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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 Co., 1904.


    DONALD URQUHART is one of the busiest men who own interests in Douglas county.  His career reads like a fairy tale owing to the rapidity of his movements and the abundant success that has attended him in all his efforts.  Not that his life has been free from hardships and obstacles, for it will be seen that he has met the rugged side of business activity, but the energy and sagacity that have led him to surmount that which others would have given up to stand all the more prominent in the light of prosperity that he has won.
     Donald Urquhart was born in Wevis, Scotland, on November 12, 1853, being the son of Ducan and Catherine (McIntosh) Urquhart, both natives of Wevis.  The schools of his native place furnished the educational training for Donald and he grew to young manhood surrounded by salutary home influences and amid the rugged hills of Scotia's historic land.  During the portions of the year when not occupied with his studies, he was assisting his father in his work as stock fancier.  Soon after his eighteenth birthday, young Urquhart determined to bid farewell to the native heath and seek his fortune in the new world where opportunities were more in accord with his progressive spirit.  On March 13, 1871, he first set foot on American soil, New York being the gate of reception, whence he went soon to his brother's home in Fayette, Upper Michigan.  This brother, Leo, had come to America some time previous to this.  Our subject soon secured employment in the machine shop of the Jackson Iron Company, where he wrought for two years.  The next move was to wend his way to the Golden Gate and for a time on the Pacific slope he was numbered with the sheep herders, after which experience, we see him in Portland in the Web-Foot State.  Here he joined his brother and after several months they went to Silver City, Idaho, Donald soon being installed as engineer in the coal mines there.  We next find him in Boise, again in the sheep business whence he went to Carson City, Nevada and from there to Portland.  He was then engaged by the O. S. N. Co. in their steamboating work, and he gained the position of chief engineer, remaining six years with this company.  Mr. Urquhart still holds his marine engineer's license.  Immediately subsequent to this extended service, Mr. Urquhart, in company with his two brothers, Alexander and George, came to Douglas county and located on Crab creek, where they purchased a stock ranch and a large band of sheep.  This venture was a success from the inception as also were the other enterprises that Mr. Urquhart had in tow.  In company with his brother, Alexander, our subject had a large ranch in Oregon, near the John Day river.  A second cousin of the Urquhart boys was at this ranch and one day they were in bathing and getting beyond his depth he was in danger of drowning, when Alexander regardless of his own safety in the treacherous rapids, rushed to the rescue.  The rushing water was too much, even for that young man's skill and strength, for he was drawn under and they were both drowned.  Our subject hurried to the scene and for ten days and nights, he dragged the river with others and finally, when all were about ready to abandon the search, being worn almost to helplessness, they were rewarded by finding the bodies.  This was a severe blow to Mr. Urquhart.  Alexander was his twin brother and they had always pulled together and were partners in almost every venture.  Nine years since, our subject sold his Crab creek interests to his brother, George, although he still owns much property in Douglas county.  In 1897, Mr. Urquhart embarked in the retail and wholesale butcher business in Spokane with his brother, under the firm name of Urquhart Brothers.  They did well until the fire destroyed their entire business and entailed heavy losses.  Then they withdrew from that business.  In 1901, Mr. Urquhart was one of the organizers of the State Bank in Wilsoncreek, Douglas county and is president of that institution at this time.  The bank was incorporated for twenty-five thousand dollars and is doing a large business at this time.  On December 16, 1903, Mr. Urquhart organized the Farmers and Mechanics Bank of Spokane and at the present time is launching that promising financial institution.  The place of business is on the corner of North Monroe and Broadway and the bank starts out with a fine outlook.  Mr. Urquhart is also president of the Farmers' Grain & Supply Company.  He is giving his personal attention to the Farmers & Mechanics Bank and will spend considerable time in Spokane.  Mr. Urquhart still personally manages his other large interests in Douglas county and in other sections, always manifesting that keen discrimination and foresight that always characterize the truly successful financier.
     Mr. Urquhart was married to Miss Abbey McClennan.
     In political matters, Mr. Urquhart is allied with the Republicans and he always manifests a keen interest in the campaigns, being a progressive man and a hard worker for the good of the community and the general advancement.
 
 

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