Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
DAVID TREADWELL, farmer and fruit-raiser,
residing near Mission, Chelan county, was born in Chambers county, Alabama,
February 22, 1851. His father, Henry R. Treadwell, was a native of
Georgia, and served in the confederate army during the Civil War.
His grandfather was in the battle of New Orleans, where he was taken prisoner
by the British and recaptured by his own forces the next day. Henry
R. Treadwell died at Port Angels, Washington, in March, 1901. The
mother of our subject, Mary (Richards) Treadwell, was also born in Georgia,
dying in Klickitat county, Washington, in 1893.
Our subject was raised in Alabama until he
was twenty-three years of age, working on farms and attending district
schools. His father owned two sections of land and twelve slaves,
cultivating cotton and corn. Going to Texas in search of a location,
young Treadwell traveled four months, and finally returned to Alabama,
and in 1874 went to another county, remaining two years, thence to Shackleford
county for three years, and then to Klickitat county, Washington, making
a five years' stay. In 1887 our subject and his family came to Mission,
Chelan county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land from
the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, paying for it ten dollars an acre.
This property was contested in the land office, but Mr. Treadwell finally
At present he cultivates one hundred acres,
fifty acres of which is irrigated. He has twenty-five acres in orchard,
five acres bearing fruit. He devotes considerable attention to other
diversified farming. He has one brother and one sister, Henry and
Josephine Dougherty. To Miss Emma Leverett he was united in marriage,
August 26, 1873. She was a native of Alabama; her father, John Leverett,
of Georgia. He died in 1898. The mother, Mary (Hester) Leverett,
died when Mrs. Treadwell was six years old. She has two brothers
living, John D. and Gideon. Thomas, a half brother, died while serving
in the confederate army. She has, also, two sisters, Sarah Dunson
and Mattie Smith. Mr. Treadwell is a member of the Baptist church;
his wife of the Missionary Baptist church. They have five children,
Joel, Ida, Ada, Rosil and Mamie. Ida is a most successful school
teacher in Mission, and Ada is teaching school in Monroe, Washington.