Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
WILLIAM GIBSON is one of the
prominent agriculturists and orchardists of the Lake Chelan region.
He dwells about sixteen miles up the lake from Lakeside, where he has one-quarter
section well improved. Ten acres of this land are planted to various
kinds of fruit, such as figs, California raisins, apples, plums, English
walnuts and so forth. The soil is very productive and Mr. Gibson
has been able to show some especially fine fruit. The ranch is adorned
with a large eight room house, fine barn and other buildings, and the improvements
make it one of the most valuable in this section. In addition to
this, Mr. Gibson has a magnificent gasoline launch costing about five hundred
William Gibson was born in Quincy, Illinois,
on February 14, 1854, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Wheldal) Gibson, natives
of England. He has the following brothers and sisters: Henry, Thomas
R., Arthur, deceased; Frank W., George E., Jennie, Louis, Sadie.
Mr. Gibson came to Lake Chelan in 1890, making one hundred miles of the
journey on foot through the deep snow. He was almost entirely without capital
when he landed here and his magnificent holdings at the present time are
the result of his skill and labor.
Fraternally, he is affiliated with the A.
F. & A. M., the I. 0. 0. F. and the Rebekahs.
In political matters, Mr. Gibson is a Republican
and active in the campaigns.