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
one of the pioneers of Douglas county, who weathered the trying times of
early days, is now one of the prosperous citizens here and lives eight
and one-half miles north from Hartline. In the years he has remained
here he has shown remarkable fortitude, excellent wisdom and progressiveness
and the result is that he has hosts of friends, a good competence, and
has become one of the respected men of the county.
James Day was born in
Susquahanna, Pennsylvania, on October 30, 1849, being the son of Edward
and Mary (Clark) Day, natives of Ireland and New York, respectively.
The father died in New Orleans in 1849. Our subject was educated
in the common schools of his native country and remained in Pennsylvania
until he reached manhood's estate. In 1878, he moved to Nebraska,
settling in Valley county, where he engaged in farming for four years.
In April, 1882, he moved to Idaho and later to Walla Walla. It was
in 1884, when Mr. Day settled in Douglas county and took up a homestead
where he now resides. He has improved the land in good shape and
has a very nice home place.
Mr. Day has one brother,
Frank, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret McCann.
At Spokane, on May 27,
1891, Mr. Day married Mrs. Mary Hayes, daughter of James and Ellen Hollarn,
natives of Ireland and New York City, respectively. Mrs. Day was
born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on December 16, 1857, and has two brothers,
Michael and James. To Mr. and Mrs. Day, three children have been
born: James E., on May 1, 1893; Elizabeth A., on February 22, 1896; and
John F. While in Pennsylvania, Mr. Day spent fourteen years in the
Elkhill coal mines.
Mr. and Mrs. Day are
adherents of the Catholic church and are well known throughout Douglas
county, having walked in a manner that commended them to all.