Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LYMAN R. COLT, residing three
miles west of Lakeside, Chelan county, was born in Orange, New Jersey,
January 5, 1868. His father, Morgan G., a native of Paterson, New
Jersey, is of a family of early New England settlers. His father,
the grandfather of Lyman R., was, practically, the founder of Paterson,
New Jersey, put in the dam and built many miles of raceway, and organized
the society for the establishment of useful manufactories. This is
chartered by the state, giving them absolute control of the Passaic river
watershed. He died in 1863, leaving a large estate to his heirs.
The father of our subject died in 1894. The mother, Mary (Borrowe)
Colt, was born in New York city, descendant of an old English family.
Her mother was a Beekman, of the old Knickerbocker stock.
Lyman R. Colt was graduated from Columbia
College, class of 1891. He came to Lake Chelan in 1899, following
a trip to Alaska. Pleased with the attractiveness of this section
of Washington, he purchased thirty acres of land, and leased one hundred
and sixty acres of school land, built a log bungalow, with nine rooms,
and also a large barn. Mr. Colt is an enthusiastic admirer of the
country, and has explored it for many miles in the vicinity of the lake.
It is his expressed intention to make of his place a model home.
He owns a splendid, registered, brown Swiss bull and cow, and proposes
to breed blooded stock. It is apparent that our subject's love for
animals is inherited from his grandfather. The latter was one of
the first American importers of Alderney cattle, and he was presented,
by Daniel Webster, with two sacred India cows. He was awarded many
prizes for stock exhibits and did much in his lifetime to improve the stock
of the country.
Our subject has one brother, Morgan, an architect,
of New York City, and two sisters, Jane and Sarah, residents of New York.
His mother died in 1888. Fraternally he is a member of Delta Psi
Fraternity, of Columbia College.