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
HARMON WILCOX has resided in Douglas
county nearly twenty years and at this date that means he was one of the
first men to settle in this vicinity. He has labored wisely and well
for the furthering of his enterprises and the general good since the day
of settlement and his competence and excellent standing in the community
show his unbounded success.
Harmon Wilcox was born in Miami county, Kansas,
on October 6, 1862, being the son of Harmon and Polly A. (Perry) Wilcox,
who are mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Our subject remained
in his native place for the first twenty years of his life, gaining both
educational training from the district schools and experience and knowledge
from farm work with his father. Then he went to San Joaquin valley
in California, and did farm work for two years. It was in 1884, he
came thence to Douglas county and squatted on his present place, one mile
north from Waterville. Owing to careful saving of his wages, Mr.
Wilcox had sufficient to start with and since those days has devoted himself
steadily to farming and stock raising. He now owns two hundred and
eighty acres, has it well improved, and has a nice band of cattle and horses.
His stock is all well bred and he owns one valuable Hereford bull, registered.
Among other improvements, we may mention the first class orchard which
Mr. Wilcox has grown. It has the leading varieties and has produced
some of the best fruit to be seen in any part of the state.
At the residence of the bride's parents, on
June 3, 1889, Mr. Wilcox married Miss Elsie E., daughter of Isaiah and
Mary Brown, who are mentioned in another portion of this volume.
Two children have been born to this union, Gordon and Clare, aged twelve
and nine, respectively. Mr. Wilcox is a member of the K. T. M., and
the A F. & A. M. Politically, he is allied with the Republican
party, but while he takes the interest every good citizen should in these
matters, he is not specially active and never asks for personal preferment,
although he has been pressed to serve on the school board, which he has
done to the satisfaction of all.