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.
CHARLES H. MOFFATT is engaged
in business in Edwall under the firm name of Gill & Company.
His partner, Mr. Gill, is mentioned elsewhere in this work. They
are doing a first class general merchandise business and are well known
and progressive people.
Charles H. Moffatt was born in Dodge county,
Wisconsin, on August 18, 1852, the son of Willard and Atlanta (Williams)
Moffatt natives of Canada. The father came from an old and prominent
family, dating back to 1492, since which time they have a continuous record.
He was a millwright and farmer and died in Wisconsin when our subject was
fourteen years of age. The mother is also deceased. Her marriage
occurred in Canada. Charles H. Moffatt received his early training
in the old log school house, on the frontier in Wisconsin, and later completed
his training in more advanced schools. He remained in his native
place until nineteen, then went to work in the lumber woods of Wisconsin,
following that for fourteen years. From there, he went to Mitchell
county, Iowa, and farmed for seven years. From his Iowa farm, Mr.
Moffatt journeyed in the prairie schooner to Wadena county, Minnesota,
and again took up the lumber business. This kept him for eight years
or until 1890, when he came to Davenport, which was then the end of the
Washington Central. Here he did carpentering for three years then
came to Edwall and engaged in business with Mr. Gill, where they have together
In 1892, at Spokane, Washington, Mr. Moffatt
married Miss Addie Gill, whose father is a partner of our subject.
On March 17, 1904, Mrs. Moffatt was called to depart this life. She
was a noble woman and had many warm friends. Three children survive
her, Mina M., Maud A., and Laura E., all residing with their father.
Mr. Moffatt is a member of the A. 0.
U. W., the Maccabees, and the M. B. A. Mr. Moffatt is fully convinced
that Eastern Washington is one of the richest portions of the northwest.
He and Mr. Gill have been together in business since coming here and have
won the respect and confidence of the people, being upright and substantial