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.
NOAH B. McKY has for eighteen
years been a section foreman on the Northern Pacific railroad. He
is a man of real worth and substantial qualities, and his long service
in this important capacity is abundant proof of his ability to handle successfully
the labors entrusted to him. His stand in the community is of the
best and the nice property that he has accumulated shows his success in
Noah B. McKy was born in Fayette county, on
April 1, 1852, being the son of John and Sarah (Jackson) McKy, natives
of Ohio. The father was sheriff of Richland county, Wisconsin for
a time and served in the Civil War in the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteers,
being an orderly sergeant. He died in Richland county, Wisconsin,
in 1896. The mother died in Wisconsin, in April, 1898.
Our subject was educated in the schools where
he lived and resided with his father on the farm until twenty-one years
of age, then began independent action, taking up stock buying. He
bought for one firm for five years then purchased a farm for himself and
operated the same until 1880, when he came to Ritzville, Washington.
Shortly after, he entered the employ of the Northern Pacific and later
was transferred to Sprague, having charge of the yards here and the section.
His faithfullness and reliability have won for him the confidence and good
will of his employers and he has done well in the line for promotion.
In 1880, at Richland, Wisconsin, Mr. McKy
married Katie A. Halin, who is the daughter of Bernard C. and Guenney (Davis)
Halin. The father was a marble cutter and also did farming.
He served as auditor of Richland county, Wisconsin for some time and during
the Civil War, was captain in the regiment. He died in the Badger
State in 1890. The mother was born in Wales and came to Ohio with
her parents when young. She died in Wisconsin, in 1895. Our
subject has the following brothers and sisters, John, Newton, Jasper, Jerome,
Mrs. Mary J. Conkals, Mrs. Julia Ewen, and Mrs. Lucy Berrett. Mrs.
McKy has nine brothers and sisters; Thomas J.; Harry; Arthur; John; Edward;
Emmett, with the United States army in the Philippines; Mrs. Alice Person,
in Chicago; Mrs. Lucy Costello in Richmond, Wisconsin; and Mr. Bertha
Gunning, in Lincoln county.
To Mr. and Mrs. McKy the following named children
have been born; Gertrude, teaching instrumental and vocal music in Whitman
college; Gwen, teaching music in Sprague; and Oscar, at home. Mr.
McKy's daughters have shown marked talent in music and are building a fine
reputation for themselves in this art. The family home is a beautiful
seven room cottage, tastily surrounded with lawn and shade trees on the
corner of Fourth avenue and C street. The good taste of Mrs. McKy
is manifested in the furnishings of the beautiful home and she is known
as a lady of refinement. Mr. McKy owns in addition to the property
above mentioned, a section of wheat land, all under cultivation.
Mrs. McKy is handling a fine dressmaking and millinery business in the
building next to the postoffice in Sprague and has much patronage.
They are estimable people and have won their
position in society by reason of their worth, uprightness and industry.
Mr. McKy is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and
has served on the city council for five years, being in office at this