Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LEROY WRIGHT was born in Mt.
Pleasant, Iowa, August 6, 1870. His father, William S. Wright, is
a native of Indiana, where he was born August 14, 1836, and at present
resides at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. His father, the paternal grandfather
of our subject, was born at Washington, Pennsylvania, February 8, 1805.
The wife of the latter, Margaret (Strawther) Wright, was a native of Rockingham
county, Virginia. The mother of our subject, Juliet M. (Troutman)
Wright, descendant of an old American family, was born in Pennsylvania,
December 2, 1839, dying January 24, 1872, at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
The Wright family were quite prominent in the upbuilding of Iowa, an uncle
of William S., Judge George G. Wright, having been judge of the supreme
court and United States Senator.
February 14, 1899, our subject was united
in marriage, at Waterville, Douglas county, to Mildred France, daughter
of Dow G. and Julia A. (Pramer) France. The father, a native of New
York, was born July 21, 1837, and served three years in the Civil War,
in Company A, Tenth Wisconsin Volunteers, and the mother March 12, 1857.
The latter now resides with our subject.
Until the age of twenty-two years Leroy Wright
was reared in Iowa, where he was educated in the public schools and Howe's
academy, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1892 he came to Washington and filed
on a claim near Waterville, Douglas county, Washington. This ranch
he cultivated five years, devoting the same principally to wheat.
Subsequent to proving up on his claim he came to Wenatchee and engaged
in the produce business, which he has engaged in ever since. He owns
a handsome two-story house one block from the business section of Wenatchee,
one of the finest edifices in the place, and supplied with all modern improvements.
He, also, owns a young, ten-acre orchard near Wenatchee bridge. Our
subject has two full brothers, John, a merchant of Sheridan, Wyoming, and
Harvey, residing at Priest River, Idaho. He also has three half brothers,
George G., Roscoe and Frank. Mrs. Wright, the wife of our subject,
has seven brothers living, Orpheus, William, Charles, Ellsworth, Jesse,
Leroy and Clyde, and two sisters, Flora and Ella. She has one child,
May, aged two years.
Mr. Wright is a member of the Woodmen of the
World, Wenatchee. His political affiliations are with the Republican
party, but he is not an active partisan. He is one of the progressive,
public-spirited men of Chelan county, closely identified with the best
interests of his community, and highly esteemed by all.