Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHAUNCEY R. McLEAN is located
at Heckendorn, one mile south from Winthrop, where he does a general merchandise
business, handling a full supply of all kinds of goods needed on the farm
and in the mining districts adjacent. He also does a commission business
in fruits and vegetables for the mines, thereby furnishing a good market
for the adjacent farmers.
C. R. McLean was born in Decorah, Iowa, on
October 9, 1864, the son of Joseph A. and Ruth (Lyons) McLean, natives
of Canada and Ohio, respectively. The mother was a sister of J. A.
Lyons, several times auditor of the state of Iowa. In 1872 Chauncey
R. came with his parents to Walla Walla county, where they followed horse
raising for twelve years. Then went to Dixon county, Nebraska where
they still reside. Our subject traveled around for some time and
in 1890 located on Lake Pend d'Oreille in northern Idaho and engaged in
the lime business for a couple of years. In 1894, he came to the
Okanogan country and operated a pack train across the summit from Methow
to the Slate Creek district. He packed the first stamp mill into
Slate creek. He operated this business for four years. For
three years he carried the United States mail of the valley and in 1902
opened his present business. He is doing well and handling general
supplies, in addition to merchandise, such as farming implements, building
material, and so forth. He is operating a freighting outfit up and
down the valley and also still handles the pack train across the summit
to the Slate Creek mines. Mr. McLean is interested in various mining
properties in this section, some of which are very promising. He
has the Goat Trail on Robinson creek, where a large amount of development
work has been done showing good values and a large amount of ore.
In Cedar county, Nebraska, in 1890, Mr. McLean
married Miss Sarah Smith. Her father is deceased and her mother is
now married to Mr. Hall and is dwelling at Athol, Idaho. To Mr. and
Mrs. McLean six children have been born, named as follows: James E., William
H., Ruth, Chauncy R., Alice and Florence. Mr. McLean is a very energetic
business man and has shown a marked adaptability in the various enterprises
which he has carried forward successfully. Much credit is due him
for his worthy efforts in opening the country and inducing others to take
hold in the good work.