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.
CYRUS W. FINCH is one of the
industrious and prosperous farmers of Lincoln county. He resides
about two miles south from Lamona, where he owns four hundred and eighty
acres of choice wheat land, all in a high state of cultivation. The
same is provided with fine buildings and plenty of other improvements and
all supplies needed on a first class wheat farm. The entire property
is the result of Mr. Finch's labors since 1890, he having started in with
no capital whatever. He has shown himself possessed of the qualities
of the real pioneer as well as of business ability that has given him a
Cyrus W. Finch was born in Winona county,
Minnesota, on November 25, 1869. His father, Ruben Finch, was born
in New York and served in the Sixth Wisconsin Infantry during the Rebellion.
At the close of the war, he labored in Minnesota and settled on a farm,
being one of the pioneers of that state. In 1896 he came west to
Lincoln county which was his home until his death, in 1903.
The mother, Mary A. (Sprague) Finch, was born in New York and accompanied
her husband during his various journeys.
Our subject was educated in the district schools
of Minnesota and after he had laid aside those tasks, took a position as
head lineman on the Glenmont steamboat, which plied between Stillwater
and Winona. After that, Mr. Finch went to Fort Assiniboine, Montana,
in 1891 and took a position on the survey of the Great Northern railroad.
He came west with these people until he reached Lincoln county, where,
in 1892, he took a homestead, the same being part of his estate at this
time. He bought a half section more and has since devoted himself
to farming. He has a very comfortable and beautiful home.
In 1898, Mr. Finch married Miss Lena O'Hare,
who was born and reared in Minnesota. One child, Mildred M., has
been born to this union.