Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JONATHAN CHARLES RINEHART resides
about ten miles northeast from Oroville, where the family estate of four
hundred and eighty acres lies. He was born on February 23, 1855,
in Steuben county, Indiana, the son of Christopher and Lydia Ann (Taylor)
Rinehart, natives of Pennsylvania. There were three other children
in the family, Benjamin, Mrs. Lucinda Foster, and Caleb. Our subject's
grandmother, Taylor, lived to be nearly ninety years of age. She
was the mother of eleven children, had ninety-nine grandchildren, sixty
great-grandchildren, forty great-great-grandchildren, and twenty great-great-great-grandchildren.
In 1864, our subject came with his parents to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The next year they moved to southwestern Missouri and in 1869, crossed
the plains with wagons to Oregon City. In 1871, they came to Umatilla
county and in June, 1878, the father died near Weston, aged sixty-six.
The mother afterwards married Mr. Johnson and is now living near Hardwick,
Oregon. In 1876, our subject came to the Fraser river and being an
expert rider followed breaking horses. In 1878, he returned to Oregon
and fought through the Bannock war. In one battle, where he participated,
five men were killed. The next year he went to Butte, Montana.
He had a good race horse and being a sprinter himself, traveled through
various towns of that country, racing. He was also engaged in hunting
and was known as "Antelope Charley." From there he came to Okanogan,
in 1884, prospecting. He discovered the placer diggings on Granite
creek and took out considerable gold. In 1886, he returned to the
Flat Head valley, Montana and did packing. He visited his mother
in 1887, then took up sheep raising in Oregon but lost heavily during the
hard winter of 1889-90. He located where he now lives in 1895, and
now has a good band of cattle and horses and a large number of hogs.
Mr. Rinehart married an Indian woman and they have two children, George