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Glenn B. Derbyshire


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"Spokane and The Spokane Country - Pictorial and Biographical - Deluxe Supplement." Vol. II. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912. (No author listed.) pgs. 189-191.

       THE roster of officials of Spokane county appears the name of Glenn B. Derbyshire, who is now serving as county clerk, having been elected to that position on the 8th of November, 1910. Moreover, he is widely known throughout the state as a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and through business associations, too, he has gained a wide acquaintance. His birth occurred near Adrian, Michigan, January 12, 1874. His father, William Derbyshire, a native of Onondaga county, New York, was connected with the secret service at the time of the Civil war. He became one of the pioneer residents of Michigan, settling about sixteen miles from Adrian, in 1845. In the upbuilding of his part of the state he took an active and helpful interest and at one time served as tax collector in Lenawee county. His occupation was that of farming and through the careful and systematic cultivation of the fields he provided a comfortable living for his family. He married Maria Newitt, a native of Syracuse, New York, who still resides on the old homestead in Michigan but Mr. Derbyshire passed away in March, 1908. They were the parents of four sons, the brothers of Glenn B. Derbyshire being: Daniel Z., who is employed in a factory at Adrian, Michigan; William N., who is engaged in the clothing business at Hudson, Michigan; and Paul M., who is cultivating the old homestead farm. There are also two half-sisters: Mrs. Harriet Pratt, a widow, who is now living with the mother; and Mrs. Orilla Babcock, residing on a farm near the old home place.
       Glenn B. Derbyshire acquired his education in the public and high schools of Addison, Michigan, and in Hudson Business College, completing a course there in the fall of 1894. Thinking to enter upon the practice of law, he became a student in the law office and under the direction of the firm of Bird & Wood, attorneys at Adrian, the senior partner becoming afterward attorney general of Michigan. After reading law for a year Mr. Derbyshire secured a position with the Page Woven Wire Fence Company, with which he was connected for six years as bookkeeper. He then became interested in life insurance as district manager of the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston, having jurisdiction over four Michigan counties. Later he was for a time connected with the Adrian State Savings Bank but thinking that the far west offered better business opportunities he severed his connection in his nativestate and on the 1st of May, 1902, arrived in Spokane, where he became bookkeeper for the lumber manufacturing firm known as the Holland-Horr Mill Company. He was afterward made estimator for the company and so continued with this firm for about seven years. He then turned his attention to the printing business as a partner of the Pacific Printing Company, with which he was connected for two years and subsequently he became interested in the real-estate firm of H. M. Howard & Company.
       Since his election to the office of county clerk Mr. Derbyshire has devoted his entire attention to the duties of that position. He was made the democratic candidate and polled a large vote on the 8th of November, 1910. From early manhood he has always taken an active part in politics, has served on election boards, was a delegate to county conventions in Michigan, and was secretary of the central committee of his county in 1896 during the free silver campaign.
       The pleasant home life of Mr. Derbyshire had its beginning in his marriage at Hudson, Indiana, on the 8th of August, 1894, to Miss Anna M. Platt, a daughter of William Platt, one of the pioneer settlers of Adrian, Michigan, who is now deceased. Their only child, Naomi, is a student in the Spokane high school.
       Mr. Derbyshire has an interesting military record, covering three years' service as a member of Company B, First Infantry Regiment of the Michigan National Guard. He is a well known figure in fraternal circles, being especially prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He joined that organization in Adrian, Michigan, and now holds membership in Mt. Carlton Lodge No. 103, of Spokane; Unique Encampment, No. 32; Canton Spokane, No. 2, of the Patri-archs Militant; and Hope Lodge, No. 38, of the Order of Rebekahs. He has been honored with office in these different organizations, being a past grand of Mt. Carlton Lodge, past chief patriarch of Unique Encampment, and past commandant of Canton Spokane No. 2. In 1906 he was representative to the grand lodge of the state of Washington and the same year was made district deputy grand master. He has also been district deputy grand patriarch of the encampment and in the spring of 1910 was deputized by the grand patriarch to institute Abraham Encampment at Newport, Washington. In 1908 he was appointed assistant adjutant general of the Second Brigade Patriarch Militant for the department of Washington and still holds that commission with the rank of major. His work in the Odd Fellows society has made him widely known throughout the order in this state and among its membership he has many warm friends. He is also connected with the Hoo Hoos, his number being 14,089. He is a member of Spokane Lodge, No. 161; Loyal Order of Moose and is a member of the Inland Club. His religious affiliations are denoted by his attendance at the Christian Science church. He never holds narrow nor contracted views of life but maintains the position of a progressive citizen who has faith in the future and is ever willing to cooperate in movements for general progress and improvement.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton

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