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
DANIEL TWINING is one of the
leading business men in Coulee City, where he operates a coal and wood
office. He has also dealt extensively in wheat and land and has done
business all over the Big Bend country.
Daniel Twining was born in Pembrockshire,
Wales, on October 20, 1854, the son of Thomas and Margaret (Jones) Twining,
both natives of Wales. The father was a sawyer by trade. Our
subject received his educational training in the common school of Carmathenshire
and learned the trade of hammerman, when he had grown to manhood.
In 1882, he came from Wales to the United States and at once set to work
with zest to carve a fortune in the new world. After spending one
winter in Illinois, he came on west with the true pioneer spirit, settling
in Sprague, Lincoln county. For some time he was occupied variously
there and then journeyed to near where Almira is now located, where he
selected a homestead. After residing there five years he came to
McEntee and took a pre-emption on which he now resides. It is well
improved and supplied with running water. Mr. Twining has improved
the place in good shape and in addition to handling it to general crops
is also raising cattle. He has a fine band of stock and is one of
the prosperous men in these lines. In addition to these enterprises,
Mr. Twining is doing an excellent trade in coal, wood and ice, besides
handling, the butcher business.
At Spokane, on March 17, 1888, Mr. Twining
married Miss Ann Howell, the daughter of John and Mary (Evans) Howell,
natives of Wales. Mrs. Twining was born in Carmarthen, Wales, on
February 17, 1859, and died in Coulee City, on February 28, 1903.
Mrs. Twining had one sister, Jane Llewellyn. Five children were born
to this marriage: Thomas H., on June 19, 1889; Alfred J., on March 25,
1891; Daniel C., on November 29, 1893; Wendeline A., on May 19, 1895; William
L., on July 3, 1897. Mrs. Twining was a good woman and had the love
and high esteem of all who knew her. Mr. Twining was a member of
the Foresters and was raised under the influence of the Baptist church.
He was elected justice of the peace but declined. He holds the office
of county road supervisor. He was one of the pioneer settlers of
this vicinity and has always shown a progressive spirit and labored for
the improvement and upbuilding of the community.