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
FRANK HAINER is one of the substantial
agriculturists of Douglas county. He resides about two miles north
from Dyer on a half section of land, which is in a high state of cultivation.
His industry and thrift have improved the same in a becoming manner and
he is numbered with the progressive and leading men of this section.
Frank Hainer was born in Jackson county, Iowa,
on September 21, 1858. His parents, Benjamin P. and Martha (Griffin)
Hainer, are natives of Canada and were early pioneers in Iowa. They
now live in Minnesota. Our subject attended the common schools of
Canada where the first twenty-three years of his life were spent then he
moved to Minnesota and settled in Becker county, where he did farming.
Twelve years later, or in 1891, he moved to Washington and settled on his
present place as a homestead. He added another quarter section by
purchase and has continued in the occupation of general farming since his
settlement here. When he first came, he was possessed of a very little
means and like many of the other people in this section, was obliged to
go to the Palouse country to earn money for food. For four years
he made those pilgrimages, then succeeded in raising enough on his own
place to sustain him. He now has gained a good competence and in
addition to farming has a nice band of cattle and horses all well graded.
Mr. Hainer has one brother and three sisters.
At Manchester, New York, on October 11, 1879,
Mr. Hainer married Miss Nora McCarty. She is a daughter of Patrick
and Ella (Lynch) McCarty, natives of County Cork, Ireland. Mrs. Hainer
has one brother, Daniel, and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Wilcox. To this
worthy couple, nine children have been born, whose names, dates of birth
and native places are given as follows: Mrs. Martha E. Garland, Canada,
October 16, 1880; Mrs. Katie Lee, Minnesota, May 7, 1882; Nellie, Minnesota,
December 20, 1884; Francis, Minnesota, September 22, 1887; George E., Minnesota,
March 3, 1890; Warren, Douglas county, October 11, 1892; Frederick, March
2, 1896; Lawrence, August 9, 1899; and Herbert, April 12, 1903. The
last three were born on the farm.