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.
BRIDGET SULLIVAN is one of the
well known people of Davenport. She is a woman whose labors and business
career have stamped her as possessed of ability and sound business integrity.
She has overcome the hardships of life with a display of excellent fortitude
and stability. Mrs. Sullivan was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in June,
1829, being the only child of James and Mary (Torbin) Corken, natives of
Ireland, where they remained until their death. When she was a child
of twelve years, she journeyed from Ireland to Buffalo, New York, without
companions. She made this journey for the purpose of coming to an
aunt who lived in this country and with her she lived until nineteen years
of age. Thence Miss Corken went to St. Joseph, Missouri, where she
mar- Michael Sullivan, the nuptials occurring in 1860. They moved
to Kansas and there farmed until Mr. Sullivan's death in 1884. She
continued to handle the farm for four years, then journeyed with her children
to Davenport, Washington. For two years, she was occupied in keeping
a hotel here, then took a homestead, which she sold to her son. Immediately
following that, she went to Yakima and remained there nine months, returning
then to Davenport. Since then she has been living with her daughter
Molley and together they are operating dressmaking parlors and a hotel.
Mrs. Sullivan owns property in Davenport and is one of the highly respected
citizens. She is the mother of seven children, Thomas, in Montana;
Molley, living with her mother; James and Michael, twins, and farmers on
Bachelor Prairie; Bridget, wife of D. N. Keeney, a jeweler in Yakima; Richard
and Daniel, twins, the former in Yakima and the latter in Paha. Mrs.
Sullivan is a member of the Catholic church.