Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE R. HURLBERT resides about
eleven miles southwest from Loomis, in Horse Springs coulee, where he owns
a good ranch and does stock raising and general farming. He is one
of the industrious and progressive men of the county and in addition to
this property, owns several other farms which he rents, besides a residence
and other property in Loomis.
George R. Hurlbert was born on January 18,
1871, in Page county, Iowa, the son of William S. and Mary J. (Dixon) Hurlbert.
The father served in the Civil War for four years and participated in several
of the fiercest battles ever fought on American soil. When an infant
our subject went with his parents to Missouri, whence they came in 1874,
with ox teams, across the plains to Linn county, Oregon. In 1877,
they journeyed on through to Colfax, Washington, being one of the first
families to settle in that vicinity. In 1883, they came to Wilbur
and located about twelve miles northwest of that place, being among the
first there, where the parents now reside. At the early age of thirteen,
our subject, to use his own expression, began "rustling" for himself.
He was an active and persistent boy, and soon found himself engaged in
the acquisition of wealth. He wrought in the Couer d'Alene country,
then rode the range in central Washington and British Columbia, passing
through the Okanogan country in 1889. Later he settled in this section
and took the land where he now makes his home, as a homestead, since which
time he has given himself largely to general farming.
On December 31, 1896, at Wilbur, Washington,
Mr. Hurlbert married Miss Bessie M. whose father, S. A. Hicks, now lives
near Wilbur. To this union one child has been born, Grant H.
Mr. Hurlbert is a member of the W. W. and his wife is a member of the Women
of Woodcraft. They are enterprising people, who receive the respect
and esteem of all and have wrought with faithfulness since coming to this