Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE W. MOORE is one of the
leading business men of Conconully, where he operates a first-class meat
market. He is also occupied with stock raising and general farming, having
a farm nearby which is principally devoted to raising hay. His cattle
number about one hundred and fifty head, and he is one of the successful
and prosperous men of the entire county
George W. Moore was born in Lawrence county,
Ohio, his home being at the extreme southern end of Ohio. The date
of this event was September 6, 1855, and his parents were Firman, who was
born and reared in Cincinnati, and Mary J. (Lane) Moore, who was also a
native of Ohio. The father had three brothers killed in the Civil
War, and he tried to enlist, but was rejected on account of being a cripple.
He died in 1899, aged seventy-eight. The mother is residing on the
old home place. She is a cousin of General James Lane, a prominent
man in the border warfare of Kansas. Our subject grew to manhood
on the homestead and received his education from the common schools.
In the spring of 1878 he went to Kansas and operated a drill in prospecting
for coal. He was in thirteen different counties and also took a trip
into the Indian Territory. Later he returned to Ohio, where he was
married on December 23, 1881. Miss Belle S. Shipton became his bride
at this time. She was a native of Lawrence county and her parents,
James and Ruth E. Shipton, were prominent people there. The mother
died six years since, but the father still lives, having always been a
minister in the Methodist church. Mrs. Moore is an accomplished musician
and has taught both vocal and instrumental music. She had two brothers
and one sister, James A., Frank T. and Mrs. Frances Moore, the wife of
Mr. Moore's brother. Mr. Moore has the following brothers and sisters,
John L., James H., Mary J., William F., Frank J., Samuel S., Mattie E.
and Charles A.
In 1884 Mr. Moore came to the northwestern
part of Whitman county and farmed, then in 1890 came to this county and
did a dairy business, supplying Conconully and Ruby.
Later he engaged in the butcher business, but was burned out in the
big fire. After this he was washed out, having rebuilt, the flood
coming from a cloud burst. He rebuilt again and is now doing a good
On August 17, 1890, Mr. Moore was called upon
to mourn the death of his wife, who left two children, James F. and Jessie
M. Mr. Moore married a second time. He and his wife are members
of the Methodist church as also was the first wife.