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.
JAMES ELLIOTT is proprietor of
the Big Bend stables and city marshal of Creston, Washington. He
is one of the progressive business men of this town and is always allied
with the cause of advancement and progress, having demonstrated his ability
in many lines of endeavor. Mr. Elliott has always been dwelling on
the frontier and most of his life has been spent in sections where there
were no railroads. In his career he has shown those stanch qualities
of the true pioneer and has assisted materially in opening many sections
that are now well settled.
James Elliott was born in Ontario, Canada,
on October 28, 1859, being the son of Robert and Sarah J. (Young) Elliott.
The father was a native of Ontario and a prominent citizen there, having
held various offices of importance. The mother was born in Ireland
and came to Canada when a child. Our subject received his education
in the world-famous schools of Ontario and then came on West to North Dakota.
He soon journeyed from there to Coeur d' Alene and just after Col. Wallace
had completed his cabin in what is now Wallace, Idaho, Mr. Elliott completed
the second. This was in 1885. Mr. Elliott operated the first
pack train into Wardner and was well known throughout northern Idaho.
In 1889, he came to the Big Bend country and opened up a farm. For
three years he was engaged in freighting into the Okanogan country.
In 1891, Mr. Elliott first located in Creston and operated from that place
as his headquarters. Later, he took up the hotel and feed stable
business and has continued in the same since.
In 1890, Mr. Elliott married Miss Bettie J.,
daughter of S. R. and Amanda (York) Comer, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee,
respectively. The father was a veteran of the Civil War and was one
of the earliest pioneers to California. To Mr. and Mrs. Elliott,
two children have been born, Harvey L. and Carl V. Mr. Elliott is
a member of the W. W.