Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
NATHANIEL H. FARNHAM resides
about four miles east from Chelan Falls, in Douglas county, where he owns
a farm of one half section. He is known as one of the most careful
and judicious agriculturists in this section and believes that what is
worth doing at all, is worth doing well, which he practices in all his
labors. Mr. Farnham has a quarter section of land in small grain
and raises cattle, horses and hogs. The hogs are of the Poland-China
breed and are all registered, while his cattle and horses are all fine
Nathaniel H. Farnham was born in Cass county,
Michigan, on August 2, 1860, the son of Horace and Lorranie (Blackmar)
Farnham, natives of Ohio and Michigan, respectively. Horace Farnham
was one of the pioneers to California in 1850, and made money in the mines.
He is now deceased. In the district schools of Wisconsin our subject
was educated and there grew to manhood's estate. In 1877 he moved
to Oregon with his father and the balance of the family and made settlement
in Washington county, where he was engaged in farming for four years.
In 1882 he removed to Umatilla county and there farmed for a decade.
It was 1892, that he came into Douglas county and finally purchased a quarter
section where he now lives, adding as much more by purchase later.
He has good comfortable improvements on the place and is one of the men
whose chief characteristics are industry, uprightness, reliability and
Mr. Farnham has one brother, Charles D., and
one half sister, Mrs. Mary Shepherd.
In Waterville, Washington, on February 14,
1899, occurred the marriage of Mr. Farnham and Miss Clarissa, daughter
of Hiram and Nancy (Martin) McCollum, natives of Ohio and Canada, respectively.
Mrs. Farnham has three sisters, Sophronia McCollum, Lavina B. McCollum
and Mrs. Carolina Powers. Mrs. Farnham was born in Wabasha county,
Minnesota, in 1864, taught school in Pierce county, Wisconsin, for four
years and as a missionary in Utah one and a half years, also taught school
in Douglas county, Washington, for one year, investing her money in land
in Douglas county, which has doubled in value.
Mr. Farnham is a member of the I. O. O. F.,
while he and his wife belong to the Rebekahs. They are also both
members of the Methodist church, being firm in the faith and liberal supporters
of church institutions.