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.
GEORGE W. CROSSGROVE has labored
assiduously in Lincoln county for over twenty years, manifesting during
this long time, a marked industry, uprightness, and interest in the welfare
of the country. His estate of nearly one thousand acres lies about
three miles north from Almira and has been acquired by government rights
and purchase. He has the same in a fine state of cultivation and
receives annually a handsome dividend from the crop of cereals raised.
George W. Grossgrove was born in Delaware,
on February 21, 1856. His parents, Joseph and Rachel (Carpenter)
Crossgrove, were of English descent. When George was an infant of
eighteen months, he was taken by his parents across the plains to California.
Before he was eleven years of age, both his parents had died, and he was
thus early thrust out in the world alone. It was decided best for
him to return to Delaware and accordingly he went back to the old home
place and worked for his cousin until 1875, gaining in the meantime what
education he could. In the year last mentioned, he journeyed again
to California and there farmed until 1883, when he came to his present
location, taking a preemption first. Mr. Crossgrove started in life
with nothing and has gained his entire holding as the result of his labors
and wisdom. He is now one of the leading farmers of the Big Bend
country, prosperous and of good standing. Mr. Crossgrove has one
brother, Joseph C., living in Delaware and three sisters, Lydia E., Rachel
E., and Mrs. Mary R. Brown.
Mr. Crossgrove is popular in this community
and has hosts of friends, but the quieter joys of bachelordom have appealed
thus far more strongly to him than a matrimonial life and so he is still
without a helpmeet.