Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ALEXANDER PITCHER, who for the
last forty-three years, has been a frontiersman, having been on the plains
as early as 1859, is now pleasantly located near Wenatchee, Chelan county,
engaged in general farming and stockraising.
Mr. Pitcher was born in Dutchess county, New
York, November 24, 1836, the son of Jacob and Huldah (Uhle) Pitcher, natives
of New York state. The ancestors of the father were Holland Dutch,
and early settlers of the state. He died in Illinois in 1867.
The ancestry of the mother was English. She passed away in Iowa in
At the age of four years our subject was taken
to Illinois by his parents, and in 1859 he went to Pike's Peak, but shortly
afterwards returned to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and engaged in freighting
across the plains. In 1863 he was in Boise City, Idaho, arriving
there two weeks after the town was laid out. He erected the first
hous there that was provided with a door. The following ten years
were passed in various employments, mining, restaurant keeping, prospecting,
and freighting. In 1879 he pushed on to Seattle, remaining but a
few weeks, and going thence to Roseburg, Oregon. Having lost an arm
there in a saw mill, he returned to Humboldt county, California, where
he stopped ten years. It was in 1889 that he came to his present
handsome location in Chelan county, six miles from Wenatchee, called Pitcher's
Our subject has five brothers, John, Adam,
Jacob, Solomon and Henry, and three sisters, Maria Birchley, Elizabeth
Smith and Jane. On March 27, 1862, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was
married to Sarah E. Bell, a native of Marietta, Ohio. Her father,
James Bell, deceased, was a native of Pennsylvania; her mother, Mary (Johnson)
Bell, was born in Ohio, and now lives at Nashville, Tennessee, aged eighty
years. Our subject has three children, George, Benton, and Effie,
wife of David Murray, a miner and stockman of Republic, Washington.
Fraternally he is a charter member of Wenatchee
Lodge No. 157, I. 0. 0. F., and past noble grand. He took the degrees
in California in 1876. Politically he is a Republican, and has served
two terms as county commissioner of Kittitas county. He has frequently
been a delegate to county conventions, has been a Republican since the
election of Lincoln, and intends to remain in that party. Mr. Pitcher
was the first assessor of Chelan county.