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. NEAL, Superior Court
Judge, residing at Davenport, Lincoln county, was born in West Virginia,
November 27, 1859, the son of Andrew D. and Malinda (Newman) Neal.
The father was of an old and prominent Virginia family, and for many years
followed the vocation of a farmer, and was justice of the peace for thirty
consecutive years in the same district. He died at Milton, West Virginia,
June 20, 1900. The mother is, also, a native of Virginia, of a family
of farmers, and at present resides at Huntington, West Virginia.
Until 1889 Charles H. Neal was reared and
educated in West Virginia, graduating from the high school at Milton.
He taught school in the vicinity of his home until 1884, during which period
he assiduously read law and the same year was admitted to practice.
In 1889 he removed to Sprague, Washington, where he continued in the practice
of law until 1896, serving as county attorney from 1892 until 1894.
In 1896 he was elected superior judge, and is now serving his second term.
He came to Davenport at the time the county seat was removed from Sprague
to that town. Our subject has two brothers and two sisters, John
M., a farmer, and George I., a lawyer, both of West Virginia; Alice E.,
superintendent of schools for Lincoln county; and Maggie, wife of David
Nevelle, a dentist, residing in Huntington, West Virginia.
On December 31, 1891, at Gallipolis, Ohio,
Judge Neal was united in marriage to Sadie M. Martin, a native of Ohio.
She is the daughter of Pleasant and Ellen Martin, of Virginia, both of
whom are dead. Mrs. Neal has five brothers; John, an attorney, of
Ironton, Ohio; Marion, a farmer of West Virginia; Henry N., an attorney
of Davenport, Lincoln county; Emory W. and James A. Martin, Ohio farmers.
Mrs. Neal has one sister living, Mattie A., wife of J. M. Whittaker, a
teacher and farmer living at Sprague, Washington. Judge and Mrs.
Neal have been called upon to mourn the loss of two children. Their
surviving son is Fred T., aged fifteen years.
Politically, Judge Neal is a staunch Democrat,
and influential in the councils of that party. Fraternally, he is
a member of the K. P., W. W., A. O. U. W., all of Davenport. Judge
Neal is interested in mining, in Ferry, Stevens and Okanogan counties.
Judge Neal is universally loved and respected by all with whom he is thrown
into social or business relations.