Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ROBERT A. GARRETT is one of the
industrious and well to do agriculturists and stock men of Okanogan county.
His estate is situated three miles south from Loomis, and was taken by
him under the homestead act. It is well improved and laid under tribute
to produce bountiful crops of hay and other fruits of the field.
Mr. Garrett has his place well irrigated, which makes it exceptionally
valuable. He also raises considerable stock, as cattle, horses and
Robert A. Garrett was born August 11, 1859,
in Buncombe county, North Carolina, the son of John and Julia (Wells) Garrett,
natives of South and North Carolina, respectively. The father served
through the Civil War in the Confederate army, and is still living in North
Carolina, aged eighty-five. The mother died in 1898, aged seventy.
Our subject is the fourth of a family of nine children, six of whom are
now in the east. He grew to manhood in his native place, receiving
his education from the public schools. At the age of twenty-one he
went to the mines in Colorado, where he wrought for three years.
Following this he returned home for a visit, and in 1883 he came to Dayton,
Washington, and engaged in sawmilling. He then wrought in Walla Walla
and Ellensburg, finally locating in the Columbia valley, below Portland,
and bought a sawmill, which he operated until the spring of 1891.
In the fall of that year Mr. Garrett came to his present place, and here
he has lived since. For four years he owned and operated the stage
from Oroville to Loomis, and has been engaged in several other enterprises
In 1887, while at Dayton, Mr. Garrett married
Miss Mary E. Brown, who was born near Salem, Oregon. Her parents,
who crossed the plains while they were young, were married in the Williamette
valley, and later removed to Dayton, where they died. To our subject
and his wife four children have been born, as follows, Elva, Raleigh, Bertie
and Geneva. Mr. Garrett is a man well liked, and is known as one
of the thrifty, upright and reliable men of the county.