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.
HARRY C. KATSEL, a farmer residing
one and one half miles northeast of Davenport, is a native of Moultrie
county, Illinois, born October 26, 1865. His father, Christian Katsel,
was born in Germany and came to the United States in his early manhood
and lived in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas prior to
his coming to Lincoln, Washington, where he died in his eighty-first year,
September 5, 1900. Our subject's mother was Elizabeth (Mann) Katsel,
a native of Ohio. Her father, Isaac Mann, served in the war of 1812.
She died in Spokane county, 1892, at the age of seventy years. Mr.
Katsel has one brother and one sister: George C., near Reardan; and Mrs.
Mollie Walton, of Spokane.
At the age of thirteen Harry Katsel removed
with his parents to Kansas, and while in that state lived in the counties
of Greenwood and Bourbon. He was married, December 19, 1886, to Cynthia
A. McNeil, who was born and raised in Bourbon county, Kansas. Her
father and mother were George and Matilda (Harris) McNeil, natives respectively,
of Ohio and Indiana. Mr. McNeil was a Civil War veteran, and died
on September 28, 1897, at Medical Lake, Washington, whether he came in
1891. Mrs. McNeil is still living in Spokane. The brothers
and sisters of Mrs. Katsel are; Albert E., a merchant of Spokane; Oscar,
at Baker City, Oregon; and Lovey J., wife of Orville Holderby, of Lincoln
Two years following his marriage, Harry C.
Katsel came to Spokane, and soon afterward engaged in the grocery business
in partnership with his brother George. Selling out in Spokane, he,
in 1895, removed to Medical Lake, and the following spring came to his
present location. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of fertile
land, good improvements with an abundance of water, and makes a specialty
of raising grain. In addition to his own farm he has rented nearly
eighteen hundred acres of ground, which he farms. He has plenty of
stock, implements, and so forth, including a threshing outfit and headers,
with which to carry on his extensive operations.
Socially, he is identified with the M. W.
A. fraternity, and both he and Mrs. Katsel are members of the Baptist church.
They are also both active workers in school affairs.
Mr. and Mrs. Katsel have had born to them
two children; Orlie A., on March 15, 1893; and George O., on December 8,
1897. The last named died December 30, 1902.
Mr. Katsel is a prosperous and up-to-date
farmer, a man of truth and honor, and of the highest moral as well as business
standing in his community.