Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LLOYD BEALL came to Okanogan
county in 1886 and located a farm where he now lives, ten miles southwest
of Loomis. His place is situated in Horse Springs coulee and he was
the first settler there. In those early days he packed his supplies
from Sprague, having to swim the animals across the Columbia. He
has labored well since and is now one of the prosperous stock men of the
Lloyd Beall was born in St. Joseph, Missouri,
on October 3, 1841, the son of Lloyd and Elizabeth (Keyes) Beall, natives
of Tennessee and Alabama, respectively. The father was born in 1803
and came to Missouri in 1830 then crossed the plains with ox teams to California
in 1849. He then engaged in stock raising until 1873, the time of
his death. He preceded his family to the coast with the expectation
that when he had secured a place his family would follow him but soon after
his departure, his wife sickened and died. Our subject received his
education in the log cabin school house and in August, 1861, enlisted in
Company F, Tenth Kansas Infantry. He was in the frontier army and
first smelt gunpowder in a battle between Lane's forces and Price's army
at Fort Scott, Kansas. From that time until the close of the war,
he was in almost constant fighting and skirmishing. They fought the
James boys and their posse was constantly in action with the bushwhackers.
He fought his final battle under General Blount at Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, in 1864, and at once re-enlisted.
In this capacity, his last battle was at the Little Blue river, against
Price. Mr. Beall endured great hardship as a soldier, being frequently
far from the base of supplies and being forced to sleep in the mud with
scant supplies and often times without food. His clothes were frequently
pierced with bullets and at one time he was knocked down by a cannon ball,
but was never wounded. Many fell at his side. He was called
to be especially among the dead and the dying but he was preserved through
it all. Afterwards, he entered the employ of the government as teamster
and drove a six mule outfit to Fort Union thence to New Medico. After
that, he went via Denver and Salt Lake City to California to visit his
father, whom he had not seen for eight years. He arrived there on
August 8, 1867 and from that time until 1880, he did stock raising then
he met with reverses and came to Walla Walla and went to work for Tom Page.
Here he worked for a dollar a day, putting in sixteen hours. Later
he was foreman and did railroading on the Northern Pacific. Then
he came to Okanogan county, where his brother was and in the spring of
1882, returned to railroading then started a butcher shop in Wardner, the
first in that place. As stated above, it was in 1886, when he located
in Okanogan county. He has now a fine estate, supplied with valuable
improvements and irrigating water. Mr. Beall has never seen fit to
launch his craft on the matrimonial sea but is quite content with the more
passive joys of the jolly bachelor.