Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES NORTHUP is one of the
younger men of Chelan county, who are achieving by dint of industry and
wise management a fine success in general farming and stock raising.
His estate of two hundred and forty acres, lies about six miles up Chumstick
creek from Leavenworth and is a valuable place. He has begun improvements
in various lines and will make his place one of the valuable ones of this
Charles Northup was born in Marion county,
Iowa, on June 2, 1873, the son of Edward and Emily (Gunter) Northup, both
natives of Ireland. The first fourteen years of the life of our subject
were spent in his native place, where he gained a good education and assisted
his father in farming. In 1887 the family came to Roseburg, Oregon,
and after one year journeyed to the Chumstick valley. The father
took a quarter section and purchased three quarters more and is now living
here, one of the leading and substantial men of this part of the county.
The experiences of Mr. Northup in the early
days of the settlement in the Chumstick valley are interesting. The
winters were long and he and his neighbors could get to market only about
six or seven months during the year. The nearest trading point was
Ellensburg, about seventy-five miles distant. Wild game was abundant,
including deer, bear, and goats. Mr. Northup was a pretty fair rifle
shot and used to keep his folks in wild meat most of the time. The
first few years of his life in this vicinity were spent in trapping.
The animals which he trapped for fur were beaver, otter, lynx, wolverine,
martin, fisher, wildcat, and mink. A room in Mr. Northup's house,
in which he takes a special pride, is one decorated with fifteen pairs
of fine deer horns.
Our subject has the following brothers and
sisters: Malon, Ivan, John, Zola, wife of Max Stromburg, living on the
Chumstick; Lela, attending school at Vancouver. Our subject is a
member of the A. 0. U. W. and is a good, solid Republican. Thus far
in his career, he has traveled as a bachelor, not assuming the responsibilities
of matrimonial life.