Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
EDWARD S. OVERACKER, who resides
eight miles south of Kipling, is one of the leading stock men and farmers
of this section. He has manifested a true pioneer spirit, in that
he wended his way to this country and has opened up a good farm, while
he possesses other property in the older settled sections.
Edward S. Overacker was born in Jones county,
Iowa, on October 10, 1866. His father, William Overacker, was born
in Ohio and served in the Civil War, being discharged on account of disability.
He married Miss Lydia Kramer, a native of Ohio, and to them were born twelve
children. Those living are named as follows, Mrs. Adelia Denney,
Mrs. Phoebe Wilson, Mrs. Emma Brigham, and our subject. When our
subject was six years of age the family came to Red Willow county, Nebraska,
and in 1877 they journeyed thence by ox team to the vicinity of Genesee,
Idaho, putting up the first store in that section. The father took
a homestead. It was seven miles distant from the nearest neighbor,
and there he devoted his labors until his death, in 1884. The mother
remained there three years longer, then passed away.
On June 21, 1890, Mr. Overacker married Miss
May Arant, a native of Coos county, Oregon. Her parents, Samuel F.
and Martha, came to Oregon in a very early day and later maved to Idaho.
Not liking the country they returned to Mansfield, Oregon, where they now
live. In 1897 Mr. Overacker was called to mourn the death of his
beloved wife, who had borne to him two children, Louisa, born on June 6,
1894, and now living with her father; Laura, born on January 28, 1896,
who died January 18, 1900. When the reservation opened Mr. Overacker
was ready to come hither and located his present place, to the improvement
and cultivation of which he has since devoted himself. He has a good
orchard, plenty of water and his land is of the best in this vicinity.
Fraternally Mr. Overacker is affiliated with the W. W., while in religious
persuasion he belongs to the United Brethren denomination, of which church
also his wife was a member. Mr. Overacker is esteemed as one of the
good citizens of the country and has shown himself thrifty and industrious.