Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LAFAYETTE DRURY is one of the
late comers to Okanogan county. His residence is three miles southeast
from Conconully, where he has a quarter section of very fertile and valuable
land. The place is devoted largely to general farming, but has a
fine orchard and berry garden, and Mr. Drury gives special attention to
fruit raising and is making a good success
Lafayette Drury was born in Putnam county,
Missouri, on April 3, 1859, the son of Isaiah and Margaret J. (Leach) Drury,
natives of Indiana and Virginia, respectively, and now deceased.
When our subject was three years of age, the family came to Marshall county,
Iowa, and in that state he remained until arrived at the age of twenty.
The other children of the family are named as follows: Samuel, Mrs.
Mahala J. Daugherty, Jesse R., Albert, Mrs. Mary E. Kline, William, Clara,
and James A. Our subject was well educated in the various places
where he lived in his youth. In 1879 he went to Cloud county, Kansas,
after which he returned to Sac county, Iowa, and in the fall of 1884 went
to Sheridan county, Nebraska, and located a homestead. He rode the
range and also improved his homestead, and was there during the Sioux Indian
uprising at the Pine Ridge agency near by, in 1891. In 1895 he went
to Wilson county, Kansas, and there raised stock and did farming until
the time of his journey to Okanogan county. He landed here on January
2, 1901. Mr. Drury bought his present place, three miles southeast
from Conconully, where he resides and does a thriving business in handling
and raising fruit. He has a good place, well improved and one of
the choice estates of the county.
On May 1, 1895, Mr. Drury married Miss Ruth
I., daughter of Albert and Sarah E. (Jay) Elmore, natives of Muskingum
county, Ohio and Morgan county, Indiana, respectively. Mrs. Drury
was born in Morgan county, Indiana, on August 18, 1876. She has the
following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mary B. Clouinger, Harvey T., Ernest
E., George A., and Mrs. Kate Judd. To Mr. and Mrs. Drury three children
have been born, Ruth L., Ralph A., and W. Parnell.