Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE WILSON is one of the most
thrifty agriculturists in the Chelan country, and his estate, which overlooks
that beautiful lake and has for a back ground the hoary crest of the Cascades,
is one of the most charming spots in this land of beauty and grandure.
Its well kept fields and prolific orchards manifest the wisdom and skill
of the proprietor and it is a pleasure to grant space for the review of
his career in this connection.
George Wilson was born in Ontario, Canada,
on June 25, 1865, the son of Alexander and Ellen (Keyes) Wilson, natives
of the Emerald Isle. The father was a prominent man, and especially
in political matters was a leader, being allied with the Liberals.
He died in 1872. The mother married William Cook after the death
of her husband and died in 1887, being highly respected and of a prominent
family. Mr. Wilson and his brother own the old home estate but the
stirring Irish blood in our subject has led him far away, but what is Canada's
loss is the gain of the Chelan country. Canada was his home until
1897 when the death of his brother, Thomas, who had settled in the Chelan
region in 1888, caused him to journey hither. The farm left by the
brother reverted to our subject and he has remained here since. He
has continued to improve it in excellent manner, having good buildings,
orchards, well tilled fields, and so forth. He has devoted some time
to raising stock and will pay more attention to this in the future.
Mr. Wilson has one brother John, one sister, Rebecca Wilson, three half
sisters, Maggie Noble, Ellen J. Boney, Eliza Oxford, and one half brother,
On February 14, 1900, at Guelph, Ontario,
Mr. Wilson married Miss Jennie L., daughter of Ferguson and Susan (Cook)
Sherrett, natives of Ontario and now dwelling there. The father follows
the mason trade. Mrs. Wilson has four brothers and two sisters, John,
Archie, Henry, Gordon, Cristena Stewart, and Ethel Gott. Two children
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, Ella M. and Florence L. Mr.
Wilson is a member of the L. 0. L. having been worshipful master of the
lodge in Canada. He is also a member of the I. 0. 0. F. He has always
shown that sturdy spirit which so characterizes the people of North Ireland,
whence came his ancestors. And in this connection it is fitting to
remark the strong and progressive spirit, the high ideals, the stanch qualities
that have always been manifested by these people and no shore of the civilized
world but has been pressed by the feet of pioneers from North Ireland.