Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HON. EDMOND K. PENDERGAST was
born on March 19, 1864, at Salisbury, Massachusetts, then removed with
his parents to Hutchinson, Minnesota, when two years old, where he grew
to manhood. During the summers he wrought at manual labor and the
balance of each year was spent in gaining a good education. After
graduating from the Hutchinson high school he taught school and worked
on a farm eighteen months for the purpose of gaining means to secure a
legal education. He graduated from the law department of the University
of Michigan in 1889, and that year was admitted to the bar of Michigan
by the supreme court. He has since been admitted to the bar of Washington.
In September, 1889, Mr. Pendergast located in Spokane, Washington, and
since then he has actively engaged in the practice of law. In 1890,
he settled in Waterville and there resided until 1902. While in Douglas
county, he was appointed to the office of prosecuting attorney and twice
subsequently was elected to the same position. On one occasion his
opponent was the Hon. M. B. Malloy, the present register of the United
States land office in Waterville and now the Republican nominee for judge
of the superior court of Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, and Okanogan counties.
In 1899, Mr. Pendergast was a member of the legislature from Douglas county,
having defeated the Hon. W. F. Haynes for that office. He has
also been mayor of Waterville, defeating Hon. P. E. Berry in the
On November 4, 1890, Judge Hanford appointed
our subject commissioner of the United States circuit court, for the district
of Washington, and he held the position for four years. He also served
as city attorney for Waterville for nearly four years. On November
4, 1898, Governor Rogers appointed Mr. Pendergast lieutenant colonel of
the National Guards and assigned him to the position of judge advocate
of the first brigade of the state.
At the request of a number of influential
citizens in Okanogan county, Mr. Pendergast located at Conconully in the
fall of 1902 and accepted the nomination for prosecuting attorney on the
Democratic ticket. He was promptly elected to the position he now
holds, his opponent being Ernest Peck, of the Okanogan county bar, an able
and popular lawyer.
Edmond K. Pendergast is the eldest son of
the late Hon. William Wirt Pendergast, for many years assistant and afterwards
state superintendent of public instruction in the state of Minnesota and
principal of the school of agriculture of that state. The mother
of our subject was Abbie L. Pendergast. Edmond K. Pendergast married
Miss Ida D. Knemeyer in 1893 and they have one son, Wirt Wendell, born
March 2, 1895.