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.
FELIX A. IRVIN resides about
one mile east from Tipso, being one of the leading agriculturists of his
section. He owns three hundred and twenty acres of land which is
well improved. His residence, barns, outbuildings, orchard, fences
and other evidences of labor and taste have made his place one of the choice
ones of the section and Mr. Irvin is known as a thrifty and energetic man.
He gave his attention entirely to farming, doing some stock raising and
has made the section what his worthy labors demand.
Felix A. Irvin was born in Arkansas, September
18, 1863, being the son of Simon F. and Elizabeth J. (Bates) Irvin, natives
of Tennessee. The mother died when Felix was a small child.
The father had come to Arkansas when a young man and become one of the
prominent and well to do citizens of that state. Felix A. was educated
in the district schools of Arkansas, and then went to farming. He
came to Washington in 1887, and worked for wages one year; then selected
his present place and took a homestead. Finally, he bought another
quarter section which comprises the estate he owns at present. Mr.
Irvin has the following brothers and sisters: Charles F., James H., John
W., Mrs. Mary Miser, Laura L. Atterbury, Flora B. Irvin.
In 1883, Mr. Irvin married Miss Annie Shamblin,
who died in 1886. In 1899, Mr. Irvin married Miss Minnie J. Johnson,
who is a native of Minnesota and reared and educated in Washington.
Her parents were Faris and Anna (Guerina) Johnson, early pioneers of Lincoln
county, where they now reside. To Mr. and Mrs. Irvin two children
have been born, Fred M. and Freda M.
Like many of the residents of Lincoln county.
Mr. Irvin came here with very limited means. He is now one of the
representative men and has gained wealth and standing by his upright life
and careful labors.