Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JASON COVERT, one of the industrious
and wide awake young agriculturists of Douglas county, resides seven and
one-half miles northwest from Almira, where he does general farming and
stock raising. He was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, on December
6, 1871. Being the son of Marshall M. and Jane S. (Mahaffey)
Covert, natives of Indiana and Ohio, respectively and pioneers in Douglas
county. Marshall M. is a blood relative of John and Henry Covert,
of San Joaquin county, California. The early settlers of New York
colony included some from Holland who were members of the Covert family,
and the name was originally spelled Coover. The common schools of
Indiana and Sprague, Lincoln county, furnished the educational training
of our subject. He came here with his parents when fifteen and they
remained in Sprague for one winter. Later, they came to Douglas county
and our subject took a homestead when twenty-one years of age. This
continued to be his home until June, last, when he removed on to one hundred
and sixty acres which he had received from his father, where he has built
a fine residence, large barns, and made other improvements. Mr. Covert
has made a good success in raising small grain and also pays attention
to handling cattle, horses and hogs, having some fine thoroughbred specimens.
He has one brother, Leroy, in this county.
At Columbus, Indiana, on January 6, 1900,
Mr. Covert married Miss Lizzie B., daughter of Robert and Jemima A. (Fuel)
White, natives of Indiana. The father is still living but the mother
is deceased. Mrs. Covert was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana,
on June 26, 1880. She has one brother, three half brothers, and one
half sister, named as follows, Albert C., John W., William R., Henry F.
and Mrs. Cora Mobley. To Mr. and Mrs. Covert, one child has been
born, Bernice, on February 7, 1901.
Mr. Covert is a member of the I. O. O. F.
and he and his wife are adherents of the Baptist church. When the
Washington Central Railroad was built through Douglas and Lincoln counties,
Mr. Covert was employed on it much of the time. He has shown himself
a man of energy and industry, being also a patriotic and progressive citizen.