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.
THOMAS W. McCORD, a native of
Indiana and now one of the stanch and well-to-do farmers in Lincoln county,
resides three miles south and two east from Wilbur. He was born on
July 6, 1861, the son of Thomas H. and Jane McCord. The mother died
when our subject was three years of age. The father was born in Kentucky
and moved to Indiana in 1833, being a pioneer of that country. In
1870, he came to Nebraska, where he labored as an agriculturist, having
those qualities of worth and stability that characterize the true frontiersman.
Thomas W. was educated in the district schools of Nebraska and worked for
his father until 1881, then came to Spokane in 1882, where he remained
one year. In 1883, he came to his present location, taking a homestead
and timber culture claim and has since bought land until he now has an
estate of eight hundred acres. The farm is well supplied with buildings,
a fine residence, first class orchard and other valuable improvements.
When Mr. McCord came to this country, he was possessed of the capital of
two good strong hands and a courageous heart, and his entire holdings now
are the result of his industry.
Mr. McCord married Miss Gertrude Hire in 1889
and to them have been born four children, Zennie E., Owen A., Lela, and
Mr. McCord has the following brothers and
sisters, William H., Isaac, Joseph D., Sherman, Charles, Mrs. Delilah Morgan
Mrs. McCord was born in Illinois, on January
15, 1871, the daughter of Franklin and Mary Hire. The father was
born in Ohio, came to Illinois in early days, and in 1882 moved on west
to Washington, where he now resides. The other children of the family
besides Mrs. McCord are Oren R., William O., Fred, John W., and Mrs. Ruby
Mr. McCord has been a school director considerable
of the time since coming to this country and is an enterprising and wide