Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     MELVIN P. WILSON is at the head of a fine industry, that of fruit raising, and his excellent fifteen acre orchard, which annually produces large quantities of first class fruit for the Spokane and Seattle markets, shows his executive ability and skill in the line.  In addition to shipping hundreds of boxes to the various markets and also supplying great quantities of dried fruit, he does a large local trade.  The farm is located about three miles west from Lakeside, on the banks of Lake Chelan and was taken from the government domain by our subject in 1891.  He has bestowed his labors with wisdom in the intervening years and the magnificent showing testifies to his gratifying success.
     Melvin P. Wilson was born in Davenport, Iowa, on December 15, 1852, the son of Peter and Mary J. (Rouser) Wilson, natives of Pennsylvania.  The father's people were Quakers and were prominent patriots in the Revolution.  The mother's people were of Dutch stock and fought for American independence.  The father died in June, 1852 and the widow married Charles L. Leymour.  The family remained in Davenport until 1864, when they removed to Clinton, where our subject completed his education in the high schools and the Clinton business college.  He learned the tinner trade as soon as he left school and followed the same until 1877 when he embarked in the hardware business until 1880, when he returned to his trade again.  In 1887, Mr. Wilson was employed on the circulation department of the Chicago Daily News, then spent a year in Kansas, after which he was three years in Colorado.  Next came a journey to Spokane and all this time he was occupied with working at his trade.  He located at Waterville and in May, 1891, he settled on his present place.  He has been here since and is one of the prominent men of the fruit industry of the section.  Mr. Wilson was formerly a Republican, but of late years he has developed more independent ideas and is now classed as a thorough independent.  He has the respect and esteem of all who know him and his labors have not only produced good results in actual returns of fruit, but have stimulated many others to this good work.