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.
ISAAC P. MICHAEL came to Lincoln
in the spring of 1893 broken in health and with only ten dollars in his
possession. His present holdings include three hundred and twenty
acres of choice agricultural land, with good buildings, up-to-date improvements,
and all the stock required to successfully carry on the business of farming
his land. He has regained his health, is able to live in comfort
and ease and so considers his locality the best in the United States.
His home lies six miles northeast of Davenport.
Mr. Michael was born June 2, 1843, near Rockford,
Illinois. His parents were John and Mary (Watkins) Michael, who were
pioneers of Winnebago county, Illinois. The father was born in Pennsylvania,
and the mother, who was of English ancestry, was born in the south.
Our subject has one brother, his twin, Munson Michael, of Kane county,
Illinois. The family removed to the county just named when Isaac
was a lad of fifteen years. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in
Company E, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Illinois Infantry, under General
Sherman, who at that time commanded the army in the west. Soon after
enlisting, however, he was taken ill with the measles, from which he suffered
through a long siege of sickness in an army hospital and finally was discharged
on account of the state of his health, and returned home.
On December 25, 1869, Isaac P. Michael married
Mary J. Whitney, a native of Kane county, Illinois, born June 23, 1852.
She was the daughter of Javis and Mary C. (Rimmer) Whitney, natives, respectively,
of New York state and England, both of whom are now dead. She has
four brothers, Mark J., William, Frank W., and John. The first three
were soldiers during the Rebellion. She had one sister, Mrs. Maria
Pingree, who died in Minneapolis.
Prior to their advent in Lincoln county, Mr.
and Mrs. Michael spent their time in Johnson county, Nebraska, Illinois,
and Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have three children; Jessie B.,
wife of Frank T. Larabee, a hardware merchant of Edwall, Lincoln county;
John F., and Pearl C.
Mr. Michael is a member of the G. A. R. and
of the modern Woodmen of America.
Since the above was written, Mr. Michael has
been called from the scenes of earth to the world beyond. It was
on the eleventh day of September, 1904, that his demise occurred, and he
left many sorrowing friends. His remains were laid to rest with becoming
ceremonies and all knew that a good man had been called from their midst.