Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     GEORGE E. COTTRELL, of Lakeside, Chelan county, was born in Erie county Pennsylvania, July 14, 1860.  Professionally he is a designer and boatbuilder, and conducts a successful business in this line in the lake country.  His parents, David H. and Mary J. (Hare) Cottrell, are also natives of the Keystone state.  The father is a descendant of Eber Cottrell, who came to America early in the seventeenth century.  David H. Cottrell, who is an architect, now lives at Hagerstown, Maryland.  The mother of our subject is descended from Michael Hare, who came from Waterford, Ireland, about 1680, and settled on Lake Champlain, later removing to Waterford, Pennnsylvania, where he lived to the advanced age of one hundred and sixteen years.  He was the earliest pioneer in that section, and a monument is erected in his memory at that place.  The mother of Mary J. Cottrell still resides in Waterford township at the age of eighty-six years, an active, energetic old lady.  Her daughter, the mother of our subject, lives with her.
     George E. Cottrell remained in Pennsylvania until seventeen years of age, graduating from the high school of Union City.  Two years he followed the lakes as a sailor, and then enlisted in the regular army, at Harrisburg, August 19, 1879.  At first he was stationed at David's Island, New York harbor, thence going to Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and in May, 1880, joined his regiment at Fort Assinniboine, Montana.  In August, 1884, he returned to Pennsylvania, and was there employed in a flouring mill, going thence to Denver, Colorado, remaining but three months, and then coming to Spokane, where he worked in the Echo mills until the great fire.  Following this disaster he engaged in contracting and building, and in 1891 secured the contract for building a hotel at Chelan Falls, the edifice being owned by L. MacLean, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere.  In 1892, Mr. Cottrell built the Chelan school house, and the same year he brought his family to Lakeside where they have since remained.  He built the North Star and Alex Griggs, Columbia river boats, and a number of other craft, having been identified, more or less, with the building of the entire lake fleet, besides many launches, canoes, row and sail boats, also the auditorium and school house.  He is a member of the auditorium company.
     Mr. Cottrell has one brother, Clarence H., and one sister, Martha, widow of N. L. Braun.  The latter for many years was a non-commissioned officer in the regular army, and contracted a fever at Manila from which he died at the Presidio, San Francisco, in 1899.
     December 16, 1886, our subject was united in marriage to Lydia Anderson, a native of Stockholm, Sweden.  The ceremony was performed at Jamestown, New York. She died September 23, 1894.  His second marriage  took place at Dayton, Washington, June 11, 1896, the bride being Kate Fite, a native of Illinois.  Her parents were born in the same state, and at present reside at Dayton, Washington.  Mr. and Mrs. Cottrell have three children, George M.,  Preston F. and Milton.  Politically our subject is a Democrat, is active in campaigns as business will permit, and has on several occasions been delegate to county conventions.