Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HENRY J. RIZEOR has resided in
Okanogan county for nearly fifteen years and has always labored for the
development of the county and is now possessed of a comfortable property.
His farm lies three miles northwest from Winthrop, and is improved in good
shape. He raises diversified crops and handles some stock.
Henry J. Rizeor was born in Piatt county,
Illinois, on January 16, 1849, the son of Thomas H. and Matilda (Wright)
Rizeor. The family crossed the plains in 1853 with ox teams and located
in Benton county, Oregon, where our subject grew to manhood. He was
there educated in the public schools and continued assisting his father
on the farm until his majority. The parents remained on the old homestead
until their death. After his majority, Mr. Rizeor went from Oregon
to Idaho, and settled near Eagle Rock, where two years were spent in prospecting
and trapping. From that place, Mr. Rizeor went to Juneau, Alaska,
and there prospected for one year. Later he went to Ashcroft, British
Columbia, where he prospected and did trapping until 1889, when he came
to Okanogan county. He located a squatter's right on the land he
now owns and afterward took it as a homestead. He does general farming
and, raises good fruit and melons, having a lake from which he irrigates
a portion of his land. Mr. Rizeor is also greatly interested in mining.
He owns stock in varlous good mines in eastern Oregon and also has properties
in different localities. He owns a portion of the Ninety-nine on
Slate creek and other properties in this county.
Mr. Rizeor has given names to several creeks
in this county, among which is Cub creek, which flows into the north branch
of the Methow river. The incident that named the creek was the slaying
of two cubs by Mr. Rizeor when out hunting.
Mr. Rizeor is still leaving untried the seas
of matrimony and does not as yet depart from the quieter joys of the bachelor's