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.
ALEXANDER JOSS, a native of Scotia's
rugged hills and now a supporter of America's free institutions, lives
about twelve miles south from Govan. He owns an estate of one half
section besides one hundred and sixty acres in Spokane county and is considered
one of the substantial and thrifty agriculturists of Lincoln county.
Alexander Joss was born in July, 1859, the
son of Peter and Sophia (Man) Joss, natives of Scotland and agriculturists.
The father died when our subject was a child. He received his education
in his native land then worked on a farm until 1879, when he took a journey
to America. In this country he gave himself to mining in Arizona,
California, Oregon and British Columbia, then returned to Scotland and
remained two years. In 1885, he came to Spokane county where he engaged
in farming until 1894, in which year he took a homestead where he now resides.
To this he added one-fourth section by purchase and has a very comfortable
home place and nice estate. Mr. Joss is a man of industry and upright
principles and has won the respect and esteem of all. It is to his
credit to say that when he came to this country he was without means and
now is very prosperous.
In 1903, Mr. Joss married Miss Maggie, daughter
of Joseph and Elspet (Skinner) Finnie, natives of Scotland. Mrs.
Joss was also born in Scotland.