Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HOWARD A. GRAHAM is the efficient
and popular treasurer of Chelan county at the present term. Upon
the organization of the county, he was appointed to this position and in
1900, was elected for two years. So well had he filled the position
that in 1902 he was asked by the people to again assume the duties and
responsibilities of that office. He is a capable business man and
has had lots of experience in various places while his integrity and uprightness
are always in evidence.
Howard A. Graham was born in Davis county,
Iowa, on October 27, 1853, the son of William C. and Sarah (Patterson)
Graham, natives of Tennessee and Ohio, respectively. The father's
ancestors were prominent people in Virginia and the mother's family came
from Scotch ancestry. The former was called to the realm beyond in
1887 and the mother passed away when Howard was a lad of four. He
was educated in the public schools and when twenty-eight engaged in the
mercantile business in Carroll, Iowa. Three years later he removed
to Custer county, Nebraska, and after seven years of good work there, in
1889 he came thence to Lake Chelan. During the first year he chartered
the Omaha and did a general passenger and freight business on the lake.
The next venture was a mercantile establishment which he operated successfully
for the intervening time until he was appointed county treasurer.
Mr. Graham has real estate in Wenatchee and Chelan and is one of the substantial
men of the county.
Mr. Graham has two brothers and five sisters,
A. Marion, William L., Arrabella Coddington, Martha J. Spurgeon, Sarah
M. Hoskins, Ida M. Bennett and Josephine E. Stewart. The marriage of Mr.
Graham and Miss Alice M., daughter of Max and Nancy E. Caldwell occurred
on December 23, 1873, at Bloomfield, Iowa. Mrs. Graham's parents
were natives of Pennsylvania and the father died in 1887, while the mother
passed away in Chelan in 1894. Mrs. Graham has the following brothers
and sisters, James W., Coraline E. Townsend and Lydia E. Barneby.
To Mr. and Mrs. Graham have been born four children, Charles E., Grace
Seba, Earl, and Harry, deceased. Mr. Graham is a member of the K.
P. and W. W. and has filled the chairs in both orders. Politically
he is allied with the Republicans. Mr. and Mrs. Graham are members
of the Methodist church. She has been a teacher and was very successful
in that line.