Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
HARRY I. SHOTWELL, superintendent
of the Wenatchee Water Power and Ditch Company, residing four miles northwest
of Wenatchee, was born at Topeka, Kansas, November 21, 1874. His
father, Jacob A. Shotwell, is a native of Indiana, born in LaPorte county,
March 21, 1851, of old and distinguished ancestry, his parents, grandparents
and great-grandparents having been New England people. The mother
of our subject, Susan (Canfield) Shotwell, is a native of Illinois.
Harry I. Shotwell has three brothers and three sisters, Frank, Ralph and
Lyman, residing at home, and Lora, wife of Thomas McDonald, of Madera,
California, Nora and Grace, living with their parents.
When he was five years of age, in 1879, our
subject was taken to Klickitat county, Washington, by his parents, and
here he was afforded an opportunity of attending the public schools.
In 1883 the family removed to Ellensburg, where he enjoyed the privileges
of the Ellensburg Academy. In 1889 his parents went to Wenatchee,
accompanied by Harry, who at that period was fifteen years of age. Seven
years later he purchased eighty acres of land, his present home, which
is a handsome property, thirty-five acres under ditch, twenty-five devoted
to the cultivation of alfalfa and eight acres set out in a fine orchard.
He resides in a one-story cottage, has other buildings, and a commodious
barn with a capacity of one hundred tons of hay. In 1896 he and his
father disposed of the extensive irrigating ditch which they had constructed
to the Wenatchee Water Power & Ditch Company, since which period he
has been superintendent of the same.
At Mission, Chelan county, September 10, 1896,
Mr. Shotwell was married to Miss Daisy McClimans, a native of Wyoming.
Her father, Robert McClimans, was born in Illinois; her mother, Julia (Warren)
McClimans is a native of Kansas. Both of her parents at present reside
in San Diego, California. Mrs. Shotwell has four brothers and five
sisters, Joseph L., Frank, Scott, Harvey, Rose, wife of John Kulbes, Ethel,
wife of Lawrence Cade, Etna and Stella, school girls, and Ida, a baby.
Mr. and Mrs. Shotwell have one child, Bertha
, born November 26, 1897. Mr. Shotwell is a member of the A. 0. U.
W., of Wenatchee. He is a Republican, politically, but not at all
partisan in his affiliations.
Jacob A. and his son, Harry I. Shotwell, were
the pioneer irrigators in the Brown Flat country, and they have made a
remarkable success in this line of agricultural industry.