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.
MINOR SHAFFER is a wealthy stockman
of Lincoln county, whose residence is about two miles west from Tipso,
where with his brother, he has a fine large estate. In addition to
stock raising, Mr. Shaffer does general farming and is one of the progressive
men of this section. He was born in Indiana, on October 24, 1857,
being the son of Joseph and Emily W. (DeCamp) Shaffer. The father
was born in Ohio and was a pioneer to California. Later he returned
to Indiana, then moved to Iowa where he died. The mother was of French
extraction and a native of Indiana, where her people were pioneers.
Our subject came to Washington with his parents when a child and received
his education in the district schools of Walla Walla county. Later
the family moved to Colfax where he finished his schooling. After
that he worked on his mother's farm and also for wages until 1888, when
he came to Lincoln county. Mr. Shaffer returned to Colfax and spent
one year and in 1890, came to his present location. The land was
unsurveyed and he took a squatter's right to the place he now owns.
He immediately set to work to build a home and improve the estate and with
his brother, E. W. has bought land until they have a large holding. They
own a great many head of cattle and are well to do men. Mr. Shaffer
has one brother, E. W. and three sisters, Nettie, Malissia, and Manda and
also two half brothers, Frank and Charles Hub. In 1882, Mr. Shaffer
married Miss Alma, daughter of Hiram and May Hull, prominent and wealthy
people of Whitman county. Mrs. Shaffer was born in Michigan and came
to Washington when a girl. To this marriage, six children have been
born, Emmett S., Dean R., Loran R., Genevieve, Joseph and Hiram.
Mr. Shaffer, like many other prominent people
in Lincoln county, started in life with no means and has gained his present
possessions by reason of his sagacity and thrift.