Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JAMES L. WEYTHMAN, one of the
enterprising, broad-minded and progressive farmers of Chelan county, resides
in a beautiful home, surrounded by all the conveniences of ranch life,
a few miles from Monitor, Washington. Kansas is the state of his
nativity, and the date of his birth, January 7, 1860. His parents,
John B. and Frances (Smith) Weythman, were natives of Germany. The
father came to this country early in the '30s and located at New Orleans,
Louisiana. In the Mexican war he participated, as scout, and died
in Kansas, August 12, 1889. The mother had previously passed away in 1863.
Until the age of twenty-one our subject worked
and attended school in Kansas. In 1882 he went to Washington, rented a
farm near Vancouver, which he continued to work three years. In 1885
he came to the Wenatchee valley, and filed on a quarter section of land,
his present home, located on what is known as "Brown's Flat," and first
settled by our subject and three Brown brothers, elsewhere mentioned.
He has a fine bearing orchard, and last season sold eight hundred boxes
of fruit. His home is a handsome, two-story house, surrounded by
an extensive lawn. He has wintered as many as fifty head of stock.
Our subject has five brothers, Louis, Benjamin, Charles, George and Joseph
S., and four sisters, Julia Silvers, Rosina Gordon, Mary Ingersoll, and
At Ellensburg, Washington, March 4, 1891,
Mr. Weythman was married to Mary Elizabeth Boyle, born near Clayton, Adams
county, Illinois, January 15, 1862. Her father; Charles Boyle, a
native of Kentucky, is of Irish descent, but the family is an old Kentucky,
one, dating back many generations. At present he lives at McComb,
Illinois. The mother, Mary (Donaldson) Boyle, was also a native Kentuckian.
She died when Mrs. Weythman was eight years old. The latter has one
brother and two half brothers, Charles, and John and Henry C. To
Mr. and Mrs. Weythman have been born five children, Bessie, Chester, John,
Ruth, and Leslie. Our subject is a member of the A. 0. U. W., being
Past Master Workman, and of the M. W. A. Both himself and wife are
members of the Degree of Honor. Politically, Mr. Weythman is a Republican,
though not an active worker in the party. He is an excellent citizen,
highly esteemed and ever alert to the welfare of the community in which
By way of reminiscence it is interesting to
note that Mr. Weythman was obliged to pack his household goods to his present
place on horses and only then could he reach his claim by fording the Wenatchee
river several times. He remarks that jackrabbits and coyotes were
the only settlers when he arrived. He was accompanied by G. W. Brown,
mentioned elsewhere in this volume and the two spent the first winter in
a small log cabin and he gives the bill of fare as follows, bacon, beans,
coffee, and sour dough bread. However, they were enabled to bag considerable
game, as deer was plentiful and the winter passed pleasantly. He
and Mr. Brown erected the first wheel to raise water out of the Wenatchee
river, and although the same has been in use for thirteen years, it is
still raising water for their orchards.