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.
GEORGE THOMAS LOGSDON.
A pioneer of 1877, George T. Logsden is now one of the foremost business
men of the city of Davenport, Washington. He was born in Pulaski
county, Missouri, March 10, 1859, the son of James O. and Sarah E. (Lemons)
Logsdon, both natives of Kentucky. The father of James O. Logsdon,
James Logsdon, was a Methodist minister, and lived to the age of ninety-seven
years. James O. and Mrs. Logsdon were the parents of thirteen children,
nine of whom are still living, all in the state of Washington. The
family crossed the plains in 1877 by means of a team and wagon, five months
being consumed in the journey. They came direct to Walla Walla, settling
on a homestead near the town. Here the father lived until his death,
which occurred while on a visit to Yakima, during January, 1903.
He was, at the time of his death, in his seventy-ninth year, and from boyhood
had been a consistent member of the Methodist church. The mother
is still living on the old farm in her seventy-seventh year.
In 1880, George T. Logsdon settled on a farm
near what was then known as Cottonwood Springs, Spokane county; the name
since being changed to Davenport, and Lincoln county created from a portion
of Spokane. At that time only one house stood on the present site
of Davenport, and the surrounding country was but sparsely settled.
Mr. Logsdon remained on this farm until the fall of 1897 when he removed
to Davenport, purchased a small stock of goods and opened a general merchandise
store. As time went on his trade increased and he has continued to
add to his stock until he now carries a complete line of gents' furnishings,
dry goods, groceries, feed, et cetera, and is doing a good, profitable
business. He owns half a block of property in Davenport, improved
by one of the best residences in the city, surrounded by fruit and shade
trees, lawn, shrubbery, et cetera. He is interested in mining properties
in the Meteor camp in Ferry county, in Cedar Canyon prospects, and is a
director of the Black Thorn and the Little Joe mining companies.
On March 4, 1886, Mr. Logsdon was married
to Miss Anna McCoy, a native of Summerville, Texas, the marriage taking
place while he was on a visit to his brother who resides in Wise county,
Texas. The fruit of this union is one child, Elmina W., whose birth
occurred April 4, 1894. Although only ten years of age little Elmina
is now in the fourth grade in school and is among the foremost in her class.
She also exhibits exceptional natural talent in music.
Socially, Mr. Logsdon holds membership in
the Maccabees, the W. W. and in the A. O. U. W. Besides the beneficiaries
of these orders, he carries a two thousand five hundred dollar insurance
policy in California Mutual.