Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin Counties", published by Western Historical
Publishing Co., 1904.
JOHN B. LOVE was the builder
of the first cabin between the site of Connell and Washtucna. The same
was located on his homestead, about three miles south from Connell.
He has labored industriously here and has made his farm well improved.
One hundred acres of the land are cropped to wheat and in addition to the
home place, Mr. Love owns seven hundred acres of good farm land on the
Columbia. He has been successful in his labors here since coming
and has a good showing for it now. He is a man of good substantial
qualities and Franklin county is to be congratulated on securing such worthy
men to subdue the prairies and improve the land, making it one of the prosperous
sections of the state.
John B. Love was born in Tennessee, on June
10, 1836, the son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (McCray) Love, natives of Tennessee,
and of Irish ancestors. They both died in Missouri. They removed
to Lawrence county, that state, when our subject was an infant and thus
were among the earliest pioneers in the section. He secured his education
there and remained, assisting his father until of age, when he began farming
for himself. This was continued until 1878, when he journeyed to
the Indian Territory. He rented land near Purcell, and began farming
and stock raising. His labors were continued in these lines until
1900, when the western fever again attacked him. The only cure was
to come to the inviting state of Washington and he speedily accepted the
inevitable. He was soon in Franklin county and here he selected his
present homestead. Since then Mr. Love has given his attention to
general farming and to stock raising, and has made much improvement on
the homestead as well as executing other labors.
In 1857, while in Lawrence county, Missouri,
Mr. Love married Miss Catherine Ferris, who was called hence by death in
1865. Two sons were born to this marriage, Robert, farming in the
Indian Territory, and James, handling a homestead in this county.
In 1867 Mr. Love contracted a second marriage, the same occurring in Lawrence
county, also. Amelia Shipman became his bride on this occasion and
eight children have been born to them, named as follows: Len W. and Alfred,
living on homesteads in this county; Samantha E. and Mary C., married and
living in this county; Minerva E.; Tennessee A.; Zora M.; and Chickisaw.