of health who come in large numbers to recuperate and enjoy
the pleasant surroundings during the warmer months.
J. Robert Moore was born in Trenton Falls,
New York, on March 6, 1841, the son of Michael and Maria (Sherman) Moore.
The father was born in New York city and came from English ancestry.
His father was engaged in the insurance business, and kept a hotel.
He died in 1888, aged eighty-five. The mother of our subject was
also born in New York, and was a first cousin to General Sherman.
One of the Sherman family signed the Declaration of Independence.
J. Robert was finishing his junior year in the classical college when the
call came for men to fight for the union, and he promptly enlisted in Company
D, Forty-fourth New York Infantry, the same being known through the war
as the Ellsworth Zuaves. After fourteen months of service he was
discharged on account of physical disability. For ten years after
that he was engaged in telegraphy, and then for thirty years followed photography.
He held various offices in the county, and in 1876 was elected to represent
his county, Oneida, in the state legislature of New York. He also
studied law, and was admitted to practice, but did not follow the profession
as it was not according to his taste. In September, 1890, Mr. Moore
came to Great Falls, Montana, intending to practice law, but finding the
climate too rigorous, he came on to Chelan, and located his present place
which he has developed to one of the choice summer resorts of the state.
He is now postmaster, the office having been located at his place recenly.
Mr. Moore has the following brothers and sisters: Charles E., Roger S.,
Samuel G., Maria Arthur, Abbie P. George.
On June 1, 1876, Mr. Moore married Miss Mary
C., daughter of Abram and Mary Wakemann, and a native of New York city.
Her father was postmaster of New York city when Lincoln was president,
and his dwelling was burned during the draft riots, causing the family
to flee for their lives. He was a prominent attorney and a member
of congress. Mrs. Moore has one brother, Abram. To Mr. and
Mrs. Moore two children have been born, Archie H. and Mary T. Mr.
Moore is a member of the A. F. & A. M., the R. A. M., and the K. T.,
all in New York. He also belongs to the G. A. R., and is a strong