Transcribed from "History of North Washington,
an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FRANK M. DALLAM is one of the well-known newspaper men of the northwest. He is now editor and proprietor of the Palmer Mountain Prospector, which champions the interests of advancement and progress in this vast storehouse of resources.
Frank M. Dallam was born in Potosi, Missouri, on April 9, 1849, the son of Francis A. and Anna M. (McKee) Dallam, natives respectively, of Kentucky and New York. Francis A. Dallam was a professional journalist and publisher and a prominent man in his time. He was the founder of the Quincy Republican, of Quincy, Illinois, and also prominently connected with journalism in Illinois. At the beginning of the Rebellion, he enlisted in Company D, Tenth Illinois Infantry as captain and later was promoted as major of his regiment. On account of failure of health he was forced to resign and then returned to the publishing business until his death at Warsaw, Illinois, in 1868. His widow is still living in Minneapolis, aged seventy-five. Our subject was educated in the public schools and in the printing office and at the age of nine began practical work and has since been associated in the business in every department. In 1868, he conducted the Warsaw Bulletin. In 1875, he was in California and soon started the Haywards Journal, which paper he handled until 1882. In the fall of that year he came to Spokane and the next spring started the Review. It was launched as a weekly and in the fall of 1884, was put forth as a daily. The Review has since been consolidated and is now known as the Spokesman-Review, one of the most powerful organs on the Pacific coast. Mr. Dallam handled this paper until the summer of 1888, when he sold the property and on January first, following, bought the Davenport Times. That year he was elected to the constitutional convention from Lincoln county and in the fall of 1890 was appointed by President Harrison receiver of the land office at Waterville. After four years of service he was elected county auditor. This was of Douglas county and upon the expiration of his term he was nominated again, but was defeated. In the spring of 1897 Mr. Dallam came to Loomis and established the Palmer Mountain Prospector. In July, 1898, he was called to the Davenport Times, where he remained two years. Then he returned to the Palmer Mountain Prospector, which he has since handled. The sheet is a clean cut expounder of Republican principles, and a champion of the interests of this section in such a thorough manner that it has found friends on every hand.
On September 24, 1874, Mr. Dallam married Miss Alice Luzadder, who was born in Carthage, Illinois, in July, 1853. To them have been born four children: Alice A., wife of George H. Ellis, a merchant at Wenatchee; Frank M., Jr.; Kate B., a graduate of the Spokane high school; and Lawrence.