Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FRANCIS M. WRIGHT came to his
present place in 1888. His farm lies about one mile west from Twisp
and is improved in good shape. He is a man of industry and uprightness
and has labored here steadily since settling with display of characteristics
that obtain in the stanch American pioneer and citizen.
Francis M. Wright was born in Warren county,
Mississippi, twelve miles below Vicksburg, on May 19, 1842, the son of
Samuel and Elizabeth (Cunningham) Wright, natives of West Virginia.
The father was a blacksmith and pioneer to Mississippi. In 1888 he
removed his family to Hannibal, Missouri, and in 1853 made the great journey
to the Sacramento valley, in California. Our subject remained there,
securing his education from the schools of the vicinity, until 1875.
After school days he was engaged in farming until the date mentioned, when
he sought the southern part of Nevada and there continued the basic art
of farming for five years. After that he came to Kittitas county,
Washington, and in that section did farming and stock raising until 1888,
the year in which settlement was made on his present place. He secured
it through squatter's right and in 1896 filed on the place as a homestead.
He has a sixteen acre meadow and four acres in orchard. The balance
of the farm is devoted to grazing and general farming.
Mr. Wright has his two children with him on
the farm, their names being Frank M. and Maggie E. Politically he has always
been a Republican and among other offices has held that of county commissioner.
In this capacity he rendered valuable service and was well pleasing to