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.
JOHN INKSTER, JR., deputy postmaster
of Davenport, Lincoln county, was born at Shields, Durham county, England,
July 24, 1857. His father, John, Sr., is a native of Shetland Isle,
Great Britain, and he is mentioned elsewhere in this work. The mother
is a native of the same place.
John Inkster, our subject, when two years
old went to Shetland Isle and there he attended the public schools until
1865, when his family came to the United States, locating first at Chicago.
Here our subject resumed his studies, but two years afterward his family
removed to Kankakee county, Illinois, and in 1877 to Oregon. Until
1880 he worked with his father in the cultivation of a farm, near Eugene,
Lane county, Oregon. That year he came to Lincoln county, Washington,
filed on a homestead, and later his parents joined him. In 1890 he
rented his farm and engaged in business, in Spokane. During the 1894
session of the Washington legislature Mr. Inkster served as assistant sergeant-at-arms,
of the senate, at Olympia. He was in the Puget Sound country one
year, acting as deputy grain inspector in Seattle, and one year in British
Columbia engaged in contracting and building. He has been deputy
postmaster at Davenport during the past five years. As a Republican
he has served as delegate to many county, state and territorial conventions.
Mr. Inkster has two brothers mentioned elsewhere, and one sister.
December 17, 1888, at Spokane, he was united in marriage to Maude Brace,
born in Canada, the daughter of Louis J. and Mary (Gibson) Brace, the father
a native of Canada, the mother of Ireland. At present they reside
in Seattle. The paternal grandparents of our subject were natives
of the state of New York; the maternal grandparents of Ireland. Mrs.
Inkster has two brothers, John S., owner of the Western Mills, the largest
lumbering manufactory in Seattle, and Harry G., residing at Seattle and
representing the Gray Lithographing Company, of New York city. She
has four sisters, Harriett, wife of Knox Johnston, of Spokane; Katherine,
wife of B. Gard Ewing, of the firm of Gray, Ewing & Company, Spokane;
Mary, wife of H. A. P. Myers, of Davenport; and Reba, wife of Matthew E.
Scurry, Seattle. Three boys have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Inkster,
Frederick C., Louis J., and James Henry, aged fourteen, twelve and four,
respectively. Mr. Inkster is a member of the K. O. T. M., and the
Davenport Commercial Club. Mrs. Inkster is a member of the Woman's
Study Circle and the L. O. T. M.