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.
JAMES W. MOORHOUSE is a well
known and prosperous man of Reardan. He was born in Yorkshire, England,
July 24, 1865, being the son of George Moorhouse, a native of England,
who died October 12, 1903. His occupation was that of cloth weaver.
Our subject studied designing in early life and followed that for a good
many years. From 1887 to 1890 he was designer for the Montreal Woolen
Co., in Montreal, Canada. Then he returned to England and was offered
a position as overseer and designer in the raw material and finished products,
which made him practically general manager of the mill. He was very
successful in this work. In addition to following designing, Mr.
Moorhouse had learned the tonsorial art and at different times and places
was occupied in that business. We see him in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
and then he came west to Brandon, Manitoba, seeking a location as barber.
After that he was employed on the Canadian Pacific Railway for a time,
then drove logs on the Saskatchewan River for four hundred miles, after
which he accepted a position in the woolen mills at Mordan, Manitoba.
Later he sought outdoor employment, and was occupied in the harvest field.
About 1899, Mr. Moorhouse came to Spokane, but not being favorably impressed,
he found his way to Reardan, where he opened a barber shop. Meeting
with success, he increased his business, fitted up elegant baths in connection,
and gave his entire attention to this until recently, when he opened a
saloon in connection with the same. He has the finest place in the
town, and is very prosperous. In addition to this he owns considerable
property. In early life, Mr. Moorhouse married Miss Anne Beever,
of England, who died on November 29, 1898.