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
JAMES H. KINCAID, who is one
of the earliest pioneers of Douglas county, is now in charge of a feed
barn in Waterville, where he does a good business. He was born in
Ohio, on January 3, 1851, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Cleary) Kincaid,
natives of Ohio and descendants from German and Irish ancestors, respectively.
Both are now deceased. Our subject remained in Ohio until he was
sixteen, there gaining his education from the district schools, and then
came with his parents to Missouri. He remained under the parental
roof until twenty years of age, then was engaged in various occupations
for five or six years. From Missouri he journeyed to Nebraska and
there bought land which he tilled for four years. In 1884, Mr. Kincaid
came to Garfield county, Washington, settling in the vicinity of Pomeroy.
After renting land there for a time, he came in 1885, to Douglas county
and squatted on a quarter section of government land. Eighty acres
of this quarter are now a part of the townsite of Waterville. He
still owns one block of twenty lots in the city limits. Until 1893,
Mr. Kincaid was engaged in farming, then he took up freighting and teaming
and continued in the same until August, 1903, when he built his present
feed barn and engaged in the livery business. Mr. Kincaid is a Republican
but not active in the realm of politics. He has two brothers, William
and John, and two sisters, Mary Weimer and Sarah Weimer. The marriage
of Mr. Kincaid and Miss Alice Thornberry occurred in Missouri. Her
parents were natives of Indiana and are now deceased. Mrs. Kincaid
has two brothers, Joseph and Samuel, and also five sisters. To Mr.
and Mrs. Kincaid five children have been born, named as follows: Robert,
Fred, Otis, Jessie, and Mabel.