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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.
 


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