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.
MARION F. MOORE, one of the eminently
successful farmers of Lincoln county, now retired and residing at Reardan,
was born near Davenport, Iowa, October 22, 1850. His parents were
George and Emma (Knapp) Moore, the father a native of Pennsylvania and
a pioneer of Iowa. They were married in Illinois where the mother
died in 1866. The father passed away in 1898 in Washington.
In 1865 he enlisted in an Illinois Infantry regiment and was engaged in
numerous skirmishes with the Confederates, receiving an honorable discharge
at the conclusion of the war.
In 1874, at the age of twenty-four years,
our subject having received a fair education, left home and engaged with
the Southern Pacific Railroad Company as a surveyor, remaining with that
company about thirteen years, during which period he was assistant engineer.
He worked in the San Bernardino tunnel and was in advance of the Southern
Pacific railroad through to Texas. In 1895 he came to the state of
Washington and located eight and one-half miles north of the present site
of Reardan, where he has at present a section and a quarter of land, a
five-room house, good buildings, wind-mill and tank. At first Mr.
Moore engaged in stock raising, but now devotes his attention to grain.
In 1902 he removed to Reardan and purchased a twelve-room house surrounded
by five lots in one of the best portions of Reardan.
In Lincoln county, in the fall of 1887, Mr.
Moore was married to Eva D. Edwards, a native of Kansas. They are
the parents of two children, Eva D., fifteen years of age, and Alva F.,
eleven years old. Mrs. Moore's father was Asbury Edwards, and he
was a native of Pennsylvania.
Our subject was the second child in a family
of four, two of whom are residents of Washington. He has been a member
of the I. O. O. F. Mr. Moore is classed as one of the progressive,
substantial citizens of the county and a liberal supporter of all public