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. TINDALL is a native
of the occident and beneath these stars he has wrought all his days.
At present, Mr. Tindall is the efficient and capable sheriff of Okanogan
county, having been chosen by the people to this position in the fall of
1902. His name appeared on the Democratic ticket and he has shown commendable
skill and wisdom in the discharge of the duties incumbent upon him in this
relation and it is with pleasure that we incorporate a review of the salient
points in his career in this volume, which purports to give mention to
the leading citizens of Okanogan county.
George W. Tindall was born in Linn county,
Oregon, on February 7, 1861, the son of Charles M. Tindall, a native of
Illinois. The father married Miss Ruth A. Moore, a native of Wisconsin,
and in the spring of 1850, with his young wife, came across the plains
and mountains with ox teams to the Willamette valley. They settled
on a donation claim on the north fork of the Santiam river and there remained
until his death, which occurred in 1883, he being then fifty-three years
of age. The mother still lives on the old homestead. They raised
a family of fourteen children, ten boys and four girls, our subject being
the sixth one of the family. Six boys and three girls are still living.
George W. grew up amid the scenes of the west, remaining on the farm until
he had arrived at manhood's estate. His education was gained from
the common schools of his native place.
On September 2, 1886, Mr. Tindall married
Miss Frances Sutcliffe, the wedding occurring in Marion county, Oregon.
Mrs. Tindall's father, Adam Sutcliffe, was of English extraction and a
great traveler. He died in Walla Walla being over ninety years of
age. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Tindall brought his family over
the mountains by wagon to Pendleton, then removed to the vicinity of Pullman,
where he farmed for ten years. In 1896, he came to Spokane and engaged
in mining. Two years later we find him in the Okanogan country and
settlement was made on Meyers creek, where he is heavily interested in
same paying properties. They have considerable development work done
on the claims and it bids fair to be one of the shippers at no distant
day. Mr. Tindall served as deputy under sheriff H. H. Nickell and
as stated above at the last election he was chosen as sheriff of the county.
To Mr. and Mrs. Tindall five children have
been born: John, deceased; Ivan, deceased; Frederick, born May 7,
1896; Ruth, born May 15, 1899; Sidney R., born December 25, 1901.
Mr. and Mrs. Tindall are highly respected people and stand well in the
community. He is a man of sound principles and has hosts of warm