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 H. SHORT, who was born
in Illinois on March 6, 1855, is now one of the industrious and capable
farmers of Lincoln county, where he has wrought for a score of years or
more. He dwells about ten miles southeast from Wilbur and owns a
farm of one-half section which is well improved with a fine orchard and
so forth. The place is in a high state of cultivation and produces
abundant returns of the cereals. The parents of our subject, William
S. and Elizabeth (Garrett) Short, were natives of Illinois and the father
was occupied with farming and stock raising.
James H. was educated in his native state
and labored during the years of his schooling with his father on the farm.
When twenty-three years of age, he went to Nebraska for a short time, then
returned to Illinois. In 1879 he went to Idaho and worked on a ranch
for a time, then returned to Illinois. It was 1888 when he came to
his present location and took a homestead. Later he bought a quarter
section of railroad land and is now handling the estate in a very becoming
In 1880, Mr. Short married Miss Louisa, daughter
of James and Julia (Thompson) Prather, natives of Illinois. Mr. Short
has the following brothers and sisters, Louis, Thomas J., E. B., W. S.,
Rose, Mrs. Dicey McCracken, Mrs. Addie Barnard, and Katherine. Mrs.
Short was born in Illinois on January 16, 1862. To Mr. and Mrs. Short
six children have been born, Samuel H., Homer D., Lester L., Zeno, Flasco,
and Irle L. It speaks much for the ability and energy of our subject,
when we recount the fact that he started in life with no means whatever
and has gained his present holding through his industry and wisdom.
He is a respected citizen and has hosts of friends. Fraternally,
he is affiliated with the Maccabees.