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.
OSCAR LEIPHAM resides on a well-improved
farm of four hundred and eighty acres three miles east and four miles south
of Davenport. He is a native of Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, born
October 31, l864, the son of Peter Leipham, whose biography is sketched
elsewhere in this volume and Phoebe Leipham, both of whom are now living
In February, 1879, our subject with his mother
and family came to Port Townsend, Washington, via San Francisco, the father
having previously located there. In the spring of 1882 they all came
to the vicinity of Medical Lake, and to Lincoln county one year later.
Our subject, when sixteen years of age, began working in the construction
of the Northern Pacific railroad and he also worked more or less in various
sawmills. He was the eldest of a family of five children, and
continued to work for wages for several years, though he made his home
with his parents.
During the month of May, 1900, Oscar Leipham
took for his wife Miss Nannie Jayne, born in the same place as was he,
and daughter of Edward Jayne, who makes his home with his son-in-law.
Mr. Leipham came to his homestead with limited
means indeed. He was in partnership with his father for a number
of years, and together they have passed through many trying experiences
The farm of our subject is improved and cultivated
according to the most modern and up-to-date methods, and he makes a success
of his business, that of grain raising. Oman station on the Seattle
& Lake Shore railroad is situated on his farm, and here our subject
and his father conduct a warehouse for grain.
Mr. Leipham is a member of the Knights of
Pythia and the Woodmen of the World fraternities.
Two children have blessed the marriage of
Mr. and Mrs. Leipham, Alice H. and another child who is now an infant in